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Jess A.

Mom, wife, amateur writer, lover of books. *I have a voice crush on Dan Bittner* *love YA, NA and adult mystery/thrillers *Stephen King <3

Member Since 2011

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  • 10 reviews
  • 54 ratings
  • 177 titles in library
  • 28 purchased in 2014
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  • Game: The Sequel to 'I Hunt Killers'

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Barry Lyga
    • Narrated By Charlie Thurston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (54)

    I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jasper (Jazz) Dent, the son of the world's most infamous serial killer. When a desperate New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can't say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple - and its police force running scared with no leads. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer's murderous game. Meanwhile, Jazz's dad, Billy, is watching... and waiting.

    Amazon Customer says: "OUTSTANDING"
    "Stellar!"
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    This series is incredible and I cannot wait for the next book. The narrator does a great job which just ups the creep factor.

    Way to leave us hanging Barry. Thanks. Thanks a lot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8725)
    Performance
    (7982)
    Story
    (8068)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Judy says: "What a let down!"
    "Conflicted."
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    I love Emma Galvin and the narrator who read Tobias did a wonderful job.

    BUT I think Veronica Roth severely missed the mark on this one. I love Divergent, love it so incredibly much, I even really liked Insurgent although it was not as good IMO. I EVEN liked the plot line for Allegiant, but the whole thing just felt off.

    I'm still thinking about how sad I am. I am sad because the series is over and I am sad because I feel let down. I feel so disconnected from the characters and until the final scenes lost my love for Tobias. I am so lost now.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2981)
    Performance
    (2713)
    Story
    (2726)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "Boo."
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    I really disliked the last book in this series but felt the need to finish it out after committing so much of my time to it. The narrator did a great job but I just did not like this book. This whole series has gone down hill and I expected a huge blow-out of a final book. I am left greatly disappointed and unsatisfied.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Triumph: His Fair Assassin Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Robin LaFevers
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (100)

    Sybella arrives at the convent’s doorstep half mad with grief and despair. Those that serve Death are only too happy to offer her refuge - but at a price. The convent views Sybella, naturally skilled in the arts of both death and seduction, as one of their most dangerous weapons. But those assassin's skills are little comfort when the convent returns her to a life that nearly drove her mad. And while Sybella is a weapon of justice wrought by the god of Death himself, He must give her a reason to live. When she discovers an unexpected ally imprisoned in the dungeons, will a daughter of Death find something other than vengeance to live for?

    M. Herbert says: "Sybella Kicks MAJOR Butt"
    "Simply wonderful"
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    I loved the first book in this series and while this book started off a tad slow I enjoyed it immensely. I am NOT a fan of historical fiction but there is something about these books that grabbed me. The narrator did a wonderful job and I can't wait to listen to the next book. P.S. I love Beast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Disaster: Disaster, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Dan Bittner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (762)
    Performance
    (710)
    Story
    (722)

    Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder. In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. Just when he thought he was invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees. Every story has two sides. In Jamie McGuire's New York Times best seller Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it's time to see the story through Travis's eyes.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Simple AMAZING! Better than Book 1!"
    "Didn't live up."
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    2.5 STARS

    Oh my. I can't believe it.

    Let me start off by saying that I listened to this book. Thank God for Dan Bittner (honey read me the phone book any time).

    The prologue made me simply uncomfortable. It was awkward and unrelatable.

    Here's the thing, I LOVED Travis in Beautiful Disaster. Loved him. I loved his passion and his need for Abby, but I couldn't stand him in this book. He started off as in BD a womanizer, a ladies man but I never thought that hearing his thoughts would be so revolting. When he finally came to terms with his love for Abby he became this whiney needy child, throwing tantrums and fits which didn't translate as being so childish in BD as it did in WD. Don't get me wrong, I love the way he loved her, I loved his passion and at times his need for her, but mostly I was annoyed. I was annoyed that Abby was a drug to him, love isn't about being enveloped by someone else, it's about sharing your lives, it's about loving the person you become when you're with the one you love.


    Epilogue- hmph. I usually love when books tie up neatly, when you discover that yes they did live happily ever after, but this pair of books was about how two screwed up people can make something beautiful together, so I feel like knowing where they ended up years later wasn't something I needed. I like who they became, I just didn't feel like it added to the story.

    Dan Bittner- I cried when Travis cried. I laughed when Travis laughed. Thank you for being the best part of this book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Out of The Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ruta Sepetys
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, 17-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

    FanB14 says: "Easy to Love"
    "Beautiful"
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    What did you love best about Out of The Easy?

    I loved the characters, each had it's own accent, it's own story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story captured so much more than 1950's New Orleans. It captured a coming of age girl in a rough situation, it captured first loves and first pains.


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents were beautifully done! I loved her interpretation of Willie and Jesse.


    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls Are

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Courtney Summers
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Climbing to the top of the social ladder is hard - falling from it is even harder. Regina Afton used to be a member of the Fearsome Fivesome, an all-girl clique both feared and revered by the students at Hallowell High... until vicious rumors about her and her best friend's boyfriend start going around. Now Regina's been "frozen out" and her ex-best friends are out for revenge.

    Jennifer says: "Non-funny Mean Girls in a book."
    "Undecided"
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    I really wanted to love this book, unfortunately I despised the main character. I loved the supporting characters though and I think that's what makes rating it/reviewing so very hard.

    Everything was there, but I just couldn't like her. Perhaps that was the point, that we aren't supposed to like her, however it makes reading a book really difficult.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (811)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "Don't put this book off!"
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    I had this on my to-be-read list for a while, not overly interested enough to read it but curious just the same. I believe I purchased the audiobook on sale which is why I finally got around to "reading" it. I wish I had done so sooner.

    This book was brilliant, I could not stop listening. I was addicted. I needed to know, and you will too.

    I loved every obstacle and hated them just the same.

    Don't put this book off any longer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hold Still

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nina LaCour
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    In words and illustrations, Ingrid left behind a painful farewell in her journal for Caitlin. Now Caitlin is left alone, by loss and by choice, struggling to find renewed hope in the wake of her best friend's suicide. With the help of family and newfound friends, Caitlin will encounter first love, broaden her horizons, and start to realize that true friendship didn't die with Ingrid.

    RaisinNut says: "A Moving Story of Love and Loss"
    "Broken & Breathtaking"
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    First of all, Emma Galvin did a wonderful narration (as always).

    This book was really hard on my heart, I had a hard time liking the main character at points but overall it was a very good book. It was insightful and broken. Tears are inevitable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12240)
    Performance
    (11077)
    Story
    (11177)

    One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

    Lore says: "Decent but not as interesting as Divergent"
    "Artistry at it's finest"
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    First off the score is now tied.

    Next the audio, Emma Galvin does an absolutely amazing job with the narration of this book. When Tris was high I was laughing out loud. When Lynn thanks Tris I cried. Thank you to Emma Galvin for making this book her Frankenstein.

    Finally, the book... Can I just say that Veronica Roth is brilliant? Although I had inklings of how the book was going to end I didn't believe my own thoughts. The relationship between Tris and Tobias was raw and real, not flowers and sparkles. The emotions that seep through the characters and let us into their hearts and minds was incredible. This book was absolutely amazing. I want to listen to it all over again right now.

    Damn you Veronica Roth for forcing me to wait another year for the next installment.
    Veronica Roth:2 Jess:1 - the score is no longer tied

    "People I've discovered are layers and layers of secrets. You believe you know them, that you understand them, but their motives are always hidden from you, buried in their own hearts. You will never know them, but sometimes you decide to trust them." - Insurgent

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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