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Emily

I am an avid reader! (Zombie and YA mainly) I am pretty much depressed if I don't constantly have a good read lined up!

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  • The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Brandon Espinoza, Phoebe Strole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (463)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (437)

    After the first wave, only darkness remains. After the second, only the lucky escape. And after the third, only the unlucky survive. After the fourth wave, only one rule applies: Trust no one. Now, it's the dawn of the fifth wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother - or even saving herself.

    FanB14 says: "Not Your Typical YA Dystopian Fare"
    "A pretty good read!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This reminds me of the Host BUT its good!! It's not 5,000 pages of boring emptiness. It keeps your attention and isn't pretentious like Ms. Meyers book. I enjoyed the characters and their struggles. A bit of a lovey story was annoying (only bc I don't like them) but was bearable bc it wasn't all frilly and obnoxious again like the Host was bleck! I generally like when books change points of view but for some reason I didn't enjoy that aspect in this book I liked Cassie's POV and found myself enjoying those chapters more than others. All in all s good book but not something I will obsess about!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Insurgent: Divergent, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    Overall
    (9950)
    Performance
    (9016)
    Story
    (9086)

    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.

    George says: "Struggled to finish"
    "Disappointing after #1"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    :( I loved loved loved Divergent. The concept of the factions practically made my eyes sparkle in honest gratitude for such a fresh new concept. I still appreciate that concept in Insurgent but my eyes are now rolling. This whole book could be two chapters. Each huge event that should have been so powerful (ie if and how she will talk about Will) it just sort of happens then its like okay moving on. These are young adults everything is a big deal but they seem to just not get worked up. Give me some drama!!! That's why I read young adult!!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Divergent

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15510)
    Performance
    (14037)
    Story
    (14132)

    In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

    Grant says: "It's not for me. Loved it anyway."
    "Really loved, great concepts"
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    If you could sum up Divergent in three words, what would they be?

    Another great recommendation from my sister I loved the concept of the factions!! It does remind me of Hunger Games but less intense and more concepts and facets to the story. I will definitely be reading the next in this series!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Reapers Are the Angels

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Alden Bell
    • Narrated By Tai Sammons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (62)

    For 25 years, civilization has survived in meager enclaves, guarded against a plague of the dead. Temple wanders this blighted landscape, keeping to herself and keeping her demons inside her heart. She can’t remember a time before the zombies, but she does remember an old man who took her in and the younger brother she cared for until the tragedy that set her off on her personal journey toward redemption.

    Jason says: "I wish this book was three times as long"
    "Main character ruined it!!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Ok I have to get this out of my system....why does she talk like a hillbilly!!! You can make people sound uneducated without making it torture to read!! Anyways she doesn't talk much thank goodness. I like that she is a firecracker loner and a young girl lead. If you have a weak stomach and/or want believability this book is not for you. Did I mention it's torture how Temple speaks?!?! Ok good. I like that she kicks male butt and takes names. It is true there is not much Z action but I actually enjoy that just as much. I'm split down the middle with this one. If you love Temple, the female lead, you will love this book. Never mind she just started talking a ton she is annoying, stupid and rude. I don't know why anyone would risk their safety for her she is a crazy person! When she is not talking things are much better! I'm pretty sure she calls a mentally challenged man Dumby the whole book as well. She is a complete idiot who is loose and I'm not sure what is appealing about her to men.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shelter: A Mickey Bolitar Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (714)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (595)

    Mickey Bolitar’s year can’t get much worse. After witnessing his father’s death and sending his mom to rehab, he’s forced to live with his estranged uncle Myron and switch high schools. A new school comes with new friends and new enemies, and lucky for Mickey, it also comes with a great new girlfriend, Ashley. For a while, it seems like Mickey’s train wreck of a life is finally improving - until Ashley vanishes without a trace. Unwilling to let another person walk out of his life, Mickey follows Ashley’s trail into a seedy underworld that reveals that this seemingly sweet, shy girl isn’t who she claimed to be.

    Ted says: "Flat,Dull, Sophomoric, Absurd... Unlikable"
    "What?!! Coben+YA=Amazing!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book soooo excited about this series!!! Ok so I'm a Coben fan! I think he is a genius writer combining well written plots, characters and wit. But I have to admit I got a bit sick of the Myron Bolitar series and gave Coben up for good (or so I thought). I thought I would get back into him when I wondered onto these YA books. What?!??! Coben+YA= the best!! I know! I was very excited too! So we follow Mickey Bolitar who just so happens to be the nephew of....you got it!!....Myron Bolitar! This book is fantastic! Mickey is beyond like able he is downright impossible not to love. He befriends kids Ema (Emma's nickname from a bully) and Spoon (a nickname from Mickey) both of these friends are quirky, full of personality and hilarious. Mickey being the tall jock at a new school should be friends with the dull popular people (I used to be a pop highschooler we are boring!!) but instead Corben has him befriend these colorful and caring outcasts. So besides loving the well developed characters the plot is just as rich. It doesn't really seem young adult bc I was engulfed and challenged. The story is easy to follow and does not lose interest at any point. It is chalked full of several themes,plot stories and character development without being confusing!! (I don't know how Coben does this!) I'm already on to the next in this series and would suggest this book to any crime thriller fans!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (318)

    When tragedy strikes close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends - sharp-witted Ema and the adorkably charming Spoon - find themselves at the center of a murder mystery involving their friend Rachel. Now, not only does Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona Shelter and the Butcher of Lodz, he needs to figure out what happened to Rachel - no matter what it takes. Mickey has always been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves.

    Michele says: "Compelling story for the kid in each of us!"
    "Still loving this series!!"
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    If you could sum up Seconds Away in three words, what would they be?

    Coben does not let me down in this next book of the Mickey Bolitar series! We get to know Ema and Spoon more in this book which is so enjoyable! The crime plot is much more simple in this book less twists and turns but I enjoyed that bc it seems more realistic after the craziness in the last book! Coben has be laugh out loud as usual for all his books. Mickey is so stinking likeable!! These are easy reads but only because they are extremely well written not bc they are YA. This series is fast paced each chapter keeps you enthralled and never bored!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amber House

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kelly Moore, Larkin Reed, Tucker Reed
    • Narrated By Tucker Reed
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that's been in her family for three centuries. She's never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she's never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for the lost diamonds in its walls. But after her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds - and the House comes alive.

    Sarah says: "YOU WON'T REGRET THIS ONE!!!"
    "Spooky great book!"
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    What did you love best about Amber House?

    I would have given it 5 stars if the ending were not incomplete. I loved this story I even got scared at parts which takes me a lot to get spooked but it really wraps you in. There were so many interesting story lines that never got wrapped up at the end I was so disappointed but I still loved the story just be ready for a let down at the end and many questions left hanging! If she would have just written one more chapter would have been 5 stars and fab! Can't wait for the next book in the series!


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In the After

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Demitria Lunetta
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Amy is watching TV when the world is attacked by Them. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to survive - and even rescue "Baby" a toddler she finds in an abandoned supermarket. Then, after years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream, with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she'll lose Baby - and much more.

    Amanda says: "Not Bad! Strange and Unique....refreshing!"
    "Great new genre!!"
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    What did you love best about In the After?

    (Review written while reading the book and after desperately needing an easy good read) In the after.....opposed to the before. So loving this book it's like Revolution (tv show) plus aliens!! I love female main characters and adding to my love Amy is obsessed with books AND books I like!! Anyways so this book is well written and almost journal style. Normally I would complain about the lack of emotion (duration of mourning) but she is so young it almost works bc she is pretty much traumatized at such a young age. I found it interesting the author is focusing on the not talking aspect of being a survivor (cool and new angle for post-apocalyptic books). Baby is an interesting character as well. Things are a bit vague but I'm digging it maybe I'm in just a weird mood but I am really enjoying this story of aliens (that just act like zombies) taking over kinda and maybe eating everyone. So far nothing is very clear but that is kinda spooky and cool in a way. Very interested to learn more about "them".
    I don't want this book to end :( the beginning is very straight forward easy read. You have to suspend belief but really get over it! The second half of the book can be a bit confusing. It starts to go back in forth in time (or so I think) and move toward the end of the book which we will hopefully learn where the two perspectives of Amy collide!! :D review of end to come! Ok so the ending....I almost had that OMG the whole book is ruined this sucks but it was pulled together. You learn a lot about lingering questions and wow do you look forward to the next book. Like I'm for real depressed thinking how long I will have to wait!! It gets back to the Amy I love and kinda like the beginning if y'all like that! Although it does leave things hanging for a next book I was very happy (unlike many series) that they tied up loose ends alluded at the entire book. Easy read+YA+female lead+weird killer creatures+post apocalyptic+tiny romance=A Emily Goodread!!


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Quickly becoming one of my favorite narrators!! Loved her in this book, Gone Girl and Tell Me! She is fantastic and I so appreciate her narration as it can make or break an audiobook!


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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