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Janna

Lansdale, PA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Bloodfire: Blood Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (411)
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    (376)
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    (382)

    Mack might be, to all intents and purposes, a normal looking human, but she lives with a pack of shapeshifters in Cornwall in rural England after being dumped there by her mother when she was just a young child. She desperately wants to be accepted by her surrogate family, not least because a lot of them hate her for merely being human, but for some reason her blood just won't allow the transformation to occur.

    Marianne says: "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"
    "Wish I knew of thi book sooner"
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    I came across this book based on the Audible recommendation. I am glad I did. I love paranormal romance, scifi, and steampunk. This book has an "Outlander" feel, but more fast-paced. The characters are well-presented, although little back-story is offered. This can be both bad (shallow, superficial characters) and good (not bogged down by needless description.) I am looking forward to the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Life as a White Trash Zombie

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Diana Rowland
    • Narrated By Allison McLemore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1897)
    Performance
    (1759)
    Story
    (1755)

    Teenage delinquent Angel Crawford lives with her redneck father in the swamps of southern Louisiana. She's a high school dropout, addicted to drugs and alcohol, and has a police record a mile long. But when she's made into a zombie after a car crash, her addictions disappear, except for her all-consuming need to stay "alive".

    Marvin says: "New diet trend, become a zombie!"
    "Pretty good read"
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    This is an interesting take on zombies. A story in which the zombie can live amongst humans without them knowing, as in many vampire novels. I like how the main character grows up a lot in the book, taking responsibility for her actions and using a bad history as a jump off point to make something of herself. All that being said, I found the book to be a bit slow and choppy in parts. Perhaps it is simply due to the need for character development, as s common in a lot of firsts in series. I did enjoy the mystery-type story in the book and hope it persists in the next. I will give the next one a try, I did enjoy the narrator and she makes it worth while to give the next one a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sex and the Single Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (105)

    It's not easy finding love when you're nine hundred years old . . . And undead Romance novelist Christian Dante is sexy and arrogant, a true alpha male. He's also a Dark One (aka vampire), doomed to spend eternity cruising the singles scene in search of the one woman who can redeem his soul. But finally he's found the love that Fate has chosen for him. Too bad she sees dead people and likes to play with demons.

    Barbara says: "Not at all like her previous works!"
    "A fun listen"
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    I argued with myself over 4 or 5 stars for this one. The story is a bit hokey at times, and feels like riding over a gravel road without shocks at time. For all that, I think that's why I ended up loving it. The storyline is light and very funny, and dare I say, cute. There are vampires galore, although you aren't sure who the real one is at first. I'm not sure the main love interest would survive all the difficulties in real life, but that is true of most fiction. The subsequent books in the series are even better, so at least listen to get to those! And if you like steamy sex scenes, you'll enjoy these quite a lot, adding a nice bit of humor to the mix as well. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2439)
    Performance
    (1848)
    Story
    (1854)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "A good listen"
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    I like Casandra Clare as an author, but I don't love her. This book, like her others, is a slow start. I understand that new characters require development, but she drags it out more than necessary and tries too hard to leave an air of mystery about them. There were a few moments in this book I was tempted to stop listening due to lulls in the story. I am glad I persisted, as the storyline is unique and was a good mystery on top of it. It does involve vampires and other immortal beings, but they aren't the main focus, rather the group of angel descendants responsible for guarding humans from all of those nasties are the focus. Overall worth the listen, but expect some slow spots. Hopefully the second one rolls more smoothly since most characters should be known.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nightshade

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Andrea Cremer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (190)
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    (190)

    Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known.

    Staaj says: "Disappointed"
    "Stick this one out for the series"
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    I bought all three of these books at once, something I rarely do. That is the only reason I stuck out this first book. The first 2/3 of the book is repetitious and full of teenage angst that drove me crazy. The storyline is original, but the explanations about what is happening is revealed too slowly, only coming together the last third of the book. With that said, the last third is good enough to almost redeem the first parts, and the next book does an even better job of making the story into an enjoyable experience.
    The story is a unique portrayal of werewolves, or Guardians, having been created as protectors of important relics. The are ruled by Keepers, which Guardians think are the good guys. An internal conflict arises when their actions are questioned by a Guardian and a new-comer. Decisions have to be made and not just orders being followed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wolfsbane: A Nightshade Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Andrea Cremer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    When Calla Tor wakes up in the lair of the Searchers, her sworn enemies, she’s certain her days are numbered. But then the Searchers make her an offer - one that gives her the chance to destroy her former masters and save the pack - and the man - she left behind. Is Ren worth the price of her freedom? And will Shay stand by her side no matter what? Now in control of her own destiny, Calla must decide which battles are worth fighting and how many trials true love can endure and still survive.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Paved way for the third book."
    "Original take on werewolves"
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    This book is redeeming to the first. Jumping into this book is a refreshing change from the tedious teenage angst of the first book. A different set of characters in this book in the form of Searchers, those the Guardian werewolves believed were the enemy, are more lively and less conflicted about everything. They are preparing to fight the Keepers, those that made the Guardians, to drown out black magic and give the Guardians their freedom. The characters are lively. The plot is a bit predictable at times, but enjoyable all the same.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Born: Dark Swan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1028)
    Performance
    (680)
    Story
    (686)

    Eugenie Markham is a powerful shaman who does a brisk trade banishing spirits and fey who cross into the mortal world. Mercenary, yes, but a girl's got to eat. Her most recent case, however, is enough to ruin her appetite. Hired to find a teenager who has been taken to the Otherworld, Eugenie comes face to face with a startling prophecy - one that uncovers dark secrets about her past and claims that Eugenie's first-born will threaten the future of the world as she knows it.

    Leesa says: "Good Listen."
    "Not like her others, in a good way"
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    This book is not about pescy teenage angst like the Vampire Academy books (which I enjoyed, for the record.) This is a grownup book for sure, with sexy scenes and themes to go with. Those scenes are hot yet tasteful. I like the storyline and list of characters, being a new twist on the fey and their culture and the Other World. The lead character is a strong woman, that struggles with wanting to dominate and be dominated, personally and in all areas of her life. The outline of the story's basics remind me of The Hollows/Rachel Morgan books by Kim Harrison, another fantasy series I enjoy. I hope the good writing and interesting storyline continue I the next books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jeneration X: One Reluctant Adult's Attempt to Unarrest Her Arrested Development; Or, Why It'sNever Too Late for Her Dumb Ass to Learn Why Froot Loops Are Not for Dinner

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jen Lancaster
    • Narrated By Jen Lancaster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (135)
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    (135)

    In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now, the New York Times best-selling author gives herself - and her generation - a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age. Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life insurance-having adult she's become.

    T. Snyder says: "Jen Lancaster does it again!"
    "Loved, loved, loved it!"
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    I was so excited that another Jen Lancaster book was out, I got it as soon as I could, and boy was I not disappointed! And as bonus, the author herself reads it! As with all her other books, I found myself laughing aloud, at times to the point of tears. I love her wit and humor and strong personality. Whether you've read other books or not, you have to read this (although, really, they all deserve to be read!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Elijah: Nightwalkers Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (533)

    Some feelings you just can't fight. He is known as the Warrior Captain - a master of every weapon, a fierce soldier sworn to protect his kind. Powerful, relentless, merciless, Elijah has always won every battle he's ever taken on - until now. Ambushed by necromancers, he is left for dead only to be discovered by the woman who could very well deliver the final blow: Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.

    A User says: "Five Stars For The Narration"
    "still loving the series"
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    I have really enjoyed these books, as they are a different take on the whole demon, wereanimal, and vampire worlds. This book is sexy and has a strong story-line to go along with it. The main women in the books are strong characters in their own rights, but are made more complete by their bond with the male counter-parts.

    Elijah doesn't know his life is incomplete, until he is mortally injured and he receives the assistance of Sienna, the werecougar queen. They initially resist the pairing, especially the female, but in the end the resistance is all for naught. Having had only a distaste for male warriors like her dad, Sienna is afraid to let go for fear of having devastating results occur for herself and her people. Elijah must prove himself to her, all while a crazy renegade demon tries to take out all the people he loves. Great story, with all the various stories going on tying up neatly at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gideon: Nightwalkers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (597)
    Story
    (602)

    As a healer, he knows her body. But it's her heart he wants. For a thousand years, Gideon has healed his people. And as the oldest surviving male of his race, his wisdom has always been respected without question. But Gideon knows that even he is vulnerable to the powerful, primitive desires that befall his kind during Hallowed moons---and nine years ago that truth was hammered home when he found himself claiming Magdalena, the Demon King's sister, in a wild embrace.

    A User says: "It's all about the Narration"
    "such a fun book!"
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    I have really enjoyed these books, as they are a different take on the whole demon, wereanimal, and vampire worlds. This book is sexy and has a strong story-line to go along with it. The main women in the books are strong characters in their own rights, but are made more complete by their bond with the male counter-parts.

    Gideon is such a dry character, but made lovable by his fun-loving new mate. Her resistance to him and her final acquiescence is so endearing you want to jump right to the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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