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Maureen

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  • 20 reviews
  • 106 ratings
  • 202 titles in library
  • 15 purchased in 2015
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  • House of the Rising Sun: Crescent City, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Kristen Painter
    • Narrated By Elijah Alexander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (40)

    Every vampire has heard rumor of the mythical place where their kind can daywalk. But what no vampire knows is that this City of Eternal Night actually exists. And its name is New Orleans. For centuries, the fae have protected the city from vampire infestation. But when the bloodsuckers return, the fragile peace in New Orleans begins to crumble.

    Amazon Customer says: "I was on the fence"
    "The narrator ruined this book for me"
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    I can't give this book a fair review because the narrator just set my teeth on edge. I found his female characters especially awful. I just couldn't get into the story. It may just be me, but I suggest listening to the sample before you buy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Domination: Blood Destiny, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    "To whom are you taking her?" Merrill asked, uncharacteristically curious. "Dragon," Griffin grinned. I stared at Griffin, my mouth surely open in surprise. Dragon? There was somebody named Dragon? That didn't sound promising. Who named their kid Dragon?

    Maureen says: "Ok, I didn't see that coming"
    "Ok, I didn't see that coming"
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    Minor Spoiler Alert
    This series has major problems. There are things that just drive me crazy. For example almost every male character in the entire series has at one time or another referred to Lissa as "little girl". I mean everyone, It just doesn't ring true. Also the author threw a curveball and set most of this book,(I think), on another planet. Ok this is fantasy after all but she did no world building. This planet and it's people were just like earthlings. Lazy writing in my opinion. Strange men appear in her bedroom and she doesn't call for help she just goes to bed, come on it's just not believable. Also No matter how egregiously or often she is betrayed by the men in her life, she takes it and goes back for more. It seems to me the author doesn't know how to build chemistry between Lissa and the many "men" in her life. There is no build up, the men just jump on her and she is placid. This book did frustrate me and yet I'm not ready to give up on the series. I still want to know what happens to Lissa. I hope Lissa will find her feet and grow a backbone and I really hope the next book in the series is not quite so "out there".





    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Grim: Tornians Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M.K. Eidem
    • Narrated By Commodore James, Laura Jennings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (586)
    Performance
    (547)
    Story
    (548)

    King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "SO DANG GOOD!!!"
    "Earth girls are easy and apparently stupid"
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    I gave up on this book right after Lisa demanded to go back and get her two daughters so they could share her uncertain fate. Really? What Mother would want her kids to join her in an alien abduction, especially when she knew the reason for the abduction. I Listened to the first half of the book and just couldn't finish it. I found it to be pure drivel. I know a lot of people seem to have enjoyed it but the whole plot seemed asinine to me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Soul: Jane Yellowrock, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1019)
    Performance
    (939)
    Story
    (934)

    Jane Yellowrock is a vampire killer for hire - but other creatures of the night still need to watch their backs....When the Master of the city of New Orleans asks Jane to improve security for a future visit from a delegation of European vampires, she names an exorbitant price - and Leo is willing to pay. That’s because the European vamps want Leo’s territory, and he knows that he needs Jane to prevent a total bloodbath.

    Crystal Wilson says: "U always surprise me"
    "Faith Hunter can't write fast enough for me"
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    This book has great action in more ways than one. Jane and Beast keep growing and evolving. This series never gets old to me and Khristine Hvan's narration just gets better and better. I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1480)
    Performance
    (1336)
    Story
    (1335)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Great summer read!"
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    I most often read Historical Fiction and Urban Fantasy but this book sounded interesting so I took a chance. I really enjoyed it. It was fast paced and light. I would have liked a bit more world building but over all I found the story and characters engaging. I hope the next book will focus a bit more on the time travel missions now that the politics have been explained.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hellbent

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cherie Priest
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (178)

    Vampire and thief Raylene Pendle doesn’t need more complications in her life. Her Seattle home is already overrun by a band of misfits, including Ian Stott, a blind vampire, and Adrian deJesus, an ex–Navy SEAL/drag queen. But Raylene still can’t resist an old pal’s request: seek out and steal a bizarre set of artifacts. Also on the hunt is a brilliant but certifiably crazy sorceress determined to stomp anyone who gets in her way.

    Tiffani says: "Nice Second Installment"
    "A lot to like in this book"
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    I read the first book in this series a while ago and enjoyed it. Hellbent is a good listen also.
    It has a lot of action and humor. There was a hint of romance in the first book and I was hoping the author would give us a little more in this one. Alas, just more hints, but I still think the book is very credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Cravings: The Phoenix Pact, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1675)
    Performance
    (1543)
    Story
    (1542)

    Wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has a secret. And no one - not her Alpha, not her best friend, and most definitely not gorgeous Dante Garcea - can know the truth. She thinks keeping her little “problem” under wraps from Dante won’t be so tough; after all, he’s ignored her for years, despite her best attempts at flirtation. But though Jaime is determined to face her problem alone, nothing can stop her from wanting him.... As Beta, Dante is responsible for the protection and safety of his entire pack. If a wolf is hiding something that could endanger the others, it’s his business to know about it....

    Melanie says: "Wickedly Delicious"
    "Just a clone of the first book"
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    This book is so similar to the first book in the series that I feel the author should be ashamed. The bedroom dialog is almost identical. I did not even finish the book, there seemed no point. I know it got a lot of good reviews but if you are looking for an interesting story don't buy this book. The author seems to have a formula and she is sticking to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Broken: Mercy Thompson, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3107)
    Performance
    (2860)
    Story
    (2862)

    An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from a stalker. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right. Soon her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the furthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back, and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get him, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Beware the Exes!"
    "Great author, great series"
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    I love Patricia Briggs. I have to admit, I listen to her books over and over again. she manages to keep her characters and plots fresh and interesting. Night Broken is no exception, I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1395)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1281)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Interesting world, I liked it"
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    There was a lot to like about this book. I found the world interesting and original and even though this is a long book it didn't drag. I think the author could have spent a bit more time and effort explaining how and why Meg was so quickly and completely accepted by the others. also, while the narration was competent a stronger voice would have made it better for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Arts: Jane Yellowrock, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1333)
    Performance
    (1217)
    Story
    (1218)

    When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace. Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy - one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.

    Angela says: "WELL WORTH THE WAIT!!!"
    "Another great book. Go Faith!"
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    I love this series. I do not enjoy books that are basically bodice rippers with a vampire or wolf in place of the pirate or viscount. Jane Yellowrock's world has grit, humor and depth. This series has held my attention from book 1. Even if you don't normally read fantasy or paranormal books, if you like action and adventure with a little steam from time to time I bet you will like this series. Only one negative, the long wait for book 8 has just begun for me.

    16 of 16 people found this review helpful

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