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Melanie J. Luther

Proud book worm!

Kent, WA United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 31 reviews
  • 109 ratings
  • 205 titles in library
  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires: The Dark Ones, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (154)

    Joy Randall's Top-five tips for vampire hunters: Location, location, location. Vampires won't be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, 10-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire. No matter how tempting it might be, do not "accidentally" acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better....

    E. Lanier says: "Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
    "Not What I Expected"
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    Would you try another book from Katie MacAlister and/or Karen White?

    I love Katie MacAlister for an author but this isn't one of her best. I still liked it for a one time read.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    There were times where I wished there was a little more umph to the story line and dragged a bit but the humor was there and I did laugh out loud.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4724)
    Performance
    (4483)
    Story
    (4465)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Say What?!"
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    Okay...I normally love the Dresden Files to death!!! Love Harry and all his friends and even enemies! But I had a hard time staying on track with this one because of what Harry had to do! I mean WTF? He had to help...Nicodemus Archleone?! Mab has totally lost it! Now the twist of what is going on with Harry's head is a hoot and very interesting....Glad to see some of the other beloved Characters back too....but dang!!! Once we got past his helping Nic...it did get better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witch with No Name: The Hollows, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (636)

    In The Witch with No Name, Kim Harrison brings back her wildly popular heroine for one final, epic battle. Rachel Morgan's come a long way from the klutzy runner fleeing a bad job. She's faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witches, and soul-eating demons. She's crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She's lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become something much more.

    LeSLiE says: "Thank you Kim Harrison for the memories!"
    "Oustanding"
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    I've been a long time fan of The Hallows series and never ever have I been disappointed. This series from start to finish has been edgy, intriguing and non-stop action and humor. Never has Kim Harrison let me down and Marguerite Gavin is awesome in her narration! You know exactly who is talking!!!! This is sadly the last book in the series but so well written and enthralling to the very end!!! Now it time for Rachel to find and fix the vampires or all she loves will die. She's pushed into the corners again and is faced with demons freedom to her world, facing off with the surface demons and the Goddess once again. Her relationship is strained and she's questioning it with Trent all at the same time. I will not spoil it you must read it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HeartMate: Celta, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin D. Owens
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    All his life, Rand T’Ash has looked forward to meeting his HeartMate, with whom he could begin a family. Once a street tough, now a respected nobleman and artisan, he has crafted the perfect HeartGift, which, in the custom of the psychically gifted population of the planet Celta, is the way a man finds—and attracts—his wife… Danith Mallow is irresistibly drawn to the magnificent necklace on display in T’Ash’s shop, but she is wary of its creator, despite an overpowering attraction. In a world where everyone is defined by their psychic ability, Danith has little, placing her at the opposite end of the social spectrum from T’Ash. But T’Ash refuses to accept her rejection and sees it as a challenge instead. They are HeartMates, but can T’Ash persuade his beloved to accept her destiny by his side?

    Elizabeth says: "Finally!"
    "HeartMate Perfection!!!"
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    Robin D. Owens is my all time favorite author and before she went Audible I've read all her books in her Celta series and love each and everyone of them. To understand most of what is happening in the series you must read from book one, HeartMate and read about Rand T'Ash and Danith D'Mallow and then follow in order of series...it steps beautifully through this world of Celta and tells of it's history and people. I cannot express enough of how excited I am that Robin D. Owens has finally allowed her series to be on Audible and I've got them all on my wish list. This one, the first in the series is written about Rand T'Ash, a greatlord that lost everything in a fire and then reclaimed his heritage. He's had a tough go but on his last passage he made his heartgift and knows he has a heartmate. He has a tough time claiming her because of the restrictions on how to go about claiming a heartmate but Danith does come around. She coming from difficult backgrounds too. An orphan, told she had no flair only to discover she does and a rare one at that curtsy of Rand who tested her himself. I'll not tell no more because there is adventure and fun (via a precocious Fam cat Zanith) and an assortment of colorful characters. Robin D. Owens has a gift in her writing and makes me wish I could live on Celta myself and have a heartmate!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy: A Wishcraft Mystery, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Blake
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy's Aunt Ve's personal concierge service, As You Wish, to plan the soiree. But turning eighty isn't all Harriette is celebrating-the Floracrafter has recently created the midnight black Witching Hour rose, the first all-natural rose of that color.

    Melanie J. Luther says: "Witchy and loving it!!"
    "Witchy and loving it!!"
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    This series just keeps getting better! I very much so enjoy Heather Blake's writing talent and Coleen Marlo's narrations! Once again Darcy finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation but this time the deceased's spirit has imprinted to her and she finds she has to solve his murder to help him pass over. Also Nick, her love interest and cop is embroiled into this and there is pressure on their relationship due to it and of course Nick's co-worker Glenda...who also is in love with him....causing it. The book has it's funny twists, mystery and magic.!!! Loved it!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1293)
    Performance
    (1214)
    Story
    (1219)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Love Molly Harper"
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    I've always loved Molly Harper and her humor. Again she blows me away with her quick wit and cast of characters she has. This time around it's a wickedly twisted well written ghost story that weaves around a Nerd Millionaire, spaz of a cousin, goofy best friend, sassy cleaning lady and shy gardener. Throw in a dilapidated mansion on a haunted island and a few vengeful of villains...a promising witty thrill ride. Get your popcorn, twizzlers and soda...have a great read!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Ashes: The Mortal Instruments, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Natalie Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2873)
    Performance
    (2117)
    Story
    (2144)

    Clary Fray just wants her life to go back to normal - but that turns out to be impossible. For one thing, her mother is still in the hospital, in a mysterious coma. For another, she and her brother, Jace, have fallen under a cloud of suspicion now that the Shadowhunter world knows that Valentine is still alive - and that Jace and Clary are his son and daughter.

    Mishel says: "Not appropriate for adults - YA only"
    "Love the series"
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    It seems that this series just gets better with each book. Now Clarey has a problem. She's in love with Jac....who is her brother. So she is dating Simon...which is on rocky roads now because he is turned to a vampire fully. ZOINKS! Valentine Jac and Clarey's father is sturring up more troubles with murdering the silent brothers and other downworlders casting Jac and Clarey into bad light with the counsel. I'm loving this book!! I love the twist and turns the author is taking it and Natalie Moore is excellent in the Narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alchemystic: A Spellmason Chronicle, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anton Strout
    • Narrated By Linda Borg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist living in New York City, even though her family is rich in real estate, including a towering Gothic Gramercy Park building built by her great-great-grandfather. But the truth of her bloodline is revealed when she is attacked on the street and saved by an inhumanly powerful winged figure. A figure who knows the Belarus name....

    Tracey says: "OK if you are looking for a YA fantasy"
    "Was okay..."
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    When I started to read this book it was absorbing but then it got to be unbelievable and unrealistic as to how the main Character would know certain things or do things that she'd never known before. I was sorely disappointed by some of the writing as I think it got sloppy in some parts like the author wanted to rush the story line or didn't know how to write certain scenes. As I said it was okay, somewhat far fetched and didn't absorb me as I usually get absorbed into a book.

    For short insight: Alexandra Belarus is a struggling artist that finds out some pretty dark secrets about her family and finds herself in a fight for her family and digging into her grandfathers past. She finds out she is a spell mason and has the abilities to manipulate a craft of magic with stones. She also somehow awakens a gargoyle that is her guardian through this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Bones: The Mortal Instruments, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Ari Graynor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4150)
    Performance
    (2993)
    Story
    (3029)

    When 15-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder - much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing, not even a smear of blood, to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

    Teddy says: "2 Stars because it actually gets worse...."
    "WOW!!!"
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    Right from the start it was exciting. I really wanted to read the book before watching the movie and I'm glad!!! The book does follow an "A" typical plot line, which I won't ruin for those who haven't read it but I love how the writer puts her twists and turns on it. I'm really looking forward to the next book.

    For a quick note: Clary is a strong girl who follows her gut and instincts through the book to find her Mom and works with people she doesn't know and discovers a pretty heavy secret about herself and her life that she wouldn't have known if her Mother had anything to do with it. In this she finds more family and creates strong bonds with people she wouldn't have normally hung out with but finds she needs also.

    A strong book, with a strong plot and good characters!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo: Love at Stake, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself...because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo....

    Melanie J. Luther says: "Not my favorite out of all of Kerrelyn's books."
    "Not my favorite out of all of Kerrelyn's books."
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    Finally get to hear Dougal Kincaid's Story. In the "Love At Stake" Series, earlier on, Dougal lost his sword hand in battle with the Malcontents. He's always the soft spoken of the Vamps and very loyal. A background character that you smiled and felt sorry for. Unfortunately, I felt sorry for him through this whole book! Sad life and sadder way to become a vampire. It touches base on his childhood of slavery, how he came to be playing the pipes and his music in general. Highlights on his lost love. Also touches on his new prosthetic hand that Roman made him that he can control with his mind. I never knew what a mopey Vamp he was! Leah is no better. She's his love interest. A brainy child who grew up smarter then the rest and became a scientist. She has a few hang-ups herself and found myself wanting to reach in the book and smack her a good one a few times. The story does improve when you get further into it! I loved the Angels part in it and a face off with the demon Darifer.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Wild About You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Nicol Zanzarella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (207)

    It's not every day that Elsa Bjornberg feels delicate, not when she hosts a home renovation show where she can effortlessly demolish a kitchen. But from the moment she meets Howard Barr, this bear of a man makes her feel like a woman. And the way he looks at her, as if she were a pot of honey he'd like to lick....

    Deborah says: "Howard the Barr Bear"
    "Woo Hoo Howard!"
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    Werebear Howard finds romance finally!! Doughnut loving hunk falls for a mythical amazon of a gal who's ancestors were the originators of his kind? He doesn't know it and was raised with the legend but he has had the hots for her since seeing her on a "Flip this house" show as one of the designer/workers. Of course this not so little gal doesn't believe in the hooey of her 'mystical' path and has Aunts that are batty in her book but she loves (one lugs a gun about. LOL) but she finds herself falling for the werebear and trying to heed her Aunts crazy warnings. Of course if you've followed the "At Stake" series as I have...you'll see all your favorite characters involved and laugh, nearly cry for and cheer on Howard. He's not as simple as he pretends to be in all the other books. Pooh Bear can growl!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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