This book is a bit graphic for the YA set, but as an adult who reads and reviews quite a few YA books and loves thrillers, this was a great listen. The book is full of gruesome crimes and depraved killers, but it also features the strength of friendship. There's a lot going on in this sequel- the story expanding from a small town boy dealing with his serial killer father's legacy, to New York City and the possibility that Jasper's dad is on the hunt again. While Jasper helps the cops in NYC, Howie and Connie are dealing with a mystery a little closer at home. The end of the book leaves several cliffhangers that will have you desperate for the next book!
The ending had me on the edge of my seat! The stakes have gotten so much higher in this third book, and the fate of the main characters had my pulse racing!
Thurston stepped up his performance for this second book, and while I thought he did an okay job in I Hunt Killers, I much preferred his narration in Game. I'm including him in my "favorite narrators" list now. ;)
"Losing this game could be deadly"
I picked this audio up awhile ago, saving it for a time when I was in the mood for something cute and magical. This book delivered that, although it definitely had a darker side.
The town of Nodaway Falls felt cozy mystery charming, and someday I will make the Hubs move to a smaller, quainter town than where we currently live. Where, no doubt, I will suddenly discover that I have latent magical abilities, or that I'm actually quite crafty. I also loved the romantic tension between Olivia and Tobias. Although, authors, please. Stop trying to make the name Tobias sexy. It's not sexy. It's an old pervy man's name.
Friendship plays a large role in the book too. Despite the fact that it soon sours, I loved that Olivia met up with her friends Peach, Millie and Stacey weekly for drinks and confession. The difference between the women was nice, but still made sense that they would connect. However, some of the secrets and jealousy lingering beneath the surface were plain troubling.
The magic in the book is unique, or at least it's new to me. There's daytime magic users and nighttime magic users, and I like the constraints and problems the magic rules caused. Watching Olivia discover her magic and her true history was both fun and interesting- you have to love ceramic mug bunnies and paper birds!
I didn't expect this book to be as dark as it was in places, but I think it needed the higher stakes involved. It's not a perfect book by any means, sometimes the characters felt a little immature or silly. But because the book has such a great narrator, it helped me overlook issues that I might have worried more about had I read the book in print.
Once again, Amanda Ronconi! When I bought this book on Audible it was before I became a huge fan of Ronconi, but she's the main reason I finally listened to it. I had just finished another audio narrated by her and wasn't quite ready to move to a new narrator, event though the two books were both magical romances. Like I said, this book had some flaws, but with a great narration it's easy to just go with the flow and enjoy the fun and magic!
Laini Taylor has created such a unique story and her characters are so full of life that my friends and I discuss them like they're real (especially Zuzana!). I often recommend Khristine Hvam narrated books to my friends who are just starting to get into audio books because she's one of my all time favorite narrators. Kevin T. Collins is high up on the list too! They did a fantastic job of the dual narration!
I have a hard time comparing Laini Taylor's novels to other books, but for me she brings the magic of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater or Neil Gaiman.
I don't know any narrator outside of Jim Dale who can do narration as well as Khristine Hvam- she has a knack for accents and her voice is immensely suited to YA. I was very impressed with Kevin T. Collins performance as well, although I haven't listened to many novels narrated by him in the past, I plan on rectifying that! ;)
This book will make you laugh out loud simply because Zuzana is delightful! I honestly can't think of a single character in YA or Adult that charms me and makes me giggle like she does.
Read this series now! Or better yet, listen to the series on audible! The last book comes out in April so now is the perfect time to start. ;)
The loss of Maeve Binchy in 2012 was hard on us fans, and I put off reading this one until recently. I love Binchy's writing style and her characters so much, and narrator Rosalyn Landor did an amazing job bringing it all to life! I commute quite a distance during the week but books like this make me want to spend time in my car!
I loved them all, but I particularly liked Winnie's story- finding love later in life and then having to deal with Lillian, who is a true monster-in-law, was both funny and heart-warming. I also felt Winnie's frustration and understood her just wanting to concede victory rather than deal with Lillian forever.
This was my first Rosalyn Landor experience, but it won't be my last! I've already put several of her narrated books on my wish list. I love finding narrators I love!
Maeve Binchy had a remarkable talent in creating characters. In just a few lines, or a bit of dialogue, you get a sense of who they are. There is something quite lovely in reading her novels, something cozy and familiar.
Snark and Secrets.
The humor, despite it being mostly snark, is laugh out loud in some parts so be prepared to have people see you laughing to yourself while you're driving, exercising or grocery shopping.
Khristine Hvam is amazing as every character, but she nails Parker. Nails it! ;)
Popularity isn't all it's cracked up to be.
I'm surprised I ended up liking this book as much as I did because Parker annoyed me at first. Although she's super snarky and acidic, she's also super funny and, usually, dead on in her observations- about other people, and not herself. My favorite scenes in the book were when she would imagine what her parents' silent conversations were about, usually ending them with one of them saying "We're such good parents!".
Parker is a very interesting, tightly wound character. The mystery involving the story kept me glued to my seat. In fact, that's kind of what keeps this book from being a 5 star- it's just not resolved enough for me. I'm okay with how things end up for Parker, it would have been awful if Summers had wrapped up all her problems with a shiny pink Becky-like bow. However, I wanted more of the Jessie story and I'm a bit surprised that Parker didn't have more consequences for some of her... actions.
Overall, it's a fast paced audiobook, read by one of my favorite narrators, Khristine Hvam. I'm definitely interested in reading more books by Courtney Summers and I'm wondering which book of hers I should read next?
I really loved the narration! I've tried to read this book several times, but I just couldn't get into the print version. Tanya Eby's great reading of the book really hooked me, and I was able to immediately connect. The mystery was also done really well, and while I was able to predict certain parts of the mystery, a few details really took me by surprise. I already have the next book waiting in my Audible queue, and I can't wait to get to it!
Tess Gerritsen is one of my favorite thriller authors, and if you like her books then check out books by Karin Slaughter and Lisa Gardner.
I thought Eby did a great job with all of the characters and the different accents, from Bostonian to Chinese American, were impressive. I never had to wonder who was speaking, which can be a problem with a less experienced or talented narrator.
Definitely! I use the Audible app, usually at 2x speed, which helps speed things up, but it's one of the stories that will keep you driving around longer than necessary if you listen on your commute like I do.
Winter's Bone is my book club's read for this month, and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. Despite the bleak setting and bleak circumstances, there's a redeeming grace in Ree's struggle to save her family home and to take care of her ailing mother and younger brothers.
Ree Dolly is a wonderful character- full of strength and good old fashioned gumption. Tough talking and even tougher physically, Ree still has tender moments with her best friend Gail, and her family.
I haven't seen the movie, so Emma was Ree for me. She put a lot of emotion in Ree's voice and just brought the whole Dolly clan to life.
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