I really just want to gush about this book that it's so hard for me to write this review. I have to slow down, step back and think about this coherently. It's been 2 days since I finished The Program and I haven't started listening to another book YET. This is not my norm...I end one, I start one. I just can't get this one out of my head. Okay...let me back up.
This book has been on my TBR since I first read the premise last summer. I'm chosey about my dystopian and YA books especially but this one just sounded so interesting to me. I've seen mixed reviews about this book and after I was told the audiobook was good, I didn't hesitate. I listened to this book in 2 days. I usually just listen on the car rides to and from work, but this book was so addicting that I just COULD NOT stop. My addiction was to the point that my husband was even taking notice. LOL
I've seen other reviews and it seems like others are upset about the premise of the book "suicide as an epidemic". Listen...if you are SUPER nit picky about science not working out perfectly in your book, then this book may annoy you. If you want to read a book for the enjoyment and aren't going to harp on the tiny details, YOU'LL LOVE THIS ONE!!!
Okay, review really below.....
The Program is told only from Sloane, the heroine's POV. She is living in a time where suicide has become an epidemic, an epidemic that caused the loss of her brother. Teens are struggling with their raging emotions but aren't able to fully express themselves for fear of The Program. Tons of people have bought into the propaganda including teachers and parents. There are handlers watching students at school all day long for an signs of distress.
There are 3 parts in the book. The first part Sloane tells us about her world. We learn about her relationship with her friends, her parents and most importantly James, her boyfriend. All of the students in her high school are scared of The Program. The only thing they know is that after 6 weeks in The Program the once "sick" teens are now blank slates and have lost their memories.
Sloane and James have been together for two years and are madly in love with each other. These two are just adorable together. They are trying to be strong for one another so that they don't get sick. There is only so much that they can do when everyone is getting sick around them, so Sloane and James are faced with the likelihood that they will enter The Program. Since the book takes place with them already been together for two years, we don't see their love blossoming first hand. We do get to see them present tense, as well as Sloane's past memories (some flashbacks) and hear her feelings for James.
I don't want to spoil most of the book but readers do learn the ins and outs of The Program, including how their memories are taken away. Sloane continues to be very strong throughout everything. No matter what has happened to her, she continues to stand up for herself and what she believes is right.
There are several great secondary characters including Miller, Lacey and Realm. Tons of twists and turns in this one. Jaw dropping incidences that had me completely baffled. Realm...oye Realm!! Realm made me want to love him and kill him at the same time.
The Program is a love conquers all book!! “If it's meant to be, you'll find each other again.”
**Note- This book is for mature YA readers. There is cursing and sex (not graphic at all) in the book.
(Fans of Shatter Me series would love this book!)
** I actually listened to this one in the 3 parts but I will review it all in one.**
I’ve heard mixed reviews about this first book (parts 1-3). Kresley Cole is one of my all-time favorite authors and an auto-buy for me. I’ve read everything she’s written so I didn’t even have to read the blurb to know that I’ve be trying it. Do I like serials? Ummm…NO! But this is KC, so I was going to try it.
I’ve confessed before that I don’t read blurbs! I doubt many people do this but it’s a thing of mine. So going blindly into this book I was glad that this one is DIFFERENT. I knew it was erotic but didn’t know much else. Within my first hour of listening I knew I was going to love this book.
YES it’s VERY erotic and the narrator DEFINITELY gets into this one. LOL! Screaming orgasms from a RUSSIAN man…yeah…narrator did a GREAT job! LOL
What I liked:
Setting- This is my first book set in Russian and…
Foreign hero- This is also my first book with a Russian hero. It was a nice change of pace. Now I have a Russian alpha male to add to my harem. :-)
BDSM- What can I say I love this $hit!
Jess and Natalie’s banter and guy-isms- They really had me cracking up and it broke up the seriousness of the BDSM relationship between the h/h.
What I didn’t like:
HELLO! Virgin heroine :-( Ugh! (albeit she was really not very virginal at all, lol)
The ending…I liked it and I didn’t. I wished it wasn’t as rushed BUT I do like that we finally got some insight into Sevastyan’s background.
I’m left confused a little though…is there a next book? It seemed wrapped up pretty tight at the end but Goodreads had it down as Game Maker #1. Hmmm….If there is I will DEFINITELY read/listen to it as I do like the concept of this book. And DAMN can Kresley Cole write some sex scenes. LOVE HER!!!
Narration: Kimberly Alexis is a new to me narrator. I thought she did amazingly well. As one of the main characters (hero) is Russian and spoke some Russian she had to have the accent and pronunciations down correctly. I’m no Russian expert but her accent sounded great. Even when Russian words were spoken they sounded great. I would love to know if she truly said them correctly in the right dialect but all in all she was very believable. I would definitely listen to more of her work.
I very much enjoyed the last 2 books in this series and I’m not quite sure why I didn’t just JUMP right into this one.
The theme of this story wasn’t very original, as I’ve read other books that had similar ways of getting hero and heroine together BUT I thought this one was well done. I love that these two were such great friends before anything happened between them. It made the sexual tension that much more intense. On top of that I love the cute banter they had with each other that came from their friendship and closeness. They both have also dealing with similar issues in grieving loved ones which brought them THAT much closer together.
There was NEVER a question of WHY Nate and Olivia were together it was always WHY it hadn’t happened already. These two were so compatible that it was just one of those inevitable things.
Nate was so cute. I loved his dirty talk, sexiness as he would whisper in Liv’s ears and how sweet he was to her. Olivia reminds me a little of me, she was like one of the guys at times. I used (before DH) to have TONS of guy friends that I can totally relate. Olivia was smart, witty and caring and I loved that about her.
There was also a wee bit of side story or continuation from the previous stories that was kind of nice too. It’s always nice to see past couples together and getting little slices of their lives after their HEA.
I can’t wait to continue reading/listening to this series, the writing is stellar and combined with great narration it’s definitely worth your time to listen to this series.
Narration: This series is strange in that all 3 books so far have had different narrators. Ironically enough they’ve ALL been great. Angelica Lee was great with her Scottish accents and very distinct with each of her voices. Her male voices were great, low and sexy. I would definitely listen to more from her.
I bought this audio during one of Audible’s sales and got a really good deal on it. Several other friends have heard this one and LOVED it and for some reason I STILL hadn’t started it. Well shame on ME!!
Feral Sins is a werewolf shifter novel. The books started out with a BANG. Taryn having been drugged an dragged to places unknown. Upon meeting each other the chemistry started between Taryn and Trey. Trey is one SEXY ALPHA!! Taryn is one smart mouthed bitch of an alpha female and they are a great match. It was nice to get back to a shifter/PNR book as I haven’t read nor listened to one in a long time. This one was very refreshing.
I don’t have many complaints except I thought the book was a little longer than it needed to be AND I thought some of Taryn’s humor was a little over the top. Coming from ME, the sarcastic person that I am, I thought some of her antics were just too much. I understood making Trey fight her for dominance in the bedroom but calling him all sorts of weird crazy names mid-act was just a little weird.
Most of the sexy scenes were SMOKING HOT and I loved Trey’s dominant alpha self in the bedroom. I also enjoyed his dirty talk! Yum!
I’m ready to dive into the next book NOW! :-)
Narrator: Jill did a great job. All her voices were very distinct. There’s a lot of characters in this book and I was able to tell the difference between everyone based on her voice. Her male voices were great as well as her voice for Greta the great grandmother. I look forward to hearing more from Jill in this series and others.
Ok…I’m not gonna lie, this book was tough for me to get through. I finished reading book 2, Days of Blood and Startlight, on January 12, 2013. Yes, over a year ago. Needless to say with this HUGE cast of characters I was LOST! There really isn’t any recap at all to speak of, just kind of throw into the story again. MAYBE I should have re-read (re-listened) to the last book but I rarely (okay never) do that. Of course since I was kind of lost it didn’t help when there were SO MANY POV changes. LOL! I’d figure out what’s going on then get lost again. UGH!
Anyways…I figured I’d get that out.
I’ve seen other reviews complete there was just too much going on in this book and I would completely agree. There were new characters that I wasn’t invested in. Then as I’m not really caring for them BAM something major happens to that character and they are part of a HUGE plot point. My head is still reeling and more happens and then more. There was never any downtime at all. Poor Karou and Akiva barely had anytime together with all the mess that was happening in their lives.
My favorite thing in this book is Karou’s bff, Zuzana. She never fails to make me laugh and breaks up the seriousness of the situation in the book.
I liked that Akiva and Karou had their HEA after EVERYTHING they’ve gone through but the journey was just TOO much I guess.
I thought this book was going to end at least twice…but then it continued and then continued and then continued. This is one of those books that I just thought was WAY TOO long. I really wanted to like this one more. :-(
Narrator Note: As I stated in the last two books in this series, Khristine Hvam is an AMAZING narrator! Her voice for Razgot is SOOOOO good I’m in aww every time I hear it. I can’t wait to hear more from her.
Unfortunately I really wasn’t too impressed with this installment.
NARRATION: I try not to start off with narration details, but I feel like I must with this one. This installment had dual narrators, Tatiana Sokolov and Todd Haberkorn. The last book Reaper’s Property was narrated by Stella Bloom. I wish they’d just left her. :-/ The two narrators weren’t horrible but they just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t like the male voices that Tatiana had, they seemed VERY forced. It was like she was trying extra hard to make her voice gravelly and it just didn’t sound great. Horse, Picnic and the other biker guys just sounded dorky. :-( Todd was okay but I guess I just didn’t like his voice either. It didn’t fit for me.
WHAT I DIDN’T LIKE
SOPHIE! A leading lady has to be SUPER annoying for me to notice and Sophie was definitely NOTICED! There was a lot of inner monologue going on with Sophie. She wanted Ruger, she didn’t want Ruger, and this went on and on the ENTIRE BOOK.
Ruger wasn’t the best leading man in my book either. He was like of an ass**** most of the book. Yes he was nice to Sophie and there for her when she needed him but damn he could be mean sometimes.
WHAT I LIKED
I liked the interaction with the girls in the MC. I loved how Marie, Dancer, Em and all the ladies were so friendly and welcoming to Sophie. There were several funny moments with them hanging out too.
Ruger was pretty awesome with Noah and I’m always happy to read about men with kids. I also like how Wylde makes her bikers intelligent (that sounds bad), but they have careers outside of the MC and could survive without the MC. For instance Ruger is a gun smither, lock smith and security expert. Horse (1st books hero) was an accountant I believe.
WILL I CONTINUE?
I think I will but the next book will determine yay or nay for the rest of the series.
The narrator is amazing. She had made the stories so much better.
I love Warner! :-) I thought Mafi ended the trilogy great.
Her narration, her accents, her voice is what brought this series to live for me. I started off the series in audio and I don't think I would have liked it had I just read it.
Yes, I didn't want it to end.
If you've enjoyed the series thus far this is definitely worth a credit.
I haven’t read a historical romance is quite sometime (with the except of Kristen Callihan). I always want to go back and read one but somehow they get pushed to the way side. Luckily there was an Audible $4.95 sale and I figured this would be the perfect time. I’m so glad that I did.
In Bed with a Highlander starts off great. Within 2-3 chapters I was completely invested in this book and didn’t want to stop. There is so much that happens in those first few chapters that really sets the scene for this book.
Mairin is one tough cookie and was a great heroine in this book. She is the perfect mate for the Ewan. She’s not whiny or prissy. She will take whatever situation she finds herself in and she makes the best of it or she will get out of dodge. She’s a fighter, which I love. I also very much enjoyed how sweet and kind she was to Crispen, (name makes me think of Bones, hehe) Ewan’s 8 year old son.
Ewan wasn’t ready for Mairin, she completely blind sided him. He’s used to woman just listening to him and not questioning him. Mairin of course did the total opposite. He was firm and tough with Mairin but never crossed the line. Ewan was fair handed, trustworthy and respected by everyone. He was kind to his wife and took very good care of her.
Mairin and Ewan fell in love quickly. There was great chemistry between the two of them. Their love making scenes were very sweet but also hot. Ewan is a well experienced Scottsman and taught his wife well. :-)
The conversation between Mairin and the ladies of the McCabe clan were some of the funniest moments of the book. They had to give Mairin some womanly advice about the bedroom that had me giggling out loud when hearing Mairin’s reactions.
The last Maya Banks book I tried (also audio) I didn’t really like. I could tell though by her writing that she would be great with a historical. I’m glad that I tried her again because I look forward to hearing about the other 2 McCabe brothers.
Narrator note: Kristen Potter did a great job in this audio. This is my first listen from her and she had the Scottish accent perfectly. She’s a very popular narrator so I’m glad I liked her. Each individual character had their own voice and were very distinct. I look forward to hear more of her work.
I have heard RAVE reviews about this book for years. Needless to say I had VERY high hopes for this book. Yes, it’s the audio version. There was a sale for like $2.95 so I just couldn’t pass it up and I got it that way.
This review is tough to write. Frankly, I was looking to be WOWed and that didn’t happen. I was waiting and waiting and waiting for the FANTASICNESS to appear. The writing is good enough but I found myself just….BORED!! Where was the good stuff? The book didn’t TRULY spark for me until about the 80% mark. Even then…it still didn’t jive for me. That turn in the story is why I gave the book a little more in my rating.
Penryn (not a fan of the name either) is a 17 year old girl fighting to survive in this new post-apocalyptic world with her mother and sister. Angels have taken over and caused chaos throughout the world. It’s been about six weeks and everyone is just scrapping by. There really wasn’t much explanation in regards to the small details. Zombie apocalypse, crazy infection that kills half the world I could understand why there’s no food or lights, etc. But Angels attacking and congregating in an aerie? Why are their no resources? I don’t know…maybe the next book explains more? I digress…
I think my biggest problem is with Penryn. She was a strong woman in one second and a total retard the next. Her personality was just all over the place. She was very contradictory. Yes I understand that she’s only 17, she’s a kid but she acts very mature.
There is a recurring theme in YA books where the parents are missing in the books. Sometimes it’s explained easily and it’s no biggie. Other times like in THIS case, I didn’t like the absence of her mother. Why? Because her mother is a little crazy, has always been a little paranoid, and believed in demons. Well…Angels have overtaken the world…demons…why not? Penryn continues to treat her mother like CRAP. To top it off, when they get separated…does she go looking for her mother? No. Does she worry about her? Ummm…no. When she sees her mother later on, she doesn’t even act like she cares. Her mother was a burden to her the WHOLE book. This…I DID NOT LIKE!!
Penryn with Raffe….again DID NOT LIKE! She hated him for being an Angel one minute and then wouldn’t leave his side the other half of the time. She’s a smart girl but yet she continued to believe that Raffe was a bad guy, yet her never tried to kill her and he was fighting other Angels when she saw him for the first time. Doesn’t make sense to me. Why can’t she puzzle this together? He’s clearly not who you think he is.
Raffe…*annoyed sigh* He was definitely an anti-hero. He was not nice or sweet and I just didn’t have much to latch onto with him. The crazy part is that I usually love the anti-hero. :-/ I didn’t hate him but didn’t love him either. He really wasn’t very memorable to me.
When the action REALLY got started and the monsters were discovered that’s when my ears perked up and I really got into the book. I liked the creativity in these monsters and the situations that they were found in. It was totally new and creepy and I LOVED IT. Unfortunately it was at least 80% into the book before this happened. Too little too late for me.
I found myself throughout this book thinking that Daughter of Smoke & Bone was better. They are both YA dysptopian novels with angels and demons. Like with Angelfall I audio listened to it. Daughter of Smoke & Bone has spunky main characters AND side characters. It was a HUGE cast but everyone was unique and true to their personalities.
This book just left me confused and with a lot of questions. A lot of them surrounding the ending and Paige, Penryn’s sister. Did they really take Paige in like that? I mean COME ON! I didn’t think this book was BAD, it was decent I guess, but I did have issues in the book. Will I continue to read the series? Ehhh…probably not.
Rating 2.5-3 stars
Narrator note: This is my first audio experience with Caitlin Davies. I thought she did a great job. Nothing spectacular but each character was very distinct and different. I would definitely listen to more of her work.
I was very thankful to Loupe from Hot Listens to have recommended and gifted me the audio copy of On Dublin Street. I loved it so much that when I didn’t know what to listen to I knew I should start the 2nd book in this series.
Down London Road focuses on Johanna aka Jo (Joss’ co-worker from the bar). I wasn’t looking forward to this book too much since Jo was portrayed as a gold digging woman in On Dublin Street and I just wasn’t eager to hear her story. Honestly, I didn’t think she’d have a good story. Boy was I wrong.
Jo was/is a much better person than she was portrayed as in On Dublin Street. Jo works two jobs to support her family, her family that consists of her drunk alcoholic mother and her younger brother. She has basically raised her little brother and though she is a big sister, she very much acts like a mother. Although Jo handles it all in good stride, she can’t shake the insecurities of one day it all crashing down on top of her.
The wealthy men that Jo dates is because they can easily provide that security that she so needs. They buy her nice things but she NEVER asked for anything. When the relationship or love affair is over, people would be surprised to know, that she auctions everything off on eBay. Not your typical gold digger, huh?
Jo meets Cameron aka Cam, he is her current beau’s ex girlfriend. Cam things the same that everyone things of Jo, that’s she a gold digger. Cam treats Jo terribly since he doesn’t think much of her. Slowly after being around her so much Cam starts to notice that he’s DEAD WRONG about Jo. The chemistry in Jo and Cam is there from the start and is present in every one of their encounters. Jo and Cam were perfect for each other. Through their ups and downs Cam was always there for her.
Narration Note: Elle Newlands, I thought did a great job! All of her voices were very distinct and I LOVED her Scottish accent. Her accent sounded spot on. :-) There were parts in the book where Jo (main character) was choked up, upset and in tears….Elle played this to PERFECTION. This book and her narration had ME choked up and in tears because she sounded so REAL. I can’t wait to hear more from Elle Newlands.
Man is this one SPICY HOT read!! icon smile Audiobook Review: Backstage Pass by Olivia Cunning I hate to admit this book has been on my TBR for a LONG time. I have the ebook, but I am so behind on my reading it will get read faster if I do the audio. There was an audio sale and BOOM, I had to get it. I seriously think I’m hooked on the Sinners now. LOL I already bought the next audio.
Brian was/is my favorite SEXY rock star that I’ve read to date. He was a total rock star but didn’t exude the douche bag feel which was great. He felt real.
Merna was a breathe of fresh air. She was nothing like any other heroine’s that I’ve read before. She’s HIGHLY educated and is a Professor of, here’s the best part, Sex Education. LOVE IT!!! I’m glad that she’s not a free loader, groupie because that would NOT have made for a great story. She wasn’t afraid to experiment (maybe a little TOO much at times). The chemistry was off the charts between Merna and Brian.
I liked hearing about life on the road with rockers. Each one of the band mates has a completely unique personality and I can’t wait to hear each of their stories. If you’re looking for a sexy rocker story, LOOK NO FURTHER!!
Narrator note: I thought that Justine did a fantastic job. I will tell you though that I had to speed the narration up to 1.5x speed (first time ever) because the pauses were just way too far apart for my liking and it was driving me nuts.
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