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Renee

Arlington, VA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Eternity Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (330)

    Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever . There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago - and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

    Amy says: "Buckle Up...it's an insane ride!"
    "Just ok - not as good as the first book"
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    I really enjoyed the Immortal Rules, which had a unique premise and some interesting twists and turns. However, this sequel was somewhat lacking. I thought it was fairly dull in a number of places, and it was a bit too predictable. It took Allie too long to reach a number of conclusions/make logical leaps that the reader probably guessed chapters earlier. Like most YA books in this genre, there's romance but the characters shy away from sex, which is eye-roll inducing. I always find that kind of funny -- plenty of blood, gore and violence is just fine, but heaven forbid the characters do anything more than kiss. I can definitely overlook that juvenile aspect of YA books if the story is good enough (e.g., the Hunger Games), but here, the story really just didn't cut it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ever After: The Hollows, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1766)
    Performance
    (1601)
    Story
    (1611)

    The ever after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans fails. Of course, there’s also the small fact that she caused the ley line to rip in the first place, and her life is forfeit unless she can fix it.

    Hassan says: "The best book yet!!!!"
    "Already started my second listen"
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    Kim Harrison's Hollows series is by far my favorite urban fantasy series. I've listened to them all at least twice, and read several in book form as well.

    While Ever After was not my favorite in the series (that honor goes to Pale Demon), it came in a close second. The first half of the book is good, and the second half is amazing. The last chapter in particular was excellent. When I finished, I simply went back to chapter 1 and started listening again (need to catch the details I missed the first time...:)

    Marguerite Gavin was an amazing narrator, as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6494)
    Performance
    (5779)
    Story
    (5774)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Masterful prose, hauntingly beautiful narration"
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    I was completely enveloped by this enchanting story. Morgensten's carefully constructed, delicate prose and Dale's hauntingly lovely narration fit together seamlessly. Perfect listening for a chilly night spent curled up by the fireplace.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4041)
    Performance
    (2726)
    Story
    (2716)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Too short"
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    After listening to Kim Harrison's entire Rachel Morgan series between the release dates of books 10 and 11 of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, returning to Charlaine Harris' work was a disappointment. Book 11, like all of the Sookie books, was simply too short for my taste. I've found the Rachel Morgan series, with its richly woven tapestry of characters and numerous subplots, to be far more satisfying than this series, which seemed a bit shallow in both character development and plot in comparison. That said, this book was still enjoyable, although I was left wanting more. I agree with other reviewers that Sookie sounded quite sad throughout this book, but don't see that as a shortcoming per se.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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