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  • Antigoddess

  • The Goddess War, Book 1
  • By: Kendare Blake
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Old Gods never die…or so Athena thought. But then the feathers started sprouting beneath her skin, invading her lungs like a strange cancer, and Hermes showed up with a fever eating away his flesh. So much for living a quiet eternity in perpetual health.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Young Adult meets Modern Day Greek Mythology

  • By Chris on 03-31-16

Okay but not great.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I really enjoyed “Anna Dressed in Blood” so I picked this book up a couple years after reading that one. This is the first book in The Goddess War series, there are three books in that series. This book was okay, but not great. I never really understood the driver behind the main characters and their story.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook was well done. I would recommend if you enjoy audiobooks.

This book is told from two different character’s POV. The first is Athena and the second is Cassandra. Athena is dying and wants to figure out how to stop it, she’s been told Cassandra holds the key to her survival. Cassandra is a high schooler who can do neat tricks predicting things; she doesn’t realize that she is the prophetess Cassandra reborn.

The story jumps back and forth between the two characters until they eventually come together. The story is set in modern day and most people don’t know about the Gods.

My main issue with this story is that we never really find out why the Gods are dying or if there is a larger reason they shouldn’t die (aside from Athena just not wanting to die). Not knowing these things makes it really hard to see the point of the story; there’s just absolutely nothing driving the story forward. I mean why should mortals sacrifice themselves for a God that is dying? Especially when the God hasn’t been all that helpful? What’s in it for humanity?

Overall this was okay but not great. I had a hard time understanding what the point of the plot was and why it wasn’t a bit more complete. I don’t plan on continuing the series.

  • The Weight of Blood

  • The Half-Orcs, Book 1
  • By: David Dalglish
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Five hundred years ago, brother gods devastated their world with civil war. When they were imprisoned, their conflict ended without a victor. Centuries passed while their followers secretly continued the war, a war that will soon have an end. The gods have found their paragons. When half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun pledged their lives to the death prophet Velixar, they sought only escape from their squalid beginnings. Instead they become his greatest disciples, charged with leading his army of undead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Dark fantasy doesn't get much darker

  • By Forrest on 02-10-17

Audiobook narration was awful....

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

This is the first book in the Half-Orc series. Right now there are seven books in this series. This is a very standard “swords and sorcery” type of book. I ended up not finishing it because of the awful audiobook narration.

I listened to the first couple hours of this on audiobook and the narration was painfully awful. The narrator sounded a bit like a male robot and his voices for characters were distractedly fake. I keep getting in the car to listen to this and telling myself "the narration can't be as bad as I thought it was" and then the audiobook would start up and I would wince in pain at how awful it was...shudders...

In the first couple hours there wasn't anything in the story that grabbed my attention and given the incredibly distracting and poor narration I decided to stop reading this. The story basically follows two half-orc brothers who go up against a necromancer. As I said pretty standard old school fantasy fare. I think I might have enjoyed the story some if the narration hadn’t been so awful and distracting.

Overall this “standard fare” fantasy story wasn’t good enough to distract me from the absolutely awful narration of this audiobook. If you are going to give this series a try, do not listen to it on audiobook.

  • The Diamond Conspiracy

  • Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 4
  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Having narrowly escaped the electrifying machinations of Thomas Edison, Books and Braun are looking forward to a relaxing and possibly romantic voyage home. But when Braun's emergency signal goes off, all thoughts of recreation vanish. Braun's streetwise team of child informants, the Ministry Seven, is in grave peril, and Books and Braun must return to England immediately.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Steampunk Fun Continues!

  • By Troy on 04-01-15

Weakest of the series so far but still decent

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This is the fourth book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series and it was a good addition to this series.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobook for this series have been very well done. Langton does an amazing job at narrating these and his narration is part of what makes this series so fun.

I still enjoy our main characters of Books and Braun quite a bit. I was a bit frustrated that we didn't spend as much time with them in this book as we did in previous books. This book jumps around between different points of view quite a bit more than previous books and the side characters aren't nearly as well done or interesting as Books and Braun.

I also had some issues with knowing when the story was switching viewpoints, this may have been an audiobook issue. I would be listening to the story and then realize new characters were talking and we must have switched viewpoints. It always took me a bit to realize that I was listening about a different part of the story.

Overall this was a good addition to this series, but not my favorite book in the series. I enjoy the world and some of the characters (Books and Braun). I would have liked less page space with the other side characters….or maybe it would have been okay if the side characters had been developed a bit better. The story is well done. I would recommend this to steampunk fans.

  • Mercury Falls

  • Mercury, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 498
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 446

Christine Temetri is at her wits’ end. For years she’s covered the increasingly bizarre activities of End Times cults for the Banner, a religious news magazine. Yet Christine, who once dreamed of being a "real" writer, has nothing to show for the gig other than a regular paycheck and serious doubt that Armageddon will occur in time for her next deadline. But after a mysterious man entrusts her with a locked briefcase and orders to "take it to Mercury", Christine finds herself face-to-face with a ping-pong-playing angel by the name of Galileo Mercury.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly recommended!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-01-13

Unoriginal apocalyptic story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

This is the first book in the Mercury series; right now there are five books in this series. I got this book for Kindle right when I first got my Kindle e-reader, then I bought the audiobook for cheap. I ended up listening to the first 70% of this on audiobook and then stopped. This reminded me of a many other apocalyptic books that aim at being snarky and humorous about the corporate-like reign of angels and demons.

I actually kind of enjoyed this book at first; it was snarky and darkly humorous. As the book continued it just sounded like so many other books I have read like this and it started to irritate me more than it entertained me.

Think of this as a knock off of things like the movie Dogma or "Good Omens" by Gaiman and Pratchett. This is another one of those books in that "oh look the world is going to end because of mismanagement by God". However, this book seemed to try a bit too hard and I found it to be silly and annoying. The characters were just over characterized and ended up being more irritating than entertaining.

Overall this just wasn’t my thing. It was a like a poor imitation of books like “Good Omens” or the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It’s written in that same over-the-top snarky way, but I just didn’t think it was as well done.

  • Timebound

  • By: Rysa Walker
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,734
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,739

When Kate Pierce-Keller’s grandmother gives her a strange blue medallion and speaks of time travel, sixteen-year-old Kate assumes the old woman is delusional. But it all becomes horrifyingly real when a murder in the past destroys the foundation of Kate’s present-day life. Suddenly, that medallion is the only thing protecting Kate from blinking out of existence. Kate learns that the 1893 killing is part of something much more sinister, and her genetic ability to time travel makes Kate the only one who can fix the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Enjoyed It

  • By Lessa on 06-27-14

Seems like a re-write of Gier's Precious Stones...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-19-18

This is the first book in the Chronos Files series. I have had this book to read for quite some time and was excited to finally get to read it. I ended up stopping the book about 30% of the way through; I just could not stand the main protagonist and the awful decisions she kept making.

I listened to this on audiobook and the narration was decent; I didn’t have any issues with the audiobook quality.

This starts out as a fairly typical YA paranormal read; in this case Kate finds out she has a time-traveling gene that allows her to travel through time. Of course, only she can fix the timeline that her grandfather is messing up.

Kate makes one bad decision after another throughout the beginning of the book. She does stuff that literally makes you roll your eyes in exasperation. I was getting so frustrated with her that I started to hope that maybe something bad would happen to her or she would mysteriously die and give someone else some page space.

The storyline is also incredibly predictable and contrived; there is no originality here at all. I rarely stop listening to audiobooks, but this one was frustrating me so bad I just had to stop.

Overall this was just a bad book. The writing, the characters, the story, all of it was pretty awful. I would not recommend. If you are interested in a YA series featuring time travel check out Kerstin Gier’s Precious Stone trilogy; that is a much better series that features a young heroine with a time-traveling gene.

  • Last Dragon Standing

  • Heartstrikers, Book 5
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,461

There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing ending to an even more amazing series!

  • By Dustin on 03-01-18

Spectacular ending to this amazing series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-18

This is the final book in what has been one of my favorite fantasy/urban fantasy series of the last few years. This is an amazing ending to what has been an incredibly creative and engaging series. This is the book where it all comes together and it is masterfully written.

I listened to this on audiobook and the audiobooks for this series are amazing. Adam does a wonderful job with different character voices (and there are a ton of characters in this story at this point) and really makes the story come alive. If you like audiobooks I strongly recommend listening to this series on audiobook.

As plan after plan fails to destroy the Nameless End called the Leviathan that threatens our plane of existence, Julius and crew must ban together with all the magical powers of the world to finally find a way to stop it. However, in the end the cost of pushing the Leviathan out of our plane may be too high.

It was great to see everything come together from the previous books. This book is so creative and entertaining. All the characters are amazing and easy to engage with. The series ends beautifully; all the major issues are addressed and it leaves you feeling hopeful.

Overall this was an spectacular ending to an amazing series. I just can’t say enough good things about this series as a whole. It was creative, unpredictable, engaging, entertaining, and impossible to put down. I loved the world-building, the characters, the action scenes, and the plot. I highly recommend this series!

  • Scourged

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,509

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Hearne returns with the finale to his wildly popular action-adventure series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. Two-thousand-year-old Druid Atticus O'Sullivan travels to Asgard and faces off against the Norse gods to try to prevent Ragnarok in the final battle for the fate of mankind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What happened to "Die Angry"

  • By Michael on 04-18-18

Somewhat disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-25-18

This was a somewhat disappointing end to the Iron Druid Chronicles. This is the ninth, and final, book in a series that should have ended a couple books ago.

I listened to this on audiobook (I have listened to most of this series on audiobook). It is generally well done; however the voices for Atticus and Granuaile are too much the same...so it’s hard to remember who is talking sometimes. Some of the other voices are over-characterized; for example Owen and Starbuck actually made me cringe a bit when they were talking.

The story jumps between Atticus, Granuaile, and Owen; each of them have a part to play in the final battle against Loki and Hel.

This book just seemed very piecemeal...like it was just going through the actions needed to tie up the story. It was a very dis-satisfying ending. I feel like this series started going downhill a bit with Book 6 and just kept decreasing in quality from there.

Overall, I guess read this if you want to tie-up the series but don't expect much from it. I am happy the series is over, but wish it would have ended a few books ago when it was still well-written and I still enjoyed it.

  • A Dragon of a Different Color

  • Heartstrikers, Book 4
  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 21 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972

To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A new favorite dragon, Fredrick!

  • By Elisabeth on 09-30-17

Wonderful cont of this amazing fantasy series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

This is the fourth book in the Heartstrikers series. The fifth book, Last Dragon Standing, just released and completes the series. I absolutely loved this continuation of the Heartstriker series. So many amazing things happen in this book; it is completely unpredictable and incredibly creative.

I listened to this on audiobook and these audiobooks are incredible. Adam does an amazing job with narration and sounds exactly like I picture the characters sounding. I think part of the reason I love this series so much is because of how amazing the narration of the audiobooks is.

Julius is struggling to hold Heartstriker clan together in the face of Algonquin’s wrath. When the Golden Emperor shows up things get infinitely more complicated. Meanwhile Marcy has died and is stuck in her Death, but she continues to work towards becoming the first Merlin. The story jumps back and forth between Julius and Marcy.

I pretty much just adored everything about this book. I love the complex world, the engaging characters, the action, the intrigue, and the hard-to-predict plot. This series is so creative and so well done. This is definitely one of my top urban fantasy series right now.

Overall I just love this series soooo much!! I plan on reading the fifth and final book in it shortly. I would recommend this whole series to urban fantasy fans who enjoy amazing world-building, action, and a complex plot.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,182
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,809
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,794

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

Beautiful and magical story.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-18

I have had this book on my TBR pile for quite some time and was excited to finally be able to read it. This was an amazing read and just a very beautifully done folk story/fairy tale of sorts. I have also read Iron-Hearted Violet by Barnhill, but I didn’t like that book as much as this one.

I listened to this on audiobook and Moore did an amazing job of narrating it. The characters’ personalities were captured perfectly and it was a joy to listen to. I would definitely recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.

This is one of those books that really focuses on the concept of a good story and does it beautifully. The story is fantastically crafted and just absolutely magical.

There is a lot of discussion about sorrow and love; along with dragons, witches, magic, and volcanoes. It was an amazing read that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

Overall this was just an amazingly well crafted story with a very classic folk tale feel to it; something that you don't see a lot of these days. I would highly recommend to those who enjoy books that are excellently crafted classic feeling folk tales or fairy tales.

  • Gilded

  • Gilded, Book 1
  • By: Christina Farley
  • Narrated by: Greta Jung
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

Sixteen-year-old Jae Hwa Lee is a Korean-American girl with a black belt, a deadly proclivity with steel-tipped arrows, and a chip on her shoulder the size of Korea itself. When her widowed dad uproots her to Seoul from her home in L.A., Jae thinks her biggest challenges will be fitting in to a new school and dealing with her dismissive Korean grandfather. Then she discovers that a Korean demi-god, Haemosu, has been stealing the soul of the oldest daughter of each generation in her family for centuries. And she's next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh Fun in a Fabulous Setting

  • By JTF on 07-15-14

Poorly written

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-18

This is the first book in the Gilded series. I enjoyed the Korean setting and mythology but the writing itself was technically lacking and the story was predictable and boring.

I listened to this on audiobook. The narrator did an excellent job with different characters voices and accents. The narration was probably the best part of this book for me.

Some of the technical issues with this book were that the dialogue between characters was very simple and awkward sounding. Additionally, there were places where the wrong tense (past and present) are used interchangeably. This book could have benefited from better editing.

The story was also lacking. Our heroine makes the same mistakes over and over again and never seems to grow or change as a character despite, her experiences. The ending was predictable and the at times just plain boring.

Overall this was a poorly written book and I was happy when it was over. If I hadn't been listening to it on audiobook I probably would have stopped reading it. I won't be continuing with the series which is too bad because the Korean setting and mythology were intriguing.