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  • Secret

  • Elemental, Book 4
  • By: Brigid Kemmerer
  • Narrated by: Charlie Thurston
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

Nick Merrick is stretched to the breaking point. Keep his grades sky-high, or he'll never escape his hometown. Keep his brother's business going, or the Merricks will be out on the street. Keep the secret of where he's going in the evenings from his own twin, or he'll lose his family. Keep his mind off the hot, self-assured dancer who's supposed to be his "girlfriend's" partner.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Only 3 Stars

  • By C. Y. on 04-22-19

Only 3 Stars

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

Reviewed: 04-22-19

I have mixed feelings about this book. Although Nick was one of the characters that I liked best, I wasn’t too happy with the direction she took with him. At the same time, it was heartbreaking to know that people actually go through feelings like that.

We also got an insight of two other secondary characters in the series which makes it understandable of why they did certain things.

I didn’t care for the narrator for this book. It was almost as if he forgot what voice he used for each character, so they changed throughout the book.

  • Spirit

  • Elemental, Book 3
  • By: Brigid Kemmerer
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Hunter Garrity just wants to be left alone. He's learned the hard way that his unusual abilities come at a price. And he can't seem to afford any allies. He's up to his neck in hostiles - his grandfather, who's spoiling for a fight; the Merrick brothers, who think he ratted them out; and scheming psycho Calla, who wants to use him as bait. Then there's Kate Sullivan. She's the new girl at school. She's not hostile. She's bold. Funny. Hot. But she's got an agenda, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hunter

  • By C. Y. on 04-21-19

Hunter

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

Reviewed: 04-21-19

I’ve been reading the series and this is the first time that I’ve actually wrote a review of one of the books.

I actually liked Hunter. He was introduced in the first book and ended up being one of my favorite characters. So, I was glad he got his own story and we were able to get to know him better.

But the person that went over my heart was Michael. The camaraderie of the I’ve been reading the series and this is the first time that I’ve actually wrote a review of it.

I actually liked Hunter. He was introduced in the first book and ended up being one of my favorite characters. So, I was glad he got his own story and we were able to get to know him better.

But the person that won over my heart was Michael. The camaraderie of the brothers is so much like the brothers in the book, “The Outsiders.” I just love how Michael shows compassion and how he works so hard to support his brothers. He’s not that old himself, yet he sacrifices his needs to help the people he loves.

The ending was quite shocking and incredibly sad, but sometimes things in life does not turn out how we planned it. When that happens then it’s nice to be surrounded by people who truly care about you and will help you get through your grief. This book shows you that.

  • Iron's Prophecy

  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549

Meghan Chase is finally getting used to being the Iron Queen, ruler of the Iron Fey. Her life may be strange, but with former Winter prince Ash by her side at last, she wouldn't have it any other way. But when they travel to the Summer and Winter courts' gathering for Elysium, the oracle from Meghan's past returns with a dire prophecy: "What you carry will either unite the courts, or it will destroy them." Now Meghan faces a devastating choice that may determine the future of all fey - and her and Ash's unborn child....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Bugzee3 on 02-04-13

The End

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

This was a nice closure for a good series and also a segue into the next one.

  • Summer's Crossing

  • The Iron Fey
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 1 hr and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555

Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court... until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Team Puck

  • By MAB on 01-03-13

A Fun Short Story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-19

This was a fun short story from the point of view from one of my favorite characters in this series, Puck. Although Puck and Ash are sent on a dangerous mission, the way Puck tells the story makes it humorous. I found myself smiling quite a bit.

It was nice reading about the two former best friends getting along, even though Ash acts like he still cannot stand Puck.

I also enjoyed the narrator who brought Puck to life.

  • Soul Symmetry

  • Raven Series, Book 3
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

War is coming. The veil between the living and the dead no longer exists. Evil is running rampant and the universe's symmetry balances on my fingertips. No big deal. Of course, nobody knows how or when the hallows will strike, or who among us is a traitor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fitting conclusion to exciting YA paranormal!

  • By LilMissMolly on 10-03-16

Same as Twilight

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

Reviewed: 03-19-19

The one problem I have about books like this where it talks about souls being “connected” is the fact that many young adults who read this will be disillusioned by thinking that relationships are like this in real life. This book was very similar to Twilight, except instead of vampires, you have death reapers. In fact, I’m quite surprised that the writer of the twilight series didn’t have a problem with this one.

Another problem I had was the fact that the female character had a hard time living without the male counterpart. It’s almost like she couldn’t function without him and that is a wrong thing to teach young girls.

The narrator was very good which made listening to this book a little more bearable. I got impatient towards the end and just wanted the book to end so I could move onto another one.

  • Black Crow

  • The Raven Series, Book 2
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310

I've quickly learned that being the White Raven isn't easy. The dead are restless and angry, and I don't know the first thing about being a banshee. Those around me will get hurt. To keep them safe, I must endure painful decisions. Zane Hunter, the ultra-bad boy who stole my heart, is one of those difficult decisions. Our souls are synchronized, making us a compatible duo. Too bad I'm engaged to his brother.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • First book was good. A little over the top but a decent story. This book is just god awful

  • By Brandi Hart on 05-08-16

A Pretty Good Sequel

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

I have to say that listening to this on audio was a lot of fun because the narrator is amazing in what she does to make this book come alive to the reader. As an adult, I sometimes like to read YA books because I do not have to do much thinking when reading or listening to it. This one got irritating at times because the main character was just annoying throughout the book. I kept saying that she was spunky, but I often thought she was just plain rude. It’s not gonna stop me from reading the final book to see what happens.

I did like the other characters and I was sad about the death of one of them. While I can see where the author was going with this death, it still took me by surprise.

There was a little bit more language in this novel than some of the other young adult books that I’ve read in the past. While I am very much aware that young people talk that way, I still don’t care to hear it.

After all that said and done, I do recommend this book if you want some light reading and to be entertained a little bit. If you are a fan of the Twilight series or even The Mortal Instruments, you’ll like this series because the story is very similar.

  • White Raven

  • The Raven Series Book 1
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 537
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 538

My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening - the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Swoon-worthy hero makes this book exciting!

  • By LilMissMolly on 08-05-15

Best narrator ever!

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

Reviewed: 03-12-19

This book was enjoyable to an extent, but the main character was a little annoying at times. The bickering back-and-forth got a little too much and I didn’t really care for her constant sarcasm. I really did like Zane and his whole family. I’m curious what’s going to happen in book two.

I think what made this more enjoyable was the narrator. Caitlyn did such a great job that she has become one of my favorites. I actually look for books that she’s narrating because she makes the characters come alive. Sometimes when I would close my eyes I could actually picture what’s happening in the book as if I’m watching it on TV. That’s how good she was at reading this book.

  • Apex

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 883
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

The corrupt and powerful PsiCorps is determined to usurp the Hunters as chief defenders of Apex City, and Joy is now squarely in their crosshairs. Unused to playing political games, she has very few people she can truly trust - not even Josh, her first friend in Apex City, who broke up with her when it became too dangerous for a Psimon to be dating a Hunter. Then Josh comes to Joy for help. He fears that Abigail Drift, the head of PsiCorps, will soon use him in her twisted experiments designed to empower PsiCorps and render Hunters superfluous.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first two

  • By NMwritergal on 09-06-17

Just Blah

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I have read every book in the series hoping that I would end up liking them in the end, but I didn’t like it at all. I just had to force myself to finish it. I couldn’t relate to the characters. I couldn’t stand the main character, which I already explained in my review of the second book. I didn’t even care about some of the characters that ended up dying which is not typical of me when I get into a story.

I hate to give her a bad review to these books but I just did not see the hype and why it was so exciting for many people.

  • Elite

  • The Hunter Series, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210

Hunting monsters was supposed to be the hard part. When Joy came to Apex City, all she cared about was protecting the Cits from the dangers lurking outside protective barriers. She understood the need for the secrecy surrounding her hunts - no need to cause a panic by announcing just how real of a threat the Othersiders pose. But as she quickly discovered, the conspiracies of the city run much deeper. And a dangerous new covert mission leaves Joy with a target on her back once more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful

  • By moseylissa on 10-07-18

Very Boring

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I read the second book in the series because I wanted to see if I would like it any better than the first book, and the answer is no. For some reason I just cannot get into this book and it makes me sad because it has had so many good reviews. I just don’t understand it. The only reason why I’m going to finish the series is because I need to see what happens.

I will say that the narrator was much better than she was in the first book. I actually think she did a good job and made it a little more interesting to me.

I just don’t care about any of the characters. I think Joy is conceited. I think she’s very critical of the religious people, which makes me think that the author has had some bad history with people who believe in Christ. She just comes across very judgmental (both the character and the author). I don’t understand the reason behind the hound. I just think it’s not a good book, and not very exciting at all. In fact, it’s really quite boring. Maybe, it will end well? Here’s hoping because, if not, I have just wasted hours of my time.

  • Hunter

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,220
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Story Vs The Narrator

  • By James on 06-08-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I read so many good reviews on this book that I was excited to start it. I have no idea if I was reading the same book, but I could not get into this at all. I didn’t care for any of the characters. I was confused most of the time. I thought that the writer took too much time explaining things that I couldn’t get in to the story. However, I decided to finish it and it started getting good towards the very end which is the final fight. I didn’t even care for the love relationship in story.

People have praised this writer and all her books and I just don’t get it yet. I am going to read the second book because I need to find out what happens in the story. Hopefully, I will like it because it to received a lot of praise.

Maybe it was just the narrator that made it boring to me. She was kind of bland and read it like she didn’t even care about the story at all. Oh well, off to the sequel.