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  • Passenger, Book 1

  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn't even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings

  • By Margaret on 01-25-16

The characters fell flat for me, wished for more

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I obsess over time travel books so I was really excited to read PASSENGER! I had only read THE DARKEST MINDS before this (not the whole series yet — just the first book) and really loved it and connected with Alexandra Bracken’s writing. I have yet to go back and finish The Darkest Minds trilogy but I was really in the mood for time travel and had this audio from a sale so I wanted to give a whirl!

My first impressions upon finishing (and throughout the book) were that of… disappointment is a harsh word, but I did feel disappointed that I personally didn’t enjoy it like I had hoped. The concept was great but it just didn’t move despite traveling to so many times and places. The characters themselves moved but it didn’t seem like the plot really pushed forward as much as it could have despite having plenty of opportunity to do so. I did like that it wasn’t just different times but also different places. It was fun to travel the world and through time! I could really picture each place and time pretty vividly.

The characters were what really did it for me, though. They just fell super flat for me and I had trouble connecting with any of them and didn’t feel that spark in the romance either. Etta was feisty and strong, but it seemed to be on a surface level and I just didn’t really feel like she was this well-rounded character who felt it. I think of characters like Puck from THE SCORPIO RACES and it just is her entire being and personality to be this feisty, strong, independent character. She feels like a real person and I just never got that from Etta. The romance seemed abrupt, the character personality developments seemed abrupt, and I just didn’t think those character developments really flowed throughout the book. Throw in an evil villain and I just started getting lost. I would have loved a bit more of a grey area, whether by controlling leader or by simply the concept of breaking the time travel rules, and I would have been more interested. It gets a little boring with purely evil characters.

The ending actually got a lot better and things got interesting but I started to feel bored towards the middle. It just kind of felt like so many other plots and characters that I’ve read before and I thought this was going to be something that would really surprise me and sweep me away. Since it’s only a two book series, I’ll likely finish it but I’m just really bummed that I didn’t fall totally in love like I had expected.

  • Words of Radiance

  • The Stormlight Archive, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
  • Length: 48 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,982
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 43,953
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 43,929

In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radiance" shines

  • By Don Gilbert on 03-08-14

Love the further development of this world!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

Whew, 48+ hours of audiobook! That was intense!

The Stormlight Archive are the longest books I’ve ever read, followed shortly in number by A Song of Ice and Fire. What I love about these enormous books and series is that there’s just so much going on and authors like George R.R. Martin and Brandon Sanderson have a way of spacing all of the characters out enough so that each one has their own individual story but then when they unite or cross paths with other characters, you find out exactly how their stories were meant to line up all along and we just weren’t seeing the bigger picture yet!

WORDS OF RADIANCE starts crossing all of those paths set up in THE WAY OF KINGS so it was great to see how these stories are coming together and where the big picture is going! I enjoyed WORDS OF RADIANCE more than THE WAY OF KINGS because I was better able to see this big picture. I’m so used to shorter series, both in number of pages and in number of books. Since The Stormlight Archive is currently planned to be ten books, there’s so much to explore throughout the whole series that a lot of secrets need to be kept in the first few books before reveals start happening, so at times, this series does seem a bit slower than other series I’ve read. It’s not really a bad thing, because I love really getting into this world and having this fantasy world feel so incredibly real with all of its detail, but it just doesn’t have me falling in love with this series as much YET since I’m still learning so much about it.

I really liked the character development within this booke. Shalan grew a bit in THE WAY OF KINGS but she really starts to develop as a character in WORDS OF RADIANCE. Her role in the series is much more obvious in this book and she gets tied to many more characters and having already ready OATHBRINGER now as well, it’s great to see how much she grows and becomes more involved in each book, looking back on where she first appeared in THE WAY OF KINGS.
I still love Dalinar and Kaladin and I’m enjoying their characters even more as the series progresses and the supporting characters, like those of Bridge Four, are outstanding additions to the book to bring some levity, camaraderie, and so much more.

I liked getting more hints about the world but I’m still thirsty for so much more world-building! I have SO many questions that I know will get answered but again, I’m used to shorter series where I get more reveals much quicker so it’s hard to tell myself that they will be coming! Brandon Sanderson’s world-building is so incredibly interesting and now that I’ve learned so much about the Cosmere in general, it’s easier to see how each book of his set in this universe are starting to tie together. Things that I’ve read in other books are really starting to connect in The Stormlight Archive and this series has the most information about this universe, in my opinion.

I also like how there are interludes in these books, allowing other important POVs to come in. Some I liked, some I didn’t. I hated Lift’s POV interlude and was upset that she was going to become a main part of the series, being the main character in the EDGEDANCER novella, but I’ll get more into that with OATHBRINGER since that’s where she starts becoming more important. I really like the interludes that offer small pieces of important things later on, or ones that fill in some missing pieces of what we’ve already learned.

So far this isn’t my favorite Brandon Sanderson series but it certainly has potential! The more I read, the more I get into this story and fall in love with the characters, and clearly we’re going to be spending a lot of time together! I don’t know if it was a good or bad idea to read the first three books in one year since I’m going to be waiting very, very long for the rest of the series but I’m also glad I was able to do that so I could really get a solid feel for this world and have the characters stick in my mind so well!

  • A Million Worlds with You

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension's Marguerite, who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a conclusion!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-17

Another solid addition to this series

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

I think I enjoyed this book better than the first! I liked having everything established and it was neat to see these concepts expanded even more. One thing I love about good fantasy/sci-fi writers is when they make the readers think they've gotten all of the reveals and then something totally new is revealed and it's like a whole new world opening up!

I'm still not the biggest fan of the romance, but I don't think I will be at this point. It's kind of just there for me and I don't love that it's the main reason why Marguerite is doing what she's doing, but I guess I also like that her guy isn't someone she just met and that it's someone who's been in her life for a long time. There's just something about it that still feels like instalove for some reason, and I think it's the way it was all set up in the first book. I don't have a problem with instalove when it's executed well but I've just never been a fan of this relationship.

The further development of the multiverse is fascinating! We get to know the same characters but in different dimensions and how their lives are different, as well as how one dimension may be affecting another. Things dig way deeper in this book and the plot was even more fascinating!

I'm still not tooootally in love like I had hoped to be but these books are proving to be very enjoyable and I'm glad I'm reading them back-to-back-to-back so I'm able to soak everything in and not have a year in between each book!

  • A Thousand Pieces of You

  • Firebird, Book 1
  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 488

Marguerite Caine grew up surrounded by cutting-edge scientific theories, thanks to her brilliant physicist parents. Yet nothing is more astounding than her mother's latest invention - a device called the Firebird, which allows people to leap into alternate dimensions.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not Sci-Fi. Mostly Rory Gilmore introspection.

  • By Pete Hudson on 01-25-17

Super creative take on the parallel universe

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

Reviewed: 12-21-17

This book had been on my TBR and on my shelves for a very long time (I mean, hello, one of the most gorgeous covers I've ever seen) and the concept was something that instantly drew me in. I finally grabbed the audio for this, wanting to read something more sci-fi and what better to pick up than an multi-dimension story?

The book started off abruptly for me. It kind of starts right in the action and things immediately start happening. I really wished Claudia Gray had taken the time to set up a little backstory before throwing readers into things because it permanently messed up my feelings towards some of the characters, without giving away any spoilers, and once that happens, it's really hard for me to go back and "correct" that. The first impressions stuck with me and I didn't even have time to learn a little backstory, but more importantly, see some character history and personality, before the action took off.

The concept was exactly what I was looking for! Hopping from dimension to dimension and travelling between worlds. I have to say, I was super impressed with the different universes that Claudia Gray created for these characters! Most books, when dealing with alternate universes, focus a lot on things that are very close to the life that we're living now but a few major or minor things have been changed to have a significant impact on a character. Here, Gray set up worlds where the main characters have a whole lot more to figure out. From a world where technology has progressed much faster to a world where technology has progressed MUCH slower so that the world is essentially still in the dark ages. A world where Marguerite ends up in a place almost exactly like her home to a world where she lives in a different country and has an entirely different upbringing. It's easy to create a setting for a book a tamper with it slightly to come up with an alternate universe. Claudia Gray really gets into the different possibilities and how anything minor can create a huge major difference!

I also really love the family aspect and how tightly knit this family is. There's a great dynamic, the parents are loving and supportive (although I guess it depends in what universe, right?), and the graduate students that work with Marguerite's parents have become a part of the family too.

What I didn't love was the romance. It was set up a little awkwardly and there were some... things that happened that really turned me around right from the start. I won't get into details because that heads into spoiler-ville but the set-up and execution of the romance felt really clunky to me and even heading straight on to the second book (which I'm reading now), I still can't shake that feel because of how it was set up in book one. Again, with no backstory for these characters when the book started, I had no sense of who was supposed to be what to Marguerite, the history she had with them, her feelings for them, and why she should trust anyone. I just really needed that chapter or so in the beginning to introduce all of the characters. The book felt like it was the second book in the series, not the first, with the way that it started and threw the story and characters at me right away and that made things a little difficult. The book does offer flashbacks so readers are still able to see things from "before" but that didn't really make up for what I was wanting in the very beginning.

A THOUSAND PIECES OF YOU didn't exactly go how I had hoped but it was still an enjoyable read and I'm so impressed with the different worlds that Claudia Gray has built! I'm already in the second book because I'm interested in bingeing the whole series and I'm loving her creativity so far.

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  • Jackaby

  • By: William Ritter
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,361
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,355

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1890, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary - including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • YA Sherlock and his Dr. Who companion - with fae

  • By withherownwings on 02-20-15

A fun paranormal mystery series!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I wasn’t totally sure what JACKABY was all about but I was excited to start it! I actually hadn’t known that it involved paranormal elements so that was an interesting surprise when I started reading! (Yes, yes, I know that’s what the whole series is about and it’s plain as day in the book descriptions but you know me and going in totally blind.) I actually thought JACKABY was straight historical fiction, like a YA Sherlock Holmes. I was also interested to find out that Jackaby himself wasn’t a young adult, and I thought that was great to have an adult character as a main part of the book since so many YA books skip around older figures and stick with the teens. It brought an interesting dynamic and mix and also allowed Abigail to get involved in so many things that she may not normally have had access to. That’s always my thing with YA mysteries — a big question that always has to be addressed is why a teen wouldn’t go to an adult with a murder-mystery case and in JACKABY, Abigail is working for paranormal detective R.F. Jackaby.

I also figured that there would be a romance between Jackaby (this was before I knew how much older he was) and Abigail and I’m really glad that there wasn’t! It was nice to see the romance built with Abigail and more of a secondary character and that it was a side plot and not a main focus of the book. The quirky mysteries still took the spotlight and there wasn’t any mixing of work and romance. I actually didn’t really care for the romance, though. I thought it wasn’t very developed in the first book, which it didn’t have to be developed right away, but for some reason it felt fast and forced for me.

JACKABY wasn’t a perfect book but it was really enjoyable! Things kind of piled on with the paranormal but it was fun and not overwhelming as some books tend to feel when dealing with so many different para-creatures.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 55,899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 50,714
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 50,714

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Long, solid, so worth it!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

WHEW, I made it! I listened to the audiobook and it was quite the long journey, but I am all about Michael Kramer so it's totally worth it! It took me over a month (really!?) but I did it!

I think my one... "let down" so to speak (I'm not really let down but I can't come up with a better word right now) of the book is that ALL of the reveals were in the end. So much happened in the last few chapters that it was excitement overload and I would have loved a bit more of that throughout the whole book to keep excitement levels high, but that seems to be an evolution that happens in Sanderson's later works rather than his earlier ones.

My Sanderson theory that the theme of pretty much everyone of his books seems to be something along the lines of (possible spoiler for pretty much any Sanderson book) (view spoiler) seems to hold true! I figured it was coming, especially considering (more Sanderson series spoilers) (view spoiler) I really like it though! I'm catching on to it so it's not as much of a shock or twist to see that coming in the ending of THE WAY OF KINGS (well, I guess it kiiiiind of started that way too) but I'm so, so, so anxious to learn more about it!

The characters in this book were fantastic! I LOVED Kaladin and for some reason I was surprised to see what his role was throughout this whole book. I was expecting a Kelsier sort of situation where his history involved a hardship and he ended up with that as a shadow of his past but really his present ends up being one of his greatest hardships and he's not on anyone's favorable side throughout the book (until he takes matters into his own hands and starts to work on those leadership skills). I basically fell a little bit in love with him and I can't wait to see what his future holds because it looks... bright *snicker*

I also love noble and wise and apparently super important Dalinar. Obviously he's important as a main character but I loved what his fate ended up being and naturally, I can't wait to see what happens to him in the second book and where things go from here. Readers are able to guess at what is happening to him throughout the book but I'm not quite sure what it REALLY means yet and why it's happening to Dalinar.

I wasn't the BIGGEST fan of Shallan but that's also because I didn't really care for her narrator in the audio (not that I have issues with Kate Reading (also how is THAT for an audiobook narrator's last name!?) but meh. Female narrator. And I love Michael Kramer. A lot.) so I didn't get into her character as much. I actually find myself not really liking a lot of Sanderson's female characters except for Vin. I don't dislike them but I just find the male characters much more interesting and apparently prefer their story lines much better. I think part of it is because the women are figuring things out (you go, gals!) and the men are in the action so there's just a bit more draw to some of those action-based scenes.

I'm also enjoying the new world of Roshar and exploring everything that is has to offer! The cultures/races/people are interesting (especially with some recent reveals) and I love learning about all of the different people and places in Brandon Sanderson's worlds. Book two looks like it'll explore that history and creation even more which is totally my fantasy addiction and the reason I can't put Sanderson books down! I haven't felt as connected to a world since Scadrial but they're all quite interesting and I have a feeling I'll be learning much more about Roshar soon!

I don't know why I thought this series was only three books so there goes my plan to binge read them all this year....... Well, I guess I can still binge read them (as long as Oathbringer is still on track for later 2017) but I just won't be finishing the series when I do. Why do I do this to myself??? I'm in the middle of too many Sanderson series. Or rather, he seems to trap us in his series (okay, I'm not really that upset about being in the middle of all of his books) and won't let us go! Just the waaaaait though. I'm so glad I was able to binge Mistborn because this is going to be a long journey with The Stormlight Archive!

  • A Darker Shade of Magic

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,761

Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fan of the narrator

  • By Alex on 06-11-15

A very solid series-starter. Love the concept

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

This was really good! I honestly wasn't sure what to expect because I had really enjoyed VICIOUS and didn't like THE NEAR WITCH (I never finished it) and I also had some personal qualms about starting this book... but I'm really glad that I did because it was actually really enjoyable! I actually enjoyed that some things were set up in book one that weren't resolved. They weren't cliffhangers but things that will be important to the plot in future books (I'm pretty sure I know what's up with Lila) and I like that it wasn't all resolved in ADSOM so it keeps me pulled to keep reading (even though I would anyway).

That being said...

This was a fantasy world that just totally came together as my kind of book. I LOVE anything with parallel worlds and I really liked how it was incorporated into fantasy instead of just sci-fi. The magic system is really interesting too. It's not just magic and non-magic... there really are shades of magic and each world has varying degrees of how magic is incorporated and affects its citizens. I am still suuuuper curious about Black London and I kind of hope we journey there in a future book. I just have to know!!

ADSOM wraps up nicely and closes out a story line which is nice not to be left on a cliffhanger! There's a lot more to discover so I'm sure the next book will get into that and also dip into what spiraled into play here so I thought it was nice on world-building side. There was a solid foundation but there's still so much more to discover, and everything was nicely built into the story and I didn't feel any infodumps about this world-system.

I also liked that the romance was slow and steady. Obviously there's something building between Lila and Kell but it wasn't instalove and their relationship is built on a friendship -- that almost isn't even a friendship! They butt heads, Lila is stubborn, Kell is kind of a loner (minus his affection for his brother), and yet their sparring and jabs totally work. I do love banter in my book relationships and although this was less flirting and romantic banter, it was just perfect for these two.

I'm actually surprised how much I enjoyed this because I really hadn't expected to. I listened to the book on audio, having purchased it in an Audible sale, and mostly wanted to listen to the audio because Michael Kramer narrates the second and third books and he is one of my all-time favorite narrators! (Okay, and Kate Reading but Michael is most important.) I actually did like the narrator of this book so I'm not sure how the switch will go, even though I love the narrators of the next books! Steven Crossley is British so it was perfect for a book about Londons and I really enjoyed his narration and will actually go seek out more books that he voices. I didn't like how he voiced the spell casting (it was much too formal because it wasn't described as "said", not anything that had to be so formally announced and pompous) but really that was the only thing I didn't like about it.

  • Alcatraz versus the Evil Librarians

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,957

The author of the Mistborn trilogy and Elantris, Brandon Sanderson is winning abundant praise for this rollicking - and unusual - tale. Alcatraz Smedry can’t exactly be described as someone who doesn’t break things. In fact, he breaks lots of things. The truth is, he’s a major klutz. Breaking things, however, might just be the ace in the hole he needs when he goes up against a cabal of nefarious (gasp!) librarians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly Entertaining + Great Narration

  • By JARED on 08-19-12

Quick, easy, fun!

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I'm a huge Brandon Sanderson fan so even though I don't read a lot of middle grade, I was interested in trying this series from him for a few reasons! I do read SOME middle grade when it's fantasy. I'm up for trying anything that Sanderson writes. And I stepped out of my comfort zone to read Mistborn because I hadn't really read adult fantasy before that (just YA) so I'm always willing to step out of my comfort zone to try his other books.

This book, in a word, was cute. Most MG books that I have read fall into that category but ALCATRAZ had a lot of cutesy moments that weren't greater toward adults reading a middle grade book... and yet it also had some jokes for adults that younger readers likely wouldn't get either. The thing that did et on my nerves as an adult as the constant explanation of how a book is written. The narrator would but in and say something about cliffhangers or writing styles or authors and it was more distracting than cute. I guess it helps teach about certain aspects of writing but as an adult and avid reader, it was a bit too much for me.

There were some classic Sanderson moments and lines that really had me giddy! The ending was great and like every Sanderson book, I was ready for more, which I was actually surprised about! I enjoyed the book but I also wasn't super crazy about it. I do want to keep on reading and maybe binge a little because it was so quick and easy and I think it's only going to improve from here!

  • Closer to Home

  • Valdemar: The Herald Spy, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Mags was once an enslaved orphan living a harsh life in the mines, until the King's Own Herald discovered his talent and trained him as a spy. Now a Herald in his own right, at the newly established Heralds' Collegium, Mags has found a supportive family, including his Companion Dallen.Although normally a Herald in his first year of Whites would be sent off on circuit, Mags is needed close to home for his abilities as a spy and his powerful Mindspeech gift.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story !!

  • By T on 10-19-14

Dropped into the middle of a bigger series?

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

This was my first Mercedes Lackey book and I had high expectations because of so many reviews! CLOSER TO HOME was actually nothing like I expected. It was lighter than I thought it would be and I actually was really surprised with the plot... And that there wasn't one...?

I really didn't know what the point of this book was, to be perfectly honest. It wasn't until halfway through that the focus really started to shift to Brand and Violetta, but Mags and Amily are the main characters so it was confusing for a while what was really happening. I really did love Mags and Amily -- Mags even more so -- so it was kind of disappointing that they were more helpers of the plot and that the book wasn't even really about them.

I have been told that this book starts a new series BUT it is also part of a kind of series of series about the world of Valdemar... But while a series of series is fine, it really did feel like it picked up in the middle of story instead starting its own series. There was a mention of how Amily and Mags ended up coming back home but it was never elaborated on and so it felt really unfinished. There was so much more to discover as far as world-building, especially on the magical abilities, but I suppose that could be something I'm missing from a previous series of series.

I most just felt like I didn't know what the plot of this book was. Even though things happened, it just didn't seem like a large conflict and then at the end, all of a sudden it was this huge deal. It was a weirdly constructed book and I just didn't quite connect with it, which was a shame because I really did like the characters and the world! As much as I'd like to spend more time with them, I don't know what the rest of the series would be life and if it would be worth continuing.

  • Alcatraz Versus the Scrivener's Bones

  • Alcatraz, Book 2
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Ramon De Ocampo
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,565
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569

Brandon Sanderson won instant acclaim with young listeners for the first volume of his humorous and action-packed Alcatraz series, Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians. In his second adventure, Alcatraz has his hands full with a Scrivener’s Bone - a half-human, half-machine assassin - pursuing him. And if that’s not enough, Alcatraz receives word that his father is in mortal danger. Now it’s up to Alcatraz and a quirky band of his relatives to mount a daring rescue.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The sequel was also quite good!

  • By Joe on 07-20-12

Just cute books, light and fun to read

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I liked this one more than the first! I enjoyed where it went (physically and conceptually) and it's fun getting to know these characters more. I like the depth and how we're slowing learning some things about this world and magic system. It's not overwhelming and it also doesn't feel like I'm not learning things fast enough. Very cute!