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  • Darken the Stars

  • The Kricket Series, Book 3
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,786

Kyon Ensin finally has what he's always wanted: possession of Kricket Hollowell, the priestess who foresees the future. Together, their combined power will be unrivaled. Kricket, however, doesn't crave the crown of Ethar - she has an unbreakable desire to live life on her own terms, a life that she desperately wants to share with her love, Trey Allairis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story, but not so much the ending.

  • By Monica 123 on 09-13-15

Feeling Torn after finishing book 3

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

Reviewed: 09-12-15

What did you love best about Darken the Stars?

Amy Bartol Really gives you time in her cosmology to soak it all up. Kricket is not your average main character. She's complex and makes it difficult to know what will happen next.

What other book might you compare Darken the Stars to and why?

If you like this, you'll likely enjoy anything by Laini Taylor and Melissa Marr.

What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

Kate Rudd always does a brilliant job. This was fantastic too.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


I was moved by how overwhelmed Kricket was by Phlix's affection. Beautiful.

Any additional comments?

*Smallish Spoiler Alert*
The book took some very unexpected turns. Some people may get angry about it. But I think it stayed true to the characters. In some ways though, I'm not sure anyone will be happy with any of Kricket's future romantic choices because they may feel a touch betrayed by this book. Again, I think her choices were totally in line with Kricket's character and how she was raised. I'm curious to see what happens next.

And let me just say, that I do NOT think that there is a real love triangle here (contrary to some other reviews). She never says she loves Kyon, though sex definitely seems to be making her feelings confusing for her. To me, she only ever truly loves Trey. I think it's clear and I don't understand why people are confused about this. Sure, it's tough for most of to imagine how they could ever be together after that. But Kricket is the definition of a survivor.

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  • Meredith and the Magic Library

  • By: Becket
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

The Magic Library is finally reopening its long-locked doors. But it needs four librarians. To become one, four magic books need to be found. Surprisingly, four homeless people find them. One is called Peter Butterpig, a bright-pink pig with great big butterfly wings. Two others are old robots called Sir Copperpot and Uncle Glitch, who are falling apart with failing memory banks, yet they never forgot to take care of the fourth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming, Imaginative, and Magictastical

  • By Ezra on 08-04-15

Heartwarming, Imaginative, and Magictastical

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

Where does Meredith and the Magic Library rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This magical adventure is enhanced by Kathryn Kellgren's talent. One of my favorite children's audiobooks. Fun. Sparkling.

What other book might you compare Meredith and the Magic Library to and why?

The writing is remniscent of Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll. Creative fun with a great message.

What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Kellgren has perfect pacing and gives each character his or her own voice. She gives all the characters an extra push to bring them alive.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Four fantastic friends adventure to find the most magical home of all, the library.

Any additional comments?

Best children's book to come along in a long time. Perfect listen for all ages. Highly recommend it.

  • 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 544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 509

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

Sliders meets Cloud Atlas for Teens

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

What made the experience of listening to A Thousand Pieces of You the most enjoyable?

I used to love the show Sliders. Experiencing every possible new earth that could've been. Claudia Gray also gives a sort of Cloud Atlas some souls are meant to be together type of thing. Has some great twists. That's refreshing when it seems like so many books have become mind-numbingly predictable. While I would have preferred no hint another teen love triangle, this one doesn't seem so bad. But maybe I'm the only one who doesn't get a thrill from dangling two guys at once. It's so popular in YA, but I don't get it. Ok, I put my soapbox away. I gave it 5-stars all-around because it is well-written and so much FUN. Some really gorgeous sentences here. Glad to see this in YA! This my first experience of Gray's work and I can't wait to try her others.

What other book might you compare A Thousand Pieces of You to and why?

Timebound by Rysa Walker - similar rhythm but time travel. Full of heroic romance.
Every Day by David Levithan - Equally awesome. This person jumps into a different body everyday. It's thoughtful. No love triangle.
The Blood Vivicanti by Becket - Blood memories give Mary Paige the abilities of her victims, who don't die and experience euphoria when bitten. Full of adventure and gadgets. Also, no love triangle.

What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her accents are spot on. I'm not sure I would have really heard any accent in my head if I had just read it. I was surprised when she started doing them, even though the author makes it clear that the characters have the accents. Accents make everything more fun.

I like her British dad voice. It sounded comical sometimes though. That's not meant as an insult, though I'm not sure how else it could sound. In fact, she is exactly the person I hope to ask to narrate for me, when I'm published someday. Maybe it was just me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, the book and narrator made you want to forget everything around you and just listen. But I listen and read at the same time. That's just what I like.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful