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  • Spell Bound

  • Hex Hall Series, Book 3
  • By: Rachel Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248

Just as Sophie Mercer has come to accept her extraordinary magical powers as a demon, the Prodigium Council strips them away. Now Sophie is defenseless, alone, and at the mercy of her sworn enemies - the Brannicks, a family of warrior women who hunt down the Prodigium. Or at least that's what Sophie thinks, until she makes a surprising discovery. The Brannicks know an epic war is coming, and they believe Sophie is the only one powerful enough to stop the world from ending.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE this series

  • By Bunni on 01-16-17

At first I was worried . .turned out to be great!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Any additional comments?

Don't let the first few chapters fool you. This book is a fun read. Its not going to change your life but it sure will make it more fun while you are reading it.

  • Torment

  • A Fallen Novel, Book 2
  • By: Lauren Kate
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723

Hell on earth. That’s what it’s like for Luce to be apart from her fallen angel boyfriend, Daniel. It took them an eternity to find one another, but now he has told her he must go away. Just long enough to hunt down the Outcasts - immortals who want to kill Luce. Daniel hides Luce at Shoreline, a school on the rocky California coast with unusually gifted students: Nephilim, the offspring of fallen angels and humans. Daniel hasn’t told her everything. He’s hiding something - something dangerous.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great plot, but a lot of filler.

  • By Natalia on 10-02-10

Kept reading and shouldn't have

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Any additional comments?

I kept hoping this story would turn around and make all my time invested worth something but it just kept getting worse and worse and worse. Just leave it where it lies if you read book one and don't waste your time with the rest of the series.

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,363

After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievable debut mystery set in London

  • By Tracey on 05-26-13

Amazing Read!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Any additional comments?

This book is extremely well thought out and written. I kept finding myself surprised at the amount of detail and depth JK Rowling put into this novel. I knew she could write, but this book is so different from "the series" she is so famous for and yet just as well thought out and detailed. I grew to love the main Character, Strike, and his assistant Robin. I thought I would hate the Hollywood Glam aspect but JK tells the tale from a very rational "this is what this sh%t can do to you" stand point. Its an incredible tale woven with the utmost care. I wasn't sure how I would like the narrator but he did an amazing job! I'm recommending it to all my friends.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Born at Midnight

  • Shadow Falls, Book 1
  • By: C. C. Hunter
  • Narrated by: Katie Schorr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 958

One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-06-13

Good but not great.

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Any additional comments?

At 28 I can throw down teen novels like the best of em and not flinch. I can enjoy the creativity and escape of just a fun YA book. This book has strong characters, strong morals and I don't even mind the plot. However I found it much harder to get sucked in by than most Ya books. This is a perfect book if you are 14, 15 or maybe 16 but older than that and don't think it has enough to offer the reader. Its too shallow and lacks depth and creativity albeit pleasantly done.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,755
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,360

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Not much brings me down but . . .

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

Reviewed: 10-13-13

Any additional comments?

I read the reviews about this book being violent and I wasn't worried. Turns out the violence is tolerable if you are over 14 but its just down right depressing and not uplifting in the least. I kept hoping there would be some sense of positivity somewhere but honestly its just one negative bleak brutal event after the next. I gave it three stars for being creative and different although the plot doesn't quite hold together.

  • Uglies

  • Uglies, Book 1
  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,130
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 840
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 850

Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly enjoyable

  • By Cather on 08-24-08

Fascinating look into the mind of society

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Any additional comments?

I was very skeptical about this book but I actually LOVED this. The references to the real world are obvious but that doesn't make them any less powerful or insightful.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Fire Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076

When word that Yelena is a Soulfinder - able to capture and release souls - spreads like wildfire, people grow uneasy. Already Yelena's unusual abilities and past have set her apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More please

  • By BookLove2 on 03-03-08

Good ending to the series.

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Any additional comments?

I liked this book. Its hard to compete with how amazing the first book was, but it was still a great read. I recommend it to anyone who liked the rest of the series.

  • Magic Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,509
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,521

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Study

  • By Arnold on 03-07-08

Not as good as the first, but still wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Any additional comments?

If you loved the first book you should read this one. Its not as good as the first, but almost. There is a lot more magic in this book but the main themes of self reliance, self mastery and self exploration still abound and are fascinating.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

One of the best books I've read in a long time

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Any additional comments?

I can't believe I hadn't heard more hype about this book before reading it. The main character is strong and makes no excuses for her actions or situations. The accountability and self reliance is so refreshing from a young female character. I wish more YA books had such admirable characters. The plot has depth with twists and turns. All the characters in the book are flawed and it makes the story that much more real.

There are some graphic sexual violence scenes but in my opinion they are done in a very raw real but tactful way. I am generally very sensitive to those but while this is graphic, it is true to life and the story warrants their use. Her perspective on the violence is that of a survivor and not a victim and shows how one can experience trauma and come out better for it, no matter how gnarly it was. Its not a huge part of the story but readers should be aware.

Over all I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone. I found the glimpse into the girls heart and mind inspirational and the story enthralling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Rising

  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383

Things are getting desperate for Maya and her friends. Hunted by the powerful St. Clouds and now a rival Cabal as well, they're quickly running out of places to hide. And with the whole world thinking they died in a helicopter crash, it's not like they can just go to the authorities for help. All they have is the name and number of someone who might be able to give them a few answers. Answers to why they're so valuable, and why their supernatural powers are getting more and more out of control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book overall

  • By Rebecca on 08-20-13

Good book overall

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

Reviewed: 08-20-13

Any additional comments?

It was a good book but I desired something stronger for the ending to the series. It ties in the Chloe factor from the other Darkness Rising series, but I just expected it to be . . .more. I gave it a good rating because the book is still entertaining and well done. Its a fun read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful