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  • Haven Lost

  • The Dragon's Brood Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Josh de Lioncourt
  • Narrated by: Reay Kaplan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Sixteen-year-old Emily Haven, heroine of the girls' hockey team at Lindsey High, has spent her young life keeping two secrets: her rapidly deteriorating home life and the seemingly supernatural power that makes her a star on the ice. When she begins seeing visions of a lost and ragged boy reflected in mirrors and shop windows, a series of events unfolds that tears her from 21st-century Minneapolis and leaves her stranded in another world with horrors to rival those she has left behind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great new author

  • By Sheila Medlam on 10-27-15

Great book: YA feel without the age restrictions

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I really enjoyed this book. It set up a lot of plot points and details that will, I hope, come back in future books, but didn't leave so much hanging that I felt frustrated. The narration was quite good, too.

What really struck me was the book's use of strong language, and I don't mean that as a negative. This story felt like young adult fiction: it had a teenage main character go through something traumatic, only to wind up in a fantasy world where magic is real and where friends and enemies await. Yet, unlike most YA books, the author isn't afraid to let characters swear. This made dialog feel more natural to me. Too many other books are aimed at a young audience, so censor themselves until the language constraints make parts of the story sound so fake, or out of character for how someone in the book should react, that I am taken out of the story. That's no problem in Haven Lost, and it was refreshing to find.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy magic/fantasy stories. It was a very enjoyable read, and I am eagerly awaiting the release of the next installment.

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  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34,585

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too fantastical

  • By K. N. on 06-07-18

Good, but too familiar

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

This book is okay. Ray Porter does a marvelous job, as he always does. Still, I was left disappointed by the predictability of the story, and by the re-use of elements from another of this author's books I've read. Read on for details.

Spoiler alert! Stop reading now if you don't want to know anything about the story.

With that out of the way, I'll get on with it. This book was decent, but not great. If you've read The Fold, you've almost read this book. Similar monsters, a similar dimension-shifting plot point, a male protagonist who meets and eventually wins over an initially hard-to-get woman, even the same green cockroaches. That's not to say that to read one book is to read the other. However, reading one will give you a lot of details you'll notice in the other.

Also, the suspense was partly ruined for me by the obvious errors the characters made which they had to go fix in the nick of time. Nothing really surprised me, and nothing was therefore especially exciting. You can see most of the resolutions coming a mile away.

You also have to allow for a lot of things you would normally not, especially the idea that no one stopped the characters as the book progressed. Someone in the book's world should have done so if the book played by its own rules.

Overall, the book was pretty good, but wasn't great. It was saved by the narrator's wonderful performance, and by being interesting enough to keep me reading. I read it, but I didn't really get into it and thoroughly enjoy the experience.

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