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Kindling Micky

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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening, compelling and inspirational

  • By Kindling Micky on 07-27-18

Enlightening, compelling and inspirational

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

I'm so glad one of my book friends recommended this book to me. Set in a context of extreme Mormon beliefs, Tara's journey and battle to learn and find own identity was utterly compelling. The narration was superb.

  • Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons Series)

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

She will become a legend, but first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning.... Diana is desperate to prove herself to her warrior sisters. But when the opportunity comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law to save a mere mortal, Alia Keralis. With this single heroic act, Diana may have just doomed the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I hoped

  • By Kindling Micky on 07-17-18

Better than I hoped

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

Reviewed: 07-17-18

What a unexpected read this was. In fairness, I didn’t have a lot of preconceptions, considering my last encounter with Diana Prince was the very old series years ago. It was a exciting read, packed full of action with a great Greek mythological context and background. I didn’t expect the contemporary setting for some reason but it worked really well. I enjoyed seeing Leigh Bardugo’s words set in the contemporary world. The diverse characters were both fun and real. I could really read more from this world and these characters.

The narrator was new to me and she’s captured Diana superbly. I definitely want to listen to more from her.

  • Under Locke

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,311

After moving to Austin following six months of unemployment back home, Iris Taylor knows she should be glad to have landed a job so quickly... even if the business is owned by a member of the same motorcycle club her estranged father used to belong to. Except Dex Locke might just be the biggest jerk she's ever met. He's rude and impatient, and he doesn't know how to tell time. And the last thing they ever expected was each other.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ALL ABOUT THE BODY LANGUAGE IN THIS ONE!

  • By Yvette on 01-28-15

Second time around

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

3.5 stars

*Re-read via audio Jan 2018 and I’ve taken my rating down from 4.5 stars to 3.5 stars. Unlike the other MZ books I’ve re-read (audio or otherwise) it didn’t hold up to my original experience. I found Dex irritating throughout. I put this down to my changing tastes in reading romance. I have a lower tolerance threshold for MC romances and alpha-abrupt-speak.

  • Shuttergirl

  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Jo Raylan, Christian Fox
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

I never forgot her. Not for one minute. Not from the last time I saw her, at 17, to today. I measured all women against her, and all women came up short. But being with her was unfeasible in high school, and it's taboo now. I see her sometimes, but I've never spoken to her. She runs, or I run. We're in the same town, on the same block, in the same building, and the gulf between us has been just too wide to cross. Until tonight.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cringe worthy

  • By tina on 01-24-16

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

1.5 stars

The concept for this story held promise but never delivered on the potential. Essentially, post the first 20%, I was bored. Whole chapters passed with me thinking, did anything really happen there? I think the second chance element of this story was seriously underplayed and I didn't connect with either the hero or heroine.

The narration was okay, nothing to have me searching the narrators out but I didn't hate them either. I think it would have been difficult to bring this story alive by narration in any event.

  • The Man I Love

  • By: Suanne Laqueur
  • Narrated by: Vanessa DeSilvio
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

College freshman Erik Fiskare loves the theater, but he's more intrigued by the wizardry behind the red curtain than the spectacle center stage. That is until Daisy Bianco steps into the spotlight. The moment Erik lays eyes on this ballerina, his atoms rearrange, and the young stagehand will never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • grabs you by the feels and doesn't let go

  • By Toni H on 04-11-17

Complex story and characters

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

3.5 stars

I’m keeping this short-ish because I don’t know how to put into words my conflicted feelings and do justice to an author whose writing I adore and a book that took time to grab me. I struggled to make peace with the pacing of the book until 70% but the final 30% was superb. I feel like it took me till 70% to finally feel the emotion that I felt I should be feeling, but didn’t. The answer to ‘the why’ I struggled to connect, I think is down to the pacing issues and deep description, not characterisation, because I liked Erik, Daisy and Will immensely. I definitely felt periods of frustration with both Erik and Daisy but I accepted it and their story. The side characters were utterly superb, Miles, Will, Mel, David.

Suanne Laqueur tackled a specific challenging issue and a plethora of arising sensitive subjects in this book and handled them with care. The character development was deep and the prose was eloquent. The journey this couple made was vast and wide but it was a journey I hung in to see the destination. This book is definitely memorable.

“The blood blinked first.”

  • Park Avenue Prince

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,470

I've made every one of my billions of dollars myself - I'm calculating, astute and the best at what I do. It takes drive and dedication to build what I have. And it leaves no time for love or girlfriends or relationships. But don't get me wrong, I'm not a monk. I understand the attention and focus it takes to seduce a beautiful woman. They're the same skills I use to close business deals. But one night is where it begins and ends. I'm not the guy who sends flowers. I'm not the guy who calls the next day.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Park Avenue Prince Was A Work Of Art......

  • By Cheri on 02-17-17

Predictable but still a decent listen

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

Reviewed: 12-04-17

This story had a strong first half but lost some traction after that. The last hour did pull the story to a good climax. However, in general it was pretty predictable. Great narration.

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  • Hold On

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,252
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145

The Merrick family is known for loving deep. So when Cecelia Merrick was murdered, it marked the Merricks in a way none of them recovered from. Both Cecelia's children found love. Both turned their backs on it. But Garrett "Merry" Merrick knew in his soul: The woman he divorced years ago was the one for him. Until the night when Cher took Garrett's back, and things changed. The Merrick family loves deep. They also protect fiercely. And with his eyes finally open, Garrett sees the woman who truly is for him, and he goes after her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very good addition to the series :)

  • By Malinda on 09-06-15

Disappointing end to the series

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

DNF @55% due to predictability issues. I've read this story before (or very similar) more than a few times. I am a fan of this series but the last few haven't sparked my interest and this one is 18 hours of the same. If you want this KA format/pattern this is for you. I'm tiring of the Burg formula so it's as well this is the last one. I knew this was going to be problematic when an 11 year old boy spoke out like the alpha men do in these stories and he'd never been around them before. 11 year old boys do not speak like that unless they are surrounded by that kind of communication.

  • The Paper Swan

  • By: Leylah Attar
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354

They say that it takes 21 days to form a habit. They lie. For 21 days, she held on. But on day 22, she would have given anything for the sweet slumber of death. Because on day 22, she realized that her only way out meant certain death for one of the two men she loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A COMPLETE experience of every emotion.

  • By Laura on 11-23-15

2.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17


I do think this is more a case of it's-me-not-you, considering all my friends loved this book and I am a big fan of the author.

Things I liked: the setting, the description, the passing of time, Sierra and MamaLu.

Things I struggled with or didn't like: I never connected with either Damian or Skye and despite the huge backstory to Damian, I never liked him. I hated the final twist, it seemed unnecessary and overly dramatic and everything just went back to normal after.

I hate writing this review, but writing reviews is what I do when I read a book and what kind of reviewer am I if I only choose to write a review when I love a book? I adore previous work by this author so much so I have books in three formats. I long to love a book of hers again.

  • Ruin and Rising

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,044
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak "heroine"

  • By Adaja on 03-12-16

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17


Big, big sigh because this is now over. RUIN AND RISING was such a fast-paced and full listen. So much happened and much was unpredictable. The four main characters of Mal, Alina, Nickolai and The Big D just kept me 100% engaged. There were various elements of this story that saddened me and I was holding my breath in this one at times. I will forever have a soft spot for The Big D and I know he doesn't deserve it, but whatever.

The ending and the time taken to paint life after the culmination was very appreciated. When you invest in a complex fantasy series like this, it's a sting in the tail when the ending happens abruptly and you want more. This wasn't the case.

The narration was excellent. Lauren Fortgang has rocked this series, bringing life to characters and dialogue alike. I feel like I'm the last to this trilogy, with no-one to recommend it to, but if I could, I'd tell all my friends!

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  • A Court of Mist and Fury

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,848
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,291
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,297

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms - and she might be key to stopping it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shippers will either Love it or Hate it

  • By Natalie C on 05-05-16

All the stars

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

Reviewed: 11-02-17

This was a ebook and audiobook combination. The narration was superb and it is testament that I couldn't put it down that I continued on audio, when I normally like to have a different audio on the go.

I loved the first book but ACOMAF just knocked book one out of the park. This has a been a thoroughly exciting ride, will slow burning romance rippling underneath. Allegiances changed from my perspective in a way I couldn't imagine and this review is going to be so short because I can't even mention names so as to spoil. All I will say is that Feyre is one of the best heroines I have ever read and I am totally captured by the courts in this series. I loved the build that the timeline in this book allowed. Boom!