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Kindling Micky

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fast pace, jaw dropping

  • By Kindling Micky on 10-05-18

Fast pace, jaw dropping

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

ASCENSION appealed to my YA Sci-fi heart immediately on reading the blurb but I can only tell you that reading it was so much more. It blew me away, from the first jaw drop to the last page. This is a fast paced read, with suspense but also with some lulls and time to gather your breath. Basically, the pacing is well thought out.

This was a no-return to Earth, colonisation of Mars, dating game but there was not one thing that was light about this ‘game’. The six young women and six young men were a mixture of sweet, banal and screwed-up. The protagonist, Leonor was a fabulous character and so very complex. She drew me in with her seemingly bad attitude, scars, flaws and integrity. Out of the six, she favoured two and it was a twisty tale.

There were some super baddies in this book and Serena McBee was a special kind of nasty with saccharine words. Behind the whole dating game was a whole sub plot that was really the most important plot and boy, did it keep me on the edge of my seat. As the book sprinted to the end I was desperate to get to....no answers. I knew this would be the way but I am going to dive into Distortion shortly to just continue this angst-ridden ride.

I’m hoping for justice AND hope.

On another note, this book was written in French but the translation is flawless, I wouldn’t have known because the writing flows beautifully.

  • The Foxe & the Hound

  • By: R. S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian, Joe Arden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369

When your life is a hot mess at 20, it's cute. At 27...well, not so much. It's just that my lofty dreams - making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily - have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I've decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I've settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry. That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town's new vet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Funny but with creepy moments

  • By Gabriela on 12-14-17

Light, fun reading

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This was light and fun but rather predictable. The premise is good but there is a lot of going round in circles with a weak heroine.

  • P.S. I Still Love You

  • By: Jenny Han
  • Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,721

Lara Jean didn't expect to really fall for Peter. She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren't. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever. When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean's feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfect summer read☀️

  • By Marte on 05-28-18

Great follow up to book one.

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

Reviewed: 08-25-18

Delightful YA as the life of Lara Jean gets a bit more complicated, occasionally stupid and real. I love the writing, the characters. The narration was excellent.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dane's Storm

  • By: Mia Sheridan
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,074

Dane was her first kiss and the only man she ever loved...until their marriage crashed and burned. Now Audra has built a quiet life for herself running a flower shop she's put her whole heart into. But Audra is left reeling when an unexpected circumstance brings Dane back into her world. He's still as breathtaking as he ever was, and he still affects her more than any man she's ever known. Yet learning to trust him again could be a matter of life and death....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Second chance/Survival story. Performance just okay.

  • By Avid Reader on 04-03-18

Absorbing survival story

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

DANE’S STORM literally swept me up in its eye and I found it very difficult to put it down, which is unusual for audio considering it’s my commuting buddy. The story was compelling, charting a second chance between Audra and Dane. The twist at mid-way took me by surprise but it wasn’t unwelcome, in fact, that dragged me in more.

Audra is a kind of annoying and insipid initially but she did develop. Dane was swoon-worthy in characterisation but the narrator choice for his POV was such a disappointment; he came across too old and a little voice-over in tone, almost over-rehearsed. However, his POV is less than the female narration and the story was strong enough to carry you through. I’m thinking that in the long run when this comes out in ebook/paperback, that will be the format of choice and will inspire much higher ratings.

The wrap up was a little rushed and neat but I stopped everything to finish, so that tells you how addictive this one was. It’s been a while since I’ve read Mia Sheridan but this book reminded me how she writes epic love stories in small bites.

I’d recommend this book for fans of On the Island and Withering Hope.

  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 990
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

Ice skating heaven

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

4.5 stars

In a rare move on my part, I started on release day and rode the growing hype-wave, hype that was warranted. If you’re a Zapata fan, FROM LUKOV WITH LOVE will slow-burn your brains out in the best way. It started just a little slow for me but by 20%, I was all in, over my head and in the Lukov-zone.

Lukov and Jasmine are assholes...together. This is hate to the factor 10 and I highlighted the heck out of this book. The dialogue was some of the best that Mariana has written and I soaked in the hilarious diatribe, repeatedly.

“I reeled back. And then couldn’t form a single ****ing world. Not one other than one that started with an m, ended with an r and sounded like trucker wucker.”

The context of LUKOV is sports, namely pairs figure skating and it’s as obsessive commitment as you might imagine. The context was just wondeful, the detail, the weaving into the life of the characters was as fulfilling as Kulti. Family and dogs (yes, that’s my heart melting right here) were key to this story and made for such a rich read.

The hate was strong but there were moments of emotion and pain that floored me. The flip in emotion was cleverly written and sucker-punched at the same time. I am now basking in my thoughts of these two post-read, thinking that I’ll need a copy on my shelf to admire with the others.

Meatball and Sock 4 ever.

  • Resisting the Boss

  • Mid Life Love
  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, August James
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Claire Gracen's life is picture perfect. Her career as a marketing director is on the brink of being legendary, and her marriage to her high school sweetheart has never been stronger. No, wait. It has. It used to be amazing and fulfilling, but one day Claire realizes that she's been living a lie and her best friend and husband have committed the ultimate betrayal. Broken and depressed, Claire is in need of something new - new city, new job, new friends.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great context of older woman, younger man

  • By Kindling Micky on 08-22-18

Great context of older woman, younger man

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

Give me a read about forty-somethings and I'm in, it's such a tangible, refreshing context for me. I felt totally engaged with MID LIFE LOVE because it also included a favourite setting of mine....office romance. This book is about a 40 year old divorcee who has lost herself in her heartache of the last 4 years. Claire is incredulous at the attentions of Jonathan Statham, her 28 year old boss and CEO of the company. She cannot understand his attraction to her and thwarts each of his approaches.

This book is rich with fabulous side characters in Claire's daughters, they made me laugh and brought such tangibility to the storyline. I never felt like I knew where the story was going and this was such fun to devour. The many twists and turns kept me hooked even though I felt the last 5% was rushed. All the characters were well developed and the writing just flowed. I need more from these two and I hope my desire is fulfilled

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Loving the Boss

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, August James
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Claire Gracen finally has the life she's always wanted: a career she loves, a man who's willing to do any and everything for her, and friends that show her the true meaning of the word friendship. As she and Jonathan prepare to make the ultimate commitment to one another and plan the wedding of her dreams, she quickly realizes that the hurtful past she left behind in Pittsburgh is a lot closer than she thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved this book

  • By Brittany on 08-14-18

Satisfied with the conclusion

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

3.5 stars

My GR shelves are a bit all over the place on this one, demonstrating a bit of mixed feelings alongside what was also some enjoyment. It’s a solid follow up to book one and I really did feel invested to see what happened to this couple. I really liked some of the drama and not so much at other times. The heroine irritated me a bit at times but she eventually pulled herself together. Overall this couple have been fun to read about and they were pretty damn steamy.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  • By: Jenny Han
  • Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,625

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A YA for Rom-Com fans

  • By The Reading Date on 07-02-14

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

The song sisters are end to end wonderful. This is a light, funny and engaging listen that I thoroughly enjoyed. The sisterly relationships are complex and deep. The coming of age romance was the sweetest.

  • Length: Not Yet Known
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  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening, compelling and inspirational

  • By Kindling Micky on 07-27-18

Enlightening, compelling and inspirational

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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 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Girl power all the way!

  • By Bookneeders on 10-11-17

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.