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Arthur Lueder

Los Alamos, NM USA
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  • Lady of Devices: A Steampunk Adventure Novel

  • Magnificent Devices, Book 1
  • By: Shelley Adina
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

At 17, Claire Trevelyan, daughter of Viscount St. Ives, was expected to do nothing more than pour an elegant cup of tea, sew a fine seam, and catch a rich husband. Unfortunately, Claire's talents lie not in the ballroom, but in the chemistry lab, where things have a regrettable habit of blowing up. When her father gambles the estate on the combustion engine and loses, Claire finds herself down and out on the mean streets of London. But being a young woman of resources and intellect, she turns fortune on its head. It's not long before a new leader rises in the underworld, known only as the Lady of Devices...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was it really just one book divided into four?

  • By Kitty Lagorio on 03-16-14

Enjoyably Different

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

Reviewed: 06-06-15

I don't read a great deal of Steampunk but like the genre. I must say this story went in a different direction than I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Happily moving on to book two.

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  • Easy Pickings

  • A Jane Yellowrock/Walker Papers Crossover
  • By: Faith Hunter, C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam, Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 556
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

Welcome to the crossover event fans have been waiting for: Joanne Walker and Jane Yellowrock meet in a world not quite like either of their own, where they must find and defeat the magic that brought them there - or they just might find themselves...easy pickings!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and lots of laughs

  • By Bonnie on 09-15-14

Great Crossover

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

Reviewed: 06-03-15

I got this story because I love the Jane Yellowrock series. Now I will have to read the Walker papers too. Great short story!

  • Blood Song

  • Blood Singer, Book 1
  • By: Cat Adams
  • Narrated by: Arika Escalona
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed. Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an abomination-something that should not exist-and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a series!

  • By Julie on 09-07-12

Interesting series

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Quite the universe with everything from vamps and werewolves to demons and telepaths. The main character is a dhampir with a dash of siren. This is a good start and I hope character development moves along with the stories.

  • Foxglove Summer

  • A Rivers of London Novel (Peter Grant, Book 5)
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

Peter Grant - cop, magical apprentice, and Londoner to the core - is being forced out of his comfort zone and into the English countryside. His latest case involves the disappearance of children in the small village of Herefordshire, and the local police are unwilling to admit there might be a supernatural element involved. Now Peter must deal with them, local river spirits, and the fact that all the shops close by 4 P.M.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Starts slow but ends strong

  • By Cliff on 01-08-15

London CSI meets Harry Potter

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

Reviewed: 03-04-15

Peter Grant is a London constable and apprentice wizard. This book is written in pure Brit-speak. The humor is great and Peter is a proper copper navigating the mundane and fantastic. In this book he is investigating two missing children and you are immersed in police procedures along with a dab of the arcane. Solid story with some nice turns and the continued questions about why Leslie really betrayed him. I can't wait for the next installment.

  • The Ruby Circle

  • A Bloodlines Novel
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,301
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,300

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with this book

  • By Vanessa Dyson on 03-26-15

Happy Ever After for Bloodlines

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

Reviewed: 02-24-15

Sydney and Adrian have moved from a life on the run from the alchemists to married life trapped at court. Jill is still missing and a mysterious package soon has Sydney following clues and meeting an old nemesis thought dead. Good action and everyone working together to rescue Jill while carving out a way to have as normal life as a human witch and vampire can have together.

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  • Turned

  • Book #1 in the Vampire Journals
  • By: Morgan Rice
  • Narrated by: Brianna Knickerbocker
  • Length: 5 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 288

In Turned (Book #1 of the Vampire Journals), 18 year old Caitlin Paine finds herself uprooted from her nice suburb and forced to attend a dangerous New York City high school when her Mom moves again. The one ray of light in her new surroundings is Jonah, a new classmate who takes an instant liking to her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "Twilight" meets "The Outsiders"

  • By Barack Obeagle on 01-16-12

I will pass on this series

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

Reviewed: 03-11-14

Would you try another book from Morgan Rice and/or Brianna Knickerbocker?

No. The story premise has potential but the writing is simple and uninteresting. The narrator was leaden and slow.

Would you recommend Turned to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I'm normally a big fan of books about newbie vampires but I didn't like this book at all. The protagonist, I can't call her a heroine, a slow witted 18 year old who seems to fall in love with any attractive guy who treats her nicely. Through the course of this blessedly short book Caitlin discovers she is a half-vampire when, after her 18th birthday, she suddenly develops a thirst for blood and super speed and strength. Unfortunately her first blood lust has her draining a Russian singer at Carnegie Hall during intermission though she can't really remember what happened. She wakes up in a dumpster with a sudden allergy to the sun and still hasn't quite figured out what may be wrong with her. Clueless that the police and FBI are searching for her she is captured by the "evil vampire" coven. They are convinced she must belong to an invading coven and attempt to torture her with holy water. Shocked that she is immune she breaks free and is rescued by a "good vampire" who is convinced she is "the One" who is foretold to start the final vampire war and lead them to the "sword of power" that will save everything.

What didn’t you like about Brianna Knickerbocker’s performance?

Slow, very few inflections. I wasn't impressed with how the character was written but it was made worse by the dead delivery.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment with a female character who seemed destined to be rescued by the hunky man while being constantly befuddled by events.

Any additional comments?

Caitlin makes Bella look like a freaking genius but there is some potential with the character. Problem is she must be rescued by the hunky good vampire and swoons happily in his arms. I dislike the character enough to not even give the series a chance. I recommend a pass on this book.

  • Frost Burned

  • Mercy Thompson, Book 7
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,528
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,062
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,070

Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best urban fantasy series

  • By ShySusan on 03-09-13

Another Briggs Winner

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

Reviewed: 03-23-13

Any additional comments?

Patricia Briggs is one of the best authors of paranormal fiction and this book is an example why. It continues the story of Mercy Thompson, a Native American who is a coyote shapeshifter and married to the local werewolf pack's alpha. Action starts at chapter one and continues at a fast pace through the entire book. Briggs has a unique universe with the Faye and Werewolves outed among humans but Vampires and the other things that go bump in the night still in hiding.

Frost Burned is a very good read and I recommend it highly. It is book 7 of the series but can be read on it's own merit. Still, if you haven't started the series go grab Moon Called on your favorite medium. You won't regret it.

Lorelei King is great as Mercy.

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  • Vampire for Hire: First Four Short Stories

  • By: J.R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Anne Johnstonbrown
  • Length: 1 hr and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

Four bestselling Vampire for Hire short stories, including "Teeth" - Fang's very bloody and tragic backstory; "Vampire Nights" - Samantha Moon meets someone unexpected on a late night trip to Denny's, someone who seems to know all her secrets and has all the answers.; "Vampire Blues" - Samantha Moon is about to discover that not all men are created equal....; "Vampire Dreams" - Samantha Moon sets out to find the answer to a mysterious, haunting dream... a dream in which sees a young woman die, over and over again.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Short stories

  • By Zulu on 08-12-13

A Novella at Best

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

Any additional comments?

A series of short stories set somewhere around book 5 plus a brief back story about Fang.

  • Vampire Games

  • Vampire for Hire, Book 6
  • By: J. R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Samantha Moon is hired to look into the suspicious death of a popular fighter—and quickly discovers there’s far more to the story than meets the eye. As she uncovers clues into the boxer’s past, she will come face-to-face with something unexpected...and something only whispered about. Additionally, Samantha must confront the growing supernatural powers of those closest to her—and a betrayal that will rock her world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It Packs A Punch!

  • By Cheri on 05-20-16

Samantha Just Gets More Interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

Any additional comments?

Samantha Moon's vampire abilities continue to grow and the addition of the medallion protection from the end of the last book has made her life much easier. Some new revelations concerning her children and a big step for Fang. Ishmael interferes and sets up Kingsley in ways that are devastating to Sam who was just opening up to him. Perhaps not fast enough.

Another good but too short book.

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  • Christmas Moon

  • Vampire for Hire, Book 4.5
  • By: J. R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 311

With Christmas just around the corner, Samantha Moon finds herself taking on a very strange case. A mysterious family treasure has been stolen, something priceless that's been passed down through the generations, something buried in secrets. Samantha's reward is simple: she gets half of whatever it is... if she can find it first. And just as the holidays threaten to consume her, Samantha is approached by a very mysterious man, someone who knows all her secrets, a man who might not be a man at all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Short Story!

  • By Cheri on 03-28-16

A Short Interlude

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

Reviewed: 03-18-13

Any additional comments?

A quick short story that moved along nicely. Samantha seems to have no end to supernatural men who have fallen in love with her.

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