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Empress Kate

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  • The Last Sun

  • By: K. D. Edwards
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Rune Saint John, the last child of the fallen Sun Court, is hired to search for Lady Judgment's missing son, Addam, on New Atlantis, the island city where the Atlanteans moved after ordinary humans destroyed their original home. With his companion and bodyguard, Brand, he questions Addam's relatives and business contacts through the highest ranks of the nobles of New Atlantis. But as they investigate, they uncover more than a missing man: a legendary creature connected to the secret of the massacre of Rune's Court.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly different and chalk full of sass!

  • By Empress Kate on 08-31-18

Surprisingly different and chalk full of sass!

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

4.5 stars!

Book Content Warning: talk of past sexual assault.

This was surprisingly different and chalk full of sass! I had a lot of tropes lined up in my head for a story like this, and in steered clear of a lot of them.

The world and plot held my interest the whole time, and there wasn't any unneeded info dumping. I loved the characters and their relationships. They were all sassy, but in different ways.

I was sure this would be an mm romance between the mc and his bodyguard, but it wasn't and their friendship gave me warm and fuzzy feelings. They'll sass each other one minutes and hug the next...while sassing each other, I loved it.

Also, there was a good found family feel to it, with the all the characters which is one of my biggest weaknesses.

I eagerly await the next book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Palace Job

  • By: Patrick Weekes
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,021
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 936
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 932

Loch is seeking revenge. It would help if she wasn’t in jail. The plan: To steal a priceless elven manuscript that once belonged to her family, but is now in the hands of the most powerful man in the Republic. To do so, Loch - former soldier, former prisoner, and current fugitive - must assemble a crack team of magical misfits that includes a cynical illusionist, a shape shifting unicorn, a repentant death priestess, a talking magical war hammer, and a lad with seemingly no skills.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written Fun...With a few twists along the way

  • By Jesse on 11-18-13

One of my all time FAVES!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Yes the narration takes a little while to get used to, but don't let that stop you from diving into this beauty!

This trilogy is SO amazing, why is it so unknown? I want to share the awesome that is this heist fantasy with everyone.

I love all the characters, their relationships, the action, plot, world dynamic, and hilarious lines about other people's mothers. I am pretty sure it is the end, but I feel like Weekes could pick it back up if he wanted (and I want). Aaaaaaaaahhh, I really cannot express with words how much I love these characters and all the trouble they get into!

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,491
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,010

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Extraordinary Listening Experience

  • By Gunnyvil on 12-18-16

I needed this book when I was little!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I bought this quickly and without knowing anything about it before hand. Without any expectations for this, I quickly fell in love with the world, and the wild magic that inhibits it. The Girl Who Drank the Moon depicts the looming power of sorrow, and the stubborn yet beautiful endurance of hope.

I would defiantly recommend it to those that love stories by Diana Wynne Jones.

  • In Other Lands

  • By: Sarah Rees Brennan
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180

The Borderlands aren't like anywhere else. Don't try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border - unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and - best of all as far as Elliot is concerned - mermaids. Elliot? Who's Elliot? Elliot is 13 years old. He's smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious and emotional!

  • By JusticeReads on 07-24-18

Discworld and Carry On had a baby and this is it!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Recommend to: All those book nerds that love Discworld by Pratchett and Carry On by Rowell.

This was amazing! Although, it started off rocky for me. Elliot's first person narrative got on my nerves at first, but I quickly warmed to him and the other characters.

I love all the things Brennan expressed in this world, especially the double standards. The character growth in this is beautiful, and Elliot is such an awesome bisexual protagonist, and I loved watching him come of age.

I wish this was a series, I want to hang out with these characters more.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • That Inevitable Victorian Thing

  • By: E. K. Johnston
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history. The imperial tradition of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage. But before she does her duty, she'll have one summer of freedom and privacy in a far corner of empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Regency Romance for Teens

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-10-18

Loved the world and utterly charming!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

4.5
This book had so many elements that I adore. The best way to describe it is that it has an Anne of Green Gables charm, with an almost Gail Carriger type of silly victorian fantasy world, with some Lunar Chronicles technology. All good books/authors!

The beginning is mostly world building, yet it left a lot unsaid, leaving a lot of the particulars for the audience to fill in for themselves. This is for the best, to much detail and the plot can often get left behind. I loved the mixture of victorian and asian fashions. The diversity and acceptance of all people in the world was awesome, as well as the social structure.

I loved the ladies' relationship, as well as August and Elizabeth's characters. I felt like Elizabeth should have had a bigger part, but I cannot see how that would have working in the overall plot.

I don't really have anything bad to say, the pacing might be slow for some people, but I enjoyed it.

Also, the end was great, everything came together just like I hoped.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Witchmark

  • By: C. L. Polk
  • Narrated by: Samuel Roukin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be a slave to his family's interest or to be committed to a witches' asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn't leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family. Even after faking his own death and reinventing himself as a doctor at a cash-strapped veteran's hospital, Miles can't hide what he truly is. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical plot, world, and LGBT romance

  • By Empress Kate on 08-28-18

Magical plot, world, and LGBT romance

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

4.5 stars
I absolutely loved this!
Anyone looking for an adorable LGBT+ romance, historical fantasy, murder mystery, that explores upper class privilege, and the consequences of war? It's right here!
The beginning was a bit tough for me because I thought it would be more historical urban fantasy, and it did vaguely resemble England after WWI, but the places and past events were all made up, and the magically system is very unique.
I loved all the characters, Tristan reminded of Howl (from Howl's Moving Castle only more put together). The murder mystery was intriguing, and I had a ton of fun finding out were it lead, and how everything tied together. What an interesting outcome it had in the end!
Miles and Tristen where so cute, and I eagerly await the next book to see what happens to them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tesser: A Dragon Among Us

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 1
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,566

Imagine for a moment that you are a Dragon. A creature of unimaginable power, unending intelligence and strength, and you've just woken from 10,000 years of slumber. Worse yet, you've awoken underneath a city: Boston, an alien and strange place that defies everything you've ever known. Your last memories are of primordial forests, erupting volcanoes sculpting a developing world, faeries, witches, vampires, krakens, and monsters that feared where you turned your eyes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a credit and your time!

  • By Kelleefornia on 02-17-16

Not worth the time

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

Reviewed: 08-03-16

I couldn't finish it. The narrator was very flat, and the women were written 1 dimensionally.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful