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  • Schooled in Magic

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,826

Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them. There, she learns that the locals believe she is a "Child of Destiny" - someone whose choices might save or damn their world, a title that earns her both friends and enemies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Neurotic Heroine

  • By Charles Grayson on 11-26-16

Not Harry Potter! AND THAT'S A GOOD THING!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-16

It's inevitable to compare this book to Harry Potter. They are both in the Magic School Genre and the main character is considered a "Chosen One"

But this title stands on its own due to its smart and independent heroine and the time the author takes to explain the book's magic system and world building.

If you go into this book hoping for a romance, you might be disappointed. As the first book deals more with Emily getting used to the world she's transported to and the new school she's enrolled in.

I particularly enjoy how Emily uses her knowledge of modern technology to make waves in this new magical world.

If you're into characters from our world using their know-how to improve the world they've been transported to, I think you'll like this book.

37 of 46 people found this review helpful

  • 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 7,986
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,336
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7,337

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

Shippers will either Love it or Hate it

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

Reviewed: 05-05-16

When we last left Feyre, she freed Tamlin, his court and the whole of Prythian. But at the cost of killing two innocent fae. So the last book ended with Feyre having to deal with the aftermath of her actions and of dying and being resurrected as a High Fae.

If you come into this book curious about how Feyre is coping. Or wanting to know what was up with Rhysand stumbling during his last interaction with Feyre. Or what is up with the bargain he made with Feyre. Or what exactly began Tamlin and Rhys' enmity. Or what are the other courts like. Or what the hell Feyre's last name is.

Then your curiousity will be satisfied.

However, if you come into this book with a high investment on who Feyre ends up with, all I can say is that you will either be very elated or crushingly disappointed.

Personally, I like the book and its continuity with the first book. I like how the author handles Feyre's character development for this book. I don't really care much about who Feyre ends up with as I like both the guys introduced in the first book.

But from a shipping perspective, I can pretty much see how a reader rooting for one guy would be enraged or elated at how the romance department goes.

So just be prepared

Finally, I just want to comment that this title should not be under the Teen category. If you're a parent who has any plans on buying this for under 17 children, you might have reservations because this book has even more graphic sex scenes than the first book.

57 of 57 people found this review helpful

  • The Rose & the Dagger

  • By: Renée Ahdieh
  • Narrated by: Ariana Delawari
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband, Khalid, the caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse - one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid's empire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - bad narration

  • By Christy Kost on 06-13-16

Get this if you want the conclusion to the series

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Personally, I enjoyed the first book better. Because I love the palace and the focus on Khalid and Sharzad's chemistry. This is not to say that we don't get the chemistry on Book 2. We do. But not as much as Book 1 in my opinion.

On the other hand, if you loved Book 1, I think it would be a shame not to get The Rose and the Dagger. The author made me care for those two lovebirds in Book 1. And it was a joy to see how their story concluded in Book 2.

Just be warned that you might be bored with the first half of this book as it was basically a build up of the second half. On the other hand, the second half (I feel) is so worth it

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Winner's Kiss

  • By: Marie Rutkoski
  • Narrated by: Kate Rawson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He's finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can't quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people - and certainly more than she cared for him. At least that's what he thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Must-Read Conclusion to an AWESOME SERIES

  • By Natalie C on 03-26-16

Must-Read Conclusion to an AWESOME SERIES

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

Reviewed: 03-26-16

With how the 2nd Book ended, I had serious doubts that Marie Rutkoski could deliver a satisfying end to the Winner's Trilogy.

But I'm glad to be wrong! Fans of the first two books should read this if only to see how the story ends. People who especially love the 1st book would (in my opinion) probably love this book for all the callbacks to The Winner's Curse.

Kestrel being kickass with her mind for strategy. Arin being badass for his leadership and knack for physical combat. Kestrel and Arin getting back together. These are some of the things one can expect from the book

As for the ending, I think the author did a great job in wrapping up the series.

So anyone who has read Books 1 & 2, I think you have every reason to finish the series!

  • Marked in Flesh

  • A Novel of the Others, Book 4
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,066

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the new, closer companionship as beneficial - both personally and practically.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Like putting together a puzzle in slow motion where you already see the big picture

  • By Pabkins on 08-28-17

No Cliffhangers here

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

First of all, I love Anne BIshop's the Others Series because of the unique and very interesting POVs that the Others present. You know they are a totally different species and you know that they can eat you. But the author really made me see things from their perspectives (YEAH, HUMAN STUPIDITY is ETERNAL).

Yes. There are times in this book where the listener would get really angry at annoyed at those HFL sympathizers especially for hurting other people and the Others. But you also get times where you really feel touched about Other-Human interactions. Particularly, those in which they are cooperating.

So basically, this book retains all the qualities and elements you loved in the first three books. 1.) Very funny human-Other interactions 2.) Villains Getting their comeuppance 3.) No cliffhangers and 4.) the book ends in a hopeful note

So Go and Read/Listen to this story!

  • The Last Girl

  • The Dominion Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Joe Hart
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,223
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,947

A mysterious worldwide epidemic reduces the birthrate of female infants from 50 percent to less than one percent. Medical science and governments around the world scramble in an effort to solve the problem, but 25 years later there is no cure, and an entire generation grows up with a population of fewer than 1000 women. Zoey and some of the surviving young women are housed in a scientific research compound dedicated to determining the cause.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping story, but missing some details

  • By Ruth Ravve on 06-14-16

Nothing new. Nothing interesting

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

Perhaps I just read and/or listened to similar stories. But I really did not find this title to be enjoyable.

The premise was interesting enough. But I feel the story did not live up to its potential. The story is a what if scenario. What if there was a very limited population of women? And what would people do to ensure that humans do not become extinct?

With that said, I kinda expected to have little to none of that "suspension of disbelief" after imagining those scenarios coming to pass

But I find it very hard to connect with the story because I find the characters two-dimensional. The villains are deluded, self-righteous a-holes with no further depth given to them. While the heroes (even the heroine) seem to me like every other character I've encountered in other stories. So I find it easy to take for granted that the heroine was able to defeat them.

Do not purchase this book with the hopes of a good romance on the side. To be frank, the romance portion of the story isn't even essential to keep the plot going.

Thus, all in all, I'm disappointed with this book and will not be making plans to purchase the sequel.

20 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Firstlife

  • An Everlife Novel, Book 1
  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 563

Tenley "Ten" Lockwood is an average 17-year-old girl...who has spent the past 13 months locked inside the Prynne Asylum. The reason? Not her obsession with numbers but her refusal to let her parents choose where she'll live - after she dies. There is an eternal truth most of the world has come to accept: Firstlife is merely a dress rehearsal, and real life begins after death.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Would have been a Five-Star Read...

  • By Natalie C on 02-25-16

Would have been a Five-Star Read...

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

Reviewed: 02-25-16

Don't listen/read this title for the romance. I wasn't too impressed with the love interest Cilian. And one of his lines: "Challenge accepted" just reminded me of a character (from a TV show) who has a horrible record for treating women badly. In any case, I don't find the romance that enticing.

What really got me going was the other characters. I thought that Ten was commendable for staying true to herself regardless of the costs. She is not a girl whose happiness is solely dependent on her man. And I admire her for it. Snarky and witty but still having compassion regardless of what was thrown at her. Despite the fantasy/sci fi genre of the books, I'm sure a lot of people would relate to her.

Her interactions with her friends, particularly Bow/Archer and Sloane are the highlights of the book. And I feel that the book would have been better with more of it.

So long story short: I think the romance part of the book was a let down. But the book makes up for it with the concept of Everlife and with the likeability of characters such as Ten, Bow/Archer, and Archer's direct superior (he may be some sort of general but he has a great sense of humor)

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Reign of Shadows

  • By: Sophie Jordan
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, James Fouhey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Seventeen years ago an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok's lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna's survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been better.

  • By Bookworm on 02-21-16

Romance is the only substance

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

The book is not bad. But I feel that I could have simply waited for the local library to make this book available rather than purchase it on audible. The book is more about developing the romance between the two main characters rather than what's going on in their world.

Hence, both spend a lot of time alone together on the road.

This is not to say I didn't like Luna and Fowler's developing relationship. Because I do. But I feel that that is the only draw this book has. And that may not be enough for most people especially if the reader wants to learn more about the book universe's history and culture.

It seems to me that the setting (a land in a perpetual solar eclipse) and the circumstance (Luna's a princess in hiding from the chancellor who murdered her parents and usurped the throne while Fowler has some of his secrets too) are nothing more than a prop for the romance.

Which does seem to leave a lot lacking in my opinion.

I'm interested enough in Luna and Fowler to see what happens in the next book. But I think I'll just borrow the next book in the library.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Glass Sword

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

If there's one thing Mare Barrow knows, it's that she's different. Mare's blood is red - the colour of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from the prince and friend who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • X-Men: First Class + Grisha Trilogy = Glass Sword

  • By Natalie C on 02-14-16

X-Men: First Class + Grisha Trilogy = Glass Sword

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

Reviewed: 02-14-16

What other book might you compare Glass Sword to and why?

Glass Sword seems to me like a mix of the movie "X-men: First Class" and Leigh Bardugo's Grisha Trilogy (Especially the 2nd book - Siege and Storm). Thus expect this book to have an equivalent to a recruitment and training montage and for the main character to be the sort-of leader of a group of super-powered individuals
Not to mention Mare is showing shades of Grisha Trilogy's Alina Starkov

Any additional comments?

I don't think Glass Sword is as good as the first book: Red Queen. But maybe that's just me. I certainly prefer the first book for it's deception and political intrigue within the palace. The second book shows Mare outside the palace. But I feel that the way the book handles Mare fighting back has certainly been done before (ie it's basically a mix of Alina Starkov readying the Grisha to fight the Darkling and Katniss Everdeen allowing her image to be used to fuel a rebellion). So I'm not particularly impressed with the majority of the book. This is not to say it was a bad book.

I think it's ok. There's certainly a lot of action going on in this book as Mare and her friends are being hunted by the King and finding ways to fight back.

However, none of the new characters introduced appealed to me. A lot of them are side characters and are kind of cardboard cut-outs of characters I've read before. Or maybe it's just because the whole book is from Mare's POV and Mare (unfortunately) intentionally And unintentionally never really let herself get close enough to know them better?

In any case, you might wonder why I even gave this book a 4 star rating.

Simple: MAVEN

This book could certainly have been better with a lot more MAVEN in my opinion. Not to say that I want Maven to win. Just saying that the plot only really picks up when Maven makes an actual appearance (however scant it is in this book).

Mare and Maven's twisted bond is a guilty pleasure of mine. I went into Glass Sword expecting to read on the aftermath of Maven's betrayal. And with regards to Mare and Maven, it did not disappoint me. And this is the main reason I'm looking forward to the third book

So to summarize:
Don't expect a lot of appearances from Maven. But do look out for them because if you like reading/listening to something similar to the Grisha Trilogy's Darking and Alina bond, you might like it every time Maven and Mare share a scene.

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27,812
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,924
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25,873

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The narration and content = outstanding

  • By Gus on 05-30-17

Satisfying End to A Great Series!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-16

There were definitely a lot of twists and turns. There were even times when I cursed Pierce Brown for the shock and loss that his book made me feel.

But I'm glad to have listened to the final installment of this series.

If you have read the first two books, then you should definitely read/listen to this!
For those of you who followed this series due to your love for the main characters, then I think you'd be happy with this book!

11 of 19 people found this review helpful