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B.A. Wilson

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  • Archenemies

  • Renegades, Book 2
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But they each other’s worst nightmare. Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated: As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City. As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist - a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall Good, Pacing a Problem

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Agonizing and Exciting

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

This was every bit as fast-paced, action-packed, and gut-wrenching as book one. I even had to shout at a couple of characters on several occasions, not that any of them ever listened to me.

This has a dramatic conclusion which will leave you feeling desperate for book 3, in order to see how the story moves forward. That being said, book two did a great job of pushing the overall series forward. It also sticks a knife in and twists it, just when you think you can't take anymore.

The narration is excellent.

  • Everything, Everything

  • By: Nicola Yoon
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,952

This innovative, heartfelt debut novel tells the story of a girl who's literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she's ever known.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bubble Girl Meets Boy

  • By FanB14 on 09-16-15

Quick and Fascinating

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

Madeline hasn't left the house in 17 years, due to Sever Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). Being allergic to the world is lousy, but this story is perfection. I read this book straight through and couldn't stop.

  • It Ends with Us

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,486
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,077
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,073

Lily hasn't always had it easy, but that's never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She's come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up - she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily's life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once again, Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!

  • By Kim on 08-03-16

Painfully Perfect

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

*expletives redacted again*

Every. Time. This just guts me. I have a brutal headache. I've been emotionally distressed all day, and I just cried my eyes out, and yet there's such a layer of raw truth in this book that even after it completely breaks me down, I just want to pick it back up and start again at the beginning.

If I want to read Colleen Hoover over and over again for fun, I'd run straight to UGLY LOVE, but when I want to read her best book, the one that she put the most of herself in and that because of that it's so painfully honest and raw that it's like having my skin scratched off with sandpaper while I read, then it's this book.

And the author's note at the end of the book is quite frankly the best and most upsetting part.

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
*expletives redacted*

I had no idea what this story was about. I just started it, because I read everything Colleen Hoover writes. No. I don't just read her stories. I drink them down and dwell inside them. She creates characters and worlds that cling to you, that make you face all your hopes and fears, that put you through the full range of emotions.

Anyway, long story short, I was completely unprepared for how a book with such a pretty cover could contain such ugliness, pain, and suffering. I mean, the destroyed flower probably should have been a warning sign . . . Regardless, it's still a gorgeous story, in the kind of way the embers of a fire are beautiful, after the flames have just destroyed something.

Be sure to read the author's note at the end of the story.

  • The Selection

  • The Selection, Book 1
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,497
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,734

For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-27-12

Enjoy This Every Time I Revisit It

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

I started rereading this book 30 minutes before bedtime, having forgotten what a compulsive read it truly is, which means I was up late and am tired today, though I don't regret having stayed up to read the book straight through (again).

This story is full of drama and intrigue, a lot like The Bachelor, which is another guilty pleasure. It amuses me how the characters mirror behaviors you see from women thrown into the live version of this story, but it still is a compelling piece of fiction.

Is it fluffy?

Yes. Absolutely.

Is if fun?

Yes, definitely.

Is it dramatic?

IS LIFE DRAMATIC? Oh, sorry. I mean yes. Yes, it is dramatic.

Is the dystopian aspect of the story pretty weak?

Yes.

Do I care about that?

Nope. It's not why I showed up. I'm just along for the ride, which is always twisty and fast-paced.

I mean, come on. I already know how the story ends up, but I still found myself stressing out over what would happen with America and Maxon in the middle of the night. And that's what I want from a story--something that drags me in and won't let me go.

Also, just like I do while watching The Bachelor, I couldn't help shouting at the both of them a few times, to try to get them to comply with my wishes, which they rarely did. That's unfortunate, because I feel sure I could have helped them avoid a few errors and delays along the way. ;)

  • Renegades

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Dan Bittner
  • Length: 16 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,272

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies - humans with extraordinary abilities - who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. As champions of justice, they remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone...except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. As she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice - and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like conclusions? This book isn't for you...

  • By Guarding Cross on 11-21-17

So Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

My feelings about this novel are best expressed in GIFs, which sadly don't work in Audible reviews, but you can see my original review on Goodreads. I would have rewritten it for Audible, but the original just still feels spot on.

View the review at: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1928032095?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1

  • True Places

  • By: Sonja Yoerg
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 388

Suzanne Blakemore hurtles along the Blue Ridge Parkway, away from her overscheduled and completely normal life, and encounters the girl. As Suzanne rushes her to the hospital, she never imagines how the encounter will change her - a change she both fears and desperately needs. Suzanne has the perfect house, a successful husband, and a thriving family. But beneath the veneer of an ideal life, her daughter is rebelling, her son is withdrawing, her husband is oblivious to it all, and Suzanne is increasingly unsure of her place in the world. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought provoking!

  • By Helga Immerfall on 01-05-19

Yoerg Is Fantastic, As Expected

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

It took me forever to read this book, due to personal reasons. I crept my way through this story, which actually worked out great, because it’s so distinct. Yoerg does such a great job of creating a strong sense of place and memorable characters that it stuck with me, no matter how many days I took off between reading sessions. I was always able to pick it back up and jump right into the story, which would not have been the case with many other novels.

Now, enough about me, let’s talk about how much I love this story. It’s like when it comes to words, Yoerg can do no wrong. She creates complex relationships that are difficult and evolve, and because they are never simple or easy, they feel real in ways that some stories can’t deliver. They are never stereotypical or idealized. She has a real grasp for what makes people tick, and it’s so gorgeous to watch these characters evolve.

The concept is captivating: girl stumbles out of the woods, starving and ill, and has no understanding of the modern American suburban lifestyles.

This story unfolds around a recurring theme of botany, so all fellow science and plant nerds, as well as those with brown thumbs who wish they were plant nerds, and even those who aren’t sure they like plants at all but can keep an open mind, will likely find that fascinating.

This story is the intermingling of two different types of existence: materialism versus idealism, suburbanites versus survivalists, wealth versus poverty, appearances versus realities, and even confidence versus comfort zones. As these collide, the characters are left to either adjust and seek balance, or to learn to accept their different extremes, which makes for an interesting read.

At the heart of this story is a reminder that what we want may not always be what we really need, and something even more important to consider is that we can't expect to get what we need from others, if we don't bother to ask or fight for what we need for ourselves.

This was another gem, and as far as I'm concerned, Yoerg is one of those authors who consistently produces excellent work, regardless of topic. Put her on your auto-buy list.

  • The City of Brass

  • A Novel
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,275

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, healings - are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • it's a love/hate thing

  • By Zahai on 02-28-18

Looking Forward to Rereading This One Before BK 2

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This is an adult fantasy novel that starts in the Middle East in the 18th century then runs sideways into an Arabic fantasy world complete with an enclosed city made of brass and 6 djinn tribes with a history of cultural clashes, social and political warfare, and servitude. Throw in a wily con artist with some unexpected abilities who is on the run in the human world, and a parallel POV of the highly moral second son of the djinn king in the parallel world, and things get interesting.

The story is delicious, with the perfect amount of world building, good pacing, a solid and interesting magical system, a unique setting, and strong character development.

This book came highly recommended by a room full of adult services librarians, so I knew immediately that I would pick it up. My only regret is that I didn't wait until early 2019 to start this, as now I'm desperate for book 2, which is not yet published.

  • American Wolf

  • A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West
  • By: Nate Blakeslee
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall, Nate Blakeslee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West. With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Epic American Story

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 10-17-17

Different and Interesting

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This story is about the reintroduction of wolves into Yellowstone and the complex political and scientific issues and debates that arose because of it, as well as being a story about O-Six, a beloved wolf, who's fascinating life was documented by many different trackers.

This strikes a good balance between being informational nonfiction that presents all sides, and telling a captivating story about life as a wolf. I think it would win over many who aren't sure where they stand on the issue of wolves being reintroduced into national habitats, after almost becoming extinct.

Supposedly, there is a movie about O-Six, so I will definitely attempt to find and watch that. This story does pull you in to the emotional highs and lows of life in the animal kingdom.

  • Sapiens

  • A Brief History of Humankind
  • By: Yuval Noah Harari
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,971
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,517

Most books about the history of humanity pursue either a historical or a biological approach, but Dr. Yuval Noah Harari breaks the mold with this highly original book. From examining the role evolving humans have played in the global ecosystem to charting the rise of empires, Sapiens integrates history and science to reconsider accepted narratives, connect past developments with contemporary concerns, and examine specific events within the context of larger ideas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Take the Negative Reviews w/ a Grain of Salt

  • By Gabriel on 08-29-18

Plenty To Think About

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This was fascinating and gave me a lot to think about. Do I agree with all the conclusions about Sapiens and humanity? I don't know yet. But did I enjoy considering all of them and reconsidering who I am and why I am who I am? Absolutely.

I originally rated this as 4 stars, because sometimes this is overwhelming. Upon looking back, it's probably my fault that I was overwhelmed, not the book's fault, so I've upped my score to 5 stars.

Also, I think it deserves the 5th star, because it's kind of amazing how it really does deliver on the title, in a way that is pretty cohesive. I definitely learned a lot, most of which I will probably forget again, but it was worth it to understand the journey of how we got from there to here.

It was also worth it to have some of my ideas about humanity be challenged, and to take a hard look at what the truth is behind human behaviors and actions. I've reached a point where it's rare for me to hear so many new or unexpected things in one book, and it reminds me that there is so much I just assume rather than actually know. I liked having to stop and questioning things that I've never questioned before. 5 stars for stretching (or attempting to stretch) my brain.

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,902
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,734

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than I expected...

  • By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 07-22-17

Second Time Through

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

Reviewed: 01-22-19

This is so damned charming and heartfelt, while still being full of adventure. I could read it a hundred times and never get sick of this one.

PREVIOUS REVIEW:
This novel has so much voice, the kind that’s funny and unapologetic. I really do want to hug this book, which is problematic since I listened to the audiobook.

The MC is a charming rake who gets himself into mess after mess, and I adore the fact that one of the side characters is his sister. That’s so rare in YA these days…to have a really relevant character be a sibling, and for that sibling to go along on the adventure. It added a nice dynamic.

These teenagers were appropriately teenagery, and I loved how the dated time period still felt so fresh and easy to exist within. These are the kind of characters who steal away little pieces of your heart, and you don’t even mind.

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