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  • Skyward

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18,250
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17,285
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17,250

From Brandon Sanderson, the number one New York Times best-selling author of the Reckoners series, Words of Radiance, and the internationally best-selling Mistborn series, comes the first book in an epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity's future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Has Sanderson been reading Craig Alanson???

  • By Barry on 11-18-18

Unpopular Opinion - Couldn't stand this story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Clearly an unpopular opinion but, I couldn’t stand this book.

Spensa has to be one of the most whiny annoying female characters I’ve read about lately. Her whole life is about defying authority and ok, that’s the plot of a lot of novels, but she keeps arguing about why she is right and why they are wrong, but she’s just plain wrong and it will get her or someone else hurt or killed. She can’t accept that maybe she isn’t as good as she thinks and blames everyone else for her problems.

Her whole life is built upon her father being a coward and abandoning his flight crew in the middle of a battle. This “coward” fact is brought up at least once a chapter and how she doesn’t want to be marked a coward too. And how dying in battle is better than ejecting and being branded a coward. Ok, but then you’re a dead coward.

There is a lottttttttt of battle simulation training. Like. That is the plot of 75% of the book. And I just. Didn’t care? At all? Spensa “Spin” once again defies 99% of orders, and while she “wins” the challenge, she often dies in the simulations. Um. In real life, you’d be dead. Bye.

I didn’t even like the ship she found, ‘M-Bot’, until the very end. It was pretty annoying too… By the end of the book, things actually started happening and became interesting, but that was literally 90% into the book. The only way I powered through this was the audiobook on 2.5x speed.

Spin has a “defect” that’s only vaguely touched upon throughout the book and my immediate thought was, “Oh, so she’s Divergent.” That’s what it sounded like to me. She wouldn’t accumulate to society's norms, so she was “defect.”

I love sci-fi books. But I guess just not this kind of sci-fi.

Would not recommend the audiobook because the narrator makes Spensa sound like she’s about 12 years old.

If you like Star Wars you'll probably like this. But I don't like Star Wars.
If you like Illuminae Files or Sleeping Giants, you probably WON'T like this.

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  • To Kill a Kingdom

  • By: Alexandra Christo
  • Narrated by: Jacob York, Stephanie Willis
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,193

Princess Lira is siren royalty and the most lethal of them all. With the hearts of 17 princes in her collection, she is revered across the sea. Until a twist of fate forces her to kill one of her own. To punish her daughter, the Sea Queen transforms Lira into the one thing they loathe most - a human. Robbed of her song, Lira has until the winter solstice to deliver Prince Elian's heart to the Sea Queen and or remain a human forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promises more than it delivers.

  • By Bookworm on 03-11-19

Awesome narration!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I thought the narration on this one was fantastic! I really enjoyed the dual points of view. Its basically a dark retelling of The Little Mermaid - so no, its not going to be 100% original but its a great story and rather dark at points - which I loved. It's a enemies to lovers trope and I'm SO here for it! Its also a standalone which is a nice change of pace from all the series. Really recommend this one if you're looking for a mermaid/siren/pirate story!