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  • Iced

  • A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 14 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,517
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,527

Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dude, It exceeded my expectations

  • By Katherine on 12-02-12

Excellent Narration! Exciting New Arc in a Series!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Would you listen to Iced again? Why?

Yes, the narrators were fantastic, the story flew by and I loved every moment.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Iced?

The battle with the hoarfrost king and the crimson hag was amazingly done. My emotions were all over the place, the tension was taut but there were still little nuggets of humor.

Which scene was your favorite?

There were too many to count.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The whole thing, honestly. Dani is a highly emotional character and you see the world through her eyes, it's all feelings.

Any additional comments?


Iced is the sixth book in the new adult urban fantasy, Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It’s the first book where Dani ‘Mega’ O’Malley is our main focus and the change of pace was desperately needed to breathe new life into this saga in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I do love Mac, I love Barrons and I enjoyed their story immensely, but, if you’re going to continue, diving into the other characters is a fantastic idea. (Sidenote: This was billed as the first Dani O’Malley novel and not to get ahead of myself but the Dani O’Malley part seems to go out the window after Iced. We can discuss that in my review of Burned. Back to Iced for now.) To me, this seemed like the perfect liftoff for a new arc within the Fever universe. Let’s get to know the other sidhe-seers, let’s get to know more about the nine, beyond Barrons. I was so excited.

The story picks up pretty much right where we leave off in Shadowfever, only from a different perspective. Dani O’Malley is a fantastic narrator in my opinion. The bulk of this installment is told from her point of view and it made all the difference in the world to my enjoyment of the story. (Yes, she’s only fourteen and I know some people weren’t happy about the lack of sex because of that, but it was clear to me that something important was being set up for the rest of the series. And it didn’t put a halt to the adult themes in the book.) The summation of previous events was succinct, and you see how the other sidhe-seers and the people of Dublin were affected by the wall between the Fae world and ours coming down. The action picks right up and you’re drawn right into Dani’s world.

I listened to this on audiobook and I was completely enthralled, the narrators were perfection. I was laughing, crying, gasping and just totally caught up in the story. I could not stop, I had to know what was going to happen next. There was no lull really, no moment where I was wondering why we were learning about something. I think some of that could be because this was technically supposed to be a book one in a new series so there’s always some world building, laying of the details, etc. Yes, not all mysteries were solved by the end, but hello, it’s part of a series, so that’s normal and GOOD. It ended on a pretty major cliffhanger and I couldn’t wait to dive into the next book to find out what would become of our ferociously sweet, funny, plucky, determined, fierce, one hundred percent brave heroine.

I loved seeing more of Ryodan, getting to know him a bit more (I might like him more than Barrons) and my favorite ‘new’ side character is Lor. He’s hilarious, and very obviously has a heart of gold beneath his scary exterior. But my hands down favorite is Dani, herself. She’s so pure of heart and I don’t mean that in a cheesy way, she reacts in reckless ways sometimes, she’s a kid. But all she really wants to do is live. And help people. Protect them from themselves and the dark fae that have invaded her city. I simply adore her and her zest for life. She made this book tremendous.

  • The Clockwork Princess

  • Infernal Devices, Book 3
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Daniel Sharman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,052
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,068

Don't miss The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, soon to be a major motion picture, in theaters August 2013. Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close. If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it? The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose. Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment. Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the best-selling Infernal Devices trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Completely Enjoyed It

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-13

Phenomenal end to an amazing trilogy!

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

Reviewed: 04-02-15

Where does The Clockwork Princess rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It's among my favorites, for sure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Princess?

When Will finds Tessa in Mortmain's lair. I was laughing and crying at the same time. Phenomenal.

Which character – as performed by Daniel Sharman – was your favorite?

That would be a toss up between Tessa, Will and Magnus. I adore all of them, though. It was brilliantly done.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed, I cried, I gasped, I held my breath, it was amazing.

Any additional comments?

Clockwork Princess is the third and final installment in The Infernal Devices trilogy by the incomparable Cassandra Clare. I was terrified to read this book, I won't lie. I bought it the moment it released and then started it and put it down, so very afraid of what was going to happen to my beloved Tessa, Will and Jem. I wanted to know what happened- yes- but I didn't want it to be over. I did not want to say goodbye. So I shelved it. I'm a wimp, I own it. However, after my recent visit to Oblong Books & Music where I got to hear Cassie speak & get a picture with her and Holly Black (yay!), I found I was unable to put it off any longer. I put on my big girl panties and started the book again.

The story picks up not long after Clockwork Prince ended and dives right back into the action. I have to say, I was so happy that this book was so long. My hardcover copy was over 500 pages-I LOVE big books. Love them. And I felt Clare really tied all the necessary threads off to satisfactorily wind up her trilogy. I honestly don't know how to review this book without gushing and screaming in both happiness and heartbreak. There is just so much to scream about. And we don't do spoilers here and I would never want to be responsible for ruining someone else's reading experience.

I will say this-all of you authors attempting to write love triangles, you should all be taking notes from Cassandra Clare. Here, finally, we have a TRUE triangle. Three people who all truly love one another-not in a weird, kinky way- but real, deep, abiding, lasting, timeless love. Both romantic love and the love between friends and/or brothers, it leaps off the pages. Who should Tessa choose? No matter what happens, someone's heart will be broken, they could all potentially wind up alone and shattered inside.

Reading this book was a bit of a traumatic experience if I'm being honest. I couldn't stop once I'd started again. I had to know what would happen and how things would fall in the end. It was beautiful and brilliant and I know I'm gushing, I'm sorry but I am sincere in saying that I don't think I will ever love a series or the characters therein as much as I have these ones. They have left their marks on my soul and I see many re-reads in my future.

  • Incarcerated: Letters to Inmate 92510

  • A Future Worth Fighting For 1
  • By: Inger Iversen
  • Narrated by: Olivia Peppersmith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

One of the few white kids in a rural Kentucky town, Logan Whyte always kept to his own kind out of self-preservation. He never considered himself racist, but that didn't stop him from falling in with the wrong crowd--one that celebrated hate as much as he fought it--or from ending up in prison for eight years on an armed-robbery charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal IR Contemporary Romance Read

  • By Nay Denise on 04-06-15

A steamy love story

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Incarcerated to be better than the print version?

No, the story was definitely the high point in my opinion.

What did you like best about this story?

The author's writing style & the beautiful love story were the best parts for me.

Have you listened to any of Olivia Peppersmith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I have not.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, definitely. I was chewing on my fingernails waiting to see what would happen next.

Any additional comments?


Incarcerated is the first book in the Love and War stand alone series by Inger Iversen. This was a steamy-very steamy-contemporary story about a somewhat sheltered black woman and a white male inmate at the local prison. A white inmate with loose ties to white supremacists. I honestly wasn't sure what to expect when I read the synopsis of this book but I'm very glad I gave it a chance. This book was something completely new for me and I really enjoyed it.

I couldn't help but become interested in the characters, the descriptions and the story itself right from the beginning. This story was so much more than I expected and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Rife with emotion; the bonds of friendship, the stirrings of love and the confusion of beliefs shattered in a moment of realization. This book outshone my expectations and left me hungry for more from this fantastic author. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves steamy romance and fantastic writing!

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