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  • Flightless Bird

  • The Caged Series, Book 1
  • By: Kellie McAllen
  • Narrated by: Heather Taylor
  • Length: 4 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 45
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Her dad's in prison for murder, her mom drowns her sorrows every night at Dave's Dive, and Lexus is just trying to survive the cruelties of high school as a painfully shy bookworm with a bad wardrobe, and a collection of nervous habits. Never, in a million years, did Lexus expect to draw the eyes of two hunky transfer students, Phoenix and Griffin Easton.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much More Than Your Typical Teen Romance

  • By Michelle Titherington VanDaley on 09-11-17

Dolan twin fan fiction?

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

Reviewed: 05-13-19

This reads as wattpad fan fiction, the story isn't terrible for what it is, but it's pretty bland. The characters are brutally stereotypical, generic pretty bookish girl who is picked on, but captures the attention of sexy twins- one who is fun but temperamental and one who is smart but stoical. They all fall in love in a week despite their only "chemistry" being that the hot boys are inexplicably obsessed with her instantly and buy her things.
It would have been better if it had been longer, with more time dedicated to fleshing out the characters and make it convincing that they would have any reason to like one another. It might also benefit from a more enthusiastic narrator.
Good for someone wanting a backdrop to base a preexisting sexy twin fantasy (plus a very tiny sprinkling of super natural something or other)

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,456

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

I love Holly but this one was tough

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I want to make it clear, this book has all the classic Holly Black charm, if you're into her stuff you'll probably like it.
The only real criticism I can give is that its a bit convaluted and weird, and one of the big twists was so painfully obvious.
I don't know if this happens to anyone else, but I don't like when Holly Black writes about fairies. Which sucks because she looooves writing about fairies. But everytime I try reading one of her fairy books it falls flat for me. I don't know why that is, I like fairy stories, and I love Black's writing, but the two don't click for me.

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  • Frozen

  • By: Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Dan Bittner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature: freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground, and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows. At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she's heard of a mythical land simply called "the Blue".

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome but... parents know this

  • By Mars on 06-13-19

Decent story with the most WTF ending

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This story is okay, not particularly fast paced, but interesting enough that you can have it on in the background while doing tasks. UNTIL you get to the last 40 minutes or so. The ending is so weird, so much happens in a matter of pages that makes absolutely no sense. The narrator makes all these realizations that come out of absolutely nowhere. It was the book equivalent of asking "why did the chicken cross the road?" and the response being "It's not really a chicken, it's a dragon and the road is on fire".
But all in all, it's fine enough, if the story appeals to you, you might like it.

  • Pawn

  • By: Aimee Carter
  • Narrated by: Lameece Issaq
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 467

For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country. If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked - surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly addictive

  • By Ashley on 03-09-14

A good idea, written poorly

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

I was so excited to read this, but it had the same downfall as The Godess Test. Every intuitive plot line just goes straight out the window, any suspense is gone, any meaningful world building is replaced by fluff.
Were you expecting a hardened street girl that got luered into a trap by misterious rich men? Were you expecting plot twists where she realizes the gig she signed up for is actually dangerous and the people she trusted are actually using her? Were you expecting a coming of age tale where she realizes the society she lives in is actually corrupt and she's the only one with the opportunity to change things now that she's part of the elite?
THAT'S NOT WHAT YOU GET AT ALL!
Any suspense goes out the window as soon as the plot picks up because the villain tells you everything so plainly that it's almost funny. It just ends up not being the story it sold itself to be.

  • Spellbound

  • By: Samantha Combs
  • Narrated by: Candice Moll
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 6

Logan Daniels has always led a sheltered life in sleepy, predictable Lancaster, New Hampshire. But when beautiful Serena suddenly appears at school one day, his comfortable existence becomes anything but as he finds himself falling in love with her. There's something special about Serena Starr. He realizes what it is when he sees her unleash her spells. Soon, a mysterious and foreboding presence settles over his placid home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Very odd narrator choice

  • By Tuesday on 07-30-18

Very odd narrator choice

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

To be fair I haven't really gotten very far into the story, but it's a bit bland for my taste, and I would just leave it but I cant help but comment on the weird choice of narrator. From what I can tell the narrator is an American teenage boy, but the narrator is a woman with a strong South African/ Australian accent, which is very confusing. Maybe there's a reason for it, but the story isn't really gripping enough for me to ignore it.

  • Bleak Devotion

  • By: Gemma Drazin
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Jessica doesn't know how long it's been, only that it seems like forever since she's allowed her feelings to show. Ever since they attacked her city. Monsters which appear human but are void of any expression, and seem bent on destroying all signs of sentiment in others. Their lethal blades shred anyone who shows even the slightest emotion. After her only remaining friend is killed, Jessica flees the city hoping to find a place where emotions aren't fatal.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting idea

  • By Claire on 05-06-18

Pretty awesome

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Sweet and suspenseful, I'm personally hoping there's a sequel and I generally don't like sequels

  • My Night Breeze

  • Volume 1
  • By: M. L. Newman
  • Narrated by: Lillie Ricciardi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Audra, a junior in high school, tries her best to keep up her grades, spend time with Stephen, her best friend, and out of her older brother Jim's watchful eye. She is taken aback when she has to guide the new transfer student, Mateo, around the school. Mateo is nothing like she expected and everything that she believed wasn't possible. Can she fight the urge to get closer to him, or will their connection bring down the house of cards?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The story was fine but THE AUDIO RUINED IT

  • By Tuesday on 06-30-18

The story was fine but THE AUDIO RUINED IT

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

Reviewed: 06-30-18

I can't believe that this made it past audibles quality checks. It was tinny, echoy, contains background noise, zero pop filter, and it noticibly changes from when she recorded on different days. It's insanely distracting at times, especially when you're listening to a story and you suddenly hear the narrator moving stuff around near the mic.
The story was fine, it was cute and delivered on what it advertised. In fact I think it actually has a pretty unique plot. But don't spend money on this audio book. I got it "free" as part of the romance package, so I wasn't too heartbroken, but I would never pay full price. If you want to buy the book just get the physical copy, or at least don't say I didn't warn you.

  • Midnight Angel

  • The Thorn Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kimberly Loth
  • Narrated by: Emma Lysy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

Trapped in a dark cult, sixteen-year-old Naomi Aren has lived a quiet, albeit unhappy, life nestled deep in the hills of the Ozarks. With uncut hair, denim skirts, and only roses for friends, Naomi seldom questions why her life is different from other kids at school. Until the day her abusive father, who is also the cult’s leader, announces her wedding. Naomi must marry Dwayne Yerdin, a bully who reeks of sweat and manure and is the only one person who scares her worse than her father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Suspenseful & Emotional, a Great Listen!

  • By ED on 01-24-15

The beginning was good but...

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

The beginning was really promising, but as soon as she got to Vegas it got a little tedious. It pretty much went from cool religious cult stuff to generic ya thing with a bunch of made up words, an underdeveloped romance, and a vague paranormal world that doesn't really make much sense.
The narrator was good though.

  • The Gifting

  • The Gifting Series Volume 1
  • By: K.E. Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 998

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Im hooked!

  • By Zak on 02-07-16

Right-wing propaganda disguised as paranormal YA

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

If you're a mega-religious, anti-abortion, fox News loving trumpite this book will suck your dick sooooo hard. It's all about how separating church and state is ruining the world and the love interest literally says abortion is the new holocaust.
If this is your thing you will LOVE this book, and by all means go for it, that's your perogative.
But in my humble opinion it's just the authors excuse to shove her right wing views onto unsuspecting teenage readers. But I think all of her opinions are bullshit so I shall not read any further.
This is essentially a PSA to anyone who might think this will be a normal paranormal YA read, it is definitely not.

  • My Soul to Keep

  • Soul Screamers, Book 3
  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506

Kaylee has one addiction: her very hot, very popular boyfriend, Nash. A banshee like Kaylee, Nash understands her like no one else. Nothing can come between them. Until something does. Demon breath. No, not the toothpaste-challenged kind. The Netherworld kind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Listen

  • By melrailey on 07-30-10

Good story bad romance

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Like all the others the story is cool and gripping but nash is a shitty underdeveloped character and I really wish we could move past this romance already

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