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  • Slouch Witch

  • The Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 861

Let's get one thing straight - Ivy Wilde is not a heroine. In fact she's probably the last witch in the world you'd call if you needed a magical helping hand, regardless of her actual abilities. If it were down to Ivy, she'd spend all day every day on her sofa, where she could watch TV, munch junk food, and talk to her feline familiar to her heart's content. However, when a bureaucratic disaster ends up with Ivy as the victim of a case of mistaken identity, she's yanked very unwillingly into Arcane Branch.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book!!!

  • By christa on 08-06-17

Looooove

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I'll keep this simple: Favorite. UF. Comedy. Series. Everrrrr. The romance, characters, world, the cat . . . everything, just everything

  • Box of Frogs

  • Fractured Faery Series, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

One corpse. Several bizarre looking attackers. Some very strange magical powers. And a severe bout of amnesia. Madrona is not having a great week. It's going to be okay, though. All she has to do is find out who she really is, protect a soap star from being attacked by a stalker, and work out why so many people seem so afraid of her. Because surely she's a good person. Right?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
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  • By Ijw on 07-07-18

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 07-20-18

I love Helen Harper so very much. It took me a little while to reconcile that this wasn’t part of her Lazy Witch series lol (I knew it wasn’t but I was having withdrawals, and since it was the same cover artist a very small part of me hoped it was in the same world... so I didn’t read the blurb to stay blissfully ignorant), but once I accepted that, I really enjoyed it. Narrator was great. This book starts off with a bang, meanders into many a funny circumstance, and ends with it all coming together in a way I didn’t expect. Great characters. Hilarious as always. The ending wasn’t a full cliffhanger but ends in conflict.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Promise of Fire

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 865
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 864

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice. Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good start to the series :)

  • By Malinda on 09-24-16

Hot!

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

Reviewed: 08-22-16

This book was hard to put down to the extreme. I have to say, it was the hottest kind of hot (like Death Valley in midsummer with an electric heat blanket, hot!).

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Introductions

  • The Academy, Volume 1
  • By: C. L. Stone
  • Narrated by: Chris Ensweiler, Holly Brewer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

With an agoraphobic mother and a barely there father, Sang abhors the isolation keeping her in the shadows. The only thing she craves is a fresh start and to be accepted as ordinary by her peers, because for her being different means being cast out alone. When her family moves to a new school district, Sang infiltrates a group of boys who are nearly perfect in every way. Grateful for an influence outside of her parents' negativity, she quickly bonds with the boys, hoping to blend in and learn from them what it means to have a natural relationship with friends.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please do the next in the series!

  • By LDuff on 04-17-16

Sweet

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Cute and sweet. Deeper than I expected with some pretty horrific scenes (or mentions) of abuse. The book takes place over a week's time and definitely felt like a first episode rather than a complete story. 'Introductions' was a very apt name for this book. I'd suggest dipping your feet into this series, especially as this book is free in ebook and eligible for whispersync.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Broken and Screwed

  • Broken and Screwed, Book 1
  • By: Tijan
  • Narrated by: Jillian Macie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

When Alexandra's older brother dies the night of his graduation, it changes everything for her. No longer is she the party girl. No longer does she care about being popular, and no longer is her family the happy unit she always thought existed. The only person who can help her heal is the same person who loved her brother as much as she did, his best friend. She only hopes to keep her heart from breaking when Jesse moves on, and she knows he will.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicted on this one

  • By IloveYAbooks on 04-06-16

Conflicted on this one

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

Idk. Part of me wants to give this book one star because it was messed up, depressing and left me with a bad taste in my mouth. Yet, another part of me wants to give it ten stars because it was beautifully messed up, screwed all to hell, raw and I could not put it down. So, I'm just giving the warning that this is no light hearted romance. It actually could only loosely be called a romance, more a grief driven masochistic obsession.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Bully

  • Fall Away, Book 1
  • By: Penelope Douglas
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274

I've been humiliated, shut out, and gossiped about all through high school. His pranks and rumors got worse as time wore on. I even went to Europe for a year, just to avoid him. But I'm done hiding from him now, and there's no way I'll allow him to ruin another year. He might not have changed, but I have. It's time to fight back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-17

Intense and emotional

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

I've been on an angst-ridden mature YA/NA romance binge listen/read (including authors Tijans Books, Jillian Dodd, Monica Murphy and C.L. Stone---all fantastic), most of the books were pretty screwed up, but this one might take the cake.

The author constructs a situation of a girl being a victim of extreme bullying and humiliation from a boy she once loved. She's pretty much obsessed and lusting after the boy for the whole book while not quite managing to hate him. His transformation over the course of the book was somewhat believable, but not one hundred percent. Her feeling were understandable as well, if not a little hard to digest. There was a lot of heat between the characters, and I definitely was addicted from beginning to end. I loved it mostly, but the emotions were a bit uncomfortable as was her obsession with her tormentor. I'd have liked her to be a little more independent minded- to match her independent spirited actions in the book. But all in all, the blurb gives a pretty good idea of what you're in for, so if it appeals to you, you'll prolly enjoy this one too

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Gifted Thief

  • Highland Magic Series, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 989

Since the moment I was ripped from my mother's womb, I've been an outcast among my own kind. The Sidhe might possess magical Gifts, unbelievable wealth, and unfathomable power, but I don't want a thing to do with them. I ran away from their lands in the Highlands of Scotland when I was 11 years old, and I've never looked back. I don't need a clan. I've got my own family of highly skilled thieves who mean more to me than any Sidhe ever could.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Read

  • By Lindsey on 07-19-16

Fun, Flirty Book but I Wanted a Little More

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

So, from the cover and blurb, I thought this was YA. It's definitely not, which was fine with me but a bit of a surprise. Anyhow, I loved Helen Harper's other series, first book: Bloodfire, and this one was very similar. The magical system was very original in this book, a court of fae like people ruling the modern world. I would have liked a little more world building, I was confused on a couple points, like was the lands they kept crossing into a separate dimension or just kept separate by magic. Also, I felt there could be a little more descriptive narrative. I enjoyed the main characters and definitely felt some tension between the MC and Byron. I would have liked more, more relationship development, character development etc. I just picked up book two and I'm hoping to find that 'more' in there.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Contractual

  • By: Alice Tribue
  • Narrated by: Lia Langola
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

They told me I'd be an escort; they made it sound so easy. Really, I'm just a high-priced call girl. Desperation brought me to this, and it led me to him, my one and only client. Hating him is easy; he reminds me of my shame. Wanting him is wrong; it fills me with guilt. Loving him is a losing battle, yet it's become everything. A gift and a curse, he consumes my every thought, and I'd rather play my part in his bed than to spend one day without him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Good Story

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 03-30-16

I loved every minute of it

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

****I was given this audio book from www.audiobookblast.com free in exchange for an honest review*****

OHMYGODDDDD!!!!!!! I loved this book. It was by no means a sweet, lovely romance. It was dysfunctional, messed up, profane, upsetting and at times a little disturbing romance. But I freaking loved it, I loved every minute of it.

This book is a love story between a abusive jerk main character and an 'escort' (basically a prostitute) protagonist. Though Sage, our female MC, has a decent amount of self respect, she takes a lot of abuse because she needs to keep her job. On the flip side, they both grow a lot as people, and even at their worst, I still hoped that Jackson and Sage would grow enough as people to have a functional relationship. Actually, functional or dysfunctional, I just wanted them together.

Both of them came from horrible, abusive families, and the author does a really good job of showing the psychological effects of their various upbringings, one with abandonment issues, the other with inferiority issues. I find this juxtaposition is pretty common in this genre. This book also very loosely follows the 'Pretty Woman' plotline, but the author openly embraces the comparison, having the characters see the similarity in the story and comment more than once on it.

Some people don't like stories like these, with messed up dysfunctional characters, one a jerk alpha male, the other a protagonist trapped in a demining situation. I hope that I can warn those people away and ask them to please not read or listen this book, they'll probably hate it and might end up writing a bad review and bring down the average. They're not the intended audience, and I seriously think this book deserves a high average.

But if you're like me, and love a little steamy dysfunction with your romance, then yes GET IT!!!! This book is definitely five star read for me, maybe a six or seven star. I was given an audiobook copy at 4 yesterday, I started it after my son went to bed and I'm writing this review at 9 this morning, that's how good it was, I could not stop listening.

The narrator, Lia Langola, was also very talented. I didn't notice any recording issues and her voices for the men were as great as her voices for the women.

Great steamy audio book/ book all around!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • XODUS

  • The Astralis Series, Book 1
  • By: K. J. McPike
  • Narrated by: Natalie Hoyt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The first time it happened, Lali Yavari told herself it was just a dream. But when she starts flashing between realities during the day and seeing people disappear before her very eyes, she can't deny that something is happening to her - something she's sure is linked to her mother's disappearance. Then the unsettling Kai Awana shows up at school, and Lali discovers she has inherited her mother's ability to astral project - with a surprising twist....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I'm a fan!

  • By J and M on 01-20-16

Fun cast of characters!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

**** This Audiobook was given to me through the LOP group in exchange for an honest review****

Honestly, in the end I really loved this story, but it took me a little while to get to the 'love' stage. It had a wonderful cast of characters, I love stories with siblings and the MC Lali has four great ones. Their relationships with each other seemed very fun, touching and believable as well. The magical system was also something quasi-sci-fi paranormal and very original-it's refreshing to come across such a original concept in the genre.

From the very beginning the audiobook was hard to stop listening to, but it wasn't until about a quarter to half of the way through that I started really liking the MC Lali. By the ending, I was all in and I am excited for the sequel!

  • Warriors

  • The Reverians Book 3
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Austin Valley appears as it always has, but Em Fuller knows that appearances aren't what they seem. She knows under the surface, that cracks are starting to form in this seemingly well-manicured society. She's responsible for creating these cracks and for planting a slow dissension among many of the residents of this once happy city. Broken in a way Em never thought possible, she turns into a well-calculated, strategic leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing end to a brilliant series

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-10-16

Pretty Darn Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

***This audio book was given to me in exchange for an honest review****

4.5 stars

I can't believe it's over!

Wow, this was a special series! I absolutely loved it! There were well developed characters, interesting world building and magical system and not one but two heart warming love stories (without there being that sticky love-triangle dynamic).

Like the book preceding this one, this book starts months after the end of the last book. In this missed space of time a lot of the war effort happens. I understand why the author does this (both times), but I couldn't help but feel like I would have rather she covered these periods of time. So the book starts out with Em and Zack well into the war effort and making headway bringing down the government. The whole thing played out in a very beautiful and epic way, but again, I wanted a little more. A little more of the other rebels, a little more of the middlings and their transformation into revolutionaries. Also I would have liked a little more exploration into the time travel.

But, I guess if your biggest complaint about the end of a series is that you'd like there to be another book, the series is pretty darn amazing.

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