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  • The Crown of Embers

  • Fire and Thorns, Book 2
  • By: Rae Carson
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

She does not know what awaits her at the enemy's gate. Elisa is a hero. She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country's ruler should be secure. But it isn't. Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from foreign realms and even from within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled. To conquer the power she bears, once and for all, Elisa must follow a trail of long-forgotten - and forbidden - clues, from the deep, hidden catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't wait for the third book!

  • By Sarah on 07-26-13

Great Book For Summer Road Trips!

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Reviewed: 06-05-13

What a great book! Carson has created a world that excites the imagination and a story that stirs the soul. Elisa, the main character, captures the ambiguity of adolescence perfectly in her main character. She wove the internal maturation of her main character realistically into a wonderfully exciting story. This is a wonderful that is just as exciting as The Hunger Games, or even Twilight but far more meaningful.

"The Crown of Embers" is so well crafted that it could easily stand alone. In the Second book of the Fire and Thorns trilogy, Elisa must face a far more formidable foe than an advancing army. She must face her own desires. The most recent offering from Rae Carson doesn’t disappoint. While evading trained assassins and seeking the source of power for her Godstone, Elisa battles her growing love for Hector, the commander of her guard. Carson does a fantastic job bringing their love to life without either trivializing or inflating these powerful teen emotions.

I picked up the audio book version after reading the first book. Sometimes that can be a problem. I usually have a sound or tone in my head after reading a book. However, in this case, the narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, sounded exactly the way I imagined.

This is truly a book that parents and teens can experience together and talk about for a long time. What a great book for a summer road trip!

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  • The Luxe

  • By: Anna Godbersen
  • Narrated by: Nina Siemaszko
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

Beautiful sisters Elizabeth and Diana Holland rule Manhattan's social scene. Or so it appears. When the girls discover their status among New York City's elite is far from secure, suddenly everyone from the backstabbing socialite Penelope Hayes, to the debonair bachelor Henry Schoonmaker, to the spiteful maid Lina Broud threatens Elizabeth's and Diana's golden future. With the fate of the Hollands resting on her shoulders, Elizabeth must choose between family duty and true love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, but. . .

  • By Shellra on 05-17-09

Good story, but. . .

3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-09

The story is good, if you like period romances. It's well written, and I like the characters. But the recording is so chocked full of mispronunciations, it's hard to keep the serious tone of the story. Where there is a three syllable word, get ready for a laugh. Unfortunately, I can't give anyone full benefit of the humor. Think of the phrase: "Her feelings were annihilated and she sank into a deep sense of ennui." And let your imagination run wild.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful