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  • Dark Road, Book 1
  • By: Bruno Miller
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 3 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

 

Ben Davis was prepared for disaster. He just didn’t know it would come so soon. He and his teenage son, Joel, are miles deep in the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains when high-altitude nuclear electromagnetic detonations light up the pre-dawn sky. Ben, Joel, and their dog, Gunner, must make their way home - or to whatever’s left of it - on foot.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good read

  • By stephen blaylock on 10-07-18

A Left at the Door review of Breakdown

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Good start to a series. Breakdown really flushed out the characters and makes them likeable and easy to relate to. The situations are very believable and nothing seems forced to move the story along. A bit slow at the start, the story moved at a good pace covering three days. The story is realistic and gripping. I really liked that the author took the time to bring you into the world that felt like today or tomorrow.

  • The Reaper Rescues the Genie

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 9
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all. Death is what grim reaper Lucien Dupree knows best. Or rather, he did until his reaping powers became tragically unreliable. Now he’s living in a self-imposed exile to keep humanity safe. Sure, it’s a lonely existence, but it’s the best thing for everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME!

  • By D. H. on 07-31-18

A Left at the Door Review of The Reaper...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This book is one I have been hoping for since Miss Frost #2. Since meeting both Lucian and Imari I have known they were meant to be together. I even sent a message to Kristen telling her as much. After much waiting, she brought these two characters into a book of their own. I can honestly say I was not disappointed in the story. It was everything I could hope for and more. The characters are very well filled out and we even learn what the errands that Lucian has sent our Irish Vampire Greyson on are. This book is a great cross between the Miss Frost books and the Nocturne Falls series, and we even catch up with Greyson a little (off screen mostly) in this book.

With most of the Nocturne Falls series books, having read the previous books in the series will help you understand the town better; however, the Nocturne falls books aren't really needed to read this book. I would highly recommend reading all the Jayne Frost books as incidents in these are brought up in this book and knowing the history will help with getting the most from reading this book.

I really enjoyed the ending of this book and I really hope we see Lucian and Imari in a short to get a little more on their story. I want to give this book 10 stars it was so good.

  • Danger's Hunt

  • Holly Danger, Book 5
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15

Holly won't rest until the outskirt is found. The militia who kidnapped him believe they have the upper hand, but they don't know what Holly has along for the ride. With the status reader, Case is as good as rescued. But once she arrives, things get dangerous fast. Tillman and his crew have detected their entrance. She has nothing left to do but make a decision that will change their future forever. Providing a distraction, in the last-ditch effort to free Case, Holly risks life, limb, and Luce. Once they arrive South, the countdown is on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another exceptional book in this series

  • By Lynnz on 07-26-18

A Left at the Door Review of Danger's Hunt

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I have absolutely loved this series. The further I get into the series, the more I love it. Amanda's world building shines in this book, and the twisty turns abound and the messy secrets are starting to leak out. The character development is solid, and the relationships between the characters move at a pace that feels natural. Maisie's abilities to help Bender's team and Holly come out more in this book and enable Holly to rescue Case from the Militia in the south. We meet the scientists in the south again and see how the tribe is doing since we last saw them. We also meet more of Case's siblings in this book.

The narrator was amazing with the voices and made the listening experience very enjoyable.

I can't wait for the next book in the series.

  • Danger's Cure

  • Holly Danger, Book 4
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Holly and her crew are on a quest to uncover the locations of the medi-pods following the clues Roman left behind, hoping to find at least one that hasn’t been destroyed before the government catches on. The only problem is, someone already has. Strange UACs are popping up all over, and in order to take them out, the crew risks exposing itself. When they do, what they find is chilling. A secret government group has a dark purpose. Holly and her friends have no choice but to launch an all-out war to set things right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A happy little find!

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-08-18

A Left at the Door Review of Danger's Cure

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Amanda's fourth installment in the Holly Danger series leaves little to be desired. The book draws you in, while seamlessly continuing the story of Holly, Case, Daze, Lockland, Darby, Bender and Maisie. Picking up where book three ends, Holly and 'Bender's Crew' work to find a cure for Mary, and the other seekers in the city.
The story is paced just right, not too fast or too slow, and I couldn't put the book down. I give the book a solid 5 stars. I look forward to see what happens next, and how Holly and the rest of the characters fare in the meantime.

  • The First Lie

  • Selkie Moon Mystery Series, Book 1
  • By: Virginia King
  • Narrated by: Katherine Littrell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Someone is trying to kill you. When Selkie Moon flees Sydney to start over in Hawaii, it's to live life on her own terms. But life has other plans. Though she tries to dismiss the warning as just another nightmare, it soon becomes apparent that someone, or something, is stalking her. Attacked by frightening visions and mysterious compulsions, she must piece together the fragmented clues before time runs out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cryptic Mythology With A Touch Of Supernatural

  • By Lisa B. on 12-13-17

A Left at the Door Review of The First Lie

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This book defies genre. This book is not a shifter or supernatural book, nor the traditional who-done-it type of mystery. It's paranormal in the Merriam Webster definition and a Mystery yet not in the conventional sense of a mystery book. Merriam Webster again gives us the best meaning of Mystery for this book.

Merriam Webster Definition of Paranormal:
par·a·nor·mal
/perəˈnôrm(ə)l/
denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

Merriam Webster definition of mystery:
mys·ter·y
/ˈmist(ə)rē/
the condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain.

The characters of the book are easy to relate to. They were well thought out, and their purpose in Selkie's life was apparent as they helped Selkie through her journey.

Selkie's journey, on the other hand, was frustrating for me. Her story and growth seesawed through the entire book. At times growth would occur exponentially, then within a few chapters, she'd fall back to her initial level of character like she hadn't had any development at all. I hope to see more growth from Selkie in the next book(s).

There is a lot of intrigue in this book. It kept the book an enjoyable read; however, I felt that at times it was a little overdone with multiple issues piling up and no forward movement for Selkie.

I didn't find much of the spooky elements to be beyond belief as I believe in ghosts and psychic connections. For me, there was just enough of this to make the story progress and help with the little bit of growth that Selkie experienced.

The humor in the book is the dry humor of the Brits & Aussies. I found it to be spot on for the character and enjoyable. It may be the type that many American readers don't grasp very well, but it doesn't detract from the book if you don't see it as humor. For me, this was a bonus to the book.

The story ended on a cliffhanger (not in a bad way). The ending was not what I hoped for, but in its way explains Selkie and her journey thus far. I felt that I was left wanting a little more from the ending, and I hope to see how the next books progress.

Sex: Off Screen
Violence: Mild
Language: Mild swearing

This book receives a 4-star rating mostly due to the seesaw growth of the character.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes shows like Psych, or fans of Personal Growth type Mystery books (I know not an actual genre) where the mystery is more related to the main character's growth, rather than a who-done-it type of book.

The narrator made the book a joy to listen to.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 198,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 185,681
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185,285

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

A Left at the Door Review by Liadan of R. P. O.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Ready Player One is an amazingly well-written love letter to the 1980s pop culture. For those who didn't live during the 80s, this book gives a peek into the technology, and imagination that the generations that grew up during that time used. It seamlessly integrates the technology of the future with the technology of the past and present. It gives us a look at what may come and a lesson about life that the youth today can learn. I am thrilled to have read this and highly recommend it for anyone seeking a getaway from day to day life for a short time.

Cussing: Mild
Romance: Mild
Violence: Simulated computer violence (Moderate)
Blood/Gore: 1 scene has mild blood nothing gross
1980s Pop Culture: High

The narrator is fantastic at bringing the story to life.

  • Danger's Race

  • Holly Danger, Book 3
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

After defeating the uprising, and becoming infected with a dose of Plush, Holly is in a race to help a seeker before it's too late. Going South is the only option. But getting there is going to prove difficult, which is why Lockland has entrusted Daze with a secret weapon. A pulse storm, overzealous militia, and uncooperative siblings are only a few of the obstacles standing in their way. Once they arrive on the coast, the prospect of finding the supplies they need dwindles. But what they uncover may be far richer. A way to move the remaining survivors forward.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A real relay race for life

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-28-18

Left at the Door Review by Liadan of Danger's Race

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

The third book in the Holly Danger series can only be described as fantastic. The world building and character building are superbly done, and Amanda's descriptions leave little to the imagination as to what is going on. Holly, Daze, and Case head south to where Case grew up to find out more about where Tandor came from. There is less action and more exploration of post-apocalyptic earth. Great book and can't wait to see what they find in book 4.

  • Miss Frost Cracks a Caper

  • Jayne Frost, Volume 4
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: Hollis McCarthy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost's daughter, Santa Claus' niece, heir to the Winter Throne, and now private investigator. Sort of. When Lark Bramble, an old frenemy, shows up in Nocturne Falls, Jayne finds herself reliving the painful past and trying to make responsible decisions that won’t mess up her future. But being an adult proves harder than she thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FULL OF WONDER, SUSPENSE AND LOTS OF SURPRISES

  • By Lisa B. on 12-17-17

Left at the Door Review of Miss Frost Cracks a Cap

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I couldn't stop listening. Kristen threw all kinds of unexpected twists into the story. Having read this previously, listening became even more enjoyable as Hollis makes the book more enjoyable by bringing the characters to life. This is a series that is great for those who love mystery and fantasy. There is no sexual content and no swearing. You will need to read the first 3 Jayne Frost books to be able to understand all that is talked about; however, if you chose not to this could be enjoyed (albeit with a bit of a headache as to many of the references and people from previous books in the series).
Reading the normal Nocturne Falls books is not required; although they do enhance the comprehension of the characters and town. Be prepared with plenty of snacks to eat while reading as you will be hungry after reading or listening to this book.

  • Danger's Vice

  • Holly Danger, Book 2
  • By: Amanda Carlson
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

After narrowly escaping death, Holly is back on the streets in a quest to find the elusive pico. Discovering what's on the quantum drive - the same one the outskirts had been willing to kill for - is priority number one. Daze is recovering, and forgiving the kid was easier than she thought it would be. The cranky outskirt is another story. It doesn't take Holly long to discover that Tandor's crew hasn't been obliterated, and are actively seeking retribution. They're recruiting Northerners, but she's found one who's willing to spill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holly is back for more action

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-21-18

Left at the Door Review by Liadan of Danger's Vice

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

Amanda is back with the second installment in Holly's story. As gripping as the first, you're drawn into the post-apocalyptic world she's imagined. The characters are well defined and the story flows. I really enjoyed the story and had trouble putting the book down. Great job with Sci-Fi/Dystopia.
Violence: Moderate
Sex/Romance: None

  • Scythe

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,646

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: Humanity has conquered all those things and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life - and they are commanded to do so in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe - a role that neither wants. These teens must master the "art" of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immortal until you're Gleaned

  • By G. Grimsley on 06-27-17

A Left at the Door Review by Liadan of Scythe

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

In a future where everyone is immortal, death is only permanent if you are reaped by a scythe. This book is written mostly from Rowan's point of view but with occasional POV of Citra two teens who have been chosen as apprentice Scythe. They must learn to take life in a society where suicide is called splatting and deadish is the most you can become before the Thundercloud revives you.

Classification of YA for this novel is quite fitting, as the writing is juvenile. The author relied heavily on foreshadowing and one had a guess as to how the book would end well before the halfway point. The concept is intriguing; however, the delivery left much to be desired. The main characters were often shallow and when the author couldn't figure out how to resolve a problem on his own, decided to bring the magic AI to the character's rescue even though he's said the AI won't interact with the character as they are part of the scythedom.

The romantic aspect of the story was unnecessary and detracted from the story instead of adding to the story. The author could have easily and more believably had the same conclusion to the story with the characters becoming friends instead of having the Romeo/Juliette "But I love Him/Her" syndrome in the story.

Additionally, the forced competition with death by victor was introduced too early in the story and made the storyline fall apart as the progression of the characters stopped completely.

My biggest complaint with this book was the socially acceptable practice of suicide by splatting as a way to get attention or out of a difficult situation since the characters can't die of their own free will. With the endemic teen suicide rate in the US, this aspect of the book was off-putting and not well thought out by the author.

Overall the book had potential that was spoiled by bad decisions and lazy writing.

Violence: High
Sex: none

Story: 2.5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Overall: 3.75

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