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  • Asylum

  • By: Madeleine Roux
  • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 756
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 679
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 680

For 16-year-old Dan Crawford, a summer program for gifted students is the chance of a lifetime. No one else at his high school gets his weird fascinations with history and science, but at the New Hampshire College Prep program, such quirks are all but required. Dan arrives to find that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline dorm - formerly a psychiatric hospital.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Idea

  • By Jacob Newman on 03-09-15

Creepy premis, poor execution

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

Reviewed: 07-29-18

This did not read like a YA. The basic plot and writing style felt much more MG. The characters lacked depth and emotion, and despite the immature writing style, their dialogue somehow managed to come off rigid and adult like. Not teenagish. It actually FELT like an adult trying to write a YA book--one who'd never spent time around actual teens. Besides that, the plot twists were bland and predictable, and there were many, MANY, unfinished story points. So many, it made me wonder if they were put in play for the mere suspense factor, with no true thought with how they would resolve at the end.

I will not be reading the sequels.

  • Invictus

  • By: Ryan Graudin
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Hamilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73

Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time-traveling Recorder from AD 2354 and a gladiator living in Rome in AD 95, Far's birth defies the laws of nature. Exploring history himself is all he's ever wanted, and after failing his final time-traveling exam, Far takes a position commanding a ship with a crew of his friends as part of a black market operation to steal valuables from the past. But during a heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl who always seems to be one step ahead of him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the stars!

  • By Julie on 06-08-18

All the stars!

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

Had some issues with the fake swear words. They were kind of annoying, but overall such an awesome read.

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  • Starflight

  • By: Melissa Landers
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

Solara Brooks needs a fresh start, someplace where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. The outer realm may be lawless, but it's not like the law has ever been on her side. Still, off-world travel doesn't come cheap; Solara is left with no choice but to indenture herself in exchange for passage to the outer realm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than expected

  • By Jessica Jones on 04-17-16

Cheesey

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

Reviewed: 11-15-16

I struggled to finish this one. It was just over the top cheesey for me.

I want to be fair to the author--I listened to, rather than read, the book, and I think a lot of the problem (at least for me) was the narrator. She was extremely mellow dramatic in her voice influxuations and I pretty much eye-rolled my way through the last half of the book.

But it wasn't JUST the narrator.

There was a lot of telling in the book, and WAY too many bodily descriptions (stomach clenching, heart pounding, blah blah blah). Indeed, the main character did enough nervous lip chewing to gnaw through her bottom lip completely. You can get away with sloppy repeats like that in print, because people tend to skim over things while they read. But when listening to a book everything is under a microscope.

In the end, I'm not sure Melissa Landers is an author for me. I've tried a few of her books now, and have only really liked one, so hey, maybe it's me. Many others seem to like her, so... who knows. Maybe you'll still like it.

  • A Court of Thorns and Roses

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 16 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,980
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,985

When 19-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin - one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!

  • By kathrine on 06-19-15

Plot holes

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-16

I couldn't get past the many little plot holes sprinkled throughout this book. There were too many head scratchers. Too many times when I found myself asking why the eff the main character did what she did. If you can get past that kind of stuff, maybe this is for you, but it didn't work for me.

  • Red Rising

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,504
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,447

Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow, what a performance and what a story

  • By Jared G on 08-27-16

Slow start, but epic finish!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

it took me a little while to get through the first few chapters. But oh man, am I glad I pushed through! listen to the other reviews, people... the slow start on this one is worth pushing through to the end! An amazing read!!

  • Morning Star

  • Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy
  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 21 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 28,633
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26,679
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26,626

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It doesn't get much better than this!

  • By Audre on 03-24-16

Why does it have to end??

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

This is one of those series that will change life as you know it. I don't even know what I'm going to do with myself now... mega book hangover here!