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A listen every YA fan will fall in love with!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

Laurel is a believable and likable protagonist who drives the story forward at a healthy pace. All of the characters were unique to themselves and added texture to the story. The beginning setting is mysterious and purposely a little drab (an old trailer in the woods), yet the authors managed to infuse so much whimsy and vibrancy into the story. Jasper was a swoon-worthy love interest and his baggage made sense. I liked that even though Laurel was self-conscious, she could feel that they had something. The romance felt like a partnership to me, as Laurel clearly isn’t a damsel in distress but rather one of the knights in shining armor trying to save her sister. This was a great take on modern love: romantic, family and friendship.

Lastly, the reader was top tier! Sarah Drew was my favorite audio book performer, but now she’s tied with Sarah Naughton.

I loved every second of this one and was sad when it was over! Can’t wait for more!

Mind Games audiobook cover art

Equally thrilling and unnerving!

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

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Black immerses us in a setting that is believable and intriguing, a mental clinic in an upscale neighborhood that receives backlash. Her characters are diverse and add texture to the story. The plot is paced well and there are enough well-veiled clues to make the ending surprising yet satisfying. I was able to clean my house while listening and follow everything that was going on. The reader has a great “invisible” sort of voice that has enough vocal variation to be engaging but not so much that it distracts from the story or is cloying in any way. Really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to more of Black’s books on Audible in the future!