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  • 96 Words for Love

  • By: Rachel Roy, Ava Dash, James Patterson - foreword
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 6

Ever since her acceptance to UCLA, 17-year-old Raya Liston has been quietly freaking out. Then her beloved grandmother dies, and Raya jumps at the chance to spend her last free summer at the ashram in India where her grandmother met and fell in love with her grandfather. Raya hopes to find her center and her true path. But she didn't expect to fall in love...with a country of beautiful contradictions, her fiercely loyal cousin, a local girl with a passion for reading, and a boy who teaches her that in Sanskrit, there are 96 different ways to say the word love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Shallow all around

  • By Sara @ A Gingerly Review on 01-21-19

Shallow all around

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

There was not one thing about this story that I enjoyed. The MC's voice came across painfully immature and I could not stop rolling my eyes every time she came across like a spoiled brat, which was nearly the entire book. The narrator's voice did not match the character voice so that also caused me to strongly dislike this story. No world building, no character arc, and no real plot.

Do yourself a favor - skip this. The execution of the story fell very short of the intended goal.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mammoth

  • By: Jill Baguchinsky
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

The summer before her junior year, paleontology geek Natalie Page lands a coveted internship at an Ice Age dig site near Austin, Texas. Natalie, who’s also a plus-size fashion blogger, depends on the retro style and persona she developed to shield herself from her former bullies, but vintage dresses and designer heels aren’t compatible with digging for fossils. But nothing is going to dampen her spirit. She gets to work with her hero, the host of the most popular paleontology podcast in the world. And then there’s Chase, the intern, who’s seriously cute, and Cody, a local boy who’d be even cuter if he were less of a grouch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This was not what I thought it would be

  • By Sara @ A Gingerly Review on 11-20-18

This was not what I thought it would be

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

There was a lot in the premise about Natalie being a larger size but it hardly played a true part in this story. There was a lot of self fat shaming that I couldn't look past. Natalie was super quick to judge other girls immediately by their weight yet was overly offended if/when it was done to her. She was also quick to hate on the other interns who got into the program based on how much money their parents had. She never gave them a chance, only assumed they were horrid people. I could not get behind that.

  • Little White Lies

  • By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Narrated by: Katherine Littrell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

When Sawyer Taft agrees to move in with her grandmother, she expects some things to be different, but what she doesn't expect is to get sucked into a group of over-privileged, yet somehow lovable debs who have kidnapped one of their own in hopes of blackmailing her into keeping their secrets under wraps - secrets that are far bigger and more scandalous than anyone could have imagined. As Sawyer works to uncover the identity of her father, she must also navigate the twisted relationships between her new friends and their powerful parents and help them discover the villain among them. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Little Liars meets Gilmore Girls

  • By Sara @ A Gingerly Review on 11-12-18

Pretty Little Liars meets Gilmore Girls

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was such a fun and #enjoyable read. The wit, snark, and clever dialogue had me #laughing at times. This was a quick read but it was one I won't soon forget. It was not the murder/mystery I have come to know and love from Barnes but it was #heartfelt. #southernbelles #clever #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mortal Engines

  • Mortal Engines, Book 1
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,340
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,332

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How have I never heard of this?

  • By Chris on 03-05-19

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

The blurb is what made me interested in this story, but the delivery is what caused me to DNF. The narrator was wrong, the story was choppy & scattered, nothing was clearly thought out. This was terrible and I'm sorry I used a credit on it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Map for Wrecked Girls

  • By: Jessica Taylor
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Emma has always orbited Henri, her fierce, magnetic queen bee of an older sister, and the two have always been best friends. Until something happens that wrecks them. Then the unthinkable occurs - a watery nightmare off the dazzling coast. The girls wash up onshore, stranded. Their only companion is Alex, a troubled boy agonizing over his own secrets. Trapped in a gorgeous hell, Emma and Alex fall together as Emma and Henri fall catastrophically apart. To find their way home, the sisters must find their way back to each other.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard pass

  • By Sara @ A Gingerly Review on 08-17-17

Hard pass

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

Reviewed: 08-17-17

I wish I hadn't fallen for the hype. This was such a toxic relationship story that had me rolling my eyes the last half of the book. I'm so disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Torch Against the Night

  • An Ember in the Ashes, Book 2
  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan, Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,714
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. Following the events of the Fourth Trial, an army led by Masks hunts the two fugitives as they escape the city of Serra and journey across the vast lands of the Martial Empire. Laia is determined to break into Kauf - the empire's most secure and dangerous prison - and save her brother, whose knowledge of Serric steel is the key to the Scholars' future. And Elias is determined to stay by Laia's side, even if it means giving up his own chance at freedom.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahhhmazing

  • By DeeAy on 09-25-16

Not worth the time

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

Reviewed: 08-11-17

What a struggle! I loved the first story, yet after reading book 2, I can't remember why I liked the characters to begin with. Far too much time passes with nothing happening. The action scenes were few and far between. There is now love geometry since too many people are in instalove with too many other people. This felt like a contemporary read, not a fantasy read. I will not be continuing the series.

  • More Happy Than Not

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

When it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto; miracle cure-alls don't tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can't forget how he's grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one-bedroom apartment. Then Thomas shows up. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what's left of his life. But since Aaron can't suddenly stop being gay, Leteo may be the only way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving...

  • By Brandon on 05-18-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 07-25-17

I wanted more out of this story. It did not hit my feels or have me crying on my Kool-aid. I thought Aaron's character was alright but not an all time favorite for me. The ending felt rushed and left me unsatisfied.

  • When Dimple Met Rishi

  • By: Sandhya Menon
  • Narrated by: Sneha Mathan, Vikas Adam
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 844

Now that Dimple Shah has graduated, she's ready for a break from her family - especially from Mamma's inexplicable obsession with her finding the Ideal Indian Husband. Ugh. But Dimple knows that her mother must respect that she isn't interested in doing that right now - otherwise she wouldn't have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers, right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Let's say it together...Awe!

  • By Dee on 07-03-17

Underwhelmed

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-17

I wanted more from this. It was predicted and left me wanting. Fast read though.