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  • Without You

  • Changing Hearts Series, Book 1
  • By: Yesenia Vargas
  • Narrated by: Ramona Master
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Ariana is finally ready to graduate and get a new start at the University of Georgia. But she never expects to meet someone as perfect as Lucas at the beginning of senior year. Lucas is everything Ariana could ever want in a guy, but he can't be a part of Ariana's new start, not when his family needs him at home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh teens

  • By Monica Sofia on 10-26-16

NA Rom w Logical Characters That Aren't Sex Obsess

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I'm really impressed with the way this worked out and ended. It's very reasonable and mature and you just don't see this kind of thing in books often. <3.

-- The jeolous ex plot line doesn't ramp up like the prequel thankfully. TW more for bullying than violence.
-- Brother & BFF are aborbs. Love the flipped dynamic and definitely want to read their story.
--The sexual activity is mostly PG13 with one tasteful, safer scene that feels like a fade to black.
--I love her family and his. Her family is more traditional and middle class but college is still a huge question mark unfortunately. (Free education is so needed!)
--His working poor struggle is so common and the community is under served and seen in real life and fiction.
--it's the same narrator from the prequel, which I'm thankful for the continuity. It feel more natural and felt better? I don't know how to describe it exactly but my gut vibed better with it. (how's that for vague and subjective! Lol)

Now you're probably wondering why the 4 stars. Honestly, the first half with the ex and the second half about the collage felt a bit disjointed and the ex just evaporated but felt like a loose end. Overall, it just didn't feel like a 5 star, ya know? Close but not quite and it's hard to pi point why. Sorry.

Anyways, this is perfect if you like every day teens dealing with romance and exes and families and collage and just being normal. It's so refreshing!

  • Better Off

  • Changing Hearts, Book 0
  • By: Yesenia Vargas
  • Narrated by: Ramona Master
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Ariana has never had a boyfriend. After meeting Carlos at a quinceanera party, she wants one. But her parents, who grew up with the traditional ways of Mexico, simply won't allow it. Ariana is ready for the freedom that comes with having a driver's license. But she must convince her brother, Jimmy, to not say anything when she starts seeing Carlos behind their parents' back, and even then, having a boyfriend isn't what she thought it would be. Because Carlos is still hurting from his past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A good girl gets a boyfriend! But is he a bad boy?

  • By Donna Wiebe on 06-15-18

Like Fear (1996) but Chilled Out

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

Trigger Warning: Douchebag BF with anger & violence tendencies.

I loved this! It's very refreshing and realistic. I can easily see Arianna living in the better neighborhood near me. Myra reminds me of my best childhood friend.

I loved how Facebook and texting were included, how their relationship moves slowly through the awkward getting to know each other and nervousness.

The narrator did an amazing job with Arianna and Myra. Her voice changed and dragged out slowly for the guys, which was realistically annoying. Dudes, just spit it out!

The only thing is it's a contemporary romance "with a not so conventional HEA". But it's not an actual happily ever after with a couple like most would expect from romance. It's a happy ending that I loved but the real HEA comes with the first book, Without You.

  • Timekeeper

  • The Timekeeper Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Tara Sim
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Two o'clock was missing. In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time - and a destroyed one can stop it completely. It's a truth that 17-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A top shelf book!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 03-26-17

Total winner

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

Omfg I loved everything this! Full review to come with the tour! My first completed audio book 💙😁

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