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  • The Book of Phoenix

  • By: Nnedi Okorafor
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Phoenix was grown and raised among other genetic experiments in New York's Tower 7. She is an "accelerated woman" - only two years old but with the body and mind of an adult, Phoenix's abilities far exceed those of a normal human. Still innocent and inexperienced in the ways of the world, she is content living in her room speed reading ebooks, running on her treadmill, and basking in the love of Saeed, another biologically altered human of Tower 7.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stunningly unique and beautiful story

  • By Anya on 02-01-16

A powerful woman. A compelling story.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

This is an excellent prequel to Who Fears Death. Phoenix's story is an epic tale of a woman coming into her power and fighting against a huge government conspiracy that seeks to enslave her and so many others. Okorafor has done it again. The Book of Phoenix shines as brilliantly as is protagonist.

  • Daughter of the Pirate King

  • By: Tricia Levenseller
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map - the key to a legendary treasure trove - 17-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By pet names on 09-17-17

A dazzling pirate tale

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

Alosa is a female pirate, captain and daughter of the Pirate King. On a secret mission for her father, she's captured by a band of young pirates (you can see where this is going) and forced to fend for herself.

Alosa has a wonderful array of tricks up her sleeves and secrets of her own. Her sass and smarts, matched with the clever (and very attractive) Ryden, kept me reading well into the night.

There's a bit of fantasy in there, as well, which only makes the book sparkle a bit more for me. Definitely a light-hearted read that fans of Pirates of the Caribbean will enjoy!

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,874

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

Free your afternoon to read this!

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

THE CRUEL PRINCE grabs you early and doesn't let go even when you're done. I was on the edge of my seat with every chapter, every twist, and every cruel and clever deed.

Black has outdone herself with this one!

  • The Belles

  • By: Dhonielle Clayton
  • Narrated by: Rosie Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orleans, Belles are revered, for they control beauty, and beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orleans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful. But it's not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite - the Belle chosen by the queen of Orleans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful! A book that all young girls should read

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 02-12-18

A stunning debut

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

Reviewed: 04-04-18

Welcome to a world where beauty is controlled by the Belles, but who controls the Belles?

Clayton weaves an intriguing story from start to finish. I saw someone describe this book's story as biting into a delectable cupcake to find a rotten, decaying center and it's the best metaphor I've ever seen.

The Belles has layers and layers of mystery, thrills, and sisterhood. You don't want to miss out on this!

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  • This Savage Song

  • By: Victoria Schwab
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city - a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent - but he's one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another triumph

  • By PapaFrer on 07-20-16

A fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Written like an elegant symphony, This Savage Song is the story of two people thrown together as a war between monsters and humans threatens to ravage the city.

I loved Kate and August, each of them brought to life by the author and the narrator. They're total opposites, but they work well together. I especially loved August's determination to be strong and good, despite being a monster.

Full of twists and turns, fans of supernatural, urban fantasy, or gritty fantasy won't be able to get enough of This Savage Song.

  • Wild Seed

  • By: Octavia E. Butler
  • Narrated by: Dion Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715

Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflexor design. He fears no one...until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. Together they weave a pattern of destiny unimaginable to mortals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fairy Tale... even if it's not

  • By Annette on 12-23-09

Intense

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

WILD SEED takes place over centuries and includes themes of oppression by race, gender, and ability. Although one of Butler's early books, I found it hard to put down. Definitely pick this up if you're looking for a saga of two immortals with very different worldviews.

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  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,711
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,644
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,605

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good book

  • By Jason N. on 07-20-17

Harry Potter but better and in college

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I loved Sufficiently Advanced Magic, which has an ace MC and a really, really, REALLY complicated but cool Magix system. The author weaves an unbelievable amount of detail easily into the story and I loved the adventure from start to finish. Can't wait for the next one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mask of Shadows

  • By: Linsey Miller
  • Narrated by: Deryn Edwards
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Gender-fluid Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and to get closer to the nobles who destroyed home. So when auditions to become a member of The Left Hand - the Queen's personal assassins - are announced, Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge. But a childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the audition: a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it!

  • By Terra Matthews on 06-28-18

Take a wild ride!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-17

Sal is one of the most enjoyable characters I've read in a long time. I loved going with her as she robbed, schemed, and killed her way through the book, eyes always on the prize. Sometimes it seems like teen fiction assassins are that in name only--not here. Death has consequences and revenge is a dish best served cold.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 32,667
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 30,198
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 30,084

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Phenomenonal. Necessary.

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Angie Thomas delivers a knockout story, brought to life by Bonnie. Through Starr, we explore the complicated ways race shapes the lives of Black people against the backdrop of a police officer murdering a Black teen. You'll laugh, cry, and get the chills. Absolutely stunning.

Basically :
Read. This. Book.

  • The Upside of Unrequited

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 441

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can't stomach the idea of rejection. So she's careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie's orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly's cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly's totally not dying of loneliness - except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie's new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Ok

  • By G. C. Recipient on 04-24-17

Perfect light reading

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

This is a charming book that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has a wonderful ending and a fantastic narrator. If you're looking for something to escape the stresses of life, this is the book for you.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful