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  • Dream a Little Dream

  • The Silver Trilogy
  • By: Kerstin Gier
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Liv has been dealing with a lot lately. She and her family have just moved in with her mother's new boyfriend in London, and she's starting over (again) at a new school. But Liv isn't sure that explains her dreams, which have gone from odd to...well, bizarre. Lately her nighttime hours have been filled with talking stone statues, mysterious corridors, and creepy rituals conducted by four boys in a graveyard. The strangest part is that Liv recognizes the boys....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By M. K. Galloway on 05-05-15

Too Dark For Me

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

I am so disappointed with the turn in this book. I was loving it up until about half way through when secrets start being revealed. Without revealing too much, just to give you an idea, the kids get mixed up in stuff similar to Ouija boards, dark magic, etc. I'm not a fan. It totally changed the mood of the book from charming, clever, and witty to uncomfortable, in my opinion. I like paranormal books, books with good vs. evil, but with so much emphasis on Satanic rituals it no longer was enjoyable for me.

  • Ruined

  • By: Amy Tintera
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed, and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined - completely lacking any magic - she is determined to get revenge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! I was worried I wouldn't...

  • By Stacey H. on 06-29-16

Great YA Book

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

Reviewed: 04-15-19

I liked how this book took some predictable cliches, and wrote it so well you don't care. I found it engaging, with enough little twists to make it unique. I liked that the lead characters were reasonable and developed. I liked that they didn't do super stupid things (I always hate that and figure it's the only way the author knew how to move the plot along).

While things like the forbidden love were not a surprise, this book has some meat to it. The characters discuss the morals behind their actions and learn from mistakes, which was refreshing and kept the book from being superficial. I can't wait for the third to be available on audible!

For parents, I'd rate it PG-13. There is fighting and minor gore details. They are worried about the wedding night, and discuss their worry. There is no sex scene. There is one passionate kissing scene that could be more but ends. There is a side character that is homosexual and it is briefly mentioned that they kiss their partner a couple times, which is how we find out.

  • Murder at Archly Manor

  • High Society Lady Detective, Book 1
  • By: Sara Rosett
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 247

London, 1923. Olive Belgrave needs a job. Despite her aristocratic upbringing, she’s penniless. Determined to support herself, she jumps at an unconventional job - looking into the background of her cousin’s fiancé, Alfred. Alfred burst into the upper crust world of London’s high society, but his answers to questions about his past are decidedly vague. Before Olive can gather more than the basics, a murder occurs at a posh party. Suddenly, every Bright Young Person in attendance is a suspect, and Olive must race to find the culprit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent mystery

  • By Elaine on 11-30-18

A Clean Mystery

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

Reviewed: 04-15-19

I liked this book. I liked the main character, the narrator, and time period. I think the author did a great job with the little details to make us feel like we're in that time, without it being a history book. I would recommend this.

My only complaint is that I started to feel it was slow. I'm used to murder mysteries with more action, more people killed, or attempts on the detectives lives, etc. This was hours of sifting through clues and detective work, without more murder/action. It was a fun, quick, easy listen though. It's an adult book, but I think it's appropriate for a family to listen to together. No swearing, no sex, no gore, etc.

  • The Assassin's Curse

  • By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An okay read

  • By A. Sunmonu on 10-31-12

2 Books that Should've Been 1

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

Reviewed: 04-15-19

I can't decide how I feel about this book! I loved the premise of it, the narrator did a good job, and it kept me engaged. I appreciated that there is no sex scene, and the swearing is low (she's a pirate, so she swears, but surprisingly little, and only 1
F-bomb). I liked the perspective of the pirate, how she viewed people and handled situations. I liked seeing the person behind an assassin as well.

What I didn't like is that the majority of the book is their journey for a cure to their curse, and they don't find it! I guess that isn't a surprise, I knew there was a second book up front. It really should've been one book, instead of two. I liked it, and I want to know how it ends. I didn't want a 16 hour book though, which is really what this ends up being. If you know that heading into it, I think you'll really enjoy it. I think it is a well done pirate story with a unique angle.

  • A Brazen Curiosity: A Regency Cozy

  • Beatrice Hyde-Clare Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Lynn Messina
  • Narrated by: Jill Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253

Twenty-six-year-old Beatrice Hyde-Clare is far too shy to investigate the suspicious death of a fellow guest in the Lake District. A spinster who lives on the sufferance of her relatives, she would certainly not presume to search the rooms of her host's son and his friend looking for evidence. Reared in the twin virtues of deference and docility, she would absolutely never think to question the imperious Duke of Kesgrave about anything, let alone how he chose to represent the incident to the local constable. And yet that's exactly what she does.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It left me with a smile

  • By korinka on 12-11-18

Gave Me a Headache

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

Reviewed: 04-15-19

Unfortunately this was a disappointment for me. I think the author was trying to be authentic with her writing, but it was so difficult to follow that I actually had a headache. I've listened to many other regency novels and never had this problem before. Maybe reading it is better?

But what really made me stop was the lead character. She's supposed to be this mouse who finds her spunk and bravery and solves the case. I found her annoying. She doesn't talk, but instead silently critiques everyone around her, finding them all to be arrogant and beneath her. I didn't find it to be charming. I will be returning it.

  • The Hex Files: Wicked Never Sleeps

  • By: Gina LaManna
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 97

Welcome to Wicked - the paranormal sixth borough of New York that's home to witches and goblins, werewolves and necromancers, elves and vampires‚ and former Detective Dani DeMarco. Dani's busy with the grand opening of her family's pizza parlor when a knock on the door leaves her face to face with the stunning yet lethal vampire in charge of the NYPD's supernatural branch - Captain Matthew King. There's been a high-profile double homicide in the Sixth Borough, and Dani's peculiar talent is the only hope to untangle the web of lies and magic connecting the dead victims. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • GOOD START. INTERESTING PLOT.

  • By Bunty on 02-28-19

Too Sexual For Me

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I am really sad this didn't work out. The premise is very clever, I like the spunky lead character, and it is engaging. There was just too much inuendo and sexual tension for my tastes. I will be returning it. As far as I've listened there hasn't been a sex scene, but there's constant yearning, flashbacks to "the last time," etc. that it distracted from the awesome premise. I like romance in my murder mysteries, but I'd say this is a serving of attraction with just a dash of mystery.

  • Chasing Secrets

  • Elite Guardians, Book 4
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

Elite Guardians bodyguard Haley Callaghan may be in South Carolina, but when a photo leads investigators in West Ireland to open a 25-year-old cold case, her life is suddenly in danger. Haley knows how to take care of herself; after all, she's made a career out of taking care of others. But after an uncomfortably close call, Detective Steven Rothwell takes it upon himself to stay with her - and the young client she has taken under her wing. A protector at heart, he's not about to let Haley fight this battle alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most excellent book in the series!

  • By Darla Walker on 08-11-17

Good Christian Mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I liked this book. I'm torn, because parts of the story line were very different than the others, so I loved that. But it seems there is a pattern in the ending, and by book four it didn't hold my attention. Once the same thing happened, I ending up skipping from 1.5 hours left to the last half hour, which is why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars.


SPOILER: I still think it's a good listen and would recommend it, but I think the author needs to avoid always ending with someone being kidnapped, while the lead character is told to come alone, and stupidly does so.

This is definitely a Christian book. It wasn't bible thumping, born again, so it didn't bother me, but if you aren't religious, you won't appreciate the discussions on forgiveness and accepting God's will.

  • Without Warning

  • Elite Guardians, Book 2
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 388

Katie Singleton, a partner with the Elite Guardians Protection Agency, stumbles upon her next assignment quite by accident. Spotting blue lights at a familiar restaurant, she stops to investigate, only to discover that owner Daniel Matthews has become the target of someone who will go to any lengths to put him out of business. Daniel might be concerned, but he's not convinced that a bodyguard - and a female one at that - is necessary. A new attack and his niece's urgings are enough to make him reconsider.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great book by Eason

  • By Tee on 08-12-16

Worth It

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

The second in the series was good. This one is a bit more religious I thought than the first, with religion being more of a theme than a side story. It didn't bother me, but I could see some people not liking it, so heads up. I liked the action, story line, characters, and mystery. I recommend it if you want something entertaining without swearing or sex.

  • Oath of Honor

  • Blue Justice Series, Book 1
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud law-enforcement family. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life. Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll - including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oath of Honor

  • By Susan Fryman on 01-15-18

Great Start to a Series

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I've been reading her "Bodyguards" series, and I liked how this was different. It reminded me of the show, "Blue Bloods" because everyone is in some way involved in law enforcement. I liked the twists, the romance, the action. I liked the family and look forward to reading more about them. Great, clean, murder mystery.

  • Moving Target

  • Elite Guardians Series, Book 3
  • By: Lynette Eason
  • Narrated by: Rachel Dulude
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord. Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • an awesome book!!!

  • By BlGRED on 03-08-17

Favorite in the Series

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

Reviewed: 03-15-19

I loved how different this book was from the other two. The pace, the romance, the bad guy, it was all so good! I was worried by book three I'd get bored, but this shook things up. There is more coming to Jesus in this book than her first, which didn't bother me, but for people who aren't religious, that could be a turn off. I loved everything about this one; it's my favorite of her books that I've read so far!