Friday, February 19, 2016

Sideswiped (Audio) by Kim Harrison

Sideswiped (The Peri Reed Chronicles, #.5)Sideswiped by Kim Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Overall this story didn't really grab me. I had just finished reading the Rachel Morgan series, and was hoping her next series would be my next love. I'm going try try again with the first full-length novel - this is a short prequel.

The voicing is well-done, and I am hoping at some point to listen to some or all of the Rachel Morgan series and would be glad to hear it done by the same voice talent.

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A Rylee Adamson Omnibus: Boooks 1-3 by Shannon Mayer

A Rylee Adamson Omnibus:  Books 1-3A Rylee Adamson Omnibus: Books 1-3 by Shannon Mayer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved the continuity of having the first 3 books all in one file. It saved me having to go find the next book to be sure I had the right file to listen to after each story.

The thing I love most about Rylee's story is Rylee's attitude and Alex's devotion. They are the things that my reading dreams are made of! I feel there is a special layer if imagination added any time you hear a story vs. reading it, and this edition did that for me.

I wish I had the time to do listen to the entire omnibus in one sitting, but most of my listening time is while I am driving or when I am alone at work. With 19 hours and 29 minutes of listening it would be hard to do even if it weren't for those restrictions!

My only issue with this edition is that for the first book and a half or so there didn't seem to be much audio differentiation between Rylee's voice and Liam's which disturbed me a little. By about 1/2 way through the 2nd book there seems to be more of a difference in the two voices.

Overall, well worth the money! I'll be snagging Book 4 in audio as soon as I can!

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fear the Darkness (Audio) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Fear the Darkness (Dark-Hunter Universe #11.5)Fear the Darkness by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had previously read this short story in an e-book format. Hearing the voices for the various characters brought it to life for me in a way that tells me my imagination needs some work!

Beautiful voicing of an important part of the Dark Hunters series!

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Grumpy Cat, Volume 1 by Ben McCool

Grumpy Cat, Volume 1Grumpy Cat, Volume 1 by Ben McCool
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

** I received a timed e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Sardonic humor and misadventures abound!

Another atypical book for me, this comic book chronicles some of the adventures of Grumpy Cat and her younger brother, Pokey. I found parts of the book highly amusing, but overall it wasn't really my cup of tea. I am sure my kids would be thrilled to get their hands on this for reading. The illustrations are very well done.

I would recommend the book for kids/teens with a sarcastic sense of humor, and love of animals.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Fowl Language: I Used To Be Cool and Do Cool Things by Brian Gordon

Fowl Language: I Used to Be Cool and Do Cool ThingsFowl Language: I Used to Be Cool and Do Cool Things by Brian Gordon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received a timed e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
Laugh-out-loud FUN! A friend had introduced me to this comic via Facebook, and several of the panels I'd seen there were included in this book.

Obviously this is not a "typical" book, and therefore I really can't review it in the same manner I normally do. I would say, if you are a parent (or a grandparent) with a sarcastic sense of humor this comic (and therefore book) are for you! Yes, as the play on words in the name implies, there is some foul language occasionally, but it is almost always exactly where and when you would use it as a parent.
Between my laughter and my daughter's (who started reading over my shoulder) I'm surprised my dad didn't ask what was going on.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Pages Between Us Blog Book Blast

I am participating in a Blog Book Blast! The Pages Between Us is a middle grade book that interests me. See below for a description. and your chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash! The Pages Between Us The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt & Robin Mellom Told in letters, posters, blog posts, homework assignments, and more, The Pages Between Us is a totally fun, totally earnest snapshot of middle grade friendship—and what it truly means to be there for someone during the ups, downs, and everything in between. Piper and Olivia have been best friends since…well, forever. But they're distressed to find that their new middle school schedules aren't giving them enough together-time. Luckily, an idea sparks when Piper finds a cute, sparkly notebook to disguise as her "French Class" homework. It's genius—now the two BFFs can stick together all the time. And document their adventures—you know, for anthropology's sake. But as the two navigate the tricky new world of sixth grade, they realize that they may need to branch out more than they originally thought. Their notebook, once a life raft, begins to feel like a big responsibility. Can they grow up, without growing apart?
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Praise for The Pages Between Us “Leavitt and Mellom’s humorous and perceptive tale deftly explores the quandary of how to sustain a cherished friendship while nurturing individual growth.” –KIRKUS “A cousin to Rachel RenĂ©e Russell’s “Dork Diaries”… this is a gentler version of middle school, as the girls support each other through familiar trials… will be enjoyed by strong readers eager to devour realistic fiction with a multimedia slant.” ~School Library Journal   Lindsey & Robin Author Lindsey Leavitt Lindsey Leavitt is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom/party animal (not to be confused with her spirit animal, which is a lion). She lives with her family in the Utah mountains.


Author Robin Mellom Robin has taught grades 5 through 8 and has a master's degree in education. She lives with her husband and son on the Central Coast of California.


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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Soundless (Preview) by Richelle Mead

SoundlessSoundless by Richelle Mead
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**I received a preview of the first 6 chapters via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**

The story itself is well written - full of descriptive imagery, details, and developed characters. The preview, unfortunately, did not grab me.

From the preview the book appears to chronicle the life of a girl from what I gather is an area of China whose village is remote enough that people do not come or go, and years ago all the villagers lost their hearing - now many are going blind as well. Fei's hearing suddenly returns in time to have her accompany a male friend - Lo Wei - on a journey down the mountain to try to better the lives of all the villagers. The preview ended before they leave the village.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Windburn by Shannon Mayer

Windburn (The Elemental Series, #4)Windburn by Shannon Mayer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.**
Book 4 of the Elemental series is all you've come to expect... and more! Shannon has managed to bring together elements from all of the previous 3 books as well as some of Rylee's story from her Rylee Adamson series to create a beautiful and spellbinding 4th story for Lark.

Quick-paced, highly-imaginative, and intricately-detailed are just some of the many ways this book (and series) can be described. I love Lark and her world. Strong female protagonists are always a winning point in my opinion, and Lark does not disappoint on that front. No matter the foe or circumstances she stands firm in her beliefs - even when it costs her.

I can't wait to get my hands on Rootbound!

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