Audiobook Review: Skyward

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Skyward

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: November 6th, 2018

Page Count: 546

Start Date: February 13th, 2022

Finish Date: March 12th, 2022

Review:

Story: I’ve been wanting to read a Brandon Sanderson book for a long time. I was very happy when my group decided to make this book the next buddy read book. I really enjoyed it. It’s witty and hilarious in many ways. It’s also serious and practical. While listening to the book, I followed along with it in my physical copy. I love the decorations in the book. They definitely help enhance the story. The entire group loved it really. Even the ones that don’t usually read books like this!

Characters: I really loved all of the characters in the class. There were some adults that were questionable in my opinion. That’s the point of them though. Well at least I’d like to think so.

Critiques: None that I can think of.

Narration: Really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the audiobook completely. It had music to go with it! I was very impressed.

Final Thoughts: I’m writing this review well after reading the three books that are out in this series. I really cannot wait to get my hands on the fourth book. I’m so invested in finding out what happens to everybody! I want to see a rebellion come to life!

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Audiobook Review: The Nowhere Man

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The Nowhere Man

Author: Gregg Hurwitz

Release Date: January 17th, 2017

Page Count: 369

Start Date: January 10th, 2020 and March 1st, 2022

Finish Date: January 22nd 2020 and March 9th, 2022

Review:

Evan was taken from the orphanage he grew up in at a young age. He was trained to do horrible and unspeakable things for the government. Once his handler died, he left the project and went his own way. His mission was to protect those in trouble from dangerous situations they wanted out of. Everything is fine until he’s tracked down. Now he’s on the run for his life. He’s a loose end that needs to be taken care of.

I’m seriously impressed with this book. I was kind of hesitant when I read the description of the first book, Orphan X. I gave it a chance anyway. In honor of the fifth book coming out this year (January 28th). I’m very glad I did quite frankly. It kind of reads like the Hitman. I also find it similar to the Jane Hawk series. I’m not sure if anybody has heard of that series, but it’s good as well.

I still feel a disconnect with all the characters in the novel. I think that’s kind of the point. Evan was raised as an assassin. He had no human interaction from anybody from a very young age with the exception of those who used him as a weapon. I realize that his handler tried to keep humanity in him, but one can only hold so much after they’ve killed many people. I really loved the neighbor chick and her son. She’s very intelligent and down to earth. He has a connection with them as well. It’s so obvious.

Like the first book, this book is narrated by Scott Brick. I picked up the first book because of time constraints, but I loved his narration so much that I got the second and third books in the series in audiobook as well. I plan to get the last two in the series in audio when I can get my hands on some credits. I also noticed there are some shot novellas that are reasonably priced that I plan to pick up as well. It’s amazing how somebody can narrate normally and still add an intense thrill to a book.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. I believe that I will enjoy the rest of the series just as much. I may even enjoy it more. I can’t wait to find out. I’m sure there are many things I can compare it to. Not that I like comparing. But it’s screamed Hitman at me since I first started reading it. I can’t ignore those vibes. It’s an amazing read. I will reread it again in the future.

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Audiobook Review: A Map of Days

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: A Map of Days

Author: Ransom Riggs

Release Date: October 2nd, 2018

Page Count: 492

Start Date: March 7th, 2022

Finish Date: March 7th, 2022

Review:

Story: I have to be honest. There are parts of me that feel like he only wrote this story because the fans demanded it. I feel like he checked out of the story after the last book. However, I could be wrong. I’m not saying this isn’t a good book. Riggs is a wonderful writer. It just seems that it had a much slower pace than the first three books. Maybe that’s the point. They have a breather before chaos happens again.

Characters: Our little gang of peculiars seem a little jaded in this book. I get that they have been through a lot, but they seem a bit harsher around the edges this time around.

Critiques: None

Narration: Amazing as always.

Final Thoughts: I did enjoy this book very much. It was interesting to find out what happened after the end of the third book. It just seems a bit slower than the first three. Then again, if I’m being honest, the first book was a little slow too. I do like a good slow burn. I just wasn’t prepared for it.

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Audiobook Review: The Ivory Key

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: The Ivory Key

Author: Akshaya Raman

Release Date: January 4th, 2022

Page Count: 379

Start Date: February 21st, 2022

Finish Date: March 1st, 2022

Review:

Story: I really enjoyed this book very much. There were times I felt that the story kind of slogged on though. I also felt like some places were a bit rushed. There were also scenes that I would have liked to have seen played out a bit more. I won’t divulge specific scenes due to potential spoilers. Overall, I really enjoyed the story. I also loved the multiple cultural references in the story. It made everything more intense. I wound up learning quite a bit.

Characters: I’m horrible with names. I was very interested in seeing this story through the four sibling’s points of view. I was more empathetic with the one that was imprisoned for murdering their mother. I mean I felt for all of them and understood their point of view. It’s just that I really felt for him.

Critiques: The cheeky part of me wants to say that there’s no release date on book two.

Narration: I believe the narrator did an amazing job.

Final Thoughts: Despite the small issues that I have addressed, I really enjoyed this story very much. I need the second book in my life yesterday. I’ll most definitely use the time gap between books as an excuse to reread the first book. I won’t even lie. It’s just such a good story!

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Audiobook Review: Thief

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Thief
Author: Sadie Moss
Release Date: June 27th, 2019
Page Count: 300
Start Date: March 26th, 2022
Finish Date: March 26th, 2022

Review:
Story: It feels like every book gets more and more intense. Every book gets us that much closer to find out who’s trying to take down the unpredictable magic users. I also feel like Elliot gets thrown into more and more danger the more the books play out! Especially this one. I’ve never wanted to snatch a character from a book so fast. Let Moss have her back when she can play nice with her!!!
Characters: I’m finding myself more and more attached to Elliot and the boys. Especially Ash. I think that’s his name. He’s just so compassionate and caring. I know he can feel other people’s emotions, Still. He’s one of my favorite characters. He may even be one of my favorite characters of all time if I’m being honest. I normally don’t choose book boyfriends since I prefer women, but I’d totally have him for one.
Critiques: None
Narration: Sarah Puckett narrated it. Do I need to say more? If you’re not familiar with her and don’t get it, please give her a chance. It’s not my fault if you fall in love with her voice though! Just saying!
Final Thoughts: As the series goes on, it gets more and more intense. I’m so scared of what’s going to happen to the unpredictable magic students and users. I also can’t help but to see some underlying messages in these books that becomes more and more prominent through the series. One that I feel is very important.

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Audiobook Review: Spark

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Spark

Author: Sadie Moss

Release Date: May 16th, 2019

Page Count: 310

Start Date: March 24th, 2022

Finish Date: March 25th, 2022

Review:

Story: This is a very action packed and amazing book. I would have never thought of people 18+ going to an academy, but it makes sense. These aren’t normal academies after all. I’d of liked to have seen more classroom activity. I’m probably going to get this book a lot more readers by saying this, but I’d have liked to seen a little less sex scenes. This is coming from a demisexual though. I don’t think the book is trash because of the amount of sex in it. It was just too much for my personal taste. I absolutely love the dynamic between the main character and the boys though. It was a good relief to such a heavy and intense dramatic dialogue.

Characters: Elliot is just so relatable. I read a review basically saying she was cool but really whiny. I disagree with that assessment. She doubted herself a lot, but she’s also been through a lot. She doesn’t know what she can trust and what she can’t. If she had been somebody who had the world handed to her, I’d totally agree with the judgment. The boys are definitely a collective of personalities. There’s not a boring day with them around!

Critiques: None really. The only one I had is personal preference over an actual problem with the book.

Narration: One of my favorite narrators of all time read this book. So of course I thought it was amazing. Then again, she could read one of the most dull to me books ever and it would completely make me love the story. If I see the name Sarah Puckett on an audiobook, it immediately either gets bought or gets added to my wish list. I strongly recommend giving her a try.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. I’d of liked to have seen more actual school action instead of sex, but that’s just me. It’s definitely a fun and engaging. I’m really sad that there’s only six books in the series. I’d say it’s a very adult Harry Potter, but it’s more action-packed.

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Audiobook Review: Ascenders

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Ascenders

Author: C.L. Gaber

Release Date: April 20th, 2015

Page Count: 434

Start Date: March 9th, 2022

Finish Date: March 25th, 2022

Review:

Story: I am so impressed with how creative the idea behind the story is. I am really looking forward to getting to the rest of the series. I will have to go back and read this book before I do. I feel that by the time I’m able to reading them, I will need a refresher. I have to be honest though, I kind of wish I could have seen a little bit of her life before she died. Maybe a novella prequel would be very nice.

Characters: Forgive me. I can’t remember names. I really went back and forth with the main character. I liked her to an extent, but there were times that I felt like she could use a good “get it together” shake. I’d of liked to have seen more of the other characters. Especially the boy and his siblings.

Critiques: None that I can think of.

Narration: I really liked this one. I would have to give it an average rating because there’s nothing I really can point out that just puts it out. I do hope that the person who narrated this book narrates the rest of the series as well.

Final Thoughts: I never knew I needed a book like this until it fell into my lap. This was part of a challenge of reading books recommended to you. I’m so sad that I would have never known this book exists until I was recommended it. I can also say that the cover is just so gorgeous!

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Audiobook Review: Starsight

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Starsight

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Release Date: November 26th, 2019

Page Count: 456

Start Date: March 12th, 2022

Finish Date: March 21st 2022

Review:

Story: I have to be honest, I was a little nervous about this book going into it. I was worried that I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I enjoyed the first. Most of the time when first books hit as hard as Skyward did, the rest of the series falls a bit flat. I am so thankful that I was wrong on that! I actually enjoyed this book more than I did the first if that says anything.

Characters: I was glad to see the characters actually interact better in this book than they did the first. There was a disconnect that made me very sad in the first book. I don’t know how to explain it other than that.

Critiques: None

Narration: As fantastic as the first time around. If not even better. I really hope they narrate the rest of the series as well! Just for continuity.

Final Thoughts: I’m really enjoying this very series very much. Much more than I actually thought I would in the beginning. I thought it would go a bit over my head. I’m glad I was wrong on that as well. I’m really looking forward for the rest of the series to be released so that I can grab them and read them immediately!

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Book Review: Greetings from Tucson

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Greetings From Tucson

Author: Cherie L. Genua

Release Date: December 11th, 2021

Page Count: 330

Start Date: March 7th, 2022

Finish Date: March 12th, 2022

Review:

Story: This story was just so beautiful and emotionally raw. It hit me in my feels. I cried. I’m not a person that cries really easy. So I hope this tells you something! The fact that it’s based on a real person and her sisters just makes it all that much more better. I’m so blessed that I was given a chance to read this book. It’s really touched me in ways I can’t explain. It will stick with me for a long time.

Characters: We follow four sisters through their life after a tragic event. Two in Connecticut (Cookie and Frankie) and two in Arizona (Connie and Dottie). In a way, I connected with all four of them. More Dottie than any of them. that doesn’t take place until later in the story though.

Critiques: Nothing. I mean I could be cheeky and say that this should come with a warning that tissues are needed. I’m still kind of teary-eyed!

Final Thoughts: I really do think that this book will stick with me for a long time. I’m so tempted to go do research on the person that this book was based on. I’d love to see this turned into a movie. I was getting so many Little Women and Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants vibes from this. I fully recommend it. As long as you are prepared to be hit in the feels by such an amazingly beautiful story. I’d give it a thousand stars if I could.

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Audiobook Review: The Conference of the Birds

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: The Conference of the Birds

Author: Ransom Riggs

Release Date: January 14th, 2020

Page Count: 348

Start Date: March 5th, 2022

Finish Date: March 9th, 2022

Review:

Story: I didn’t dislike this book, but I didn’t really enjoy it either. It wasn’t one of my favorite books in this series. I absolutely loved the first three books in the series, but there were times I struggled with the last three books in the series. I feel like they were forced in some places. They were still good. Don’t get me wrong. They just weren’t as amazing as the first ones. At least not to me. I’m sure there are others who enjoyed these books very much.

Characters: I feel like there’s a bit of a disconnect with all of the characters with this one. I could be reading too much into things.

Critiques: None that I haven’t already mentioned.

Narration: I really enjoy the narrator that does this series. I’m eventually going to have to look for other books that he does so that I can listen to them as well.

Final Thoughts: I may not have enjoyed this book as much as I did the first three books, but I still enjoyed it very much. I have my opinions on the last three books of the series, but they are just my own personal opinion. Despite all of this, I would read many more books that are released in this world. I’d like to have a book or two that take place from Abe’s point of view when he was younger.

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