Audiobook Review: Caraval

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Release Date: January 31st, 2017

Page Count: 416

Start Date: January 19th, 2018 and January 13th, 2022

Finish Date: January 21st, 2018 and January 15th, 2022

Review:

Story: I will be reviewing this from a second time read. I actually buddy read the trilogy with a book blog friend. I loved it the first time, but for some reason never got to the other two books in the series. I thought this buddy read was the perfect opportunity to finally read the trilogy. I’m glad I took the time to reread this one. There were so many parts that kind of went over my head.

Characters: I didn’t like the sister. I also felt like the main character wasn’t a very strong character. At least not in the beginning. Something happens that changes for her later. The rest of the people were just…. Well yeah.

Critiques: None. Most of my issues with this book were personal. 

Narration: Loved the narration the first and second time!

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. There are many people who didn’t like the book. I saw their points of view. I agreed with some of it. I disagreed with others. I would still recommend this book. Just understand that like all books, this book isn’t for everybody.

Book Review: When You Get The Chance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author: Emma Lord

Release Date: January 4th, 2022

Page Count: 312

Start Date: January 1st, 2022

Finish Date: January 11th, 2022

Review:

Story: This book far exceeded my expectations. I can’t even begin to explain it. I was expecting a very angsty and diva like book. That comes off harsher than I intend it. I don’t dislike anybody. I just stay clear of people with certain personalities. I encourage and cheer them on from a distance. Our energies don’t mxi well. Anyway. I digress. This didn’t have the energy I thought it would at all. I may not have agreed with everything the main character did or how she acted, but she was still amazing. Also, to be fair, I’m no longer a teenager, so that may be a factor too.

Characters: I don’t really remember the main character’s name. It’s been awhile since I read it. I just know that she was full of energy and confidence. It’s something I’m not really used to. I really expected her to act a certain way. She blew me away! I’m ashamed I had such prejudices!

Critiques: None

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. Far more than I really thought I would! I’m so happy I did though. I want to get me a physical copy of this book because I definitely plan to read this again. Probably more than once. I hope to find others who have read it too!

Book Review: Star F*cking

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Star F*cking

Author: Andrea Smith

Release Date: December 24th, 2016

Page Count: 186

Start Date: January 6th, 2022

Finish Date: January 6th, 2022

Review:

Story: This is the conclusion of a four part series following a couple that grew up together and experienced some dark life experiences together. I don’t want to get too much into it. I really don’t want to ruin the story for anybody. I really can’t get over this book at all. It destroyed me and put me back together again.

Characters: This book let you watch several characters grow up. Also grow in their own skin. It’s beautiful. I grew attached to so many characters in this book!

Critiques: WHY DID YOU COME AT ME LIKE THAT????

Narration: Beautiful. I feel for her for having to read certain parts.

Final Thoughts: This book absolutely made me cry. I don’t cry easy. I just want to make that known. I haven’t been able to cry easily since my sister died. So if a book made me cry, you know it’s for real. I still recommend it!!!!

Book Review: Paparazzi

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Paparazzi

Author: Andrea Smith

Release Date: November 1st, 2016

Page Count: 197

Start Date: January 6th, 2022

Finish Date: January 6th, 2022

Review:

Story: Neely has taken a job that nobody would suspect her getting into. She’s become a paparazzi. The very thing that tore her family apart. That she loathed. Nobody knows it’s her though. Not even the boy who was once her very whole world. I thought that this book couldn’t get any better. I couldn’t figure out why they made this a four part series. I was wrong. I was so very wrong. I’m glad for each and every book. I will be honest though. I think they could have all been put into one book. I get why it was turned into a series instead though.

Characters: Neely is really growing comfortable in her skin. I think she may even be healing and moving on. Seth also seems to be growing and thriving in his career as well!

Critiques: None. Just the personal wish these were all one book. Maybe a duology.

Narration: Full star performance.

Final Thoughts: I didn’t expect to get hooked into this series. It’s definitely more intense and emotionally driven than I ever expected it to be. Well I expected it to be emotionally driven, but in a negative way. I can’t really explain that. I can say that I am glad that I was wrong.

Book Review: The Last Lumenian

Title: The Last Lumenian

Author: S.G. Blaise

Release Date: October 7th, 2020

Page Count: 317

Start Date: December 19th, 2021

Finish Date: January 5th, 2022

Review:

Story: This is one of the rare books that I knew the moment I saw it that I would love it. For the most part, I wasn’t wrong. I really did enjoy the book very much. I didn’t get caught up into the story right away like I thought I would be, but I got there eventually. That’s not saying the book was written bad or anything like that. I just wasn’t in the mindset at the time when I first started reading it. The downfalls of being a mood reader.

Characters: One of our main characters is a part of the rebels. She’s also a princess of the kingdom that the rebels are rebelling against. The rest of the characters are people who have been wronged by the king or people who have been following his orders.

Critiques: None

Narration: I didn’t listen to the book fully. The parts I did listen to were pretty amazing. I was very impressed and give a full five-star rating.

Final Thoughts: I really need to get to reading the second book of this series! I buddy read this one with a group of friends, but they didn’t want to continue with the sequel. I’ll get there eventually. Maybe I’ll even decide to reread this beauty before I do read it!

Audiobook Review: Claimed

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Claimed

Author: Andrea Smith

Release Date: September 18th, 2016

Page Count: 113

Start Date: January 4th, 2022

Finish Date: January 4th, 2022

Review:

Story: I was so invested in the first book that I had to immediately dived into the second. I probably would have read all four in one sitting if I could have. It’s just such a uniquely beautiful story. It’s not something I thought I would like. I can’t lie. There are parts of it I don’t care for. I’m weird though. I find that the things that make me uncomfortable with romances are things that most people really enjoy.

Characters: Neely finds herself back home for her senior year of school. She has a falling out with her mother for her decision. She struggles to face her new life.

Critiques: None

Narration: I also give this a four-star rating. I loved the narration, but I can’t think of anything that would make it remarkable or memorable. Like the first book, the narration kept me engaged in the story. That’s good enough for me.

Final Thoughts: I still can’t understand how such a silly sappy romance book sucked me in and made me feel like I was right there with all of the characters. It’s just mind blowing to me. I’m so glad that I came across this series. I can’t even begin to explain how beautiful it is. Which is why I feel like anybody who is interested in the genre should read it for themselves.

Audiobook Review: Crushed

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Crushed

Author: Andrea Smith

Release Date: July 21st, 2016

Page Count: 181

Start Date: January 4th, 2022

Finish Date: January 4th, 2022

Review:

Story: I had an opinion about this series before I even started reading it. I decided to give it a chance anyways. Not just because I agreed to. I was also very curious. I wanted to see if I was right or wrong about my assumptions. I can honestly say that I was very wrong. I’m so happy to say that. I’m not going to say that it was a favorite that I will reread multiple times. It did give me warm feelings. I loved the blasts from the past as the story played out. It helped build intrigue!

Characters: I had to look through reviews to get the main character’s name. It’s a very unique name. We follow Neely and Seth. They grew up together until suddenly Neely is ripped from her home. Many years later they are reunited. But they aren’t as close as they once were.

Critiques: None

Narration: I give it a four-star rating. I really enjoyed it, but there’s nothing that really stands out to me as impressive. It definitely kept me engaged though.

Final Thoughts: This book is proof to me that you shouldn’t make hasty impulsive judgments about things. Not that that can be helped. I will also say that giving things a chance despite your judgement would be for the best. I almost lost out on a very beautiful story that spanned across four books because of it. I couldn’t recommend this more.

Book Review: As Old as Time

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: As Old As Time

Author:

Release Date: September 6th, 2016

Page Count: 510

Start Date: March 23rd, 2022

Finish Date: April 7th, 2022

Review:

Story: This is a middle grade retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I have to be honest, I was very hesitant to read this book. I read another book in this series that I didn’t really care for. With this being one of my favorite stories as a child, I was nervous that I may not care for it either. I was very wrong. Not only did I enjoy this book very much, I had to stop myself from reading it all in one sitting. From ignoring all of my responsibilities so that I could devour the book.

Characters: I really liked Belle in this retelling. I liked the Beast as well. He had  a youthful innocence to him that I adored a bit. I would have liked to see more of my favorite characters than I did. Yes, they were in the book, but they didn’t play as big of a role as they did in the movies I loved so much as a child.

Critiques: None that I can think of off the top of my head.

Narration: I went back and forth between reading and listening to this book. The narrator didn’t do too bad of a job. He had a very soothing voice that definitely added to the story!

Final Thoughts: I am beyond thankful that I wound up enjoying this book. I’m glad that I decided not to get into my nerves and read it anyway. It’s a very cute and quick story. Had I not had a full schedule, I probably would have finished it in a few days. Maybe not even a day had I put enough focus on it.

Audiobook Review: Warden-Attack of the Aswang

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Attack of the Aswang

Author: Kevin Hardman

Release Date: April 28th, 2014

Page Count: 205

Start Date: January 3rd, 2022

Finish Date: January 4th, 2022

Review:

Story: This story follows Errol and his trials to become an official warden. His brother has been missing long enough to be presumed dead. I must warn that this book ends on a major cliffhanger. I did notice that book four was just released a couple of days ago. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get it read as soon as possible. I had it in my head that the book was the final book when I first read it because it had been quite a bit of years since it was published. You have no idea how happy I was to find that I was wrong.

Characters: I really love watching the adventures Errol goes through. There are times where I would like to smack him, but I have that with most characters I really enjoy.

Critiques: None

Narration: I really loved the narration. It pulled me into the story more than I already was.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book very much. I’ve enjoyed all the books in this series. I’m so looking forward to reading the fourth book that was just released. It’s not available in audiobook yet. The moment it is, I’m going to grab it and listen to it. Even if I’ve already read it before then.

Audiobook Review: First of Their Kind

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: First of Their Kind

Author: C.D. Tavenor

Release Date: April 30th, 2019

Page Count: 243

Start Date: January 2nd, 2022

Finish Date: January 3rd, 2022

Review:

Story: This is a very unique story. I was very impressed with it. I can’t say it was a completely grab you into the story and sucks you in. There were times I had to rewind the audiobook because I kind of zoned out. The idea behind it though was pretty amazing. I especially loved the beings that had their own personality. I also loved the fact that it didn’t sugarcoat things. There was prejudice and hateful mindsets that caused violent tendencies.

Characters: I really loved all of the Ais. Especially as their personality formed. Sadly, it’s been a while since I read the book so I don’t remember their or the humans’ names. I do remember that one of the AI beings identified as they/them and one identified as she/her. I loved that tidbit!

Critiques: It could use a polish. There are parts where it’s really dry and boring.

Narration: I can’t complain. I can’t remember anything that stands out to me, so I can’t give a glowing recommendation. However, I also can’t think of any complaints. I feel like that’s a good sign.

Final Thoughts: I really loved the fact that this book addressed serious topics without sugar coating. I loved the gender representations. I really loved how unique the story was overall. I just wish it wasn’t so dry and technical in most parts. I get the need for it.