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YA Dystopian

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-03-25

Garth Nix's Shade's Children might be old but its still a great read. Initially released in 1997 the book still holds up today.
The book is set in a dystopian wasteland in which there are no adults and the Overlord's reside over all. Children are kept in dorms until their fourteenth birthday when they are taken to the Meat Factory to be used in the creation of the Overlords creatures.

The story follows Gold-Eye, a fifteen year old boy who escaped the dorms and has been hiding from the Overlord's monsters ever since. Together with Ella, Ninde, and Drum he becomes one of Shade's Children. Shade, the a mysterious voice who speaks to the children through computer systems and sends them out in groups on dangerous missions.

This is a Junior/YA science fiction and fans of adult fiction of the same genre will certainly be able to tell but the book doesn't talk down to its audience. The characters are well developed, the story well paced. That being said the world could be more flushed out and the ending less rushed.

I read this book when I was younger but it has been a long time so the story was not fresh in my mind. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the book as much as an adult as I did when I was a child but I did. Charles Carroll did a good job at narrating. So if you are looking for a somewhat dark dystopian novel I would recommend checking this one out.

So good!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-03-25

First, and I cannot stress this enough Micheal Lesley is AMAZING! The Lightning-Struck Heart is already so great by itself but Micheal’s narration brings it to the next level. The voices, inflection, and emotions he puts into his work is everything! He IS Sam of Wilds, not to mention the way he seamlessly switches between characters never once wavering. He expertly brings Sam, Gary, Tiggy, Morgan, Ryan and every other character in the book to life. He is the perfect example of what a great narrator can do. Not to mention the fact that his ability to say half of the things that come out of these characters mouths without so much as hint of a laugh has got to be worthy of an award in and of itself. Even if I had a thousand takes there is no way I could manage it. Needless to say, I would absolutely recommend Micheal Lesley’s narration to any and everyone!

Now for the story. TJ Klue, how on earth do you come up with this stuff? Seriously, your mind must be so bloody interesting. I cannot count how many times this book had me in a fit of giggles. I may or may not have gotten quite a few looks for acting like a complete lunatic in public. Even my fiancé was asking “what’s the matter with you?” when I listened to it at home. But this book is more than funny, its genuinely enjoyable in a way that only a good book can be. Even if you removed every ounce of humor this series is still one I would want to read.

*** Full disclaimer this book DOES NOT take itself seriously. Like at all. Even when the characters are in the direst of situations, they are making jokes and screwing around. So if you are looking for something with serious drama and angst you might want to look for something else. Also there is A LOT of swearing and crude humor. The vast majority of jokes are sex related so if that’s not something you’re interested in or can handle this book may not be for you. (However, if after all that you think you might be willing to give it a try, all I can say is DO IT! I promise you won't be disappointed.) ***

Take this excerpt in which the minutes are read from a meeting of the Ryan Foxheart fan club for example. For context, Tina is the sixteen year old president of the club for which Sam dons a wig and beard to disguise himself as Mervin so he can attend.

“President Tina noted that Mervin looked more flushed then usual and wondered aloud if he had just gotten filatiated by a street whore in the back alley. Mervin responded that at least he would, and I quote “be getting some unlike Tina who couldn’t even find a street walker who would take her money.” President Tina then stated that she wouldn’t be surprised when Mervin came to the next meeting with mouth sores and an itching rash in the most private of places. Mervin replied that if that happened he would just come to her for a solution since she obviously knew so much about itching rashes in private places. President Tina called him a ridiculous cock hound and Marvin said that he had never hit a girl before but that there was always a first time. Dolores then handed out the blueberry muffins which Mervin said he was allergic to and President Tina tried to force feed him three of. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and then for the next four hours there was a discussion on Ryan Foxheart’s biceps.”

Sam has had "a heart boner" on Ryan Foxheart since the moment he first laid eyes on him but Ryan is engaged to Prince Justin who Sam "wants to protect but also punch in the face." The man who will one day be king and for whom Sam will serve as wizard. For now though, Sam is just an apprentice. One who lives in the castle with his best friends, "a hornless gay unicorn built out of rainbows and bitchiness," and "a half giant who wanted to smash everything."
Sam resigns himself to stay away from Ryan and tries to stay out of trouble. However, that all changes when Prince Justin is kidnapped by a frisky dragon who decides he wants to “hoard” him and the king sends the group on a quest to save his son.

While it is absolutely hilarious (I swear my stomach hurt from laughing on numerous occasions) this book isn’t just jokes. The characters are well rounded, lovable and messy in the best possible way. The plot is fully imagined and interesting and the romance between Ryan and Sam is frustratingly believable. I say frustrating because you will most definitely want to smack them both several times throughout the book but honestly who doesn't act like an awkward idiot around their crush? Then again I might just be projecting. Anyway... this isn't one of those romance novels where two people meet for the first time, jump into each others arms and are confessing their undying love by the end of the week. While those books have their place this is is more of a slow burn. A really slow burn in fact but the journey is an enjoyable one. There wasn't a single moment when I wasn't entertained. I am so happy I decided to get this book and I cannot say how glad I am that this is a series. These are characters are ones I don’t think I can get enough of.

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A m/m wonderland story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-03-12

Mad About the Hatter by Dakota Chase is a LGBT YA story about a boy named Henry. Henry's sister Alice told stories about a place called Wonderland but he always mocked her for the lies, until he finds himself trapped in Wonderland. Hatter has been sentenced to beheading by the Red Queen but is given a stay of execution so that he can bring "boy Alice" to the Queen.

I love Alice in Wonderland so I was excited to get this audio book.

As always Joel Froomkin does an amazing job narrating. I particularly loved Hatter and the Red King's voices. He seamlessly jumps from one characters voice to the next with clarity and consistency bringing the story to life and adding to the enjoyment.

While they do explore a lot of Wonderland, there isn’t a lot of action. Mostly, it is just Hatter and Henry walking through various areas making note of the oddities as they go. That being said, the way the author took inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s quirky language was delightful. Such as the land of Drawrof (forwards spelt backward) in which everything had to be backward, including your speech. However, while they did do a lot of walking, I wasn’t ever bored. I also liked that we got to see Hatter in the present day, real world. I know some people disagree but for me this wasn’t a negative. I don’t think wonderland has to only exist in one era and I particularly enjoyed his interpretation of cars.

Where the story lacked, in my opinion, was in the romance. The attraction between Henry and Hatter seemed forced. For a large portion of the book the two explore Wonderland without the slightest hint at attraction of any kind. In fact, they both seem to strongly dislike each other. When they finally do seem to notice each other it’s nothing more than a passing thought before they continue on with their journey and then nothing between the two of them for quite some time. They honestly didn’t seem to have any real connection at all. Don't get me wrong I enjoy romance as much as the next girl but this just felt ... really meh to me. Which is sad because I like the idea of Alice’s brother ending up with the Mad Hatter. I just felt like the execution was just off.

Fun!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-03-12

I wasn't sure about this audiobook at first. I normally prefer much longer books but the frenemies theme just sounded too good to pass up. I definitely don't regret it! Not only did I learn a lot but I was thoroughly entertained doing it. Cope and Marsh had to have been my favorite of the four rivals. Who knew archaeology could be so cut throat... well maybe archaeologists but I sure didn't. The only thing I didn't like about this is that it was over far too soon.

Absolutely beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-02-25

First, Adam Gold is amazing. There isn't a lot of narrators who can seamlessly switch between so many different voices and keep it consistent throughout. His narration absolutely adds to the story and makes it even better.
The story itself is one of the best I've ever read. Oryn Patterson has dissociative identity disorder. Up until this point the only stories I've seen featuring DID have used it strictly for shock value. Nicky James however, does not do that. She discusses Oryn's disorder with sensitivity and compassion. I really appreciate that though she touches on the fact that his disorder stemmed from abuse, she does not go into detail about the abuse itself or focus on it in any way. Instead Oryn, his five alters, and Vaughn are the focus. As they should be. To be quite honest, I'm not sure I ever want to read something detailing the kind of abuse it would take to trigger DID in someone. I did however, really enjoy Oryn's story.
You can tell Nicky James went to great lengths to research the disorder before she began. Vaughn is absolutely amazing. We all need a Vaughn in our lives.

Beautiful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-02-25

Nicky James doesn't just write stories she brings you into the world of her characters and educates you in the most endearing way. I was unaware that people could fear sleep until I read Owl's Slumber and after I was done I wanted to learn more. Finnley Hollins suffers from a crippling fear of sleep. Aven Woods comes into his life suddenly and is exactly what he needs. Aven's patience and understanding towards Finnley and his phobia is beautiful. You can tell Nicky James does a lot of research for her books as the subject matter is handled really well and not just thrown in for plot.

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Overall really good

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-02-25

When I purchased the audiobook I wasn't sure what to expect. Anytime you get an anthology especially when many of the authors are unfamiliar theres a risk you'll end up hating it. The narration was well done and enjoyable. I will definitely look for more stories narrated by Greg Tremblay in the future.
Overall, I loved this anthology. My favorite story was definitely Infernal Affairs by Jordan L. Hawk. Despite the instant attraction between the two they had great chemistry. The story was fun rather than all dark. Honestly, I kind of want it to be a series. I need more Ralgath and Chess!
Collared by TA Moore was enjoyable but I felt like it should have been a full book rather than a short because for me it seemed like a lot of info squashed into a relatively small story. There were parts that seemed a bit glossed over and rushed to me. At times I felt like I was missing something.
The Counterfeit Viscount by Ginn Hale was good too. I liked the twist of a devils bargain and I liked that the change from your typical insta love relationship.
11:59 by C.S. Poe was another favorite for me. However, I felt like it could have been longer. It's not that it felt rushed or incomplete but I didnt really feel a real connection between the two mains and the end could have been longer/more complex. That said, I very much liked the world and quite honestly wanted to stay in it longer (which is likely why I think the ending could have been longer). I thoroughly enjoyed the mythological nods as well.
As a fan of Alice In Wonderland I loved Rhys Fords Wonderland City! I mean who doesn't love a dark wonderland tale?
The LAST STORY DARK FAVORS by Jordan Castillo Price really should come with a CONTENT WARNING FOR RAPE/DUB CON. When someone is tied to a chair and forced into sexual acts that's rape. The fact that immediately after the two apparently decide that the rape now makes them a couple with no conversation or lead up just makes it even more uncomfortable for me. I understand that some people are into that type of story but I really do feel that a warning is warranted for those of us who aren't or anyone who could find such a thing triggering. I absolutely won't be listening to that one again.
However, despite the last story I would still recommend buying the book, some of the stories are really pretty great. If you dont have a problem with non con/dub con maybe you'll even like the last story.

Hilarious

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5 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-02-19

Honestly, I'm not sure how anyone can read some of these line in this book without even the tiniest hint of a giggle but Michael Ferraiuolo manages to do it. He is absolutely perfect for Leland and Jackson. I read this book prior to it coming out in audio book so I already knew what to expect. What I didn't expect was to find that Michael's delivery made some of Leland's more ridiculous lines even funnier.

Leland is a hyperactive 27 year old hitman who is very good at what he does. He has been The Sandman for a long time and he has never missed a target. Despite the fact that he never stays still when he's on the job he doesn't allow himself to get distracted. That is until Jackson comes along. From the moment he sees the 39 year old private detective he's hooked.

Fair warning this book does not take itself seriously and the humor is absolutely the "dumb" kind so if that's not your thing maybe look for something else. For me though, the often times inappropriate idiocy that is Leland is amazing! I love every bit of him. Jackson is the calm to Leland's storm even if you can feel Jackson's exhaustion at Leland's antics seep through the pages at times.

Perfect for true crime lovers!

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2020-02-18

I'm a big fan of true crime so when I saw that I could get over 25 hours of it I was thrilled. Overall, I really enjoyed this anthology. There is a good selection of stories from the infamous to the somewhat obscure.

Kevin Pierce did a great job at narrating. His voice is perfect for true crime. I felt like I was listening to Unsolved Mysteries again.

However, it should be noted that the stories are written by various different authors and some of them are quite dated. There were several stories with problematic language. There is a lot of victim blaming and some offensive terminology. Such as referring to someone with intellectual disabilities using the "R" word. There are also quite a few stories that refer to sexual assault and rape as "sex." You do not kidnap someone, tie them up and have "sex" with them. You are raping them. I was particularly disgusted when one of the stores included "at some point he [a boy being raped by his uncle] began to enjoy the sex and eventually discovered he was a homosexual." No. Just no. I don't know who wrote that and I don't care what year it was when it was written, that is not okay!
Honestly, if I had to rate each story individually there are a few that I would give one star just based on the way its written alone. However, this is an anthology so I am giving my rating based on the content as a whole and overall I really liked the audiobook.

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A great sequel to Carry On

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Évalué le: 2019-11-19

I loved Carry On but I knew Rainbow Rowell doesn't write a lot of series so when I heard Wayward Son was being made I was excited.
The story takes over where Carry On left off. Simon is not okay and I have to give Rowell so much credit for not just glossing over the events of the first book. Everything changed for Simon and where a lot of authors might choose to gloss over that fact and focus on Simon and Baz's love for each other this book does not do that. Despite the fact that he still has Baz and Penny, Simon is suffering from the mental and emotional ramifications of what happened. He is depressed and miserable and nothing can seem to pull him out of it. So in an attempt to help him, Penny suggests they take a road trip across America.

If you are expecting the Harry Potter fan fiction feel that the first book had you will not find it here. Simon still has wings and a tail, and magic still exists, as do magical creatures and the human world is still unaware of it but this book is more of its own thing. Whereas the first book almost like a retelling of events that you were already familiar with, this one feels like something new and its kind of refreshing.

Baz and Simon are still wonderful together but if you are expecting their relationship to be easy you will be disappointed. The two of them almost broke my heart in this book to the point where I was getting seriously concerned about how they ended up. I knew I was going to be seriously upset if they didn't end up together... not upset enough to not buy another book should Rainbow Rowell produce one because I love the characters and I'm addicted but upset all the same.

When the group finds out that Agatha might be in trouble they rush off to save her and find themselves in trouble several times along the way. The characters are well rounded and enjoyable for the most part and I can honestly say I look forward to getting to know some of them better in upcoming books.

That being said,

This book is not heavy on the romance and while I would be completely fine reading 400 pages of just Simon and Baz making kissy faces at each other, I understand the choice and respect it. I did, however, feel that the majority of the book was spent leading up to a conclusion that was not nearly as satisfying as it should have been. So much emotional energy spent wondering if there would even be a Snowbaz when the book was through only to get a couple sentences in conclusion.
I also HATED the fact that it ended in a cliff hanger. I hate cliff hangers. To be fair the events of this book were finished and the cliff hanger added more as a teaser to the next book I would have honestly just preferred to be an actual teaser instead of something tacked on to the end of this book.

Euan Morton once again did an amazing job with his performance. He has the type of voice you just want to keep listening to and he made listening to this audiobook all the more enjoyable.