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review 2017-08-11 01:52
The Last Girl (Dominion #1) (Audiobook) - DNF @ 17%
The Last Girl (The Dominion Trilogy Book 1) - Joe Hart



I'm not one to quibble over present or past tense usually, but the present tense just wasn't working for me for some reason. This is dystopian, about a virus that prevents female births, and it's set one year from now. I need my dystopian to be a lot more in the future than that. And the premise just wasn't interesting, all told. Narrator was all right.


Moving on.

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review 2017-08-09 02:30
The Moonlit Garden (Audiobook)
The Moonlit Garden - Alison Layland,Corina Bomann

This was a pleasant surprise! Especially for an Amazon First selection since usually those books are not that great. This is translated into English, but I didn't notice any awkward phrasing to the translation was well done. 


I wasn't sure what I was getting into with this one, except that at some point there'd a moonlit garden :D so I was just going along for the ride and it was a good one. Lily owns an antique shop in Berlin and one day an old man comes in, hands her an old violin, tells her it's hers and leaves. The rest of the book goes back and forth between Lily trying to solve the mystery of the violin and Rose, the violin's original owner, a master violinist in the earliest part of the 1900s.


There's enough left out in the historical parts to keep the mystery moving in the current timeline. It's just nice to have a mystery that doesn't revolve around murder for a change, and trying to figure out how all the pieces fit together. And while parts of this take place in England and Germany, a good chunk of it takes place in Sumatra, Indonesia, which was also a nice change of pace as I don't often come across books set in Asia.


The narrator has kind of a soft voice but it didn't bother me too much. I do wish she had more range in her voices, especially for the men since despite some slight differences to their accents, it was difficult to tell them apart because they all sounded so similar. She does a somewhat better job differentiating the female voices. 

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review 2016-06-28 06:02
Crow Hollow (Audiobook)
Crow Hollow - Michael Wallace,Rosemary Benson

Meh. I can tell a lot of research went into this one, and it was honest for the time period as far as the characters' views on Puritans versus Quakers versus Native Americans versus everyone who isn't exactly like them. The mystery part was fairly well done. The romance part felt tacked on just to get a sex scene that felt completely out of place and out of character. I just wasn't buying that part; it felt like a contemporary romance trying to cram itself inside a historical mystery.


The narrator does a fairly decent job with the material and was easy to listen to and follow along, though her overall tone and reading pace (and I was listening at 1.25 times) was kind of sedate. I don't know if that added to the overall meh-ness or not, but it certainly didn't help.


This is probably one of the better Amazon Kindle First books I've read, which sadly isn't saying much.

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review 2014-12-12 01:25
One Lavender Ribbon
One Lavender Ribbon - Heather Burch

I had a really hard time concentrating on this book. The narrator was just a little too low key to keep my attention for extended periods of time, and the story itself is predictable as hell. I played a casual game once with more or less this exact same plot, and I'm sure I've seen a made-for-tv movie or two with similar story devices. The story goes exactly where you expect it to go from start to finish. I also didn't care much for Adrienne. She's a free spirit and well-meaning and all she touches eventually turns to gold, but I couldn't get over her invasive snoopiness that was essential to the character and the driving force of the story. I don't like busy bodies, sorry!


I did however really love William and Sarah. They were spunky and hopeful and sweet. I got all the good grandparent feels whenever they were "on page". They were the reason I kept going because I wanted to get to their HEA. I couldn't really get into the William/Gracie backstory in the letters because I was expecting the plot twist, but I did really like the letter that told how William was saved by Samuel in the foxhole. Makes me want to watch Band of Brothers again.


Will was kind of a hard ass and I've already spoken about Adrienne, so I couldn't really care about their goings on too much - though I tended to be on Will's side during their arguments, and of course everything worked out in the end.

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review 2014-12-02 01:37
Gilded (Gilded #1)
Gilded - Christina L. Farley,Greta Jung

This is a pretty decent YA about an American-Korean teenager whose father recently moved them to South Korea. Shenanigans begin when she notices strange creatures appearing before her that no one else can see. Add in some Tae Kwon Do, a cute boy and a lot of Korean myths come to life and you've got an entertaining read. The narrator did a good job and managed the male voices well enough. I don't know if it was the narrator or just the text, but I didn't feel a whole lot of connection to the characters. I did like that Jae Hwa did most of the important fighting herself and figured out things herself, despite being surrounded by competent guys.

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