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review 2016-01-05 23:07
“I know how humans love. Their passion burns like a lump of sugar – quick and hot. And when the fire dies, they seek a new flame. They chase sparks instead of collecting the warmth of old embers.”
Invaded - Melissa Landers

Book Title:  Invaded

Author:  Melissa Landers

Narration:  Madeleine Lambert

Series:  Aleinated #2

Genre:  YA, Science Fiction, Aliens

Publisher:  Disney Hyperion/Tantor Audio

Source:  Audiobook (Library)



It's well said, and there is some truth to it.  Although, there are exceptions to every rule.




Breakdown of Rating


  • Plot: 2.5/5  This book wasn't really an improvement over the first book, and I was hoping it would be.  The pacing is slow, and the storyline is sorely lacking.
  • Characters: 3/5  I just wasn’t feeling them, except maybe, Cara’s Brother.
  • The Feels: 1.5/5
  • Theme: 4/5  The only thing it really has going for it.  It has a powerful message about not taking our planet for granted. 
  • Flow: 3/5  It's not that its badly written, the slow pacing coupled with the monotonous story line just didn’t lure me in.
  • Originality: 3.5/5
  • Book Cover: 5/5
  • Sex Factor: Talk about it happening.
  • Narration: 2/5  Do not like this women's voice.  Annoying…I need to make a list of narrators to stay away from.
  • Ending: 2.5/5  Very anti-climatic.  Cliffhanger:  No, it could feasibly end here for me.  Not that there isn’t lose ends still…


Will I continue the series?  Leaning towards no…





Cara always knew that life on planet L'eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L'eihr boyfriend, back on Earth working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her. Things start to look up when Cara is appointed human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L'eihr. A society that melds their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L'eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet. 

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx finds himself in a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L'eihr relations. Humans don't know that their very survival depends on this alliance: Only Aelyx's people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and they hardly bat an eye when extremists make multiple attempts on Aelyx's life. The Way clearly needs humans' help, but with what? And what will they ask for in return?


My Additional Thoughts:


The narration may be what killed this book for me, in one aspect.  In another, it might be what made it possible for me to finish it.  I might have DNF’d it otherwise.  I can’t really say if you should listen to this on Audio versus reading the actual book.  All I can say is; go with caution…


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review 2015-12-18 23:39
"Better to stay in the gray than get eaten by the dark.”
The Darkest Minds - Alexandra Bracken,Amy McFadden

Book Title:  The Darkest Minds

Author:  Alexandra Bracken

Narration:  Amy McFadden

Series:  Darkest Minds #1

Genre:  Young Adult, Dystopian, Science Fiction

Publisher:  Disney Hyperion (book) Brilliance Audio (Audiobook)

Source:  Audible Audiobook




Why I picked that quote:  Overall, it explains how the MC thinks throughout the whole story.  She wouldn’t ever express herself, it was maddening.



Overall Rating 4/5 Stars



Breakdown of Rating


  • Plot: 8/5  It was overly long and rather slow at times, then there would be some heavy action and the next thing I knew they were doing something completely different, I was left thinking…what just happened…did I zone out or something?
  • Characters: 4/5  Although Ruby annoyed me sometimes, I was screaming at her to just to…say something, anything…because she internalized everything.  Hopefully, in the next editions of the series, she starts to realize that she doesn't have to keep everything to herself.  I loved Liam though, he was so freaking awesome and such a steadfast kind of guy.


“Did you know...you make me so happy that sometimes I actually forget to breathe? I'll be looking at you, and my chest will get so tight...and it's like, the only thought in my head is how much I want to reach over and kiss you.”

  • The Feels: 4/5
  • Theme: 5/5
  • Flow: 7/5
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Book Cover: 4/5  A little boring when compared to the complexity of the story.
  • Sex Factor: It was questionable for me, did they or didn't they.
  • Narration: 5/5  Started out kind of blah, but eventually she blew me away.
  • Ending: 4/5  Cliffhanger:  A "to be continued" kind of ending…



Will I continue the series? I think so







When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.



My  Additional Thoughts:


Ruby eventually grew on me as a heroine, which was greatly facilitated by the remarkable supporting characters in this book.  Chubbs and Zu are so great and really made this story more likable for me.  Once those two and Liam show up, the plot really picks up and there are only small hiccups the rest of the way. Overall, it's an intriguing concept with characters that continually realize their potential.  It will be interesting to see where Ruby goes with her powers.





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review 2015-11-23 21:12
“You can love someone and not be in love with them.”
Promise Me Always - Kari March

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.


Book Title:  Promise Me Always

Author:  Kari March

Narration:  Melissa Barr

Series:  Always Series #1

Genre:  New Adult

Source:  Audiobook via Audiobook Blast



Why I picked that quote:  This is so true, and I go on and tell you the story of why I know this to be true, but that's a long story or something like that.



Overall Rating:  3.5/5 Stars


Breakdown of Rating


  • Plot: 3.8/5 This started out with some really cheesy moments, but eventually there were some things that I could really relate too. So, I liked the middle, but by the end, it fell kind of flat for me.
  • Characters: 8/5  The cheesy moments made it difficult for me to connect with them fully.  The supporting characters were decent, though.
  • The Feels: 5/5
  • Theme: 3/5
  • Flow: 4/5
  • Originality: 3/5  Fairly predictable NA romance.
  • Book Cover: 4/5
  • Sex Factor: Yes, and it got tedious by the end when they just kept doing it in full detail. 
  • Narration: 4/5  I wish they would have had a guy narrating for Blake’s pov.  She did give a good effort for distinguishing between the two different pov’s.
  • Ending: 3/5  I think I might have appreciated the ending more if I had been a little more invested in the characters…otherwise, it was too lengthy.  Cliffhanger:  No


Will I continue the series?  Meh, I don't know…





Blake Bentley had a rough upbringing, never fully believing he was good enough for anything or anyone. After being left with a broken heart by his only girlfriend, Blake swore off relationships for good and turned to the only two things that made him feel sufficient - sex and firefighting. 

Tessa Collins was brought up in the traditional 'perfect' family - loving parents, great sister, and amazing friends. After falling in love with Jared, her life was perfect - until he betrayed her. She has no idea that his betrayal could end up costing her more than just a shattered heart.

Blake and Tessa have been friends since high school. Never wanting to admit their attraction for each other, the two always remained close friends. Now, three years later, Blake and Tessa find themselves being pulled together by a force much greater than friendship. 

Blake and Tessa have promised to be friends forever, but as fate pulls them together, they embark on a roller coaster ride of a lifetime. Will his self doubt and her insecurities keep them apart? Or will they be able to promise each other always?


My Thoughts:


This story deals with a couple of subjects that I was able to really identify with, one is jealousy to the point that someone becomes physically hurt.  I’ve been in a similar situation, and I don’t know that I could have forgiven him.  I don’t feel like it was resolved effectively, and it was mostly swept under the rug.  The other is stalking, with this, I feel the author was spot on with the details of it. 


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review 2015-11-21 16:48
“That kind of sorrow never gets any lighter, but you grow accustomed to the weight as you carry it on.”
Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Firebird) - Claudia Gray

Book Title:  Ten Thousand Skies Above You

Author:  Claudia Gray

Narration:  Tavia Gilbert

Series:  Firebird #2

Genre:  Young Adult, Science Fiction

Publisher:  Book-Harper Teen, Audiobook-Harper Collins

Source:  Audiobook (Library)





Why I picked that quote:  This is a quote about living with losing someone you love very much, someone who is vital to your own existence.  How it changes you, makes you different than what you were, because you’re carrying that extra weight, so to speak on you. 



Overall Rating: 4.5/5 Stars


Breakdown of Rating



  • Plot: 5/5  The intricacies of the different dimensions, this book makes you think about life, love and the pursuit of happiness in a curious manner.
  • Characters: 5/5  These characters have really come alive for me, I feel like I know them, personally.
  • The Feels: 5/5  If you hate love triangles then you’re not going to like where this book goes with it, if anything, it exploits it more than the first book.  I personally don’t mind a love triangle, if it’s genuine.  If it doesn’t come off as contrived exclusively for the sake of the story.  I believe the former is accomplished in this book.
  • Theme: 5/5   
  • Flow: 8/5  There were scenes in this that I didn't understand why they were in the book at all, but then by the end, it all started making sense.  Everything is connected.
  • Originality: 4/5
  • Book Cover: 5/5  There is a thought that Marguerite has when she is leaving one dimension for another where she says the scenery around her starts to fade like a watercolor.  So, very well done. 
  • Sex Factor: No actual sex in this story but it is spoken of.
  • Narration: 5/5  She has become the voice of Marguerite for me.  I’ve listened to both books on audio and I will also listen to the third one.  It just wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t.
  • Ending: 5/5     While delivering some closure for the main plot focus, it brilliantly sets up the third book in the series.  Cliffhanger:  Very much so. 
  • Will I continue the series?  Yes!!!  Can't wait…





Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions. 

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.



My Thoughts:


This series is insanely thought-provoking, totally mind-blowing and genuinely worthy of all the praise that it gets.  All the inter-dimension traveling makes for a completely gratifying reading experience.  I highly recommend it, if you like YA, even if you absolutely hate love triangles. 


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review 2015-11-13 19:01
“I’m in this with you, Galena. Every second. Every breath.” From now on. Forever. “I won’t let you go.” Ever.
Claimed (Servants of Fate Book 2) - Sarah Fine



Book Title:  Claimed

Author:  Sarah Fine

Narration: Emily Foster

Series:  Servants of Fate #2

Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Dystopian

Publisher:  47North

Source:  Own Audible/Kindle Immersion





Why I picked that quote:  From the spoken to the unspoken elements it shows the sweetness of Declan and Galena’s story, which is what makes this story good and it’s also what makes it kind of bad.   If that makes any sense?




Overall Rating:  4/5 Stars





Breakdown of Rating



  • Plot: 4/5  I felt something was missing, maybe it's the world building that is lacking because we got all that and more in Marked.  I think, maybe, it seemed like old news by the time I got to Claimed. 
  • Characters: 2/5  They were sweet albeit a little boring.  I do think it’s good that Galena and Declan have their story, though.  The sweet, damaged sister of Eli and the strong, dependable brother of Cacy.  It’s tough not to appreciate that.
  • The Feels: 5/5  I’m not sure why, but they were lacking, maybe it was the narration. I’m going to nit-pick something in this series so far that really irritates me.   The constant references to their smells, they just sound like they smell icky like she’s trying to glorify the stench of BO.  It always threw me off, because there isn’t anything sexy about BO.  Not to me, anyway.
  • Theme: 4/5 
  • Flow: 4/5 
  • Originality: 5/5
  • Book Cover: 1/5  I really do not like it, the colors, and the creepy face…are just ewww…it's probably why it took me so long to read this one.
  • Sex Factor: Explicit Sex…but not overdone.
  • Narration: She was acceptable as the voice of Galena, but I really wish they would have had a guy for the voice of Declan.
  • Ending: 3/5  Cliffhanger:  Yeah…


Will I continue the series:  Yes




Galena Margolis, a brilliant scientist with a tragic past, is determined to fulfill her destiny and develop the vaccine that could save millions. Yet when Galena’s test subjects meet with foul play, it’s clear that someone is still determined to stop her, and that Galena herself is a target. As the Ferry empire forges a plan to keep her safe, Declan Ferry, the politics-hating black sheep of the family, steps forward to protect her—but the emotional cost may be more than either of them is willing to pay.

As unknown enemies close in, it becomes terrifyingly clear that they threaten to destroy not only Galena’s lifesaving work but also the very fabric of fate. As Galena and Declan race to uncover the traitor, they also forge a special bond that could save both Galena and those she’s sworn to help. Torn apart by the past and hunted by those she trusted, can Galena find room amidst her fears for a passion that could make her stronger than ever? And even if she and Declan can find their way together, will it be enough to keep the future from coming apart at the seams?



My Thoughts:


This dystopian-like world that Sarah Fine has created in The Servants of Fate series is so hypnotic, the intricate and diabolical elements have hooked me.  I really enjoyed Marked.  And Claimed left me underwhelmed, so I hope Fated will step up and blow me away again.  I am intrigued by the thought of Aislin and Moros as a couple.


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