Format: Digital Audiobook

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

This is a beautifully written story, but I highly recommend reading it instead of listening to the audiobook. There were some things that Kathleen Gita did extraordinarily well.  Her Russian accents and pronunciations are lovely and flowed well, but it was in the narrative itself that she lost me.  Her reading is very flat and reminded me of an AI robot in everything except the dialogue.  Fortunately, The Bear and the Nightingale is heavy on dialogue and storytelling, so I was able to listen all the way through.  The quality of the reader is huge when you are listening to an audiobook, and if […]

Posted November 27, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

About 10% of the way into Carve the Mark, I started fishing through friend reviews on Goodreads.  I was bored.  I wanted to know if other people were bored, too.  It seemed like – overwhelmingly – they were!  I also learned that there was a lot of controversy surround this book, so I think it’s only fair to point out a little bit of it. The publisher sponsored many reviews.  This means that they paid prominent bloggers, vloggers, and Goodreads accounts to read the book.  This is totally different than simply providing an ARC – there’s so much more pressure to give a […]

Posted November 21, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

It took me a long time to get into this book. Crimson Bound has a really rich, vibrant world, but the writing moves at its own gradual pace, and the characters are hit or miss. The romance, too, was major eye roll material, but I suppose you can’t have everything! The Great Forest was where this book truly shined. I found Rosamund Hodge’s descriptions of a dark, malicious forest come to life to be both chilling and exciting. Particularly in the segment in the middle, when Rachelle and Armand ride with the Wild Hunt… the bits of me in love […]

Posted November 15, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

Sounds Like Me: My Life (So Far) in Song by Sara Bareilles

The first time I remember listening to Sara Bareilles’s “Love Song” was in 2009.  It took about that long for the song to be adopted by Retail Radio, and I heard it while tidying an aisle one particularly slow Sunday morning.  I’m sure I heard the song before that, but it was the first time I has really listened.  I wasn’t familiar with Sara Bareilles before that, but it was the song I needed at the moment.  I was struggling with a boyfriend I hated (whom I still didn’t manage to shake for another two years) and listening her say “I’m […]

Posted November 14, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

What can I possibly say about The Raven Boys that hasn’t already been said?  This novel enchanted me.  I know that the YA bookish community loves the Raven Cycle, and now I see that they love it with good reason. Going in, I really thought that this would end up being one of those mushy books where the girl falls in love with a gaggle of boys and has to choose, and two of the boys fall in love with each other, and it’s adorable if that’s the sort of thing you like.  I was ready for romance.  I wasn’t looking […]

Posted November 8, 2018 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

I still love this book. When I read the Artemis Fowl series as a kid, The Opal Deception stood out as my favorite.  I just LOVE Opal as a villain.  She’s cheesy and incompetent and overstuffed and I love it.  In many ways, she reminds me of Yzma from The Emperor’s New Groove – filled with evil plots and intentions, but surrounded by unhelpful minions and plans that exceed her abilities.  Basically, someone who is too smart for her own good and makes a mess of things. The Opal Deception excels in other ways for me – for one, we get a partnership between Butler […]

Posted November 7, 2018 in Reviews // 0 Comments //