Narrator: Julia Whelan

Aquarium by David Vann

Aquarium by David Vann

This book is at once extremely well-written, and extremely disturbing.  The characters are rounded and troubled and struggling with all the depths of their souls.  I deeply disliked listening to this book, but I just had to keep listening because I needed to see if something better came for Caitlin. I’m not going to tell you if something better came or not.  You’ll just have to read this book.  Content warnings:  sexual descriptions, child abuse (physical and emotional), underage sexual relationships, trauma, elder abuse (physical and mental), homophobia.  Even without having triggers from any of these things, this book was unbelievably […]

Posted July 17, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

I really, really, really enjoyed this book. To start off this review, I actually want to pause and shout out to the main narrator, Graham Halstead.  I rarely talk about the narrators in my reviews even though most of my reading is audiobooks.  That said, when one is either very good or very bad, I like to highlight it.  Graham Halstead is fantastic.  Aside from having just the right cadence and buttery tone to embody James Watson, I’ve never noticed a narrator pay attention to the detail in book about the voice.  At one point, Watson mentions when he’s angry, his accent […]

Posted May 26, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Until I Die by Amy Plum

Until I Die by Amy Plum

Picking up Until I Die, I figured that I would hate it and regret my decision in continuing the Revenants series.  I remembered that Die For Me was not my usual fare, being very fluffy and as I called it in 2017, a “kissing book”.  But I liked Die For Me … and I liked Until I Die. Continuing the theme with the first book, I wouldn’t say that this is a masterpiece of literature.  It’s aimed for fans of paranormal romance, but what I like about it the realistic way that characters react to things.  Vincent and the other Revenants are immortal.  They […]

Posted March 20, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

The Girl at Midnight was interesting, and in some ways unique, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t fall in love with it. Echo is discovered as an orphan and taken in by the Avicen – a species of avian humanoids who have feathers instead of hair.  As a pickpocket, Echo wins her way into the hearts of the Avicen through stealing candy for them and through her own natural charm, but to some, she’ll never belong.  When Echo is sent on a secret quest for one of the high council members to find the firebird, she follows her mission […]

Posted January 10, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Story: Amy Elliot Dunne has disappeared.  Every shred of evidence points to her husband Nick.  The problem?  He didn’t do it.  Or did he? This book has two unreliable narrators leading you all over the place and I have so many feelings about this novel.  I feel like I’ve been pushed off a building, drawn and quartered, then run over by a steamroller for good measure.  Good God, y’all. The World: The difference between New York City and Missouri in this book is like the difference between happiness and fear.  Gillian Flynn uses the world to show the break in […]

Posted December 15, 2017 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
Die for Me by Amy Plum

Die for Me by Amy Plum

I liked Die for Me a lot more than I thought I would. Kate Mercier is heartbroken.  She and her sister Georgia moved into their grandparents’ Paris apartment after the untimely death of their parents.  Nothing in the glittering city can lift her out of the gloom of her mourning… until she meets Vincent.  Vincent is sweet, smart, handsome… and undead. When I started reading this book, I remember groaning and being generally displeased about the immediate cliches and ooey-gooey romance. But then, I wasn’t.  It was light.  I enjoyed it.  It was a kissing book, though. Characters ❤︎ I quite […]

Posted August 10, 2017 in Reviews // 4 Comments //