Thursday, March 30, 2017

The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die, #4) ****AUDIOBOOK REVIEW****



The End of Oz (Dorothy Must Die, #4)    

The End of Oz

 


  • Written by: Danielle Paige
  • Hardcover, 304 pages
    Published March 14th 2017 by HarperCollins
    This book I was really looking forward to especially after finding out Book 3 (which I must say was the weakest of all the series) was not the last.  So I am going to try to do this review as spoiler free as possible but it is really really really really hard since major plot points involve spoilers.  So lets start where it all begins which is right where book 3 ended Amy, Madison, and Knox were riding the yellow brick road which turns out to drop them in Ev the land of the Nome King.  There they must embark of the final mission to save Oz.  
    The first part of the book was lots of talking and lots of lovey dovey moments with Nox and Amy.  If you like the love portion of DMD you will love this one.  Then the last 20% is where all the action happens.  Also we get another special treat and I warn you this is a tiny spoiler that you find out in the book early on and can't do a review without revealing so if you want nothing turn back now.

    There is a second POV and it is Dorthy.  She is not dead and she is engaged to the Nome King now.  He wants her power. I do love her part.  It is fun seeing in her mind.  She is crazy but you get so much more.  She is a character that I could imagine Danielle Paige has been aching to write.  It was a slight surprise to see her but the book alternates between Amy and Dorthy which I really liked.  It lets you see all parts of what is happening so you are ready for the final show down.  

    Although the story had the good parts it though also had the bad.  Outside of the beginning being so slow there is also the issue with the conclusion.  As much as this book mind fudged me while reading the finale was anti climatic and kind of lame.  Sure cute but not what I expected when I started DMD several years ago.  I expected something big to happen instead of it was super smooth and happy.  I know we want HEA but this is DMD.   


  • Audiobook
     
     
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins 
  • Unabridged Audiobook

  • Release Date:03-14-17
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
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Whomever picked Devon Sorvari to narrate  did an awesome job.  She has consistantly made Amy's journey real in my mind.  The way she separates characters (esp Dorthy vs Amy) is great I always know what character is talking and her voice is Amy.  She has a snarky sarcastic Amy down pat and the snobby crazy Dorthy perfect.  Plus even on the male side character voices like Nox I always know who each are.  I love it. 

Quotes:

"When I first met you and I saw you fight, I told you you had to change.  That you had to learn to be the knife.  But I was the one that needed to learn.  I never thought about myself.  I thought of the Order.  But I was the knife.  I was the fight.  You taught me how to love.  You taught me how to choose.  And I choose you.  Always."

"I had to charm his pants off.  (figuratively speaking! I would never sacrifice my precious chastity before marriage obviously)

Rise of the Shadow Stealers: The Firebird Chronicles ****Audiobook Review****












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Rise of the Shadow Stealers: The Firebird Chronicles

  • Written by: Daniel Ingram-Brown
  • Paperback, 216 pages
    Published January 25th 2013 by Our Street Books 

Honestly the first part of this book was very hard to get into.  I don't think it was so much the story just the sound quality of the audiobook (which will be discussed later).  The story is about 2 Apprentice Adventurers Fletcher and Scoop who turn out to be partners .  Both have no memory of before but get selected to do a quest .  There they embark on a wild journey to not only find out who they are but also help the Storyteller (the ruler) .  

The story had a few twist and turns that were interesting and flowed smoothly.  I love how all the parts come together in the end.  Although I did suspect some of their story one part in particular I did not which i think is going to be a fantastic piece for the next books in the series. 
This book is great for all ages (I would say 3rd graders even can enjoy) because you have the cliche character types but how Daniel Ingram-Brown made them his own characters is great. 

(I received the Audiobook free in exchange for an honest unbiased review)

 
 

 Audiobook

The audio portion of the book I think really took away from the story.  The sound quality was very grainy and Alaina's voice although she has a good voice to listen to, didn't change much throughout the story.  I had trouble differentiating which character was where and who was who.   It was very disappointing.  


 


 
 

An Update

I want to apologize about the huge delays we have been experiencing with reviews.  Maggie had to have surgery and I have been dealing with a big issue in my personal life which has gotten me in a book slump.  But do not despair I will be doing at least 4 reviews by Sunday.  So please stay tuned.  Also Maggie is finalizing the new logo and hopefully we have it updated.  We also have a guest review coming shortly. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Evolution of Ivy: poison by Lauren Campbell







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Sunday, March 19, 2017

They Call Me Alexandra Gastone (Alexandra Gastone #1) ****AUDIOBOOK REVIEW****

 

 

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Published May 20th 2015 by Full Fathom Five Digital




Milena Rokva is a sleeper agent for a terrorist group who is replaced as a child with the real Alexandra Gastone to live with Alexandra's Grandpa Albert who works from the CIA until she will become active. She is expecting when she graduates college and starts working fort he CIA herself to pass along secrets. But then she is called early asked to kill someone and frame her grand father at a very important dinner.  She then is forced to chose her country or her grandpa and her feelings.


TA Maclagen was amazing and putting together such a deep character.  Milena / Alexandra is a very troubled character being taught to be a sleeper agent at such a young age shown to kill and then forced brutally to learn EVERYTHING about Alexandra, also endure plastic surgery to look even more like her but still keep her head above water.  I was amazed at how real it felt.  Maclagan must of really thought about the topic and researched because the information given really made me think how easy it would be.  (Know scary stuff)  She is the character that you root for and honestly love.  As I was listening to the story being played I could not stop.  This wasn't my usual YA book it was not paranormal, not a regular contemporary romance  (that was not what the story was about) , it was a thriller and it was amazing.  
For anyone wanting something different that keeps you on your toes and a complete rollercoster this is the book for you.   Cannot wait to pick up book 2.   

"I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.

Audiobook :
 
5 out of 5 bananas

This book at first I was kind of iffy on the narrator Lesley Ann Fogle sounded so dry and non emotional  but as I had the story play out.  This is Milena Rokva she is confused, not herself but yet is herself, and not allowed to show emotions.  She is such a serious character and torn between 2 lives.  She lives in constant confusion and is trying to reign in feelings she is not allowed to have, but are slowing coming to surface.  She keeps with the character the whole time including changing thoughts.  (I know mini spoiler) The character grows so much in the course of this story and Lesley grows with it.  So awesome.  


Quotes: 

"For the blood of the fallen. For the blood of the living. For Olissa we fight."  

“I'd played a part for so long, who was I? A spy? A granddaughter? A high school student? A friend? A liar? A traitor? I was all of these people, and the contradictions where starting to rip me apart"
 

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Indie Author Spotlight: Pressed to Death by Kirsten Weiss Book Release Day


Pressed to Death
Series: A Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum Mystery 
Author:  Kirsten Weiss


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A Perfectly Proper Party in Wine Country Takes a Deadly Turn


Paranormal museum owner Maddie Kosloski thinks she has the perfect paranormal exhibit for the harvest festival—a haunted grape press. But when she’s accused of stealing the press, and her accuser is found murdered, all eyes turn to Maddie.

Maddie knows well the perils of amateur sleuthing and is reluctant to get involved... 
Until her mother insists she investigate. Does her mom have a secret agenda? Or is she somehow connected to the murder?

Facing down danger and her own over-active imagination, Maddie must unearth the killer before she becomes the next ghost to haunt her museum.


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 Kirsten Weiss worked overseas for nearly fourteen years, in the fringes of the former USSR and in South-east Asia. Her experiences abroad sparked an interest in the effects of mysticism and mythology, and how both are woven into our daily lives.

Now based in San Mateo, CA, she writes genre-blending steampunk suspense, urban fantasy, and mystery, blending her experiences and imagination to create a vivid world of magic and mayhem. 

Kirsten has never met a dessert she didn’t like, and her guilty pleasures are watching Ghost Whisperer re-runs and drinking red wine. Sign up for her newsletter to get free updates on her latest work at: http://kirstenweiss.com




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