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Winning Audiobook
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Written By: Lara Deloza
Narrated By: Tara Sands, Em Eldridge, Kyla Garcia, Susan-Kate Heaney
Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: June 2016
Duration: 8 hours 10 minutes

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Winning Audiobook Summary

Who ever said being nice would get you to the top?

Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but Homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

With the help of her trusted friend Sam, she devises her most devious plot yet. She’ll introduce an unexpected third competitor into the mix, one whose meteoric rise—and devastating fall—will destroy Erin’s chances once and for all. Alexandra can run a scheme like this in her sleep. What could possibly go wrong?

Lara Deloza’s crackling depiction of a perpetually two-steps-ahead popular girl makes for a fun, wicked story with a protagonist that readers will love to hate.

If Regina George wanted to be Homecoming Queen, there’d be hell to pay for anyone who got in her way.

This is pretty much the premise of the WINNING, which is immensely readable and keeps you on your toes. Just when you think one girl is about to swindle another, the other girl almost always manages to see it coming and turns the tables. I liked that we saw various different POVs, and that one of them was the Queen Bee herself, Alexandra Miles. She’s a ruthless, manipulative schemer without an ounce of pity, and her determination to win her crown (with the kind of loopy logic that only exists in rom-coms) spares no expense or feeling.

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Winning does exactly that. It wins! You know that you have really good book on your hands when you get mad that you have to stop reading. So many fun characters in this book and you will love to hate Alexandra Miles. She is like Blair Waldorf, Kathryn Merteuil & Diana Ladris all rolled into one! No spoilers, but so much plotting, planning & back stabbing! Loved it from start to finish. Do yourself a favor and read this book. Great job once again by Ms Deloza!

The thing about MEAN GIRLS, however, was that the film was not only a satirical look at social hierarchies in high school, but it was also so freaking funny. That’s where the weakness lies in WINNING; it’s definitely entertaining, and you want to see people get their comeuppance, but it’s neither sharp-witted enough in its narrative and dialogue, nor smart and original enough in its plot to go down as a truly great and memorable book. And then the door is left open for a sequel as well? Bleh.

Still. Points for an unabashed anti-heroine, for juggling multiple POVs well, and for a lesbian BFF subplot. These girls are cruel to each other, and it’s weirdly gratifying and fun to watch…but not quite as fun as it could’ve been. I want a story like this to be screamingly funny–and to really go for the jugular, not just settle for a slap on the wrist.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher for this review.

Side note to those who might get upset over these things in YA, with spoilers: there’s liberal back-stabbing and underage drinking

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Certainly not Alexandra Miles. She isn’t nice, but she’s more than skilled at playing the part. She floats through the halls of Spencer High, effortlessly orchestrating the actions of everyone around her, making people bend to her whim without even noticing they’re doing it. She is the queen of Spencer High—and it’s time to make it official.

Alexandra has a goal, you see—Homecoming Queen. Her ambitions are far grander than her small town will allow, but homecoming is just the first step to achieving total domination. So when peppy, popular Erin Hewett moves to town and seems to have a real shot at the crown, Alexandra has to take action.

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Glass Sword Audiobook
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Written By: Victoria Aveyard
Narrated By: Amanda Dolan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: February 2016
Duration: 14 hours 40 minutes

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The #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Perfect for fans of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series, Glass Sword is the high-stakes follow up to the #1 New York Times bestselling Red Queen.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat. Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

And don’t miss Broken Throne: A Red Queen Collection, featuring three brand-new novellas and other exclusive content, coming in April!.

If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red – the color of common folk – but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince – the friend – who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

The electrifying next installment in the Red Queen series escalates the struggle between the growing rebel army and the blood-segregated world they’ve always known – and pits Mare against the darkness that has grown in her soul.

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Oh Glass Sword…I have this love-hate relationship with your cliffhanger. I hate waiting for the next book. But, cliffhangers stick with me. I think about them, obsess a bit, google spoilers, pre-order the next book and want to find someone immediately who I can talk to about that book.

Book one, Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard, ended on a cliffhanger. I waited patiently for Glass Sword. I had to get it.  I just finished reading it. It ends on…wait for it…another cliffhanger. And, I also loved this Glass Sword almost as much as Red Queen. Which is hella lot.
The marketing girl in me applauds the author. A cliffhanger is the perfect tease, so memorable when done well. The reader in me screams. And may throw things.

Mare, our Red h with lightning shooting from her fingers, is on a mission to find more people like her. There are other Reds with abilities and she wants them for her army. She wants to take down Maven, the young king she once cared for, but actually turned out to be a major dick. On that part…I kind of wonder. Is it possible he’s not awful, and there’s something we don’t know about him? I read a lot of musings on this after this book (note my addiction to googling books) and some are still #TeamMaven.

This story is really about Mare and her struggle with her own humanity. The anger and hurt she’s feeling, her desire to save the world….but at what cost? She maybe turning into a bit of a monster. There are moments when her behavior is terrible, she kills people who didn’t need to die. Mare is full of flaws.

Mare, Cal, Farley, Kilorn and Shade team up to find the super Reds before Maven does. It’s an uneasy alliance. No trust. That’s a theme, too…trust no one. At some point, every character has something to hide, an agenda, a reason to lie. I LOVED it. Lots of surprises. They go on one rescue mission after another, many with great success. I delighted in learning about the powers possessed by the new super Reds. Maven gets to some super Reds before our heroes and his evil and total depravity is shocking. Hard to reconcile the old Maven with this one.

Then there’s Cal. He killed his father. Not his fault, the queen controlled his mind and made him do it. People hate him. They fear him. He has no home, no family, no place to be or life to live. He’s lost. I felt bad for him and then at times I thought, well…you weren’t really a great guy. He turned his back on a lot of disfunction in the kingdom. Outright, ignored it. There’s chemistry with Mare and Cal. Again, not really any trust happening though. They definitely grow closer through shared experiences, pain and a small bed. I’m not sure what I think about them. Am I #TeamCal? I can’t say.

Then we have the end of Glass Sword. The cliffhanger. The last bit. Plot twist. Big time. 

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Red Queen is a young adult fantasy novel written by American writer Victoria Aveyard. Published in February 2015, it was her first novel and first series. Aveyard followed up with three sequels: Glass Sword, King’s Cage and War Storm. Red Queen won the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Debut Goodreads Author and was nominated for the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction.

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Everything, Everything Audiobook

Everything, Everything Audiobook
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Written By: Nicola Yoon
Narrated By: Bahni Turpin, Robbie Daymond
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Date: September 2015
Duration: 6 hours 45 minutes

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Risk everything . . . for love with this #1 New York Times bestseller.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It’s an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.

And don’t miss Nicola Yoon’s The Sun Is Also A Star, the #1 New York Times bestseller in which two teens are brought together just when it seems like the universe is sending them in opposite directions.

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Studies show there are only 12 different types of storytelling that are possible, and this one is now one of my favorite books. Similar the book Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe, I will re-listen/read this book because the effective storyline and strong relatable characters. The characters are given solid backgrounds and throughout the story. I hope you enjoy this book as much as anyone else who has shared a positive review about this book!

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Cinder Audiobook

Cinder Audiobook
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Written By: Marissa Meyer
Narrated By: Rebecca Soler
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Date: January 2012
Duration: 10 hours 7 minutes

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Cinder Audiobook Summary

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Series!

A wicked mash-up of fairy tale and Terminator—set in a Star Wars kind of world—Marissa Meyer’s Cinder is a fresh and fiercely ingenious futuristic retelling of Cinderella

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . .

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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This book sat on my shelf for a few months because I wasn’t entirely sure how I would react to it. The premise certainly made me curious. Cyborg Cinderella with aliens. Hmm. Either this was going to go south very quickly or it might just turn out to be worthwhile. Either way, I didn’t want to get involved in a new series when I still had several unread books on my self. As it turns out, that fear was well-placed. I finished this book in three days and promptly ordered the second one. I’m even considering ordering the third one well in advance in order to avoid the two-day wait.
The beginning piqued my interest, and I remember thinking that I was glad it wouldn’t be a dull read. I hate picking up books with amazing covers and then finding out that the pages between said covers didn’t live up to the expectations. The world-building for Cinder was solid, the writing grammatically sound and even the style and voice drew me in a little. The setting kind of unsettled me. I’ve never been a huge Asian-setting person, but this wasn’t off-putting in any manner. It was unique and original. Somewhere along the way, this story won me over, hook, line, and sinker. I became heavily invested in the lives of the characters, and utterly obsessed with the newest plot twist. There were some things I found a tad predictable, but in a way, that didn’t detract from the story either. I was more interested in the presentation of the few predictable moments and there were plenty of unpredictable events to make up for it. The story was age-appropriate, which is a huge bonus in my world. And as much as I adore fairy tale retellings, I can’t get over how few references there actually are to Cinderella. I just loved that the story was its own and that it tipped its hat to Cinderella instead of mimicking it. That was something I found phenomenal. Don’t get me wrong, the connections are pretty clear, but they’re clever and the story doesn’t hinge on them. The story isn’t dependent on the connections, but it uses them to its advantage.
I don’t like to just dish out five-star reviews, but I think this book truly deserves it. A job very well-done. Part of me wishes I had been brave enough to read this sooner, and yet, the other part of me is selfishly glad because now I don’t have to wait for the sequels to come out! I just have to order them!!!

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Allegiant Audiobook

Allegiant Audiobook
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Written By: Veronica Roth
Narrated By: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date: October 2013
Duration: 11 hours 52 minutes

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Allegiant Audiobook Summary

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series of books reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that captivated millions of readers and film fans in Divergent and Insurgent.

One choice will define you. What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

Told from a riveting dual perspective, this third installment in the series follows Tris and Tobias as they battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and their selves—while facing impossible choices of courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

And don’t miss The Fates Divide, Veronica Roth’s powerful sequel to the bestselling Carve the Mark!.

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I will do my best to separate my emotions for this review.

I have loved this series from the beginning. I loved the way Veronica Roth wrote and how she told a story. I loved the way she built her characters and allowed us to see both the good and bad in them, and how the characters were not “saved” from consequences of their choices. I always felt the characters were real to themselves, even in their most confusing and self-doubt moments, and that made me love them more. So… despite how angry Tris’ decisions made me, it still was “true” to her character (in my opinion). I wouldn’t have expected anything less of her.

That said, though, I still felt this couldn’t be the “end.” To me, it felt there was still unanswered questions, and problems had not yet been resolved. Despite all the characters remaining true to themselves and some of the “big” conflicts being resolved, I felt no closure to the series, and actually found myself searching if there would be another book. It just did did not feel like the right fit to the end, even if the ending was to be a gut-wrenching one.

As an avid reader, to pre-ordered the last two books in the series, I felt like I was strung along, to be hurt and confused by a bad breakup or something. I’m not sure I can recommend this series anymore. I was extremely excited about the movie coming out, too, and now… I’m not sure I want to even bother.

Use caution, if you’re debating whether to give this series a try.

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Star Wars Ahsoka Audiobook

Star Wars Ahsoka Audiobook
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Written By: E.K. Johnston
Narrated By: Ashley Eckstein
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Date: October 2016
Duration: 7 hours 4 minutes

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Star Wars Ahsoka You Audiobook Summary

Fans have long wondered what happened to Ahsoka after she left the Jedi Order near the end of the Clone Wars, and before she re-appeared as the mysterious Rebel operative Fulcrum in Rebels. Finally, her story will begin to be told. Following her experiences with the Jedi and the devastation of Order 66, Ahsoka is unsure she can be part of a larger whole ever again. But her desire to fight the evils of the Empire and protect those who need it will lead her right to Bail Organa, and the Rebel Alliance.

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E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Ahsoka begins following the adventures of the Togrutan Force user exactly one year after the establishment of the Galactic Empire. This Young Adult novel is intended for ages 12-18 and grades 7-12. However, this 40-year-old reviewer loved the book, mainly due to my unashamed love of Ahsoka Tano and The Clone Wars. Here are some of the highlights.

Jedi Padawan Ahsoka Tano was first introduced in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series and quickly became a fan favorite. Viewers watched her grow from a “snippy,” brash padawan learner to a confident young warrior who frequently saved the day for her master, Anakin Skywalker. Thrust into the crucible of combat with the besieged clone battalion and their Jedi on the planet of Christophsis, Ahsoka had to learn quickly and be a strong warrior from an early age. Through the remainder of the Clone Wars, Ahsoka was present at several key battles and forged tight relationships with many, including Clone Captain Rex, the astromech R2-D2, and Senator Bail Organa. All three of these characters figure into Ahsoka in important ways.

*** VERY MILD SPOILERS FOLLOW***

The novel features many flashbacks, interludes, and scenes which answer some lingering questions since the end of The Clone Wars, raise a few more, and provide detail that help link the prequel and original trilogies. Here are some of my favorites:

‘ Maul and Ahsoka at Mandalore
‘ Ahsoka’s last interaction with Rex (until Star Wars Rebels reunites them)
‘ Insight into Anakin’s thoughts as “Obi-Wan’s new padawan” approaches Christophsis
‘ Obi-Wan’s solitude – and finding an old friend – on Tatooine
‘ The origin of Ahsoka’s white lightsabers and the codename Fulcrum
‘ Ahsoka’s thoughts about Barriss Offee

Most of the plot of the novel centers on Ahsoka’s life as she maintains a low profile to avoid attention from the Empire. She has to find odd jobs to get by, and tries not to form close relationships with others. Her connection with the Force is weakened. She thinks of the “family” she has lost due to the destruction of the Jedi Order, and searches her feelings to try to discern Anakin’s fate. Readers can feel her loneliness. Ahsoka has always been a jovial, outgoing person, quick to make friends and gain others’ trust. As it turns out, her charisma and leadership qualities have not suffered since the end of The Clone Wars; she continues to draw others to her and gain their trust, despite her efforts to live a simple life. As can be expected, she quickly finds herself at the center of a conflict. Also as can be expected, she must decide between using the Force to save the day, thus exposing herself, and maintaining her anonymity and allowing her new friends to suffer.

Overall, E.K. Johnston absolutely matches the feel of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Ahsoka does a fantastic job of bridging the gap, though it does not account for the entire time period between Ahsoka leaving the Jedi Order and her first appearance at the end of the first season of the current cartoon series. Perhaps there are more books forthcoming – hopefully also penned by Johnston!

Ahsoka is also available as an audiobook narrated by Ashley Eckstein. Eckstein, of course, is the only actor who has ever voiced Ahsoka’s character. For what it’s worth, I could hear Ashley reading all of Ahsoka’s lines in my head when I read the print version. It’s unavoidable.

Fans of Ahsoka Tano, The Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels will devour this book. Highly recommended.

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New Moon Audiobook

New Moon Audiobook
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Written By: Stephenie Meyer
Narrated By: Ilyana Kadushin
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Date: August 2006
Duration: 14 hours 51 minutes

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I FELT LIKE I WAS TRAPPED IN ONE OF THOSE TERRIFYING NIGHTMARES…
For Bella Swan, there is one thing more important than life itself: Edward Cullen. But being in love with a vampire is even more dangerous than Bella ever could have imagined. Edward has already rescued Bella from the clutches of one evil vampire, but now, as their daring relationship threatens all that is near and dear to them, they realize their troubles may be just beginning. . . .
Legions of readers entranced by the New York Times bestseller Twilight are hungry for the continuing story of star-crossed lovers Bella and Edward. In New Moon, Stephenie Meyer delivers another irresistible combination of romance and suspense with a supernatural spin. Passionate, riveting, and full of surprising twists and turns, this vampire love saga is well on its way to literary immortality.

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New Moon picks up while Bella is well on her way to recovery from the events that ended Twilight, but after an accident that reminds everyone that, yes, Bella is human and, yes, Edward and his family are indeed vampires, Edward becomes more and more distracted by his concerns for her continued safety. When he decides that the only way to protect Bella is to remove himself from her life entirely, Bella suffers from a major breakdown.

The budding friendship between Bella and Jacob draws her out of a deep depression. Despite her lack of romantic interest in him, she leads him on, afraid of falling back into her slump. She tries to be honest and tell him that she’s stuck on Edward, but can’t help but tell him that she also wants him to keep trying. It’s kind of a flaky, selfish thing to do, not exactly endearing. The whole thing left me feeling sorry for poor Jacob.

But despite all that, I felt myself mourning with her. It’s easy to say that she shouldn’t have fallen apart so much over a guy, but then again, she didn’t just lose him, she lost a family and a new sister, Alice. To have so much, love, family, acceptance and perhaps even the promise of immortality, and then to lose all of it all at once, how could she not have fallen apart? Do I agree with how she deals with it? No. Do I empathize? Yes.

As for Jacob, we get to know him in this story, and he has to be one of the most interesting characters so far. With Edward out of the picture, it’s difficult not to root for him. He’s the ultimate good guy: kind, funny and supportive. He knows Bella is broken, but wants nothing more than to make her happy and perhaps find a place in her heart. And then there’s the whole werewolf thing. Kind of hard to court a girl, especially one like Bella, when you keep turning into a wolf everytime you’re angry or jealous. I think it’s ironic that he, like Edward before him, believes the only safe option for Bella is to stay away. She just can’t seem to catch a break.

Besides all the drama, there is a good deal of humor sprinkled through the story, and horror as well. The Volturi are creepy, the encounter with them terrifying. The whole scene kept me up way late. I probably shouldn’t have tried to read that chapter right before bed, not good for your peace of mind.

Overall, I loved this book, love triangle and all. Jacob is really the star of this one, and I can totally get why some people would tend to take his side. Then again, it’s hard to argue against Edward, flaws and all. He is obviously Bella’s soul mate, whatever that’s worth. No matter how good Jacob would be for Bella, her heart belongs to Edward, and honestly I don’t think Bella’s right for Jacob.

I’d recommend this book to those who like YA romance, particularly with love triangles, werewolves, and vampires. It compares pretty closely with the movie of the same name, which I must admit I watched first. I thought it was fantastic that the movie was able to so vividly bring the book to life, and so accurately, which I didn’t realize until I finished reading New Moon.

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Giver Audiobook

Giver Audiobook
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Written By: Lois Lowry
Narrated By: Ron Rifkin
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Date: July 2000
Duration: 4 hours 48 minutes

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Lois Lowry’s The Giver is the quintessential dystopian novel, followed by its remarkable companions, Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.

Jonas’s world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12 he is singled out to receive special training from The Giver. The Giver alone holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life. Now, it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. There is no turning back.

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After reading Lois Lowry’s memoirs, I decided to go back and read several of her books — The Giver and Number the Stars. The Giver is deeply profound and it addresses some weighty topics, but it is presented in an accessible format and language that would make it appropriate for middle schoolers. The prose is simple, not at all flower or preachy, and it allows the reader to have her own response to the actions, rather than dictating a response. The story is told in third person, but from the perspective of Jonas, who begins the novel as an 11-year-old-boy, eager and apprehensive to learn what life has in store for him. Jonas lives in a highly controlled, highly planned, rule-laden community, where no one experiences pain or war, bullying is nonexistent, and perfectly matched parents with one-boy one-girl family units share their dreams and feelings around the dinner table. Children, born to designated Birthmothers, progress in the community in lock step manner. In annual ceremonies, all Ones are given names and presented to their families, Sevens are given jackets that button up the from, and Eights get pockets on their jackets and start their community service work. Nines get bicycles. At Ten, all the girls have their long braids cut, and the boys got more adult haircuts. In the Ceremony of Twelve, the Twelves are given their life-time occupational assignments, as chosen by the elders of the community. Jonas’s father, for example, is a Nurturer, caring for newborns who have not yet been assigned to a family. Jonas’s mother works in the justice department.

At the Ceremony of Twelve, children are given their assignments one by one — Engineer, Doctor, Birthmother, Caregiver — but Jonas is not called. At the end of the ceremony, he learns that he has been chosen to be The Receiver. His responsibility will be to act as a repository of all of the knowledge of the past as retained by a single person in the community. As the current Receiver is growing old, the comment needs to designate a new Receiver to preserve knowledge. In this role, Jonas is exposed to a variety of books for the first time. He learns about pain, empathy, war, and more. He begins to experience some discomfort with the rituals of his community — particularly with how the elderly and certain nonconforming members are “released” from the community. One particularly disturbing incident occurs when Jonas watches his father deal with newborn twins. In the end, of course, Jonas comes to realize that this Utopian society is not all it is cracked up to be and finds a way to change his own path.

The book does leave you wanting more, but it also leaves you thinking about what might happen next, and how each of us have some power to control our own destiny.

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Fault in Our Stars Audiobook

Fault in Our Stars Audiobook
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BOOK DETAILS

Written By: John Green
Narrated By: Kate Rudd
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Date: January 2012
Duration: 7 hours 16 minutes

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Fault in Our Stars Audiobook Summary

Winner of the 2013 Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook ProductionDespite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.TODAY Book Club pick
TIME Magazine’s #1 Fiction Book of 2012#1 New York Times Bestseller

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller

#1 USA Today Bestseller

#1 International Bestseller

#1 Indie Bestseller.

Fault in Our Stars Audiobook Reviews

The best stories are about memory.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green is quite possibly the best standalone novel I have ever read and is certainly the most phenomenal book I’ve had the privilege to experience in the year 2013. It is my third favorite story and favorite non-fantasy novel. The title comes from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, and it sets the perfect tone for this story written in the first person by Hazel, a sixteen year old girl in the regressive stage of lung cancer who nevertheless is required to cart around an oxygen tank because (as she so perfectly puts it) her “lungs suck at being lungs.” Her mother forces her to go to a cancer patient/survivor group where she proceeds to exercise her considerable teenage snark and wit along with her friend Isaac who is suffering from a type of cancer that eventually requires the removal of an eye.

One day Hazel catches the attention of a boy named Augustus and their romance is as breathtaking and expedient as it is completely genuine and uncontrived. Augustus has recovered from bone cancer that left him with a prosthetic leg, but did nothing to diminish his spirit. She can scarcely believe he’s as perfect as he projects and indeed feels as though she’s found his hamartia or fatal flaw when he puts a cigarette in his mouth. Hazel is of course livid that anyone who survived cancer would willingly place themselves into its way again, but Augustus never lights them using the act as a metaphor of having “the killing thing right between your teeth, but you not giving it the power to do its killing.”

Both of them together have enough wit and snark to drown the world in metaphors and sarcasm with just the barest dash of bitterness for their plight. Hazel whom Augustus calls “Hazel Grace” for most of the novel feels incredibly guilty that she’s allowed Augustus to fall for her as she and her family expect her cancer to return full force at any moment, and yet their relationship parallels the ever moving train of her mortality. So much so that Hazel shares with him that her favorite book is a story by the reclusive author Peter Van Houten called An Imperial Affliction.

“My favorite book, by a wide margin, was An Imperial Affliction, but I didn’t like to tell people about it. Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book. And then there are books like An Imperial Affliction, which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising that affections feels like a betrayal.”

Van Houten’s work is very meta to the larger story at hand being about a girl named Anna who suffers from cancer and her one-eyed mother who grows tulips. But Hazel makes it very clear that this is not a cancer book in the same way that The Fault in Our Stars is not a cancer book. Anna grows progressively sicker and her mother falls in love with a Dutch Tulip Man who has a great deal of money and exotic ideas about how to treat Anna’s cancer, but just when the DTM and Anna’s mom are about to possibly get married and Anna is about to start a new treatment, the book ends right in the middle of a-

Exactly.

This drives Hazel and eventually Augustus up the wall to not know what happened to everyone from Anna’s hamster Sisyphus to Anna herself. Hazel assumes that Anna became too sick to continue writing (the assumption being that her story was first person just as Hazel’s is), but for Van Houten to not have finished it seems like the ultimate literary betrayal.

As terrified as Hazel was to share this joy with Augustus (and god knows I understand that feeling) it was the best thing she could’ve done because they now share the obsession and the insistence that the characters deserve an ending.

The conversations of Hazel and Augustus are not typical teenage conversations, but they’re not typical teenagers. Mortality flavors all of their discussions and leads to elegance such as

“The tales of our exploits will survive as long as the human voice itself. And even after that, when the robots recall the human absurdities of sacrifice and compassion, they will remember us.”

They speak of memory and calculate how there are fourteen dead people for everyone alive and realize that remembering fourteen people isn’t that difficult. We could all do that if we tried that way no one has to be forgotten. But will we then fight over who we are allowed to remember? Or will the fourteen just be added to those we can never forget? They read each other the poetry of T.S Eliot, the haunting lines of Prufrock,

“We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Til human voices wake us, and we drown.”

And as Augustus reads Hazel her favorite book she

“…fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”

The quotes from this story are among the most poignant and beautiful I have ever seen.

“Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.”

“There will come a time when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. There will be no one left to remember Aristotle or Cleopatra, let alone you. Everything that we did and built and wrote and thought and discovered will be forgotten and all of this will have been for naught. Maybe that time is coming soon and maybe it is millions of years away, but even if we survive the collapse of our sun, we will not survive forever. There was time before organisms experienced consciousness, and there will be time after. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that’s what everyone else does.”

When I finished this I thought to myself, “How am I going to read anything else? How will I find something to match this? How can I pick up another book and not expect it to resonate with this haunting beauty, this tragedy ringed with comic teenage snark and tones that are themselves tragic in their sarcasm like whistling in the ninth circle of hell or laughing uproariously at the monster?” I realized I was lost. I could think of no negative critique unless you count the fact that the two main characters have Dawson’s Creek Syndrome where they’re teenagers who speak as if they were philosophers, but then again Bill Watterson did the same thing with a boy and a stuffed tiger.

You realize the story’s hamartia doesn’t matter. That the fact that the plot may be cliched is unimportant and that dwelling on such trivialities is in and of itself a fatal flaw. This story is so much more than the letters and words on each page. It’s the triumph of morning over night when the night grows ever longer. It’s the dream of hope when you’ve done nothing but dine on despair. It is sad? Yes. It is heartbreaking? More so. Is it worth reading? Has anything sad and heartbreaking not been worth reading? The story of Hazel and Augusts deserves to be read just as the story of Anna, her mother, and dear hamster Sisyphus deserves an ending, and that becomes their exploit to seek out reclusive Peter Van Houten so that the characters can be properly laid to rest and remembered.

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Eldest Audiobook

Eldest Audiobook
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BOOK DETAILS

Written By: Christopher Paolini
Narrated By: Gerard Doyle
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Date: April 2006
Duration: 23 hours 27 minutes

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Eldest Audiobook Summary

Don’t miss the latest book from the author of Eragon, The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia!

Perfect for fans of Lord of the Rings, the New York Times bestselling Inheritance Cycle about the dragon rider Eragon has sold over 35 million copies and is an international fantasy sensation.

Darkness falls…despair abounds…evil reigns…

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems. Before long, Eragon doesn’t know whom he can trust.

Meanwhile, his cousin Roran must fight a new battle–one that might put Eragon in even graver danger.

Will the king’s dark hand strangle all resistance? Eragon may not escape with even his life. . . .

Praise for Eragon:
“Unusual, powerful . . . fresh and fluid. An impressive start to a writing career that’s sure to flourish.” –Booklist, Starred
“Christopher Paolini make[s] literary magic with his precocious debut.” –People
“The new ‘It’ book of children’s lit.” –U.S. News & World Report
“An auspicious beginning to both career and series.” –Publishers Weekly

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
A USA Today Bestseller
A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
A Book Sense Book of the Year
A #1 Book Sense Selection.

Eldest Audiobook Reviews

I thoroughly enjoyed Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, and Inheritance of Chris Paolini’s The Inheritance Cycle series. Originally intended as a trilogy, their bestselling success spawned a fourth book, which was a very welcome addition. I have since handed them down to my nephew where they are enjoying a new life with a new generation.

Though they’ve been out for quite a while now, I have to be honest and say I bought them years ago, and only got them off the shelf a few months ago. Having been grown up as an avid fan of Dungeons and Dragons, Lord of the Rings, and the usual fantasy fare, I was pretty excited to re-enter that universe.

These have been reviewed ad infinitum; so I think I can really only add to the discussion my own experience with the four books as a 40-something-year old reader. I was a bit concerned that they might be written a bit too much for kids, as I’d heard they were. But, I have to say, I was definitely misinformed. These are as applicable to adults as the Harry Potter or Hunger Games books or any other well-written fantasy tales that were initially marketed to the teen reader market, but obviously found runaway success with readers from all age brackets.

In short, each of the four books was a very fun read, and I would absolutely recommend the series to anyone with an interest in the fantasy genre.

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