Note about my Reviews

Dear Authors: The reviews in this blog are only personal opinions. I have absolutely no background in literature, writing or reviewing. I am a Librarian (actually a Library Technician for those who care OR know the difference) with a love for a good story. The opinions in the reviews are ONLY my OPINIONS. I am not commenting on the writers ability since well -- I am not a writer and never will be. If you are the author of any of the books reviewed here, my opinion is just that and not a judgment against you!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blues for Zoey by Robert Paul Weston

Blues for Zoey
by Robert Paul Weston
Razorbill (Penguin Canada)
ISBN: 978-0-14-318328-0
Suggested Ages:  13+  (Sexuality - tastefully and not graphically done)
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Description: Kaz Barrett isn't saving for college. Every penny he earns working at the sketchy Sit'N'Spin Laundromat is for his mother. He plans to send her to a top-notch (and very expensive) sleep clinic in New York. His mother suffers from an extremely rare neurological disorder that causes her to fall asleep for days at a time. Both he and his kid sister, Nomi, worry that one day, maybe tomorrow, their mother will fall asleep and never wake up ...
At the start of summer, everything seems on track. Come September, Kaz will have earned all he needs and more. However, when anarchic, pink-haired Zoey walks past the laundromat's window, Kaz's ordered life begins spinning out of control. Smart, mysterious, and full of music, Zoey is unlike anyone Kaz has met … but there's another side to her that he can't quite figure out. When he goes looking for answers, he finds a whirlwind of lies, half-truths, and violence.
And in the eye of the storm, he'll discover that you really can't con an honest man ...

The Good Stuff
  • Honest, gritty and real, none of the characters feel like caricatures
  • Fast paced - will also appeal to reluctant readers
  • Kaz is a likeable,  and more importantly,  a life like believable character that you cheer for, and on many occasions want to slap him upside the head for (sorry I'm a mom and when teens do stupid crap in books I just want to give them a slap upside the head)
  • Sexuality is used in a simplistic, realistic and age appropriate way - bravo, this is not often done well in YA
  • Liked the fact that the story wasn't wrapped up too neatly.  More a hopeful ever after than a happy ever after
  • Consequences for action - characters actually learn a lesson without the author making it an in your face moral lesson (again this is often not done well in most YA - yup please remember I am a 43 yr old Mom)
  • Intriguing opening chapter had me hooked in right away
  • Chapter heading were cute
  • As a mom of boys I giggled at the mention of blue angels
  • Coming of age tale with an emphasis on grief, friendship, meaning of honesty, forgiveness and change
  • Just really felt a connection to Kaz and wanted to give him a hug (no not in that creepy cougar way - he just felt like someone I wanted to be a mom to)
  • As a Mom (and former teen) I really felt the sexuality part of the book was brilliantly done.  It was so honest (trust me, first time, is never the best time, sorry Dave) I know some parents might have a hard time with the sexuality, but please Mom and Dad, try to remember how you felt when you were a teen.  This is how it is (Plus - Condoms were mentioned -- so hey safe sex lesson too)
The Not So Good Stuff
  • Back story wasnt delved into enough for my taste, but than again, I think it will be perfect for a reluctant reader who gets irritated by too much back story
  • Wanted more

Favorite Quotes Passages

"Is it just me or does the word google, when used as a verb, sound like masturbation?  Example: I'll bet Topher Briggs googles himself, like, ten times a day"

"You mean like seeing me walk past a laundromat and thinking "Check it out, it's the new messiah" Because trust me, you've definitely got the wrong person."

"First, there was the actual, official (and almost certainly disastrous) first time, and then there was something much better. The first time you actually knew what you were doing."

4 Dewey's

I received this from Penguin in exchange for an honest review

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Audio Book Review: I am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley

I am Half-Sick of Shadows
by Alan Bradley
Narrated by Jayne Entwistle
Random House Audio
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Description: What better Christmas surprise for detective-in-training Flavia de Luce than a dreadful murder under Buckshaw's roof - and a snowbound house full of suspects!

It's Christmas time, and our beloved Flavia is tucked away in her laboratory whipping up a sticky concoction to trap that infamous sneak, Saint Nick, and thereby prove once and for all - despite the claims of her evil sisters - that he does exist. But she is soon distracted from her task: Colonel de Luce, in desperate need of funds, has rented the family's crumbling manor house to a film company for the holidays. When its crew arrives from London to shoot a movie starring the reclusive and renowned actress, Phyllis Wyvern, there's no end to the disruptions - and dramas - demanding Flavia's attention.

When Wyvern is convinced to perform a famous scene to help raise funds for the local church, it is decided that Buckshaw Manor is the only suitable location. Its foyer alone is bigger than the parish hall, and could fit every man, woman, and child in Bishop's Lacey, to a soul. It's almost Christmas Eve, but - to no one's surprise - all of the village inhabitants fight their way through a raging snowstorm to be in the audience that magical night.

As the actors take to the stage, however, the blizzard sets in, and it becomes clear that the villagers will have to hunker down at Buckshaw for the night. Sleeping head to toe in the de Luces' foyer seems amenable to most, until word spreads of the evening's shocking conclusion - Phyllis Wyvern is found strangled to death in the Blue Bedroom, with a length of film from one of her movies tied in an elaborate bow around her neck.

But who among the assembled guests would stage such a chilling scene? As the storm worsens and the list of suspects grows, Flavia must use every ounce of her chemical cleverness and crime-solving prowess to ferret out a killer hidden in plain sight. But when she does piece the puzzle together and deduce who has committed this twisted crime, will Flavia be able to escape in one piece?

Random Thoughts
  •  Delightful little holiday interlude into the life of my favorite little imp Flavia De Luce
  • Absolutely delighted by Flavia's observations about the difference between birth and death
  • Way too short - when it was done, I wanted more, but alas someone else had the next installment on hold at the library and I now must wait (Ok, I just got the notification before I typed this out that the audio book is now available - hmm when the hell do the kids go to bed so I can listen to this & hmm wonder if I need to read would be the new I'm not in the mood for the DH LOL!)
  • It is totally adorable how Flavia still believes in Father Christmas and actually tries to set up a trap so that she can prove he is real
  • Liked the sweet moments between Flavia and her sis
  • Adore the relationships between Flavia and the local police detectives - especially Inspector Hewitt (The scene where he catches her in mischief is pure fun)
  • Nice to see Nia again
  • Exciting scene at the climax of the mystery - was on the edge of my seat
  • Irritating my co-workers by speaking in a Flavia voice while at work 
  • Once again must mention that Ms Entwistle is the PERFECT voice for Flavia. Thanks Jen L. for introducing me to the audio version of this series. Unfortunately I cannot read them anymore - can only now listen because Entwistle truly embodies the sweet wickedness of the scamp Flavia
  • Loved the backstory about Flavia's aunt - now I am even more intrigued
  Memorable Quotes

 “Books are like oxygen to a deep-sea diver," she had once said. "Take them away and you might as well begin counting the bubbles.”

“Impertinent children ought to be given six coats of shellac and set up in public places as a warning to others.” 

“Although it is pleasant to think about poison at any season, there is something special about Christmas, and I found myself grinning.”  

Didn't want to type out the whole thing but the scene where SPOILER - Nia gives birth is laugh out loud funny yet so sweet at the same time 

4.5 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library

Monday, January 27, 2014

Audio Book Review: A Red Herring Without Mustard by Alan Bradley

A Red Herring Without Mustard
by Alan Bradley
Random House Audio
Read by Jayne Entwistle
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Description: Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in the hamlet of Bishop’s Lacey—mysteries involving a missing tot, a fortune-teller, and a corpse in Flavia’s own backyard.

Flavia had asked the old Gypsy woman to tell her fortune, but never expected to stumble across the poor soul, bludgeoned in the wee hours in her own caravan. Was this an act of retribution by those convinced that the soothsayer had abducted a local child years ago? Certainly Flavia understands the bliss of settling scores; revenge is a delightful pastime when one has two odious older sisters. But how could this crime be connected to the missing baby? Had it something to do with the weird sect who met at the river to practice their secret rites? While still pondering the possibilities, Flavia stumbles upon another corpse—that of a notorious layabout who had been caught prowling about the de Luce’s drawing room.

Pedaling Gladys, her faithful bicycle, across the countryside in search of clues to both crimes, Flavia uncovers some odd new twists. Most intriguing is her introduction to an elegant artist with a very special object in her possession—a portrait that sheds light on the biggest mystery of all: Who is Flavia?

As the red herrings pile up, Flavia must sort through clues fishy and foul to untangle dark deeds and dangerous secrets.

Random Thoughts
  • This one was definitely faster paced than book 2 which was a fabulous improvement
  • Once again I just have to say I adore this naughty little minx
  • Wonderful how Bradley gives you little snippits into the back story of the family and the villagers. Just enough to keep you wanting more without getting frustrated 
  • I always feel sad after the story finishes, I just want to keep listening to the delightful Entwistle's protrayal of Flavia
  • Flavia's actions and words always leave me chuckling (which can be embarrassing when you listen to it on the bus or taking the dog for a walk) 
  • Found Porcelain an uneven character. Fierce one moment and than scared all of a sudden - expected better
  • If you haven't had the chance to read, or listen, to these delightful books, I feel saddened for you. Get thee to Chapters (or the public library) asap - you will thank me
  • Love how Flavia is so wise and intelligent, yet so truly gullible   
  • Mystery is easily solved but you really don't care, you just want to hear what comes out of Flavia's mouth next
  • I feel sad that I don't live in Flavia's word -- please tell me that my name is Harriet (who is one of the most intriguing dead Characters in the literary world) and I am this feisty vipers mother 
  • Loved the little scene where Flavia talks to her bike
Memorable Quotes

“Compared with my life Cinderella was a spoiled brat.”

“There’s nothing that a liar hates more than finding out that another liar has lied to them.”

"How I adored this man! Here we were the two of us engaged in a mental game of chess in which both of us knew that one of us was cheating. "

4.5 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library and immediately after finished this story, downloaded the next story in the series

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Red Rising
by Pierce Brown
Random House
ISBN: 978-0-345-53978-6
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Description: The war begins...

Darrow is a Helldiver, one of a thousand men and women who live in the vast caves beneath the surface of Mars. Generations of Helldivers have spent their lives toiling to mine the precious elements that will allow the planet to be terraformed. Just knowing that one day people will be able to walk the surface of the planet is enough to justify their sacrifice. The Earth is dying, and Darrow and his people are the only hope humanity has left.

Until the day Darrow learns that it is all a lie. Mars is habitable - and indeed has been inhabited for generations by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. The Golds regard Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

With the help of a mysterious group of rebels, Darrow disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside.

But the command school is a battlefield. And Darrow isn't the only student with an agenda..

The Good Stuff
  • Fast paced and exciting - was on the edge of my seat on quite a few occasions
  • As you have heard before its like a cross between Harry Potter and the Hunger Games - but a extremely bloody version (Hence why I see it is classified as Fantasy, not YA)
  • Darrow is an intriguing character who behaves in unexpected ways. You can feel his pain and his confusion
  • Plenty of twists and turns -- keeps you guessing
  • Well developed secondary characters
  • Rips out your heart at times
  • Inventive take on the dystopian genre - love that the setting is Mars and how this setting came to be
  • Ok, you know I have to say it - just check out the author's pic and he is a very attractive fellow
  • Nice to have another book that I can recommend to the male readers at work - I would say 16 + or a more mature younger teen as it is quite violent - not a bad thing, but I just want to give a heads up to Librarians and booksellers)
  • Fabulous commentary on power and humanity
  • Incredible world building
  • Nice use of mythology

The Not So Good Stuff
  • The terminology is a tad confusing at times (I feel this way about most tales of fantasy and science fiction so this isn't a bad thing more of an FYI for readers like me)
  • Again not a bad thing, just an FYI - this is brutal and stark and not for the faint of heart or sensitive
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"In the densest places of man, humanity most easily breads down"

"But without her, I feel as lonely as our castle looks on its high, removed hill. I reach for the locket, for our haemanthus. Neither is with me. I feel empty in this paradise."

"I took it with anger and cunning, with passion and rage. I won't take Mustang the same way. Love and war are two different battlefields."

"That is a family. Love. These people are all about glory, victory, and family pride, yet they know nothing of love. Nothing of family. These are false families. They are just teams. Teams that play their games of pride."

4.75 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Audio book Review: The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag by Alan Bradley

The Weed that Strings the Hangman's Bag
by Alan Bradley
Read by Jayne Entwistle
Random House Audio
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Description: From Dagger Award-winning and internationally bestselling author Alan Bradley comes this utterly beguiling mystery starring one of fiction's most remarkable sleuths: Flavia de Luce, a dangerously brilliant eleven-year-old with a passion for chemistry and a genius for solving murders. This time, Flavia finds herself untangling two deaths-separated by time but linked by the unlikeliest of threads.

Flavia thinks that her days of crime-solving in the bucolic English hamlet of Bishop's Lacy are over-and then Rupert Porson has an unfortunate rendezvous with electricity. The beloved puppeteer has had his own strings sizzled, but who'd do such a thing and why? For Flavia, the questions are intriguing enough to make her put aside her chemistry experiments and schemes of vengeance against her insufferable big sisters. Astride Gladys, her trusty bicycle, Flavia sets out from the de Luces' crumbling family mansion in search of Bishop's Lacey's deadliest secrets.

Does the madwoman who lives in Gibbet Wood know more than she's letting on? What of the vicar's odd ministrations to the catatonic woman in the dovecote? Then there's a German pilot obsessed with the Brontë sisters, a reproachful spinster aunt, and even a box of poisoned chocolates. Most troubling of all is Porson's assistant, the charming but erratic Nialla. All clues point toward a suspicious death years earlier and a case the local constables can't solve-without Flavia's help. But in getting so close to who's secretly pulling the strings of this dance of death, has our precocious heroine finally gotten in way over her head?

The Good Stuff
  • God I love Flavia, such a mischievous little minx
  • Once the story got started (this one took a wee bit to get into) I couldn't stop listening to it
  • Fabulous character development on each and every character
  • Bloody hilarious
  • Ms Entwistle is an absolutely marvelous voice for Flavia - she truly brings the little devil to life - I could listen to her for hours!
  • Perfect for readers of any age, well at least past 12 - there is bloody murder after all
  • Loved the scene where Flavia wonders what an affair entitles
  • Makes me feel nostalgic for a simpler time - kids actually used their imagination, read books and wandered out in the wilds - damn we need more of that
  • Mwahh hah hah - don't ever tick me off - I have learned a lot about poisons - be warned and don't ever think about messing with my kids
  • I enjoy reading this series - but won't lie - will now only listen to them because the narrator is positively brillian

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Took a wee bit to get into the story on this one
  • Made me laugh m ass off while walking the dog or taking the bus, people were staring LOL!
  • Find myself using British terms and talking in an "english" voice - and I don't do a very good job of it either
Memorable Quotes

“I have to admit, though, that Cynthia was a great organizer, but then, so were the men with whips who got the pyramids built.”

“I remembered that Beethoven's symphonies had sometimes been given names... they should have call [the Fifth] the Vampire, because it simply refused to lie down and die.” 

“But what he said was true enough: I had recently destroyed a perfectly good set of wire braces by straightening them to pick a lock. Father had grumbled, of course, but had made another appointment to have me netted and dragged back up to London, to that third-floor ironmonger's shop in Farringdon Street, where I would be strapped to a board like Boris Karloff as various bits of ironmongery were shoved into my mouth, screwed in, and bolted to my gums.”

 4.5 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library

Monday, January 6, 2014

Innocence by Dean Koontz

by Dean Koontz
Random House
ISBN: 9780345539656
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Description: He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.

She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

The Good Stuff
  • Love the cover so much, it totally hooked me in
  • Such a unusual departure for Mr Koontz - poetic at times. The language made the world come alive and made you feel like you were in the book. Kudos for trying something different Mr Koontz
  • At times made me think of The Stand, Childhoods End (really want to say why, but that would give way too much away), Beauty and the Beast (tv version)  and Blade Runner - btw that is a good thing
  • Fell in love with Addison and Gwyneth, I loved the compassion and true acceptance (hate that word, but after 2 glasses of wine, cannot find a better word) of each other
  • Plenty of twists and turns to keep you hooked - drove me crazy wondering what Addison looked like, was thinking something else (Think Childhoods End) and was wonderfully surprised by the explanation of why people were driven to violence by him
  • Made you think and most of all hope. Made me want to be a better person
  • I just wanted to scoop Addison up in my arms and hug him
  • Lots of library mentions -- yes I know I am a nerd, but I am all about the library love - would totally love to be locked up in an old library on a stormy winters night -- even better if Nathan Fillion was there with me

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Major plot point happened way too near the end of the book and it made me think WTF (sorry don't want to spoil anything, so cannot say anymore than that) why bring this in now  - way too jarring (even with the small little hints about what is happening)
  • Frustrated at times with the jumping from the past to the present
  • A tad preachy and biblical
  • Really didn't love the ending - it felt a tad rushed after the slow pacing of the novel
  • Children are murdered - at least not in graphic detail, but just an FYI - also one of the characters likes REALLY young girls which just grosses me out, sorry I know that makes you hate him more, but ewwww (sensitive I know)

Favorite Quotes/Passages

“Each book is a mind alive, a life revealed, a world awaiting exploration, but living people are all those things, as well—and more, because their stories haven’t yet been completely told.”

"Even police patrols were at a minimum, perhaps because,  as statistics confirm, crime drops sharply during nasty weather because criminals prefer warm and cozy rooms as much as do law-abiding folks." 

"Everyone talks about justice, but there can be no justice where there is no truth, and there are times when truth is seldom  recognized and often despised."
3.5 Dewey's

I received this from Random House in exchange for an honest review

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich

Big Girl Panties
by Stephanie Evanovich
William Morrow (HarperCollins)
ISBN: 978-0-06-222484-2
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Description: They say that big girls don't cry. But when the chips are down and the dip is gone, what can you do? Pull up your BIG GIRL PANTIES and change your life.

Holly Brennan didn't expect to be a widow at thirty-two. She also didn't expect to be so big. Through her husband Bruce's diagnosis and death, food was the one thing she could always count on. Now, those extra pounds make flying coach more than a little mortifying-especially since she's sitting next to Adonis himself, aka Logan Montgomery, a personal trainer to the country's most famous pro athletes.

Though Holly doesn't make the grade on his first-impression meter, Logan finds himself intrigued by her sharp wit and keen insight-a welcome change from the beautiful bubble-headed dolls he usually dates-and impulsively offers to get her back in shape. Ready to make at least one positive change in her life, Holly agrees.

To Logan's (and her own) surprise, Holly turns out to be a natural in the gym. Throwing herself into exercise, the red head with the blazing wit and welcoming smile slims down into a bonafide looker with killer curves-and a new kind of hunger. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly into the bedroom where they share their most intense and steamy workouts yet.

But can a man whose whole life depends on looks commit himself to a woman who doesn't fit his image? Now that Holly's turning other men's heads, does she even need Logan anymore? Are they a couple built to last . . . or is this sizzling affair going to burn out fast

The Good Stuff
  • Sweet little story, good for a beach read
  • Real life issues dealt with and protagonist doesn't become a skinny little girl and finds happiness - appreciated this aspect
  • Has potential but should have been worked on more
  • Steamy sex 
  • Holly is a delightful character - really cheered for her - but personally i think she could have done better than Logan who - um well - is a less than stellar guy in my opinion

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Was irritated by Logan and his idea that Holly was a toy and some of the spanking shit between his friend Chase and his wife
  • Story had a lot of promise but felt it was tooled by someone to be more romantic comedy - yup could totally see this as a romantic comedy
  • Felt that their was way too much focus on heroines weight- like the fact that she wasn't your stereotypical heroine, much more realistic, but didn't like the constant references to her weight
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Drug companies hawked pharmaceuticals with lists of side effects that sounded worse than the diseases themselves. Sure, you may becomes suicidal , but at least you can say you quit smoking."

"But character? It had no price tag; no amount of money could buy it"

3/5 Dewey's

I received this from William Morrow in exchange for an honest review

Friday, January 3, 2014

Audio Book Reviews: Beautiful Darkness, Beautiful Chaos and Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margerat Stohl

Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles #2)
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hachette Audio
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
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Description: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems

Random Thoughts
  • Excellent 2nd book in a series, and we know that this fact is pretty surprising, most second books suck
  • Fast paced and funny as hell
  • Excellent narator 
  • Plenty of surprises that you didn't see coming
  • Thoroughly enjoyed the addition of Olivia
  • Two Librarian main characters
  • Still get a kick that the Librarian's name is Marion and she is a kick ass Librarian  - yup a female Giles
  • Enjoyed the glimpses into the past of certain characters
  • On many occasions while walking the dog I would laugh my ass off while walking the dog and listening to this - even everyday chores were made better by listening to this
  • My favorite thing about this series is the characters.  I enjoyed each and everyone of them - including the bad guys
  • Okay the angsty stuff really irritated the heck out of me -- but hey I am a 43 yr old women who has been married for 20 years
  • Wanted to smack Lena on many occasions
  • I adore Link - love the strong friendship between him and Ethan
  • As soon as I finished listening to the 2nd book, I immediately downloaded the thirs
  • Honestly I think this would be a hard one to read due to the writing style, but listening to it has been a blast 

Favorite Quotes

“High school sucked. It was a universal truth, and whoever said these were supposed to be the best years of your life was probably drunk or delusional.”  

“A vegetarian? Are you insane? That's worse than bein' a quarter demon!”

“So he's like a human compass? As far as superpowers go, that's pretty lame. You're like the Caster equivalent of Aquaman.” 

4 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library and am not required to review but hey, you know I have to share 

Beautiful Chaos (Caster Chronicles #3)

by Kami Garcia and Margerat Stohl 
Hachette Audio
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins

Description: Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home, "strange" and "impossible "have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena's Claiming. Even Lena's family of powerful Supernaturals is affected - and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What - or who - will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?
For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He's being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it isn't by Lena - and whatever is haunting him is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Even worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself - forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn't know why, and most days he's too afraid to ask.
Sometimes there isn't just one answer or one choice. Sometimes there's no going back. And this time there won't be a happy ending

Random Thoughts 
  • Couldn't stop listening, needed to find out what was going to happen 
  • Broke my heart - was crying my eyes out near the end of the book
  • Can I say again, I adore all the characters - Amma, John, Olivia, Ethan, Makin, etc
  • Fast paced and once again love the humour
  • Nice character development
  • Less whiney Lena and Ethan
  • Would have liked more about John's background
  • Loved the story but really feel this could be a brilliant series if it was only two book and more added books about some of the backgrounds - once again got irritated by the angst - but again I am 43 and a wee bit jaded
  • Once again as soon as I finished the book I needed to know what happened next and downloaded the final book in the series
  • Caught a few moments of the movie after I finished this book and it was truly painful to watch - did the producers, directors etc even read these books - it was so bad I had to turn it off  
  • One word - Linkubus!
  • A tad depressing

Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Book banners are no better than book burners.” 

“I wanted to find a place to hide from all of it, where the nightmares and the rivers and reality couldn't find me. For me, that place was always inside a book.”

“Knowing you don’t have much time left changes things. You get kind of philosophical. And you figure things out—more like, they figure themselves out—and everything gets real clear. Your first kiss isn’t as important as your last. The math test really didn’t matter. The pie really did. The stuff you’re good at and the stuff you’re bad at are just different parts of the same thing. Same goes for the people you love and the people you don’t—and the people who love you and the people who don’t. The only thing that mattered was that you cared about a few people. Life is really, really short.” 

4 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library - yup not required to review

Beautiful Redemption (Caster Chronicles #4)
By Kami Garcia and Margerat Stohl
Hachette Audio
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Description: "Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?" Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.
Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series

Random Thoughts
  • Man Ethan and Lena were seriously whiny I almost stopped listening to it at the beginning 
  • It picked up half way through and I had to find out how it ended
  • I have said it before, this would have been brilliant if it was only two books and companion pieces about some of the secondary characters
  • Way, way too much -- I just want to get back to Lena crap -- again I am a jaded 43 yr old wife of 20 years
  • Enjoyed Xavier's character and Ethans trip through the underworld
  • Everytime they mention Angelus ( Pronounced different) I kept thinking of the Angelus from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel - kept thinking they are pronouncing his name wrong
  • Nauseating lovey dovey stuff
  •  Uneven - at times I didn't want to stop listening and than I wanted to throw the phone across the wall in frustration
  • Love Link and Ridley - can't help myself 
  • One word Amma 
  • Loved Ethan in the first 3 books but was irritated with him in this installment
  • Not enough of Link, John, Makin, Liv, Marianne etc - just way too much oh I miss Wade, Oooh I miss Lena - actually gagged a few times
Favorite Quotes/Passages

“You need help, and that's what books are for.”

“As I followed him along the sharp black stones, I could hear Link's voice in my head. "Bad move, man. He's gonna kill you, stuff you, and add you to his collection of idiots who followed him back to his creepy cave”

 “Your bird drinks whiskey and eats tobacco?"
The old man frowned."Just be lad he doesn't like eatin' scrawny boys that don't know their way 'round the Otherworld.” why oh why - so quick and a let down for such a fabulous character

3 Dewey's

I bought this from Audible cause I just had to know what happened!