Audiobook Review: The Shadow Cipher


Author: Laura Ruby

Series: York#1

Format: audiobook

narrator: Andy Verner

Length: 10/14

Summary: it was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

My Thoughts:

This was a sweet mystery about three children who want to try and save there apartment. And so Tess, Theo, Jamie, and a big cat go around New York looking for answers. Where no 7th graders should go alone but hey this is there city so who knows.

This book was told in each of the children POV which was easy to get because it was changed for each chapter. The narrator was done by Adam Verner and he did a wonderful job putting a difference between each voice. For a 10 hour audio this one went fast and kept me interested the whole time.
I loved how they each had a role to play, Jamie drew out when they found a new thing. While Theo was the textbook giving the history. And Tess she is also very smart, but also can lie the best out of the three of them. Also the friendship is sweet for they all are fighting for a common cause and that’s so no one would leave the only home they know. Plus the twins have a giant cat who is everything. She goes along with most of there adventure. She keeps Tess calm and scare off baddies what’s not to love.
Where the puzzles took them was basically all around New York from the Statue of Liberty, to visit Alexander Hamilton, to get on crazy trains, and even go under ground. There was plenty twist and turns some obvious, but there was plenty of them to keep me going into the end.

Alas cliffhangers are not fun, because that ending makes me want the next book which isn’t until next year.

 

Audiobook: RoomHate


Author: Penelope Ward

Series: n/a

Format: audible

Narrator: Zoe McKay

Length: 9h/3m

Rating: 5/5

Summary: Amelia and Justin where childhood best friends until a misunderstanding made her leave him behind. That was until Amelia’s grandmother passed away and left her house to both of them. And now have to spend the summer with the boy she left behind along with his girlfriend. Awkward.

My Thoughts:

And it kept going and I couldn’t stop listening and so finished it in a day.

Justin though was a bastard in the beginning I still loved him because hello bad boys make me just a happy reader. While Amelia just want to talk to Justin to settle there differences and maybe become friends again. However Justin wants nothing to do with her. The battle in the beginning had me pause my audiobook because I couldn’t handle it. Laughter and smiling like a lone makes you have weird looks. Then as they slowly went into friendship mode and the slow burn I lived for.

Let me just say this book had no cheating. I know I was shocked and very happy that Penelope didn’t take that route. Because yes there was some sexual tension and long looks between Justin and Amelia however they respected Jill enough not to act on it. I loved Jill to and would love a spin off for to have a happy ending. Because she became friends with Amelia when Justin was being a bully. So yes for her story and have Justin and Amelia costar.

Another thing I loved the development of this book. It wasn’t just the summer and they reconnected and end there’s no there was more. The setting was cute in the way that the house was on a little island. So small town along with living on the water. This was such a realistic way that a relationship should develop especially with the history they have. It had to go slow and work the way up to more and I got that with this book and was surprised.

The narrator Zoe McKay did a wonderful job at telling the story in both voices. Plus mainly you get the story in Amelia’s voice and in the epilogue you get Justin. Which kind of sucks because there are parts I would have loved read through Justin’s view.

Other than that I loved this story and highly recommend to anyone who loves childhood friends who get a second chance at something more.

Audiobook Review:Kage Trilogy


Titles: Kage, Kage Unleashed, Kage Unmasked

Author: Maris Black

Series: Kage 1-3

Format: audible

Narrator: J.F. Harding

Lengths: 8h 2m/7h 9m/ 5h 28m

Summary: M/M with boxing and a mafia vibe. All three books are about a chance meeting between boxing uprise and want to be reporter and how they try to be in a relationship together.

Black(k)
The 1st book is my favorite for it was the start of the cat and mouse that Jamie and Kage began  playing. Especially how Jamie ended up working for Kage and the craziness that comes with it. I love the start of relationships when its slow and don’t know if this is what they really want. Also if they could be anymore different personality wise that lead to a long summer. 4 stars

Black(ku)
2nd book its more who isnt trying to keep them away from each other. It being Jamies family, or Kage’s uncle. Plus it didnt help that Jamie had to go back to school so they were separate. Which lead to them to trust each other and not what they see or hear. To listen to Kage getting jealous is dangerous to those who threaten I thought it was sweet. 3.5 stars

Black(k3)
3rd book is where the mafia elements come more pronounced. This is where we also see Kage fighting to come to terms with his dark pass and try to get out from his uncles thumb. This was my least favorite of the trilogy because though the beginning was good and the ending was rushed to the happy ending. Plus there was somethings I still needed answers to but didn’t get. 3 stars

I read these through audiobook and J.F. Harding was a good narrator he did a good job. I understood who he was talking through since it did go from both main characters. Plus the stories was quick to get through and was a fun time.

Overall I give this trilogy a 3 stars the first one is my favorite the second meh and the third was rushed. However I did enjoy it and recommend it to those who like boxing/mafia moments and m/m romance.

The House Cup Reading Challenge


Hosted by

Lauren from Lauren of Live, Love, Read

Kelsey from Kelsey’s Cluttered Bookshelf

Alex from Book Daisy Reviews

Erica from Escape Under the Cover

The House Cup Reading Challenge runs from Sunday, October 15, to Sunday, November 12. During this challenge, you will progress from a first-year to seventh-year Hogwarts student by completing seven books on your TBR list. In addition to the main challenge, you will have opportunities to earn even more points by participating in the themed bonus challenges and tweeting with the challenge hashtag on Twitter. But more on that later! To sign-up and find out more about the challenges visit one of the hosts blogs.

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Name: Chelsea

Hogwarts House: Ravenclaw

Wind Type: cypress wood,unicorn hair, 10 3/4 in length, surprisinly swishy flexibility

Pet: barn owl

Favorite Subject: charms

Favorite Teacher: Minerva McGonagall

 

My Challenge:

Gryffindor: Read a book with an epic hero/heroine-THE GREAT HUNT
Hufflepuff: Read a book that contains a strong friendship-
Ravenclaw: Read a book that revolves around a mystery-SLEEPING GIANTS
Slytherin: Read a book set in a dystopian world-
Astronomy Class: Read a book set in outer space-STARFLIGHT
Care of Magical Creatures: Read a book that features an animal or magical/mythical creature-
Tri-Wizard Tournament: Read a book that includes a competition-CARAVAL
Occlumency: Read a book about a character with magical abilities or superpowers-TOUCH OF POWER
Death Eater: Read a book told from the POV of a villain-
Platform 9 3/4: Read a book that features travel-
Time Turner: Read a book set in the future or past
Fantastic Beasts: Read a spin-off to a beloved series
Dumbledore’s Army: Buddy-read a book with a friend or group

I want to do as many as I can so well see how this goes. If you have suggestions on some other books for the challenges please let me know in the comments thanks.

 

My All Format Book Haul


I swear my hauls get longer every month. Though I didn’t break 100 but I was pretty dang close. Onto the haul….

Kindle:46

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Bookoutlet Haul:9

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Audible: 42 and I’ve listened to 14 of them last month

Daughter of the Pirate King
Hitched
Traitor to the Throne
Alex, Approximately
The Song of Achilles
Hitched vol. 2
Hitched vol.3
Warcross
The Love Interest
Release
Unblemished
Tease
Trust
Take
We Are Legion
Warbreaker
First Drop of Crimson
A Closed and Common Orbit
Hamilton
Halfway to the Grave
The Sexy One
The Chemist
Into the Light
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Elantris
The Great Gatsby
An Enchantment of Ravens
Monster Prick
The Language of Thorns
Kage
Openly Straight
Kage Unleased
Kage Unmasked
The Progeny
The Fifth Season
Broken Prince
The Collapsing Empire
Twisted Palace
Air Awakens
Drunk Dial
Borrowing Blue
The Play Mate

=97. I’ve been in such a audio book mode that reading any other way isn’t possible for me at this moment. But am just glad am reading in some way so I can’t complain even if my wallet hates it.

September Wrap Up


21. That’s the number of books I’ve read in the month of September. I’ve been listening to audiobooks then actual reading physical books isn’t working for me currently. So here’s all I’ve read in September

Hitched Trilogy & The Fix UP by Kendall Ryan

Hitched vol. 1-3 should been just one book so that the audiobooks would have been cheaper to get. Especially since they had cliffhangers. Then we have The Fix UP which is a spin off to Hitched but about the best friends of there’s. I enjoyed The Fix Up more for the reason it was just one book. Plus if there was a misunderstanding they talked it out instead of dragging it out. Another plus Sterling had a accent which sounded beautifully on audio.

Maniscalco(sjtr)

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco  (ya/ historical /mystery)

3/5. A bit slow and guessing who the Jack was I had it down to two and was right. However I loved Audrey Rose and the banter she had with her love interest. Also this was historical fiction where women are supposed to ladies and yet Audrey wants nothing to do with it.

Bennett(aa)

Alex Approximately by Jenn Bennett (summertime contemporary)

4/5. It was about email exchange which of course yes. I loved the relationships in this book. I loved that Porter and Mink had a hate to more relationship. Didn’t like that who Alex was revealed so early. Or that there was no sign of Minks mom. It was some what explained however was some what open ended.

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Secret in Death (in death #45) by J.D. Robb (mystery/romance)

5/5. Every book in the death series a full star because I love this series. Wish there was more of my favorite side characters instead of glimpse of them. However something finally comes to light that I have been waiting for awhile now. Can’t wait until next year for the next one.

Temptation series by Ella Frank (m/m)

I read all the books that are currently out. 1-4 of them where audiobook while the last one hasn’t came out yet. I loved all the audiobooks the narrator Shannon Gunn does very well with male voices. So far the whole series I give 4 stars. For its about a straight male who just got out of a marriage and is being courted by a another man. This whole series is about excepting of oneself and family issues about those chooses. I love Tate and Logan. Forewarning though every book has a cliffhanger you’ve been warn.

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Depth of Field by Riley Hart  (m/m romance)

4/5.Shane & Maxwell doesn’t have the best past where Shane was greatly bullied by Maxwell and his friends. However years later Maxwell comes back after living right after high school and rock Shane’s world. I loved how slow they took to become more especially since they have such a ugly and hurtful past. Once they work that out though it was still a tough road and I loved it.

Kage Trilogy by Maris Black

3/5. Each book had a element of the reporter and the boxer. Its a trilogy about there struggles with long distance, jealous, dark past, and mafi elements in each story. The whole trilogy is pretty short and if listening to them in 2x can finish each in a day. Plus another book trilogy that has cliffhanger ending just so you know.

 The Royal Series by Erin Watt (new adult romance/ bad boys)

4/5. I know a lot of people dislike this book however I ate them up. Especially since it had a family of bad boys which I have a really soft spot for. Plus Ella was a bad ass all by herself. She was put into this family pretty much against her will and the boys where just demons to her. However she never backed down from those or those in her new prep school. The whole school situation was missed up. For it is ruled by the students and the teachers can be paid off. I need the to read the spinoff but not all the books are out so am waiting because I know there are cliffhangers.

Zapata (twow&m)

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata  (sports romance)

3/5. This has a hate to love relationship between employee for her boss. For though Vanessa has worked and hated her employer Aiden never seem to care. Except if it has to do with working out and his career. That was until Vanessa has enough and quit and Aiden needs her help. This was a over 600 page book which was okay in audiobook however for most of it nothing really happened.

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Drunk Dial by Penelope Ward (reconnection/long-distance/romance)

3/5. This was a cute story of old friendship reconnecting thanks to a drunk call. I loved how cute this story was and wish it was a bit longer. I feel like there was loose ends that I would like to see resolved and not just mentioned in the epilogue.

Lauren(a)

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren  (ya/coming of age/mm)

4/5. I can see a lot my own personality in Tanner especially when it comes to laziness and process of writing a book. Though I didn’t fully understand the religious aspect of this book especially it being set in such a religious setting. Also we have mostly Tanner Point of view, however Sabastian does it one with a different voice which threw me. I’ll have a better review later am still thinking on it.

So yeah here’s my ramble review and hopefully I’ll have some reviews up that make a bit more sense later on. Thanks if you made it though and see you next time with my haul for September.

 

 

August Wrap Up for 2017 


 

I listened to LOTS of auidble books while getting some kindle books read. I’ve been reading a lot however I haven’t done that many reviews. So I need to fix that sooner than later.

Buxbaum(tmtt)4 stars (review)

Welch(l&g)4 stars (review)Ryan(rm)4 stars

Huss(mp)3 stars Violet(fi)3 stars Lee(tggtv&v)5 stars Hamilton(trofts)4 stars (review)Blaine(albll)5 stars (review)Violet(so)3 stars Violet(bu)3 stars Violet(gd)3 stars Violet(gh)3 stars Rowell(co)4 stars Bye(ofs)3 stars (review)

So I did okay with August and I can already feel September is going to be crazy since am already in double digits in books read.

BR: Out Of the Shadow


Author: Ashlee Nicole Bye 

Series: Shadowlands-1

Format: Kindle

Publisher: Huntuzie Press-2017

Page Count: 337

Rating: 3/5

Summary: 

Nobody ever said death would be easy…

From the streets of Melbourne to the bowels of Westminster, the delicate balance between life and death that is so painstakingly maintained by the reapers of The Order of Dark and Light is being tested by the return of an ancient threat. Tensions are rising within the hidden world of The Shadowlands and if this threat is not contained war will be inevitable. And the destruction of the human world is bound to follow in its wake.

Amidst this tension, eighteen year-old Sachi Manning is struggling to cope with the grief and guilt that has plagued her ever since her best friend was murdered six months earlier—that is, until she spots him seemingly alive and well and being held at scythe point by a hooded figure who looks more like a GQ model than the Grim Reaper.

Sachi shouldn’t be able to see through the glamours that shield Shadowlanders from the human world, so the reaper in question wants some answers. And so begins the craziest couple of weeks of Sachi’s life as she is drawn into a world of mysteries, magic, monsters, and mayhem, encountering dragons, faeries, soul-sucking demons, not-so-grim reapers, and even the Horseman of Death.

My Thought

I was sent this for an honest review and for me it was meh.

I really enjoyed the concept of the book it being where reapers have a secret society among the humans and there are different jobs for each of them. Some are trackers who keeps the order than there are those who actually plan out when someone will die. Which has became a problem since there are people who where supposed to accidents turn into murdered. So its up to the trackers to find out who is messing up the order of things.

Beside that mystery we have Sachi who is trying to still get her life together after her best friend was murder a couple years ago. She currently live with her brother and feels safe in her little bubble that she’s made for herself. But of course that doesn’t last when she unknown can see through the veil which start drama.

This book has a slow burn type of feel and it jumps around a lot to different characters. Which sometimes confused me because I either forgot who some are or get introduced to new ones and get there backstory. The characters themselves where nothing special to me. I didn’t attach to any of them, which isn’t something that usually happens with me.

I dont think am in the right mind set for this book because its very detailed based and am currently not it the head space for it. I want to revisit this book again later to see if my opinions has changed. However I do recommend to those who enjoy Shadowhunter but with this one it has reapers.

BR: A Little Bit Like Love// male/male second chance romance


Author: Brooke Blaine

Series: South Haven-1

Page Count: 278

Format: Kindle

Summary:

My Thoughts:

This is a duel POV of Jackson and Lucas who meet at a all boy school became friends and started feeling more. However Jackson disappear and it takes him 8 years to come back. But coming back they find out that they have changed while still being highly attracted to each other.

The Boys:

Jackson and Lucas had such a rough reunion and moments afterward. Since Jackson wants to explain unfortunate for him Lucas doesn’t want to hear it. How much work the both have to do start talking and being open. It was a roller-coaster. Which to come find out both where tricked by Jackson’s dad so that they would never see each other.

Disliked:

Lets talk about his father for a moment. There was plenty of times I yelled at my phone because he was simply a bastard. Not only did he twist the situation 8 years ago to keep them away from each other. But also the way he talked to Jackson pissed me off which is the ending was one of my favorite part.

Favorite:

On a more positive note I LOVED Shaw and Bash and simply wanted more of them. There best friends to Lucas and try to be the voice of reason type role. Shaw is the one you go to for a tattoo or a drink, but gives great advice without asking. Then there is Bash who you need for a bad day while also being a cutthroat when needed. I loved them both so much that I just want more.

Plus its based in Safe Haven which is a small southern town where everyone knows everyone and there secrets. However this small town is somewhere I really would love to visit. Or any small town would do.

So this book took me by surprise and I couldn’t stop reading it. So I just the next book come out now so I can revisit this small town with there southern charm. While following some of favorite guys fall in love.

Also reading this has completed my goodreads challenge of reading 50 books. How my reading has been of late I had to take it down from 100 to 50 and even then I wasn’t sure if I would get that. So from now until Dec 31st am set. 

Has anyone else hit there goodreads goal yet or have you changed it to go higher or lower? Let me know in the comments along with any book recommentions about small towns. m/m romance because I haven’t gotten enough yet. second chance loves.

Until next time bye 🙂