Audiobooks Review: The Hazel Woods//descent story until the end


Title: The Hazel Woods

Arthur:Melissa Albert

Rating:3/5 stars

Format:Audiobook

Narrator:Rebecca Soler

Length:10/30

Summary: Alice and her mother have always traveled around trying to escape the bad luck that always seemed to follow them. That was until they get word that Alice’s grandmother who Alice has never meet. Who she only know is her mother wants to keep her away from her and that she’s a famous author. They believe their safe until one day Alice’s mother is taken and with the help of a fellow classmate try to follow her mother’s trail which leads to the one place her mother never wanted Alice to go. The Hazel Woods.

MY THOUGHTS:

This would have been such a 4 stars for though I didn’t really like Alice but enjoyed the secondary characters. Also though the story was a bit slow I still really enjoyed how the story went and seen the twist but could get behind it. Even all that it would still be a 4 stars read, until the ending.

The secondary characters are what makes this book, because Alice is annoying. How she was hot and cold so fast and was just a brat for the most part. Yes her mother was missing, yet don’t be a bully to the person that is trying to help you. Flinch is the rich popular boy who isn’t shown any attention at home, so the magically world of the Hinterland is such a wonderland for him. Which is why he started helping the granddaughter of his favorite book.

Again I don’t want to spoil the ending, but I cannot get over how the author decided to write it. There was some build up and it just crashed and I couldn’t help but be upset. Something I didn’t realize is that this book is book one and I don’t know how Melissa is going to continue on with this story. Just hoping that the next book isn’t Alice, but maybe another of the characters of the Hinterland. That I would totally read.

Lastly the audiobook was really good and Rebecca Soler made the story very fairytale like which made the slow bits not that hard to get through. Which if you ever heard her do the Lunar Chronicles series know how smooth she makes story telling.

BR: The Hating Game


author: Sally Thorne

narrator: Katie Schorr

format: audible

length: 11hrs/29mins

publisher: willow morrow

rating: 4/5

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.
Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.  

MY THOUGHTS:

This has been so hyped and it totally deserve it. For her first book Sally Thorne did a great job in bringing a hate to love relationship with lots of humor. Which makes this the prefect book for me. I loved how Lucy’s and Josh’s relationship was trying to up one each other and that Josh seemed to read minds. They bring out each others bad sides and I couldn’t stop laughing at their antics.

Which I should bring up this book is funny so you may not want to read in public. I mean you can if you don’t mind people looking at you weird for laughing out of nowhere. The narrator does such a good job of showing the many emotions that come with Lucy’s and Josh’s dislike for each other and all the others later on.

Also this was about trying to bring to rival companies together once and for all. Which brings Lucy and Josh to work together and plan a bounding course. Which was fun to see both sides come together and pelt each other with paint balls. Also Josh and Lucy had there own things that they had to work on and each helped the other out.

I will say though Lucy got on my nerves some. She seemed to like Josh one minute then say something that will make them stop talking. Not that Josh wasn’t also a pain with his silent and not just telling her stuff. Which lead to total bs moments, however it didn’t take away from my total enjoyment of the book itself.

All in all I really loved this book and for a debut novel I can’t wait to see what Sally Thorne comes out with next. So glad I gave this contemporary a chance and I really want to buy the physical book.

 

Audible Review: Wait for You


Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Format: audible/kindle

Narrator: Sophie Eastlake

Length: 11 hours and 18 minutes

Rating: 5/5

Storyline:

It’s a college book about Avery who moved from Texas to Virginia for a new start. After continuing dealing with something that happened 5 years prior. Avery is trying to move on but someone keeps contacting her by emails and text while Avery just wants to forget.

Avery & Cam:

They both are dealing with stuff from their past however they deal with it in different ways. Cam has pretty much excepted what happened to him. While Avery moved across the country and tries to ignore everything. However I still loved everything about them and how they meet up.

The Romance:

The whole relationship was realistic in the way it came to be. They became friends first and though Cam asked her out for months it was half a joking matter. However when they do go out and start to date they dealt with a lot of ups and downs. Which just made me root for them more as the story went on. I loved that when Avery and Cam became a couple that it didn’t fix everything. Sure she learned how to trust and be able to experience things that frightened her.  However Avery still had some bad days which is how it should.

The Side Characters:

This book has two sets of friends that came together. Brittany and Jacob who acted like brother and sister that  wasn’t afraid to tell Avery when she was being stupid. Plus there always there for the fun time studying while gossiping and eating junk food. Then there’s Ollie and Jase who are brothers to Cam knowing him since childhood. They listen and make sure that Cam doesn’t do anything stupid. I love that they all pretty much all become friends and hangout. They all have their own personality that I love and just want more of them.

The audiobook:
This is my first time listening to Sophie Eastlake and really like her voice. She has a smooth why of telling the story that kept me interested to continue. Am excited to hear more from her.

The story was about dealing with past regrets and trying to get past it. It was also about trust and being willing to just live through you might be scared to.

I always love Jennifer L. Armentrout books and don’t know why I haven’t just marathon her books since I have plenty of them. Can’t wait to continue with these series and see some of my favorite side character get their own books.

I have to say if you’ve read Easy by Tammara Webber and want a similar book this would be a good choice.

Audio Review: A Monster Calls


Author: Patrick Ness

Narrated by: Jason Issacs

Format: audiobook

Length: 3hrs/59mins

Publisher: Walker Books

Rating: 5/5

Summary:

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.

My Thought:

You can learn plenty from this short book by any format. How by listening to the 3 hours and 59 minute audio book has so much heart and emotion in it. Going in blind is smart since all I knew about this book before reading it was that there was a monster and lot of people cried while reading it. Though my eyes stayed dry I can see how this beautiful written story can bring that to people.
Its about how Conor has to deal with a lot of things happening to him, and how a magic monster tree is there to help in a way by telling him three stories. I didn’t know if the monster was good or bad because some moments had me question him. However by the end I knew that he is either and there to help Conor to learn his truth.

The audiobook was really good. It had a storyteller voice where you just can sit for hours and listen to the person speak. It made more of impact because you can hear through the narrator all the feelings that Conor is going through as he’s dealing with what is happening. Highly recommend it.

One thing I would have liked is that since it was a short book I would have loved a epilogue to know what happen next. To know if Conor is okay and if he made up with other people in these book. It would have been nice to have that last bit of closer is all.

Oh that ending it was heartbreaking, and just beautiful done for the topic that this book was written about. I can’t wait to watch the movie and see how this is brought to the big screen.  Read and enjoy just be warned that if your a crier your going to cry, and even if your not it will still make you feel the story.

Sunday: What I Added to My Kindle


So this week I fell like I did really good at not buying kindle books. In these week I got 13 and this week I decided to put a caption with each. Enjoy:

By the same author Addison Moore and all part of a series about college couples.

2017 new release:

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2016 release that I got for 1.99

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Freebie’s (thanks amazon):

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Just to have my another format:

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Collect books from authors I’ve already read:

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audible along with a e-book:

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So thanks for reading and sometime this week I’ll have a physical book haul. I caved into going on Book Outlet and went a little crazy. So ready.

until next time..

Friday Read


Format: paperback/audible

page count: 438/17h&44m

Remaining: 205

Okay let me be honest on the fact that I have multiply currently reading books. However currently am trying to get through Uprooted by Naomi Novik since I already got halfway. Now am setting a goal on finishing it this weekend for the simply fact I haven’t finished a book yet. Plus I don’t have to work so lazy weekend here I come.

 

 

Meme: Top 10 Tuesday


 

topic: ten underrated/hidden gem books I’ve read in the past year or so

the distance between us by Kasie West: I love all her books and this was the first book of hers I read. This is a cute contemporary that you can finish in one sitting.

Heist Society<heist society#1> by Ally Carter: You should read this if you like heist books with teens. I just loved this trilogy and makes my heart full when thinking about it.

Under the Never Sky<under the never sky#1> by Veronica Rossi: Just read for it has plenty for everyone to at least read the first book.

The Iron King<the iron fey#1> by Julie Kagawa: A fey series that I read super fast yet I don’t hear anyone else talk about. I haven’t read the spinoff yet and just want to reread them all.

Graceling <graceling realms> by Kristin Cashore: this book was absolute necessary if you enjoy fantasy books. These is a pretty chunky book that has plenty to keep you entertained.

Unearthly<unearthly #1> by Cynthia Hand: has my favorite couple in it and has a cute story along with it. More people should give this book a chance. Especially  if you like angel books with a hate to love relationship.

Poison Study<study #1> by Maria V. Snyder: This book has grown a bit, but still think that more people should read this book. It has magic, mystery, assassins, and again my favorite troupe.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: Yes this is a classic yet its the only one I’ve read multiply times. I love Ponyboy his brothers and the other boys he hangout with. They are just a bunch of boys looking out for each other.

Incarnate <newsouls#1> by Jodi Meadows: this trilogy has some beautiful covers and such a good storyline which I believe more people should give a chance.

Angelfall <Penryn & the End of Days #1> by Susan Ee: I’ve only read the first book of this trilogy and it took me by surprise how much I enjoyed it. My favorite troupe was in it which is why I recommend it to those who like the hate turned respect relationship.

So there you have it. All these books I’ve loved and don’t really hear many people talk about. So please try these out because all books deserve a chance.

Tag: My Life in Books


This is when I don’t have anything to post so I find a random tag to do. So enjoy the randomness on this Monday.

find a book for each of your initials

count your age along your bookshelf: what book is it?

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Pick a book set in your city/country

33290383 representing NC

pick a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to

10964 I’ve been wanting to go to Ireland forever

Pick a book that’s your favorite color

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which book do you have the fondest memories of?

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which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

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which book is your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

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And there you go a random tag for a random Monday. Like if you enjoyed this and let me know some of your own answers.