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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman Book Review

Lyra finds herself meeting a boy who doesn’t have a daemon in another world. It turns out that he is from another world as well. They go to his world to look for somebody who can provide answers for them. Lyra finds herself in a world similar to hers but without daemons. They work together to find answers and look for his father.

I really enjoyed re-reading this book. I know that presumably, it’s a children’s novel. I disagree with this assessment. I don’t think anybody under 14 should read it really. I find that I’m enjoying and understanding the book a lot more now that I”m reading it as an adult rather than a teenager. I also feel like this book was more of a bridge between books one and three than a full part of the story. Well, I partially feel this way.

I don’t think I need to say how much I adore the characters. It’s amazing how important Lyra becomes to everybody. No questions asked. They meet her and spend any length of time with her and they are suddenly willing to give their life for her. I’m not saying this as a complaint. I’m just in awe of it. I feel like I identify with quite a few of the characters in this book.

I’ve read this entire trilogy before as a teenager. I loved it then. It stuck with me. I was so happy that they adapted it to the movie a couple years after I read it. I was disappointed by that, but that’s another story. I’ve wanted to re-read the books after the movie came out, but never got around to it. The show they are putting out on November 4th has been the PERFECT excuse for that re-read!

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Birching His Bride by Golden Angel Book Review

Eleanor has been spoiled and pampered by her mother for years. Her father puts a stop to this by making sure she is properly disciplined so she doesn’t shame the family. He arranges her marriage immediately after her coming out party to somebody he knows will keep her in line as much as he did.

I’m surprised I enjoyed this story. Normally stories like this make me feel very uncomfortable. It’s not that I am against it. It’s just not really my cup of tea. Something told me this would be different. That this author was different. I was completely right. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the books.

I didn’t really feel connected with the characters as much as I got connected with the story itself. I cared about them, but I didn’t really feel what they felt. I honestly can’t say I really cared for Eleanor that much either. She was a spoiled little brat who didn’t care about anybody’s feelings but her own. Not that she deserved to be treated like a child, but still.

S. Kitten was a terrific narrator for this story. I’m not sure if she narrates the rest of the series, but I sincerely hope she does. I enjoyed hearing her voice very much. it was very soothing. As weird as that sounds. She got some words mixed up here and there, but it still worked. Her performance was beautiful.

I stepped out of my comfort zone with this book. I’m glad I did. This book was definitely wonderful and sensual. It’s not what I expected at all. Or maybe I should say that it was much more than I expected. Maybe it defeated all expectations and kept going.

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A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles Book Review

Count Alexander Rostov has shamed himself by writing a very controversial poem. As punishment, he is placed on house arrest in a hotel he is living at currently. If he leaves the hotel ever, he will be shot and killed for his actions.

I really enjoyed this book. I have been wanting to read it for a long time. So when it became a book club book, I was very excited. When I first started the book, I wasn’t fully impressed. I found it a bit dry. I read the first three hundred pages before I decided to switch to an audiobook. I was so impressed with the narrator, that I started the book over again to hear it all.

The characters were so amazing. Especially our dear Count Rostov. I had a suspicion about something when the book first started with how he worded things. I was pleased to say I was correct. I was shocked to find I was the only one who picked up on it. I do wish there were some characters that had more of a role in the story, but I adored them all.

Nicholas Guy Smith is a very wonderful narrator. I really adored him. Once I had gotten past the beginning, I did start enjoying the story. It’s a very slow start, but worth it if you keep going. Smith enhances the story even further. He has quite a sophisticated voice about him as well. I would definitely listen to other books he narrates as well.

I really did enjoy this book. I really didn’t like the way it ended. Well, I didn’t hate it either. I just preferred a different way to end it. That comes out bad as well. It’s not that ending was bad. It just left more questions for me than I was comfortable for an ending of a book. This is not a happy go lucky story. It’s not a heavy story either. It definitely warrants attention.

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The One That Got Away by Charlotte Roth Book Review

Helen is invited to a wedding in Rome. She will be seeing classmates that she hasn’t seen in 20 years. Including the one that got away. She struggles with old feelings that come back. She also struggles with self-consciousness about herself and her getting older.

I really enjoyed this story. I honestly thought I was going to hate it in the beginning. It had a lot of Burn Book from Mean Girls vibes. Luckily, I gave it a chance and realized that that’s just how they talked. It wasn’t a mean girl thing at all. I’m glad I did. This was an incredible and cheesy story. It was very inspirational and unique.

Obviously I really loved Helen. I feel like I related to her in so many ways. I am a very past sentimental being. Her mom and Lori were pretty amazing too. I wish I’d seen more of Rob and Mark. I also wish I’d seen more of 3PO too.

The narrator for this book was Brenda Scott Wlazlo. She did a pretty amazing job. I am very impressed. I’ll have to look it up, but I’m pretty sure that I haven’t really heard anything else from her before. I could be wrong about that. Either way, I plan to listen to more books by her.

I really did enjoy this story. My first impressions of it were very Mean Girls or cheesy love story. I was wrong. Well, to be fair, it was a cheesy love story, but in a very good way. It was a breath of fresh air. This is one of the best books I’ve read. I think this might be my favorite book of this author.

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The Deadly Floral Affair by K.M. Morgan Book Review

Daisy is beyond happy. It’s her big day. While she’s away on honeymoon, the flower shop owner winds up getting shot. The investigation goes on and many people are interrogated. It’s the talk of the town.

I really adored this book. It was cute and quirky. It was a very nice and easy book to read. The only thing I really couldn’t understand is the disconnect. I felt like there were two different stories going on. I didn’t really figure out why Daisy and her wedding and honeymoon fit into the story until the very end. It was nice to meet her.

I enjoyed reading about the characters. But with the book being so short, I didn’t really feel like I connected with any of them. They all seemed very wonderful and it’s easy to see the small-town vibes in the story. I get the feeling that this book was a part of a series and that I kind of just dove in not knowing anything about the world or the characters.

I really enjoyed the narrator. I don’t think I’ve listened to anything else by Marilyn Rakes before. I am definitely willing to listen to other books narrated by her. She has this very sweet voice that’s calming. I listened to the book with my mom and my boyfriend in the car.

This was a very short and sweet read. All three of us who listened to it enjoyed it very much. I’ll have to look into other books by this author and by this narrator. It was well written and well narrated.

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Mission Impawsible by Melanie James Book Review

Kelly and her brother decide to attempt something daring. An accident makes them trigger a spell that frees a cursed bear clan from several centuries before. With the help of her were-bear boyfriend and a few friends, she finds a way to figure out what she did and how to fix it.

I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t realize until it was too late that this was the second book in the Karma Inc. Files. I am familiar with The Literal Leigh series so I was familiar with all the characters. It’s a very funny book. It has some steamy and sexy parts as well. It enhances the story. I love how the author really just brings a reader into every single part of the story.

I just adore all of the characters! My favorite two are Kelly and Randy. They are just such a sarcastic riot! Gertie is pretty amazing as well. She’s just so adorably gullible. I just wish that some of the characters that are in the main series were in this book. I get why they weren’t though.

Hollie Jackson was made to narrate this book. I fully believe she was made for the entire series. I think that’s why she’s one of my favorite narrators of all time. She really sucks you into a story and makes characters’ personalities just pop in the best way possible! I really want to get my hands on all of the audiobooks she’s ever narrated. I may meet a new author or two that way!

I really did enjoy this book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I read the first book first. It definitely made me realize that I need to reread the entire Literal Leigh series over again. It’s one of my favorite series of all time. It’s quirky and adorable. I’ll probably wind up reading them a dozen of other times too.

Karma Inc. Book 1

Literal Leigh Series

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The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman Book Review

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Lyra’s life is about to change forever as she knows it. First, she saves her uncle when the Master of the college she grew up in tries to poison him. Then, children start disappearing all over. She’s fascinated, but fascination turns into indignation when her very best friend becomes one of the children who disappear. She’ll soon learn that she has a major role to play in the journey. Bigger than she’ll ever know.

I really love this story. This is my second time reading it. I adored it the first time, but I loved it even better the second time around. I’ve been meaning to re-read it for a long time. Then, I found out they are doing an adaptation on HBO. It looks really good. It’s also a great excuse to re-read the trilogy! I’m glad I am. I either forgot about a lot that went on, or it went over my head because I was a teenager. Maybe it was both.

I feel like I had a lot of Lyra’s spirit and will when I was a child. I can’t name a lot of the characters in the book without spoiling some of them. Let’s just say that it’s easy to love the protagonists and hate the antagonists. I do kind of wish that we could have seen more of some people. I love that it was from Lyra’s point of view.

This story was so magical to me the first time around. I didn’t think I could love it more than I did then. I was wrong. This book has become even more magical to me. The thing that I can’t get my head around is people see it as a children’s novel. I don’t see it as an adult novel, but I don’t see it as a children’s novel. I’d accept Young Adult, though. There are things that are a little too heavy for children. I still love it.

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Look Alive Twenty-Five by Janet Evanovich Book Review

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Stephanie finds herself the manager of a deli that has been confiscated when the owner goes FTA. She doesn’t like the fact that she’s been volunteered for a position she has no experience in until she’s offered a nice weekly pay. It’s after she gets to the store that she learns that the previous managers of the deli have disappeared lately. All that’s left behind is a shoe.

This was one of the more interesting books, to say the least. I really enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed getting to know more about one of my favorite background characters, Hal. It was weird to me that the family wasn’t really in this book all that much. I kind of missed Grandma Maazur’s quirky wit. I’m sure there’s a reason for it.

I will always adore the characters in this series. There’s the cynical Stephanie who is a klutz but is extremely lucky. Lula who is loud and out there. Ranger who’s dark and mysterious. Morelli who’s handsome and flirty. I could go on. I really could. I’ll save it so the reader can read all about them for themselves.

I really have enjoyed this entire series. I can’t believe I’ve actually reached the last one. I know that the next one will be out next month, but that’s beside the point. I started re-reading this series earlier this year because I couldn’t remember where I left off on the series. And now, here I am. Well, here we are since I buddy read it with my Mom. It’s been amazing.

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The Party Crasher by Erin Bevan Book Review

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Kit is devastated when the job that she thinks will finally turn her luck around blows up in her face. To top off her humiliation, she meets a man that she hits it off with right away. Brent witnesses a disaster of an event. But he winds up becoming smitten with Kit. Once he finds out her story and that his parents were involved, he decides to withhold who he is from her.

This book is full of predictable tropes. Including the “don’t tell her who I really am”. I know this is coming out like a bad review, but it’s not. Despite all the eye-roll worthy mess of this story, I loved it. I absolutely just adored it. My only criticism is that it wasn’t long enough for much of the back story to be built up a little better. It’s still a very refreshing read.

The only characters you really get to know fully are Kit and Brent. There are some other characters sprinkled in, but you don’t really get too much of them except dialogue. I adored both Kit and Brent, but I’d of loved to see the back story of some of the other characters. Especially Brent’s parents. They did a good job for a novella though.

The narrator, Ava Lucas, is just too cute! I love the country accent she has in this book. I will be honestly floored if somebody tells me that her accent is faked. She does such a great job with it. I do have a small critique about her though. There were times that she didn’t do tones right for certain characters. It wasn’t many times, and it’s not really that distracting. I think it happened maybe three times.

I didn’t think I’d enjoy this story as much as I did. This was one of my out of my comfort zone picks. I was very pleasantly surprised by the fact that I really enjoyed it. I read over half of it in one sitting. Then, I read the other half in another. I’d of probably read all of it in one sitting if I didn’t need sleep and have errands. I fully recommend this for a light and refreshing read.

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Nightworld Academy: Term Two by LJ Swallow Book Review

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A new term begins. The group wonders if the teacher who knows what they did will turn them in or keep his word. None of them feel that they can trust him. Jamie has cast a spell from a dangerous book that has put another student away for using it. The book is known to consume people. There is also an investigation about the attack on the hunters that were there that night.

I enjoyed this book much more than I did the first book. Which is weird for me. Normally I LOVE a first book and the rest of the series will fall flat. Or I’ll love every book equally. I feel like the first book was more of a set up than anything. This book really gets into the meat of things. I can’t wait to continue on.

Maeve doesn’t irritate me nearly as much as she did in the first book. I was happy to have gotten to see more of Amelia in this book. And more of Andrei, Jamie, and Ash. I’m not really sure how I feel about the professors. Mainly because they aren’t really prominent in the books that much.

I wasn’t impressed with the performance of the narrators in the first book. They made a recovery in this book. They did a lot better. I’ve listened to Sarah L. Colton before and knew how great she’s been in other books. I didn’t realize until this book that I’m pretty sure I’ve actually listened to one other book by Steve Campbell before. He says this one word very uniquely.

I really did enjoy the book. I hope that anybody who has read the first book and wasn’t fully impressed with it will read this anyways. It definitely picks up. I feel like this is a story that builds and builds until the very end. It’s a shame the rest isn’t in audio yet. I like to keep the format the same when I read books. If I listen to it in audio, I like to listen to them all in audio. If I read them, I like to read them. I may just make an exception for this one.

Nightworld Academy: Term One