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Miss Victoria Hicks

Miss Victoria Hicks Bristol, UK Member Since 2011

Mother of 3, bookworm from birth & audiobook addict from the age of 5yrs.

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  • "More than just a werewolf story"

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    Shiver by Maggie Steifvater

    For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf in particular - her wolf - is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Every winter, she watches him, but every summer, he disappears.
    Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives. In winter, he stays in the frozen woods, with the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, he has a few precious months of being human... until the cold makes him shift back again.
    Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be.
    But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human - or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.

    THE STORY
    'Shiver' is a story about a late teenage couple fighting to be together, the only thing standing in the way of their ever growing love is time.
    Grace is an ordinary girl with a not so ordinary story. Right from the beginning we know that as a child, Grace was attacked by wolves and bitten. Ever since, she has been fascinated by the wolves who live in the woods outside her home. Particularly with the yellow-eyed wolf that saved her.
    Sam is a boy with an extraordinary secret. Trapped by weather and time, he is in love with a girl that has never seen his human face.
    When their worlds collide they have to fight not only for their lives and their love, they have to fight to be together.

    Sam and Grace meet for the first time when she finds him human, naked and bleeding on her back porch. With his unmistakable yellow eyes, Grace instantly recognises Sam and knows instinctively that he is the wolf she has been watching. From this point we are drawn into Sam's world and the story progresses at a good pace.

    The storyline itself can be slightly dark in places although it focuses more on the relationship between Grace and Sam than anything else.

    Sam has a truly traumatic past. And then there's the fact that he can only be human when the weather is warmer, and eventually will have to relinquish his human identity for good.

    I love how the temperature is uniquely used and adds a vein of tension throughout the story, as each chapter begins with by stating the temperature, which steadily drops throughout as Sam and Grace's time runs out, and almost becomes as much of a character in the story as either Grace or Sam.

    I enjoyed the gradual development of the story and found that the relaxed pace meant that even simple moments such as family drama, school drama, day-to-day life, etc were able to tell a story.

    It was interesting to follow how two people from such different worlds interact with each other, and it was great to see how their experiences with friends and families had shaped them individuals as well as how they related to one another.

    The super natural storyline does not at all over power the love story and the storylines fit together perfectly.

    WRITING STYLE
    Shiver is told in the 1st person points of view of the hero and the heroine, Sam and Grace.
    The idea, to have both the main characters have individual chapters on their experiences, works brilliantly, cleverly evolving both characters at an equal rate.
    Each has a clear voice, although each chapter states the narrator at the start.

    The narrative style is good, easy to follow and it is interesting to get points of view from the different characters throughout the book.

    THE SETTING
    I really loved the setting of this book, especially the woods and how much they are featured in the book, almost taking on a character of their own.
    The immensely detailed descriptions give you a sense of natural beautiful woods, and yet they are also a sinister, dark, twisted and mysterious place, where wolves and humans naturally came together.

    I like that the woods are such a big part of Grace's feelings towards Sam; she gazes at them longingly and dreams of living under the golden leaves just as she dreams of Sam himself.

    Also, the constant underlying feature of the cold brings an added tension to the story. As you follow the changes in temperature, you feel the same cold that the characters do which only adds to the experience.

    ROMANCE
    Unlike other romance stories, there is no love triangle. This is, quite simply, a love story between two people who want nothing more than to be together but who both know they are running out of time.

    The relationship between Grace and Sam develops slowly. Although they are apparently in love immediately, due to a deeper connection, the developing romance doesn’t feel forced, false or rushed and the feelings shared between them feel real without being overly mushy.

    They are well developed, realistic characters with concerns and problems of their own, outside of each other. Their relationship isn't the all consuming purpose of the plot, and the rest of the plot is enough to feel like it wasn't just a carrier for the romance, without getting in the way of the romance.

    CHARACTERS
    Grace is the female protagonist of the story and is different from the stereo-typical female leads.
    She isn’t the damsel in distress, the mean girl or the popular girl. She's not rich and she doesn't have a sob story in her past. In fact she is she is quite the opposite. A thick skinned, practical and resilient girl who is down-to-earth, focused and likes everything to make sense.

    Sam is the male protagonist of the story and is different from the stereo-typical male leads.
    He isn’t the usual bad boy or arrogant jerk with oodles of attitude. Nor is he the 'alpha male' stereotype.
    In fact, he is quite the opposite. Gentle and fragile, sensitive, artistic and romantic.

    I especially liked the way neither Grace nor Sam have had perfect relationships with their friends and family, and this becomes a strong bond that they shared.

    Grace's parents are useless and pay little attention to their daughter, whereas Sam's parents are better left unspoken about.

    The supporting characters in the story give added depth to the structure, believability and fluidity.
    There aren't too many, just enough that everyone is memorable and most are involved in small side plots so don’t become insignificant.
    They are well rounded, believable and critical to supporting the main theme. From Grace's distant parents, Sam’s pack master/father figure and the pack members themselves, to the mean girl you love to hate.

    THE WOLVES
    I really liked the wolves and the world they inhabited. The descriptions of them changing form were particularly well thought out.
    I loved the original take on the werewolf legend. Stereo-typically, werewolves turn into massive super-wolves, weird human/wolf mixes or have telepathic abilities allowing human speech and communication.
    The werewolves in Shiver turn into proper wolves, think wolf thoughts, act like wolves and eat wolf foods with only the faintest memory of the human things that were most important to them in their human lives. For example, people's faces or scents were familiar but their names forgotten. These new wolves make change somehow more frightening because the human side of them is basically lost as soon as they transform.

    CONCLUSION
    I wouldn't compare this book to any others that i have read, as none of them are quite like this.
    Shiver is truly unique and i am very glad that i took a chance on it when it popped up in my recommendations.

    I didn't realise at the time that it is the first part of a trilogy, so i am very excited to now be able to indulge in the following 2 instalments.
    I will of course review those as and when i finish them.

    This book appeals to all ages and i highly recommend it.

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    Shiver

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    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, Jenna Lamia
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    For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf - her wolf - is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without. Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives. In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human... until the cold makes him shift back again.

    Miss Victoria Hicks says: "More than just a werewolf story"
  • "Brilliant & addictive."

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    I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
    Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
    The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
    The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.

    I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.

    I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
    From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.

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    The Hunger Games: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 1

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    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
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    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Lindsay says: "Loved the book so much more than the Film"
  • "Brilliant & addictive conclusion to..."

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    I love this trilogy and have collected the books in all formats, paperback, kindle e-book & audio, as well as having the film on blu-ray.
    Covering a wide variety of social, economical & political issues, as well as having the added edge of believability in this age of reality television, The Hunger Games has me hooked from beginning to end no matter what format i use. (i have the series in paperback, kindle e-books & audible audiobook)
    The writing itself is gripping, engaging and fast paced and the narration flows very well.
    The characters are well rounded and the relationships between them are strong and well developed.

    I have been listening to audiobooks from a very young age and although i have my old favourites that have grown up with me as well as some new favourites, this series definitely ranks in my top 5 listens.

    I am fairly new to dystopian fiction and haven’t read many in books in this genre but i have compared this trilogy to my other favourite dystopian trilogy, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    I am huge fan of the 'Young Adult' genre, although the genre title always amuses me as you couldn't find another category that spans a much wider customer base than the title suggests.
    From Harry Potter to Twilight, Narnia to Divergent this series holds its own in a very competitive genre and will be a firm favourite with readers of all ages.

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    Mockingjay: Hunger Games Trilogy, Book 3

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    Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

    Ligs says: "A Tad too violent for me"
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    When I first picked up this book I did so because I'd seen a few good reviews of it around and about and I was enjoying the fab little trend of dystopian fiction that is still running its course in YA at the moment. However, my hopes weren't huge because I'm one of those despicable human beings who judges books by their covers. This cover was just a bit...is “80s” the right term?...for me.

    Well give me a sturdy slap on the wrist, I must learn to obey old clichés as this was a book that I should not have judged by its cover. And I should not have expected it to fit into the sometimes (though not always) sanguine niche that YA can be. Don't bite, I said it can be!

    For me, Ashes was a book that provided plenty of the darkness and grit that its title suggested. When an EMP causes all electronics to faulter and also interferes with the teeny tiny electrical pulses in the brains of humans, a whole heap of...poop...hits the fan! Only the very young and very old survive intact...save for a few exceptions such as Alex, the protagonist. Others survive, but as maddened inhumane creatures, similar to the "sickos" in Charlie Higson's The Enemy series, or the raging "infected" in 28 Days Later.

    The idea of the masses succumbing to a force that leaves them insane and blood thirsty is not new. The dystopian premise of technology falling down around our ears is not new either. So what about this book made me love it as much as I did? It was a combination of things really. I loved Alex as the protagonist. She goes to the mountains to bury her past and to admit that, due to a brain tumor, she has no future. Instead it is her tumor and the treatments she's had for it that saves her from the EMP and allows her to begin her story. These are things you find out in the first pages so I don't think I'm spoiling anything for you.

    I'm thoroughly looking forward to the sequel to this (already on my Goodreads Wishlist) and finding out how Bick tortures her protagonist further.

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    An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom, a young soldier, and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP. For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

    Laura says: "Review: "Ashes" by Ilsa J Bick"

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    Clary Fray is seeing things: vampires in Brooklyn and werewolves in Manhattan. Irresistably drawn towards a group of sexy demon hunters, Clary encounters the dark side of New York City - and the dangers of forbidden love.

    Lisa says: "cracking read"
  • Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code (






UNABRIDGED) by Eoin Colfer Narrated by Gerry O'Brien

    Artemis Fowl and the Eternity Code

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Gerry O'Brien
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    The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code is the third book in the unbelievably brilliant Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer. Read by the actor Gerry O'Brien.Artemis Fowl is attempting to go straight. But there's always time for one last job. Artemis Fowl has created the most powerful new supercomputer known to man - using stolen technology from an elite race of underground fairies.

  • Clockwork Princess (






UNABRIDGED) by Cassandra Clare Narrated by Daniel Sharman

    Clockwork Princess

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Daniel Sharman
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    A net of shadows begins to tighten around the Shadowhunters of the London Institute. Mortmain plans to use his Infernal Devices, an army of pitiless automatons, to destroy the them. He needs only one last item to complete his plan: he needs Tessa Gray. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army?

    98vicmou says: "alls well and happy for tessa no matter what..."
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel (






UNABRIDGED) by Sarah J. Maas Narrated by Elizabeth Evans

    Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

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    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
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    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    Janine says: "Fabulous characters"
  • Sacrificed: The Ignited Series, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Desni Dantone Narrated by Lisa Larsen

    Sacrificed: The Ignited Series, Book 2

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    • By Desni Dantone
    • Narrated By Lisa Larsen
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    Kris Young is no normal 17-year-old. She's the worst thing to come along since the black plague, and she will do anything to alter the destiny she was made for. Failure is not an option. And if the shadows of evil overcome her... Only one person can stop her. When she meets Micah, she doesn't expect him to save her life, or to offer his help. They were born enemies after all.

  • The Serpent in the Glass: The Tale of Thomas Farrell, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by D. M. Andrews Narrated by Ben Cummins

    The Serpent in the Glass: The Tale of Thomas Farrell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By D. M. Andrews
    • Narrated By Ben Cummins
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    On his eleventh birthday Thomas Farrell is informed that the deceased father he never knew has provided for his education at Darkledun Manor, a school for gifted children. Thomas, however, feels he's just an ordinary boy, but Darkledun Manor proves to be anything but an ordinary school... In this work of fiction, the listener is transported into a world of myth as the young protagonist, Thomas Farrell, seeks to understand who his mysterious father was, and why he left him a strange glass orb containing a serpent.

  • The Dream Slayer: The Dream Slayer, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jill Cooper Narrated by Piper Lewis

    The Dream Slayer: The Dream Slayer, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jill Cooper
    • Narrated By Piper Lewis
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    Natalie Johnson has always dreamed she's someone else - calm, beautiful, in control. A chosen warrior with a maniacal arch nemesis and a dreamy boyfriend, the type that can make your knees melt and your heart quiver. Real life is much different. She's tormented by a bully and endures the sharp tongue of her father, but finds solace in her dreams.

  • Kalona's Fall: House of Night Novellas, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast Narrated by Caitlin Davies

    Kalona's Fall: House of Night Novellas, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
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    In Kalona's Fall, the shadows in Kalona's past will finally come to light. We will learn about the winged immortal's secret history and discover how he went from being the Goddess's Warrior and Guardian to her enemy and betrayer. Did Darkness taint Kalona as it did Neferet, or has the powerful immortal always preferred power over honor, and control over faith?

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  • Ashlynn's Dreams: Devya's Children, Volume 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Julie C. Gilbert Narrated by Kristin Condon

    Ashlynn's Dreams: Devya's Children, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julie C. Gilbert
    • Narrated By Kristin Condon
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    Before she was kidnapped, Jillian Marie Antel Blairington was just an average bright, brave, headstrong child. She was excited for life in a new house with her Momma and new Daddy. Afterward, she's all that... and so much more. Held in a scientific facility, Jillian discovers her past - a family she never knew and a power she doesn't understand. With her ability now activated, she can enter and even shape a person's dreams.

  • Dystance: Winter's Rising (






UNABRIDGED) by M.R. Tufo Narrated by Julia Whelan

    Dystance: Winter's Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By M.R. Tufo
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
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    From birth to death, The War is all the citizens of Dystance know. As children it is drilled into their heads that war is the purpose behind all existence. Winter doesn't agree. She's stumbled across remnants of life the way it was before The War began and now she longs to be as free as her ancestors. With help from her best friend, Cedar, and the boy she is forbidden to love, Tallow, she believes she can do it. Winter can see a life beyond the Pickets, beyond the constant hunger and the threat of death, beyond the war machine.

    Trevor says: "Hunger Games & Divergent But With Extras"
  • The Christmas Cave (






UNABRIDGED) by David R. Beshears Narrated by Dan Absalonson

    The Christmas Cave

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By David R. Beshears
    • Narrated By Dan Absalonson
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    Thirteen-year-old Jack and his 12-year-old sister Amanda visit their Grandma Jenny in the mountains over the Christmas holiday. They hear the story of a mythical cavern that Grandma went searching for 50 years earlier with her little brother Bill and their best friend Mike. Her brother was lost, never to be seen again. Drawn to the mystery, Jack and Amanda meet up with Daniel Madsen, a local boy diagnosed with Leukemia and only months to live.

  • Now and For Never (






UNABRIDGED) by Lesley Livingston Narrated by Lesley Livingston

    Now and For Never

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lesley Livingston
    • Narrated By Lesley Livingston
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    Past and present collide on the high seas when Clare and Allie hurtle back in time once more in a perilous attempt to retrieve Marcus Donatus - Allie's blast-from-the-past crush - and put an end, once and for all, to the Time Monkey Shenanigans. But when Clare and Allie unexpectedly find themselves temporal stowaways on a Roman warship full of looted Celtic gold, sailing straight for the heart of a magic-fuelled maelstrom, there's not much they can do but hang on for the ride....