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  • Graceling

  • Seven Kingdoms Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Kristin Cashore
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

In a world where people born with an exceptional skill, known as a Grace, are feared and exploited, Katsa carries the burden of a skill even she despises: the Grace of killing. She lives under the command of her Uncle Randa, King of the Middluns, and is expected to carry out his dirty work, punnishing and torturing anyone who displeases him. Breaking arms and cutting off fingers are her stock-in-trade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's in my top ten!

  • By Rebecca R on 28-05-13

The best fantasy I've read in ages

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-09-18

I was completely engrossed in Graceling, I'd heard about it online several times but never gotten round to reading it. I wish I'd picked it sooner! It's one of the best fantasy novels I've ever read, I'll definitely be picking up the other two books in the series and any other books by Kristin Cashore. The world building is so detailed and rich, the characters are flawed but likeable and relatable, even with the fantastical elements. The concept of graces is fascinating, I can't wait to see more in books two and three, which follow different characters but are set in the same world. The romance was sweet and the way the characters and their abilities developed and changed over the story was really well done. I'd recommend it to any fantasy fan, YA or not!

  • Hunting Prince Dracula

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and twisty fantasy

  • By Lyndsey T. on 16-08-18

Dark and twisty fantasy

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-08-18

Having loved Stalking Jack the Ripper, I was really excited to read this book and see how it followed on from book one. It follows Audrey Rose and Thomas to Romania, where murder victims turn up with suspiciously vampiric wounds. It's a great sequel, with all the period romance and macabre fun of the first book, with a new gripping plot. I can't wait for Escaping from Houdini!

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 92

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. Audrey's work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Maybe I'm being too harsh

  • By Kathleen-Ann on 01-11-16

Brilliant YA take on the Ripper legend

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4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-01-18

This is a fun historical YA novel, the first in a trilogy that combines several legends and stories to make a rich and detailed new version of the past. I enjoyed the story and am looking forward to Hunting Prince Dracula. The narrator does a great job, and the additional historical information included is fascinating and really adds to the credibility of the story. If you enjoy a historical novel, but prefer empowered, kick ass female characters to the usual damsels in distress, then you'll love this take on the Ripper legend.

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  • The Language of Thorns

  • Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic
  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, number one New York Times best-selling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Addictive!!!

  • By Delilah on 21-09-18

Fun fairytales from the Grishaverse

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-18

I enjoyed this collection of short fables from Bardugo's amazingly well-crafted Grishaverse. They don't really add anything to the experience of reading Shadow and Bone or Six of Crows, but they were a fun way to pass the time on my commute.

  • Godsgrave

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166

A ruthless young assassin continues her journey for revenge in this new epic fantasy from New York Times best-selling author Jay Kristoff. Conquer your fear, conquer the world. Mia Corvere, destroyer of empires, has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry do not believe she has earned it. Her position is precarious, and she's still no closer to exacting revenge for the brutal death of her family.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • entertaining but with some problems

  • By lloyd on 28-09-17

Darkly humorous fantasy

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-11-17

Nevernight was the best book I had read so far this year, so I was really looking forward to Godsgrave. It absolutely didn't disappoint. The premise is very similar to the first book, but the twists and turns are even sharper and more shocking. If you like your fantasy bloody and brutal, with an irreverent sense of humour, you'll love this series.

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hilarious, heartbreaking, honest & beautiful

  • By Jamie on 18-07-17

A hilarious romp through 18th century Europe

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5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

This book was even funnier and more enjoyable than I expected. I absolutely loved the characters and how diverse and well crafted they were, plus the narrator was perfect and really brought Monty to life. I can't wait for Felicity's companion novel!

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 395
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocking Discovery!

  • By graham on 27-10-17

Gorgeous fantasy story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-08-17

This is a beautiful and heartbreaking book, filled with stunning details. The characters are layered and completely credible, and the setting is like something from a fairytale (sometimes a Brothers Grimm story). If you've read Laini's Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and enjoyed it, you'll love this.

  • Cinder

  • The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114

A forbidden romance. A deadly plague. Earth's fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic in New Beijing, is also a cyborg. She's reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister's sudden illness. But when her life becomes entwined with the handsome Prince Kai's, she finds herself at the centre of a violent struggle between the desires of an evil queen and temptation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a great story

  • By tru.gough on 02-10-18

Fun Sci fi retelling of the Cinderella fairytale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-17

I'm not usually into science fiction but I do love fairytale retellings so I wanted to give The Lunar Chronicles a try as they're hugely popular among YA readers online. I did enjoy the new twist on the old story, it's completely different to any other retelling I've ever come across, so it was fun to see where it differed and what was the same as the original. I'd recommend this book if you love fairytales and modern retellings, the Sci fi elements aren't too difficult to pick up even if you never read the genre, and the world building is first class. I'm looking forward to book two.

  • The Woman in Cabin 10

  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 655

This was meant to be the perfect trip. The northern lights. A press launch on a luxury cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blackwood to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next-door cabin. But the records show that no one ever checked in to that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't bother

  • By Claire on 10-02-17

Enjoyable Agatha Christie style thriller

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 29-06-17

The Woman in Cabin 10 is claustrophobic and tense thriller with some real surprises and an interesting premise. The beginning is quite slow, but once it gets going the tension and twists are pretty good. I didn't see the ending coming at all so that's a bonus. The main character is pretty unlikeable, and another alcoholic in the style of Rachel from Girl on the Train, but I was still rooting for her overall. It's a fun read for a cruise holiday!

  • The Raven King

  • The Raven Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's not was I thought

  • By Anya Cullen on 08-08-18

A strange and wonderful finale

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-06-17

If possible, the final book in this series is even stranger than the four previous books. It wraps up the various storylines in a relatively satisfying manner, allowing for the overarching sense of oddness and wonder that the series is blessed with. This wasn't my favourite of the four books, but I enjoyed it and am happy with how it ended. Stiefvater's writing style is really recognisable and fun, her characters are all flawed and lovely, and her world building is incredibly creative.