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Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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  • Entice

  • By: Carrie Jones
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Zara and Nick are soul mates, meant to be together forever. But that’s not how things have worked out. For starters, well, Nick is gone. He’s been taken to some mythic place for warriors called Valhalla, where Zara and her friends might be able to get him back. It’s just not going to be easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Getting better

  • By Lisa on 16-03-11

Getting better

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-11

When I listened to the first book in this series 'Need' I must admit I was a little unsure and found Zara a little hard to relate to but now as the series has reached its third book 'Entice' I found that she has really found her way and I really like her now. Now that Zara is a pixie she has some tough choices to make and I must admit I do like Astley and am routing for him. Zara is on a quest to get Nick back from Valhala whether he still wants to know her or not and we see Zara and Astley following up leads to this end. I do not want to give the story away - my only criticism is that the reader is left dangling at the end - yet again! and so have to wait another year for the outcome. All in all though a really good read and well within scope for the young adult market. I am a lot older than 'young adult' and I did not find it to flaky or patronising. After all a love story should be for all ages.

  • Darkest Mercy

  • Wicked Lovely, Book 5
  • By: Melissa Marr
  • Narrated by: Nick Landrum
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

The Summer King is missing; the Dark Court is bleeding; and a stranger walks the streets of Huntsdale, his presence signifying the deaths of powerful fey. Aislinn tends to the Summer Court, searching for her absent king and yearning for Seth. Torn between his new queen and his old love, Keenan works from afar to strengthen his court against the coming war. Donia longs for fiery passion even as she coolly readies the Winter Court for battle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A satisfying conclusion to a superb series

  • By Lisa on 14-03-11

A satisfying conclusion to a superb series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-03-11

I have loved every one of these books and was beginning to feel a little nervous about this one as it was the final instalment in an excellent series. I needn't have worried it was outstanding all the loose ends throughout the books were cleverly tidied up no one is left dangling and you feel thoroughly satisfied with the outcome. I just hope that Melissa Marr has plenty more left in her as I have become quite a fan. The narration for this series was spot on although I did enjoy the voices by the first narrator in Wicked Lovely probably the best.

  • Bleeding Violet

  • By: Dia Reeves
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

With a head plagued by hallucinations, a medicine cabinet full of pills, and a closet stuffed with frilly, violet dresses, Hanna's tired of being the outcast, the weird girl, the freak. So she runs away to Portero, Texas, in search of a new home. But Portero is a stranger town than Hanna expects. She discovers secrets that would terrify any normal soul. Good thing for Hanna, she's far from normal. As this crazy girl meets an even crazier town, only two things are certain: Anything can happen, and no one is safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Marmitey

  • By Lisa on 05-10-10

Very Marmitey

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-10

I for one absolutely loved this book from the moment it starts with Hanna creeping into her mums house and the fact that her dead dad is talking to her you know its going to be a little different. Hanna is a total nut job but in a nice way she has loads of pills to take which she either does or dosent depending on her mood. She also wears nothing but purple and so stands out as everyone in Portero wears black as they do not want to draw attention to themselves.

Our heroine Hanna has had to leave her old house after hitting her aunt over the head and now has decided to move in with her mother who wants nothing to do with her. Portero is a very strange town with supernatural goings on, strange creatures and kids going missing all the time. When Hanna arrives she is treated like a total outsider and finds she has to prove to her mother and the rest of the townsfolk that she is worthy of staying. This means going on a hunt, tackling strange creatures, suicide doors and trying to keep it together.

This book is a very refreshing change from the usual offerings. No vampires or werewolves here. Hanna is strange but is surprisingly lovable as a heroine she has a love interest Wyatt who is equally wierd although she does tend to use him a little bit. The book is very funny in places and also can be a little disturbing (especially with her mum at the lake) all that being said I think it is a real marmite book you will either love it or hate it. The narration was good I found the voice suited the character. I am eagerly awaiting her next offering a slice of cherry which is due out in January 2011.

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  • Magic Bites

  • Kate Daniels, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen...

  • By Deborah on 03-01-10

Go Kate

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-10

Magic Bites is the 2nd book of the Kate Daniels series and is just getting better and better. Kate is looking for a young girl's mother who has mysteriously disappeared along with the rest of her coven. There is also a flare (intense magical activity) which is causing all sorts of problems with her relationship/or not with Curran the Beast Lord. The narrator for this book Renee Raudman is fantastic she is the voice of Kate. I loved every second and have listened to this many many times. All the characters are brought to life and you really think that someday you are just going to run into one of them at the supermarket!!! I have all the books too the audio is just an added bonus.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Magic or Madness

  • Magic or Madness, Book 1
  • By: Justine Larbalestier
  • Narrated by: Alison Larkin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    0 out of 5 stars 0

For 15 years, Reason Cansino has lived on the run. Together with her mother, Sarafina, she has moved from one place to another in the Australian countryside, desperate not to be found by Reason's grandmother, Esmeralda, a dangerous woman who believes in magic. But the moment Reason walks through Esmeralda's back door and finds herself on a New York City street, she's confronted by an unavoidable truth: magic is real.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • struggling

  • By Lisa on 27-05-10

struggling

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-10

Now I must admit I am really struggling with this one. The actual story is sound although I find the main character Reason a bit silly (she is supposed to be 15 but comes across as about 10 or 11). I think what the real problem with this book though is that I find the narrator's voice really really bad. It actually makes me whince when I start to listen. Must be the australian accent! I know its set in Australia to begin with but still. Anyway back to the story Reason and her sister Seraphina are hiding from her grandmother Esmerelda who is a witch although Reason does not believe in magic - but when Seraphina becomes ill and has to be put in a hospital she has no choice but to stay with Esmerelda. I do not want to give anymore away about the plot. If you can get past the narration its probably not a bad read.

  • City of Bones

  • Mortal Instruments, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ari Graynor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 895
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 753

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cracking read

  • By Lisa on 27-05-10

cracking read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-05-10

Wow where do I start - this is a cracking read (or listen) Clary is just a normal teenager growing up in Brooklyn (so she thinks) until she starts seeing people she shouldn't (yes I know what your thinking there are so many books like this out there) but not like this one this is a totally new take - new world, new beings and a few old ones as well. Very very entertaining it kept me hooked all the way through Clary and Simons relationship is endearing and Clary and Jace's is totally complicated - please bring out the other two books City of Ashes and City of Glass - I have read these too but would love to have them on my mp3 player too. All in all a must have for anyone who likes fantasy/urban fantasy not just for young adults I am much older and have enjoyed every single moment.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Dead to the World

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159

Sookie comes to the rescue of a naked, amnesiac vampire - and ends up in the middle of a war between witches, werewolves and vampires!Sookie Stackhouse is a small-town cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. She's pretty. She does her job well. She keeps to herself - she has only a few close friends, because not everyone appreciates Sookie's gift: she can read minds.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good fun stuff

  • By Robyn on 16-03-12

Go Sookie!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-10

Sookie is still reeling from her betrayal by Bill and is therefore a little vulnerable at the moment. Bill has been sent away on business and she is left alone. On her way home from work she comes across a naked Eric who is running towards her house. Stunned she takes him in and what follows is a wonderfully entertaining story of how, why and what to do about this situation as Eric dosen't seem to know who he is. On top of this Jason has also disappeared. I already own all the books but this one was one of my favourites and thought it would be great to have it on audio, I wasn't disappointed - the narration is wonderful she gets the 'voice' of Sookie just how I imagined her.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Engines

  • A Marla Mason Novel
  • By: T. A. Pratt
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy, T. A. Pratt (Introduction)
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

Sorcerer Marla Mason, small-time guardian of the city of Felport, has a big problem. A rival is preparing a powerful spell that could end Marla's life - and, even worse, wreck her city. Marla's only chance of survival is to boost her powers with the Cornerstone, a magical artifact hidden somewhere in San Francisco. But when she arrives there, Marla finds that the quest isn't going to be quite as cut-and-dried as she expected...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising start

  • By Lisa on 05-03-10

Promising start

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-10

Marla Mason is the head sorceress of Felport and is on a mission to find the cornerstone to cast a spell and therefore defeat her main rival Susan. However life is never simple and she soon finds herself up against other sorcerers, frogs and even hummingbirds. I found this book a little slow to begin with and I wasn't sure if I liked Marla or not as she came across as quite horrible in places. However I persevered and I did eventually warm to her character. Her two sidekicks Rondo and B for me made the book as I found them quite funny. I Was wanting to give this book 3.5 stars not quite a 4.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Magic Strikes

  • Kate Daniels, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Lisa on 24-02-10

Brilliant

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-02-10

As usual Ilona Andrews has delivered a very witty, well written fantasy that had me laughing out loud in places. The characters in her stories are always well described and as the series continues have got more real. In this instalment Kate finds herself, as usual, arse deep in alligators and has to contend with the continued interest of Curran. This is a very fast paced book with action all the way through - I had a hard job concentrating on anything else the last couple of days as I couldn't stop listening to it. The narrator Renee Raudman does a very good job although some of the shapeshifters sound as if they've been eating brillo pads. I recommend this book to everyone but would recommend reading or listening to the other two books first. Cant wait for the next one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Bite Me

  • By: Parker Blue
  • Narrated by: Deborah Smith
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Barely 18-year-old heroine Valentine Shapiro got a raw deal in the parent lottery. Her father was part incubus demon, and her mother has never forgiven her for that. Life after high school is tough enough without having to go 15 rounds with your inner demon. Thrown out of the house by her mother, Val puts one foot in front of the other and does the only thing that seems to make any sense--she takes aim at the town vampires.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The Reading spoilt it for me

  • By Maurice on 06-11-10

Great book shame about the voice.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 15-02-10

Val is part demon part subbuccus - to control her demon (Lola) she kills vampires and gets noticed by the special crimes unit. She teams up with Dan and a cute half dog/hellhound called fang who is great. This is a fast paced modern demon/vamp book which is a little different to the norm - Val makes a great heroine who is quite gutsy but still comes over as vulnerable in places -it is, as you would expect, full of the usual teen angst of acceptance for being different issues and conflict with her family but which the author handles very well. I bought this as a little light relief as I like to be read to - I find it very relaxing - I am not a teen (40 in fact) but I still found this a worthy novel if you like the genre. My only complaint which is why this book received 4 and not 5 stars is that the narrator I found to be completely wrong - I just couldn't match the voice to the 18 year old in the book. However that is quite a minor point as I enjoyed the story very much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful