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Mystery, northern, family, secrets, betrayal.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

You can tell that the author knows the area which she writes about, and being set pretty locally to me (there was even a mention of where I live) and I loved it. The story takes in a wide swathe of the North East, a bit of a tour of small towns and villages, and it's all so fantastically described that I could practically see it as I read.

I loved how the story is as much about the impact of each crime upon the protagonists as it is them investigating it. The perspective switches between Stone and Oliver so you get to see things from both sides, and see how what is happening takes its toll. You also get a few peeks at the killer's perspective, which I really liked as it helps to build up a picture yourself.

I think my favourite thing about The Insider - aside from the excellent characters, setting, and the story itself - was the feminist narrative lurking behind it all, the caustic take-down of misogyny and privilege. It was an added layer that seems particularly pertinent right now. The Insider is very much set in the here and now, and it doesn't shy away from that.

You don't have to have read the previous Stone and Oliver book (The Lost) before reading The Insider, but it would help if you want to get a bit deeper into the characters. The Insider has a few reveals that were hinted at in The Lost.

First-love, funny, friendship, family, forthright.

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

This book was the perfect mood-booster, and I loved the performance by Charlie Sanderson for the audiobook.

I liked the way the story was told, the personal blog posts, it really felt like I was in Emma's head. And I thought the story was great - a dramatic tale of friendship, first love, and self discovery. It's realistic, slightly cringey at times, and it doesn't shy away from what being a teen is like. It really takes a long hard look at how you find yourself.

Emma pretty much goes into full on meltdown when she discovers that her boyfriend is now with someone else, and oh man, have we not all been there? When I was younger I thought love, and the person I loved at the time, were the be all and end all. I really loved how sex-positive the book was, because it's something that should absolutely be explored more in YA.

I did like how the book wasn't just about Emma's drama - it was that of her friends and family too. Despite blogging for herself, at herself, she took in a lot of what was generally going on around her and really seemed to care for her family and friends (even if she didn't always show it).

I honestly wish I had read this book as a teen.

BRB currently applying this to my life it'll take

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

Reviewed: 05-02-19

This was mostly common sense if I'm honest, but had some good tips for sorting and storing, and letting go of the things you don't need. I think a big part of what I took from this was that it was the right time for me to listen to this book and to do what's in the pages.

I have to admit that I didn't quite stick to it - books are of big sentimental value to me so I left them til last.

Family, secrets, lies, power, betrayal.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I mean, I suppose it was OK? I get it, I really do get the hype and the love, but it's just not for me, I don't think.

I really struggle with the story itself, and no amount of fab narration was ever going to negate that.

Not my cup of tea

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

This audiobook just isn't my cup of tea and I can't pinpoint why. There's just something about it I'm not enjoying.

The narrator is great.

The story is great.

The characters are great.

It's just somehow not working for me..?

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Secrets, hope, mystery, family, sorrow.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Well WHY did I wait so long for this?

It was stunning. Exquisite.

It's been a while since I got so engrossed in an audiobook that I listened to almost twelve hours worth in just a couple of days.

Crime, manipulation, family, murder, revenge.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

Jan Cramer does the most amazing job narrating the Kim Stone books, and I have really missed this series.

As well as dealing with a whole story in itself, this book carries on a larger arc in Kim's life. You don't need to have read the previous books to be able to jump in as you'll still get a lot of enjoyment out of it as a crime thriller, but knowing the full story adds whole extra (sinister) layers.

These books seem to get better and better. There is no sign of the series plateauing, everything still feels fresh and works incredibly. It's another gripping installment, excellently narrated.

Power, war, adventure, magic, loyalty.

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

Reviewed: 15-10-18

I listened to this as an audiobook after several false-starts with the book itself (which I got in a subscription box). The audiobook is amazing, the narrators did an excellent job and really brought the characters to life with their performances. I feel that this is a book that's meant to be heard rather than read.

This is a brilliant story once you get into it. Yes, it starts slow, and stays slow for a while, but once it picks up the pace is incredible.

But oh man I'm in love with Catherine! I can't wait for the next book to see what happens to her, although I suspect I'll go for the audiobook again.

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Phenomenal

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

Reviewed: 13-09-17

Where does Beauty Queens rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. The performance, story and characters were all excellent.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Beauty Queens?

Probably Miss Texas losing it slightly.

Which character – as performed by Libba Bray – was your favourite?

Can I pick just one..? All of the characters were excellent, but probably Miss Texas, with her tenacity and strong will, and how she was completely, unapologetically Miss Texas

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

“Because 'You're perfect just the way you are,' is what your guidance counselor says. And she's an alcoholic.”

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was absolutely amazing, and I'd definitely say listen on past the end for the interview.

Family, slavery, magic, rebellion, separation.

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

Reviewed: 20-07-17

This book was horrifying in the best of ways.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, perhaps something fun and a little vapid, and totally unbelievable.

What I actually read couldn't have been more different.

Avita Jay does an amazing job with the challenging content in Gilded Cage. It is challenging in content and the way it explores the current definitions of words. Being set in an alternate universe the world is startlingly familiar, yet chillingly different. I loved how the word "equal" was redefined, and its use in this context was perhaps the most striking thing in the book. It made what happened all the more powerful.

This is a world of magic and power, slavery and abuse. Each of the characters seemed to be trapped in their own little cage in so many different ways. And the narrator gave each character their own individual voice.

Be prepared for horror and heartbreak, be prepared for your heart to race and to be broken.

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