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Audiobook Review of Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Title: Supernaturally

Author: Kiersten White

Narrator: Emily Eiden

Release Date: July 26th, 2011

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be . . . kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.

But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.

So much for normal.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I have been looking forward to this book for a long time. I love Evie, she is funny and she acts like a teenage girl, which is awesome. I know that may sound strange, but I have read some books, where the character is supposed to be a teenager, but they act like anything but and that can get on my nerves. Not Evie, she is great, but I still don’t think we have figured out everything about her yet. In the beginning I thought I had her personality deciphered, but I was wrong. I think this book is just starting to explore who she is and what she is capably of and I liked that.

I did see the potential love triangle in the beginning, but as the story progressed I felt as if that faded. Maybe I just don’t like one of the characters, I don’t know. I will leave it up to you to decide how you feel about each of the guys because I do not want to sway your decision one way or the other. For me though, the one guy clearly fell to into the background and the main love interest came to the forefront and I was completely okay with that.

One thing I do not always get a chance to say about books in a series is how much I loved the ending. Why? Well, in Paranormalcy you were not left with some huge cliffhanger. Oh, there are definitely things that are left unanswered, but you are not left feeling like you were cheated out of an ending. I know that happens to me sometimes, I get to the end of a book and I am so bummed because I didn’t get any answers. Not with this book, I still want to read the next book, I can’t wait, but I am happy with the way things ended in Paranormalcy.

As for the narrator, I think she captured Evie’s voice perfectly. I enjoyed listening to this story and appreciated the voice of the narrator matching the voice I had for Evie in my head. Many times narrators can ruin a book, but that was not the case with Paranolmacy. Evie is very sarcastic and has almost a valley girl type quality to her voice. Normally, that would bug me, but Kiersten manages to pull off a very lovable character with Evie and the narrator, Emily, echoed that with her narration.

Overall this book was fun, mysterious and left me wanting more. I am so happy I got a chance to read it and if you have not then you should go out and get a copy too! It is a great young adult paranormal book that is a refreshing break from the heavy books that can sometimes litter the shelves. It is a fun, light, fast paced read.

FTC: Thank you to the publisher for sending me this ARC for review.

Audiobook Review of The Power of Six by Pittacus Lore

Title: The Power of Six

Author: Pittacus Lore

Narrated by: Neil Kaplan and Marisol Ramirez

Release Date: August 23rd, 2011

Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

I’ve seen him on the news. Followed the stories about what happened in Ohio. John Smith, out there, on the run. To the world, he’s a mystery. But to me . . . he’s one of us.

Nine of us came here, but sometimes I wonder if time has changed us—if we all still believe in our mission. How can I know? There are six of us left. We’re hiding, blending in, avoiding contact with one another . . . but our Legacies are developing, and soon we’ll be equipped to fight. Is John Number Four, and is his appearance the sign I’ve been waiting for? And what about Number Five and Six? Could one of them be the raven-haired girl with the stormy eyes from my dreams? The girl with powers that are beyond anything I could ever imagine? The girl who may be strong enough to bring the six of us together?

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They tried to catch Number Four in Ohio—and failed.

I am Number Seven. One of six still alive.

And I’m ready to fight.

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I absolutely loved book one in this series, I Am Number Four (review here), so I was giddy when I got my hands on book two. The only problem? I had so many other books to review that this got pushed to the bottom of the pile. I finally got a copy of it on audiobook and was able to listen to it on my way to and from work. So since this is an audiobook I am going to review the content first and then talk about how I felt about the narration.

When it comes to the content of this book, I will say that I liked, not loved, all of it. Let’s start off with the positive though, and talk about some of the aspects of this book that I enjoyed. The biggest would be the non-stop, heart pumping action. There are very few down moments in this book and even when there are revelations are still being made and the plot is moving forward. I enjoyed reading every unique fight scene and relished every detail we were given.

I also enjoyed getting more background information on the Lorian. There are so many details revealed since we get to see a new character, Seven, and since we get to know Six a little better. It was fascinating to dive into the Loriac history and learn more about how they came to be and how they got to where they are now. More of John’s past is also divulged and how Six came to meet up with him and Henri. I was happy the author took the time to let us get to know them more and soaked up the history of this alien race.

I liked the alternating point of view as well. Seven aka Marina, was an interesting character and I enjoyed the chapters that focused on her. She has had a completely different upbringing from John and Six and it was interesting to get her story. She still has her guardian, but they have been hiding for so long that her guardian has completely given up and does not teach Marina anything. So Marina is flying blind with her legacies and has no one to turn to for help. The fresh perspective on being Lorien from another one of the nine was intriguing and helped keep the plot engaging.

Now I need to talk about a couple of the downsides of this book. The first would be the dialogue. At times it just felt awkward and rushed. There were other times when it sounded like the author dumbed down the language from the first novel. Some of the things that John or Sam or even Six would say just seemed so out of character and it irked me. There were moments when I laughed at the silly nature of the discussion when it was clearly not meant to be funny. I am not sure why this change, but I did not enjoy the dialogue in this book at all.

The other major flaw was some of John’s decisions. He makes careless calls when it comes to the next step in his life and the next step his heart. I am sorry, I know there are some Sarah haters out there, but I am not one of them. I really liked her and even though after reading this book I am not sure where her loyalty lies, I still don’t like the idea of John and Six right now. It seems like the author has changed some of the mythology from the first book around so John can be with Six and I hated it. If you make a statement in one book saying it is fact, I feel like it should hold true for the story and having John be wishy washy about his feelings was making me crazy. Indecision is such a turn off for me and I felt it was unnecessary in this book. There is enough going on in John’s life right now without stirring up his feelings for Sarah and the whole thing did not sit well with me. I have no idea where his love life will go from here, but at this point I almost wish it was not even a part of the book because it was annoying me so much towards the end. It is a forced love triangle that just does not work.

As for the narration, I am split because there were two narrators. The female narrator, Marisol Ramirez, was great. I enjoyed how she read the part of Seven. I cannot say the same for the male narrator Neil Kaplan. Actually, his reading was driving me a little crazy. I think the main reason I was turned off by him was his “overacting” throughout the novel. I realize he is not actually acting, but I am not sure what else to call it. He overemphasized words that did not need to be and tried to make some scenes more dramatic than they were. When it came to the fight scenes it was great, but in the down moments his voice just irritated me. I also did not like him making Sam’s voice so nasally and Six sound like a valley girl. Six is a bad a$$, if you have read any of these books you know that, and Neil just did not do her justice.

Re-reading my review just now it sounds like I am harping on this book a lot, but I have to say that overall, I enjoyed this book. I am just disappointed with some of the character personality changes and the writing was not as good as the first book. I will be reading the next book, Rise of the Nine, but do not recommend the audio version. Towards the middle of the audio I just had to give up and reach for my ARC instead. I could not take the male narrator any longer. This is a series I recommend, because those fight scenes alone are worth reading, but I would pick up the book instead of the audiobook. I am really looking forward to the next book in August, especially after that ending in this book. I also hope to get more sweet action sequences and meet the remaining Nine. I’m keeping fingers crossed that the dialogue gets amped back up and John wises up a little, but only time will tell if those hopes become a reality.

FTC: I received this ARC from the publisher for review. Thank you.

Audiobook Review of Die for Me by Amy Plum

Title:  Die for Me

Author:  Amy Plum

Release Date: May 10th, 2011

Genre:  Young Adult Paranormal Romance

My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

While I’m fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family’s—in jeopardy for a chance at love?

Summary from Goodreads.com

My Review: I have heard some mixed opinions of this book so I was a little hesitant to pick it up.  That cover kept calling to me though and the summary was just too tempting for me to pass up. So, I picked it up for myself or rather I downloaded it onto my ipod.  Either way, I still dove into the book to form my own opinion.

This first thing I noticed about this book was how Paris not only served as the setting for this book, but a character as well.  Kate and Vincent are constantly on the move in this city visiting new places and the descriptions made me feel like I was right there with them.  My favorite scenes were ones where the two found themselves lost in the scenery and enjoying Parisian life, it really makes me want to hunt some of these places down for myself and experience them in person.

So onto the characters.  Kate is our protagonist and she has more than enough to deal with right now.  I cannot imagine losing both of my parents at such a young age and then having to move away from everything you have known to live in another country.  Granted, she does have family there and she has visited during summers before, but it still can’t be easy.  Much of the book focuses on her sorting through her feelings and trying to cope with her loss.  I appreciated her going through this tough time at a realistic pace and really dealing with her emotions and not just bouncing back when a cute guy enters the picture.

Vincent is a good influence on her though, trying to help her see the good in life again and not always wallow in the past.  He makes an effort to help her move forward in her life and be happy again.  He does come with a little history of his own and keeps much of his life private so Kate devotes quite a bit of her time decoding her own personal enigma.  Once she is let in on the secret I was hooked into the mythology.  It is a new concept I had not heard of before and I was really interested in learning more.  Paranormal is my favorite genre, so when something new is introduced I want to soak it all in.  I am looking forward to future installments so we can learn more about Vincent and his fellow Revenants.  They are quite a cast of characters and they grew on me as the story unfolded.

Alright, now I am going to talk about my experience listening to this book instead of reading it.  I have gotten in the habit of listening to audio books in the car since it is a 30 min drive both ways to work I get about an hour in a day.  The only thing I have to be sure of is the book I am listening to and the book I am reading, are different enough that I don’t get them mixed up.  I was reading an adult book about vamps when I started listening to Die For Me on audio book, so I was pretty sure I was safe.  I am also very happy that I decided to listen to Die for Me rather than read it for a couple of reasons.  The biggest one being the language.  This book is set in Paris, France, therefore there are multiple references  to Parisian landmarks and phrases.  I have sadly never been to Paris and did not take French in school, therefore I have no idea how to pronounce any of the places mentioned.  Except the Eiffel Tower, but I think everyone knows how to say that, right?  Anyways, my point is the narrator of the audio book did know how to say those terms and locations correctly and I liked being able to hear them pronounced properly.  I also enjoyed getting to hear French accents on many of the characters, it added to the content of the story and made the overall experience fantastic.  If I was just reading this to myself I would be mispronouncing words left and right and would not be able to pull off that French accent at all.  It is the first time I have preferred the audio book to just reading it myself.  So if you are hesitant about this book, I would recommend listening to it like I did.  I think you will be surprised at how the narrator really helps make this book great.

Overall I enjoyed this book.  I am interested to see what happens with Kate and Vincent next and learn more about the Revenants.