Dy's Take

May 7, 2012

Counterfeit Magic by Kelley Armstrong

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,Series — Dy @ 21:43

(25) Otherworld #10.4 <novella>

The reader was a bit nasal, and this was by far the weakest Paige I’ve seen in any of the Otherworld stories.  Was okay as a car listen, but doubt I’d have made it through the paper version.

April 30, 2012

Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn

Filed under: audiobook — Dy @ 09:56

(23) Indigo Court #1

Night Myst (Indigo Court, #1)

I keep picking up Yasmine Galenorn books because a few authors I like (most notably Laurell K Hamilton ) seem to really like her and her work and I want to do the same. I even have the first nine of her Otherworld series in paperback (for tub reading — I’ve dropped enough books over the years to know not to try to read on my Kindle in the tub).

But I just can’t do it. This was is at least a different world, and the MC is a bit smarter than the D’Artigo sisters (or, if not smarter, at least less vapid-seeming). But it was still fluffy with very little plot for the length of the book (9 CDs, I think).

I’d listen to the rest of the series, as ear candy while driving, but I wouldn’t read them in print – too little content for too much of my time investment. Sorry, Ms. G — I really did want to like this.

April 13, 2012

Witchlight by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook — Dy @ 09:55

(22) Night World #9

 

5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

April 6, 2012

Black Dawn by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook — Dy @ 09:54

(21) Night World #8

 

5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

March 18, 2012

Soulmate by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,Series,YA — Dy @ 09:50

(18) Night World #6

5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

March 10, 2012

The Chosen by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,YA — Dy @ 09:40

(16) Night World #5

 

5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

March 4, 2012

Dark Angel by L.J. Smith`

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,YA — Dy @ 09:39

(15) Night World #4

 

 

5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

February 22, 2012

Spellbinder by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,Romance,YA — Dy @ 09:32

(13)  Night World #3

5/05/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

February 14, 2012

Daughters of Darkness by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,YA — Dy @ 13:10

(11) Night World #2

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

February 8, 2012

Secret Vampire by L.J. Smith

Filed under: audiobook,Paranormal,YA — Dy @ 13:06

(09) Night World #1

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 31, 2012

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Satire,Sci-Fi,YA — Dy @ 17:05

(08) Uglies #4

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 12, 2012

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Sci-Fi,Series I Like,YA — Dy @ 12:54

(03) Uglies #3

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

January 9, 2012

Pretties by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Sci-Fi,Series I Like,YA — Dy @ 14:53

(02) Uglies #2

2/18/12 – Review Coming (today is update the booklist day — will add reviews as I finish them)

December 31, 2011

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Filed under: audiobook,Sci-Fi,YA — Dy @ 12:38

(102)  Uglies #1

I really enjoyed this.

The reader was phenomenal!  I have to wonder, though, who on the production team disliked the character Shay.  The “voice” used when Shay was speaking was nasal, whiny and petulant, even when she was happy and she was the only character with a specifically annoying voice.

I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as I did.

The concept behind how such a society could function was hard to grasp until I read book four, but that’s a discussion for another post. What I would LOVE to read, if Westerfeld wants to revisit this world, is the story of the transition — someone who was around when the Rusties were wiped out; who survived it, and who was instrumental in building the new world. In particular, I’d love a sympathetic view of the people behind the Pretty — how they justified it to themselves and each other as well as the tech revival that occurred in the wake of the Rusties downfall.  I fell hard for this world and want more. More history, more future… MORE. Please.

December 15, 2011

Gregor and the Code of Claw by Suzanne Collins

Filed under: audiobook,J-related,Kids,Urban Fantasy,YA — Dy @ 20:54

(97) Underland Chronicles, book 5

Can I just take a second here to plug OverDrive and their integration with library systems to lend electronic books (audio or mobile reader)? This service is FANTASTIC! Instead of reserving the book, waiting for it to show up at my branch, then having to remember to drop it off and pick it up, I pulled it up on the catalog, and was listening in minutes 🙂 Fabulous for the impatient reader in the middle of a series (like, oh, me!).

One caveat — I spent hours trying to find a way to get the WMA audio converted and on my iPhone, since the website said I should be able to do it. Never got it to work and ended up listening to the whole book on my computer, so watch your audio formats when you DL.

Now, on to the book!

Very dark, lots of adult themes here. By adult I mean musings on equality, war and its function in the world, peace and means to achieve it, deep thoughts on the nature of being human and society. I’m not sure how many of these currents were caught by my then 9yo when she read the book, but it resonated with me.

Well-written, thought provoking, and a tidy wrap-up that doesn’t really leave you longing for more. I’d like to know how things went on with Gregor and co — both Over- and Under-land, but the book ended nicely without me begging to know more or feeling unsatisfied. Like book four this one cannot really stand on its own — you need to know the whole backstory of the series for this book to really make sense.

5/5 — read it, y’all! (and get a copy of the series for the reluctant reader, 4th – 6th grade, in your life)

 

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