Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 22, 2015
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To read or to listen?
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Author: Erin McCarthy
My rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Author: Colleen Hoover
Narrator: Sebastian York, Elizabeth Louise
Story rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars
- I’m cleaning and I’m listening to music instead of an audiobook.
- During my commute instead of an audiobook I’m going for the radio.
- I’m walking and instead of plugging my ear buds in, I’m, well, just walking.
- I’m applying my make-up, and I’m thinking “It’s just several minutes, why even bother with an audiobook, I don’t have “enough time to listen”.
My thoughts about the audiobook
Elizabeth Louise, who narrated Auburn, is a new to me narrator. She was ok, I guess, but I don’t think I’ll be in search of audiobooks performed by her.
Here comes Sebastian York. Well, I wasn’t impressed. There, I’ve said it. Probably my extremely high expectations were the cause of my disappointment. I don’t know what I expected; everyone mentions that his voice is sexy and sinful. Sebastian York is a good narrator, but I don’t get all this fuss around him, though this can be just my personal preference. I also had another issue. As I understood Owen was in his early twenties, but Sebastian York sounds like a man in his thirties. At first I wanted to check out how old Sebastian York is; maybe he is twenty and he just has an older voice. But you know what? Narrator’s real age doesn’t matter, because listeners hear only his voice. It really annoys me when narrator’s voice is not age-appropriate.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Author: Gayle Forman
Narrator: Jorjeana Marie
Story rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Audio rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall rating: 3 of 5 Stars
- I wasn’t grieving with Cody. This book is about grieving; this book is about a girl who recently lost her best friend. I expected my heart to be broken. I expected to feel, to cry. Nothing. You know I’m a crier. I often cry over books, but there wasn’t a single tear from me while I was reading I Was Here. I know that Gayle Forman can write grieving. I couldn’t help myself but compare this book to If I Stay and Where She Went. I felt so much while reading those books, there was an avalanche of emotions.
- In truth it’s like I was cheated with I Was Here. Gayle Forman went with this formula: an average girl with tragic past meets a rock boy, who is arrogant womanizer with pretty eyes. He changes for her and of course he saves her. Sounds familiar? I’ve read this so many times before. I expected something unique from Gayle Forman.
- And finally my last but not least issue with this book. It has one of my pet peeves. I know it’s just my personal preference; probably many readers won’t be as annoyed as I was. Though one of my friends will definitely have the same feelings as I did (I’m looking at you Jeanne). The love interest had very beautiful and expressive eyes, and the author kept reminding this again and again. Nowadays authors often do this “eyes thing”. It seems heroes don’t have other parts of their body which deserve attention. It’s like Suzanne Collins started this trend with Finnick’s famous sea green eyes. Just to prove my point some quotes:
"I see that his eyes are impossibly blue"
"She’d also written about his eyes, so blue, she’d thought he wore contacts. I look at them now. They are weirdly blue"
"His eyes are a whole different color here, in the pale light of Meg’s room."
"His eyes, this time, look like the color of a sky after sunset, almost violet. I’ve never seen someone whose eyes change colors, like some mood ring to the soul."
"His eyes go wide. They’re an electric shade of blue now, or maybe it’s just the reflected glow of the TV."
"He looks at me. And those eyes. I have to look away."
"His eyes, they change, like a traffic light going from green to yellow."
"I look at him. His eyes, like the skin under them, seem bruised."
"His eyes, a soft blue, like the empty swimming pool outside, widen in surprise."
"I take him in. His eyes are violet this morning, almost bruised; they match the purplish skin under them."
My thoughts about the audiobook
I went for the audio version of I Was Here because of my friend Arlene from Waves of Fiction. She went on some book event where Jorjeana Marie read chapters from this book. When Arlene told that she was blown away by her performance, I knew that I want to listen to audiobook. And I’m so glad I did it. Jorjeana Marie is very talented narrator; I’m very impressed by her performance. I definitely want to listen more of her works.
Monday, October 5, 2015
Title: Hot Finish (Fast Track #3)
Author: Erin McCarthy
My rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Author: Joy N. Hensley
My rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
- Rites of Passage is enjoyable and addictive read.
- Plot is interesting; there wasn’t a dull moment in this book.
- Sam McKenna was a strong-willed likable heroine. I’m sure many readers will connect with her and relate to her.
- Love interest is amazing! He goes on my “awesome-hero” shelf.
- While the romance took back seat to the main story, it was absolutely swoon-worthy.
- The book feels very authentic. The author went to a military school on a dare and her personal experience is evident throughout the book.
- There is strong message in this book, that every girl can accomplish so much in male-dominated world.