Friday, May 9, 2014

Fast & Furious Friday: Planes, Trains & Fainting Animals

Welcome to another Fast & Furious Friday! 

3 Reasons You Should Listen To Audio books 

1. Reading with your ears gives your eyeballs a rest.

2. You can do other things while you listen; clean the house, bake a cake or dance.

3. You can "read with your ears" anywhere. Like in your 5.0 with the rag top down so ya hair can blow.(I don't recommend this because it makes hearing the book difficult.)
On the train
the bus
or riding a bike.

You get the idea.

HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition - April 1, 2014

Written by Alexandra Duncan

Performed by Johanna Parker

With one life-altering decision, a sixteen-year-old girl from an isolated community in space is exiled to the over-populated and crumbling Earth. Above all, SALVAGE is a novel about self-determination. It is about choice and its consequences, and about carving a place for oneself no matter what life throws at you. A sci-fi coming of age tale that’s THE HANDMAID’S TALE meets ENDER’S GAME.

As my friend Andye, from Reading Teen says, Salvage is like an entire trilogy rolled into one book. It's got a little bit for everyone, love, betrayal, action, suspense and spaceships. I enjoyed the story and the audio was done really well! 

The only thing that left me wanting more was, I wanted to see Ava and a certain someone spend more time together. And of course, I could've totally gotten on board with more kissing! (See what I did there?)

Sweet ReckoningSWEET RECKONING  
HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition - April 29, 2014

Written by Wendy Higgins

Performed by Erin Mallon

Book Three of the SWEET EVIL trilogy! More delicious romance, temptation, and high stakes drama are served up in the final book about Southern Anna, daughter of a guardian angel and a demon, and her true love, bad boy Kaidan Rowe. Now the angels’ prophecy must be heeded: Anna is the chosen one to vanquish the demons from the earth, and it is time for her to embrace her fate. When the Dukes use her biggest weakness against her, Kaidan Rowe, how far will the two of them be willing to go in order to keep one another alive? In the most action-packed and sensual installment yet, Sweet Reckoning unites the beloved Neph together in their final battle against evil.

See my full review of Sweet Reckoning and my interview with Anna HERE.
The Sweet Series is one of my favorite YA trilogies. I have enjoyed watching the seven deadly sins portrayed as teenagers, and having the chance to listen to them only enhanced my reading experience AND my love for these characters.

The narration is awesome and Erin Mallon does a fantastic job of capturing the uniqueness of the characters through their various accents. I'm so sad to see this series come to an end but I was SO happy with how it did!

The Taking
HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio; Unabridged edition - April 29, 2014

Written by Kimberly Derting

Performed by Tavia Gilbert
Amazon | Goodreads

THE UNBECOMING OF MARA DYER meets THE FIFTH WAVE in this blockbuster new series from Kimberly Derting.

I've heard nothing but great things about this story and was eager to jump right in with my ears. Tavia Gilbert does a great job of bringing The Taking to life in all of it's creepy, mind-bendy, fainting goats glory.  

Some parts of this story felt a little predictable, others made me laugh out loud and others stressed me out to the point that I had to grab my paperback copy, flip to the end and make sure everyone was okay only to discover OHMYG--- 

Yeah, so, thanks for THAT ending Kimberly Derting. You know what I'm talking about, the one that ensures I will be anxiously waiting book two to find out if certain people are dead dead. ;)

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