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Best Audiobooks I Listened to in 2019 | Blogmas Day 9

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Hey Guys!
Welcome to Day 9 of Blogmas!
Today I’m going to talk about my favourite audiobooks I read in 2019.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Narrator: Adjoa Andoh
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 A very recent read for me, but I had to include it!
I loved this book so much! The narrator was fantastic and did amazing voices/accents, it really added to the story.

Full thoughts in my review here!


Crownbreaker by Sebastien De Castell
Narrator: Joe Jameson

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The amazing conclusion to the Spellslinger series.
This whole series is amazing on audiobook, the narrator is incredible! The story is fun, but the narrator adds so much to the story with his voices. I have never experienced audiobooks better than the Spellslinger series, they are my favourite!

Review here!


The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
Narrator: Rebecca Soler

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I thought I’d include the whole series here since I listened to them all this year.
They were amazing! I didn’t think I’d like this series, I picked up Cinder on a whim since the audiobook was available at my library, but I ended up loving them! Now one of my all-time favourites. I have to say the narrator grew on me too, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy her narration but I enjoyed it all.

Reviews: Cinder| Scarlet | Cress| Winter | Stars Above


The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher
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I had previously read this book (physical copy) when it came out back in 2016. I saw that the audiobook was available at my library and I instantly got it. It’s narrated by Carrie herself which makes it even more enjoyable. As a huge Star Wars + Carrie Fisher fan, I loved every moment. Just listening to her voice was so comforting, it really makes her stories feel even more personal when she speaks them.


What were your favourite audiobooks in 2019?

Books · WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday 28/08/2019

WWW-Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!
This tag/meme is hosted on Taking on a World of Words. It’s a super simple meme, you just answered the three W questions.

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
Currently Reading:

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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I’m not far into this yet; I’ve been reading it for a few days and have barely made a dent, it’s just not gripping me so far. I’m intrigued to see what everyone loves though, so I keep going. I NEED to know what the hype is about but so far: Meh.
Recently Finished:

The Humans by Matt Haig (audiobook)

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I finished this yesterday – it was a good listen! It was funny and entertaining, I didn’t like the ending much but overall it was very enjoyable.
I gave it 3.5 Stars!

What I might read next:

Once I finish Nevernight I want to pick up Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff, obviously.
Then a repeat from my last WWW:
The Good Luck Girls because I haven’t managed to read that yet.


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Audiobook Review: Queenslayer by Sebastien de Castell (Spellslinger #5)

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Hey guys!
I’m currently on holiday in Portugal! This a pre-written and scheduled (how organised am I?)

Reviews for the previous books: Spellslinger | Shadowblack | Charmcaster | Soulbinder



Synopsis:

Kellen and Reichis have just finished fighting a duel in the desert when Kellen inadvertently smears blood on the Daroman flag – an act of treason for which the Marshals have no choice but to arrest him. Just before he’s put before the Queen to be executed, Kellen is given a strange piece of advice from one of his fellow prisoners: kill the Queen and he’ll be given clemency by those who take power. But when Kellen comes face-to-face with the eleven-year-old monarch, he realises she’s vastly smarter than he expected – and in a great deal more danger.


My Thoughts
Plot-wise – this was slower than the rest. It took me a while to get into. Despite being thrust into the action straight away, the rest of the book is quite slow. It does pick up in places but it relies heavily on political intrigue.

I’m glad I listened to the audiobook for this, as the narrator is really good and easy to listen to. I think I would’ve struggled if I had read the physical book.
I would say it was boring but it was a bit meh. It’s my least favourite in the series so far. I honestly think the series has gone downhill since Ferius and Kellen split ways. She was such a good character, I miss her so much!

Kellen is still up to his usual stuff, avoiding being killed by just about everyone, having banter with Reichis and escaping death with wit, one trick and a hint of luck.

I will say: this was so much darker than the rest of the series. This whole series has been lighthearted and fun and it got dark. Real fast. There was less humour and jokes in this one, it was still funny in places but not as much as the previous books.
There was more graphic violence and torture.

Trigger Warning for mentions of depression, abuse and rape/sexual assault.

Characters:
Kellen: 
I still love Kellen. After 5 books, it’s easy to be attached and invested in his journey. His character development has been great – though he still is a one trick pony. His ‘magic’ is still the same trick – which I don’t mind. He’s not the typical over-powered/ all-powerful YA main character. I like that he isn’t the greatest at magic but still manages to get along.


Reichis: 
Still the hilarious, murderous little squirrelcat I adore. I love his and Kellen’s ‘partnership’ – aka friendship – even if Reichis likes to think they aren’t.

Narrator: Joe Jameson – who narrates the whole series, is absolutely brilliant. I cannot praise his skills enough. He is great at doing different voices, it is so easy and entertaining to listen to.

Rating:3.5 Stars


*I have previously worked with Hot Key Books, however, not on this occasion.
I borrowed this from my library. All opinions are my own.


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Audiobook Review: Stars Above by Marissa Meyer

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*There will be spoilers for the entirety of The Lunar Chronicles*
Reviews for the other books:
Cinder | Scarlet | Cress | Winter


The first time, he had wondered why she liked books so much, and if it had anything to do with why he liked spaceships. Because they could take you somewhere far, far away

Synopsis:
The Keeper: A prequel to the Lunar Chronicles, showing a young Scarlet and how Princess Selene came into the care of Michelle Benoit.

Glitches: In this prequel to Cinder, we see the results of the plague play out, and the emotional toll it takes on Cinder. Something that may, or may not, be a glitch….

The Queen’s Army: In this prequel to Scarlet, we’re introduced to the army Queen Levana is building, and one soldier in particular who will do anything to keep from becoming the monster they want him to be.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky: Thirteen-year-old Carswell Thorne has big plans involving a Rampion spaceship and a no-return trip out of Los Angeles.

After Sunshine Passes By: In this prequel to Cress, we see how a nine-year-old Cress ended up alone on a satellite, spying on Earth for Luna.

The Princess and the Guard: In this prequel to Winter, we see a young Winter and Jacin playing a game called the Princess and the Guard…

The Little Android: A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” set in the world of The Lunar Chronicles.

The Mechanic: In this prequel to Cinder, we see Kai and Cinder’s first meeting from Kai’s perspective.

Something Old, Something New: In this epilogue to Winter, friends gather for the wedding of the century…


My Thoughts:

The Keeper – Rating: 3.5 Stars
This centred around Scarlett and her grandmere Michelle Benoit.
It was nice to see how Michelle was, after briefly seeing her in TLC. I loved her relationship with Scarlet. It was a cute story! I also liked seeing how Michelle cared for Selene.

Glitches – Rating: 4 Stars
Cinder’s backstory and how she joined the Linh family.
The best part was Cinder and Peony! We get a glimpse of their relationship in TLC but this is so adorable!
I still despise Audrey. She can choke!

The Queen’s Army – Rating: 2.5 Stars
One of my least favourites. Sorry but I just don’t care about Wolf that much. I didn’t find his backstory particularly interesting either. I don’t mind him in TLC but he’s not a fave.

Carswell’s Guide to Being Lucky – Rating: 3.75 Stars
THORNE!! I love Thorne. This was one of the stories I enjoyed the most, purely because Thorne is so entertaining. Adorable!!

After Sunshine Passes By – Rating 3.5 Stars
This backstory for Cress BROKE MY HEART. This is the story of how she ended up all alone on the satellite. I love Cress, she’s so sweet and adorable and this story was so sad! Poor little Cress. *cry emoji*

The Princess and the Guard – Rating 3 Stars
Winter has always been a bit of an oddball. I’m not sure if I like her or not. She’s fairly entertaining and I did admire her in this story. I cannot stand Jacin, however. He has annoyed me every time he was in TLC and I still can’t warm to him.

The Little Android – Rating: 2 Stars
I’m going to be honest: I had no idea what the hell was going on in this one. I was confused AF. I found the ending especially confusing?? No idea what to think of this one, to be honest.

The Mechanic – Rating: 3.5 Stars
When Cinder met Kai… But from his perspective!
I always loved Cinder and Kai’s first meeting. It was cool to see it from Kai’s perspective instead of Cinder’s. I love Kai as a character so I liked this one!

Something Old, Something New – Rating: 4.5 Stars
My FAVOURITE!
Set after the events of Winter, a kinda sequel to TLC. I loved seeing the gang back together. This was by far the superior story in the collection!

Overall: I’m not the biggest fan of short story collections, so maybe that’s why I didn’t love this. I enjoyed it but it’s my least favourite in the series. I’m not sure it was necessary to give a backstory for everyone but it’s a nice read. Would’ve loved a full sequel novel/novella that was set after Winter but Something Old, Something New was great!

 

Overall Rating: 3/3.5Stars


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Audiobook Review: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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Synopsis:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a higher price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.


Reviews for the previous books: Cinder + Scarlet

My Thoughts:
Again, as with the other books, the plot was engaging and addictive. Only this time it stepped it up. I was seriously hooked on this book and I am so invested in these characters now!
I am loving watching all the characters grow and develop, as well as their interactions with each other. I also am really enjoying the blossoming relationships! I ship literally everyone who’s been hinted at being together. I am obsessed.

Boy, this was an emotional rollercoaster too! So much action and plot twists happen in this book. It has constant excitement, there honestly wasn’t a dull moment.
The worldbuilding is good; there isn’t tons of description, it gets straight to the point and the exciting parts – which is good. I like this dystopian world, it’s very interesting and I cannot wait to know/see more about Lunar!

This series is rapidly becoming one of my favourites of all time. I’ve actually laughed out loud listening to this! It is such an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend the audiobooks, the narrator is good and it is really easy to listen to.

Characters:
Cinder: I love Cinder! She’s a great protagonist. I am highly invested in her character and rooting for her all the way. She’s very well written and very relatable. Cinder is really entertaining character, especially her interactions with the other characters. I really like that Cinder is instantly overpowered. She finds out her abilities and is still learning (and struggling) to use her powers, it’s nice that she isn’t instantly amazing with them, it’s very realistic.

Thorne:
Thorne is one of my favourite characters, he makes me laugh and fawn over him. He’s charming, sarcastic and ridiculous –  I live for his snarky comments and cockiness. He’s just so entertaining! I love Cinder + Thorne’s friendship/bromance! I also love Thorne + Cress. I can’t wait to see where it goes!

Scarlet:
Although not one of my favourites, I still really enjoy Scarlet as a character. I like her and Wolff’s

Cress: I loved the addition of Cress! We got a hint of her in the first book, obviously, the series is already finished, so I knew all the titles – I was intrigued to see how her story would become intertwined with Cinder’s. She’s smart, cute, socially awkward + so relatable.

Iko: IKO IS FREAKING ADORABLE. I love her.

Luckily, the next book, Winter, is available at my library right away! No waiting. YAY!

Rating: 5 Stars!


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Favourite Audiobooks 2018!

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Hey guys!
It’s time for all the ‘2018’ themed posts to start rolling in…
Thought I’d start mine with the favourite audiobooks I listened to this year. I didn’t listen to as many as I hoped but I did listen to some amazing ones!

(These are in no particular order)


1) Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman/

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This was SO good. Cannot even put into words how much I enjoyed this. Neil Gaiman perfectly narrates his own novel, his voice is so relaxing. The stories are so entertaining. I have a new found love for Norse Myth.
I don’t have a review up for this (yet) but hopefully, I’ll write one soon.


2) Spellslinger by Sebastien De Castell

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This I picked up from my library randomly. I hadn’t heard of it before, knew nothing about it. Thought the premise sounded interesting and it had a cool cover.
Little did I know it’d become one of my favourite books of all time (and one of my favourite series).
I loved the story but the characters really take the cake. I LOVE THEM.
The humour is amazing. I adore Kellen, Ferius and Reichis. Just amazing.
The narrator is seriously good at voices, an absolute joy to listen to.

Review here!


3) The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

This book was getting loads of hyped and attention, it wasn’t my usual genre but since it was available right away at my library I thought why not.
It’s a really complicated book, especially for audio, it requires a lot of attention but it is so worth it. Another one that became one of my favourites. Seriously amazing.

Review here!



4) Hold Back the Stars by Katie Khan

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Rating: 5/5 Stars

This book exceeded my expectations like no other. It is a sci-fi romance, which is kinda something I half love, half hate. I love sci-fi but romance? Meh.
Boy, was I wrong.  This was an emotional rollercoaster. I was so invested in this romance and the characters. It made me laugh. It made me cry.
The writing is just beautiful. The ENDING. Wow.
Now one of my favourite books of all time.

Review here!


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Did you listen to any audiobooks in 2018? Let me know how you liked them!


Until next time,

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