📚 Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles #2

Description⎮Reviewed Oct. 2015

Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 11h 19m
Publisher: Macmillan Audio⎮2013

3.5 ★ Audiobook⎮This installment was good, but not great. I didn’t enjoy it as much as Cinder. The thing is, I still really don’t know who Scarlet is as a character. That seems important given that the book is named after her. Maybe this was by design and more of her personality will be revealed in Cress. I feel like Scarlet and Wolf were underdeveloped. Capt. Thorne, on the other hand, was written so that I have a clear image of his personality and have grown attached to him throughout the book. His interactions with Cinder were very enjoyable and provided great comic relief. I’ve heard that the next installment is the best in the series thus far and can’t wait to get to it. ♣︎

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📚 Cinder by Marissa Meyer

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The Lunar Chronicles #1

Description⎮Reviewed Oct. 2015

Narrator: Rebecca Soler
Length: 10h 6m
Publisher: Macmillan Audio⎮2012

4 ★ Audiobook⎮I listened to about a fourth of this last year and put it down because I wasn’t it in the “right place” mentally for it. I don’t know what that means either… But I am so glad I gave it another shot. This time when I picked it up, it was insta-love! Now I am super into this series and plan to pick up Scarlet immediately after finishing Cinder. This was such an enjoyable listen and the audiobook narrator was great. ♣︎

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📚 The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

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Bloodlines #6

Description⎮Reviewed Dec. 2015

Narrator: Emily Shaffer; Alden Ford
Length: 10h 9m
Publisher: Listening Library⎮2015

5 ★ Audiobook⎮If not for the epilogue, this would have been a solid 4.5 star book. But the sheer perfection of the ending bumps it up to 5 stars. That epilogue hit me right in the feels. Without giving away anything too specific, let’s just say that there was an engagement and a baby, all in the epilogue. If that’s not enough to elicit a squeal, I don’t know what is! It was everything I could have ever asked for as an ending to this series. Only now it has made me crave a seventh installment or maybe a novella… Anything, really. I just need MORE. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the Vampire Academy/Bloodlines world! ♣︎

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📚 Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

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Bloodlines #5

Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015

Narrator: Emily Shaffer; Alden Ford
Length: 10h 41m
Publisher: Penguin Audio⎮2014

4.75 ★ Audiobook⎮I can’t believe I’m giving a book in this series 5 stars. Especially when my last five star books were Illuminae & The Scorpio Races. Don’t get me wrong, Silver Shadows was nowhere near as amazing as those two, but my enjoyment level while reading this was nearly as high. I think I would feel more comfortable giving this book 4.75 stars instead (because apparently now I rate books on a .25 scale…). It wasn’t “amazing” as a whole, but parts of it definitely were thrilling. This was the best book in the series thus far and it made me eat my earlier words about the series not having enough action. Readers that were loyal throughout the slower-paced first four books were definitely rewarded for sticking it out. ♣︎

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📚 The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

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Bloodlines #4

Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015

Narrator: Emily Shaffer; Alden Ford
Length: 12h 4m
Publisher: Penguin Audio⎮2013

4.5 ★ Audiobook⎮I feel like I zoomed through this book. This entire series is incredibly easy to read and doesn’t require much effort to keep up with the plot. I was easily able to play this audiobook during my daily activities without much interference to either. Some audiobooks require a lot more concentration on the listener’s part and aren’t a good fit for multitasking. Although, I did stop what I was doing towards the end because it got so exciting. This cliffhanger ending almost makes up for the slow pace and lack of action in the other books. This is the best installment in the series thus far. I will be starting the next one immediately!

Narration Review: I enjoyed the new dual narration style and thought it added a lot to the overall audiobook experience. However, my biggest complaint about this particular audiobook is the mysterious disappearance of Adrian’s accent…♣︎

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📚 The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead

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Bloodlines #3

Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015

Narrator: Emily Shaffer
Length: 11h 53m
Publisher: Penguin Audio⎮2013

4 ★ Audiobook⎮By the time I made it to this installment, I was beginning to get used to the leisurely pace of the series. There are bursts of action scattered throughout, but it always seems to return to that same leisurely pace in between them. This series is shaping up to be more of a sprint than a marathon and I’m okay with that now that I know what to expect. Although, I’m still not completely satisfied with the romance. It feels extremely forced, underdeveloped, and frankly, problematic. There are times when Adrian comes off as not understanding that “No means no” and gets rewarded for it. It only bothered me a little while reading, but in retrospect, I’m having a hard time viewing this relationship as “healthy”. On the bright side, Sydney is now much more tolerable (since Adrian is the problem). I couldn’t say I loved it, but I enjoyed reading it. However, I’m not sure I would still be reading this series if I weren’t already a fan of Vampire Academy. To me, that series seems like the backbone of this one. Also, points deducted for a lack of Dimitri. ♣︎

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📚 The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead

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Bloodlines #2

Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015

Narrator: Emily Shaffer
Length: 12h 14m
Publisher: Penguin Audio⎮2012

4 ★ Audiobook⎮This installment was better than the first on two grounds: more action and more Dimitri. Both of those things made The Golden Lily seem like Vampire Academy #8 instead of Bloodlines #2 (no complaint here). The plot thickened considerably and Sydney was given more character depth, making her a semi-tolerable protagonist. While the overall storyline is still slowly inching forward, I can vaguely see where it’s headed and I’m interested enough to continue on with the series. If this installment is any indication, the series should continue gaining speed with further installments. The fact that Richelle Mead continues her world-building process in a spinoff series by adding new factions is highly intriguing. Those who stop reading after Last Sacrifice are missing out on [potentially] key elements in the Vampire Academy world, by extension through the Bloodlines series.

Narration review: The narrator of this audiobook does a well-enough job, but nothing extraordinary. Her voice isn’t annoying to listen to for hours on end (which counts for a lot, in my book). She does a few accents (Dimitri’s, Adrian’s), but again, nothing extraordinary. From my perspective, the audiobook holds nothing substantial over the physical book. The choice between audiobook and physical book could be a toss-up, or simply left to personal preference. ♣︎

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📚 Bloodlines by Richelle Mead

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Bloodlines #1

Description⎮Reviewed Nov. 2015

Narrator: Emily Shaffer
Length: 12h 53m
Publisher: Penguin Audio⎮2011

4★ Audiobook⎮Returning to the world of Vampire Academy was like coming home again! Mead did an excellent job incorporating VA characters and plotlines into this new series. So much, that it actually helped distract from Bloodlines’ semi-significant plot weaknesses. Bloodlines in itself is very different from the Vampire Academy series. It is much less action-oriented and a lot slower-paced. In this book, Sydney Sage is a bit boring and flat, for my tastes. Her intolerance and “good girl” tendencies make her less likable as a main character, but the aforementioned distractions luckily kept me from ever wanting to stop listening. I can see the potential for character development with her and that is enough to keep me going. Not to mention the promise of more Dimitri in the next installment. ♣︎

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📚 This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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Starbound #2

Description⎮Reviewed Dec. 2015

Narrator: Callard Harris, Donnabella MortelLincoln Hoppe
Length: 12h 42m
Publisher: Listening Library⎮2014

4.5 ★ Audiobook⎮I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did. Mostly because I wasn’t sure how to feel about abruptly swapping protagonists in the middle of a series. I grew to love with Lilac and Tarver in Starbound #1 and was disappointed when the synopsis of Starbound #2 did not include them, but introduced two completely new main characters. Not only was I surprised to fall in love with Flynn and Jubilee (the new characters), but I was even more pleasantly surprised to find out that Lilac and Tarver played semi-significant roles in this installment as well! The new setting and characters were carefully integrated with those from These Broken Stars (Starbound #1) and did not take much effort to love. I appreciate the way this author uses dry, sarcastic humor to break up the intensity of the story, without completely changing the overall mood. This was such an intriguing story. After having read Illuminae, Starbound #1 and Starbound #2, it’s clear that Kaufman is a favorite author of mine. I ordered Starbound #3 before even finishing #2.

Narration review: These narrators are some of the best I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to and the special effects are out of this world! ♣︎

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{Modified from The Perpetual Page Turner‘s}

Listening Stats

I listened to 91 audiobooks.

I relistened to 0 audiobooks.

I listened to the Young Adult Fantasy genre the most.

My average rating of an audiobook was 3.8 stars.

Best in Audiobooks

  1. Best audiobook I listened to in 2015: Illuminae
  2. Audiobook(s) I was excited about & thought I was going to love more but didn’t: A Darker Shade of MagicTrial by Fire, Fangirl, & The Mortal Instruments series
  3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) audiobook I listened to: A Girl of Fire and Thorns
  4. Best series I started in 2015: The Raven Cycle
  5. Favorite new author I discovered in 2015: Amie Kaufman
  6.  Best audiobook from a genre I don’t typically listen to: Under the Dome
  7. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable audiobook of the year: Illuminae
  8. Favorite cover of an audiobook I listened to in 2015: These Broken Stars
  9. Most memorable character of 2015: Queen Elisa from A Girl of Fire and Thorns
  10. Most beautifully written audiobook listened to in 2015:The Scorpio Races
  11. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing audiobook of 2015: The Fault in Our Stars
  12. Audiobook I can’t believe I waited UNTIL 2015 to finally listen to: The Selection
  13. Shortest & longest audiobook I listened to in 2015: FairestUnder the Dome
  14. Audiobook that shocked me the most:Illuminae
  15. OTP of the year: Diana Holland & Henry Schoonmaker from the Luxe series
  16. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year: Blue & Noah from The Raven Cycle
  17. Favorite audiobook(s) I listened to in 2015 from an author I’ve listened to previously: The Bloodlines series
  18. Best audiobook I listened to in 2015 that I listened to based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
  19. Newest fictional crush from an audiobook I listened to in 2015: Tarver Merendsen from These Broken Stars
  20. Best 2015 debut I listened to: Starcrossed
    • Best worldbuilding/most vivid setting I listened to this year:Under the Dome
  21. Audiobook(s) that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to listened to: Little Altars EverywherePaper Towns
  22. Audiobook that made me cry or nearly cry in 2015: The Scorpio Races
  23. Hidden gem of the year: Time and Time Again
  24. Audiobook that crushed my soul:The Scorpio Races
  25. Most unique audiobook I listened to in 2015: Illuminae
  26. Audiobook(s) that made me the most mad: The Mara Dyer series (in a bad way); Splendor (in a good way)
  27. Audiobook(s) with the best narrator: Will Patton for The Raven Cycle series
  28. Audiobook with the worst narrator: Kate Simses for Crossed & Shatter Me
  29. Audiobook(s) with the best listening effects: Illuminae, The Starbound series & The Caster Chronicles