Audio Review of Lock In by John Scalzi

21418013Lock In by John Scalzi, read by Wil Wheaton. ★★★★

In the near future, a highly contagious virus races across the globe. A fraction of those who survive experience “lock in” – they are completely paralyzed, unable to move their bodies at all, even though they suffer no mental impairment. Over twenty years later, the condition is known as “Haydon’s Syndrome” and the world has changed in its wake. The locked in communicate with the world through online spaces or robotic “threeps” which they can pilot around the physical world. Chris Shane was the poster child for Haydon’s Syndrom but is now trying to leave that life behind and become an FBI agent. The very first day on the job, Agent Shane and Agent Leslie Vann encounter a Haydon related murder that leads to something bigger than they ever could have imagined.

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Audio Review of Jackaby by William Ritter

20312462Jackaby by William Ritter. ★★★

Jackaby is a YA fantasy story about a young women from around 1900 (I think) who gets a job with a detective who can see supernatural creatures. Right when she’s hired, there’s a supernatural serial killer on the loose. Unfortunately, while Jackaby had a lot of potential, the end result was just bland and largely forgettable.

Abigail Rook is the daughter of an English society lady and an archaeologist. Her entire life she’s read tales of adventure and longed to join her father on his digs, despite her parents instance that it is not proper for a young lady. When it comes time for her to go off to higher education, she takes the money for tuition and runs away to join a dig. The experience not being what she hoped, she winds up in America, in need of a job. She soon finds employ with R.F. Jackaby, a detective with supernatural sight. Almost immediately they start investigating a case of a serial killer that Jackaby insists has a supernatural element.

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Audio Book Review of Angelfall by Susan Ee

15863832Angelfall by Susan Ee. ★★★

Angelfall is a YA novel that takes place six weeks after the beginning of the apocalypse, when angels began attacking the world. I don’t regret listening to it, but it did fall into many pitfalls of the YA genre.

Penryn is out on the streets with her wheel chair bound sister and schizophrenic mother when they see an angel getting attacked by some other angels. Penryn’s sister accidentally draws their attention, and they take her before leaving. Desperate to get her sister back, Penryn carts off the now wingless angel who was the victim of the attack to convince him to help her.

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Audio Review of Visions by Kelley Armstrong

I really like the contrast between the blues of the background and the red text.

Visions by Kelley Armstrong. ★★★1/2

Visions is the sequel to Omens, and unfortunately I didn’t like it as much as its predecessor.

Visions continues almost directly from where Omens left off. However, it does not focus on her investigation of her parents case. Instead, as the back blurb says:

“Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?”

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Audio Review of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Okay, this is a cute cover.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. ★★★

Narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra. ★★★

It was cute. Really, what more can I say? That’s the word that sums up most of it.

I’ll preface the rest of this review with the admission that this is not at all the sort of book I tend to like. YA romance and the romance genre in general is just not my thing. If you tend to like these genres, you will probably like Eleanor and Park more than I did.

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Audio Book Review of Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Her pores have been airbrushed out of existence. I’m guessing that the girl’s supposed to be Meg, but they changed her hair to make it look nicer. In the book, she had hair that was dyed a weird orange color and was starting to grown in at the roots. But apparently accuracy isn’t sexy enough for cover art…

Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop. ★★★★

Narration by Alexandra Harris. ★★★

This is the second book in Anne Bishop’s Other series. The plot description isn’t too different from the first book, Written in Red. Meg continues to become more and more part of the Lakeside Courtyard. She continues to have visions when her skin is cut. Tension continues to grow between the humans and the Other. Simon and Meg’s relationship continues to develop at a glacial rate, which is actually a nice change from the vast majority of romance plots in urban fantasy.

If you liked the first book, you’ll probably like this book. The feel and tone is the same, and there’s no new directions taken. Actually, more of the same is a fairly accurate description. I would have liked to see more of Sam because werewolf puppies are the cutest thing in existence, and the plot moves at a steady pace but doesn’t race along. It’s definitely a character based story.

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