Source: Audiobook Received for Review

The Book That Didn’t Want To Be Read: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Posted November 27, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 18 Comments
The Book That Didn’t Want To Be Read: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Guys, I swear this book did not want me to read it! I received the audiobook copy of this book back in May and it wasn’t until recently that I was finally able to finish it. First, I had issues downloading the audiobook, when I finally did download it, my laptop messed up, when I was able to download it, I had to find a way to get it from my barely working laptop to my hardrive to transfer it my working computer. And just when I managed to add it to my phone and almost listen to all of it, I got a new phone. This audiobook is long, almost 24 fucking hours long, but it was okay because the book was really good and the audiobook performance was phenomenal, but I had less than 30 minutes left in the audiobook. I got an iPhone and it’s soooo hard to add audiobooks to this damn thing. Either the files for this audiobook wouldn’t play (all my other audiobooks worked) or only the first half would transfer to my phone. All I needed was the last 30 minutes! I finally caved, got my Audible subscription back and purchased this damn book just to finish it.  So 6 months later, I was finally able to finish Lord of Shadows and luckily it was worth the trouble. I have yet to finish […]

I Think I Liked a Book With a Pregnancy Trope *gasp* (Lucas by Sawyer Bennett)

Posted November 20, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 18 Comments
I Think I Liked a Book With a Pregnancy Trope *gasp* (Lucas by Sawyer Bennett)

Unless you’re new here, you probably know all about my hatred for books that have babies, kids and/or pregnancies in them. It’s nothing personal, I love kids in real life (my kids anyway… and a few select other), but I just can’t stand these tropes in books because 99% of the time they are just a plot-device for drama, drama, drama. Most times, I will straight up DNF a book if it has any of these tropes. I have this really bad habit of not paying attention to book summaries before getting them and sometimes it bites me in the ass.  This was the case with this book. I love hockey books and saw this audiobook and was like hey, don’t mind if I do and not even 15 minutes in and the MC finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Lucas. Cue a ‘son of a bitch’ mutter by me at this point. Unfortunately, or fortunately in this case, I didn’t have any other audiobooks to listen to at this time so I decided to just keep listen. I was fully prepared to DNF this book but I actually found myself intrigued. Usually, a pregnancy trope comes as a surprise in books (and to add drama) but this one happened right at the beginning so I was interested to see how this would play out.  I had […]

High Hopes…So Disappointing: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Posted October 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
High Hopes…So Disappointing: The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

*insert sigh here* I love Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books. I really do. After I Do is one of the most painful and most beautiful-lest books I’ve read and I loved it so much that I’ve heard it on audio two more times. TJR has such talent that she can take such simple love stories and pack so much emotions into them without going over the top with the dramatics. There’s something about the simplicity of the stories and characters that makes them even more special to me. As soon as I first heard about this book, I knew that there was something different about this book (for me). It didn’t have that same appeal to me that attracted me to her other books but it was still a book by freakin Taylor Jenkins Reid so I wanted to give it a try anyway… I should have just stayed away. *another sigh* This book was not what I expected at all, and not in a good way. I just didn’t like anything about this book. I didn’t like Monique, I didn’t care about her life or her romance (or lack thereof). I hated Evelyn Hugo, so freaking much. There was just something about her that was so cold and calculating and manipulative and most of all, selfish. She did have that drive and determination to get herself out of her shitty […]

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

Posted October 24, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 7 Comments
Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

I hate to admit this, but I totally judged this book before I had even read it, which is never fair to a book. I have been a big fan of Christina Lauren books (although there have been a few misses here and there, like any author) because I can always count on them to be entertaining, funny and sexy. When I first read the summary for this book, the one thought that came to mind was that this was a rip-off of The Hating Game, especially since I had just finished reading that book (and yes, I loved it). I was a little put off by that but I still wanted to read it since I have read most of their other books. It took me a while to finally get to this, because I was in no real rush to be honest, but when I did I quickly realized that although the concepts are similar, this is nothing like the rip-off I was expecting. Instead, I got a really sweet romance with a bonus side of sexy times and a great dose of wit. Carter and Evie are two workaholics who love their careers, despite their ups and downs. They end up meeting at a Halloween party and as luck would have it, as the only single people there they also happen to be dressed up as Harry […]

Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Posted October 12, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 5 Comments
Underwhelming & Soooooo Annoying: A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Holy crap, this book was so annoying! If you haven’t noticed by now, I am so out of the loop when it comes to what books are currently out/coming out. I pretty much read what Nick tells me she thinks I will like, a romance book by an author I love or an audiobook that I think sounds interesting. This book fell into the last category. It showed up in my audiobook monthly email and I was like ‘hmmm, this one sounds like it could be pretty good’ *hits download.* Sadly, in this case I was wrong. I found myself in a constant state of annoyance. Annoyance with the characters. Annoyance with the plot. Annoyance with the way the story was told. And annoyance with myself for not being able to DNF this book because I simply had to find out just what the hell happened between Emma and her sister Henri that would make Henri turn into such a rotten bitch and Emma into a doormat. Spoiler alert, the ‘incident’ was so underwhelming and stupid, it just made me more annoyed that I wasted my time listening to this book. The book starts with Emma, her older sister Henri and a boy named Alex stranded on an island. The boat they were in went down and Alex’s cousin died in the accident but the others managed to escape to […]

Imaginative & Addicting: Warcross by Marie Lu

Posted October 10, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 Comments
Imaginative & Addicting: Warcross by Marie Lu

I’m not normally into sci-fi books like this, but there was something about this book that was calling me. I would like to say that the fact that I enjoyed Marie Lu’s last series was the main reason that I got this book, but let’s be real, that eye-catching cover probably had more to do with it. This book is a little bit longer than I normally like my books to be (especially if they aren’t contemporary books) so I ended up saving this one for last when it came to listening to my audiobooks. Right away, I really fell in love with Emika. There’s just something about a normal girl in a high-tech and advanced world who is just doing her best trying to get by in life. Her mother abandoned her as a child and her father passed away a few years ago, leaving her in a mountain of gambling debt. Emika has a dead-end job but she makes ends meet (barely) by using her hacker skills to be an online bounty hunter, hunting those who bet on Warcross illegally. Emika is actually a really talented hacker and when she accidentally glitches herself into the opening International Warcross Championship, suddenly all eyes are on her. Something a hacker definitely does not want. Within days, all her debts are paid off by Hideo Tanaka, the young billionaire creator of Warcross […]

Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Posted October 5, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
Smart & Brilliant… Yet Pointless: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

I have such mixed feelings about this book… I don’t even know where to start. In all honesty, I probably should not have read this book. I hated We Were Liars and I had a feeling that this book would make me feel the same way as that one. But,  I am such a sucker for Rebecca Soler as a narrator that I caved and ended up downloading this book when I saw she was narrating it. Despite the fact that Soler was brilliant in her performance of the book (what else is new?), I was not a fan of this book. The sad thing is that it had so much potential and the writing was great, but it just fell flat for me in more ways than one. The book starts with Jules in a luxury resort in Mexico, she’s living the life and soon we find out that it may not be her life she’s actually living. She’s  a con artist and uses other identities to live her life. At the moment she is pretending to be Imogen, one of her old friends. When a cop gets the drop on her, Jules goes into full survivor mode and she escapes while beating up people along the way. From there, the story is told in reverse, each time going back weeks or months back in time. This format was […]

Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

Posted September 28, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 12 Comments
Irritating But Redeeming: Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen

I do believe that I downloaded this audiobook by mistake. I was sending Nick a list of the audiobooks I had to listen to so she could pick one for me to listen to next and this one was on the list. Neither of us had heard of it so once I looked it up and read the summary, I knew I must have downloaded this one on accident. Since it wasn’t that long and the summary did sound interesting, I went ahead and kept it on my list. I did struggle with this one a bit in the beginning because Wren was so damn irritating. Also, the narrator’s… raspy/skeaky voice, especially in the beginning was kind of annoying. But I kept with it, and I’m glad I did because seeing Wren grow up was so damn satisfying and totally redeemed the book for me. Wren has been on a downward spiral for the last few years. It was hard for me to figure out at first why the hell Wren was so damn angry and bitter at life. Yes, her parents moved her to a new city/school where she doesn’t know anyone and her name is not the most common, but I just didn’t get why her name was such a big deal for her. As someone with a name that 99% of people NOT hispanic can’t pronounce correctly, […]

I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

Posted September 26, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 15 Comments
I Don’t Know What I Just Read But I Really Liked It: A Semi-Definitive of Worst Nightmares by Krystal Sutherland

I think I can honestly say that this is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read! I’m not even sure what category this would really fall into, it’s definitely contemporary, it has great friendships, a crazy family, a sweet sibling bond, a super adorable slow build romance, it deals with mental illness (which was done really well) but it also has some quirkiness, some mythology (maybe?), and a bit of silliness all the while hitting you with some hardcore feels here and there. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish and it was such a refreshing story, nothing like what I was expecting! Esther and her twin brother Eugene have grown up on stories of when their grandfather met Death. Since then, it seems her family is cursed. Cursed with their one great fear that will eventually lead to their death. Esther’s mother is obsessed with bad signs that pretty much make her useless. She refuses to pick up her daughter from work because she saw a black cat that day, she has all these good luck omens that are supposed to ward off bad luck but nothing seems to help. Especially when she’s addicted to gambling all their money at the casino. Her father is an agoraphobe who hasn’t left their basement at all in six years. Her brother Eugene has a deathly fear of the […]

What’s the Point?? The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Posted September 21, 2017 by Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook / 2 Comments
What’s the Point?? The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall

Do you ever read a series where you get to the last book and everything just kind of fizzles out? It kind of feels like, what was the point of everything anymore? Sadly, this was the case for me with The Ends of the World. I feel like this series started off pretty strong, even for a non-Fantasy fan like me. It was never a favorite of mine, but it was pretty damn entertaining and despite the dreaded love triangle, I still enjoyed the book, I even liked the damn love triangle (even though I had my Team picked). The first book in this series felt like it had a lot of hype, and then I’m not sure what happened with the second book but I rarely saw any press or reviews on it, even though I still enjoyed the book. I had actually forgotten all about this series when this came up in my emails and it kind of makes me sad that I just don’t really hear anyone talk about this series. I almost skipped it myself, but I decided to go ahead and finish the series. I also happen to love this narrator so was another deciding factor for me. Sadly, although I can’t really say that this book was bad, because it wasn’t, I did feel like it did lose its steam. Some parts felt like […]

When An Unnecessary Twist Nearly Ruins A Good Book: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Posted September 6, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in ARC, Audiobook, review / 19 Comments
When An Unnecessary Twist Nearly Ruins A Good Book: What To Say Next by Julie Buxbaum

Nereyda: I had no intention of reading this book. I haven’t been too impressed with contemporary YA as of late, this author’s last book was a little bit of a letdown (considering all the rave reviews) and this audiobook was narrated by one of my least favorite male narrators. All signs pointed to a no for me… but my brain sometimes (aka almost always) forgets things like this and before I remembered about all the reasons why I didn’t want to read this book, I had already downloaded the audiobook. I don’t like to not review audiobooks I receive for review (unfortunately I don’t have the same mentality when it comes to eARC’s…sigh) so I figured I would give it a try. When I say Nick talking about how much it surprised her in a weekly recap, I moved it up my list. Surprise, surprise, I actually ended up liking this quite a bit… up until the point that I didn’t… but it still wasn’t enough to make me dislike the entire book. Nick: Yeah I’m not sure what exactly prompted me to pick up the book either, but I saw it available in my library’s Overdrive, and decided to give it a shot. I definitely enjoyed What to Say Next more than I liked the author’s YA debut last year. The characters and romance were really well-written here, but […]

The Book That Did Not Stop Surprising The Two of Us: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Posted August 10, 2017 by Nick & Nereyda in 4 stars, ARC, Audiobook, review / 16 Comments
The Book That Did Not Stop Surprising The Two of Us: Little Monsters by Kara Thomas

Nereyda: I had honestly never even heard of this book (to be fair, I’m so out of the loop when it comes to books) until it came up on my emails for audiobooks. I had heard good things about her last thriller even though I never got around to reading it, but there was something about this book that intrigued me. I don’t usually bother with YA thrillers because most of the time they are way too predictable, but Little Monsters managed to escape the predictability with an unexpected POV and some added twists along the way. Nick: I was curious about Little Monsters but didn’t pick it up until Nereyda mentioned that she liked it. I read it over the weekend and thought it was one of the more brilliant YA mystery I have read. What I liked the best about this book was how it kept making me second-guess my theories at basically every turn. Nereyda: When Kacey’s friend Bailey goes missing, the whole town is shocked and desperate to find her. Kacey is determined to find answers since no one seems to take her disappearance seriously.  When a few of her searches land her at the wrong place at the wrong time, Kacey starts looking more and more like a suspect. Now, not only does she have to try to find out what happened to Bailey, but […]

Fierce MC, Horrible Romance Take II: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Posted August 8, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 21 Comments
Fierce MC, Horrible Romance Take II: Now I Rise by Kiersten White

Confession: I don’t think I like Fantasy books anymore, especially not YA Fantasy. To be fair, Fantasy has never been a favorite genre of mine but there are some Fantasy books that I do enjoy from time to time. Especially if I can listen to them in audiobook format with a really good narrator. Luckily, this series has a fantastic narrator which is one of the things that helped me not hate this book. Another thing could be that it was just freaking… entertaining. In as much as killing people and gruesome battles can be entertaining (think Game of Thrones). I really was surprised by the first book because the MC was so damn fierce and tough, but the romance was just awful! I won’t rehash it too much here but the love interest, Mehmed, has a harem of girls and has multiple baby mamas and although he claims he loves Lada, he isn’t quite ready to give up his harem. Also, Lada’s brother Radu also has the hots for Mehmed, a fact that Mehmed is all too willing to exploit to get his way. Basically, the romance was terrible once again, but I’m hoping this time Lada (and her brother)  is done with Mehmed for good. Actually, I wouldn’t mind if she killed him in the next book. While this book was good and entertaining, it did have it’s moments where I […]

A Fresh Take on Stereotypes & Racism: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

Posted July 28, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 9 Comments
A Fresh Take on Stereotypes & Racism: The Go-Between by Veronica Chambers

I don’t normally read books about famous people, but this book caught my eye for a few reasons. The fact that the MC’s hispanic mother was the famous one, made me interested. And the comparison with Jane the Virgin also helped (although I didn’t like the show past the first season). Not only is Cammi’s mom a movie star, but she’s actually really famous and successful… in Mexico. As a hispanic girl, I can’t even begin to tell you how sick I am of all the stereotypes when it comes to hispanic characters in most books I read. Either they are poor or in gangs or selling drugs *insert eye roll.* Just because Cammi’s mother is a successful actress in Mexico, the same can’t be said for the US.  When she gets a chance to move to the states for a work opportunity, Cammi and her family are in for a rude awakening. All of a sudden, her leading lady movie star mother only has a mostly non-speaking part in an english television show. Cammi’s dad misses his old life and Cammi has a hard time adjusting to the new people in her school. Most kids assume that since Cammi is hispanic, she must be in their fancy prep school on a scholarship. They also go on to make other assumptions like her mom being a maid and her dad […]

Better Than I Expected… Not As Good As I Hoped: Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

Posted July 21, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 20 Comments
Better Than I Expected… Not As Good As I Hoped: Midnight Jewel by Richelle Mead

I’m so bad with remembering book names…and book characters for that matter. Actually, let’s just say I have a bad memory in general. I often confuse things and that includes book names/characters. The whole time I was listening to this (which was a long ass book btw, almost 16 hours long!) I thought the book was called The Ruby Circle. I even kept telling Nick that I was listening to The Ruby Circle. It wasn’t until I had 5% left of the audiobook that I realized I had the name all wrong. Oh well, just another day in Nereyda’s jumbled brain. Anyway, I almost didn’t read this. I had written this book off after not loving (but also not hating) The Glittering Court. If you don’t know this by now, my all time favorite series ever is the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead, followed by the Vampire Academy series. Sadly, it’s been a few years since Richelle Mead has written anything that even comes close to that greatness, in my opinion. I keep telling myself I won’t read anymore YA from her, especially Fantasy YA, but that’s all she keeps writing and the part of me that still loves her as an author, just can’t seem to stay away. First off, this book was way too long. I was worried that since we are basically getting 3 stories told […]

Dark, Quirky & Odd: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Posted July 14, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 10 Comments
Dark, Quirky & Odd: Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

I had never heard of this book until it was recommended to me by a friend. I looked it up and was kind of blown away by all the overwhelming positive reviews on Goodreads and all the readers that fell in love with the quirky and odd Eleanor Oliphant. I love me some quirky characters so I decided to try out the audiobook. I was expecting odd and quirky, but I wasn’t expecting how freaking dark this book would be. It’s the kind of dark book that creeps up on you, mixed in with all the seemingly light moments of the book, it actually took me a while to realize how dark this book was because most of it was casually brought up. Eleanor would be rambling on then I had to be like: ‘wait…did she really just say that?? does this mean she was in an abusive relationship? was she raped??’ then I had to rewind the audiobook a bit just so I can be sure. So readers be warned that this book is dark and deals with some tough subjects such as abuse and mental illness. I struggled with my feelings on this book, just like I struggled with my rating and with Eleanor Oliphant herself. I will say that I do see why so many people have fallen in love with this story and with Elanor, but […]

HIgh Hopes, Average Story: Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams

Posted June 23, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 6 Comments
HIgh Hopes, Average Story: Trusting You and Other Lies by Nicole Williams

I haven’t been reading much YA lately. I just have a hard time finding a really good story with a great romance that isn’t too busy ticking off all those diverse checklist boxes that the story gets lost in the shuffle. (I’m all for diverse books but I want it to be organic with the story). I’ve been on the hunt for a really good YA contemporary (think I’ll Meet You There or The Book of Broken Hearts) and other than Alex, Approximately I haven’t had much luck. I read a series by this author a few years ago that I really liked so I was hoping this would be another good one. That and the fact that this one is narrated by one of my favorite narrators made it hard to pass up on this audiobook. While this story wasn’t at all bad, it just wasn’t what I was hoping for. It felt long and dragged on and I hate to say it but I just didn’t really care all that much for the MC, the story or the romance… I think my main issue with this book was the main character Phoenix. Since the first page of the book, she has this poor me, everything in my life is awful attitude that gets old really fast. She’s upset with her parents for keeping secrets and uses that as […]

Simple Yet Emotional: Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Posted June 20, 2017 by Nereyda in Audiobook, review / 11 Comments
Simple Yet Emotional: Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

I was really excited when I first heard about this book last Summer because Graffiti Moon is one of my favorite YA books. Unfortunately, the US release date wasn’t until another whole year and I was never approved for a review copy and I kind of just… forgot all about this book. Luckily, I was able to get an audiobook copy of the book and when it came time to pick a book from my new audiobook batch, Words In Deep Blue was my first choice. In a way, my my expectations were a bit on the higher side, or maybe the extra long wait had something to do with it, but while I really liked the story… I wasn’t completely sold on the romance part of the book, or at least on the execution. Like I said, I really loved the story. It was one of those simple yet quietly emotional books that I happen to love. The kind that don’t need extra drama or unnecessary plot twist for shock value. The romance could have been better in my opinion, or at least the timeline or pace of it. Most of my problem with it was that Henry spends about 80% of the book (probably more) hung up on his ex Amy to even realize that he has feelings for Rachel. Amy treats him like shit and uses him […]