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YA Audiobook Review

Abandon (Abandon Trilogy, #1)Abandon by Meg Cabot

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Slightly disappointed in Abandon. The premise is definitely a good idea and I would like to read the rest of the trilogy just to see what happens (and hope it gets a little bit better.) I wasn’t crazy about the main character – I felt like she was intended to be something she wasn’t – if that makes any sense at all. There were some plot tie-ins and connections made that felt a bit stretched. However, I did listen to this on CD so I always feel like if I didn’t like a book on CD, maybe it would have been better to read. Sometimes the voice or even the pronunciation of certain words might turn me off.

At any rate, still willing to give the rest of them a try.

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YA Audio Book Review

Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such an incredible story! I’ve been meaning to read this for awhile and I finally snagged the audio book from the YA shelves at my library. The book is read by Alan Cumming, who does a great job with the voices and accents. The alternate history is really interesting, as it winds around real events and fiction. The idea of the Darwinist technology is pretty cool. Characters are very well done, well-rounded. I’m already listening to the second one, Behemoth, also read by Alan Cumming. It’s just as good as the first one! This is my first “Steampunk” experience. Loving it!

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Middle-Grade Book Review

The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) The Mysterious Howling (The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place #1) by Maryrose Wood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very cute with a younger Jane Eyre-ish quality, but not nearly so dark and dreary. The young heroine, Miss Penelope Lumley, is a perky governess fresh from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females. She is determined to civilize three children who were found in the woods, apparently raised by wolves. She knows there is hard work ahead of her and she supposes French and Latin can wait a few weeks while human speech and eating with utensils takes precedence. This is a funny and endearing story, with several mysteries that still remain unsolved at the end: Where did the children come from? Why does Lord Ashton insist on keeping them? Who stirred up trouble at the Christmas party? Who or what is making those noises in the attic? And last, but not least, where does Miss Penelope Lumley come from?

I will have to read book two!

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Goodreads YA Awards

Check out the Best YA Fiction according to Goodreads readers!

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http://www.goodreads.com/award/choice/2011#56606-Best-Young-Adult-Fiction

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Middle-Grade Book Review

Moon Over ManifestMoon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed listening to this book on CD. The story feels solid, and true, like you could pick it up and feel the heavy weight of it. I found myself arriving at work and not remembering how I got there, I was so into the book. There are several stories, drifting in and out of each other, spanning the years of 1918 and 1936 in the town of Manifest, Kansas. This novel is like a colorful, tightly woven braid that brings all of its stories and characters together in the end. I feel like I know these people, and when the CDs ended, I felt like I had lost friends. The actors readings were very well done and I highly recommend the audio production, as well as the novel itself.

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