The Fire’s Stone (Audiobook)

The Fire’s Stone

by Tanya Huff (narrated by Bill Hensel)

***** (5 out of 5)

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I picked this book because I had already owned the kindle version (I got it for free) and it only cost a couple bucks to buy the audiobook.  I needed a book to listen to on my way to and from work, but I hadn’t gotten my Audible credit for the month.  I just wanted something cheap that would be semi-interesting.  I was expecting for it to be ok, at best.  Fortunately, I was wrong.

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This book was awesome!!!!

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The story was great! A Drunk Prince, A Young Wizard, and An Injured Thief must work together to recover the stolen stone and save the city.  Its a classic adventure story.  There was rarely a slow moment and I didn’t want to stop listening when I got to work.  I often didn’t stop listening when I got home.  Whats the audiobook equivalent of “I couldn’t put it down”?

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The characters were great too! The trio was snarky and caring and each one of them was strong in their own unique ways.  Their relationships were so realistic that you can’t help but fall in love with them.  I don’t even know what to write! I just loved all three so much and I wish I was part of a tro like that.

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I was worried that there was going to be a love triangle, since there were three main characters, but there wasn’t! There was still a little bit of a love story but it was subtle and it took second seat to the adventure, which was nice.  I read too many books where the love story is the main plot.  While there wasn’t a love triangle there was some points when the relationships were forming where I couldn’t figure out who was going to end up with who.  At one point I was even hoping that they would end up as a thrupple because I didn’t want anyone to get their feelings hurt!

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The book is great! I loved it! The Audiobook version I am not so sure about.  The guy reading did really good men’s voices, but his woman’s voices were AWFUL! They were comically squeaky and it was a little hard to look past, but he still did a good job at bringing the characters to life.  I loved all the characters and I wonder how much of that was the writing and how much of that was the reading.  If I had to guess it is the writing but I don’t know for sure.  Also, some of the transitions were confusing.  Time would skip forward and it would take me a minute to realize it.  I think that in the book they are probably marked somehow, maybe a paragraph break, but that would be hard to convey in an audiobook.

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Overall I would totally recommend this book! It was great!

And now because I can’t help myself and because this picture is kind of a perfect representation of two of the characters.  Here is an amazing pic from Sofie Wikstrom


I just can’t get over how absolutely that picture is for so many reasons and its not helping with the book hangover I feel coming on.  Also here is my sad attempt at bookstagraming:





by Ashley Poston

***** (5 out of 5)



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This book is awesome!!!! I loved it! It is so much fun.  I love retellings of Cinderella.  I also love everything geek.  This book combines the best of both!

I highly recommend this book to everyone who thinks that YA Cinderella Nerdiness sounds awesome.

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Ok, I am not in the mood to write a review, especially because I have trouble writing positive reviews (negative reviews are so much easier to write haha) and I loved this book so the review would be all positive.  Instead of writing a review I decided to create bookstagram pictures. or at least try to create bookstagram pictures  Here is what I came up with:


1: Stack of Books


2: Outside


3: Stone and Wood


4: Wood (upright)


5: Wood (Flat)


6: Wicker


7: Stone


8: Stone (with hand)


9: Hair

My bookstagraming skill are still a work in progress, but I am pretty proud of how these turned out.  I ended up with a lot of different ones because I was playing around and trying to see what worked and what didn’t.  Which ones do you like best? I think I like 4 the best, but I also like 1,2,8, and 9.


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Ready Player One (Audiobook)

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline

***** (5 out of 5)



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About a month ago I created a poll asking which Audiobook I should buy.  I got 5 responses to the poll, plus a handful of really great suggestions in the comments.  Here are the results:


Ready Player One won with 2 votes.  I signed up for Audible and used my first free book to purchase Ready Player One.  I am so glad I did!

Lets start with the Audiobook part.  This was read by Wil Wheaton. I have listened to Audiobooks before but they were always free versions of really old books.  I liked some readers better than others, but none of them compared to Wil Wheaton.  He did such an amazing job! Plus there was a Wil Wheaton reference in the book which made it a fun little Easter Egg.

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On a side note, unrelated to Ready Player One, I really liked listening to an audiobook.  I was able to take notes in my bullet journal (I didn’t take great notes but its better than no notes, which I keep forgetting to take any for regular books) I was able to play with my dog, and I was able to color, all while listening to the book! It was really cool 🙂


Now lets talk about the book. I loved it!!

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It was chock-full of  80’s references (Apparently its “chock-full” not “chalk full” I have been saying it wrong my whole life #oops) The book did a really good job of explaining the references.  There were only a couple times I zoned out during the explanation or didn’t understand it.

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I have heard complaints from other readers about all the references and the long explanations, but I liked them! The explanations were helpful, but if you didn’t really get the reference it didn’t deter from the story.  It was super awesome reading about the references I did understand! One of my favorites was that he originally named his ship Kaylee, from Firefly, because I named my cat Kaylee!!!  Another time I figured our a reference before the narrator figured it out and explained it! I was very proud of myself!

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I do want to warn you that one of his references is to the secret about Santa Clause.  He comes right out and says it.  So if you have a child reading this book, that could be bad.  I don’t like it when people tell that secret and risk kids learning about it.  (I’m not even going to say it on here, so hopefully my slightly cryptic message is understood)

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The book wasn’t just about the references.  It was also a warning about technology and a coming of age story.  All three elements were woven together so perfectly that you didn’t even notice.  At first all I could think about was the awesome kick ass characters and how great the story was, but after some reflection I realized there was a lot more to it than that, and that was really cool.

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I know there is a movie being made, and while I was listening to the book I kept wondering how they would do things in the movie.  I have never really had that happen to me before even though this isn’t the first time I have a read books that was being turned into a movie.  It was actually kind of a cool phenomena.  It made me think of how I picture it in my head normally, but I could also come up with many different ways they could do it in the movie.  I am really excited to see the movie, but there is just so much in this book, I don’t think they will be able to do it justice.

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Overall I think is a great book! I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone because it is super nerdy but if you have even a little bit of love for any 80’s music, video games, tv shows, movies, comics, or books, than you might enjoy this too!

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Here are some more Wil Wheaton Gifs in case there weren’t enough above!

The Viking’s Chosen

The Viking’s Chosen

by Quinn Loftis

*** (3 out of 5)



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I am super confused.  Not with the book, but with how I feel about the book.  I don’t know what I think of it.  I loved some aspects and hated others.  More than that, I think it was just frustrating to read this book.  It has so much potential, but it just didn’t meet the mark.

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Ok lets start with the good:

1) The Characters were amazing!

I loved the characters.  They were great! The antagonist was truly evil and crazy, but not unbelievably so.  The Heroine was strong and opinionated.  The Hero was smart, strong and sexy.  Even the side characters were well developed.  I loved Allete’s sister Dayna.  She was my favorite.  The lesser side characters like Allete’s parents also had their own distinct personalities.

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2) The Relationships were believable.

There was a little bit of insta-love but that is to be expected in romance novels like this one.  Other than that the relationships were very realistic.  Allete and her sisters were real siblings.  Allete’s parents truly cared for their daughters. Torben’s comrade’s respected him but still were able to joke with him because they were friends.  There was all types of different relationships portrayed.

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3) The premise was great

For starters who doesn’t like Vikings? And Princesses? Plus add in a touch of magic and a bunch of conflict and you’ve got yourself a page turner.  I really liked the book’s premise.  Girl is betrothed to evil man.  Boy is prophesized to save girl and fall in love. Girl and Boy fall in love but have a lot of obstacles to overcome before they can be together. It should have been great!

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You may be wondering, if I loved the characters and the relationships and the premise so much, why didn’t I like the book overall? Good Question!

Lets get on to the bad:

1) Parts of the story were too slow.

There was a LOT of build up.  There were parts where it seemed 20 pages would go by and nothing would happen.  I didn’t feel these parts were necessary for the character or plot development.  They were just extra.  I didn’t mind reading these parts, but I feel that they prevented a lot of important stuff from happening.

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2) There is no conclusion

All throughout the book there are prophecies predicting lots of fighting, but the fighting never actually happens.  I want the fighting and I want to know the outcome (because the prophecies just say what will happen if each side were to win, they don’t say who will win)  It felt like there was too much fluff and not enough nitty gritty action.  It seems that all the fighting will happen in the second book, but it was a weird way to write a book.


3) Cliffhanger

In general I don’t like cliffhangers.  I like the story tied up with no loose ends.  But I understand that the use of cliffhangers is important to keep readers intrigued.  But this wasn’t really a cliffhanger as it was an incomplete story.  I can’t stand it when books don’t end but just continue into the next book.  Especially like this one that nothing really happens.

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4) Controlling men

The antagonist is evil, and I am fine with that.  He is creepy and super controlling.  He wants a wife that will submit to his every whim and basically be arm candy as well.  This is fine.  I am glad that those traits are portrayed as evil.  The issue I have is that the hero is also very possessive.  Sometimes this is great.  I love strong men and sometimes it is super hot when they are possessive.  Alone, his actions would not have bothered me, but in contrast to the antagonist’s they were not good.  For example the antagonist molests and sexually assaults the Heroine and afterward she has a complete breakdown (which I thought was written very well) The Hero does a great job of calming her down but then he kisses her and pretty much tells her that he will protect her because she is his and he protects what is his.  And the worst part is she is okay with it.  I am pretty sure if you have one man assaulting you and trying to control you, you don’t want any man trying to control you, even if it is the love of your life.  He needs to protect her because he lovers her not because she is his.  Does that make any sense?

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5) Too many love stories

In most romance series, each book follows one couple as they fall in love.  Each story gets its own book.  But not this one.  All three sisters have romances, but because the book is mostly about Allete, her story takes precedence.  I would rather have a book dedicated to each sister’s story.  That way each book is its own story and we don’t get into issues 1,2,&3 above.  Also Lizze’s story is completely unknown to us and it seems super important!

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So in conclusion, I really want to know what happens to the characters and how the story ends, but I am super frustrated with how the book was written.  I think it would be better if I could read the next book, but this one just came out so I have a feeling it will be a while.

Daughter of the Pirate King

Daughter of the Pirate King

by Tricia Levenseller

***** (5 out of 5)



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Pirates are one of my favorite fantasy / kinda historical fiction genres to read. (I know “Pirates” isn’t a genre but I can’t think of the right word) Pirates are a close second behind Robin Hood, who I am slightly obsessed with.  My favorite pirates are bad-ass woman pirates!

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Robin Hood and Pirate books tend to give me really bad book hangovers, and this one is no exception.  Luckily I only have to wait till the 27th for the sequel to be released.  But I am still really craving more pirate adventures RIGHT NOW!  I think I am re-watch all the Pirates of the Caribbean movies tonight tonight.  I have been meaning to have a marathon because I haven’t seen the newest one and this just light a fire under my butt.

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P.S. I have no idea what the gif says but its the only one I could find of that scene

Anyway, on to the book! In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I loved it.  It was awesome! It had pirate fights and lying and stealing and murder and intrigue and mythical creatures and a bad-ass heroine and a sexy, compassionate hero and pretty much everything you need/want/crave in a pirate novel.

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If you are like me and even a tiny bit obsessed with pirates, then I highly recommend this book!

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Kindle Scout and A Pirate at Pembroke

I just finished reading Daughter of the Pirate King and I am having a book hangover 😦 The sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen doesn’t come out till the 27th so I have to wait.  I am not good at waiting, especially when it comes to book hangovers.

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While blog hopping today I found a post by I am a Reader for a book called A Pirate at Pembroke.  THIS IS THE PERFECT BOOK TO CURE MY HANGOVER!!! It’s one-liner is “A Jane Austen-inspired Pirate Romance” I need this book!


But it might not ever get published!!! That would make me really sad because I NEED this book!

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So here is what we need to do to get it published!  There is a site called Kindle Scout.  You nominate books you think would be good, and if a book gets enough nominations then it gets published! If a book gets published then everyone that nominates it gets a free kindle copy! You can see more details here.

Pretty please go nominate A Pirate at Pembroke. Have I mentioned that I need this book?


P.S. Noone asked me to write this and I have nothing to gain except getting a free copy of the book because I nominated it.  I just really really really want to read this book!

One Con Glory Group Review Part 4/4: Conclusion

Make sure you check out the first three posts in this series:

This is the fourth and final post: Our Discussion



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It was impossible to discuss the book without spoilers, so beware!


Here is our discussion:

Brittany – First thoughts? Phil’s review is sooo much better than mine with respect to its actually being a review. Haha mine is more of a ramble. But mine has gifs so I would say we are pretty equal 😉 Phil, you mentioned that the reader may be a little lost if they aren’t into this culture. I don’t know if I agree with that. I am into the culture, but I am not into Buffy (yet) and I didn’t have any trouble following along.

Phil– I loved your review! As always your personality really shown through and yeah I totally can’t handle the creativity of gif. When I mentioned readers being lost if they aren’t into the culture it was less about the plot and more about the jokes. Most of the jokes that I found funny were deep cut references that will feel like an inside joke that you’re not a part of if you haven’t read the source material. In your review you mentioned that nothing felt rushed but the conflict with Braidbeard losing his pass really felt rushed to me. You didn’t think so?

Brittany – Aww thanks 🙂 And that makes sense! There is a very good chance that I completely missed some jokes! As for the conflict with Braidbeard, it wasn’t about him losing his pass, it was about Julie realizing and accepting him as a friend and about her stepping up to help someone. It starts all the way back at the scene where they are bidding for the Glory figure. Braidbeard jumped in without hesitation. He could tell it was important to Julie so he helped, no questions asked. They didn’t win but it was huge that he tried to help. But then, when he got in trouble and needed Julie, she didn’t want to help him. It showed how selfish she could be. It fueled her fight with Jack. The issue was never supposed to be about Braidbeard. It was about Julie and it gave us a chance to see her grow.

Phil – I agree that it was meant to be about her personal growth but it just felt too anti climatic how easily she was able to get the pass. But you’re right it does start earlier when they were bidding on the figure I actually really liked when he decided to help her out. What did you think of the hand drawn pictures of the characters they added? I kind of wish they weren’t there because I like having my own mental image o f the characters.

Brittany – Um, I had forgotten about those. Where there only 2? I don’t remember. I was reading the kindle version so they might have been different but I didn’t really look at them. I just sort of skipped over them. I had my mental images and the pictures didn’t affect them. Did you read through the extras at the end of the book? I thought they were really cool!

Phil – Yes! I really loved the Q&A part especially about women in geekdom today. Do you ever feel like because you’re a girl some people assume you’re not really Into the nerdy stuff you’re into?

Brittany – Luckily no, I haven’t run into that. I actually get it more in my sports circles than in my nerdy circles. I know “geek shaming” exists and I have seen countless examples online of men accusing girls of being “fake geeks” but have not had to deal with it myself. I would make an easy target too haha. l love geek stuff but am awful with trivia and remembering details. I would fail miserably if someone tried to quiz me. I read a ton and I remember the feelings I get reading things, not so much the things themselves. I did notice that in One Con Glory it was never really brought up as an issue. Julie was accepted. It was sort of alluded to when Kirstie wanted to be friends because they were females in a male dominated world, but that was it. Recently I read “Don’t Cosplay with My Heart” and it was a big issue in that book. Now, stop getting off topic!! Lets wrap this up. What are your final thoughts? You told me you loved the book when you finished it but then you only gave it a 3.5? A 3.5 is just “meh” to me. I still think it was a 5!

Phil – I’m a bit harsher when it comes to my scores! I loved it for what it was, a fun, quick, and easy read. I took points off for that feeling that things were rushed and it didn’t leave me thinking about it after I was done. I could recommend it to some people but not everyone.

Brittany – Makes sense! This was fun 🙂 we should do it again some time!

Phil – I totally agree it was a ton of fun! It’s great to get someone else’s perspective especially when it’s pretty different from yours!

I really enjoyed doing this! I think I need to join a book club haha.  Are you in a book club? What do you enjoy most about it?  Would you be interested in participating in a group review like this when we do it again?  Let me know!