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:



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!

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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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!

The Cruel Prince

The Cruel Prince

by Holly Black

***** (5 out of 5)


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I have never been one to pay much attention to future book releases.  For starters, before blogging, the only way I knew about an upcoming release was if I was waiting for the next book in a series. But, I am also super impatient, so unless the release date was coming soon or the series was really really REALLY good, I would forget about the release date and move on to other books.

This January while blog hopping, I started to notice a ton of posts and giveaway questions revolving around the most anticipated books of 2018.  It was eye opening.  I realized that people actually pay attention to future book releases.  And not just the next book in the series, but standalones and series starters.

I noticed almost every single list I looked at contained The Cruel Prince.  There probably were other books that overlapped the lists, but The Cruel Prince kept catching my eye.  I still don’t know how a new book can be so popular before it is even released?!?! As far as I can tell its a mix of the author already being popular, good marketing, and ARCs?

Anyway, I was intrigued.  I read the synopsis and it didn’t really sound like a book I would like.  It seemed dark and depressing and I didn’t want to read another story about a girl falling in love with an a$$hole who treats her like shit.  I wrote it off as a no-go and forgot about it.  But then Owl Crate sent it out in their box.  I don’t have owl crate, but it piqued my interest again.  (Fairy Loot also included it with their box, but I didn’t know that at the time)

Finally, I was at Barnes and Noble searching for Geekerella when I spotted The Cruel Prince on the shelf.  It was not in the new releases or any of the featured tables in the main isle.  It was just on the normal shelves.  The book was turned sideways to display the cover, but there was no other fanfare.  After the huge amount of recognition it received from the blogging community, it seemed odd that Barnes and Noble didn’t try to capitalize on it.

After all the hype, it seemed like a sign, finding it among all the other books, so on a whim I bought it.  I am glad that I did.  I LOVED it!  And it feels good to be able to talk about it on blogs, because at this point almost everyone has read it.  I feel so much a part of the community of book bloggers and its been super fun to read a totally hyped up book, and its even better because I loved the book.

Alright, I know that is the longest intro ever! Sorry about that, but it just feels so cool with the whole hype and community surrounding this book!  Before I get into the actual review here are some really good Bookstagram pics that fellow bloggers have taken that are absolutely amazing and I wish I could do even half as well (Hopefully everyone is ok with me using their pictures! I made sure to credit where I found it! If you have an issue please let me know and I can remove it!)


Source: Beware of the Reader


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Source: Confessions of a YA Reader


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Source: The Wanderlust Reader


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Source: The World of Celia McMahon


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Source: Verb Vixen

Alright, this is turning out to be a waaaay longer post than I intended so I will make my actual review short and sweet! maybe

I LOVED this book!

It was dark and twisted but yet it was artful and tasteful at the same time.  I hate books where girls fawn over the super hot abusive man and overlook his meanness because they love him so much.  Or worse they pretend his meanness is normal or not important.  I thought this was going to be one of those books, but it wasn’t.  The needless violence doesn’t sit well with Jude and she calls it out when she can.

Jude isn’t perfectly good.  You fall in love with her, and she is such a strong character, but there is evil in her.  With how she is raised you can’t blame her, and you love her more for it.  She fights for what she believes in, even if she has to stoop to the levels of her adversaries.

All of the characters are so detailed (except for oak, I wish we learned more about him)  The relationships between the sisters are so realistic.  They fight and hate and love each other so passionately.  They might not always agree but they will help each other when it really matters.

I could go on and on and on about how amazing I thought this book was, but I promised to try and keep my review short! I would definitely recommend this book!!

Have you read it? If so did you like it?  If not, do you want to read it?



The Beauty of Darkness

*** (3 out of 5)

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Remnant Chronicles Book 2


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The Remnant Chronicles:

If you read my reviews of The Kiss of Deception and The Heart of Betrayal you may have gathered that I have a love/hate relationship with this series.  I love Lia but there are so many things that drive me nuts!

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Lets start with the good.  Lia is freakin awesome.  She is independent, strong, smart, and doesn’t take shit from anybody.  When the entire world is conspiring against her she doesn’t back down.  She risks everything to do what is right.  She would make a great role model for any girl.  Especially in today’s world when a lot of heroines put their love life before everything else, Lia is a breath of fresh air.

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While there is a lot of emphasis on the love aspect of the story, the rest of the plot is still very strong.  You could remove the love triangle and it would probably make the book better.  Lia fights for all the different Kingdoms, and she wins the hearts of the inhabitants wherever she goes.  She finds the good in every single place she visits.  You can’t help falling in love with the kingdoms who publicly denounce her and the inhabitants that support her.  Seriously Lia’s whole journey is an amazing story, all by itself.  It is the only reason I kept reading the series.

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Now for the bad: The love triangle


I am not completely opposed to love triangles on principal but this one got tiring.  I really liked both men, and wanted them both to be happy.  At one point she makes her decision which I was glad of, but then, of course, circumstances conspired against her and we were right back where we started.  One of the classic tropes of love triangles is the “loser” finding someone else and living happily with them.  This happened here too but it was rushed and weird.  It just didn’t feel right.  It would have been so much better if Lia had made her choice earlier and then we could have seen the other romance bloom properly.

The other issue I had with the book was the ending.  The story dragged on right up until the very end and then it was super rushed.  It was so rushed I couldn’t even figure out what was happening.  I had to re-read a couple parts to figure out what was going on, and then I still didn’t understand.  It was awful.  All this build up is should have been great but it was just confusing.

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So overall this book had some really great parts, but others parts fell short.  I felt more frustrated with the book than anything else.  I didn’t get the closure I needed at the end of the series.  I debated giving the book only two stars, but I did like Lia and her Journey so I feel it deserved three.


The Heart of Betrayal

*** (3 out of 5)

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson

The Remnant Chronicles Book 2


This is the sequel to The Kiss of Deception.

Urg I wanted to love this book, I really did, but it just didn’t do it for me.  It felt drawn out and got a bit tiring.  I got completely sucked in the first book, but it took me a while to get into this one.  It had sooo much potential yet it was just sort of flat.

I still love Lia.  She is amazingly strong despite all the bad things happening to her.  She does what she needs to survive.  She is resourceful and clever and everything a strong female character should be.  However, I am a little tired of the love triangle (or is it a love square? its kind of blurry where that one is headed)  I realize she needs to play certain games to survive, but does she really have to fall in love with them all?  Just because someone has a troubled past doesn’t excuse their current actions, even if their intent is sincere.

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I could have done with less interactions between Lia and the Komizar.  Or at least it would have been nice if the interactions had more variety.  They were very redundant.

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And what was his deal with obsessing over her hair and clothes?!? Oooooh maybe he is gay and in love with Kaden.  Haha that would be a cool twist.

I would have liked to know more about Rafe and his time as “emissary.”  For the most part you only see him when he is with Lia and that is not very often.  It would have been nice to learn more about who he is and what he thinks.  We did get a lot of insight into Kaden.

I also would have liked to know more about Pauline and her story.  There are only a handful of chapters where you see what she is doing.  I know that her actions will most likely come into play more in the next book, but it would have alleviated some of the monotony of Lia’s story, to see more of Pauline’s.

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This book is better than the first in the aspect that it actually has a conclusion of sorts.  It is still a huge cliffhanger but something big actually happens at the end of the book.  It was a slight improvement, but not enough to overcome all of its other shortcomings.

I am still very much invested in the story and am excited to start the third and final book.  Hopefully it isn’t slow (because there is a LOT that needs to happen).