Monday, May 10, 2010

11 Mini Reviews! (Like normal reviews, but pocket-sized.)

Here's a quick (now-expanded!) list of books I've read or listened to on audiobook recently -- and why I recommend you try them out yourself!

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
- Engrossing, disturbing read that will stick with you long after you've finished.
Audio Notes: The narration is amazing, and I'd recommend the audio version.

Gone (Dream Catcher, #3) by Lisa McMann
- Because you have to know how the trilogy ends!
Audio Notes: The narration worked for me, though it wasn't spectacular.

Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey
- Fun take on vampire romance, considering they start with burning hatred, plus there's snarky, satirical humor woven throughout.
Audio Notes: Alternating male/female narration, worthwhile since I couldn't have imagined Lucius's Romanian accent half as well as hearing it. But the female narration was a little too theatrical for my taste.

All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab
- Amazing characterization underscores this unconventional mystery. A refreshing literary read with a slow buildup to a satisfying end.
Audio Notes: Alternating male/female narration, both well done, but I preferred the female one.

Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters, #1) by Michelle Zink
- Creepy, creepy story. Left me eager for the sequel!
Audio Notes: Eliza Dushku (Faith on Buffy, Echo on Dollhouse, Missy in Bring it On) is the narrator. I couldn't help but want to listen!

Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
- Hilarious, quotable, with a totally appealing main character. I had so much fun reading this one.

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- For those who like their zombies scary and their stories dark.

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
- Emotional and heartfelt (the title is deceiving), and the complex friendship makes it well worth a read.

Paper Towns by John Green
- My first foray into the awesomeness that is John Green. I now understand all the commotion. I also love characters that need to be called by their full name. (I'm talking about you, Margo Roth Spiegelman.)

Fat Cat by Robin Brande
- Finally, a science-loving female main character! A unique take on overweight protagonists... but what really stood out to me was how one betrayal can shape a person for years.
Audio Notes: Solid narration, no complaints.

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
- Entertaining and light, with just enough absurdity and a fun cast of characters. The unique plot kept me hooked.
Audio Notes: It took me a bit to get used to the narrator's style, but she's spot-on for Mrs. Amberson's dramatic flair.

And that's it for the mini reviews! Add yours to the comments!


  1. All of these books sound good! Thanks for the mini reviews :)

  2. love the mini reviews! I'd only read one of the books, Forest of Hands and Teeth, which I didn't care for much-- Ryan's sentence level writing is often unclear, which is particularly frustrating in an alternative universe novel. I hear the 2nd book is better though.

  3. Ooh, great reviews! Some I've read and some I haven't. Thanks Donna!

  4. Nice mini-reviews! Yay for reading Audrey, Wait!. That book was fabulous ;)

  5. What a great idea! It's nice to have the option of something short and sweet like this.

    And thanks for the lovely mini-review of Prophecy! Hope you like Guardian of the Gate (out in August) just as much.


  6. thanks for the reviews. This will make a nice list of summer reads for me :-)


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