Monday, March 23, 2015

Audiobook Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Book: Me Before You
By: Jojo Moyes
Narration: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, Alex Tregear, Andrew Wincott, and Owen Lindsay
Published: December 31, 2012
Published by: Pamela Dorman Books

My Thoughts: The tears...SO....MANY....TEARS....

I absolutely loved Me Before You. LOVED IT!!!

Okay, now honestly, this book had a slow start for me, and with one of the MC's being a quadriplegic, I wondered if I would be able to connect to it, or see the appeal Lou had for him. Lou is hired as Will's helper and friend for the next six months after a horrible motorcycle accident changes his entire life. Her spunky personality changes a lot for the depressed Will, and he opens her eyes to her own life and the things she can do in it.

I shouldnt have been worried because I fell in love with both of these characters and this was a wonderful, albeit different, love story.

I refuse to ruin this story for anyone. It was so good, so I don't want to tell you how it ends. I won't tell you why I cried, whether they were good tears or sad ones, I'll just tell you that this story was so real that I couldn't even control my own emotions, they were torn right out of me. (A problem at times since I had it in audio format and sometimes I had to pause it to get a hold of myself).

The Narration was perfect with the six narrators giving a stunning performance. I think had I not listened in audio format I wouldn't have gotten past the slow beginning and seen this book for the gem it was. The story itself was wonderful, there was no insta-love. The characters had flaws, and yet, the story progressed as life progresses, slowly, with surprises and confusion and low times that somehow weren't completely boring. I loved this book, and though I'd doubt I'd read it again unless I'm in the mood to get my emotions jerked around, I'd recommend it to everyone who wants a contemporary story that is different from the rest. I give this one 5 huge stars.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Audiobook Review: Hopeless by Colleen Hoover

Book: Hopeless (Hopeless #1)
By: Colleen Hoover
Published: May 7th, 2013
Published by: Atria Books

My Thoughts: I gave in to the hype, and I was not let down.  

Hopeless is about Sky, a very sheltered girl who lives at home with her mother and no technology. Finally, her senior year of high school she talks her mother into letting her go to public school instead of being home school. There, she meets Holder, and her entire life as she knows it is turned upside down. 

From the very beginning, I thought Hopeless was going to go into one direction. I was waiting for everything to crash and burn around Sky, and I was not ready for the resolution that eventually came to pass. This book was beautiful and haunting and touched all my feelings. I am all of a sudden a complete fan of Colleen Hoover. 

I got this book in the audiobook format, and from the moment I heard the narrator speak I loved her. She completely invoked the voice of Sky, and she wonderfully portrayed all the other voices. I now love her as a narrator just as much as I love Colleen as an author.

If you've been eyeing this book for a while because of all the Colleen Hoover hype, do yourself a favor and just give in to it already. It's really just that great. I give this book 5 stars.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Audiobook Review: Conviction by Nicole Edwards

Book: Conviction (Club Destiny #1) - Unabridged
By: Nicole Edwards
Narrators: Sabrina Brooks, Jay Crow
Length: 10 hours and 44 minutes
Published (audio): January, 13, 2015
Published By: Blackstone Audio

My Thoughts: Conviction is a blush worthy steamy novel where two strong personalities come together to produce one HOT result.

Told in alternate POV, we follow Samantha and Logan. She is a program manager in a small Texas field office who is hired for a position at the headquarters office of the firm, and he is an executive of that same firm, the man who hires her, and her new boss. Quickly, these two develop a liking for each other and despite Sam's misgivings about dating her boss, she can't fight the feelings she possesses. The two embark on a relationship that had my mouth literally watering, and sweat break across my brow at the heat.

The story itself wasn't that different than what you get in any other, the powerful older man executive with a strange fetish and deep sexual experience who meets the somewhat inexperienced (at least by comparison) younger woman and upends her entire ideals and sexual morals. Where it differed is the kink was completely out of this world. Nicole Edwards definitely knows how to write a sex scene. Rarely before have I heard a scene that actually made me blush and get a bit short of breath, but this was definitely the case. Unfortunately though, the rest of the story sort of fell flat. Most of the secondary characters were there for no reason other than to fill the story (though I recently learned that some are coming back in the other novels), there was a definite amount of insta-love, and I often just wanted to smack Samantha for her childish and annoying ways leading me to wonder why Logan even tried.

The narration, however, was quite good. Sabrina narrated for Sam and did a great job, albeit contributing a bit to the whiny ideals I had about the character. Jay narrated for Logan and his voice perfectly fit the voice I had in my head for Logan. They both do a fairly good job with all the varying voices of the characters, and their pacing is just perfect.

I give this story 4 stars, my average for the wonderfully steamy kink, and the pretty great narration, plus the average story and characters.