Audiobook Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Audiobook Review: Heartless by Gail Carriger

Heartless by Gail Carriger
Series: Parasol Protectorate #4
Narrator: Emily Gray
Published by Hachette Audio on July 1, 2011
Duration: 11 hrs, 19 mins
Genres: Humor, Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
three-stars

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Lady Alexia Maccon, soulless, is at it again, only this time the trouble is not her fault. When a mad ghost threatens the queen, Alexia is on the case, following a trail that leads her deep into her husband's past. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!), Madame Lefoux's latest mechanical invention, and a plague of zombie porcupines and Alexia barely has time to remember she happens to be eight months pregnant.

Will Alexia manage to determine who is trying to kill Queen Victoria before it is too late? Is it the vampires again or is there a traitor lurking about in wolf's clothing? And what, exactly, has taken up residence in Lord Akeldama's second best closet?

Guys, it’s so hard to review later books in series that are pretty much par for the course for the series. It makes me wish I did series as a single review, but that presents many difficulties too. So whatever, this will be a short review. I think. Though I’ve said that before and been laughably wrong. Heartless definitely left me whelmed, which is better than some of the books in the series, but also not as thrilling as the first installment.

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Time to Shake It Up (If Not Off)

In August of 2015, I’ll have been blogging for five whole years. I have NEVER stuck with a hobby for so long, unless you count my lifetime of reading in a vacuum. Not, like, literally in a vacuum, but you know. Anyway, I want to talk with you guys about how I’ve been feeling lately about my blog and blogging.

On the positive side, I’ve got reviews scheduled ahead of time, which does mean that I’m feeling way less stressed about my blog than I have been in years. After all these years, I’m less obsessed with getting ARCs and review copies; the ARC envy has finally faded to almost inaudible static. Since I’m ahead, I’m managing to get to most of my review books in a timely fashion, which again feels wonderful. I’m even finally achieving my goal of reading more books for myself and not just those pesky review books. In a lot of ways, my blog and I are getting along better than we ever have. It feels like a hobby more than work again.

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Cover Snark (141): Your Snark Is All I Hear

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Shiny and New:

1. Against a Brightening Sky (Delia Martin #3) – Jaime Lee Moyer
Against a Brightening Sky -Jaime Lee Moyer
Thoughts: About time for that sky to brighten. It’s looking pretty dingy

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Audiobook Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audiobook Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop
Series: The Others #3
Narrator: Alexandra Harris
Published by Penguin Audio on March 3, 2015
Duration: 16 hrs, 9 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
three-half-stars

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The Others freed the cassandra sangue to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

I binged Written in Red and Murder of Crows on audiobook last year. I flew through them, and I was a mess of feels and frustration at the end of that experience. The fact that I then had a year-long wait for the next book, and a couple more years after that for the end of the series, didn’t help with my frustration. In some ways, though, I think the break was really good for me and The Others. Written in Red came out of nowhere to punch me in the feels, Murder of Crows left me a bit disappointed, and Vision in Silver lodged somewhere between the other two.

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Review: The Pretty App by Katie Sise

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Review: The Pretty App by Katie Sise

The Pretty App by Katie Sise
Series: App #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on April 14, 2015
Pages: 352
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
two-half-stars

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Poor Blake Dawkins! She's rich, she's gorgeous, and she's the queen bee of Harrison High. The girls want to be her; the boys want to—okay, enough said. But it turns out Blake’s life is not so perfect—just talk to her dad, who constantly reminds her that she's not up to par, or to her ex-bff, Audrey, who doesn't even look her in the eye.

Then Harrison—and every other high school in America—becomes obsessed with posting selfies on the ubiquitous Pretty App. Next: Leo, an adorable transfer student, arrives at Harrison and begins to show Blake that maybe being a queen bee doesn't mean being a queen bitch. And though Audrey suspects somebody’s playing foul, Blake finds herself catapulted to internet fame after being voted one of the prettiest girls in the country. She's whisked away to star in a reality show—in Hollywood, on live TV. But she doesn’t know who to trust. Because everybody on the show wants to win. 

And nobody is there to make friends.

The Boyfriend App author Katie Sise spins another irresistible tale of technology, secrets, and big-time romance in this story of what it takes to be #trulybeautiful.

Katie Sise’s The Boyfriend App turned out to be a surprise favorite, one of the few books to make me laugh so hard I cried. As such, The Pretty App was one of the rare cases when I was completely excited to hear the announcement of a surprise series. Bring on the ridiculousness, diversity, and LGBT+ positivity! My mistake was in assuming that The Pretty App would be very much in the same vein as The Boyfriend App. Though I liked The Pretty App, it didn’t have the humor I was hoping for and my interest very much waxed and waned throughout.

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