Apr 082015
 
Review: The Private School Murders

Normally I start audiobook reviews talking about the story, and put my thoughts on the narration at the end, but in this case, it’s the narration that really stands out to me. I doubt the narrator is actually a teenaged girl, but the voice fits perfectly. It sounds like a slightly snobby, privileged teenager girl who is struggling with rebuilding her life and her self. It’s just so believable. Getting to the story, I liked a number of the mysteries that Tandy helped to solve, although there was one big element I greatly didn’t enjoy. The whole obsession about James. […]

Sep 232014
 
Review: The Bear

I was initially scared to read this as it’s told from the viewpoint of a 5 year old girl, and I have a son the same age. The very idea of him being in a situation like the story was enough to freak me out. But I decided to just go for it, and with the audiobook version too, and it was worth it. This is an amazing story. Yes, the first few chapters are horrific, and I was listening with a stunned and horrified expression I’m sure, but once the initial bear attack was over, it was much easier […]

Jul 222014
 
Review: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

This was a very entertaining and intriguing story that caught me by surprise. As I frequently do, I started the book without re-reading the blurb, and so wasn’t sure what it was about. What I got was a mysterious story told by a teenage girl speaking directly to me, while warning that she’s probably the definition of an unreliable narrator. I listened to the audiobook version, and the story lent itself very well to this format. It wasn’t just a narrated story, it was Tandy telling me the story. The voice worked well, and really knew how to portray a […]

Mar 032014
 
Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

I wanted to like this, I really did. Everyone else seems to. But when I realized at the halfway point and didn’t really care what was happening, I decided to give up. I should be engaged by then, wanting to know what happens next, but I just wasn’t. I think the problem I had was a lack of plot movement. It seemed like not a lot had happened so far, and what had happened wasn’t very exciting. I could probably summarize everything in one or two sentences, and that shouldn’t be enough for half a book. I was listening to […]