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Jan
1

Year In Review: 2017

Year In Review: 2017 Happy New Year to each of you! As we start the new year, I wanted to share some highlights from 2017. Highlights from 2017 My third year co-hosting #FitReaders with Felicia the Geeky Blogger! My third year of Listen Up! — My weekly look at all things #audiobook.   Joining the 2017 Audiobook Challenge and surpassing my goal to reaching 50 books! Jen’s Year in Review: I also read and listened to some wonderful books during 2017! It was really hard to narrow down my entire list to just a few titles, so I give you several of my favorite books I read and/or listened to during the past year: Roomies by Christina...
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Mar
23

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop Welcome to my weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: The Others Series Etched In Bone Author: Anne Bishop Narrator: Alexandra Harris Audio Speed: 1.25x Series: The Others #5 Source: Penguin Random House Audio Etched in Bone is the fifth and final book in the utterly amazing, wholly original The Others series by Anne Bishop. The story picks up just after the conclusion of powerful events of the previous book, and is the culmination of everything learned since Meg arrived in the Lakeside Courtyard way back in the first book. Etched in Bone deals with the limited transportation and food shortages created when the Elders culled many humans and...
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Mar
8

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop

Review: Etched in Bone by Anne Bishop Etched In Bone Author: Anne Bishop Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: After surviving the recent devastation that was brought down on the city of Lakeside by oldest and deadliest of the terra indigene, Meg Corbyn, along with the other residents of the Courtyard, has been busy adapting to the new version of the world that remains. Compared to the rest of the continent of Thasia, they’ve been lucky. But, simultaneous visits from both an unwanted human and the Elders just might turn an already delicate balance into something deadly, and even “Namid’s teeth and claws” must learn that everyone has a price to pay eventually. Regardless...
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Mar
31

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Welcome to my new weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Author: Anne Bishop Narrator: Alexandra Harris Audio Speed: 1.25x Series: The Others #4 Source: loan Marked in Flesh is the fourth title in Anne Bishop’s amazingly interesting and utterly unique fantasy/urban fantasy series know as The Others. For newcomer’s to the series: you cannot start here, in fact, if you’ve missed any titles, I strongly urge you to read all the books before cracking open Marked in Flesh. This book is the culmination of all that has come before, in the previous three books. The books are all interrelated and build upon one other,...
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Feb
29

Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop

Review: Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Marked in Flesh by Anne Bishop Author: Anne Bishop Reviewer: B. Rating: A+ What I’m Talking About: Ever since they encountered The Others, humans have seen them as the monsters who lurked in the dark, and some understood that cooperation—alongside a healthy distance—was beneficial to everyone. Different groups of people, however, became angry in response to that fear and resented not being able to take whatever they wanted. Now, the past is destined to repeat itself, and Meg, Simon, and the rest of the Lakeside Courtyard are the only ones who can keep the human race from being wiped from the world forever. Picking up right where Vision in...
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Mar
10

Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Vision in Silver Author: Anne Bishop Reviewer: B. Rating: A- What I’m Talking About: Vision in Silver, the third book in Anne Bishop’s The Others series, begins a few weeks after Murder of Crows ended. Since then, Meg Corbyn has continued to make a home for herself among the terra indigine as the Lakeside Courtyard’s Human Liaison and resident blood prophet. Once considered nameless property by the humans who controlled her, Meg is now surrounded by family and friends of her own choosing, who accept her and encourage her efforts to build the life she’s always wanted. But, living among the Others has triggered many changes, both within the...
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Mar
5

Listen Up! Audiobook Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Listen Up! Audiobook Review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Welcome to my new weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Audiobook review: Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop Author: Anne Bishop Narrator: Alexandra Harris Audio Speed: 1x Series: The Others #3 Source: Penguin Audio Vision in Silver is the third book in and continuation of the Others series by Anne Bishop. The books outline with great detail an alternate world populated by the terra indigene, or Others, top predators with the ability to shape shift into forms such as wolves, crows, bears, and even vampires. After befriending Meg Corbyn, a special human known as a cassandra sangue, the Others in the Lakeside Courtyard are learning to adjust to having a “human pack” within their own, and...
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Jan
29

Listen Up! Audiobook Review: Murder of Crows

Listen Up! Audiobook Review: Murder of Crows Welcome to my new weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Getting used to a narrator Last week I shared by audiobook review of Written in Red, and I gave narrator Alexandra Harris a C+ for her performance. This week, I bring to you my review of the second book in The Others series, Murder of Crows, also narrated by Ms. Harris. This time around, I found I enjoyed her delivery more, and it even felt “natural” and “the right fit” during many moments. I’ve found in general that even if I don’t love the performance of a narrator the first time, their interpretation of the characters tends to grow...
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Jan
22

Listen Up! Listening Speed + Review of Written in Red

Listen Up! Listening Speed + Review of Written in Red Welcome to my new weekly feature that focuses on audiobooks. It’s time to… Listening Speed When I first began my journey into and eventual love affair with audiobooks, I was a little put off by how slow that first book was for me. It felt like I was being read to, rather than feeling immersed in the story. Let’s face it, we all read faster than we speak. Additional, most people tend to skim, even subconsciously, some text, which is something you really can’t do when listening to an audiobook. It was then that I discovered that the Audible app, as well as Overdrive and other audio playback apps, allowed me to...
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Feb
26

Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop

Review: Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop Murder of Crows Author: Anne Bishop  Reviewer: B. Rating: A What I’m Talking About: Meg Corbyn was a complete mystery to the Others when she first arrived at Lakeside Courtyard. Two months later, the resident terra indigene, or Earth Natives, have accepted that this aspect of their relationship with her isn’t likely to ever change. Although, as a Cassandra Sangue, or blood prophet, Meg has proven herself to the terra indigene time and again, it is her pure and sweet nature that leads them to accept her as one of their own. But, with angry humans trying to overthrow the Others, and the man who considers Meg his personal...
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