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The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

Growing up, I was never that big into the Disney fairytales. I knew the stories of course, but they never really interested me. I never had a favorite princess or a favorite fairytale. If I had to choose, I would choose Ariel with The Little Mermaid, or Belle with Beauty and the Beast.

Lately, I have become more and more interested in the fairytales, both Disney and non-Disney, both traditional and reimagined. When I saw The Isle of the Lost, I knew I had to give it a try.

Even though this book is written for a younger audience, I loved it. With the stress of day-to-day life, it is the perfect getaway book where your mind can wander and a new reality takes over. The descriptions were great and I could see the way the book developed in my mind.

Or maybe it helped that I was reading it at night before sleeping. Either way, I loved it.

While I don’t like that all the villains were banished and basically trapped under a dome, I do like the way that the children are starting to choose a different path than their parents. Even though they desperately want to please their parents, that does not mean that they will blindly follow their paths and make the same mistakes.

So far I am very intrigued by Mal and Jay and love the friendship that has developed between the two. Evie and Carlos are adorable and I find myself thinking of them as the younger siblings to Mal and Jay, even though they definitely are not.

And Ben and his mystery dream woman….Mal perhaps? That’s my theory anyways. Let’s see what book 2 brings.

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The Maze Runner by James Dashner

I originally read The Maze Runner a few years ago and really enjoyed it. This time around, I decided to try it as an audiobook which I definitely enjoyed!

While I vaguely remembered what happened in the book, it was more of vague feelings rather than real recollections. While listening to the book, I found myself remembering events as they happened, but I was happy to find that I could not remember what happened next beyond a few exceptions. I enjoyed hearing it again as if it was almost new.

The characters are easily relatable and I found myself very much enjoying the interactions between all the characters, but especially Thomas and Minho. I enjoyed listening to Thomas grow into who he truly is as a person despite adversity from a couple of the boys. I very much liked hearing Chuck mature and become braver as a result of his friendship with Thomas.

The only character that I did not enjoy hearing was Teresa even though I remember enjoying her the last time I read this book. I enjoyed the interactions between the boys better when they did not involve her.

As the ending of the book came closer and closer, I found myself not recollecting the story line. Once they exited the maze, I didn’t remember anything. I am excited to listen to book 2 as though I’m hearing/reading it for the first time.

Mark Deakins was very enjoyable to listen to and I hope he is the narrator for book 2 as well.

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I’m also part of fuel rewards (shell stations) and use them together to save as much as I can.

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The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken

I was browsing the bookstore when the cover of The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding caught my eye. Once I read summary on the back of the book, I was hooked.

From the first page, I was completely engaged with this book. Reading as Prosper became Ethan, as he grew to know and understand Alastor better, as he realized who his true family is, I couldn’t put this book down.

At the beginning of the book, to be honest, Prosper is annoying. While reading, it is easy to get annoyed with Prosper and wish that he would become more mature. As the book continues, the annoyance gets less and less as Prosper matures and does what he needs to do in order to take care of himself and his family.

The twists and turns in the book were both subtle and a surprise. As they occurred, I found myself thinking that I should have seen them coming, but I didn’t. With that being said, the ending definitely did not surprise me. I was not expecting it to occur the way it did, but I did expect it to happen.

As soon as I put the book down, I logged into the library website to check out book 2…and sadly realized that it won’t be out until February 2019. Needless to say, I marked it on my Google Calendar to remember to check it out!

I am intrigued to read more by Alexandra Bracken and see how they compare to this series….Stay tuned!

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You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

If you have the choice to either read this book or to listen to the audiobook….listen to the audiobook! Narrated by Felicia Day, I couldn’t stop laughing during the vast majority of the book.

I first discovered Felicia Day with her role in Eureka and thought she was incredible and hilarious. When I saw her audiobook on Audible, I knew I had to give it a try. When I saw that it was read by her as well, the decision was simple.

Prior to listening to this audiobook, I did not know anything about Felicia Day (sorry, Felicia!) beyond her role on Eureka (awesome TV show!). Now, I absolutely love her.

One of my favorite things about this book was that she presented her opinions and experiences without being derogatory or offensive in anything that she said. She did not get political, she did not bash anyone, she simply told her story and did it in a hilarious and relatable way. As someone who experiences anxiety and panic attacks, Felicia made me feel normal and not alone. If someone as powerful and experienced as her still experiences insecurities, why should I feel less for feeling the same way? Felicia inspires hope and determination in those that need it.

Felicia did not have anything handed to her, she has worked hard for all of her success. She has overcome adversity (both internal and external) to be successful in her passions.

I hope Felicia writes more books. Even if they aren’t memoirs, I would be very interested in reading any kind of work that she creates. Even though I am not a gamer, I will be checking out The Guild simply because I enjoy Felicia and I am intrigued to see how she input her own personality into the show.

Without a doubt, this is an audiobook that is well worth the listen! You won’t want to pause it and you will try to listen to it in one sitting. Thankfully, my normal commute is 45-60 minutes and this audiobook kept me entertained for every moment.

Felicia, can I please meet you and be your friend?!

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Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye

You know the saying “don’t judge a book by its’ cover”? Well, I definitely do. For better or worse, if a cover catches my eye, I want to give it a try.

I was browsing Audible one day when this cover caught my eye along with the title: Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye. Now, lately I’ve been in a biography/memoir mood for my  audiobooks. Especially when they are read by the author. I’ve tried different fiction works but they simply haven’t been keeping my attention lately. Until now.

Elizabeth Michaels did a great job at making Victoria Laurie’s first installment of the Psychic Eye Mystery series come alive. She kept my attention throughout the entire book and kept me so entertained that I didn’t even switch to Pandora radio during my commute. Not an easy feat lately to be honest.

This book took a new look on psychics/intuitives. I loved the way Abby stayed true to herself and I found her and Dutch to be incredibly amusing. Probably not the way their relationship was intended to come across, but I was amused all the same.

I am definitely interested to see more of the sisterly dynamic between Abby and Kat as well as to see the relationship between Abby and Dutch develop. I’m sure Abby’s next adventures will be just as captivating as this one. And I will definitely be continuing this in audiobooks.