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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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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.

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Journey to Jershon: Scars of the Dark Sorcerer by Joel Heath

A quick and easy read, this book was very engaging and difficult to put down. I loved watching Gabe gain the courage and strength he needed to go on his journey. His story is easy to resonate with as everyone has doubts about themselves throughout their lives. Gabe shows how you can overcome those doubts to be able to do what you need to do.

I would have loved more details and explanations as I was a little confused on some of the story transitions but this book did leave me wanting more. I’m looking forward to the next one!

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First Test

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The Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce was recommended to me by one of my close friends, Nicole. Since we have similar taste in books, I was immediately excited to read it. And once again, Nicole did not disappoint!

First and foremost, I love that while reading this book, you forget how old the main character is. From her attitude, skills, and manner, you think she is quite a bit older than she is. I love that she never gives up despite adverse situations and that she always stays true to herself. Keladry always perseveres and proves that she is just as tough, if not tougher, than the guys.

This book is a deceptively quick read. It is easy to get sucked in to the story and to not want to put it down! But, this is a book where you definitely catch more if you force yourself to slow down and not read as quickly as you are tempted to.

The character development is huge in this book. The focus on Keladry and the guys maturing and becoming friends is wonderful to see. It is easy to picture the story in your mind as you read.

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Chosen

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Where to start. This book did not live up to the standards that the first two provided. For most of it, I felt that I was reading a teen romance novel. And not a good one at that.

My fears from the last book proved to be true, the majority of this installment focused on Zoey and her three love interests. The first, most annoying part that I will focus on: she sleeps with her teacher. And Imprints with him. Ugh, seriously? She knows how bad it is but she does anyways. And then her boyfriend catches her and is rightly pissed off. Now, she did not deserve to be treated the way he then treated her, but Erik was understandable mad at both her and the teacher. After all, the teacher used and manipulated her in many ways. At this point, I hope she gets back with her human boyfriend, Heath. At least he isn’t trying to control her and does truly love her.

Okay, enough about that.

Stevie Rae is alive! Well, she’s undead. Same thing? Maybe, possibly. I love that Stevie Rae ends up being restored to her old self, with a couple minor changes. I think Stevie Rae is going to play a very important role from now on and I am excited to see what that is.

I am definitely enjoying the changes in Aphrodite and Zoey’s relationship. I am glad that they seem to have buried their past and are working on establishing trust and friendship. I also like the character development of Aphrodite. She is showing that she isn’t simply the shallow vapid character that was originally portrayed. She truly regrets her past actions and wants to atone for what she has done wrong.

Even though Zoey has been distanced from her friends due to her actions, I have faith that they are still there for her and that they won’t actually abandon her.

Guess we will see what book 4 brings! Hopefully less relationship woes!

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Charm With Me Club

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I love love love jewelry. Whether it is designer, handmade, or anything inbetween, I love and appreciate it all. One of my favorite pieces, is my Pandora bracelet. I adore all of the charms I have for it, but one of the things I wish, is that they had more “nerdy” jewelry. Enter Charm With Me Club.

Every month they have 1-2 themes for you to choose from and you will receive 2 charms for your bracelet. These charms fit on Pandora, Chamilia, and other styles of “European” charm bracelets. I fell in love with these when I saw that they would have fandom jewelry styles. Example: Harry Potter ❤

These are high quality charms for a reasonable price. And, you will receive your choice of a single or double loop bracelet when you first subscribe! And at $19.99/month (plus tax and shipping), it is a very worthwhile deal! They also have prepay options that reduce the cost!

Here are some previous boxes for you to see:

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Hereafter

Another fantastic installment in the Shadowlands series by Kate Brian. Here is Amazon’s description for “Hereafter”.


Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She”s also made friends with a local clique—including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan. But Rory”s world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn”t what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory”s every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again. From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she”s ever known ends.


As this book started, I wasn’t sure how I felt while reading. I got over the shock that everyone on the island was dead, and it ended up making sense to me. However, Tristan made me want to punch him. He leads Rory on and then when she kisses him, he acts shocked. And then a day or two later, he’s decided that he loves her and wants to be with her. That was my first inkling that he had an ulterior motive.

It was very simple to figure out that Tristan was responsible for the wrong things happening on Juniper Landing which disappointed me. After being shocked at the ending of Shadowlands, I was hoping for more out of this book.

This book was a quick and simple read that still left the reader in suspense and wanting more. I love watching Rory grow and not being willing to accept the status quo.

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Tattoo (Tattoo 1)

Tattoo written by Jennifer Lynn Barnes was an interesting book. I love mythology and that helped capture my interest in this series.

SPOILERS AHEAD


Four friends love to go to the mall during lunch break. What stereotypical high schooler doesn’t? However, this doesn’t end up being the standard mall trip. While eating lunch and shopping, the girls come across glitter tattoos and Bailey cannot resist buying the pack. After putting them on, the girls’ live change forever.

They have developed powers and Bailey comes to realize that she is not 100% human, but instead she is part sidhe. As the school year goes by and prom gets closer, Bailey realizes that in addition to her normal everyday stress, she also has to save the world.


Bailey would do anything for her friends, and her friends would do anything for her. The four of them have a bond that noone can break, and this is shown throughout the book.

This book is well-written, captivating, and engaging. It is a simple and quick read, and a wonderful read at the same time.

Next up, book 2: Fate

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Knight of Light (The Watchers 1)

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As much as it pains me to do so, this will not be a good review. I am giving this book a personal rating of 2/5 stars, and I am giving it 2 stars because of the potential of the storyline.

It is very rare that I am excited at the beginning of a book and then disappointed as it progresses. I loved the story line of the book, but I felt that it was poorly written. During many parts I felt that huge sections were simply skipped over. How did she get from point A to point B? What happened to person A? Person B’s story is over that quickly? As I read, I simply had more and more questions. The story line was not complicated to follow, I would have just preferred to have more substance and character development. I am hopeful that the second book will be better.

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Oasis (The Last Humans 1)

Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review

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When I first started reading this book, my immediate thought was, “oh great, another post-apocalyptic world book”. I was wrong.

This was a fantastic, engaging, suspenseful read. I dived into it very quickly and could not stop reading it until the end. I finished it in less than 2 hours because I could not put it down.

The plot is full of twists and turns, the characters are very well developed, and the story line is unique. I do not want to give away spoilers in this book so I won’t go into much detail. Suffice it to say, I can’t wait to read book 2.