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The Curse Workers by Holly Black Reviewed

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Book 1: White Cat | Book 2: Red Glove | Book 3: Black Heart

Author: Holly Black
Narrator: Jesse Eisenberg
Format: Audiobook

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Cassel comes from a family of curse workers—people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail—he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.

Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

my thoughts

I read the ebook version of this series several years ago and I fell in love with. I love the unique concept of the mob family as was portrayed in this series. I also loved all the characters. They all have good sides and bad sides to them which you can relate to. The romance aspect was also nicely portrayed. Not too much and just right for their age. It also tells a great story of family and friendship.

This year, I borrowed the whole audio version of the series in the library and I’m happy that I was able to. At first, I felt kinda off with the narrator. Not that he was bad but I was imagining Cassel’s voice a different way. But towards the next books, I slowly get used to the voice of the narrator and enjoyed it. I still find the series very fascinating even though I have read it already years ago. I also still wondered what will happen next as I forgot some of the details already and listening to Jessi Eisenberg give life to these characters paint a more vivid picture in my head.

I fell in love with Holly Black’s writing with this series and I’m planning to read her other books.

Overall rating for audio : Four-half-stars

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The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness Audiobook Review

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Title: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Publication Date: August 27, 2015

my thoughts

What if you aren’t the Chosen One?

The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Award-winning writer Patrick Ness’s bold and irreverent novel powerfully reminds us that there are many different types of remarkable.

my thoughts

I’m torn. I ‘read’ audiobook version of this book and I enjoyed it. Not the book per se but the way the story was read by the reader. The book itself is not bad, but it’s not something very remarkable either. Although there were a few things that I liked about it.

One of them is how normal the kids in this book are. They were high schoolers and they strive to finish high school with as much normalcy they could muster. To the point of being shallow. Or at least, that’s how they’d probably appear to other people. Because, who would care about prom when something like death is happening around you? But then, I see this kids the way some of us are when we were their age. I don’t mean being obsess with prom when there are more important matters out their. I mean, the days when we felt as though we know a lot only to realize later on how naive we were back then. And I like that about this story. Because really, high school is the age where some of us thought that nothing was more important that being able to fit in, tell your feelings to the guy/gal you like and well, prom.

I don’t know if it’s because I’m listening to it and not really reading it, but I don’t fully understand what the ‘indie kids’ exactly were. And I didn’t follow their story either told in the beginning of each chapter. Before the next chapter was read, I already forgot what the introduction was in the previous chapter making it hard for me to make a connection.

And for something that is sort of paranormal in nature, this book is a little bland. I’m not sure I’d enjoyed it as much as I did if I read it instead of listening to it. But just like I said in the first parangraph, I enjoyed this book very much. For me, narrator was really good in giving life and feeling to the dialogues.

 

Audio Rating – four star

Story Rating – 3-stars-out-of-5

Over-all rating: 3.5-stars

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Maid for the Billionaire by Ruth Cardello Now on Audiobook

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Book Facts

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Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex.

Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn’t believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men – until she meets Dominic. He’s both infuriating and intoxicating, a heady combination. Their trip to China revives a long forgotten side of Abby, but also reveals a threat to bring down Dominic’s company. With no time to explain her actions, Abby must either influence the outcome of his latest venture and save his company or accept her role as his mistress and leave his fate to chance. Does she love him enough to risk losing him for good?