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The End of Oz

Review:

The End of Oz - Danielle  Paige

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Hardcover (Owned)

 

 

The first time I flew, it was under very different circumstances.

– first sentence

 

It was just my luck to find the person of my dreams in a war-torn world where I was in danger of losing him any minute, I thought.

– Chapter 17

This is the final book in the Dorothy Must Die series (not including the prequel and other world enhancing novellas – I think there are nine now). But, you can read the four main books and totally enjoy the series without them.

 

This final book is full of action and twists, and I loved the ending. There is a bit of a cliffhanger, but just enough to let you know that there will always be strife in this magical world. (Some reviews mentioned an epilogue in the hardcover version, but there wasn’t one in the kindle version, so *shrugs*.)

 

Some chapters are from Amy’s point of view and others from Dorothy’s. Seeing Dorothy’s pov didn’t make me despise her any less, but it was interesting to see her reasoning. It seems like she started out with good intentions, but the magic corrupted her to the point that she isn’t even slightly recognizable as the girl from Kansas we all remember. Even so, she seems to have no redeeming qualities left. So, I felt fine about hating her character throughout the book.

 

Most of the characters are not all good or all evil. They do what they have to in order to survive and protect their friends and family. Sometimes their actions are shocking and sometimes completely understandable. 

 

I think the end may bother some people, but it made perfect sense to me and I loved it. If you like retellings or fantasy, give this series a shot.

 

 

 

 

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DNF at around 45%

The Fifth Season - N.K. Jemisin, Robin Miles

 

I listened to about 7 hours of this book and I still really can’t get into it. The total length is 15 hours, 27 minutes. 

I’m not sure why this isn’t working for me. I have a hard time keeping the characters straight and I’m just well, not interested. I think I’ve given it enough time, at least for now. With so many great reviews, I feel like I must be missing something. Maybe it would be better if I read the physical book, but for now, I’m just done.

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Amal – audiobook

Review:

Amal Unbound - Aisha Saeed, Priya Ayyar

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

 

 

I watched from the window as the boys tumbled out of the brick schoolhouse across the field from us.

-first sentence

 

Amal loves school and her dream is to one day go to college and become a teacher. But one day, a chance encounter disrupts her life. She becomes an indentured servant to the family of her village’s corrupt landlord. Amal plans to work until she pays off her family’s debt, but when she finds out the truth, what will she do?

 

This story takes place in Pakistan and is meant for a middle-grade audience. Amal is a fantastic strong female character; she knows what she wants, she knows what is right, and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

 

I listened to the audio and the narrator, Priya Ayyar did a wonderful job. I’m counting this for “A” for the HA a-z challenge on Goodreads.

 

Recommended to grades 4-6.

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Cujo – audiobook

Review:

Cujo - Stephen King, Simon & Schuster Audio, Lorna Raver

Audience: Adult

Format: Audio

Library Copy

 

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the town of Castle Rock, Maine.

– first sentence

 

This is a reread for me and I didn’t remember many details. I think I avoided it because of my love of dogs. I listened to the audio; Lorna Raver gives an excellent performance and helped me get lost in the story.

 

I was surprised by the beginning stuff about the monster (serial killer) Frank Dodd. I found myself wondering what that had to do with the rabid dog. But this story isn’t about a rabid dog. It’s about evil… evil and coincidences. It’s also a look back in time at what was once thought acceptable in a marriage.

 

As the story progresses, the parts with Cujo are separated by the stories of the Trenton family and the Camber family. Each family is dealing with their own issues, and these ultimately lead to the events which conclude with the showdown of mother and child trapped in a Pinto by Cujo.

 

It broke my heart to listen to Cujo’s thoughts as the disease progressed and he gradually went mad. But it was easier to read/listen to than it was to watch the movie. All I really remember from the movie is the part with Cujo and the car. I might have to watch it again just for comparison.

 

So, is an Evil force controlling the events that lead to the heartbreaking conclusion, or is it just coincidence? Does it even matter?

 

I’m using this for “C” in the Goodreads HA A-Z challenge.

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Pet Sematary – audiobook

Review:

Pet Sematary - Stephen King

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

 

 

Louis Creed, who had lost his father at three and who had never known a grandfather, never expected to find a father as he entered his middle age, but that was exactly what happened…”

– beginning of first sentence

 

The first sentence sounds so innocuous, and yet this is the novel that Stephen King himself has called his scariest. Perhaps because it centers on death and how fear of death can compel people to do the unthinkable.

 

I am currently rereading Stephen King books that I haven’t read in decades. I listened to IT a couple of years ago because I wanted to refresh my memory before I saw the movie. I enjoyed it so much that I wanted to try the audios of more of his books. When I saw that the Pet Sematary movie is being remade, I decided this should be my next listen. I am glad I did. This book was scary and totally immersive – I was obsessed with listening to this. Michael C. Hall gave an amazing performance. I was constantly picturing him as Louis Creed, even while I kept seeing Fred Gwynne (from the original movie) as Jud Crandall.

 

I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good scare. πŸ™‚

 

I’m using this as “P” for the HA a-z challenge on Goodreads.

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Yellow Brick War

Review:

Yellow Brick War (Dorothy Must Die) - Danielle  Paige

 

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Hardcover

Owned

 

The witches were waiting.

– first sentence

 

The third book in the series takes Amy back to Kansas to continue her fight to save Oz (and The Other Place (Kansas) too). New characters become involved, we get a look at how Amy’s disappearance affected her negligent mother, and find out some new details about Dorothy. And of course, there are twists and deception.

 

This book is a fun continuation of the series. I remain spellbound by this version of Oz and the entire cast of characters. Recommended to fans of alternate realities and fractured fairy tales.

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Catching Fire – Audiobook

Review:

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

I clasp the flask between my hands even though the warmth from the tea has long since leached into the frozen air.

– first sentence

I decided to continue my re-read with the audiobook for book two. While I enjoyed listening to the book, I was disappointed with the narrator (Carolyn McCormick). She totally missed the character, and after listening to Tatiana Maslany narrate the special edition of The Hunger Games, it was even worse. McCormick’s narration was irritating and didn’t fit Katniss’s character at all. Her voice is breathy, whiny, overdramatic, and grating. I think she would be good in a different book, like maybe a historical drama.

I knocked off one star for the narration, but I loved the story and would have given it 5 stars.


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The Hunger Games (Special Edition) – audiobook

Review:

Audience: Young Adult

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold.

– first sentence

This is a re-read for me. I watched the movies during a marathon over the holiday break and was inspired to read the books again. This time I decided to go with the audiobook.

I chose the new “Special Edition” and am so glad I did. The narrator is Tatiana Maslany and she did a fantastic job.

There isn’t much I can say that hasn’t been said about this book except I loved it. I will mention that this series, Harry Potter, and Twilight are the books that got me back into reading after a very long slump approximately 10 years ago. To say these books changed my life is not an understatement. πŸ™‚


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