Audio book Recommendations!

AKA (The audio books that changed my mind about listening to books)

Hello my name is Paloma and I used to hate audio books. Like really hate them. Let me explain, when I first got addicted to the Outlander series by my fav Diana Gabaldon; I binge read the first book and the rest of the books were only available in audio book from my local library. I had no choice but to listen to the rest of the series this way….and it sucked. I hated the audio books but I powered through because I loved the series. And I didn’t notice that some audio books were ‘abriged’ and cut out so much of the details and important things and so it ruined the some of the books for me as well as audio books for the next 7 years.

So for a very long time I didn’t touch audio books. But recently I got addicted to podcasts. I was listening to them whenever I had to do something. That naturally progressed to audio books after I binged an entire podcast and when I discovered that my local library chain used this amazing app called Hoopla

The first audio book that I listened to was:
➽ Wicked Intentions (Maiden Lane series #1) by Elizabeth Hoyt.
It was narrated by the amazing Ashford McNab and boy did she do an amazing job. Everyone had their own voice and accent. It was such an atmospheric experience! so unlike my previous one that I became addicted. This is an amazing pick if you love audio books, great narration, and AMAZING writing. I highly recommend the whole series in audio book, you’ll become addicted.
➽ Anne of Green Gables by L.M Montgomery (audioble exclusive narrated by Rachel McAdams)
Rachel McAdams shines in this narration. That’s all I can say, the book is one of my top favs and her narration made me love it even more. Her voice is so soothing and she really brings out the subtle wit of the book. 10/10
➽ The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (audible exclusive narrated by Jeremy Irons)
This book is a modern classic and I’m happy the first time I read it was in audio book. Jeremy Irons has such a textured voice and he is an actor so listening to this was such a pleasure. He added so much depth to this simple but rich story that I was looking for things to do in order to listen more!
➽ The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
I’m slowly making my way through this amazing series! Each story is narrated by a different person (some has the same narrator) and they are all top notch. Now, this series is more like a supplement to the TMI and TID series also by Cassandra Clare so I recommend reading those two first before this one. I love love love these audio books! Each one is different little story with a different narrator that adds his own flare to the story and each one is no more than 1:30 minutes so they’re quick to get through. If you love Cassandra Clare and are hesitant in reading this series and audio books well then this is for you.

I’ve listening to many more audio books than this but these are just the ones that made me fall in love with them and my top ones so far. I hope you all consider diving back into audio books because they’re awesome. Download the Hoopla app if you library utilizes it for audio books. They also have albums ebooks and movies from my library I cannot recommend it enough. Also of course Overdrive has audio books as well.

Here are some things I do while listening:
• Cook and clean
• Knit
• Surf the web
• Walk/Exercise
• Color

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The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1) by Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1)The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


“I was thinking” he said some time later as she paused for a drowsy yawn. “Since ye donna have any family to love anymore, ye could love me…”

I want to start off by saying that this had one of the most beautiful prologues I’ve EVER
But that’s pretty much the only thing enjoyable about it.
2.75 stars

I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews, I know how hard it is to write and I’m also taking into considering that this is the first in a series and I think the first book this author has written.
What is this book about? Well if you didn’t read the synopsis I’ll just said that it’s about a beautiful Fey like girl who gets kidnapped by a terrible cad who’s also terribly rich and terribly bad. But things aren’t what they seem and slowly Farah discovers the pretenses behind her capture and comes to terms with her past and well as her future. If that sounds good to you go read it! Everyone reads a book differently, I may not have liked it or really recommend it but anyone could read this and love it and others …not so much. Well, after that disclaimer..this is my review.

After the prologue the book becomes a tangle of Anachronism while following Farah’s life in London many years after the prologue. At one point she had a croissant and mentioned that she lived in a bohemian section of London….no…not in Victorian London, you didn’t do ANY of those things. And also the main characters name…is Farah, that isn’t very realistic because ‘Farah’ is an Arabic name and I doubt that many aristocratic Victorian families would name their children an Arabic name, but hey that’s just me. That was what started my distancing from the story and characters. But I willed on because one of my favorite authors recommended this series.
I was glad for a time that I continued because after Farah is with the love interest again, we had a couple of solid chapters of tension and excitement. But after the sex scene the whole book plateau-ed and I found myself not caring to go on and not caring about the couple or the story; I lost interest. The major pull in the plot is finding out if her capture is Dougan which is enough to grab many readers I’m sure but I discovered the truth very early so that excitement was gone from my reading experience.

Much can be said for the writing it is very smooth and well put together. I had no qualms with grammar just the plot devices, which was riddled with so many tropes that are just overused in this genres. It’s so important to try to be original in HR because this is a genre that heavily relies on troupes, which in many cases are great! But…just not in this one. We have, the man who can’t be touched, hidden identity, broody Scottish man, blonde special snowflake heroine. Just all the troupes that are so overused and I, in particular, am so tired of finding in almost every book. Also, toward the end of the book another villain appears and just the whole situation because so Disney villain like…it was cringe-y bad to me. I understand the story needed one more thread of tension but oh it could have been anything else. I kinda hated the direction it took in the end.

I have to say that this does include very time appropriate mentalities, funny enough; since it had so many things that didn’t belong in the time period. This also had some pretty awesome sexy scenes. I wish everything else measured up because it could have been such a good read. I have faith that the series will get better so I will be continuing but this one gets a 2.75 stars.


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August TBR

Well, this is going to be a very ambitious TBR! That is filled with ReReads, ebooks and of course library books. Let’s hope I’m not distracted by booktube videos too much so that I can actually accomplish this *wink*
ReReads
I made a personal goal this year to start rereading books. I’ve never reread any books and I figured I had to start. To me, rereading was always a waste of time (Because my TBR keeps growing) but after the newest Black Dagger Brotherhood book came out. I HAD to do a reread of the first 5 books! I hadn’t read those books since I was 13 and I was pleasantly surprised by my reread.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: So far I’ve reread the first 2 books in the Harry Potter series and am hoping to finish the 3rd book this month.
Outlander By Diana Gabaldon : I first read this book when I was 13/14 years old and it rocked my world. This was the first book besides Harry Potter that made me lose sleep and time. So I’m way overdue for a reread.

Ebooks
The Devils Cut by J.R. Ward: This is a new release (Just came out today) and I’m already on chapter 2 and I’m in love. This series is so action packed, romantic and drama filled, perfect for ending a book slump.
The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare (release August 22): when this comes out I’ll be dropping everything to read it! This is so anticipated for me. Tessa Dare is on my Epic shelf along with Lisa Kleypas and Elizabeth Hoyt. This book is the start of a new series for her which I’m sure I’ll love.
➽ This space is for any ebook/s that I pick up and read because I almost never NEVER stick to any set TBR which is why I don’t usually do these.

Physical Books/Library books
The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons: I binge read the first two last month and have been stalling on this one because I’m not ready to say goodbye and also because its gunna break my whole heart.
The Shadowhunters Codex by Cassandra Clare: I love this world and this is literally the last book in the shadowhunter universe that I haven’t read (I’m slowly making my way through the Bane Chronicles audiobooks.)
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh: This is the second time I’ve taken this one out from the Library lets hope I actually get to it this time. I love me some Khalid.
Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia: I’ve heard so many good things about this one and I love some anxiety rep but I’m not sure I’ll get to it this month…I might which is why I’m including it. But I’m not a big fan of YA contemporary.
Deathless by Catherine M Valente: This is an adult retelling of a Russian folk tale called “Kosechi the Deathless” you may not know this about me but I’m absolute trash for anything Russian related…I love Russian themed books and especially Russian fairytales. So I really want to read this one after I finish The Summer Garden.

Audiobooks
The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne: This entry is cheating because I’m actually almost done with this..but I will usually be listening to many audiobooks and this one is just the one I’m listening too. It’s hard to pinpoint which ones I’ll pick because I’m a huge mood reader, I’ll let you all know 
➽ I might get around to finishing a couple of the Bane Chronicles stories on audiobook, and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
That’s my very super uber ambitious sorta TBR. I hope you all have a fantastic reading month!

Moonglow (Darkest London, #2) by Kristen Callihan

Moonglow (Darkest London, #2)Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ok its official you ALL need to stop sleeping on the utter creativity and beauty this is Kristin Callihan; because this series is a notch above the rest.
4 **** ‘dark, paranormal, steampunk werewolf’stars

Her second installment in the incredibly creative “Darkest London” series is even more ingenious than the first one. Moonglow follows Miranda’s sister whom we met for a bit in the first book and she was HILARIOUS, everything she said had me literally cackling and her story is just as intense as her sister’s.
There is a rogue danger Were loose in Victorian London and he’s killing women who all have acquired the very specific blend of scents that Daisy made and sold to her perfumer. (Actually I think the perfumer sold her blend without her knowing)
Ian and Daisy meet when this were almost attacks her and then they very hesitantly band together to try and solve this mystery. Along the way they get to know each other more and we the reader get to fall deeper into this magical, steam punk London where things really aren’t what they seem.
I really enjoyed this! This series is really like a less dark and more romantic Penny Dreadful.

Daisy Ellis Craigmore was so unique!
She is what is called a nose which means that she has a superior sense of smell. So she uses her talents to make unique one of kind perfumes! Her talent is even up to snuff with that of Ian the werewolf. I loved her diverse interest! We mostly get HR heroines who love books or love being annoying but she was interesting.
Daisy was CURVY I can’t express how amazing this was to read! We don’t get enough curvy women in any books ever and her curves were only celebrated by her sexy redheaded Scottish lord Ranulf.
I loved Lord Ranulf. What character development! He kinda sucked in the first book with his whole obsession with Miranda and all but he was just a lost soul…who was totally found lol
If you know me at all you know I love the following things
->Scottish men
-> Red heads
-> Victorian London
-> Werewolves

And this has LITERALLY ALL OF THEM

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple Met RishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Rishi is precious

I really enjoyed this book. I’m aware of the negative reviews on this and I’ve read them before I actually read the book…I can agree with many of their points…for example -> Dimple kinda fucking sucks…shes immature, selfish oh so selfish shes rude ugh she sucks but also shes a teenage girl and you have to cut her some slack..yes she’s one of my least favorite YA characters but also….so many people read and loved the Lara Jean series and she is just the WORST the WORST character even worse than Dimple.

This is a a feat in diversity it warms my heart and thats not even the only reason to support this by reading it….its also very swoony (when you overlook teenaged Dimple *rolls eyes*) because of my precious Rishi.
He honestly made this book even cuter he was the CUTE. he was just everything and I just loved Rishi with Dimple.
They complemented each other so well and while I disliked her immensely when she was with Rishi she was palatable.

reading this is not only cute and swoony but its also so informative! I learned so much about Indian culture and what its like growing up Desi.
which is why this book is so important for teens to read all kinds of teens heck not just teens anyone who wants a cute time and whats a look into a world unlike their own.

tidbit: I’m kinda upset at all the super negative reviews because they’re mostly DNF’d because they hated Dimple when a lot of the time the same people who hated this book because of Dimple loved the Lara Jean series ….maybe you should take a look as to why you liked one and not the other *sips tea*

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The AlchemistThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m speechless

this is one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read.
I want to read this book every year….every time I need a lift
this is a book that is meant to be reread and reread and loved even more.
I understand now why its a modern classic
you really need to read this at least once it your life.
it’s truly life changing.

I’m still in search of my own personal legend.
but I will be paying even closer attention to all the omens and signs the universe and god sends me
I believe with everything in me in maktub.

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Flowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale (Goodreads Author), Nicholas Boulton (Narrator)

Flowers from the StormFlowers from the Storm by Laura Kinsale
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

this was the first time that my beloved romance podcast let me down

this book was such a let down wow

I was told this was the angstiest Historical Romance……………………………………………………………………………………………………..it wasn’t.

1.5 stars

this book is bad guys so bad
not disrespect for those who love it but wow I can’t believe I put myself through that.
I’m fully aware that this a classic but its the literary equivalent of someone trying to make a salad burger quesadilla….they just all dont mesh
nothing goes together.

I found the heroine to be understandably naive but then at a certain point it got so monotonous her views so unfavorable that I grew to extremely dislike her.
and the Duke…ugh I just didn’t care for him I didn’t sympathize with either of them and its sad because the Duke went through so much but its almost like the author tries so hard SO HARD to put everything bad in the way everything sad that the result is something ..just unpalatable.

I think this is my retirement from old school romances…I hated Whitney, my love and Kingdom of Dreams and not this…yea by..I’ll stick with Tessa Dare, Elizabeth Hoyt and Lisa Kleypas

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