Audiobook Review: ‘More Happy Than Not’

Despite loving both YA and queer genre books, I can’t believe it has taken me this long to read More Happy Than Not! I read They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera last fall and LOVED IT, so of course I had to backtrack and read his previous books. (History Is All You Left Me is also on my radar.)

Title: More Happy Than Not
Author: Adam Silvera
Rating: 2/5 stars

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Audiobook Review: “To Kill A Kingdom”

This is the siren/pirate/ocean book I never knew I needed and I am SO glad I found! This is sort of a Little Mermaid retelling, except I’m not talking about the Disney version, and this is rather dark – so take that as you will. I felt some similarities, but this is also its own story!

Title: To Kill A Kingdom
Author: Alexandra Christo
Series: n/a – Standalone
Rating: 4/5 stars

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Audiobook Review: ‘If You Come Softly’

If You Come Softly is a book originally published in 1998 – but reading it, the content is as relevant as ever in 2018, twenty years later. A Twentieth Anniversary Edition was published in March of 2018, which is how this book first came to my attention.

Title: If You Come Softly
Author: Jacqueline Woodson
Rating: 3/5 stars

‘Romeo and Juliet’ meets ‘The Hate U Give’ – I figured I’d give this story a try! I decided to listen to the audiobook, since it was only 3 hours long.

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Audiobook Review: ‘For Every One’

For Every One is just that – for everyone. Jason Reynolds originally performed this at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers. I listened to the audiobook, which is read by Jason himself, and I highly recommend it. It’s only about 30 minutes long (the hardcover book is 112 pages) so it’s a quick read or listen – but so powerful, you’ll immediately want to read it again. (Which, yes, I did hit “replay” after I finished it once.)

Title: For Every One
Author: Jason Reynolds
Rating: 5/5 stars

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Audiobook Review: ‘The Poet X’

The Poet X is a book you didn’t know you needed until you read it. I picked this up on a whim and I am so glad I did! This story is told in verse, making it a quick read, but also makes each word twice as powerful.

Title: The Poet X
Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Rating: 4/5 stars

I listened to the audiobook which added another layer to this story – hearing the author read her own words, her own poetry, putting the emphasis where she wanted it to be heard – wow. SO powerful! I would highly recommend this as an audiobook, its just like hearing slam poetry in person!

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Audiobook Review: ‘Only Human’

Only Human. Where to begin? I will miss Themis Files terribly, but I am also completely satisfied with this series and its ending.

This review will contain spoilers for Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) and Waking Gods (Themis Files #2) so check out my review of those first! Read those books, THEN come back here for Only Human!

Title: Only Human
Author: Sylvain Neuvel
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

First off, can we take a minute to appreciate these titles? I decided to relisten to the audiobooks of Sleeping Giants and Waking Gods before Only Human was released, and I’m SO glad I did! There were so many little details that I had forgotten about. I originally gave Sleeping Giants 4/5 stars but upon it a second reading, it’s definitely a 5/5 stars, hands down. I had a moment when I realized how great all the titles were; simple, but so appropriate. They are all such fitting titles.

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Audiobook Review: ‘Ready Player One’

Let me start off by saying: Ready Player One as a book is WAY better than the movie.

I unfortunately (or fortunately?) saw the movie first, thought it was just okay, but thankfully my friend said the book was different and better, and, trusting her opinion, I decided to listen to the audiobook of Ready Player One. WHAT A DIFFERENCE.

Title: Ready Player One
Author: Ernest Cline
Rating: 5/5 stars

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