Tag: 2.5 Stars

Audio ARC Review: The Prisoner by B.A. Paris

The Prisoner
Author: B.A. Paris

Narrator: Georgia Maguire
To Be Published: November 1, 2022
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: September 12-16, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars

Book Description:

Amelie has always been a survivor, from losing her parents as a child in Paris to making it on her own in London. As she builds a life for herself, she is swept up into a glamorous lifestyle where she married the handsome billionaire Ned Hawthorne.

But then, Amelie wakes up in a pitch-black room, not knowing where she is. Why has she been taken? Who are her mysterious captors? And why does she soon feel safer here, imprisoned, than she had begun to feel with her husband Ned?

Jessica’s Review:

I have enjoyed most of B.A. Paris’ novels, but last year’s The Therapist didn’t work for me and now The Prisoner failed me.  And she started so strong with her debut of Behind Closed Doors.

We have Amelie who is our narrator for both past and present. And we get to know her and what has happened in her past to make her who she is today. The premise was intriguing for me: Amelie locked in a dark room alone, what’s she to do?  Why is she being held there?  Just what is going on?

The novel just became a muddled mess and I thought it was going in one direction, but it wasn’t. As it progressed and we started figuring things out at the end I found myself just not caring anymore. I felt this is a novel that had a lot of potential that just wasn’t for me.  I did like that it shows how knowing some basic math and doing some quick figures can be important! I also liked how the chapters were short and that made the novel go by quicker. If the chapters had been longer, I don’t know if I would have completed it.

I listened to the audiobook and Georgia Maguire is the narrator. She is a new narrator for me and she portrayed Amelie very well. I felt the tension and fear that Amelie had when she was first in that room.  I would be interested in listening to more from her. 

Many thanks to the publisher Macmillian Audio for granting me an audio arc to listen to and review. I just wish my review had been favorable. 

Pre-order Links:
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Audible Original: See How They Run by Rachel Howzell Hall

See How They Run
Author:
Rachel Howzell Hall

Narrator: Imani Parks
Published: April 7, 2022
Audiobook: 2 hours 48 minutes

Reviewed By: Jessica
Date Listened To: August 18, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars

Novella Description:

Still mourning the death of her own fiancée, Lauren Hudson must put on a brave face for her family as they gather in Zion National Park for her brother’s wedding. He’s co-founded a “glamping” (glamorous camping) start-up with Sadie, the soon-to-be bride whom the rest of the Hudsons have yet to meet, and they’re hosting their small destination wedding for their nearest and dearest right on their own campgrounds. But not long after Lauren arrives on the scenic property, doubts creep in about Sadie – could she be harboring a sinister secret? Or is the trauma of Lauren’s own past clouding her judgment? With the wedding looming ever closer, can Lauren discover and expose the truth before it’s too late?

Jessica’s Review:

This one was so-so. An interesting premise dealing with ‘glamping’ which excited me, but it just didn’t really deliver.  See How They Run started great, but then I kind of tuned it out during the middle before I was pulled back in for the ending. I was excited for it because I haven’t read anything yet that dealt with ‘glamping’. It had so much potential, but it just didn’t end up working for me. This short story/novella shows how much social media has changed our society and not for the better.  The plot of the story was not realistic at all, especially as it got towards the climax. I can’t say what without spoilers, but no, that would not have worked in reality!

I do like the cover, and once you finish this short story, you get it!  This one was a miss for me, but I would give the author another chance. 

Purchase Links:
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AudioBook Review: Book Lovers by Emily Henry

Book Lovers
Author: Emily Henry

Narrator: Julia Whelan
Published: May 3, 2022
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: June 15-22, 2022
Jessica’s Rating: 2.5 stars     

Book Description:

One summer. Two rivals. A plot twist they didn’t see coming….

Nora Stephens’ life is books—she’s read them all—and she is not that type of heroine. Not the plucky one, not the laidback dream girl, and especially not the sweetheart. In fact, the only people Nora is a heroine for are her clients, for whom she lands enormous deals as a cutthroat literary agent, and her beloved little sister Libby.

Which is why she agrees to go to Sunshine Falls, North Carolina for the month of August when Libby begs her for a sisters’ trip away—with visions of a small-town transformation for Nora, who she’s convinced needs to become the heroine in her own story. But instead of picnics in meadows, or run-ins with a handsome country doctor or bulging-forearmed bartender, Nora keeps bumping into Charlie Lastra, a bookish brooding editor from back in the city. It would be a meet-cute if not for the fact that they’ve met many times and it’s never been cute.

If Nora knows she’s not an ideal heroine, Charlie knows he’s nobody’s hero, but as they are thrown together again and again—in a series of coincidences no editor worth their salt would allow—what they discover might just unravel the carefully crafted stories they’ve written about themselves.

Jessica’s Review:

**UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT**

Book Lovers seems to be a novel that everyone is loving this summer, except me. I did like the glimpse we see into the publishing world, and this novel is supposed to be a romance novel, but for me it was not. I did not see the likeability of the two main characters at all and did not see the chemistry between them. For me, their connection just seemed to be physical, and we do get some spicy scenes with Nora and Charlie.

I was invested in the sister relationship throughout the novel.  They were all I cared about,  did not care for the ‘romance’ at all.  And being this is a romance novel, it failed for me.  This is a first novel for me from Emily Henry and I just don’t know if I would read another after this one.  Well… Maybe I would give her at least one more shot if a book description sounds like one I would want to read. But I won’t be on the lookout for another of Henry’s novels.

Overall, this one disappointed me.  Julia Whelan was the narrator and honestly, her narration was what kept me listening.

Purchase Links:
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