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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Audiobook Review: The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani

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Audiobook Review: The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani
The Last Ever After
Soman Chainani
Series: The School for Good and Evil #3
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Middle-Grade
Publication date: July 21st 2015
by HarperCollins

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In the epic conclusion to Soman Chainani’s New York Times bestselling series, The School for Good and Evil, everything old is new again as Sophie and Agatha fight the past as well as the present to find the perfect end to their story.

As A World Without Princes closed, the end was written and former best friends Sophie and Agatha went their separate ways. Agatha was whisked back to Gavaldon with Tedros and Sophie stayed behind with the beautiful young School Master.

But as they settle into their new lives, their story begs to be re-written, and this time, theirs isn’t the only one. With the girls apart, Evil has taken over and the villains of the past have come back to change their tales and turn the world of Good and Evil upside down.

Readers around the world are eagerly awaiting the third book in The School for Good and Evil series, The Last Ever After. This extraordinary conclusion delivers more action, adventure, laughter, romance and fairy tale twists and turns than you could ever dream of!
-A copy was provided by HarperCollins for review-

I am going to try to do this review with no spoilers for the previous books, but seeing as it’s the third and final book, no promises. You have been warned to continue at your own risk. I have to say that this series in general was fantastic and I was so excited for this last book. It totally lived up to my expectations! I have listened to the whole series on audio and it’s one of the best audiobook series. The narrator, Polly Lee, is the perfect voice for the story. She makes it very easy to tell between the characters, and brings a fantastic story to life. This book was full of all the build up off all the things that came before and all the new dangers and lessons that they need to learn. As with the ones before, it is great story that does have romance, but is ultimately about friendship and doing the right thing.

Agatha, though a rough character, is a character that I love. Originally seeming to be more the Evil type than the Good, she is so kind and wonderful. Of course she isn’t perfect. Anything but actually. She is not the beautiful princess type. In fact, she still can’t even think of herself as a princess. She just wants to be herself, but she also wants her Ever After. She wants it with both Tedros and Sophie. Only things aren’t that easy of course. While all things are tested, love, family, friendship, and right and wrong, Agatha needs to stay strong and figure it all out. If she fails, it’s not just her Ever After that will be lost, but it will affect all of Good and Evil. She grows into such a great person in this final book, and I loved her character so much!

Sophie who is Evil, wants so much to be good. She also wants love and her happy Ever After more than anything. She is now set to be queen of Evil, but is that what she really wants? Especially when it means that she can’t have Agatha too. Sophie is one of favorite characters because there is so much to her. She has so many layers. She comes across so assured and knowing what she wants, but you know that she is very insecure and vulnerable on the inside. She really wars with herself in this and I loved seeing all the sides of her. What she was willing to do for love. Mostly, what she would do for herself.

This was so fun to listen to. I loved learning about everyone’s past and how it all ties in to what is happening now. How they are destined to take the same paths as their parents, but are determined to change it. There is so much love and hate and confusion between all the characters. With a war between Good and Evil about to happen, tension is running high. Being so young, these characters are just starting to know themselves and being confused about who they are, and they are fighting a battle of love and hate. They are thinking about their Ever Afters and what life holds for them if only they survive. This story was so well crafted and wonderful. I absolutely adored it and it is just incredible on audiobook. I know that I will be reading this series with my daughter in a few years and hope that she loves it as much as I do!!

5 Stars
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Audiobook Review: Paperweight by Meg Haston

Audiobook Review: Paperweight by Meg Haston

Posted by on 09/25/2015 • 5 Comments

I really enjoyed this book as much as you can enjoy something about such a topic. I listened to this on audio and at first I was having a hard time getting into it, but the longer I listened, the more the narrator really did fit with the story. She voiced Stevie so well, that I was able to really feel for her and get that emotional impact from the book. Although this book appears to be about a girl with an eating disorder, it was really so much more. This is one of those rare instances when I really don’t like the MC, at least at for most of the book, but it actually made me like the book more.

Stevie is sent away to a treatment center for…

Audiobook Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Audiobook Review: 99 Days by Katie Cotugno

Posted by on 06/29/2015 • 2 Comments

I don’t really know to say about this book since I didn’t really care for it much. The only reason I finished it was because I was listening to the audiobook on the train home from NYC and I decided I might as well finish since I got that far. I don’t really know why I even wanted to read it really. Maybe because I really liked her first book, but I hate cheating so I was bound to not like this one. It wasn’t just that though. Some of the characters besides Molly just really irritated me. Then the romance was just not something I could get behind. The one thing I did enjoy about this was the narrator though. Allyson Ryan did really well at bringing emotion to…

Audiobook Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Audiobook Review: None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio

Posted by on 06/26/2015 • 5 Comments

This is the second book that I have read that covers the topic of intersex, and it was very good. I love learning new things, and though I already had a small bit of knowledge, I did learn many new things. What I really enjoyed about this was that you are discovering things along with the MC. It was interesting to see her discovering this about herself at her age, not knowing that there was anything different her whole life up until that point. There were some great side characters, then some not so great ones too. I wish it had been a bit more deep and packed more emotion into it, but in general I was very pleased with it.

Kristin is a pretty popular girl, and a…

Audiobook Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Audiobook Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

Posted by on 04/14/2015 • 14 Comments

This was fantastic and great to read. I loved that this had so much going for it. A great plot full of deception, lies, romance, and magic. Besides that, it was filled with some great action and I loved the characters. I think this would have been a joy to read, but it was enhanced with the audio. I often cringe when I know I am getting myself into a series, but I am really glad that I started this one and I am interested to know where the story will go.

Mare is a pretty smart girl. Growing up in poverty, and knowing what is coming to her in her near future, she does the best she can. She is a thief, but she is good at it….

Audiobook Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Audiobook Review: A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Posted by on 03/31/2015 • 14 Comments

As you’ve probably noticed, I am a sucker for retellings. They are very hit or miss with me, but I really enjoyed this one. I listened to the audio of this one, and though it took a while to get used to the narrator, it was a good story. I loved the twist on the retelling of Sleeping Beauty. I thought it was fabulous where the author took the story of after she wakes up. And it’s not to her beloved prince like in the original. It is one hundred years after she has fallen asleep from her curse, and it’s not a happily ever after. The King and Queen are awful and only want to use her for their needs. The prince, Rodric, is only doing what he is…

Audiobook Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Audiobook Review: Burying Water by K.A. Tucker

Posted by on 12/09/2014 • 8 Comments

Books about loss of memory are always intriguing to me. I also love a contemporary that sounds like it will be all sorts of emotional. This book delivered well for the most part. The thing that turned me off was the infidelity. I don’t ever think it’s okay no matter what. Yes, her husband was a cheating bastard first, but it doesn’t make it okay for her to do it too. Anyways, putting all of that aside, I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the past is told by Jesse, and the present told by Water and how they finally converge. I did wish for a bit more of an emotional impact, but I think because I was put off by certain things it made it harder for me…

Audiobook Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Audiobook Review: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Posted by on 11/12/2014 • 13 Comments

This was such a fun audiobook to listen to. It was a full cast which really made the book come to life. Not only was it a full cast audio, it also had sound effects and music. Each of the narrators did fabulous at the various characters. This book was fun and a bit creepy. Made more creepy by the audio at certain points. Nobody Owens was such a great character and I loved “reading” about him growing up in the graveyard and how he feels about the world outside the graveyard. He has been raised in the graveyard by ghosts ever since he was a baby and his family was murdered. This was one of the coolest audiobooks I have listened to.

Nobody Owens is a character who goes…