15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of Readers

Are you a YA fan who wants to check out some audiobooks on Hoopla, Libby, Scribd or Audible that feels completely overwhelmed by HOW VAST THE SELECTION IS? Well, here’s fifteen young adult audiobooks you might want to give a shot from many different genres as they might fit the bill for what you are looking for.

Are you a YA fan who wants to check out some audiobooks on Hoopla, Libby, Scribd or Audible that feels completely overwhelmed by HOW VAST THE SELECTION IS? Well, here's fifteen young adult audiobooks you might want to give a shot from many different genres as they might fit the bill for what you are looking for.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersA Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi
Also by this author: The Star-Touched Queen
Narrator: Priya Ayyar
Length: 13 Hours 45 Minutes
Published by St. Martin's Press on March 28, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, General
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781250085504
Goodreads
five-stars

Contains an extended excerpt from The Gilded Wolves.From the author of The Star-Touched Queen comes a beautiful lush fantasy, Roshani Chokshi's A Crown of Wishes.

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

What Did I Think Of A Crown Of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi?

I think there’s something so evocative and lush about Chokshi’s writing. Her second book A Crown Of Wishes is a companion to The Star-Touched Queen. This book stars Gauri and Vikram – who are from neighboring kingdoms that aren’t exactly BFFs. It features one of my favorite tropes – where two enemies have to team up to get what they want. There’s a competition called the Tournament of Wishes. The winner gets a wish, right. So, Gauri is up for the tournament. Meanwhile, the relationship between the two goes from hate to love, but super slow. As you all know, I am a huge fan of the slow burns.

On the whole, Chokshi’s book is beautifully written. I think that it solidifies that I expect everything she writes to be amazing. Chokshi is brimming with talent. And man, can she write the heck out of a hate to love romance. If you have not yet read anything by Chokshi, change your life. She’s got like three YA books out and I think two MG? I don’t know. There’s a few to pick from though. Myself, I am eager to begin the copy of The Gilded Wolves I have at home (thanks library!).

How’s The Narration?

So, I borrowed this audiobook via Hoopla. However, I know a bunch of books disappeared off of Hoopla, so I actually cannot guarantee this one is still on there. Anyways, the audiobook of A Crown Of Wishes is narrated by Priya Ayyar. It is 13 hours and 46 minutes long. Of course I cannot abide listening at the normal 1X speed, so I did listen to this sped up. I liked Ayyar’s narration, she has a lovely voice. She never sounds overwrought or too slow or boring. I didn’t feel like my attention was all over the place with this audiobook. Eventually, I would like to re-read via physical book in the future though.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersWant by Cindy Pon
Series: Want #1
Narrator: Jason Yeh
Length: 9 Hours 9 Minutes
Published by Simon and Schuster on June 13, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Romance, Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9781481489249
Goodreads
three-stars

“Fresh, compelling—and timely.” —Veronica Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Carve the Mark and the Divergent series “Vividly conjured…positively chilling.” —The New York Times “Spectacular.” —Buzzfeed

Set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, a group of teens risk everything to save their city in this thrilling novel from critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

What Did I Think Of Want by Cindy Pon?

Years ago, I read the short story anthology Diverse Energies, where one of the stories basically was the precursor to Pon’s Want. I am really glad she took that story and really expanded upon it to write Want. Like, it was set in such an interesting world. Basically it is kind of a dystopia. The air is hard to breathe. People all over are sick. The very rich own these suits that filter the air. The main character Jason Zhou infiltrates the wealthy society with hopes of making things more fair and equitable for everyone. Along the way, he ends up catching feelings for a girl. Turns out that girl is the daughter of the billionaire who basically invented the suits.

I am glad I read this book! It really does do a fantastic job to expand upon the storyline of Pon’s short story. I think the cast of characters is brilliant. One of my favorite tropes is when a group of people band together to overcome oppression. Jason has got some great friends and well, they do have a pretty solid plan. I can appreciate just how much work goes into their plan and rebellion I guess.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Want by Cindy Pon is narrated by Roger Yeh. It is only 9 hours and 9 minutes long. I think that it is a pretty thrilling audiobook. Yeh does a superb job narrating Jason’s story. It’s my first time listening to a book that Yeh has narrated but I am sure it won’t be the last. Overall, this is a good listen if you’re looking for a quick diverse speculative fiction audiobook.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersForest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao
Series: Rise Of The Empress #1
Narrator: Kim Mai Guest
Length: 13 Hours 22 Minutes
Published by Penguin on 2017
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9781524738297
Goodreads
three-half-stars

The Wrath and the Dawn meets Snow White and the Huntsman in this dark and mystical East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress.

"A richly developed fantasy world . . . Julie C. Dao is a talent to watch."--Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her.

Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high? Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with both breathtaking pain and beauty, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns possesses all the hallmarks of masterful fantasy: dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and a world that hangs in the balance. Fans of Heartless, Stealing Snow, and Red Queen will devour this stunning debut.

Praise for Forest of a Thousand LanternsA Junior Library Guild Selection

"A richly developed fantasy world coupled with an ambitious anti-heroine of complex agency, this story shines and surprises at every turn. Julie C. Dao is a talent to watch."--Marie Lu, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Young Elites


★ "A masterful reimagining of the early life of Snow White's Evil Queen."--Booklist, starred review


★ "Lushly written . . . tantalizing reading."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Rich in detail and full of gore and blood, this dark novel will satisfy 'Game of Thrones' fans."--School Library Journal"A stunning reimagining of the Evil Queen. Filled with treacherous courtesans, dark magic, terrible choices, and bloody hearts, Julie Dao's exquisite take on this classic villain rises far above the average retelling."--Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval"Magnetic, seductive, and alluring, Dao's Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is a lush, captivating read about desire and the lengths to which we will go to find our true destiny."--S. Jae-Jones, New York Times bestselling author of Wintersong

What Did I Think Of Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao?

Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao is based on an interesting concept. Basically it is a retelling of The Evil Queen. So like, it’s set in East Asia. There’s this very beautiful girl who is a peasant. Her name is Xifeng and while she comes from humble beginnings, she has a great destiny. She is destined to be empress. Only to get there, she has to give in to her internal darkness.

Talk about some inner conflict, yeah? But like, is it worth it? She has to eat literal hearts of dead people to have power. Anyways, this book is pretty decent. My attention did wander from time to time, but I’ll clarify why in talking about the narration. I do think the world building is exactly on point. Still, I wasn’t invested in the romance at all. I did like the ending though. Also, I probably won’t return to check out the sequel via audiobook.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Forest Of A Thousand Lanterns is narrated by Kim Mai Guest. It is 13 hours and 23 minutes long. I think Guest is a fine narrator. However, for this audiobook, her reading just felt SO SLOW. Even listening at 2x. I don’t know. It’s just a personal quirk. My attention kept wandering and it was kind of hard for me to be invested or really care. I think that if you don’t need books read in a speedy manner, you will like this audiobook much more than I did. If I do read the sequel, it will not be via audio.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersFatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, Deborah Hopkinson
Also by this author: Hideous Love, A Northern Light, Revolution, Waterfire Saga, Book One: Deep Blue, These Shallow Graves, A Long Walk to Water
Narrator: Heather Wilds, Ann Marie Lee, full cast
Length: 12 Hours 24 Minutes
Published by Random House Children's Books on May 1, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Girls & Women, Historical, Medieval, Biographical
Pages: 416
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
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ISBN: 9781524716219
Goodreads
four-stars

Perfect for anyone fascinated by the Royal Wedding, Netflix's The Crown, or Wolf Hall, this is a pitch-perfect reimagining of the romance and tragedy of Henry VIII and his six wives, told from multiple points of view by some of your favorite authors.

If you were one of King Henry VIII's six wives, who would you be? Would you be Anne Boleyn, who literally lost her head? Would you be the subject of rumor and scandal like Catherine Howard? Or would you get away and survive like Anna of Cleves?

Meet them and Henry's other queens--each bound for divorce or death--in this epic and thrilling novel that reads like fantasy but really happened. Watch spellbound as each of these women attempts to survive their unpredictable king as he grows more and more obsessed with producing a male heir. And discover how the power-hungry court fanned the flames of Henry's passions . . . and his most horrible impulses.

Whether you're a huge fan of all things Tudor or new to this jaw-dropping saga, you won't be able to get the unique voices of Henry and his wives--all brought to life by seven award-winning and bestselling authors--out of your head.

This is an intimate look at the royals during one of the most treacherous times in history. Who will you root for and who will you love to hate?

ONE OF THE NYPL TOP TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR

"Ambitious and exciting." --Bustle

"A clever, feminist reimagining of one of English history's most fascinating moments." --Refinery29

"These stories of love, lust, power and intrigue never fail to fascinate." --Shelf Awareness, Starred Review

Who's Who:

M. T. Anderson - Henry VIIICandace Fleming - Katharine of Aragon, wife #1Stephanie Hemphill - Anne Boleyn, wife #2Lisa Ann Sandell - Jane Seymour, wife #3Jennifer Donnelly - Anna of Cleves, wife #4Linda Sue Park - Catherine Howard, wife #5Deborah Hopkinson - Kateryn Parr, wife #6

What Did I Think of Fatal Throne: The Wives Of Henry VIII Tell All by M.T. Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park, and Deborah Hopkinson?

I feel like I have seen Fatal Throne: The Wives Of Henry VIII Tell All by MT Anderson, Candace Fleming, Stephanie Hemphill, Lisa Ann Sandell, Jennifer Donnelly, Linda Sue Park and Deborah Hopkinson get mixed reviews. From my perspective, I really enjoyed this book. There were things about it that made me uncomfortable. However, I also think that is kind of the point. Like, I should be incredibly uncomfortable reading about Kitty Howard and how she’s trying to use her body to please Henry VIII.

For me, this book was a unique experience. I liked that different authors took on the five queens whom Henry was married to, as well as Henry and his daughter Elizabeth. My favorite perspective was from Catherine of Aragon – because I just felt so much empathy for her with regards to her pain from miscarrying so many times. I also did like reading Anne Boleyn’s perspective as well. I barely cared about Henry.

If you’re looking for a deep dive into the lives of these queens, you won’t get it with this book. It is just too short to really explore EVERYTHING about the queens. However, if you want a quick overview of the juicy bits, you will hopefully walk away pleased. I do think that the audiobook format lends itself well to this story.

How’s The Narration?

Just as the book itself has multiple authors, the audiobook of Fatal Throne has multiple narrators. The audiobook is narrated by Jayne Entwistle, Justine Eyre, Fiona Hardingham, Elliot Hill, Elizabeth Knowelden, Ann Marie Lee, Katharine McEwan, and Heather Wilds. It is 12 hours and 24 minutes. I think that the multiple narrators factors into keeping from confusing the queens with each other. I didn’t really care much for Elliot Hill’s narration, but that is because he’s Henry and Henry is the WORST, so maybe that was a factor? Regardless, give the audiobook a chance – it really genuinely is well narrated and pretty stellar caliber.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersFrostblood by Elly Blake
Length: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
on January 10, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Epic, Romance, Social Themes, Prejudice & Racism, Violence
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780316273268
Goodreads
four-stars

This New York Times bestseller is perfect for fans of Red Queen. An "enchanting and fast-paced debut" that "lights up the page with magic, romance, and action."Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a Fireblood who has concealed her powers of heat and flame from the cruel Frostblood ruling class her entire life. But when her mother is killed trying to protect her, and rebel Frostbloods demand her help to overthrow their bloodthirsty king, she agrees to come out of hiding, desperate to have her revenge.Despite her unpredictable abilities, Ruby trains with the rebels and the infuriating--yet irresistible--Arcus, who seems to think of her as nothing more than a weapon. But before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to compete in the king's tournaments that pit Fireblood prisoners against Frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her--and from the icy young man she has come to love.Vivid and compelling, Frostblood is first in an exhilarating series, followed by Fireblood and Nightblood, about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies...but together create a power that could change everything.

What Did I Think Of Frostblood by Elly Blake?

Frostblood by Elly Blake has such a gorgeous cover – which aside from the blurb is what really drew me to this book. You see, the blurb talks about how the reign of ice must end. As someone who is perpetually cold, that spoke to me in a kind of deep way. Anyways, this book is about and from the point of view of a seventeen year old girl named Ruby who is special. In a kingdom of people who use ice for their magic and to control, Ruby has magic that is heat and fire related. She has kept it secret though because obviously she would be persecuted if she let that secret out.

So, okay, her mom dies protecting her and that sets off this chain of events that will bring Ruby all the way to the king. Meanwhile, there’s a bit of romance. AND THE ENDING of this book was just perfect. I was really pleased by what I read and know that at this point I’ll be back for both of the sequels. Ruby’s a great main character. The world building is just the way that I like it. The writing moves along at a great clip. Frostblood is a fantastic read on the whole.

How’s The Narration?

Frostblood‘s audiobook is narrated by Jennifer English. It is 8 hours and 30 minutes long. I borrowed it via Libby which of course is always a great life choice. Anyways, I think English does a SUPERB job. Like, I am at zero complaints over here. It is at the point where I am looking forward to listening to the next book. If you’re into fantasy audiobooks, give this one a shot. It’s worth your Libby borrow or Audible credit.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersSong of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #1
Length: 9 Hours 33 Minutes
Published by St. Martin's Press on May 1, 2018
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy, Historical, Romantic
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9781250148087
Goodreads
four-stars

A TIME Magazine Best Fantasy Book of 2018"Wonderful characters, unique setting, and an engaging romance set against the backdrop of ancient magic. I can't wait to see what L. Penelope will do next."--Ilona Andrews, #1 New York Times bestselling author

L. Penelope's Song of Blood & Stone is a treacherous, thrilling, epic fantasy about an outcast drawn into a war between two powerful rulers.

Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. Jasminda herself is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive--an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.

Jack's mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagrimar is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by the healing Song of a mysterious young woman. Now he must do whatever it takes to save Elsira and its people from the True Father and he needs Jasminda's Earthsong to do it. They escape their vicious captors and together embark on a perilous journey to save the land and to uncover the secrets of the Queen Who Sleeps.

Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation.

The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love and duty to fulfill their destinies and end the war.

"Prepare to be hooked. Song of Blood & Stone is brimming with captivating lore, unique magic, and plot-turns you never saw coming. L. Penelope has written your next fantasy obsession." --Elise Kova, USA Today bestselling author of The Loom Saga

What Did I Think of Song Of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope?

So, okay,  I don’t necessarily think that Song Of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope truly would fall in the young adult audiobook category. HOWEVER, I do think that it does have some pretty massive crossover appeal, hence including it on this list of young adult audiobooks. Song Of Blood & Stone is the first of the Earthsinger Chronicles series. It’s a wildly interesting book about a girl named Jasminda who is an orphan.

She has this gift called earthsinging which helps her to determine if people are lying to her or not, among other things. Anyways, the tax man comes knocking and Jasminda gets drawn into this war. On the whole, this is a pretty superb audiobook and I find myself interested in what comes next. I thought that the magic in this book seemed cool. And yes, magic does have to seem cool for me to be interested. Jasminda is someone I care about and felt invested in as a reader. L. Penelope certainly has got talent.

How Is The Narration?

The audiobook of Song Of Blood & Stone is narrated by Allyson Johnson. It is 9 hours and 34 minutes long. For an adult book that works as a crossover, I feel like the audiobook is pretty short. I liked listening to this audiobook. Sometimes my attention wandered, I just have a lot on my mind. But when I was completely tuned in, it was very enjoyable. Johnson has a relaxing sounding voice. It is devoid of annoying tones. So, a good audiobook if you just need to relax and want some solid fantasy to listen to.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersInvictus by Ryan Graudin
Length: 13 Hours 46 Minutes
on September 26, 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Time Travel, Action & Adventure, Historical, Ancient Civilizations, Exploration & Discovery, Social Themes, Emotions & Feelings, Friendship
Pages: 464
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780316503136
Goodreads
three-stars

A heart-stopping adventure that defies time and space--New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu calls it "an incredibly intricate, brilliantly paced, masterfully written journey."Farway Gaius McCarthy was born outside of time. The son of a time traveler from 2354 AD and a gladiator living in ancient Rome, Far's very existence defies the laws of nature. All he's ever wanted was to explore history for himself, but after failing his entrance exam into the government program, Far will have to settle for a position on the black market-captaining a time-traveling crew to steal valuables from the past.During a routine heist on the sinking Titanic, Far meets a mysterious girl named Eliot who always seems to be one step ahead of him. Eliot has secrets-big ones-that will affect Far's life from beginning to end. Armed with the knowledge that history is not as steady as it seems, she will lead Far and his team on a race through time to set things right before the clock runs out.

What Did I Think Of Invictus by Ryan Graudin?

I was not really sure what to expect out of Invictus by Ryan Graudin. I went into the book pretty unaware. Like, I did not actually realize it was a time travel book when I started it. So, the book begins on this really action packed foot. Basically this woman is in Rome and there are gladiators. She’s about to go into labor. She ends up having a son, Faraway, only she has him outside of time basically. Then the book skips ahead and Far is a teenager who is about to try to become a certified time traveler.

Only his test goes wrong. He gets an offer from a shady sort to hijack artifacts. Far takes up the shady guy on his offer and has his best friends join the crew. When they go to the Titanic to grab something, there’s a person who should not be there. This person, Elliott, is the key to a bigger mystery. On the whole this book is rather intense. There’s so much action and it never really lets up. In addition, we also get to see a lot of romance. I found that pleasing. However, I am really coming to the realization that very few time travel books are my wheelhouse, and well, Invictus, was not 100% my wheelhouse.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Invictus by Ryan Graudin is narrated by Maxwell Hamilton. It is 13 hours and 46 minutes long. I’ll admit that at moments, I FELT the length of this audiobook. It feels long. I do think that Hamilton is a pretty appropriate narrator given how much of the book revolves around Far. I do wish the parts revolving around Priya and Elliot were narrated by women. Still, this is a decent audiobook with good production values. Time travel fanatics should be pleased at least. It’s a good bang for your buck too.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersGrim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd
Length: 12 Hours 16 Minutes
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on October 2, 2018
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Adaptations, Action & Adventure, Wizards & Witches, Contemporary, People & Places, Europe, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook, ARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9781328809629
Goodreads
three-stars

"A magical dash through the streets of Paris. Part caper, part fairy tale, part opulent witch society, you'll be swept away by all of it. GRIM LOVELIES absolutely dazzles." —Kendare Blake, #1 NYT bestselling author of the Three Dark Crowns series

“A darkly enchanting saga…bound to attract fans of Leigh Bardugo, Holly Black, and more.” Entertainment Weekly


“I lost myself in this magical book.” Stephanie Garber, New York Times bestselling author of Caraval and Legendary

  Seventeen-year-old Anouk envies the human world, where people known as Pretties lavish themselves in fast cars, high fashion, and have the freedom to fall in love. But Anouk can never have those things, because she is not really human. Enchanted from animal to human girl and forbidden to venture beyond her familiar Parisian prison, Anouk is a Beastie: destined for a life surrounded by dust bunnies and cinders serving Mada Vittora, the evil witch who spelled her into existence. That is, until one day she finds her mistress murdered in a pool of blood—and Anouk is accused of the crime.   Now, the world she always dreamed of is rife with danger. Pursued through Paris by the underground magical society known as the Haute, Anouk and her fellow Beasties only have three days to find the real killer before the spell keeping them human fades away. If they fail, they will lose the only lives they’ve ever known…but if they succeed, they could be more powerful than anyone ever bargained for.   From New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd, Grim Lovelies is the glittering first book in a new, epic YA fantasy series. Prepare to be spellbound by the world of Grim Lovelies, where secrets have been long buried, friends can become enemies, and everything—especially humanity—comes at a price.

What Did I Think Of Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd?

Grim Lovelies by Megan Shepherd has an incredible cover and a pretty incredible concept. Set in Paris, it is about Anouk who is a Beastie. That means she was an animal but then she has been enchanted by a witch to be human. She wants more, she wants to explore the world beyond the confines of the Parisian world she shares with four other Beasties. She just may get her wish when the witch that she lives with is brutally murdered. I mean, she’s allowed to leave. Only the enchantment that keeps her human only has a couple days and then if she doesn’t get someone to re do the spell, she turns back into an animal.

Okay, so I really wanted to love this book. It is set in Paris, there’s magic, and an animal element. Plus kind of a multiple characters coming together to solve a mystery element. Only, I didn’t. I guess there’s a few things I found jarring. First of which being that there’s some modern technology here. I guess that’s my fault in that I was expecting like old world fantasy. Not modern day fantasy. I guess when I say old world, I mean like Moulin Rouge era Paris. Not 2019 era Paris.

So, every time there’s talk about cell phones and cars, I sort of felt jarred out of the story. That is my own personal quirk though, so if you read this book you won’t walk in with that expectation. Second of all, I did have trouble keeping track of all the characters. However, I could easily chalk that up to listening to the audiobook and not reading the physical book, so that is totally normal. I also didn’t really feel all that invested in Anouk, but again, that’s just a me thing, I think.

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How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Grim Lovelies is narrated by Gabrielle Baker. It is 12 hours and 16 minutes long and produced by Tantor. It’s an okay audiobook. I’ve never listened to Baker before, but was not at all bothered by her narration. She’s got a pretty old world, classy kind of voice HENCE WHY I WAS JARRED by the modern technology. Again, this is totally a me quirk and not at all a reflection on the book. I think that I’d probably pursue more audiobooks narrated by Baker, however. On the whole, not a bad listen at all. I will, however, give the caveat that I listened to this at a very sped up rate because it was due in a matter of days and all these other library audiobook holds were coming in, so that 100% did impact my view of this book and audiobook.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersTwo Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus
Narrator: Sophie Amoss, Kirby Heyborne
Length: 10 Hours 6 Minutes
Published by Random House Children's Books on January 8, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Mysteries & Detective Stories, Social Themes, Friendship, Thrillers & Suspense
Pages: 336
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9781524714727
Goodreads
three-half-stars

"A must-read YA thriller" (Bustle) from the New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying!

Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery's never been there, but she's heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it's hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she's in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous--and most people aren't good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it's safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

Praise for Two Can Keep a Secret 2 STARRED REVIEWS!

"Tightly knit and well-placed plot elements...keep pages turning until the revelation of the murderer's identity and motivations, as well as some other secrets that turn out satisfyingly well." --Bulletin

"[A] twisted mystery...[that will have readers] speeding their way to the end."-Booklist

Praise for Karen M. McManus's One of Us Is LyingA New York Times BestsellerAn EW.com Best YA Book of the Year A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year

"Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club....so make room for One of Us Is Lying in your bags, because this is one carry-on you won't want to put down." --EW.com

"You'll tear through this juicy, super-fun (if murder can ever be fun?) thriller." --Bustle

"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end." --Popcrush

"This is no ordinary whodunit...surprising and relevant."--USA Today

What Did I Think Of Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus?

Two Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus is a fun follow up to One Of Us Is Lying. This book follows the dual narration of Ellery and Malcolm. Ellery is a girl who is new to Echo Ridge. She moved there with her brother after their mother is basically in rehab. Meanwhile, Malcolm is Echo Ridge born and raised. Previously there were some murders around the homecoming queen. Malcolm’s brother was under suspicion and so, his family lives under that cloud. Meanwhile, Ellery is obsessed with true crime but somehow gets nominated to homecoming court.

So, okay, putting on my adult hat, I found myself wondering why the town didn’t just cancel homecoming given the penchant the event has for murder. Granted, a character responds to that question that if they do, the killer wins. Which, lol, what? No, if you cancel, no one gets killed. So, if you have adult logic, parts of Two Can Keep A Secret may not work for you. Otherwise, yeah, it works for me when it comes to suspense. It’s not really gory. The pace is fast. The two main characters are interesting and people I was okay being invested in.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Two  Can Keep A Secret by Karen McManus is narrated by Sophie Amoss and Kirby Heyborne. It is 10 hours and 6 minutes long. Honestly, Sophie’s voice reminded me a lot of Emma Galvin which is not something I would ever complain about. She has a wonderful style of narrating. Meanwhile, Heyborne is a narrator I have long been familiar with and I enjoyed his narration as well. This was 100% worth the borrow and I’d say is a good use of an Audible credit as well. If you’re an audiobook beginner, both of Karen McManus’s books are good listens and easy to follow.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersBeasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
Series: Beasts Made Of Night #1
Narrator: Prentice Onayemi
Length: 9 Hours 17 Minutes
Published by Penguin on 2017
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Action & Adventure, Survival Stories, Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Social Themes, New Experience
Pages: 298
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780448493909
Goodreads
three-stars

..".The beginning of a great saga..." --NPR.org

"This compelling Nigerian-influenced fantasy has a wonderfully unique premise and lush, brilliant worldbuilding that will consume you until the last page."--Buzzfeed

..".Unforgettable in its darkness, inequality, and magic." --VOYA, Starred Review

..".A paean to an emerging black legend."--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Black Panther meets Nnedi Okorafor's Akata Witch in Beasts Made of Night, the first book in an epic fantasy duology.

In the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts--lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt. Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj's livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a member of the royal family, he's suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves--and his own life.

Debut author Tochi Onyebuchi delivers an unforgettable series opener that powerfully explores the true meaning of justice and guilt. Packed with dark magic and thrilling action, Beasts Made of Night is a gritty Nigerian-influenced fantasy perfect for fans of Paolo Bacigalupi and Nnedi Okorafor.

iBooks Most Anticipated YA Books of the Fall io9's All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Keep On Your Radar This FallBuzzFeed's 22 YA Novels You'll Want To Read From Cover To Cover This FallA 2017 BookExpo Buzz BookA Junior Library Guild Selection

What Did I Think Of Beasts Made Of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi?

Beasts Made Of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi is actually a pretty intriguing audiobook based upon a fantastic premise. Basically it stars Taj who is an aki meaning he eats sins and gets paid for it. It is his goal to be able to support his family through this endeavor. It sounds easy enough right? Wrong. So, if you eat a sin, your skin becomes tattooed as a result and you have to live through the sin in your mind. It is a process that drives many to madness. Taj wants to help his family though and he’s young and thinks that he is invisible. Unfortunately, he is about to get caught up in some treachery involving the Royals and his land of Kos and the girl he loves.

Well, the world building in Beasts Made Of Night is excellent. I thought the concept of sin eating was very well done. It is magic with consequences — which is something I enjoy when reading fantasy books. I really felt a strong sense of place and magic while reading this book.

As for the romance, I’ll admit I was not very invested. I cared more about Taj and his family dynamic. And it did seem like it took awhile to get to the point with the royals, the princess, and the romance. But yeah, I am old and boring so maybe that is why I cared about the family more.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Beasts Made Of Night is narrated by Prentice Onayemi. It is nine hours and seventeen minutes long. It goes by quick though. I thought Onayemi really brings the story and Kos to life. The audiobook made Onyebuchi’s debut feel like a much more immersive experience. I especially liked the accent Onayemi added. It felt quite authentic. In all, if you’re going to read this story, go for the audiobook version.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersImpostors by Scott Westerfeld
Also by this author: Afterworlds, Afterworlds
Series: Impostors #1
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Length: 8 Hours 40 Minutes
Published by Scholastic Inc. on September 11, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Social Themes, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Pages: 416
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9781338151534
Goodreads
four-stars

Frey and Rafi are inseparable . . . two edges of the same knife. But only one of them is ever seen in public.

Frey is Rafi's twin sister-and her body double. Their powerful father has many enemies, and the world has grown dangerous as the old order falls apart. So while Rafi was raised to be the perfect daughter, Frey has been taught to kill. Her only purpose is to protect her sister, to sacrifice herself for Rafi if she must.

When her father sends Frey in Rafi's place as collateral in a precarious deal, she becomes the perfect impostor. But Col, the son of a rival leader, is getting close enough to spot the killer inside her . . . .

What Did I Think Of Impostors by Scott Westerfeld?

Impostors by Scott Westerfeld is basically a sci-fi/dystopian book set in the world of Uglies. Friends, I have only read the first book in that Uglies series. There’s a reference or two to Tally and maybe a few other references that just flew under my radar? Anyways, I felt mostly comfortable in this world, in that I wasn’t super confused about what was going on. I did not feel as though I needed that solid background of the previous series.

Impostors follows Frey who is a twin to Rafi. Frey basically can fight very well and Rafi is charming. Frey’s been raised as a body double to Rafi and to protect Rafi. The two are very close. Unfortunately, Frey ends up going in Rafi’s place to be part of a deal. No big deal though because everyone thinks Frey is Rafi.

EXCEPT that this guy, Col, who is the son of like the opposition is starting to figure things out and things are clicking into place for him. The story, FYI is kind of high octane. There’s so much action and I feel like if I give even a piece away that would be unfair to you. Overall, this book is enjoyable and I feel like I am going to be back for the sequel. Assuming there is a sequel, based on the ending that is what my guess would be.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Impostors is narrated by Therese Plummer. If you’ve listened to Plummer before, you know what to expect. She has a wonderful voice for narrating and just really nails the characters and story. The audiobook is 8 hours and 40 minutes long. It is still currently available via Hoopla, but who knows how long that will last. So, I’d say give the audiobook a shot if you can because it is a fairly compelling action packed listen.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersLovely War by Julie Berry
Also by this author: Secondhand Charm, All the Truth That's in Me, The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, The Passion of Dolssa
Narrator: Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, Julie Berry, Various
Length: 12 Hours 57 Minutes
Published by Penguin on March 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Greek & Roman, Romance, Historical, War & Military
Pages: 480
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780451469939
Goodreads
five-stars

Read the novel New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Kate Quinn called "easily one of the best novels I have read all year!" A sweeping, multi-layered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates--and the hearts--of four mortals in their hands.

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.

Author Julie Berry's critically-acclaimed writing has been called "haunting and unforgettable" by New York Times bestselling author of Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys and "utterly original and instantly engrossing" by Publishers Weekly.

What Did I Think Of Lovely War by Julie Berry?

Lovely War by Julie Berry is a gorgeous book. I think that at this point it is going to be one of my top books of 2019. It is so beautifully written and also quite unique. I am just obsessed with this book. You can’t help but FALL for it, and fall hard. Maybe that is Aphrodite at work? Regardless, I am just here today to push, push, push this book at you — if you’re similar in taste to me at all.

Lovely War is set in 1917 in Europe during The Great War, World War I. The story is framed by a trial conducted by Greek gods. You see, Aphrodite has been caught in a hotel room with Ares by her husband Hephaestus. So, Aphrodite stands trial and begins to tell a story of love set against the machines of war. Aphrodite’s story is the story of Hazel and James – a young pianist and an architect from England who meet at a dance just before James goes to the front.

Intersecting with the story of Hazel and James is that of Colette and Aubrey. Aubrey is a musician who has played in places of renown. He’s also a member of an all Black regiment, the famed Harlem Hellfighters (fyi that history is fascinating). Colette is Belgian and well, has been through a lot thanks to the Germans. She’s a singer. Her connection with Aubrey is just spectacular. And so, this book follows love and war and I can’t say more except that IT IS PERFECT.

How’s The Narration?

Honestly, I think that the audiobook of Lovely War is a masterpiece. It is SO well narrated. Normally when there’s several narrators, there ends up being one person where I am like, ugh I don’t like you, let’s get on to the next person. In this case, I just thoroughly enjoyed my time with every narrator. The audiobook of Lovely War is narrated by a full cast including Jayne Entwistle, Allan Corduner, John Lee, Dion Graham, Nathaniel Parker, Steve West and Julie Berry. It also has original music which ADDS to the story not detracts. I think that anyone who is new to audiobooks should try this one because it is flawless. I just have nothing but positive things to say. Listen to it now. Or if you’ve already read Lovely War, reread by listening to the audiobook.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersThe Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
Length: 7 Hours 26 Minutes
Published by HarperCollins on March 1, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Humorous, Black Comedy, Social Themes, Dating & Sex, Bullying
Pages: 352
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780062393999
Goodreads
four-stars

Mean Girls meets Life of Pi in this darkly humorous, compulsively readable teen novel that’s perfect for fans of Libba Bray and Andrew Smith. A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Parks's irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances. 

Some people might say that Denver has a death wish. Why else would she dare to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who is she to question this miracle of fate?

Well, that isn’t the only surprise fate has in store.

During the party a tsunami hits the coast of California, and Denver and a handful of others escape death and are swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways is none other than her ex-BFF, Abigail, who can barely stand the sight of her.

Trapped on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first—dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

What Did I Think Of The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks?

The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks is a book that I listened to FOREVER AGO. Like, back when Hoopla still had the good Harper Teen audiobooks (pour one out for no longer having that subscription plan at my library). Anyways, I feel like The Lifeboat Clique made enough of an impression that I want to review it today and talk about this wonderfully weird audiobook.

Many moons ago, I read Life Of Pi, because there was a period of my life when I was pretentious and wanted to read all the books that were recognized for being super deep. Anyways, I liked Life Of Pi, and found myself looking forward to The Lifeboat Clique because it was described as being Life of Pi meets Mean Girls. I am HERE for that.

So, Kathy Parks’ The Lifeboat Clique follows this girl named Denver who has horrendous luck. You see, she goes to this beach house party even though her former best friend turned worst enemy Abigail was going to be there, because she wants to meet up with a boy named Croix. Unfortunately the party gets hit by a tsunami and almost everyone dies except Denver and a few other popular kids who go to the roof. They all escape in a lifeboat. Soon though, some more people die. Denver and the other teens she ends up with are adrift and running low on food and supplies. Also, Abigail is on the same boat and she just may end up killing Denver.

This was such a strange, weird, compelling book. I liked it though. I am a reader who is ALWAYS down for drama and cliques. Plus there’s the survivalist element. It has been awhile so I can’t really tell you all the juicy details. Just know I liked it for how weird and different and unique it was. I think readers will go either way with this book.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of The Lifeboat Clique is narrated by Allyson Ryan. It is 7 hours and 20 minutes unabridged. This is the kind of audiobook you could listen to very quickly. Ryan does a pretty decent job with her narration, nothing really stuck out as annoying or a dealbreaker to me. I’d recommend if you have the ability to be able to pay attention, to listen to this audiobook. If you think you’re going to tune in and out, maybe read the physical book instead.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersGeek Girl by Holly Smale
Length: 8 Hours 2 Minutes
Published by HarperCollins on July 21, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Social Themes, Friendship, Fashion & Beauty, Romance
Pages: 384
Format: Audiobook, Hardcover
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780062333582
Goodreads
four-stars

Geek + runway = a runaway UK hit! Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious, internationally bestselling series that's perfect for fans of Louise Rennison and the Princess Diaries series.

Harriet Manners is a geek. She always has been, and she thought she always would be—but when she's discovered by a modeling agent, she leaps at the chance to reinvent herself. There's only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Can she transform from geek to chic?

Includes a sneak peek at Geek Girl: Model Misfit!

What Did I Think Of Geek Girl by Holly Smale?

Do you remember that movie from the 1990s/early 2000s called Model Behavior? Justin Timberlake was in it? Anyways, I got some pretty serious Model Behavior vibes from Geek Girl by Holly Smale even though the premise is totally different. The only thing in common is a teenage girl who becomes a model. So, Geek Girl follows Harriet Manners who is a total nerd. She just doesn’t fit right. One day, though, her life changes because she’s spotted by a top agent and offered a chance to be a model. So, Harriet jumps at it and learns to just change herself. Meanwhile, she’s dealing with some friend drama, and some school bully drama.

Okay, so this was such a fun, light sort of read. I did end up actually listening to the next book in the series because it was just such a fun sort of read. Is it a life changer? Absolutely not. But, it gave me enjoyment the whole time I spent with it. I thought Harriet was easy to relate to because she’s vulnerable and socially awkward and oh, boy, have I been there in that socially awkward position. I think too, that as discussion take place about YA and who the audience is, this book kind of fits. It is aimed at the younger YA crowd for sure. I think they would be able to relate to the characteristics Harriet has.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Geek Girl is narrated by Katey Sobey. Sobey is completely new to me. It is 8 hours and 3 minutes long. Given that this is a UK YA book, Sobey narrated with a British accent. I think that can be a little bit hard to understand so this might not be the best book to listen to at 2x speed. It is a good book to listen to that won’t ask a whole lot out of the listener and is compelling. I think I’d recommend it if you want an audiobook to bring you back to those awkward days of early teenhood.

I received this book for free from Library, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

15 YA Audiobooks For All Types Of ReadersSolitaire by Alice Oseman
Length: 9 Hours 15 Minutes
Published by Harper Collins on March 31, 2015
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Social Themes, Friendship, Girls & Women
Pages: 368
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: Library, Publisher
Buy on Amazon
ISBN: 9780062335708
Goodreads
three-stars

In Solitaire, Alice Oseman has brought to life a vivid, clever, and heartfelt portrayal of what it's like to be a teenager today. This stunning debut novel—which the Times (London) called "The Catcher in the Rye for the digital age"—is perfect for fans of Melina Marchetta, Stephen Chbosky, and Rainbow Rowell.

My name is Tori Spring. I like to sleep and I like to blog. Last year—before all that stuff with Charlie and before I had to face the harsh realities of exams and university applications and the fact that one day I really will have to start talking to people—I had friends. Things were very different, I guess, but that's all over now.

Now there's Solitaire. And Michael Holden. I don't know what Solitaire is trying to do, and I don't care about Michael Holden. I really don't.

What Did I Think Of Solitaire by Alice Oseman?

It has been nearly a year since I borrowed the audiobook of Solitaire by Alice Oseman from Hoopla and listened to it. Apparently it did not really make a huge enough impression for me to immediately review and talk about it. Not even to talk about it for almost a whole year. Objectively though, I can say that there’s a lot of appeal to Solitaire and I think it has an audience for sure. I just am not entirely a part of that audience.

So, Solitaire is about this girl named Tori Spring who is super introverted. She’s into sleeping and blogging. That’s about it. Apparently a couple things happened pertaining to her brother Charlie who is going through some serious stuff. This causes Tori to really retreat from her friend group and just isolate herself. Intersecting with this is that at the same time there’s a group of people called Solitaire who are doing pranks at Tori’s school. The pranks are escalating in seriousness. Tori really doesn’t care until this guy Michael Holden kind of convinces her to care (after a lot of trying).

On the whole, I think that for me that plot wasn’t quite what I had expected — at least pace-wise. I do think that this is a very introspective sort of book. It will probably resonate with people who are very introverted and have had close family or friends go through something. It can be hard to witness that and some people deal by numbing or disengaging which if I remember correctly is kind of how Tori deals with all the Charlie stuff.

How’s The Narration?

The audiobook of Solitaire is narrated by Jayne Entwistle. Jayne is quite talented for sure. I mean she does the voice of Tori so well and so sort of subdued and holding back. It feels so authentic. The audiobook is nine hours and fifteen minutes long. It’s not a terrible listen. I think people who are in the thick of adolescence will relate to this more than those of us who are not.

five-stars
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April is 30 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and baby, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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