Mini AudioBook Reviews: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, City of Savages by Lee Kelly, Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

Posted June 16, 2015 by Melissa in Book Review | 19 Comments

Afterworlds

Mini AudioBook Reviews: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, City of Savages by Lee Kelly, Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickTitle: Afterworlds
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Narrator: Sheetal Sheth, Heather Lind
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: September 23rd 2014
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Thriller, Suspense, Paranormal, Romance
Length: 15 hours and 13 minutes
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|Book Depository
My Rating:

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a smart, thought-provoking novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put down.Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes.

But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love. Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

Book Quote

“What did a happy ending even mean in real life, anyway? In stories you simply said, ‘They lived happily ever after,’ and that was it. But in real life people had to keep on living, day after day, year after year.”

My Thoughts

Afterworlds had so much potential! Two stories built into one…both the story of young YA debut author Darcy and her move to NYC and the story within a story that was her novel about Lizzie and her trips to the Afterworld. Both stories seemed to have great potential…especially Darcy’s…I loved the chance to jump into the shoes of a new author and experience that through her. I really wanted this one to work but sadly it just fell flat for me.

I can find no fault with Westerfeld’s writing but I never fully connected to any of the characters in either story and the plot just seemed to surreal and dreamlike top elicit any real feeling from me. I was mildly entertained and had no trouble finishing the book…but once I did…I just couldn’t figure out what the point of the whole thing really was.

City of Savages

Mini AudioBook Reviews: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, City of Savages by Lee Kelly, Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickTitle: City of Savages
Author: Lee Kelly
Narrator: Cassandra Campbell, Rebecca Lowman, Joy Osmanski
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: February 3rd 2015
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Action, Adventure, Post Apocalyptic
Length: 11 hours and 50 minutes
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|Book Depository
My Rating:

After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller with a dual narrative.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.

Book Quote

“People make choices, and those choices add up to the world we see. Nothing’s random…..nothing’s senseless.”

My Thoughts

City of Savages drew me in right from the synopsis and did not disappoint. It was fast paced…alternating POV’s between teens Phee and Sky and their mother (through her journal entries). I loved all of their voices and even more than that was drawn in immediately to the story of the city.  I wanted to know more about their current world and I was as anxious as the girls were to piece by piece learn the story of how this world had come to be.

Full of action and adventure, heart and courage, and plenty of twists…Kelly won me over in this debut effort.  My only complaint was that we didn’t get even more of the city’s story…I really felt that in a way Manhattan was a living breathing character in this tale and I would have loved it if her story had been fleshed out even more.  Maybe there is room for a sequel???

Black Ice

Mini AudioBook Reviews: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, City of Savages by Lee Kelly, Black Ice by Becca FitzpatrickTitle: Black Ice
Author: Becca Fitzpatrick
Narrator: Jenna Lamia
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: October 7th 2014
Target Audience: Young Adult
Genres: Romance, Thriller, Suspense
Length: 11 hours and 20 minutes
Source: Publisher
Find It: Goodreads
Buy It: Amazon|Book Depository
My Rating:

Danger is hard to resist in this sexy thriller from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.

Brit Pheiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants;but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

Britt is forced to guide the men off the mountain, and knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there and in uncovering this, she may become the killer's next target.

But nothing is as it seems, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

Black Ice is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick's riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous.

Book Quote

“If I had known things would turn out this way, I would have trained harder. I would have learned to take care of myself. But I guess that’s the point, isn’t it? You never know what you’re going to have to face, so you’d better be prepared.”

My Thoughts

I’m really torn about Black Ice.  Part of me enjoyed the ride, the mystery, though I think I figured it out pretty quickly…and the intensity of the “romance”. But then another part of me asks myself…WTH??  Was that even a real romance? Instalove, Stockholm syndrome…maybe…but surely not real love. Eh….  Parts of the story sucked me in and kept me reading…other parts just seemed to drag on forever…how long can we trudge through this snow storm??

I liked Brit from the beginning…strong resourceful, despite being a coddled daddy’s girl…until she started making some really questionable decisions. And from there my interest in the story sort of flip flopped until I crossed the finish line. Strong writing from Fitzpatrick and great descriptives kept me entertained throughout but I was left with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

 

About Lee Kelly

lee kelly

Lee Kelly has wanted to write since she was old enough to hold a pencil, but it wasn’t until she began studying for the California Bar Exam that she conveniently started putting pen to paper. An entertainment lawyer by trade, Lee has practiced law in Los Angeles and New York. She lives with her husband and children in Millburn, New Jersey, though after a decade in Manhattan, she can’t help but still call herself a New Yorker. She is the author of A Criminal Magic and City of Savages.

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19 responses to “Mini AudioBook Reviews: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld, City of Savages by Lee Kelly, Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

  1. Hmm yeah, I’ve heard similar from other people about Afterworld, so I set it aside. I just don’t have the motivation for it. Black Ice … the 3rd book in her Hush, Hush series pissed me way off, so I’ve been hesitant about this one. The romance though … ayayay.
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