Posts Categorized: Amy Rubinate

Oct 03

Review * Wild Cards by Simone Elkeles

Reviews 3 ★★

Review * Wild Cards by Simone ElkelesWild Cards by Simone Elkeles
Narrated by Amy Rubinate, Kirby Heyborne
Series: Wild Cards #1
Published by Walker Books for Young Readers on October 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Time: 8 Hours 53 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

What I Liked…


Without Derek I’m not sure I would have made it through Wild Cards. He was what every high school wants in a high school boy. He had some humor, some feelings and a whole lot of hotness. He was inappropriate at times, but if you know any teenage boys it doesn’t seem farfetched that he would behave that way.


I was a little put off by by Ashtyn’s sister Brandi at first. She’s a little flighty and she abandoned Ashtyn and her father about 7 years prior. But the more I got to know her the more I liked her, especially because she was so determined to be a good step mom to Derek, only 8 years younger than her.

The Step Relationship

I have a soft spot for step brother & step sister falling in love books. Derek and Ashtyn aren’t step brother & step sister but rather step-nephew and step-aunt, but the concept is just the same, and it worked for me here.

Derek’s Grandma

Derek’s grandma is a bit of a snob and doesn’t have a great history with Derek’s no deceased mom, but I really liked her. She pushed people and encouranged people do things that they were unwilling to do before.

What I Didn’t Like…


Ashtyn rubbed me the wrong way from the beginning. For being a female football player she wasn’t nearly as tough as I thought she would be. Everything about her relationship with her ex boyfriend Landon (??? Seriously, I can’t even remember if his name) irritated me. He was such a asshat and she was all “maybe I just need to give him space”. No, you do not need to give him space, he can’t even congratulate you on being captain. He should have been dumped way sooner.


Guys, I LOVE football. And because I love it I know a lot about it. I’m not overly picky, and I can be forgiving, but there were a few football related things in Wild Cards that drove me nuts. Ashtyn is voted captain of her football team. This is great and all, but there is no way she would be voted the sole captain, not because she is a girl, but because she is a kicker. Plus there are usually multiple captains on a football team, where she could have been one of many, but not just the sole captain.

Ashytn’s Dad

He is the worst kind of parent, the one that doesn’t care. After Ashtyn’s mom left and they got divorced he’s been on autopilot. He doesn’t go to her games. Apparently he does no kind of cooking, ever. There is so much that could have been done with this part of the story, but nothing was. He was just kind of “there” and then some things happened at the end.

Sugar Pie

Worst. Nickname. Ever. And it’s all over the place.

The Narration

I think if I had been reading Wild Cards I probably wouldn’t have been as annoyed by Ashtyn as I was listening to it. The narrator for Ashtyn seemed to be extra whiny. The narrator for Derek was great, except when he said Sugar Pie, it had an excessive drawl to it that I didn’t care for.


If you are looking for a football themed contemporary stick with Catching Jordan. That one is amazing!


Jun 19

Review * The One by Kiera Cass

Reviews 0 ★★★

Review * The One by Kiera CassThe One by Kiera Cass
Narrated by Amy Rubinate
Series: The Selection #3
Published by HarperTeen on May 6, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Time: 7 Hours 25 Minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Also in this series: The Selection
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The Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she entered the competition to become the next princess of Illéa, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspen--and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Now she's made her choice . . . and she's prepared to fight for the future she wants.

Find out who America will choose in The One, the enchanting, beautifully romantic third book in the Selection series!

What I Thought…

  • It was good for what it was, but it wasn’t all that. For those of you not in the know, that’s a quote from Sister Act II, which pretty much sums up this series. If you read the first two and expect the same then you will enjoy The One just fine.
  • To sum some things up: America is still whining, Aspen is still seriously annoying, and Maxon needs to just get on with The Selection.
  • I won’t discuss who she chooses, but I do feel like the epilogue was lacking considering that this series is a romance with a side of dystopian.
  • I knew something was up even back in The Selection about why her name was America, but that didn’t make it any less cringe worthy when all the things started to come together.
  • I did like how The One ended, though I wish the ending and the big showdown had been a bit… bigger I guess, but I’m not surprised that it wasn’t.

Overall, if you’ve read The Selection and The Elite, The One is a must read!