Posts Categorized: Julia Whelan


May 26

Mini Review * Ruins by Dan Wells

Reviews 3 ★★★★

Mini Review * Ruins by Dan WellsRuins by Dan Wells
Narrated by Julia Whelan
Series: Partials #3
Published by Balzer + Bray on March 11, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: Audiobook
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: Partials
Add to: Goodreads
four-stars
Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.

What I Thought…

  • Ruins jumps right in and gets started and the action doesn’t stop. It was absolutely addicting to listen to.
  • There is a bit of a message in Ruins, but Well’s worked it in nicely and wasn’t preachy about it.
  • I’m a bit miffed that I wasn’t smart enough to figure out the key to the survival of the partials and humans.
  • The Partials series has a love triangle in it and for the first time in my life I didn’t make the right choice. The choice made was not the one I wanted made and it still angers me.
  • There is so much going on in Ruins, but it’s pretty easy to follow. I thought it was a great, if occasionally sappy, ending to the trilogy.

If you’ve read the first two books in the series, Partials and Fragments, or just like a good fast paced dystopian then Ruins is for you!

Kimberly


Jan 28

Review * Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Reviews 20 ★★★★★

Review * Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnGone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Narrated by Julia Whelan, Kirby Heybourne
Published by Crown Publishing on June 5, 2012
Genres: Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 419
Format: Hardcover
Source: Gifted
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five-stars
Marriage can be a real killer.

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn’t do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

With her razor-sharp writing and trademark psychological insight, Gillian Flynn delivers a fast-paced, devilishly dark, and ingeniously plotted thriller that confirms her status as one of the hottest writers around.

 

This is probably going to be one of the poorest reviews I’ve ever written. See, I have SO MANY things to say, but it is all very SPOILERY and I do not want to give a review filled with spoilers. Plus if I gave away the spoilers it would TOTALLY RUIN the book if you haven’t already read it.

It’s also difficult to write this review because there is no way to talk about this book without using the F word. Seriously, this book is so F’ed up and in so many ways. This was our January book club selection and I can’t remember a time when all of us used the F word so much.

Here is what I can tell you about Gone Girl

  • It’s F’ed up.
  • You think you know, but you do not.
  • The beginning starts off a bit slow… DO NOT GIVE UP. I promise you IT WILL BE WORTH IT.
  • The characters were infuriating, but in a good way.
  • I wasn’t happy with the ending and that almost brought it down to 4 stars but then when I thought about it, the ending kind of made sense (in a very twisted way).

Really, you should just read it and decide for yourself. Cause I just can’t say anything without ruining the book, and I won’t do that to my readers.

 

Kimberly