Genre: Young Adult

Audio Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Posted November 20, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | | 2 Comments

Audio Review: Everything, Everything by Nicola YoonEverything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Narrator: Bahni Turpin, Robbie Daymond
Published by Penguin Random House Audio on September 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Length: 6 hours, 44 minutes
Source: Library
Audio | Goodreads
four-stars
three-half-flames

Madeline Whittier is allergic to the outside world. So allergic, in fact, that she has never left the house in all of her seventeen years. But when Olly moves in next door, and wants to talk to Maddie, tiny holes start to appear in the protective bubble her mother has built around her. Olly writes his IM address on a piece of paper, shows it at her window, and suddenly, a door opens. But does Maddie dare to step outside her comfort zone?

Everything, Everything is about the thrill and heartbreak that happens when we break out of our shell to do crazy, sometimes death-defying things for love.

 

 
Madeline (Maddy) Whittier has literally lived in a bubble for most of her 17 years, afflicted with a rare disease affecting her immune system. She’s never left her house, living a lonely existence with her mother and nurse, Carla. That is until new neighbors move in next door and high school senior Oliver (Olly) Bright sees her watching them from her window. He shares his IM address and they begin an odd but enchanting online relationship that was destined to develop into so much more.

 
I really enjoyed this story, especially listening to the talented Bahni Turpin’s performance. The writing was cleverly crafted, the characters well designed and the story’s proposition challenging. Is mere existence living and is it worth the risk to experience more, even if it means certain death? Maddy’s evolution from contentment in her sterile environment to a desire to be in the world was deftly presented in a youthful but provocative voice. I loved her reasoning and how her relationship with Olly progressed.

 
I must admit that I considered what ended up being the story’s twist before it was revealed. It still didn’t alter my enjoyment because I found the book delightful. This is a wonderful debut novel.

 

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About Bahni Turpin

Bahni Turpin is an ensemble member of the Cornerstone Theater Company in Los Angeles. She has guest starred in many television series, including NYPD Blue, Law & Order, Six Feet Under, Cold Case, What About Brian, and The Comeback. Her film credits include Brokedown Palace, Crossroads, and Daughters of The Dust. Ms. Turpin won the Odyssey Award for The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. She has also received many AudioFile Earphones Awards for her unforgettable narration, including one for Precious by Sapphire, and for the National Book Award finalist and Oprah Book Club Pick The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. She’s also a member of the cast recording of The Help, which won numerous awards.

About Robbie Daymond

Robbie Daymond is an American actor mostly known for providing voices for cartoons, Japanese anime, audiobooks, and video games. He voices lead character SwaySway in the Nickelodeon cartoon Breadwinners, Blake Myers in the Nick cartoon Get Blake!. He also voices the title character in Marvel’s Spider-Man, which aired on Disney XD in 2017. In anime and video games he voices Tuxedo Mask in the Viz re-dub of Sailor Moon, Mumen Rider in One-Punch Man, Sorey in Tales of Zestiria, Joe Kido in Digimon Adventure tri. and Prompto Argentum in Final Fantasy XV.

About Nicola Yoon

Nicola Yoon is the #1 NYT bestselling author of Everything, Everything, which is now a major motion picture, and The Sun Is Also a Star, a National Book Award finalist, Michael L. Printz Honor Book and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award winner. She grew up in Jamaica and Brooklyn, and lives in Los Angeles with her family.

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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner

Posted November 5, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

Three Lives That Touched Each Other, Will Never Be The Same! I do not normally write reviews for novels I read for school, but after being blown away by Jeff Zentner’s The Serpent King I had to write one to help spread the word about this talented debut author and the amazing story and characters he wrote. Like most books, if I can find it on audio and the narration is good I’ll listen to it. I was happy to find the audio via my library system. The three narrators really brought Zentner’s characters to life. The Serpent King is written in 3rd person with each chapter told through three different characters. Three teenage friends, Dill (narrated by Michael Crouch), Lydia (narrated by Ariadne Meyers),  and Travis […]


Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Arcana Rising by Kresley Cole

Posted October 25, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 2 Comments

         The team of Cole and Galvin continues to deliver mind-blowing stories to my earbuds! The Arcana Chronicles is a unique series and I’m always excited to get my hands on a new installment. I get so wrapped up in the story and the characters that everything else just falls away. Total immersion happens when I listen to Emma Galvin deliver an award winning performance. Arcana Rising brings us one book closer to the series wrapping up (sobs), it also answered some questions from previous books but left enough unanswered that we will have a plate full of goodness when Cole comes back with The Dark Calling in Spring of 2107. And yes it ends with a cliffhanger but if you’re a fan of this series […]


Audio review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Audio review: Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr

Posted October 6, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

       I listened in preparation for NOLA Storycon. There is every reason I would not like Wicked Lovely; it’s young adult. I’m not sure yet if the classification is urban fantasy or paranormal romance since this is the first in the Wicked Lovely series. The first book always has possible world-building issues. There were some but not as many since it is about the fae but Aislinn is not fae and has some misconceptions. There weren’t an overwhelming amount of details for this reason. I learned slowly along with her. I had trouble getting started listening, trying a couple times and couldn’t get going and then, I did. The narrator, Alyssa Bresnahan, must have done well because I was able to focus on the story […]


Day Zero by Kresley Cole

Day Zero by Kresley Cole

Posted August 1, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 1 Comment

    I love the letter at the front of Day Zero from Cole that involves a SPOILER WARNING. She says she cannot deny nor confirm something that fans of the series have been speculating about one of the characters. I won’t say what that is so that I don’t spoil anyone reading this review that has not started the series yet. I just wanted to let you know what Day Zero should not be read as a prequel! I had no idea that Day Zero was a companion guide to the Arcana Chronicles. I thought it was just a novella giving us the story from other characters’ POVs. But it’s both actually. We get info about the major arcana and snippets from some their […]


Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

Posted June 30, 2016 by Anne in Book Review, Giveaway | 12 Comments

    Complex and well-written, The Great Library series could be reread and more details discovered each time. There are bits of humor and romance but this is fantasy, set in history with magic. Books are revered, as they should be. There is a war happening, both political and actual, with a David versus Goliath feel. I really loved getting to know these characters in Ink and Bone, and this continues. They are so important to me; I am so worried about them. The suspense is high with the threat of death constant. Young, smart and capable, Jess and his friends use their talents to the fullest. Their situation is treacherous. Allies are developed which works out …. sometimes. The allies may help, or die, […]


Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Bright Blaze of Magic by Jennifer Estep

Posted May 13, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

     If you ask Lila Merriweather how she spent her summer break, she would tell you that she became a team player, made some friends, has a new boyfriend, and helped take down some bad guys. You know the typical teenager’s summer. Bright Blaze of Magic was a nice wrap up of the Black Blade trilogy by Jennifer Estep.  Lila gets her closer from the past and a has bright looking future with the Sinclair family. Well done Estep! I like that Lila’s story was told in a trilogy, there was no unnecessary over-drawn drama that you get with some long running series. Estep gives you some fun characters, action, mystery and a little violence (I would have liked to see more blood and death but I’m […]


Thrifty Thursday: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Thrifty Thursday: Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Posted April 14, 2016 by Anne in Book Review | 4 Comments

      THE PURPOSE OF THRIFTY THURSDAY IS TO PICK A BOOK WHICH WAS FREE (AT SOME POINT). It’s currently $ 5.99 on Amazon, Nook, and Kobo.   It was free on November 10, 2015. This choice worked on many levels. It was a Kindle freebie and I’m trying to read and review some of my massive collection of those. The author is Jennifer Armentrout. She will be at Nola Storycon so I want to have read some of her books.   Obsidian is a young adult paranormal story.  There are high school kids, aliens and action / adventure. There is even a budding romance.  I liked the characters but wanted more depth. This makes it clear to me why I don’t read young adult very […]