Audible with Andrea…

…Halloween Edition

The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik

I couldn’t wait for the third and final installment in this series. I pre ordered it months ago. I loved the first two. It’s not that I didn’t like this one, I did. It just felt like it was reaching too far and trying to hard to tie everything together and wrap the stories up. Poor El was here and there and everywhere with people pulling at her in all directions. I also thought that Orion being part Mormouth was an easy and obvious out. I do like that every finally banded together to save him for once. Of course he forgave his mom because that’s Orion’s character. I thought that bit was true to him. Although he could used a little of El’s rage before he did. Pairing up with Leisl was unexpected but welcome – El needed some logic to balance her emotion. It took my while to listen through this one. I wish it was as compelling as the first two – it just wasn’t. Maybe my expectations were too high? It all just seemed a bit obvious. Overall still love the series though.

Audible with Andrea…

…A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik.

A Deadly Education: A Novel (The Scholomance, Book 1) (Audible Audio  Edition): Naomi Novik, Anisha Dadia, Random House Audio: Audible Books &  Originals -

I started this before Halloween and finished just after. It was an excellent choice for spooky season, but would be enjoyable any time. I really enjoyed learning more about this magical world. It wasn’t your typical ‘Magic is awesome and great’ type of story. It is more how life is lived in this world ‘You don’t believe in it you know it is real. Like we know car’s are real. That is why it works for you.’ This perspective made total sense to me. This school is a dangerous placed with little instruction or help. You also learn the value of other people from El’s perspective. She starts with no one wanting to be near her to a good core group of people to trust. She helps them and others realize some things about the nature of others and themselves as well. But the best part is the last line of the book. It literally made me say ‘interesting’ out loud. I wont spoil it for you, but it was a good listen. Also, the best narrator so far. She didn’t way over exaggerate the exciting lines or parts and everyone had a slightly different voice but not so different it sounded fake or over the top. It was a good listen and I am excited to start the next book in the series.