This is my first audiobook review, but it won't be my last. One of my goals for 2014 is to review at least 65% of the books I read, so there'll be some audiobooks in there. My commute is about half an hour on a really good day; it can be upwards of 45-60 minutes during typical rush hours. I log a lot of audiobook hours in traffic!
Audiobook reviews are really hard for me. I so often feel that my opinion of an audiobook gets really heavily flavored by what's going on while I'm listening to it. For instance, in 2011 I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Annie Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer via audiobook.... while painting my kitchen. Ya'll, I detest painting rooms. Especially kitchens! I was huffing and puffing (inhaling paint fumes, of course) moving a very heavy stove and refrigerator and taping and re-taping and priming painting and painting a second layer and putting allllll the really heavy appliances back into place while I was listening to the book. I was just generally irritable because I'm one of those people who really prefers to have their house in nice, clean order at all times and my kitchen was a wreck for three days.... And I gave the book a double thumbs down. I know!! I'm a horrible horrible horrible person. I re-read the book in physical book form two years later and loved it. It's a great work of literature. I'm so sorry Ms. Barrows and Ms. Shaffer!!!
All that to say that you really probably shouldn't completely rely on my audiobook reviews. You might have a totally different experience. But here we go anyway...
Awakened is book 8 of the House of Night series. I've been binge-listening to these back to back in my car, so I'm a little fuzzy sometimes on where one left off and the next began plot-wise. This is the review I posted to Goodreads, and it applies to the series as a whole:
"This series is like junk food. Like Lucky Charms cereal for the mind. So unhealthy. So saccharine. A random mixed bag of characters. Some of the books leave you feeling slightly sick... definitely regretful. But I keep going back to the drama circus. Why? No clue. On to Destined..."
So rest assured, good reader: I won't be posting reviews of each of the twelve or so books in this series!