Sep 5, 2012

Quick Audio Reviews: Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter & Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter
June 21st, 2012 from Disney Hyperion

I'm gearing up for the Austin Teen Book Festival and had to catch up with Carter's 2nd series - I'm a Gallagher Girls fan too! Even though I listened to Heist Society in 2010, it was easy to jump right back into the life of teen thief Katrina Bishop. This time around, she is a victim of a con (loved!), and vows to right the major wrong. Her eyes are set on the Cleopatra Emerald and that girl goes all over the world to steal the jewel. I loved the background of the Cleopatra Emerald - is that all fiction? - and her budding relationship with cutie-pie Hale really made the story fly by. I liked this one better than the first! Great series for a middle grader looking for a mystery and adventure....with smarts! 

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Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
May 24th, 2011 from Scholastic

If you listen to just the interview with Bray at the end of this story, it's worth the price you would pay for all X amount of disc. I laughed, I cried, I had to pull over my car...I was just touched by her interview. I really can't explain it. I can sit here and tell you what she has to say, but its worth a listen all on your own. Promise. Now, on to the actual story...BRAVO! 1. Bray narrated the story herself. 2. This girl has range, yo! 3. Full of satire, snarks, quips, and belly laughs. 4. That dang interview that made me pull my car over. The whole thing is full of win. Beauty queens stranded on an island  - nice! Ms. Texas taking charge - even better! One of my top audio picks of the year for sure! 

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