Book Blitz: The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Author: Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
Release Date: October 18, 2017
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
Status: sequel to Dash & Lily's Book of Dares

Summary: New York Times bestselling authors Rachel Cohn and David Levithan are back with a life-affirming Christmas romance starring Dash and Lily.

Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. 

With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December. 

Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.

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About the Authors:
Rachel Cohn is the author of the critically acclaimed YA novels Very LeFreak, You Know Where to Find Me, Cupcake, Shrimp, Gingerbread,and Beta. A graduate of Barnard College, she lives and writes in Los Angeles. Find her online at

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David Levithan is a children’s book editor in New York City and the New York Times bestselling author of several books for young adults, including Another Day, Every Day, Boy Meets Boy, and Will Grayson, Will Grayson (with John Green). In 2016, David was named the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award, given to honor an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. You can learn more about him at
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Audio Adventures: Listening Quirks

Welcome to another edition of Audio Adventures! Today I'm going to talk about 

Quirks of Being an Audiobook Listener

Quirk #1
I've found that when I talk about loving audiobooks with people, even more than with books, people LOVE to give me recommendations. This is a problem for me because of my biggest audiobook quirk which is that I only listen to audiobooks that I have previously read. If you're giving me a weird look, I get it. Some people listen to audiobooks to increase the total number of books they read each year; some people only listen to audiobooks. Sadly, these things don't work for me.

I'm an auditory learner when it comes to things like music and accents. I was in band for over a decade of my life, and I was always a terrible sight-reader. Notes don't come easily to me. The best way to learn a new piece of music was to hear it, and then I understood my part. When it comes to everything else, though, I'm very much a visual person. This is why I love to read. It's why I prefer to read blogs and write my own than listen to podcasts or watch youtube videos. The sounds distract me.

When I got hooked on audiobooks, I was commuting about 10 hours each week. Two years ago, I started working two jobs and was commuting about 13 hours each week. Thanks to a certain amount of job flexibility, I also attended a LOT of book events in other cities, which would result in 7-10 hour round trips. All of this meant I had plenty of time each day where I couldn't do anything but listen as I drove, and if you've ever listened to the radio, you know they play about 10 songs and 10 commercials on repeat. I got so sick of the radio! I was given a recommendation to listen to Libba Bray's Beauty Queens, which is a novel I loooooved reading. I gave it a shot, and lo and behold, the audio was fan-freaking-tastic! But I noticed as I listened that sometimes driving needed my attention and I'd realize I missed several minutes of the book. There's a joke floating around the internet about how people turn down their radios when they're navigating as if not listening to music will help you see better.

Haha, but really. Just as you hear better when your eyes are closed, you can see better when it's quiet. This is because your brain can focus more on one sense or the other. My car is old, and it has a CD player, and that's it. I also don't really like listening to stuff on my phone for long periods of time because 1. it runs the battery down, and 2. my car's speakers are WAY better than my phone's. So when I kept missing moments in the book, I would have to rewind the CD (which is super awkward to do) and hope that I got to the right spot. 

The good news is that because I had previously read Beauty Queens, it wasn't so bad missing a little bit because I already knew what happened. So rediscover a beloved book in a new way? Check. Didn't miss any of the story because I already knew it? Check. 

These days my commute is down to about 15 minutes each way, but I get to listen to books a lot more at work, and the same rule applies. If I zone out of my book because I'm working on a project that requires more brain function, I don't actually miss anything because I've read it before. Call me crazy, but out of seven books I have listened to without reading first, four of them have received lower ratings than I would have given them if I'd read them first. You might say, "But Mary! That's half!" But I'm trying to go for a better percentage than 50. Listening to books I've read before brings me a great deal of pleasure. Some people call it weird, but whatever. This is what I like, and it works for me. 

Quirk #2
Related to #1, this year I discovered a new and admittedly odd way to listen to books. One thing about audiobooks that is attractive to readers is that it's an easy way to reread books in series without throwing your entire TBR aside before a new sequel comes out. But I've found it's really interesting to listen to the first book while I read the sequel. I know what you're thinking, and no, I don't mean simultaneously. Like, I'm not playing the audio while I'm reading. But while I'm at work or whatever, I'll listen to book 1, and when I read, I'll read book 2. Example: I started listening to A Court of Thorns and Roses on June 14. I started reading A Court of Mist and Fury on June 26. I finished ACOMAF on June 30 and the ACOTAR audio on July 5. I also did this with Gemina and the Illuminae audio this summer. I tried to do it with Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom, but because Reasons, Life and Work and Sleep got in the way. Lest you think this is only a YA or a genre fic thing, I also did this with Elle Kennedy's new adult Off Campus series. Last week I read The Goal (book 4) and listened to The Score (book 3). 

Again, you may call me crazy, but consuming series books during the same time span made me catch SO MANY THINGS in the first book that reference stuff that happens in the second. FORESHADOWING, MOTHER LOVERS. It's super cool to pick up on little hints that make you go "ohhhhhhhh," and it's also really interesting to have such a stark difference in the characters' development. I'm a nerd for things like that so this is definitely something I'll be doing more often.

Quirk #3
As I stated in the Perks of Being a Listener, it's awesome to listen to an audio adaptation of a beloved book because you get to read it for the first time again, in a manner of speaking. Quirk 3 is that I am sometimes too impatient to wait very long and often listen to an audiobook mere months, weeks, or even days after I read the book. In fact, I've found that if I wait too long, I have trouble listening to the book because I've forgotten too much of it. I recently tried to listen to Huntley Fitzpatrick's My Life Next Door so that I could finally read The Boy Most Likely To. MLND was one of my favorite books in 2012, but that was a big problem trying to listen to it in 2016. It's been three and a half years, and I have forgotten all but the bare bones of Sam and Jase's story. This is super sad, and now I have to actually reread MLND, which could be a problem with my TBR. 

How long does it take me before I listen to the audiobook? It's hard to say. I'm much looser with my audio TBR than my reading one because it's so easy to reread. Even though audiobooks technically take longer to read since they can be anywhere from 7 to 24 hours for most YA and romance, I can get through them more quickly since I can listen during work and stuff. I binged half of Sarina Bowen's The Ivy Years series in January, and I binged the audiobooks throughout all of July. I read The Beauty of Darkness at the beginning of August and listened to the audio three weeks later. I read ACOMAF at the end of June and the audio at the end of July. It just kind of depends on my mood and also release dates since I get ARCs, but I have never gotten an audiobook to review (to all those of you listening to Gemina right now: I AM SO JEALOUS). 

Quirk #4
Sometimes, if I am REALLY reluctant to leave a world behind or if I just like an audiobook so much, I'll listen to it again immediately after finishing. I've done this with movies too, particularly Tangled, Frozen, Because I Said So, and Pride and Prejudice. It's a comfort thing. I love Christina Lauren books, and they have REALLY good narrators so I've twice binged both of their series on audio (once last fall and once this past spring). In April, I listened to Beautiful Player twice, back-to-back. This also happened in July with Sarina Bowen's Blonde Date from The Ivy Years, which I listened to fully twice and then one time, I just skipped around the chapters. Coincidentally, I listened to it again last week when I was emotionally devastated by another book and needed something sweet, light, and happy to take my mind off said emotional devastation. It doesn't hurt that Blonde Date is a novella so it's less than three hours long, but Player is about 10, I think, so it's not just about length. 

What do you think about my quirks? I know I'm actually not alone regarding listening to audiobooks that I've previously read so it's common as far as quirks go. But what about the rest? Do you have any audio quirks? Please share in the comments!

Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Rating: 3 stars
Pub Date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: William Morrow
Genre: contemporary romance
Format/Source: paperback, my library
Status: standalone

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Audio Adventures: Wish List

It is a sad fact that for as many books that get published, not all of them can become audiobooks. The following is a list of all the books (or authors' entire works) I wish I could listen to.

Audiobook Wish List

Paula Stokes 

You're right, Paula isn't a book, but I would like ALLLLLL of her work to be audiobooks. I ADORE The Art of Lainey and Girl Against the Universe. I have not read Vicarious yet, but I'm sure it is also fantastic. Paula's characters are so REAL. They're dynamic individually, and dynamite as an ensemble. I would love to hear her stories since I always get a different perspective when I listen to a book.

Jennifer Echols

Jennifer is a favorite of mine, but she has always been part of the quiet YA movement. Her books aren't flashy bestsellers (which is a darn shame!), but I have always connected with her stories and her characters from the very first time I saw Major Crush's cover. Something in each of Jen's books feels like it's been pulled out of the diary of my life, and how could I not want to listen to them? Plus, Jen has some seriously swoony guys and sassy gals I'd love to hear!

Jodi Meadows

I LOVED Jodi's Incarnate series; each installment kept getting better and better. So it pains me that only Incarnate has an audiobook. Conversely, I didn't LOVE The Orphan Queen duology, but I enjoyed it. I would love to see if listening and gaining new perspective would make me enjoy the story even more. The bottom line is that Jodi writes kickass fantasy, and that always makes for entertaining and engrossing audiobooks. C'mon, Harper, jump on it!

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Again, I didn't LOVE this book, but I did really like it. Plus it's a 13 on the 1-10 swoony scale. Skylar and Josh have phenomenal chemistry, and that translates well in audiobooks if you have the right narrators. With as popular as IMYT is, honestly I'm shocked it didn't get an audio.

Meg Cabot's Boy series

I have long loved Meg's teen books: Princess Diaries, Mediator, Airhead, Abandon, Avalon High, Teen Idol, etc. She's queen of teen fiction. But Meg ALSO has a ton of amazing adult books, and I got hooked on those when I picked up Boy Meets Girl probably about a decade ago. Since then, I have read the entire companion trilogy about once every two years or so (probably a little more), and I have long stalked Meg's website FAQ which has hinted for a couple years that she was working on another epistolary novel. This year when The Boy is Back was announced, I couldn't have been more excited. To celebrate, I began searching for the audiobooks of the other three so I could listen to them before number four releases in September. Imagine my disappointment, nay, horror when I realized THEY DON'T EXIST. Granted, this is probably because they are epistolary novels and instead of traditional prose narration, these stories are told through letters, notes, emails, IMs, diary entries, airplane tickets, documents, etc. But if Illuminae can make it work, SO CAN THESE.

Update: I just discovered an AUDIO CASSETTE of the first book in the series The Guy Next Door (I guess before it was Boy Next Door! Sold from Germany and the UK so maybe that's why?) on Amazon for $9.08. This shall be mine!

This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills
This book isn't out yet, but it's already one of my favorites of the year. Emma herself narrated the audiobook for her first novel First & Then, which was pretty good. I wouldn't mind if she narrated This Adventure Ends; I just want one period!

I wrote this list a couple months ago. This Adventure Ends released last week, and I haven't seen an audiobook pop up on Amazon or Audible. FINGERS CROSSED that it will happen!

The Storyspinner and The Skylighter by Becky Wallace
 Fantasy novels make the best audiobooks, and I'd love for Becky's Brazilian-inspired world to come to life in an audio. It's a magical, beautiful series, and I think it would sparkle and shine via audio interpretation.

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
I just don't think it's very fair that both of Emery's other books have audios, but Me and You doesn't. It was a really interesting story, and I would love to hear Paige's intense and emotional story.

Tiffany Schmidt's Once Upon a Crime Family series
I would love to have audiobooks (and more sequels!) for Hold Me Like a Breath and Break Me Like a Promise. They're such unique books, and I think they would be really exciting in audio. Again, these are more quiet YA, but these books are really cinematic (seriously, these should be movies!), and that's a great quality to have in an audiobook.

Do you agree with my picks? What books would you choose to have audiobooks? Let me know in the comments!

Audio Adventures: Perks of Being a Listener

Welcome back to my Audio Adventures! Last time I shared some of my audio pet peeves, but today, I thought I'd go positive and share all the great things about being an audiobook listener. I give you my

Perks of Being a Listener

1. Multitask like a boss / bye bye boredom 

Rory Gilmore is a woman after my own heart. I too love to always have a book with me wherever I go, but sometimes, it's not convenient or even possible to lug a physical actual book. For instance, I just went to a hockey game and I had a 30+ minute train ride to get there. You don't really want to take a bag to a sporting event or a concert or something, and without a bag, a physical book is out. But EVERYONE always carries their phone. Boom. Grab your earplugs, and you're in business. 

But that's a special event, and I know some people might say I could read an ebook just as easily. That's true, but there are so many lost moments in our daily lives. Getting ready in the morning. Taking out the trash. Driving to work. Unloading the dishwasher. Mowing the lawn. Reading emails at work. All of these things (and plenty more) make our eyes unavailable for actual reading, but I can totally multitask and listen to a book while I do them. Most nights I listen for about 15-30 minutes after I get in bed and have turned out the light. I'm no longer messing up my brain by watching tv or scrolling mindlessly on my phone, and it's a soothing way to fall asleep (most of the time). And sometimes I like to listen 15-30 minutes in the morning if I've woken up early and don't want to get out of bed.

Once upon a time I was spending about 15 hours a week commuting between two jobs. I only listened to audiobooks on CD. Now, my commute is much shorter, but I'm listening to digital audiobooks on my phone during all those little moments so I can usually bang out one audiobook every 2-3 days. 

2. Listen more, read more
Every year since 2012 I have read fewer and fewer books for various reasons, the biggest of which is that I now work a full time job. My free time has decreased significantly, and as much as I love to read, I don't always want to use what free time I do have to sit around and read (blasphemy, I know!). BUT since I'm now listening during those little moments above, I can get through an audiobook in 2-3 days, which means I'm killing my reading challenges.

Granted, my weirdest reading quirk is that I only listen to audiobooks that I have previously read, which means I'm not actually listening to more titles, just more books overall. I have Reasons for this, although most people think I'm weird (I am, but whatever), and I'll share them in another Audio Adventures post soon. This leads to perk #3.

3. Reread a series without messing up your TBR
We've all been there. We make grand designs regarding monthly or seasonal TBRs only to mess it up when a beloved series has a new installment and we throw everything else aside to immerse ourselves in a favorite world in preparation. OR you actually plan to reread the series, but because you are swamped by other commitments and Shiny New Books, you never get to your reread and have to rely on recaps (note: nothing wrong with recaps! They're just not like reading the real thing) or your own sometimes faulty memory when you just dive into the new book and hope it comes back to you.

Have no fear; audiobooks are here! Three major sequels have released this year, and each one deserved me revisiting the first installment, but I didn't have time to reread Illuminae (599 pages), A Court of Thorns and Roses (416 pages), or Six of Crows (465 pages) before I read Gemina, ACOMAF, and Crooked Kingdom. Thankfully, I had the audiobooks to get me back in the world, and I could keep my TBR intact.

4. Read a favorite book for the "first time" again
When I love a fictional world and its inhabitants so much, it can be really hard to say goodbye. The worst thing about reading is that you can never really read a book again for the first time. I don't understand people who have waited 20 years to read Harry Potter, what with its relevance to current pop culture and the fact that it's a gosh darn cultural icon and the fact that nearly everyone on the planet has read it already, but I am jealous of those people who are reading it for the first time. I can never read it again that way. OR CAN I? The cool thing about audiobooks is that they're books I love, but they're an entirely new experience, just like movies are. So I CAN read that book again for the first time while also reading it a second time. Cool, right?

I haven't listened to the Harry Potter books yet. I feel like I'm "saving" them for some time when I really need them (and also Harry and JKR and I are kind of on a break right now, but that's a post for another time), but I've definitely listened to a lot of my favorite books in the last couple years. It's glorious! 

5. Get a new perspective
Along these same lines, because listening to an audiobook is different from reading the book the same way watching a movie adaptation is, listening to audiobooks can give you a cool new perspective on a story. A good example is Illuminae, which is a very visual book/series. I don't love the ebook since the art is separated, and you can't see the full spread on a phone so I was apprehensive about the audio, which would have NONE of the art. You know what? Listening Library KILLED it. It doesn't have the art so you can't see formatting like the unipedia pages or the blood spatter on one particularly gory page or the swirl and bounce of the words on some pages. It didn't matter. The narrators were brilliant, and the effects really brought it to life. It sounded like a radio drama, like Orson Welles's War of the Worlds, and it worked really well. There are some particularly challenging pages in Gemina, but after hearing what they did with Illuminae, I'm not worried.

Also, when you listen, it's easier to hear the language of the book. Passages and gorgeous quotes are so much easier to hear, and with an audiobook, your brain and eyes can't skip ahead. You're wholly in the moment. Words really pop out at you when you're listening. I guess this one is a bit doubled-edged because you'll also hear if an author relies on one word or phrase heavily (Sawyer Bennett loooves the phrase "on someone's doorstep," and I got so tired of hearing it), but for the most part, you won't remember those moments. You'll remember the story.

6. Audiobooks are comforting
When I was a kid, my dad used to read The Little House on the Prairie with my sister and me before bedtime. My mom was really the one who got me into reading, but those nights with my dad were really special. We'd curl up on either side and feel his voice rumbling through his chest. There's something really comforting about someone reading to you as opposed to you reading. Think of how sweet the movie The Princess Bride was when the grandfather shared a beloved book with baby Fred Savage. I have some favorite audiobooks, and whenever my brain is too tired to read or I feel stressed or need a laugh, I have scenes I can play (the drunk email from Illuminae is a go-to if I need a quick laugh!) to find a bit of peace and comfort.

7. Reread more
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a book lover in possession of a good personal library must be in want of more time to read new books but also reread old favorites. This goes with #2, which is read more, but every book blogger and librarian I know always wants to reread more. We find these awesome new books, but there are always awesome new books, and that means that sometimes the awesome old books lie by the wayside as we struggle to find a spot in a bursting TBR pile. With audiobooks, since I can read them relatively quickly, it's no trouble at all to give a beloved book another go, particularly if I'm in need of some TLC courtesy of #6.

I know I have 10 items on my pet peeves list and only 7 reasons listed here, but I'm having trouble coming up with non-redundant items. Plus, even though there are only 7, I think the joys of listening to audiobooks far outweigh the negatives. Being able to fill the tiny boring minutes in my day with something I love has made a huge difference. Do you agree with my list of audiobook pros? Do you have any of your own? Share in the comments!

Review + Giveaway: Afterward by Jennifer Mathieu

Rating: 4 stars
Pub Date: September 20, 2016
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Genre: young adult realistic fiction
Format/Source: ARC, borrowed from a friend
Status: Standalone

When Caroline's little brother is kidnapped, his subsequent rescue leads to the discovery of Ethan, a teenager who has been living with the kidnapper since he was a young child himself. In the aftermath, Caroline can't help but wonder what Ethan knows about everything that happened to her brother, who is not readjusting well to life at home. And although Ethan is desperate for a friend, he can't see Caroline without experiencing a resurgence of traumatic memories. But after the media circus surrounding the kidnappings departs from their small Texas town, both Caroline and Ethan find that they need a friend--and their best option just might be each other.

Audio Adventures: Pet Peeves

Welcome to my first-ever Audio Adventures post (FINALLY. I only announced this feature 2 1/2 years ago!)! For the past three years, I have found immense pleasure in listening to audiobooks. There's a lot to love about audiobooks. Not only am I increasing the number of books I read each year, I'm also  rereading books I've previously loved, which I don't always have time for, and discovering new takes on those books. Plus, I can read while I do other stuff that can be tedious or boring like cook, clean, shop, etc. I can listen while I work or while I drive. I am multitasking like a BOSS. Buuuuut even good things can have their negatives. The following is a list of all the ways audiobooks can go wrong. To kick Audio Adventures off with a bang, I give you my

Audiobook pet peeves

1. Abridged audiobooks
When I see "abridged" any where near an audiobook, I roll my eyes. Really? REALLY? This book is so long you couldn't do the whole thing? *side eyes abridged audiobooks*  Winter and A Court of Mist and Fury are both almost 24 hours long. Two books in A Song of Ice and Fire are almost 50 hours long. People will listen to audiobooks no matter the length. Stop abridging books, please. It's nonsense. And if simply abridging a title weren't enough, behold, one of my favorite series by one of my favorite authors:

Why is book 5 abridged while the rest of them are not? This is seriously the most absurd thing I've ever seen. Not only am I especially incensed because Haunted is my favorite book in the series, and it's stupid that it's abridged (it's 2 hours compared to maybe 6), but it's the ONLY ONE that has been shortened. THAT IS LITERALLY THE DUMBEST THING EVER.

Yes, I know this is probably because people want audiobooks to be more accessible to readers of all skill level blah blah blah. Abridged classics are one thing, I think. But I have listened to a couple audiobooks of titles I know well enough to notice what's missing, and that has led to a disappointing listening experience.

2. Having different narrators for sequels
I'm not talking about companion series like the Starbound trilogy or Anna/Lola/Isla or most new adult or adult romance series. I'm talking straight-up series with direct sequels featuring the same characters and the same characters' POV. Let's look at The Mortal Instruments. Here's a list of the narrators:
City of Bones: Tinkerbell Mae Whitman
City of Ashes: Natalie Moore
City of Glass: Natalie Moore
City of Fallen Angels: Chuck Bass Ed Westwick & Molly C. Quinn
City of Lost Souls: Molly C. Quinn
City of Heavenly Fire: Logan Echols Jason Dohring & Sansa Stark Sophie Turner

Even the Australian audiobooks only use 3 of the same narrators above and have 3 additional narrators for the other books. That's not all! Check out The Infernal Devices!

Clockwork Angel: Jennifer Ehle
Clockwork Prince: Ed Westwick & Heather Lind
Clockwork Princess: Daniel Sharman

WHAT THE CRAP. I will say Ed has a totally dreamy voice because he uses his natural British accent and *swoons* But that doesn't mean I appreciate having completely different people voice these characters. It's really disconcerting for the listening reader, especially if you binge-listen. Another offender is the Under the Never Sky series.

3. Not having multiple narrators for multiple POVs 
Not every narrator can handle performing multiple characters' narration. Kristine Hvam SLAYS in her performance in Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. Rebecca Soler does pretty well in The Lunar Chronicles. But I am still angry that Lorelei Avalon was the sole narrator for Elle Kennedy's The Deal and The Mistake. I hated her narration because it was awful, but more than that, I hated that those books are both in dual female/male POV. I recently listened to My Lady Jane, and I thought it was just all right in part because Katherine Kellgren narrates all the chapters despite two of the three POVs being male. I'll get to why I didn't love her as Jane in the next point, but I especially couldn't get into her performance as Edward or Gifford/G.

I am fully aware that this is probably because of money issues. While I know a decent amount regarding traditional publishing, I don't know much regarding the audiobook publishing and production, but I'm sure it's quite pricey. Some authors (like Elle with the Off Campus series) publish their own audiobooks so I'm sure that's even more difficult than an author who publishes through an established audiobook publisher like Listening Library, Tantor Media, etc. But still. Multiple POVs deserve multiple narrators.

Note: Mad props to anyone who listens to feedback. The audiobook for Elle Kennedy's The Score released on Tuesday, and there are two narrators, one for Allie and one for Dean. Thank you, Elle!

4. Narrators who sound too old or young for the character
N O T H I N G is going to make me hate an audiobook more quickly than a narrator whose voice sounds unlike the character, particularly if they don't sound like they are an equitable age. Examples include the narrators of Ella Enchanted and One Night That Changes Everything. Ella is 16 for most of Ella Enchanted, but her narrator sounded about 8. That works for earlier chapters but not for the majority of the book. One Night is actually more mature on the YA scale, IMO, so it definitely was shocking to have a young-sounding narrator voice the story. When I checked her out on Audible, I discovered she primarily does middle grade. Mmm, maybe stick to that. On the other side of things, again, I didn't love Katherine Kellgren in My Lady Jane because she sounds like a middle-aged woman while the POV characters are a sixteen year-old girl and two nineteen (?) year-old guys. This is also the case with Under the Never Sky, which is also guilty of #2 AND #3 on this list. You don't have a woman narrate Perry's POV. That's just wrong.

5. Annoying or excessive sound effects or music
I thought Illuminae was phenomenal because the amount of effects used in the production of the audiobook perfectly fit a sci-fi space opera. This isn't always the case. Off the top of my head, the worst offenders of this pet peeve are the aforementioned Ella Enchanted and Graceling, both of which played musical interludes far too often. Less music, more talky-talky, please.

6. Missing books
Only five of the seven published books in Miranda Kenneally's Hundred Oaks series have audiobooks. Jesse's Girl and Defending Taylor don't have them. The previous audios were published by Audible Studios so I honestly don't know if Miranda has been doing them herself, but this just makes me sad. I love her books, and I want all of them to have audios! Jodi Meadows is a favorite author of mine, and only her first book in her first trilogy Incarnate has an audiobook. First of all, boo for dropping Asunder and Infinite, the other books in the trilogy, but also boo for not having audiobooks for The Orphan Queen duology (I'm not booing Jodi here, btw).

See, it's not just about dropped series. I also hate when I can't find an audiobook for an author when they have other audiobooks. I really liked Heather Demetrios's I'll Meet You There, but it doesn't have audiobooks. Only her Dark Caravan series has them. Emery Lord has audiobooks for her first and third books, but not The Start of Me and You, her second. They aren't series books, but I still want more consistency!

7. Inconsistent volume
This is a total first world problem, but if I have to adjust the volume a lot, I'm going to get cranky. I like to listen to audiobooks while I work, and if I'm playing with my phone every five seconds, I'm not going to get work done. I also like to listen while I drive, and I don't want to be overly distracted by having to play with my radio settings too much. I also like to listen while I fall asleep at night (sleep timers are a godsend!), and I'm going to get cranky if I wake up abruptly from that warm, hazy just-before-you-actually-fall-asleep state of mind. Inconsistent volume might be caused by a narrator who is over-performing and wildly changes between shouting and whispering or by the aforementioned music, which somehow is never the same volume as the narration.

Look, I am super glad if a narrator gets into the story and really uses the language tags. Like if they speed up when a character is talking fast or raises their voice somewhat when the character shouts, etc. I appreciate that way more than a monotone narrator. But I don't think you actually have to start yelling and then drop your voice into a whisper. I'll get the point if you adjust your volume subtly, and my eardrums will thank you.

8. Inconsistent speed
Same as above; if I have to continue changing the settings of an audiobook to get a better listening experience, I'm not going to be happy. My example here is Nowhere But Here, in which the female narrator spoke too slowly for me to be happy with 1.0 speed, but the male narrator sounded fine. I had to continually juggle between 1.2 for Emily's sections and 1.0 for Oz's, which was really annoying since they didn't always swap at chapters and because I couldn't always change it right away if I was using my hands or trying to fall asleep.

9. Unavailable on Overdrive
This is more of a work pet peeve. I buy the digital YA books at my library, which means I'm in charge of both ebooks and e-audio. Overdrive is the largest (and best known and most popular) supplier of digital materials for libraries. I get HELLA upset when I want to buy a book and can't find it. Publishers and authors, I'm especially giving you the side eye here. Don't you WANT me to buy your books and then recommend them to my library's patrons? Then make your book widely available!

One of the most important aspects of developing a collection is consistency, and that means once you start buying a series, you see it through to the end. Patrons get super mad if they can't find sequels or prequels in the same format to which they are accustomed, be it hardcover, paperback, large type, audio cd, digital audio, Overdrive ebook, Kindle ebook, etc. Another important aspect of collection development is buying what patrons want. And at my library, what patrons want is The Selection and The Lunar Chronicles and Sarah J. Maas etc etc etc.

Too bad A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury don't have audiobooks on Overdrive for me to purchase, nor do the Grisha trilogy and Six of Crows. Sure, I bought them myself on Audible, and I really enjoyed them. But I can't share the audiobooks with my library's patrons because they simply aren't available for me to purchase. It's one thing if they didn't exist, but it's an entirely other beast when they exist but the publisher hasn't made them available to libraries. That's rude and stupid. Dear publishers, STOP THAT.

Edited to add: 
10. Different pronunciations
This is primarily a problem with multiple narrators, particularly in fantasy novels like in Six of Crows and Crooked Kindom or The Remnant Chronicles or the Graceling audio. It's really frustrating when one narrator talks about Jan Van Eck pronouncing it with a J (as in Jan Brady) and someone else pronounces it with a Y (sounds like Yon) or someone else pronounces his last name "Van Ike" instead of Eck liks "blech." It's particularly annoying because Crooked Kingdom has a pronunciation guide at the back so *I* know how to pronounce them. Get it together, ensemble casts. Authors, please give your audiobook publishers and your narrators pronunciation guides!

Do you have any audiobook pet peeves or not agree with mine? Do you have a suggestion for a future Audio Adventures post? Let me know in the comments!