Crazy house Series by James Patterson & Gabrielle Charbonnet #audiobook #youngadult

Crazy House Series


Crazy House  ( Crazy House #1)

Seventeen year old Becca  disappeared from her small hometown. She found herself in maximum security prison and on death row with other kids her age. Until her execution, Becca is told to fit in and say nothing, and above all, ask no questions. But Becca has never been known to follow instructions.

Her sister Cassie was the perfect one, who would have asked no questions. Not Becca! Becca continually holds out hope that Cassie will come looking for her and find her. Until then, she must endure whatever her captors decide is her fate.

Published in May 2017 by Hachette Book Group
Audiobook published August 2018.


The Fall of Crazy House Part 2 (Crazy House #2)

Becca and Cassie escape from the Crazy House with their lives, but only just. Thanks to the cruelty they endured in the Crazy House, they are now highly trained and tough fighters with a fear of nothing or nobody.

Becca is sent to Assassinate the President of the United cell. Cassie is looking for her, and not far behind. Together the sisters are the key to success but can they find each other and if they do get together, can they join their talents and overthrow the despotic government in order to free the people? 

Published in April 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
Audiobook published April 2019

My Thoughts

I chose The Crazy House as my next audiobook, with no idea that it was a young adult book.  I chose the book quickly and without reading what it was about, as I was about to head off on a walk. It wasn’t until I was two chapters in, that it dawned on me that this book was book written for young adults.

The story is a very fast paced dystopian novel, with great characters. I found myself hooked completely and invested in what would happen to the twins. The adventure story is a roller coaster, especially the second book. There were many times that I had my heart in my mouth and couldn’t listen, just in case I heard something that I didn’t want to hear. Crazy House could be described as a non-stop carnival ride.

At the end of the first book, there was a cliffhanger and nothing at all was solved, making it obvious that there would be part 2. Fortunately, I was able to listen to part 2 immediately. The story wasn’t totally resolved in book 2 which leaves me wondering if there is a third book coming. If not, then I’m slightly annoyed by the ending.

I’m not a huge fan of reading Young Adult or anything with a dystopian theme, but I have to say that I loved both of these books. I have noticed there are many negative reviews online which I don’t agree with. I put that down, to not being a regular reader of YA and not being the target audience.

This audiobook was read by Therese Plummer, who read all the roles. Each person was read in a very different tone, so I had no problem at all recognising who was speaking. This can sometimes be an issue in single reader audiobooks.

 Star Rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

About the Authors

James Patterson

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author and most trusted storyteller. He has created more enduring fictional characters than any other novelist writing today, with his Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women’s Murder Club, Private, NYPD Red, Daniel X, Maximum Ride, and Middle School series. He has sold over 380 million books worldwide and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. In addition to writing the thriller novels for which he is best known, among them The President Is Missing with President Bill Clinton, Patterson also writes fiction for young readers of all ages, including the Max Einstein series, produced in partnership with the Albert Einstein Estate. He is also the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on the New York Times adult and children’s bestseller lists. – Goodreads

Gabrielle Charbonnet

Gabrielle Charbonnet lives in Carolina USA. She has written many books prior to Crazy House under her pen name Cate Tiernan. This is not her first collaboration with James Patterson. Gabrielle has written about 75 books in total, under her own name, and  many varied pen names.


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Q: Quick by Steve Worland #atozchallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge is for bloggers who wish to participate by publishing a blog post every day in April except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted

Quick by Steve Worland
Audiobook read by Sean Mangan



Melbourne, Australia: Round One of the Formula One World Championship. Billy Hotchkiss no longer races a v* Supercar, but that doesn’t mean he’s lost the need for speed. When the young cop uncovers a diamond heist in progress, he leaps into action and almost captures the thieves.

Lyon, France: Interpol are convinced the thieves are connected to Formula One. And they think this Australia ex race driver is just the guy to stop them.

Sent undercover with an unwilling French partner, Billy is thrust into the glamorous world of international motor racing as the diamond heists continue. But as Billy closes in on the thieves, a far more sinister threat is revealed.

With the fate of a city, and the lives of half a million people in the balance, Billy will need to drive like never before to stop the worst act of terror since 9/11 – blurb

My Thoughts

Definitely, fast paced and action packed, this novel took me on a roller coaster ride. I was exhausting reading about the exploits of the main character, Billy. I found myself immersed and wanting to know more about the fast paced world of big money, fast cars and Formula 1. A great action ‘boys own’ type adventure, which is an easy, fast read, with lots of comedy.  I enjoyed the characters and their banter also.

The lower star rating is due to action, adventure not being my genre of choice. Fans of these type of books may give a higher rating.


“Hands down, one of the best action adventure novels, I’ve ever read” – Steve Waugh

Star Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

About the Author

Steve Worland

Steve Worland has worked extensively in film and television in Australia and the USA. He has written scripts for Working Title and Icon Productions, worked in script development for James Cameron’s Lightstorm and wrote Fox Searchlight’s Bootmen, which won five Australian Film Institute awards.

Steve also wrote the action-comedy telemovie Hard Knox, the bible and episodes of the television series Big Sky and the Saturn award-winning Farscape. The family film Paper Planes, which he co-wrote, will be released worldwide in 2015. His novelisation of the screenplay will be released at the same time.

He is the author of the action-adventure novels Velocity, Combustion and Quick and is currently writing his fourth book.

Published 2014 by Michael Joseph: Penguin Australia
Audiobook 11 hours 47minutes

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