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Carrots: Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1 | [Colleen Helme]

Carrots: Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.
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Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

The next thing she knows, she's lying on the floor with a bullet wound to her head. Luckily, the bullet only grazes her scalp, and she doesn't suspect any lasting affects until later, when she suddenly 'hears' what people are thinking. With this uncanny ability, her life takes on a whole new dimension. Her kids think she's bossy and too old to understand them, but that's nothing compared to her husband. He says he loves her, but what is it about the redhead at work that he doesn't want her to know?

As if that isn't enough, the gunman knows she can identify him, and he's out to silence her forever. In her fight to stay alive, she is saved from certain death by a handsome hit-man with ties to organized crime. This pulls Shelby even deeper into danger, where knowing someone's thoughts can not only hurt her feelings, but get her killed.

©2011 Colleen Helme (P)2013 Colleen Helme

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    Berls 04-14-14
    Berls 04-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A cute story with lovable characters & ok mystery"

    My Initial Reaction…

    Carrots is a cute story with a good bit of mystery and lovable characters. I wasn’t glued to it, but I did enjoy it.

    The Narration…

    Wendy Tremont King is a new to me narrator and she’s solid. I can’t quite give her the mad props I give Amanda Ronconi or Bahni Turpin – she doesn’t have that extra je ne sais quois they have. But she delivers a nice reading with varied character voices. She was a particularly good fit for Shelby.

    The Characters…

    The characters were what I liked most about Carrots. Shelby is so relateable and lovable – she’s a stay-at-home mom whose life completely changes when she stops one day to get some carrots, gets shot and, as a result, gains the ability to read minds. What I loved best about Shelby was her spunk. She gets herself into some seriously bad situations, but she never whimpers away. She literally tells off a mob boss and it’s hilarious. You can’t help but love her.

    We don’t get to know Shelby’s husband, Chris, all that well, but I mostly loved him too. It was so refreshing to read a book about a couple who are married, have two kids, and are clearly way past the honeymoon phase and yet so completely in love. I totally respected that he was working with this young, hot lawyer – Kate – who was throwing herself at him and he didn’t even give her a second thought beyond working with her. It earned him serious points in my book. What I didn’t love about him – he didn’t see his wife for all that she was. Shelby is tough and strong and independent – but sometimes he falls into treating her like she’s dumb/naive and helpless.

    Finally, there’s the two main mob characters – Uncle Joey and Ramos. They’re supposed to be the bad guys but I was never afraid of them. They were just a bit too nice for the mob. I never believed that they would hurt Shelby, not really. I liked them a lot and found myself really hoping that they would be okay – not even go to prison, honestly. It was the difference between Carrots being a fun, sweet read and an intense read.

    The Story…

    Carrots begins with Shelby going to the grocery store to get some carrots that she needs for chicken soup. I knew I liked her from this opening scene because her trip to the store went for just carrots to all kinds of junk food. I was laughing at her rationalizations and realized quickly she was a woman after my own heart. Anyway, through a series of unfortunate events, Shelby gets shot and acquires the ability to read minds. And it completely changes her life in cool, but also seriously dangerous ways.

    As the story winds together the complications of Shelby’s new ability and the danger of being the eyewitness of a crime and builds in fairly ridiculous, but fun ways, until Shelby gets herself into heaps of trouble. I had plenty of eye rolling moments, but if you aren’t looking for a serious storyline it’s super enjoyable. And one element of the mystery totally through me off and was an actual shocker at the end.

    Concluding Sentiments…

    If you’re looking for a quick, sweet read with lovable characters, you’ll enjoy Carrots. It’s far from a serious mystery, but that was the beauty of it for me.

    **I received this book for free from Audiobook Jukebox in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-03-13
    Patrick Salt Lake City, UT, United States 12-03-13
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    "Great to hear Shelby Nichols Come to Life!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Carrots the most enjoyable?

    I first read Carrots a couple of years ago when it first came out in print and quite honestly had forgotten what all happened in the book. I loved hearing her tales of adventure and woe and how she just seems to get in deeper and deeper.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I had read the book before, so it didn't really keep me on the edge of my seat. But it was definitely fun to have the book read to me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Possible SPOILER ALERT - when everything hits the fan and almost every character ends up in Uncle Joey's office trying to save the day. It's hilarious that Shelby's husband is the one that ends up clobbering her/endangering her life at that point.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It definitely made me laugh out loud and giggle at other times. She really is so funny and I like to think that Shelby could avoid so many of the binds she gets in if she would just confide in her husband. But then, she is just so adept at getting in over her head I wonder if that would really help. It is refreshing to read about the love Shelby and her husband have for each other. It doesn't seem like there are a lot of marriage relationships like that depicted in the media today.


    Any additional comments?

    The audio was enjoyable. I would have liked just a little bit more emotion given all that happens to Shelby, but it was still an excellent job by the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Erin C. Pascoe Utah 11-26-13
    Erin C. Pascoe Utah 11-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!!!"
    Where does Carrots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Carrots! It is definitely at the top of the list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really like Shelby. She is so funny and gets into so much trouble! I think she is a great character and I'm looking forward to listening to/reading more Shelby Nichols Adventures!


    What about Wendy Tremont King’s performance did you like?

    Wendy did an excellent job. She is very easy to listen to. I am excited to hear that she will be doing more of the Shelby Nichols Adventures! I love to read aloud and I'm a little bit picky about narrators performances. I have nothing to complain about and only praise for Wendy's performance.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...but I couldn't. It made traveling in my car much more enjoyable, and I wanted to keep driving just so I could listen to more! I had to listen to it inside as well so I could finish the book faster.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an awesome book and I'm so glad there are more to come!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane 07-02-15
    Diane 07-02-15 Member Since 2007
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    "Not a great reading."
    Would you try another book from Colleen Helme and/or Wendy Tremont King?

    Yes. I'm going to finish the series. I like the characters


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, not on the edge. But, it was a good story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Wendy Tremont King’s performances?

    No


    Was Carrots worth the listening time?

    Yes. Because of the book, not the performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm a bit jaded because I love listening to Katherine Kellgren, Davina Porter, Johanna Parker, & Amanda Ronconi. I'd buy any book that these ladies read. Their performances draw you in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 06-13-15
    mary San Antonio, TX, United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2015

    I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!

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    "not that good"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The time spent listening to this book was nearly a waste. The story is not even minimumly realistic. A person is shot in head, has no tests, no overnight stay for observation. Yet the doctor's thoughts indicate the wound while slight is in a bad location. Our main character realizes up front she can read minds. There is no period of discovery, no learning to deal with the situation. Nothing. She is nearly proficient in less then 48 hours. At which time she goes to a dinner party. She then becomes antagonistic towards one of her husbands co workers. She knows her husband is faithful, she has heard his thoughts. But she declares war on this person. She decides to follow up on this by insulting this person and revealing incriminating information. Our main character is an attorneys wife. She should know up front about revealing information. Then her husband learns about this new development. There is no concern that now his thoughts will no longer be private. No concerns about sensitive information he knows about clients. No concerns about a major life event. Where is his emotion? Then outsiders are brought in. Adding more characters and situations without resolving the previous. The story gets worse as it goes along. I nearly screamed when the police investigating her crime casually accept her explanation for how she 'has premonitions' about people. Then invite her along to help out in future.


    Has Carrots turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I like this type of novel. I will not be getting more books by this author anytime soon.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I enjoyed how the narrator Wendy Tremont King did the story. She is the reason why I listened to the entire book instead of returning it after chapter 3. I will be keeping an interest in books she reads.


    Was Carrots worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I expect some realism, plot and character development in stories. I dislike it when a character just goes from situation to situation without resolving issues. Then at the same time their actions create more problems making it hard to keep things straight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sherri Gatesville, TX, United States 06-07-15
    Sherri Gatesville, TX, United States 06-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good. Narrator needs change some."
    Would you listen to Carrots again? Why?

    No. It was a good story, however there narrator was frustrating in places.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No. But I purchased the book so I listened till the end.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Dimples sounded bored. Hesitant and doubting through most of the story. As a police officer he should sound confident.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed in some places.


    Any additional comments?

    The book had potential to be exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reed Marlborough, NH, United States 03-31-15
    Reed Marlborough, NH, United States 03-31-15
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    "She's no Sookie Stackhouse"

    Based on the many favorable reviews I expected to enjoy this book a great deal more than I did. to sum it up in a word, it was trite.

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    Meave Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 06-11-14
    Meave Sparwood, British Columbia, Canada 06-11-14

    I enjoy a good mystery with unique characters plus humor.

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    "Catchy Story"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book and the others in the series. At first I thought it was another hum drum book but near the end it became more intriguing and I'm anxious to find out more about Shelby and if her gift returned. I'm hoping the reader is able to include more emphasis in her speech and not sound so monotone for most of the characters.


    If you’ve listened to books by Colleen Helme before, how does this one compare?

    This is my 1st book by author Colleen Helme and I'm looking forward to listening to a few more of her books.


    Did Wendy Tremont King do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Although the voice for the main character "Shelby" was adequate I must admit I was disappointed with a few of the other characters which lacked emotion.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Depending on the actors that are starring in it.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the book "Carrots" as the story developed towards the end and became more interesting. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Corvallis, OR 04-10-14
    Ryan Corvallis, OR 04-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story, without being explicit or gory."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Cute story with a lot happening in the book.


    What other book might you compare Carrots to and why?

    Not as good as Harris' Harper Connelly series, but still very entertaining.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator sounds like she's reading a textbook at first, but then starts to change the voices up a little. Second book sounded even better.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Couldn't finish it in one sitting, but did finish it in two days. Enjoyed the book and I've listened to the second and downloaded the third now to hear more. Enjoyed it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-05-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Great start to a promising series"

    This is a really interesting read, I was not one hundred percent sure about it at first. I went into it a little blind, thinking it looked like an intriguing mystery with a slight twist. Shelby is kind of a stay at home mom version of Stephanie Plum or Kathleen Turner. She is the least likely detective candidate, a touch naive and quirky.

    After an accident gives her the ability to read minds she gets into all sorts of trouble. She does tend to speak before thinking, which enables her to fall into bad situations. She is generally very likable and in a stable relationship with a really understanding husband. I had concerns about her lack of sharing with him, open communication would have gone along way in avoiding much of the trouble. But then there would be no real book, so it did serve a purpose.

    The story is not overly complicated, I caught on to who-dun-it pretty quickly. While it was a touch predictable it was still an enjoyable read.

    The whole book is from Shelby's POV, which is slightly limited, except for the times she used her gift. This really opens up the other characters, it gives insights into their motivations. The mind reading is a clever device, not an ability I would want, she definitely needs to work on those shields. It would help with her marriage, hubby is not loving the intrusion.

    It is refreshing to see a married couple who really is in love, no cheating or faking affection. You get a real sense that Chris and Shelby are truly in love, after 14 years of marriage that is great to read. I was thrilled to see the author did not make it one of those books where the woman finds out her personal life is a wreck.

    The pace of the story steady, not a fast paced read but not a drag either. The narrator for the audiobook, Wendy Tremont King does a great job of keeping the story moving. She has a really appealing tone that instills energy into the story. Her voice makes Shelby seem real and less of a flake, she manages to make her sincere and sweet. While her male voices are not very deep, they are distinct and separate from the females. It is also easy to tell the difference when she is thinking and speaking. The narrator also has an added challenge of making it clear when she is hearing thoughts rather than people speaking to her. Ms King is a real compliment to the book, I am not sure I would have enjoyed it as much if I were reading it on my own.

    I was kind of put off with the very end of the book. I suspect the choices she made will come back to bit her in the butt. Time will only tell, I a can not wait to jump into the next book. Both the author and the narrator are new to me, and I am eager to see more of both.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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