Waking up on a deserted island with no memory of who you are is scary, but when your throat burns with a thirst for blood, it's terrifying.
For months Jasmine has managed to feed her new hunger in solitude while teetering on the brink of insanity. As her delirium increases to a new level, an unthinkable opportunity offers an escape into a world of cruelty, vengeance, love, and lust. Now the need to remember her past becomes vital if Jasmine plans to survive.
Delicate Thorns is a new adult audiobook that brings an interesting twist to the vampire/paranormal genre.
©2014 Miranda Hardy and Ainsley Shay (P)2015 Miranda Hardy and Ainsley Shay
An unusual novella that tells the tale of Jasmine and her survival as a new vampire. With no memory of who she is or how she became a vampire, she has to come to terms with drinking blood in order to live, as well as navigate the turbulent waters of her new existence. The narrator has a pleasant voice, did a good job with the different characters but I did find her rendition a little flat at times. This short audiobook is softer than most vampire books, it is a story of discovery rather than action and has thread is sadness to it. I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review
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Writing about vampires today, it is hard to come up with anything new but Ainsley Shay was able to come up with a new twist. A girl wakes up on an island, stranded, and not knowing who she was…except she’s a vampire. She gets a stroke of luck and is able to get off the island, and gets to Florida. When she meets her maker, she has so many questions but doesn’t get many answers, until later. If you like vampire stories, then this is one that you should pick up. Definitely a good 4 STAR book.
I Love a great supernatural tale, a Love story, PNR, a Cool Mystery and Most Sci-Fi....if there are vampires, weres or witches in it, that's a plus! Basically I am a 40+ y/o young at heart woman rediscovering the wonderful world of books and am now addicted! Lol I LOVE AUDIBLE!!!!!
Inst it always? I only listened though!
This is a unique story....I wont compare it!
I liked the narration very much..it fit the character of Jasmine well and I would listen to her again anytime!
I liked how Jasmine let Dylan go...it was the right thing to do....e could have been selfish, but she is a good girl!
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This was a great quick listen, and I am hoping for another installment in the Jasmine story...The story starts with a young girl waking up on an island alone and having a thirst for blood! She is tortured on a daily basis by people coming to the island in the daylight but leaving before dark, so she can not feed...she thinks she is in hell...she can not remember who she is, or how she got here! One day a boat remains on the island till dark because of engine trouble...and she takes her chance to escape....she feeds for the first time and assumes the girls identity...She gets off the island..and on to a cruise ship..quickly escapes it...and finds herself free....she has to find a place to sleep and get out of the sun...so she breaks into a condo...she then meets Dylan, he is very nice to her...and a bit of romance develops....Well she begins to go on the hunt at night and kills only bad guys...but others of her kind quickly find out because she does not clean up her killing messes and from there she learns how this happened to her and how to go on....really a good story...and I recommend it...well worth your time and a credit!
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Delicate Thorns is such an appropriate title for this work. From the short form to Angie Hickman’s voice, everything seems like a gentle bubble that if you touched it, it would break into a thousand glimmering drops.
The movement of the rising action drifts daintily into the subtle drama of the climax, leaving me feeling that this is simply a few diary entries read aloud by the one who’d forgotten she’d written anything down.
I’m glad to see that other people like this story. I must be one of the few for whom this story does not resonate.
The imagery is interesting, lacking certain clichés most writers of intimate scenes fall into. In that, it was a bit different.
However, it just feels so soft that I can’t quite grip it in my mind. Even just after finishing it for the second time, I’m losing details that probably should have been able to stick with me.
Others have said that it is refreshingly different. Maybe I’ve read way too many vampire stories, but other than the amnesia, figuring out who you are once you’ve become one of the monsters is a constant in this idea of a story.
I really wish I’d been blown away. But I simply was not. Jasmine’s story simply lacks the grit that I enjoy.
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Narration - Angie Hickman - Pretty good. She has a voice that is lovely to listen to.
This is a paranormal shorty. Jasmine wakes up on an island and doesn't know who she is, but she craves blood. She lives off animals on the island and after learning that the sun can burn her she, she hides in a cave during the day. Through a twist of fate, she finds her way off the island and back into civilization where she ultimately finds more of her 'kind'
This is certainly a unique vampire story and I really enjoyed it. If it has a flaw, it's that it's short. It's not that there are gaps or holes in the story, but there is a lot of potential with this story-line that could be more fully developed. If these authors were so inclined - I think they could run with it and create a nice series of full length novels with this concept and go more in depth.
Really enjoyed it!
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Title: DELICATE THORNS
Author: Ainsley Shay, Miranda Hardy
Type of Book: Audiobook - Unabridged
Narrator: Angie Hickman
Length: 2 hours 43 minutes
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Release Date: January 15, 2015
Publisher: Quixotic Publishing
Rating: 3.5 of out 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook through Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review.
Awakening on a deserted island with no memories of who she is or how she got there, Jasmine is completely bewildered and confused.
All she knows for sure is that she is hungry. Despite fruit and other plants and seafood being available, only the blood of the island's animals is able to ease her painful stomach cramps.
When an opportunity to escape the island presents itself, she is determined to take advantage of it.
With no memories, no home and a craving for blood, Jasmine needs to find answers, but will she like what she discovers?
Does Jasmine have any chance to find love and happiness? Or is she doomed to a solitary existence?
This audiobook is only two hours and forty-three minutes in length which is very short.
The narrator is Angie Hickman who I have listened to before. Angie has a terrific voice for narration and seems particularly well suited to the paranormal genre. She speaks clearly and places emphasis on the words and sentences that need it. She does not make the common narrator's mistake of overacting. Angie Hickman's narrative style is not overly dramatic which I really like. I give the narration 5 out of 5 stars. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I enjoyed the ending of this audiobook. It was unexpected, which was a nice surprise. It also offers up the opportunity for more books to follow.
I rate this audiobook as 3.5 out of 5 stars. I liked the story, but I did not love it. I think this is because there is so much vampire fiction available that a story of this genre must be spectacular to earn a four or five star rating from me.
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I think this story is a great start to a new series. The two authors left me begging for me. The story isn't that long but it keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to learn what Jasmine will do next. The authors storyline is good, great details, and some really good characters that are needed to help this story along. I felt for Jasmine and what's she's become. I even feel sad for the guy who lives a few doors down in the apartment Jasmine is currently staying at. I was really uncertain about the path shed take. I really expected her to go back to the man who knows more about her than any other human. But, it's good to know that her heart let's her know that they can't be together.
Narrator Angie Hickman is a great narrator. I've listened to other stories she's narrated. You can feel the sadness, anger, and all of Jasmines emotions through Angie's voice. Angie did a great job with each characters voice and their accent as well. She kept me glued to the story.
She awoke alone on an island and has been so for some time now. She hungers for blood and avoids the sun. She has no memory of who she is nor does she know how she came to be on the island. Then a chance encounter with a group of tourists allows her to leave the island and rejoin society. Her missing past is a constant reminder that she isn’t normal. Her constant awareness of all the walking, talking meals is an annoyance.
Jasmine (for that is the name she chose for herself) fumbles through her life, Part II. At first, it was just about survival, and then it was about a little bit of happiness. She ended up in a larger city, one with a beach and a bad section of town, along with some higher end apartments that are mostly only inhabited by seasonal visitors. As she settles in and starts seriously wondering about her past, she also meets a young, handsome man who lives just a few doors down.
The most intriguing thing about this book was Jasmine’s hidden past. Of course I wanted to learn how she came to be on that island. Was she shunned by a vampire community? Was she once an oblivious tourist who was ambushed on that island and left to die to turn? There were plenty of questions swirling around Jasmine. Eventually, we do get the answers and they were doled out bit by bit, keeping the suspense high. The answer to this particular question was satisfying.
There are only a handful of characters in this book, being a novella or long short story. Jasmine gets the most page time and, hence, has the most development. I enjoyed her character arc from survivalist to answer seeker to someone just trying to fit in and live a life. The young man a few doors down was nice enough, though he was a little too perfect. If this had been a longer story, I would hope that he would have revealed some flaw sooner or later. Other characters show up late in the story so they don’t have time for deep thoughts, but they do play critical roles in unwinding Jasmine’s secret past.
The ending to the story was bitter sweet, and that is how I like it. Jasmine gets some, but not all, the answers and has to make some choices. I am hoping the authors choose to make this a start of a series as there is more for both Jasmine and the reader to explore.
Narration: Angie Hickman was a great voice for Jasmine, using the perfect mix of anguished, ticked off, and lost soul. Eventually, as Jasmine’s character starts to settle in, we get other feelings. There are some very ugly characters in this book that have very small roles and Hickman pulled these off well too, though it was probably a bit hard. She had a good range of male and female voices, and also accents for a few of the characters.
Imagine waking up on a desert island, you can't remember who you are - and you're a vampire! Jasmine has an amazing journey ahead of her, one that you won't soon forget. I sure won't. A cruise , a super-hot guy,, and a lot of twists and turns, make this a great read!
I loved this book, I sometimes have a problem with short books such as this (just under three hours), but I didn't feel like this book was lacking anything, I would normally feel a book of this length was just getting started or interesting when boom it's over. I didn't have that feeling with this book I thought it ended well and the story was everything it needed to be. Although, I would like to find out more about her future and what life or the after life, has in store for Jasmine, I didn't feel that it left me hanging.
the narration was great, I thought she did a great job with the different voices and the proper inflections. I thought it was very entertaining.
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