After a fatal hit and run accident, Ella Monroe fears that she's lost more than her beloved parents. Horrifying visions of a past life and a disturbing voice in her head have psychiatric professionals convinced that she's lost her sanity as well. But when Kale - a dark and handsome stranger with a mysterious past - reveals the true meaning of her visions and the tremendous power she wields through them, Ella must come to terms with the devastating truths of her own past, while eluding an ancient Dark Prince who seeks to control not only her future, but all of mankind's, by means of abilities that Ella is only beginning to understand.
Enter the shrouded world of an age old battle between an ancient race known as the Immortals and their bitter enemy Laurent, the so-called Dark Prince, who commands an army of half-breed vampires known as Chorý. Both sides have been desperately searching for the prophesied emergence of the Arc, a clairvoyant with unparalleled power to recall the past and a soothsayer with clear vision into the future.
The Council of Immortals has sworn to protect the Arc, whom they have identified as young Ella Monroe, a college freshman from Virginia living quietly and unaware of her powers or her past. But a renegade Chorý has other plans for the protection of a girl he has loved through the ages. Can Kale convince Ella of who she is, what she is destined to become, and what he once meant to her? Is he truly the best protector to shield the world from the devastating misuse of her powers that Laurent is bent on controlling? Or will the forbidden love they share and Kale's cursed condition as a retched and hated Chory be used against them both?
This paranormal romance told from the heroine's perspective builds in intensity and intrigue to a finale you won't see coming. Heart pounding action mixed with heartwarming friendships and heartbreaking romance will leave you breathless and begging for more.
©2012 Kristen Anne Inger Iversen (P)2015 Kristen Anne Inger Iversen
Some parts and not the whole book. I don't listen to audiobooks again. I just buy new ones. Still, it is a good clean romance novel and I'd recommend it.
I didn't read the print version, but I think I like this better than reading since I can do it while driving.
When Ella was in the graveyard with Kale and he helped her by telling her the truth.
In two sittings.
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!!!!!
Really Needs Improvement!
No..well maybe...if they added some action in..interesting concept...but the story is dull...
** I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review **
I wanted to like this, and I didn't hate i...but the editing was the most awful editing in any audio book ever! I have listened to over 400 books so I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on this...every chapter there is mistakes...repeat words, and whole sentences....this narrator must be new...because she is more of a reader, then a narrator...lots of run on sentences...and too fast in some parts...The story itself could of been really really great...but nothing happens till almost the ending...the past lives were not fully explored or explained...its just a weak story with a strong concept...I will not continue this series...and I do not recommend it.....overall really a 2.5....I hate leaving bad reviews, because I normally like everything but this is just not goo and I had to force myself to finish it......
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
After all the build up about this book I was totally dismayed by the naivete of the heroine. Past life reincarnation can be done beautifully but this one was told in a mish mash of fractures, never really getting a full picture or a reasonable explanation of cause and effect. I gave up at chapter 16 out of 36. Maybe it got better but I got bored with no clear direction of where the story was headed. The narrator wasn't the best, can you say run on sentences, I was hoping she knew what a period was indicative of, however she ran on, and on.
Rabid Listener/Reader and Shopper!
Narration - Jelayna Rose - Really, really 'great potential' narrator...and really 'really bad' production!
This is a tough one...
First off, I absolutely loved this story. The blurb is pretty all inclusive, so start there.
This was really hard to get into at first, but it had nothing to do with the story and everything to do with the narration.
I will tell you that Jelayne has a terrific voice and I think she has the chops to become an exceptional narrator. Throughout, the narration was really fast and many times had hardly any emotion or inflection - or even breaks between sentences so it started to sound like a big long run-on sentence. The more I listened though, I believe part of that was a product of the "production" of the piece. The editing.
I think as she was doing new "takes" when the producer was putting them back together, they were also editing out those little pauses and spaces causing it to sound even faster and choppier than it really was - sounding like a really fast reader just reading in their head. On those times when you could tell she made it through a good section without having to re-record anything, she sounded really good.
Her male voice for Kale is buttery and sexy and at a nice pace. But darlin' slow down, tell me a story, use your beautiful voice to its fullest with all the inflections and emotions (OH! But when a character yells? Back away from the mic).
The other main issue to cause me to declare this a great book, but bad audiobook is that there are probably more than 40 production errors where we get to hear the same 'take' twice or even three times. The producer missed them completely.
The sound volume fluctuates quite a bit, and later in the book when she portrays some real emotion, you can actually hear the mic topping out cause it just can't take no more. *begs for her to back away from the mic when raising voice*
So I listened to this with a lot of mixed emotions as I found myself really enjoying the story, the characters and (for the most part) the way she portrayed them I just had to grimace and deal with the poor production quality.
I think Jelayna is probably the perfect candidate to complete the rest of this series (but please slow down and tell the story), and the future of this series definitely needs better editing and production.
Will I continue the series? Absolutely! I'm loving the story, the premise and dying to find out how this all comes out!
Will I continue with audiobook format?
Hmmmm.... We'll see...
I received a copy of this audiobook free of charge from audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
Kale is a classic tragic hero. I'm into the classic heroes. What I liked least is that there are confusion and unanswered questions and background information. Also this first book left me feeling un-sated. I'm hoping that the following books of the series will fill in the blanks
I would to some one who likes this genre. It is not the best book of this genre however it is addictive and is interesting.
Her performance was fine.
The book by its self was incomplete and a follow up is needed.
Ella is an Ark. An Ark is descended from the Dark Prince and there is only one Ark at a time. Each Ark is a reincarnation of the previous Arks. Arks are clairvoyant and the Dark Prince, an evil immortal uses Arks to increase his own power.
Ella a college student starts having visions after her parents die. Ella is placed into a psychiatric hospital because of these visions. After she is discharged she goes to live with friends of her parents.
These visions are like a homing beacon for the dark prince who wishes to exploit her. In a previous reincarnation Kale was her lover who tried to protect her. He failed and the Dark Prince killed the Ark and turned Kale into a half.vampire.
Kale along with Jace an immortal from the immortal council is trying to protect Ella. This is the background of the story. The reader is told very little about Jace. Alex is the son of the family whom Ella is staying with and a long time friend. He hasn't a clue about what is happening regarding Ella.
I feel like I was shown a spread for a feast, was given a couple of bites and that was it the story ends. The series does hold promise, however the first book could of had a more definite and complete end as well as more filled in blanks.
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The story was good but some parts needed written more clearer. Like the beginning and the background history. It does leave you wanting to read the next book in the series. The main reason for my rating is the narration sucked. The reader was okay with working with different character voice however at times she talked to fast and the story would get lost, And it was so poorly edited. Sentences were repeated way to many times to count. It was annoying. I don't believe there was any editing done on this at all. If there had been then there wouldn't have been so much repeating of the same words It really ruined the joy of listening to the story.
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Magazine editor, graphic designer and mom with a love for escapism. Especially love magical realism, fantasy, historical fiction and YA.
This book is probably better for teen girls.
Yes. I think this book had a lot of potential, but the pacing and details needed to be ironed out a bit more. I think with the right editor, Iversen's stories could be very good.
While the reader was ok, it was poorly edited with sentences and phrases of the book often repeated right after it was said, like the book was skipping almost. I can tell the reader tried to go back and fix certain sections, but instead of taking the old audio out, it was the old audio, followed by the new audio, repeating the same words.
There were several scenes that didn't seem to have much point - particularly ones that seemed to linger on what clothes she was buying or tv shows she was watching.
Here's the thing with this book, the concept is good and compelling and where the story was going was enough to keep me reading (listening) until the end. But the character relationships seemed really confused. For instance, Ella's "best friend" is supposed to be Alex, but they apparently haven't seen each other in a long time because she's surprised to see how's he's grown up when he returns from college. And despite their limited interaction and all the secrets she holds, she is constantly getting mad when other characters don't trust her. And Alex apparently has a crush on Ella, but there was nothing in their relationship that made me believe it. And then there was the weird relationship with Mia who she can't stand, but hangs out with all the time and calls her her friend. And I can buy the vampire/past life relationship thing, but there are major gaps there too. Speaking of gaps, I felt like the story conveniently skipped over things that would have really explained the character relationships and had weird time skips. The best part of this story is definitely when Ella manages to remember her past life and the threat of danger, but both were not played up to their potential.
I wanted to like this book. The story and characters have a lot of potential and, despite its weird, abrupt ending, I feel like as it continues it could be really good, but it is need of improved book pacing and character building.
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"I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com".
loved the book. its a great read. wish i had the next book. the only problem i had is there are places in the book that repeat words
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