"Don't do it, Annika," he taunted. His eyes were no longer bright and charming, but dark and intense, yet they still twinkled. He was tempting, but was he harmful?
Aspiring rock star Annika Brisby thinks she knows where her life is going until she steps through a broken portal that leaves her stranded in a fae-filled realm of fairies, shapeshifter druids, psychic vampires, and other mythical beings. Unable to return until it's repaired, she's rescued by wood nymphs who believe her sudden arrival is no accident. After being taken in by a prominent family of elves, Annika finds herself struggling to resist the seductive spell of their youngest son, Talvi. Equal parts arrogant and alluring, the notorious heartbreaker seems like the perfect distraction for her homesickness. Her new friends warn her that she'll probably regret ever laying eyes on him, and what begins as a casual fling with a telepathic elf for a lover quickly burns too hot to handle. By the time Annika learns the consequences of their forbidden trysts, Talvi's already under her skin and dangerously close to her heart. But on the journey home she discovers that there's a mountain of secrets that he's not telling her, and Annika can't help wondering who's really in danger.
You'll enjoy this edgy, dark blend of New Adult Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance if you're a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Donna Grant, Charlaine Harris, Karen Marie Moning, Jeanine Frost, J.R. Ward, and Lynsay Sands.
©2016 Emigh Cannaday (P)2016 Emigh Cannaday
This book rates in the top 5% of the audio books I've listened to... Within the first few minutes Nick Cracknell sucks you in and has you forgetting he is not actually the characters he's speaking for.
Talvi of course... the ultimate bad boy.... with a sexy accent of course.
There are several very important moment in this book, but the very last scene is the best one!!!
I have read and listened to this book, I loved it both ways, and am anxiously awaiting future books.
wowser what a voice and story. when he is talking sexy you just melt.
i loved the story and could barely stop listening only when i had to sleep.
thank you so much i cant wait to hear more
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Good thing this was a long book because there's a whole different parallel world to be described. This isn't one of those wordy "have-to-mention-every-object" scripts but one full of movement, characters and new situations. I get some feel of a YA read but there is graphic sex at the adult level... Not too much though (darn). No heavy violence or language (unless you consider "shit" a no-no.
Despite the lack of dark and gritty confrontational situations that I come to seek in my Bad Boy reads, I rather liked this story. It was fresh and the romance was real, with it's real ups and downs. The entire story kept me in anticipation, waiting to see what else I'd get to discover. Annika was brave and resourceful; not whiny or a stupid-dumb chic. And Talvi really was a bad boy... with a reputation that even I'd have to question. I wish I met him before he met Annika because afterward, he was a good guy forward from the point of our introduction (well, other than tantrums, jealousy and immature reactions).
Narration was wonderful. A slightly British accent, with a not too deep voice. But when he went into different male characters, he pulled off thedeep and gravely just fine. Acceptable female renditions but I will always say that the male/female narration duo is the best.
I think this ranks up there close to Mistborn series.
TWO THUMBS UP.
Annika may have been the one pulled into a portal to another realm, but I can feel as though I was pulled there with her. The authors words melded perfectly with the narrator's sexy voice to create a magical experience. This is a book that I wanted to listen to from start to finish. From the new realm to the romance, the book was captivating.
I fell in love with our bad boy heartthrob Talvi as I listened to the book. He could definitely be a pain, but his intentions toward Annika felt pure from the beginning. I'm excited to see where their story goes in future books!
This is the kind of book to pick up immediately!
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.
The narration and world building
"Under Different Stars" (Kricket Series by Amy Bartol)--Probably because of there being similar prophecy scenarios, a ruthless bad boy, everyone wants something from Kricket and no one seems apt to maybe clue her in to ANY sort of truth...kinda like Annika.
"Throne of Glass"--Basically because of the large character base, Talvi and Celaena are similar'ish, and Finn annoys me like Chaol.
I was a fan of the entire Troll scenario. It wasn't "moving" emotionally per se, but I loved the dynamics.
Nick Cracknell brings the book to life! The story goes from a 2D version in your mind to a full 3D experience right before your eyes!
I was in love with the characters from when I first read the book. Mr. Cracknell's vocal talents really bring them to life.
I really did not think that I would get so swept up in the story, plot, and wonderful characters. However, I could not be pulled away until the end.
The book in itself is wonderful. The audio version has made it a work of art.
The Flame and the arrow was a great a book. Emigh Cannaday knows how to keep you listening and or reading to the end of the book.
Nick Cracknell is a great narrator.
big thumbs up to this book.
The Flame and the Arrow is a sweet romance between Annika and Talvi. Both are from different worlds. One from the human world and the other from the fae world.
Annika is an aspiring rock star, who has been asked by her boyfriend to marry him and discovered that he has never took her seriously to be a rock star. With no directions of what to do, her uncle invited her to France to help with the cooking.
While visiting a small town, Sofia, Annika noticed a man and three women in their twenties. Intrigued by the way they were dressed, Annika followed them into the bookstore. She only found out that they were from Derbedrossivic, before she escaped when one of the women mistakened her for another person.
Annika never expected to see the man and the three women again until she stepped into a portal by accident and to discover that all the portals to the fae world were closing mysteriously. In order to return home, Annika has accepted Talvi, the man she met in the bookstore and who is an elf and the three women to aid her.
While staying in Derbedrossivic, Annika discovered that she has an ancestor who from from the fae world. Her relationship with Talvi grew closer as he continued to court her. Even though she was warned by her new friends that Talvi is a womanizer and a heartbreaker, it was too late to protect her heart from Talvi.
The courtship of Annika and Talvi is so sweet. There are so many clues on how Talvi felt about Annika but Annika kept flying into the wrong conclusions about Talvi. Talvi only revealed what Annika needs to know when she is ready to listen. In Annika's defense, she is scared of what would happen when she returned to her own world. Talvi can't follow her there since he doesn't have a job there and has never been to the States. She is scared that she and Talvi might not have a future in the human world.
I love Talvi for being so smug, confident with a bit of mischief whenever he talked to Annika. He is quite a protective and caring character. There are just so many good qualities about Talvi. From his past of what Annika knew about him, Talvi really grew from the shallow character he was before meeting Annika.
There are so many characters and magical creatures that keep popping in the story. What is amazing about this story, it is able to tell the backgrounds of each characters and that each characters will make the listeners/readers care and love about them.
I especially love the elfin language about the two flowers and the bees. There is a deeper meaning about love in the elfin language.
I am looking forward to the next two books in this series to find out where the next adventures will take Annika and Talvi.
This audiobook is worth listening to, again.
I was given this audiobook by the author and have volunteered to write an unbiased review of the book. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.
The narrator was wonderful and did different voices for the characters.
It's hard to chose the most memorable moment. There were so many surprises and twists through the story.
His character voices are great and add an extra dimension to the characters.
Bad boy or just misunderstood?
Right at the beginning you can tell this story is going to blow you
away. I was surprised to see it is only one man doing all those voices.
Mr.Cracknell is a superb storyteller with a voice that will transport you.
I think this wonderful story is a perfect match to his voice.
Looking forward to hearing more from both the author and the narrator.
"Epic style enjoyable!"
Emigh Cannaday has created a fantastic alternate reality with magic and portals, faeries and elves, trolls and vampires, and much more. It has a lot of similarities to a simpler version of human life as we know it. But it is also strikingly unique.
This story has a little feeling of Alice falling through a hole, mixed with the Lord of Rings namely collecting friends and allies to go on an epic adventure, as well as a lot of the angst associated with the development of new romances. The characters are numerous, all vibrant and interesting. While the story centres on Annika and Talvi, the supporting characters create a wonderful tapestry surrounding the two main characters.
I like how the book ends. Without making this a spoiler, there is a HEA but also a hint of more to come. Cannot wait!!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
"Really good narrator but a very long & slow story."
I would not recommend this book because I found it to be very slow. Nothing exciting happened in my opinion until we got closer to the end.
I also found that Annika the main character to be predicable which I must admit put me off. I kept thinking she will be different or stick to her guns but no it was to much to wish for. She fell in love the with Talvi the elf. I loved his brother Finn more. I felt he would have treated her better.
Talvi acts immature sometimes and he is meant to be many years old. He acted like a horny teenager not a century old elf!
Annika said that she has met his kind (a womenizer) before and knew how to deter them. Yet she fell for Talvi who is the type she doesn't go for!
I also found her to good to be true.
I loved all the characters he did. They all felt real to me and unique. I would defiantly listen to this narrator who I found to be really good.
I think it was worth listening to the narrator who I thought was very good! I just found the story to be very long and slow (not a lot of action since it is a fantasy). I believe some parts can be cut out of the book to shorten it. I think it didn't help that I didn't believe in Annika and Talvi's relationship.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author.
Annika is thrown into a world where fairies, elves, and unicorns roam the land. She doesn’t have the option of leaving and is soon thrust into the fight to regain control over the portals to the human world. Having Talvi, the handsome but annoying elf at her side throws an added complication but on this epic journey she will find out the truth about him and the others in her group.
After a slow start, the book became so addictive I couldn’t put it down. Annika is fierce, strong-willed, and doesn’t let people take advantage of her. Talvi is the lovable, flirtatious elf who charms her. The love aspect of this book isn’t the only thing going on. The story is about the epic journey they take and the fight for freedom as much as it is about love.
I read this book on both Kindle and audiobook and I must say the audiobook really did it justice.
This is a wonderful story beautifully read by Nick Cracknel. I read the book when it came out and loved it so much that I was excited to listen to the audio version. I was not disappointed it exceeded my expectations. The sound quality was clear and the narrator was very well chosen. During some of the longer passages I found his voice mesmeric. He was brilliant at skipping from one character voice to the next which must have been very difficult to do. He really touched my emotions. I think that while I listened to the story I felt I lived it, I became part of it. I adore Talvi and all his flaws I can't wait to continue the journey with the endearing elves.
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