Talvi Marinossian has slain maenads and fought off vampire attacks, but nothing has prepared him for getting involved with one of these forbidden "modern girls". When he finally tracks down Annika it's obvious that she's changed since her recent adventure in his homeland. It's also clear that she's not ready to embrace the next chapter in her life. He tries to persuade her to open up to him, but she finds it difficult since he won't even explain how he earns a living, why he has a secret cell phone, or the reason he keeps another woman's handkerchief in his pocket. Instead of relying on Talvi to help her adjust, Annika delves into her music and her job, and it isn't long before the new lovers find themselves completely out of sync with one another. Just when they start to find their rhythm, Talvi is called away on business and whisks Annika off to Paris for what is supposed to be a working vacation. But one bad decision leads to another, and the chaos that ensues may cost someone their life.
You'll enjoy this edgy and 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.
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Hands down, the narration. It made all the moments I wanted to pull my hair and punch the characters all worth while
ANYTHING involving Stella (honestly, that kid rocks!)...Other than that it would have to be the scene where Annika asks Talvi to play the electric guitar during band practice and they finish the elusive song.
He is amazing. I'm currently reading the 3rd book which has no narration at the moment and I miss Nick. There are so many characters in this book and he is able to give them all life & seems to even bring their personalities out. He uses the same voice and accent for Talvi and Finn but somehow they are different enough that you can tell the brothers apart. I find myself attempting to use the same voices in my head while reading book 3...my head is not nearly as good at playing Nick as Nick is at playing the gazillion different characters. Also, I have no idea who Stella is or whose idea it was to add her but cheers for that (also thanks for adding in Annika singing!)
As before, definitely the part where Talvi joins band practice and they finish the song. I was also very fond of the "James blows up and goes nuclear" scene after the sugar and fire incident which leads to said nuclear blow up and ultimately fun times with pixie dust.
Worth it if only for the narration!
Nick Cracknell has done a wonderful job once again narrating Emigh Cannaday's second book of The Annika Brisby series. I was once again swept away by this enthralling story which picks up right where we left off in the first book had and more. From whirlwind adventure, to forbidden lust, and funny moments that had me cracking up. Can't wait to see what book three has instore. I would also like to give a big THANK YOU to Emigh Cannaday for letting me be part of her audiobook review team!!!
I loved this story as much as I loved the first (ok maybe a bit more lol). Talvi shows such an amazingly sweet side and he shows his jerk side too at times. I believe that Talvi is one of those guys that it all depends on the situation depends on whether you are going to love him or are going to hate him. All the problems that Annika and Talvi go through are common couple problems that suck, but their ways of handling them made me laugh or shake my head at their stupidity. I would really love to know what all happened in Annika's and Finn's time underground painting. Plus that ending was truly evil. I can't wait for the 3rd audio-book to come out and once again get lost in the sound of Nick Cracknell's voice and lose myself in this wonderful world.
I really enjoyed the continued growth of the characters, both in terms of the depth to which we get to know them and their character growth. I enjoyed having 300 year old and 23 year old characters at about the same stage of maturity when it comes to relationships. It is hard to pull that off without major disbelief, but Emigh makes it believable.
Again, Nick is an excellent match for this story. His voice does not get in the way of the story while helping to keep the reader interested. I found myself getting somewhat irritated with the main characters several times while listening to the story. Nick's voice helped me stay calm enough to continue listening to the story rather than having to take a break to calm down. Nick is a great enhancement to this story.
This is a very good second book in a series. I really enjoyed it.
I strongly recommend reading the first book, The Flame and the Arrow, before reading this one. If you have not read the first book, it will take the first hour or so to help you get the information needed to understand the rest of the book. It may seem confusing until you get there. Much of the rest of the story is also enhance by having read the first book. Although you could still enjoy this story, it is much better after reading book 1.
This story's setting is the opposite of the first one. The bulk of the story takes place in the modern, human world. There is a lot of focus on the main characters adapting to the world. Even Annika needs to adapt. The changes she has undergone and being involved with someone from the other realm make her somewhat of a stranger to her own world. Talvi's growth is slower than one might expect given his prior experiences in this world. Still, it is kind of fun to see what he does become proficient in.
We also get to know Talvi's older brother Finn better. Given how he was introduced in the first book, it's fun to other sides to him. We also get to know some of Talvi's family better, primarily his father. Understanding their characters really to relate better to the story and Talvi's and Annika's relationship.
Emigh is really good at creating strong, complex characters and worlds. I have loved having the opportunity to read and review both books, thanks Emigh!! I feel that the first book is a bit stronger, but both are Excellent!
This book is totally worth a credit.
This is another fantastic book in a wonderful series. I was so
happy to get this one and it lived up to my high expectations.
Mr. Cracknell is an awesome narrator, he really brings the story
to life, and makes it easy to visualize in your head. Loved it!
I would definitely recommend this amazing story to everyone.
I Loved seeing how Talvi is growing up and how the relationship between Talvi and Annika is progressing
Love his voice, love the variation in voices... It was great the change in the voice for parts only said in people's heads... it was like an echo effect, definitely told you these things were not being spoken out loud...
I think that when Talvi couldn't 'perform' with Annika because she was still a brunette was sweet... he felt like he was cheating on his red headed wife!!!
Loved this book, Love this Series!!!
Annika and Talvi are finally reunited after having spent many months apart in different worlds. Both characters are having trouble learning what it means to be married and how to balance life together. Their connection is so strong that it seemed to me that it also pulled them in opposite directions, even when the goal was the same. They're also learning trust with each other because they didn't have that 100% before they wed. We're also back in our world so the relationship has a different dynamic because of it. Annika's family thought she was mad with the tales she gave when she returned home from Talvi's, but he wants to make everything better for her upon arrival.
I had way too many chuckles about two fairies living in a house together. One an actual fairy and the other using modern slang of the word.
I loved that even when things were serious for the characters, there was still an underlying lighthearted feel. The book was even able to explore addition and show only the fringes of how dangerous it can be.
The narration of this book is spectacular. It made me want to listen to it all in one go. I grumbled more than once when I had to be pulled away from the book to deal with life.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.
This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.
"A series above and beyond the expected"
Sometimes a series feels like it had the potential to be epic. The Annika Brisby series feels just like that.
Firstly, while it isn't necessary to have read or listened to the first book, I think reading the books in order helps. The first two books have ended with a link to the next story. This book has several references to events, etc in the previous book.
That said, while the first book had the flavour of Lord of the Rings (especially with its mixed band of characters going on a quest that ends with a battle), this book is more modern. Most of the story takes place in our world, where the technology and details are current and familiar to us. This story addresses the biggest issue that emerges from the first book, namely the rather quick marriage between young Annika and overly experienced Talvi. Taken out of the realm where fairies and nymphs roam and away from the challenges that feature heavily in the start of their relationship, Annika and Talvi find themselves married and unsure of what to do with their relationship. They struggle to be together in normal day to day existence, to learn and accept each other, and to face their rather daunting insecurities. Their union brought on numerous physiological changes to Annika that they also have to adjust to. But then no one said the first year of marriage would be easy.
Emigh Cannaday has written a fascinating story that has great potential as a series. Nick Cracknell's performance has a lyrical, story telling quality that works well with this genre.
Overall enjoyable. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.
Wonderful, brilliant awesome.
I liked the way the story is moving forward from the first book. It is completely different yet just as interesting. It still carries glimpses back so we can see what is going on at home while moving into Annica's world to show us where she comes from. It starts to explain a little about Talvi, the things that were hidden about his life and his character. We are seeing Annika's friends and family and they are fitting seamlessly into the story I like how funny everyone is even when not even trying, I smiled and laughed so much while listening. Talvi is even sexier if that is even possible.
I listened to the audio version of the flame and the arrow that he narrated before listening to this one. I really enjoyed it, but this second book had me deeply involved because the performance by Nick seemed to have developed as he had been reading the books. He was as involved in reading the story as I was in listening to it. This time he "lived" it and so I could as well.
The relationship between Finn and Annica is a very emotional one that causes Finn to feel very guilty. He is such a beautiful selfless soul that feels things very deeply.and when he talks to Annika about his feelings it really makes me want to cry for him, for the love he feels and can never have.
The book ends on a cliffhanger which I always hate lol. I hope the next audible version comes out soon.
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