Shayne Leighton's stunning NA debut is a fiercely imaginative, multilayered contemporary fantasy where Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus meets Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles in a story about a girl caught between two societies, two sides, and two loves.
Raised by a vampire in a secret society of witches, shifters, and elves, Charlotte finds that she is the freak in her world of magic and wonder. When she stands before an army of impossible obstacles, the likelihood of survival in this coming-of-age modern fairy tale is slim, resulting in a war between light and darkness.
Charlotte knows no other home than the one nestled deep in the woods of Eastern Europe, where witches draw spells of enchantment, shifters throw tea parties, and elves are the closest in kin.
As genocide and war threaten her life and her home, Charlotte will not allow her one true love to be destroyed. Fighting for her adopted coven of rogue monsters, she will do whatever it takes to save them, and she'll do it before the sun comes up and light takes over forever!
©2016 Shayne Leighton (P)2016 Shayne Leighton
This was my first audiobook
All of it
I love Joel Froomkin doing the voices of everyone in the book, but when he did Valek's voice I was totally in love with how he brought him to life....
Yes, I have listen to it twice since I got it.
Joel Froomkin has done an amazing job bring this story by Shayne Leighton to life. You can feel all the emotions of each charterer as you listen to the audiobook.
The way he narrates brings chills to spine with all the raw emotion. Please give this audiobook a listen you will not be sorry at all.
Compelling mystical creatures, a young girl valiantly trying to protect her love from his enemies and the machinations of powerful individuals who seek to destroy them. This fascinating and intriguing story read by Joel Froomkin is a mesmerizing audiobook! Froomkin's incredibly fluid voice brings to vivid life a multitude of vibrant characters. Music, the whisper of a breeze, a rustle in the forest and other sounds build layer upon layer of an audio tapestry. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who enjoys dark romance, mystical creatures, and a multi-layered audio experience in storytelling.
In a crowded genre, this story is so refreshing and unique. The world building is intricate, and as I was introduced to the Occult City, I felt the same way I had when I first was introduced to Hogwarts. Truly magical. I especially loved Joel Froomkin's narration. His storytelling is masterful. I found myself enraptured. I totally forgot there was only one person speaking.
Each of the musical themes added to usher in the various characters made many parts very memorable. I thought the sound design was delicate while being interactive with the story--not distracting at all. The characters were the most memorable parts of the story. The giant spider shape-shifter, the enchanted scarecrow...each of them were dynamic and lovable. Even the baddies!
Joel Froomkin's voice made this a cinematic experience. He pulls the listener into the world and leaves you hanging on every word. His Valek is sultry. His Charlotte is relatable. Every dialect is well-crafted and believable. He gives OLAD and whole cast of characters. Mr. Froomkin vocally painted the picture and added an entirely new dimension to Leighton's world. This audiobook is not to be missed!
Love against the impossible
I really enjoyed Joel Froomkin's narration and the variety of voices he used for this audiobook were great. However, Charlotte's dialogue was a bit too childish for the 18 - 19 year old she was supposed to be. It took a while for me to dive into the book because listening to the first few minutes reminded me too much of a Bela Lugosi Dracula. After a few more minutes in though, I was hooked!
The story had so many different "scenes", and I was surprised it fit in one book. The ending started to get a bit cheesy, but overall, I thought this was a very entertaining listen.
This story captures your imagination right from the start. It is a rare moment when you read the beginning of a story and realize you are about to read a book that is destined to be great. This story does not disappoint. The words weave together an unforgettable story. A story that you will not want to stop listening to.
Shayne brought me to a place where I didn't want to escape. Wonderful landscaping, exceptional characters, all unique and intriguing. Magical, scary and yet heart warming, adventurous, exciting and much more. The main characters are very well written and I'm definately team Charlotte! You must read this, it was worth every moment! looking forward to part 2 & a movie of course!
A little different than your run of the mill vamp romance, focusing more on friendship and self discovery. Our heroine,Charlotte is fallibly wonderful and you fall in love with the entire cast of characters - not least the dark, broody vampire. Joel Froomkin's voice is pure delicious magic, switching easily between genders and accents- I'd have sworn there were at least 5 people reading! His Valek was pure, smooth sex. <3
I absolutely LOVED IT! Shayne has done a fantastic job and it feels like I'm there the entire journey!! It makes you want to travel to Prague and feel the magic there. This is by far the best vampire series I have ever owned since I did not like the ending of the Twilight series. Shayne has redemmed the world of the vampires and this is one I truly recommend to read!!
mysterious, amazing and action-packed
- The vampires portrayed in the book are one of the most realistic vampires I've ever read about.
- The world-building is also one of the things I love about this book!
- The action is fantastic. I was never bored!
No, I haven't
Interesting story. Easy to follow. Fantastically done. A vampire raises a human girl. He undergoes the trials and tribulations of temptation, society and the unknown. They live on the edge of not getting caught together which is forbidden.
The narration is phenomenal! The differentiation between the characters is amazing. Joel Froomkin's voice is clear, with excellent diction and spot on pronunciation.
The only issue I had with this audiobook was the sound effects. I found them distracting and unnecessary. With such polished, fantastic narration, why would there be sound effects????
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