What would you do if you discovered there was a parallel dimension?
Hailey Parrish used to be an average, everyday human. Boring, in fact. After being possessed by Sebastian Kess, a magically inclined enforcer from the parallel dimension Coursodon, her life took a decidedly less mundane turn. Besides coming to grips with the existence of supernatural beings, she risked her life helping Sebastian and her heart falling for his protégé, Alex Sunderland. Now, Hailey has to deal with the bit of arcane power that Sebastian left behind when he returned to his own body and try to stay out of the crossfire when an unknown assailant seeks revenge against Alex.
©2012 M.L. Ryan (P)2016 M.L. Ryan
First off, let me state that I absolutely love the Coursodon Dimension series by M.L. Ryan. I've read every book in it so far and it's my go-to when I want to read a book that's fun and snarky and filled with amazing characters.
When the first book Special Offers came out in audio, I gobbled it up. Hollie Jackson did a fantastic job of Hailey's personality and the voices for every single character so I was thrilled to find out she did this book as well. There's been a huge gap - over a year - between when the first and second books went into audio. I have my own ideas on that... that in a second.
If you are familiar with the series, you'll know there are a lot of Xs in Courso words. Like lots and lots of Xs. I wondered what they would sound like and half expected the narrator to do polite pauses before she spoke them. Imagine my happiness (and glee) when she spoke those words as if they were her own tongue. There was no hesitancy in her voice as she read the book and her pronunciations of the Coursodon language were impeccable. Which brings me to my thoughts on why the second book took so long to produce.
I've decided Hollie must be at least half Courso and must have been in Coursodon when M.L. Ryan asked her to produce the second book.Obviously she didn't get the request until she returned. How anyone not a native-born Courso could so easily produce the language would boggle the mind. (And yes, that was a joke.) However, she did pronounce the language with unerring accuracy. So maybe...
While you don't need to have listened to Special Offers to get Special Rewards, I would highly suggest it. Then prepare yourself for hours and hours of listening enjoyment. Oh, and just a hint? Don't drink anything while listening. You'll snort it out your nose. And soda, especially, is painful that way.
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