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Unreal City

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Sarah Wilkes is desperate enough to do anything, even make a deal with the devil - or in her case, a familiar spirit. After her twin Lea is murdered, Sarah finds college life impossible and longs to escape. Everything changes when Sarah realizes a familiar spirit is stalking her and offers to transport her to the terrifying and fantastical realm of Unreal City. The payment for admission? A taste of her blood. Unable to resist, Sarah is drawn into an alternate reality that is a dream come true... at first.

The deeper she explores Unreal City, the more Sarah's reality becomes warped. Death surrounds her as people are murdered in the same fashion as her sister. She has no choice but to continue her visits to Unreal City, which grows darker by the day. Is finding out the truth about what happened to Lea worth becoming part of Unreal City forever?

©2014 Alexandra Meyering (P)2015 Alexandra Meyering

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    Kitty L. 10-29-15
    Kitty L. 10-29-15
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    "Amazing"

    The depth of writing is superb. This is original, scary and mesmerizing. Sara's grief firmed to strength and resilience is inspiring. Felix is a creature you won't be able to forget! I loved it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marcus Damanda Woodbridge VA 05-17-15
    Marcus Damanda Woodbridge VA 05-17-15 Member Since 2014

    author of The Forever Show

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    "A Dream and a Nightmare"
    What made the experience of listening to Unreal City the most enjoyable?

    Be careful what you wish for, kids.
    Readers who take on A.R. Meyering’s UNREAL CITY have no idea what they’re in for. I purchased the audiobook version of this novel (and so I hope you’ll forgive me if I misspell a character name or two), looking forward to what I expected would be a rather darker imagining of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. And so it was.
    Much darker. Just as good. Seriously.
    Meet Sarah Wilkes, a young college-bound woman, separated for the first time from her family even as she wrestles with the recent murder of her beloved twin sister Lea. She’s not ready for this, but there’s really nothing else for it. Her friends have given up on her. Her mother waits obsessively for the awakening of Lea’s boyfriend from a coma, for answers that may never come. Real-world forces propel her from the ruined life she has known into a future rife with uncertainty.
    Enter Felix. Yeah, he’s a cat. But not really. And he’s only “Felix” because that’s what Sarah names him. He has promises for Sarah, an invitation that cannot be denied. Feed me, Sarah, and I’ll make it all go away. Far away.
    We know this is a bad idea. Readers and listeners alike scream at Sarah to back away (No—take it, Sarah, do it, DO IT), because we’re pretty sure this is going to a bad place. Oh, and it is. Real bad. So bad, in fact, that we want to be there ourselves. And the good news is, for the length of this book, we really are.
    I don’t want to give too much away. That’s all I’m saying, in terms of plot. But I assure you, readers and listeners both, that here you will find a tale rich in character, from the real-world Sarah and her selfless college friend Joy, to the phantasms, gods, and devils of Unreal City itself: Mama Stella, Blanche, Poe, Felix, the Antler Man …
    The thing is, this book will hurt you. For those of us burdened with unresolved grief and the anger that comes with it, the trip won’t be easy. To those of us young enough (or fortunate enough) to not have dealt with these issues yet, perhaps UNREAL CITY will provide some kind of creative preparation for its inevitability. Live long enough, and this pain will find you. A.R. Meyering understands this, controls it, and she articulates it in a complex tapestry of story art that will simply floor you.
    And now, full disclosure: I might never have gone down this rabbit hole were it not for the fact that the audiobook is narrated by Jessica McEvoy. I’m so, so glad I did—don’t get me wrong—but it was only by this chance connection that I was even aware of UNREAL CITY. Anyone who has followed Ms. McEvoy’s readings on the award-winning NoSleep Podcast knows the strength and resonance she brings to her narration and character voices. In this instance, she adopts various accents to meet the global demands of UNREAL CITY—Spanish, Scottish, Russian, French, drunken Americana—but far more importantly, she brings to life the hope and despair, the humor and terror, of our existence. And death. Yeah. There’s that, too.
    But those are just the “voices,” the characters. What I’ve always appreciated the most about McEvoy’s considerable talent is her narration. In this particular reading, the listener is treated to an anguished lullaby, a magic carpet ride across a landscape of dreams and nightmares, bridged by dark tunnels of bleak reality with only one hand reaching out from the black to guide us though.
    Jessica McEvoy has an uncanny ability to channel the exact intended voice for whatever author has the wisdom and good fortune to benefit by her delivery. The creative marriage is perfect for UNREAL CITY.
    The journey is cheap. The therapy will probably be expensive, though. Fair warning.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Felix. Of course. He's going to be everyone's favorite!


    What about Jessica McEvoy’s performance did you like?

    Be careful what you wish for, kids.
    Readers who take on A.R. Meyering’s UNREAL CITY have no idea what they’re in for. I purchased the audiobook version of this novel (and so I hope you’ll forgive me if I misspell a character name or two), looking forward to what I expected would be a rather darker imagining of ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS. And so it was.
    Much darker. Just as good. Seriously.
    Meet Sarah Wilkes, a young college-bound woman, separated for the first time from her family even as she wrestles with the recent murder of her beloved twin sister Lea. She’s not ready for this, but there’s really nothing else for it. Her friends have given up on her. Her mother waits obsessively for the awakening of Lea’s boyfriend from a coma, for answers that may never come. Real-world forces propel her from the ruined life she has known into a future rife with uncertainty.
    Enter Felix. Yeah, he’s a cat. But not really. And he’s only “Felix” because that’s what Sarah names him. He has promises for Sarah, an invitation that cannot be denied. Feed me, Sarah, and I’ll make it all go away. Far away.
    We know this is a bad idea. Readers and listeners alike scream at Sarah to back away (No—take it, Sarah, do it, DO IT), because we’re pretty sure this is going to a bad place. Oh, and it is. Real bad. So bad, in fact, that we want to be there ourselves. And the good news is, for the length of this book, we really are.
    I don’t want to give too much away. That’s all I’m saying, in terms of plot. But I assure you, readers and listeners both, that here you will find a tale rich in character, from the real-world Sarah and her selfless college friend Joy, to the phantasms, gods, and devils of Unreal City itself: Mama Stella, Blanche, Poe, Felix, the Antler Man …
    The thing is, this book will hurt you. For those of us burdened with unresolved grief and the anger that comes with it, the trip won’t be easy. To those of us young enough (or fortunate enough) to not have dealt with these issues yet, perhaps UNREAL CITY will provide some kind of creative preparation for its inevitability. Live long enough, and this pain will find you. A.R. Meyering understands this, controls it, and she articulates it in a complex tapestry of story art that will simply floor you.
    And now, full disclosure: I might never have gone down this rabbit hole were it not for the fact that the audiobook is narrated by Jessica McEvoy. I’m so, so glad I did—don’t get me wrong—but it was only by this chance connection that I was even aware of UNREAL CITY. Anyone who has followed Ms. McEvoy’s readings on the award-winning NoSleep Podcast knows the strength and resonance she brings to her narration and character voices. In this instance, she adopts various accents to meet the global demands of UNREAL CITY—Spanish, Scottish, Russian, French, drunken Americana—but far more importantly, she brings to life the hope and despair, the humor and terror, of our existence. And death. Yeah. There’s that, too.
    But those are just the “voices,” the characters. What I’ve always appreciated the most about McEvoy’s considerable talent is her narration. In this particular reading, the listener is treated to an anguished lullaby, a magic carpet ride across a landscape of dreams and nightmares, bridged by dark tunnels of bleak reality with only one hand reaching out from the black to guide us though.
    Jessica McEvoy has an uncanny ability to channel the exact intended voice for whatever author has the wisdom and good fortune to benefit by her delivery. The creative marriage is perfect for UNREAL CITY.
    The journey is cheap. The therapy will probably be expensive, though. Fair warning.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have, if I'd had the strength. It's very powerful, though. Too strong for one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Bravo, Jessica McEvoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 12-02-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 12-02-16 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "something between dark fantasy and light horror"

    Sarah's twin sister died just a couple of months before the start of the classes. Sarah is heartbroken about it, and just does not know how to continue with her life. Part of it is because of how Lea died: drowned but far from any body of water. Sarah will meet an extraordinary creature which will show her the Unreal City in exchange for a price. She wonders if it is worth it and if she could find there the answers she needs.

    This book got me hooked from the beginning. It is beautifully written with very detailed descriptions that made me feel I was there. The characters were also beautifully constructed, and the dialogs were realistic. It was a pleasure and I could have listened to it in one go if I had time.

    We get an explanation of things and everything falls into place, but I could not help but think of a parallelism between the Unreal City and getting addicted to drugs. I guess the Unreal City worked in a way like a drug, giving false hope and access to a new world with a new perception, but taking something precious from you in return, and also changing your life out of it.

    It was a simple story, reminding me sometimes of 'Alice Through the Looking Glass', but with much darker. If I had to define it I would say that it is something between dark fantasy and light horror.

    I enjoyed Jessica McEvoy's narration. She transmitted Sarah's emotions like they were her own, and I could feel the despair she felt. She did a good job with accents too, although I had troubles with the Russian accent. It felt overdone and I had to focus to understand all the words.

    I loved this book. It was a clever story told in a beautiful and dazzling way. I am glad that I decided to listen to it and get to know A.R. Meyering's writing. I am looking forward to listening to her other books.

    Audiobook was provided for review by the author.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony 12-07-16
    Anthony 12-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Alluring story"
    What did you love best about Unreal City?

    The author and the narrator did a great job at capturing the attention to detail, and keeping you involved with the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Unreal City?

    Listening to the enigma that is Felix


    What about Jessica McEvoy’s performance did you like?

    Her narrations are always amazing


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I almost cried Joy told Sarah about her parents


    Any additional comments?

    I really wished they'd end the story with both Joy and Sarah doing something in the gardens. She just got the ability to enter them, but they ended it cliche staring into sunset ending instead

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lena 10-21-16
    Lena 10-21-16
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    "Dark story - brilliant narration"

    Not the happiest of stories, but there was wonder and imagination, and I liked where it led in the end. Jessica McEvoy is a top notch narrator and absolutely nails it! If you enjoy dark fantasy, I definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Woolcock Flint, MI 09-30-16
    Paul Woolcock Flint, MI 09-30-16
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    "Great story, great writing, great narration"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was the first time I'd read something by A.R. Mejering, and was impressed. The narrator, Jessica McEvoy, was wonderful, as usual.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie Sullivan 09-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Enjoyable"

    Interesting concept which was very well executed. Absolutely love the job Jessica McEvoy did narrating. All the different characters were well portrayed through the writing and enhanced by Jessica's talented narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek 08-31-16
    Derek 08-31-16

    thedlb

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    "Great story, excellent narration"

    Narrator Jessica McEvoy does a fantastic job reading to you this dark tale. The book itself is a story that drew me in and kept me wanting more. It was quite a change from my usual books; I was pleasantly surprised. Out of all the books I've read, very few had a female protagonist. That made it even better.

    Can't wait to hear more from A. R. Meyering and Jessica McEvoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew 08-05-16
    andrew 08-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing narration"

    the narrator really brought the story to life loved the idea of unreal city and hope to hear more from it and all the awesome familiar I picture Felix like the Cheshire cat but as a fox loved it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Sanchez California 07-19-16
    Richard Sanchez California 07-19-16
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    "Very engaging!"

    Dripping with detail and wonderful characters brought to life by the exceptional narration of Jessica McEvoy the story kept me entertained and curious to learn more about the strange world of Unreal City. I'd definitely recommend this book on its well paced suspense, interesting world building, and enjoyable characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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