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J. A. Cipriano

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  • Stolen Magic

  • Dragon's Gift: The Huntress, Book 3
  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

Being a FireSoul has its perks. Cass Clereaux can find any type of magical treasure or steal any magical power. She'll pick hunting treasure any day because she doesn't have to kill for it, but that doesn't mean she hasn't stolen powers before. She needs them to stay alive. A fight to the death is the least of what she can expect if other supernaturals find out what she is, so Cass has become an expert at lying low.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Addition to A Fun Series

  • By Adriana B on 10-12-16

That ending...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-16

This one was weird for me because even though the first part of the book was really exciting, I just didn't enjoy it that much until Cass went to look for the Nullifier. Once that happened all bets were off, and I raced through the rest of the book. It was that good.

I especially liked how Cass and Aidan finally got to go on a date, and it was so them!

The ending, omg, how can you do this to me Linsey? I mean, for serious. That made me wish I had the next one on hand now.

  • True North

  • Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter, Volume 6
  • By: Nikki Jefford
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Aurora has spent the past year fighting for survival, freedom, and justice. Now she's about to face the biggest battle of her life. Field agents are turning up dead and everyone is working to stop Jared before he starts a full-blown war between vampires and hunters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I WILL MISS AURORA AND CREW! GREAT SERIES!

  • By anne on 09-16-16

An exciting conclusion

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-16

I have some mixed feelings about this one. As a fan of the Aurora Sky novels, I was upset to see the series end, on the other hand, I felt this book was a nice wrap up to the series.

My only issue with the book came from about the first twenty percent, where Aurora just kind of sat around. I sort of wished the book started 20% of the way in because once Aurora met with the villains it was exciting and fast paced.

I especially like "team Reindeer," and was especially happy with the portrayal of both Dante and Noel in this book.

To be honest, and this might be sort of spoilery, I sort of feel really bad for Valerie. Part of me wishes it hadn't turned out the way it did, but either way, I'm glad pretty much every loose end was tied up.

If you've been hesitating to try this series, I say to give it a go. It's definitely one of my favorites.

  • Dead Stare

  • Ghosts & Magic, Volume 3
  • By: M. R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Conor Night, the world's only necromancer, is starting to think that his life is finally coming together. His last job not only left him funded, but also helped him fall off the radar of the world's two most powerful wizards. Of course, being a necromancer always has its downsides, and when he's forced into a job that will leave the Houses on the brink of all-out war, he begins to realize just how down those sides can be. He thinks he understands the rules in the world of ghosts and magic. Unfortunately for him, the rules are about to change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just how much trouble can a pair of dice get you?

  • By DabOfDarkness on 08-08-16

So... where's the next one?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-03-16

Let's just get the whole "I received this book in exchange for a review" thing out of the way now. Moving on.

I think, of the three books in this series I've listened to, this is my favorite. Conor is finally coming into his own and the added Japanese mythology was really freaking cool.

Once again Jeff Hays did an amazing job narrating and is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators.

The only problem with this book was that it ended and there are no more.

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  • Burned by Magic

  • The Baine Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Jasmine Walt
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

In the city of Solantha, mages rule absolute, with shifters considered second-class citizens and humans something in between. No one outside the mage families are allowed to have magic, and anyone born with it must agree to have it stripped from them to avoid execution. Sunaya Baine, a shifter-mage hybrid, has managed to keep her unruly magic under wraps for the last 24 years.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay

  • By Carrie on 11-09-16

Enjoyable

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-16

I enjoyed Burned by magic a lot more than I thought I would, which was weird because I expected to enjoy it a bunch.

It reminded me a lot of both Karen Marie Moning's Fever series and Ilona Andrews' Kate Daniels series, so if you like both or either of those books, you should give this a try.

You may find yourself enjoying Sunaya Bane, a snarky shifter/mage hybrid as she goes about trying to not die, which is surprisingly difficult for her.

  • Acheron Highway

  • The Second Jonathan Shade Novel
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

The dead won't stay buried in Denver, so Jonathan Shade isn't too surprised when a deceased woman shows up wanting to hire him. A necromancer stalker has stolen her heart - literally - and she needs it if she's going to live.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Acheron Highway

  • By med c on 10-30-15

The ending is just...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-26-16

I received this book in exchange for a review.

I really enjoyed this book. Once again Joe Hempel did an awesome job narrating. There were a few minor blips here and there, but nothing major.

I definitely plan to continue the series, especially with the amazing ending. I kept thinking the whole time, no way, this can't be happening, and then Jonathan totally owned the crap out of the whole situation.

There were many twists in the books too, none of which that found out of place. I'd heartily recommend this book.

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  • Mirror Mage

  • Dragon's Gift: The Huntress, Book 2
  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Cass Clereaux likes her job. It's simple - steal the magic, don't get killed. FireSouls like her are perfect for magic treasure hunting. Their dragon soul helps them find treasure, their wicked powers help them steal it. But there's a big freaking downside - FireSouls are hunted. If either of the magical governments figures out what she is, she can kiss her life goodbye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Troublemer on 09-22-16

Very Enjoyable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-16-16

I liked the book a lot and the narration was good as well. I'm finding I quite like Laurel Schroeder's voices.

I really like how sweet the romance between Cass and Aidan, and I felt like the conclusion to the book was really satisfying. I'm ready ton start the next book.

The only thing that bugged me about the book was a particular part where Cass decided to sacrifice herself for the good of a little girl, and I was like, is there seriously no one else who could take her place? No one?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Red

  • Ghosts & Magic, Volume 2
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174

Conor Night, the world's only surviving necromancer, is used to having bad days. After all, he's spent the last few years as a minor pawn in the Game of Houses while keeping one foot planted firmly in the grave. But between the job offer he can't refuse from a wizard he doesn't trust and the appearance of a cult bent on sending him to the afterlife, his days are about to get a whole lot worse. He's used to the threat of death. Death making threats? That's new.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action & harsh humor in a thrilling mix!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 09-09-15

I loved it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-16

I received this book in exchange for a free review.

Once again another excellent effort by both the Narrator Jeff Hays and Author M.R. Forbes. I'm fast becoming a huge fan of both. Now I'm at a crossroads. I only have one more book left until there are no more.

On the subject of the story. I found it quite interesting. I enjoyed Prithi's character as well as Amos. I am a touch disappointed with the reveal at the end as it felt a little bit obvious, but on the other hand it was awesome so I was glad I was right.

I have to say, if you are at all a fan of Urban Fantasy, you owe it to yourself to read these.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead of Night

  • Ghosts & Magic, Book 1
  • By: M.R. Forbes
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Small-time thief and hitman Conor Night thinks having terminal cancer is his worst problem. The illegal treatments keeping him alive are expensive, and the side effects a mixed bag: Conor can raise the dead. When a low-end hit points to a high-end job, Conor is suspicious, but it's an opportunity he can't afford to ignore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This urban fantasy left me wanting more.

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-08-14

Great!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-31-16

I received this book from the narrator in exchange for a review.

I absolutely loved the narration. It sounded like a book being read by Christian Bale's batman, which is always a good thing. The only downside was the weird laugh track that was often inserted, like someone would hit the laugh (or whatever) sound on a keyboard.

Also, a lot of the female voices sounded similar. Still, I really enjoyed the narration and would totally listen to another one.

As someone who listens to a ton of Urban Fantasy, I have to say this story is just great. The detail is good, and I really found myself rooting for Connor. I laughed out loud more than a few times, and I loved the slow build of the world.

I swear, this is like steampunk dystopian urban fantasy with a hot Asian chick who rides a bad ass futuristic motorcycle, a crazy necromancer, and a lovable Fat guy asshole who has plenty of surface area to hide guns.

It had leanings that made me think of Ready Player one or even Neuromancer which was great. Just great. I feel like I geeked out all over the place.

I even went out and liked M.R. Forbes' Facebook page and I never do that. Then I went and tried to find out how many books are out because I'm definitely listening to them all. It was that good. Apparently, there's only three, which makes me sad because I'm already on the second one and soon I'll be out of them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Modern Sorcery

  • The First Jonathan Shade Novel
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

A husband armed with a sword hacks apart his wife in a Denver grocery store. There are dozens of witnesses, and the crime is captured on the security cameras. To the police, it's an open-and-shut case. To Naomi, the daughter of the couple, it's evidence of dark magic. She hires her ex-lover, a private investigator named Jonathan Shade to prove her father is innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!

  • By erobbins33 on 06-13-16

Quite funny

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Let's start with the whole "I received this book in exchange for a review but my opinions are my own" shtick that is so popular these days.

Moving on, I have to say, I found Joe's narration of this book to be great. I feel like he really captured Jonathan's voice, and even when I read things later unrelated to this book, I read them in his voice. So in that way, I got to hear him narrate extra, which was cool.

I really enjoyed the book overall. Jonathan is hilarious and his jokes had me laughing out loud all the time. I also enjoyed Kelly's character and could easily see whole books featuring just her.

This was probably a five star book until about 3/4 of the way through, which was when it dropped from 5 stars to 4 stars for me.

At the risk of spoiling the book, let me just say there is a very pivotal scene that would have negated the last 1/4 of the book and Jonathan, well, wimps out. Then, in the end, he starts to decide that maybe he should have done this. Aside from the fact the villain would be astonishingly simple to defeat by anyone with a high powered sniper rifle full of knockout darts.

Still, don't let that keep you from grabbing a copy and giving it a listen. It's quite funny, and the narration is spot on.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ancient Magic

  • Dragon's Gift: The Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 405
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 410

Cass Clereaux is good at two things: finding treasure and killing demons. Lying low is a close third - but not because she wants to be good at hiding. Cass is a FireSoul, one of the unlucky few to inherit a piece of a dragon's soul. On the surface, the perks are sweet - she has the power to find and steal any type of magical treasure, including the powers of other supernaturals. But it doesn't come without a price; stealing powers requires that she kill, and others would destroy her if they discover what she is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more! Great Series Starter

  • By Lisarami on 08-09-16

Surprisingly Good!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Let me start by saying, this is the third book by this particular narrator I've listened to and I think it's her best one yet. That said, it sort of broke my brain going from one set of characters to another.

I enjoyed Ancient Magic a lot more than I thought I would, and now I'm wondering when the rest come out on audio. I was mostly attracted to it by the awesome cover, and while the prologue was a touch boring, as soon as chapter 1 started, I was hooked. I absolutely loved the characters, the way the whole firesoul thing worked, and the magical towns in the middle of our world. I liked that the character was powerful but had good reason not to use her magic. It made each usage have weight to it. I also liked the coffee shop. It was incredibly clever.

There were many times I found myself thinking, "OMG did that seriously just happen?"

I seriously recommend this book to anyone who likes magic. It's a straight up adventure book with a touch of hot (non-shirtless) shifter romance. One of the character's even remarks on how the hot shifter keeps his clothes on. LOL

Nothing terribly graphic happens as far as their relationship goes so it comes off as nice and sweet. I'm actually pleased at the hint of romance and that it didn't degrade into extremely graphic sex.

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