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  • Cultivating Chaos

  • VeilVerse: Cultivating Chaos, Book 1
  • By: William D. Arand
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,387
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,315

Ash led a very normal life by his own standards. Right up until he was literally pulled into a portal that spat him out into another world. One that was full of martial arts. And martial artists who could use magic. Three years of living his life as one of the citizens, those without power, and Ash has figured out how to survive with his adoptive family and a lot of persistence. His goals in life have become to give back to those who gave to him. And he’d do whatever he had to to do that. Except Ash is about to get his life turned around again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book

  • By Leif on 12-08-18

Arand finally starts a new series

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

So there's real;y not much to say here. This is a more Korean/Chinese type fantasy setting which is a nice change of pace from the typical European. setting. There are of course monster girls, and a harem. Once more i like that the book takes into the account how people from other worlds are treated. There's typically strong character development, no one is a limp noodle so to speak, severing only to take up space. I can't say any of the characters are terribly deep, but they are developing and show a lot of promise of becoming so. which for a 1st book in a series is good enough for me. Once more each of the harem have their own personalities without relying to heavily on the typical tropes or personality types, add to this each character has a history and a good reasonable reason to like protag boy and vice versa.

Now the weak points, no the protag does not really struggle. This is not to say there weren't a few points of tension for those around him. Yes there are holes in where he can become a god so to speak. But well I came for fun popcorn lit with quality and that's what this is. If you want the next Hemingway keep looking. If you just want a nice enjoyable male focused listen this is could be it and to me at least is worth a credit for the escapism.

Also i should add the narrator did a splendid job and given I listened to this months and a dozen or so books ago says a lot.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Anime Trope System: Stone vs. Viper, Book 1

  • A LitRPG (ATS)
  • By: Alvin Atwater
  • Narrated by: David Reimer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175

At the mercy of an unknown entity, Clyde gets tossed into the anime world. Yes, it exists, we just don't know it. There, he's declared the Stone, the anime main character. One day, he must kill the Viper, or else it's good-bye, Earth. This is the comedic tale of a young man vs. cliche anime tropes. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tropes galore, story is wanting

  • By Ray Johnson on 02-05-19

Came for the Anime, left for bad writing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-19

So I bought this because well anime, which i love. However as a few reviews said this seems to have been written by someone that either have seen a handful of very cliche` anime or read a wikipedia entry and has no idea how to write something without some really cringe worth dialogue. Maybe I was just in a bad mood but I got an hour in and just couldn't take it anymore. I really wish i could be more thorough, or more forgiving but I listened to a 6th of the story and there was nothing there to enjoy so I'd pass on this and I'm returning it too.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,162

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

A different angle on the genre that is just eh

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

This is what happens when a male writer tries to write a female point of view main character, it goes horrible, cringily wrong. I am going to be straight up front here, I didn't like the MC. She was flighty, short sighted, disorganized, go by the seat of her pants and immature. While true this is another book I have yet to bring myself to finish, there seems to be a lot of those this month, I just can't. I get it, everyone think millennial, especially millennial women act this way. I get that he's just trying to write a believable, human character. But when you have a MC that does very little but be a narrator to the point the narrator sounds bored there's an issue. When nothing interesting happens until the second hour, 1/4 of the way into your story you have an issue. When you have an MC that is a dis-likable flighty mess you have an issue.When you drag out a "heroic sales person" joke for an hour for an attempt at a joke you have issues with your book. And after three hours you have said MC go to a party with her coworkers, have too many drinks despite knowing she has low alcohol tolerance and sleeps with her friend which is a muscle bound (if funny) moron because 'that's just how young people are' and I'm putting your book down.

I'm gonna be honest, maybe this is bleed over given in a ten hour shift this was the second to last of a four book strike of bad books, but this book is boring. The plot, what plot there is, is dry, stale, and sluggish as hell. I can't tell if this is supposes to be an office comedy with super heroes or what because after three hours there is hardly any development.

In the end this is not a bad book and it is a different look at a world with super heroes and people with super powers, but it is slow and boring with nothing here to like or dislike which might be its biggest sin. I'd pass on this one unless you can't find something better in which case Chis help you. (yes that is the level of humor you get in this book.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • House of Dolls

  • House of Dolls Series, Book 1
  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282

Hate your job. Win the lottery. Get a superpower. Roman Martin is a normal guy until he happens upon a winning lottery ticket that grants him an incredible superpower. Unfortunately, Roman has to keep his new power a secret, and in a society that separates superpowereds from half-powereds, that's a big deal. There's also his troubled past, a dark secret that constantly looms over him, his coworker's mysterious death, and the fact that Roman is being blackmailed by two beautiful female spies at war with one another.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything is grey instead of black and white

  • By Steven Don Porto Carero on 12-27-18

Not great but certainly better than average

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

So I picked this up, along with a bunch of others, because I was in the mood for some harem books and this was one of the better books. So if you just want a short review, if you like morally grey and complex MCs and just good story and harem than you can do a lot worse than this book. You can do better than this book but well, above average is a good place for a book in a new series especially given the Cooper here tends to start his series off weak and gets better as they go.

The Pros

This actually out weighs the cons for a change. While the world isn't that different than a fantasy, litRPG or superhero book it blends these genres well which gives it a nice spin. Add to this each character, there are three MCs and numerous sides, have a sense of reality to them given that no one in the story is a saint, nor are they really a devil either. They are dealing with a less than perfect world that has given them rather difficult histories and there is promise of some real depth to not only their interactions but also their circumstances that I'm looking forward too. Also did I mention there was sex? Graphic sex and kinks on display? No? Well there and that might be a turn off for you but given they don't get in the way of pacing, character development, or plot and I actually like having sex in my harem books thank you very much this goes in the plus side of thing. Beyond all the heavy stuff, and there is a good deal of heavy, the characters are fleshed out and complex. Once more unlike far to many i get a super power stories there are several times where the MCs just goof off with their power because well, 'how cool is that!?" which is nice. Add to this that none of the characters histories are given to you out right but you get tid bits throughout the story a bit at a time, like you're supposed to, you're shown how they feel rather than told, my two biggest gripes of writing and I have to say I really enjoyed this book.

Cons

If there had to be it would have to be that while everything is well done, very much so, nothing is done all that different than a dozen other books. There is nothing really original here, not sure if that is a bad thing but given that what prevents this from getting that vaunted 5 stars it has to count.

In the end if you like the genre and are happy with tropes done well with competent writing on top you should buy this book. If you want a book that stands on par with something from Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Ilona Andrews or the other heavy weights of Fantasy than this ain't it. This is average mediocrity done very well but nothing special either. That said it does have promise that the next book in the series will be something special.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Summoner

  • By: Eric Vall
  • Narrated by: Joshua Story
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,194

Gryff never knew he was the most powerful summoner in the world until a rogue monster attacked his village. Now he's been recruited into the top magical academy, beautiful women are breaking down his dorm-room door, and the headmaster has big, big plans for him. Instead of summoners being maligned by society, Gryff is in a position to make them revered and honored.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • story not very good

  • By Darren Silvers on 01-21-19

How was this even published?

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I like to think I'm a rather forgiving reader, especially for a genre that I typically enjoy such as the harem fantasy genre and its various subs. But after listening through the first 35 minutes, 25 of which was exposition or getting told how someone was feeling. I can deal with that usually because I'm used to it. However, the first clincher was when the MC saves a village, because you know risking your life for complete strangers is just the right thing to do no other reason, just using his brains in no spectacular way to defeat a big bad. Breathe, then immediately afterwards the great high best wizard ever person shows up to tell the MC, that he is the special, TWICE. The scene was literally "Oh wow you did nothing that anyone else with just an ounce of intelligence could have also managed but you're the special! You're the chosen one! Why because I said so! By the way you're coming to my magic school because Hogwarts!" Then the MC awakens the next morning to have pretty girl who he has apparently slept with be all lovey and amazed because he's the special.

At this point I put the book down, I can only handle so much as I am not a masochist. Maybe it gets better past the first hour, but given the book is only 7.5 hours long I doubt it. It had promise, with a hint of a non-traditional none whiny hero, an interesting magic system and an attractive cover, but it just falls short. Well so much for my "it has a sequel so it can't be horrible rule." I'll be returning this book and going to listen to see if William D. Arand, Michel Scott Earl, C.J Cepriono, Prax Venter, Harmon Cooper or someone that actually knows how to write a good story never mind a good harem.

Lastly the narrator did pretty good given the brain numbing junk they were given to read.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Battle Harem

  • By: Isaac Hooke
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 288
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 289

Jason was a little short on creds, so he decided to get his mind scanned. It seemed like a good idea at the time: Get paid to license a copy of your mind for use in one of the numerous machines that run society. What could go wrong? Turns out, a lot. Jason wakes up in the middle of the radioactive wasteland that was created 50 years ago when aliens destroyed half the Earth. He has no idea why he's here, or what the hell he's supposed to do. Worst of all, he's no longer human.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, Good performance.

  • By mlp02692008-1608 on 11-22-18

Wish I could have liked it better

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

So, yeah, not much preamble here. Like my title says I wish I could have liked this title better, really I do. Unfortunately it hit a pet peeve and the over all quality, while quiet good, wasn't high enough to overcome that distraction.

Pros.
1. Giant mechs, or giant robots, need I say more?
2. Well thought out strategies and technologies.
3. The world, as outlandish as it is, feels real and solid and thought out without any loose logic threads.
4. The MC isn't a whiny loser turned super god.
5. The book makes full use of the length to tell a complete stand alone story with enough twists and turns to keep it interesting, at least plot wise.
6. There is a ton of action but not to the point where the book seems bloated with it.
7. there were some pretty good belly laughs, there wasn't a lot of humor but enough to keep me amused.

Now for the Cons and really there's only three.

1. This is a pet peeve, I really hate the intrusion of PC culture and politics into my books. Really, women are just people and I hate when the newly emerging harem genre of books go to PC culture or feminism as if to try to say 'hey we're not sexists!' in the most cringe worthy ways. There were several instances in this book where PC culture would intrude and I'd just have to pause for a bit and shake my head since it broke all immersion. I don't care what one person says to another, that shouldn't lead to violence between intimate partners, domestic abuse is domestic abuse no mater which one is doing the hitting or getting hit. Once more there a quiet a few times the female cast does something particularly stupid and someone almost dies, or does die, and they get off with an 'oh we're so sorry' because they're women, which annoys me.
2. There is a really big lack of character development and distinction. I think this is largely because of the size of the cast, there's 11, more or less, main characters and they just kind of blur together. You never get to know any of them, and none of them stand out besides, Lori, Jason, and the Russian Ai (whose name I cannot begin to spell) very well and given this book is nearly 11 hours long I feel that's rather unforgivable. This is especially true since it means it's really hard to care to much about what's happening or the stakes.
3. None of the characters are actually likable, besides the crazy Russian and Lori. You know one of the keys to having a good story in genres where characters are the basis of the story, like romance, drama, and yes, harem? Having characters you actually like. None of these characters besides, Lori who gets a pass for being amusing and being overly genuine, are actually likable people. They're all fill a niche of Anime harem tropes, tsun-dere, Hime-dere, Koo-dere, dere-dere, and Shin, Shin doesn't get enough page time to really know who she is besides the hot bi Asian chick. The problem being that this isn't a light novel or an anime and none of the characters are given time to breathe beyond their trope, which is made worse by the fact that the five main girls really only embody the worst aspects of each trope.

Outcome: over all a decent book but with bland or dis-likable characters, a none to original plot, with some PC culture shoved in to say hey the writer isn't an ist of some sort. If you have nothing else it's not a bad way to spend ten hours, just not a terribly stand out good way either, thank god I listened to it while at work.

I guess the best way I could sum it up is, good well written plot, with completely forgettable or unlikeable characters and a few cringe inducing PC culture moments. So I'd say find something better, and I will be trying this author again sometime in the future but this book is another for the return pile.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Denver Fury: An Urban Fantasy Harem Adventure

  • American Dragons, Book 1
  • By: Aaron Crash
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 701
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 671

Steven Whipp, a normal, poor college student, is kissed and shot on the night of his 20th birthday. He realizes three things: He’s bulletproof; he’s a dragon; and everything he’s ever wanted is within his reach. But the attempts on his life are just the beginning of his troubles. Steven is a Dragonsoul - a magical race of beings who have thrived, hidden from the eyes of humans, in control of the world. And not just any Dragonsoul but the last in a long line of Arch-Sorcerers, thought long dead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Uninspired erotic drible.

  • By David Riemer on 01-13-19

Dragons with harems and white knights don't mix

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

So the long and short of this review is pretty straight forward. Usually i like to be neutral and fair, try to be as profession as an amateur who might just read a little to much can be. However, this time I'm just gonna say this from the gut. This book had potential, it checked all the right boxes of things I look for in a fantasy harem book. Hard on their luck but hard working protag, yep. Strong, smart and none whiny female accompaniment, double check. Over powered abilities in sight but gotta work to get them; you bet. Decent writing, fun jokes . . . . you get my drift.

So what happened? Well very simply I haven't been lectured on how to treat women and equality since i took a diversity class. I mean every thirty minutes it was something about "hey you know there are female gamers"; "oh you shouldn't cat call women" or some other ID political garbage in my escapist book. I do not need to be hit over the head with the happy white knight stick a thousand times because the writer doesn't want to be accused of being a sexist for writing a male orientated book with a harem in it! Serious there is so much of it in here it gets completely in the way the plot, I can't even finish this book with only 1.5 hours left because I'm tired of getting lectured on "how i can't speak for the female character because she her own person" and that's an actual quote from the book at Chapter 17 with 3 hours and 49 minutes left in the book.

So please to all future writers, leave your damn politics out of your books, I don't care, I'm reading a fantasy book so I don't have to think about the real world not to get hog tied and force fed your beliefs!

So dear listeners please don't buy this book. Skip it, there's better books out there that are no where near as preachy as this.

As a side note the narrator did they best they could do with what they got, but when i can hear even the narrator roll their eyes at the preachiness you know its bad.

14 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Supers: Ex Heroes

  • By: Jamie Hawke
  • Narrated by: Justin Thomas James, Laurie Catherine Winkel, Annie Ellicott, and others
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788

I never believed in superheroes. I certainly didn't believe I'd become one, or that strategically forming a harem of hot chicas and getting down with them to unlock my superpowers would be the key to my survival. Did I say my survival? I meant the universe's. No, really.... That's exactly what happened when I was taken to a galaxy of supers, thrown into a prison ship full of villains, and told it was up to me to stop them all. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 30% awesome story line 70 % sex scenes..lol

  • By Joshua on 07-13-18

What a waste of time

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

So I got this book because I like the genre. It’s popcorn fiction, guys doing cool stuff, blowing stuff up and landing hot women. It’s a power fantasy, or the male version of romance novels; what have you. However, with that being said I do still have some standards, like most of the book shouldn’t be little more than porn.

So to be fair the pros:
Everyone has a past and have distinct motivations and personalities.
The super powers are cool and different.
The dialog is typically good and the humor is funny.
It’s the first book in awhile where the writer actually remembers to at least try to show how the characters are feeling and not tell us them.

Sadly, very sadly that is exactly the extent of the positives. Now for the cons; over half the book is sexual descriptions, sexual situations or just plain sex. The main women have little but sex on their brains, and there are more pages to denoted to sex than action. The setting could be fun and interesting if it wasn’t so damn boring! The ending basically kills off all the extended characters. Hell the plot, setting, and powers are just a painfully transparent excuse for the main character to have sex all the damn time. And yes that is my main complaint! There is so damn much sex that it kills every other aspect of the story completely! Mean damn it if I want porn I’ll read porn! I want a story here, a story with a side of naughty fun but only a side, not for the naughty to be the point of the whole story.

In the end, even as a fan of this genre I’d say skip this book; well unless you want porn.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tricks for Free

  • InCryptid, Book 7
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Antimony Price is on the run. With the Covenant on her tail and her family still in danger, she needs to get far, far away from anyone who might recognize her - including her own mice. For the first time in a long time, a Price is flying without a safety net. Where do you go when you need to disappear into a crowd without worrying about attracting attention? An amusement park, of course.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Annie grew up!

  • By Theresa on 05-11-18

Average at best

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I have to be honest I am not the biggest fan of McGuire. The last book I read of her’s was InCryptids 4 which I really didn’t like and since I’ve had more misses than hits with this author I didn’t think I’d ever listen to her again. I really wish I would have stuck with that. However when this book and the previous in the series came up for sale for $5 a little while ago I couldn’t resist. The previous book was pretty good and so I felt no qualms picking up this one as well.

So the good things first. The story stays consistent while bringing in new elements, like wizards, magic, and luck. All of the characters are fully flesh out and believable; even if not all of them are likable. There was enough of a twist for me to enjoy and the last 3 hours of the book were pretty good and stand up as some of the best writing I’ve read this year. Also there was a lot of information about amusement parks which was interesting and informative, it was nice to see the curtain pulled back ever so much. It is also nice to have a continuation of the previous story and ties things up in a nice knot.

Now the bad, which unfortunately is a lot of the book, given my score that shouldn’t be a surprise. First is my pet peeve, I do not need speeches about social justice, I do not want nor need long diatribes about how people are people and should be treated that way; mean have you checked what one of the major themes of the ENTIRE GENRE of fantasy is about? This book also not only stands on but jumps and stomps upon two more of my pet peeves. Antimony is just plain whinny, I get that Antimony is lonely, bereft of her family, friends and support for the first time in her life. However, you don’t have to literally tell me that she is lonely and sad every 10-15 minutes in the first 1/3 of the book. Next is how often we are told, not shown, but told how the character’s feel. I don’t want to be told how happy they are or how sad or angry, I want to be shown the feelings so I can connect with the character’s feeling. Next is how often information is repeated. I don’t need to hear how long it takes to get to the park from employee parking, nor about the tunnels or so much more a dozen times. I actually can remember something for the length of a single book, or at least the things that are important to the story. Lastly, the first 2/3 is slow as tar leaving the last 1/3 of the book feel rushed and a bit trite.

In the end this book wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either. It was a let down especially given the last book so my recommendation is; if you’ve read the series up to this point and like it; go ahead and get this book. If you have followed the series and just want to keep up with it just borrow it or get it from the library. Other than these reasons, this book and series just isn’t good enough to buy.

  • Stygian

  • A Dark-Hunter Novel
  • By: Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 26 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773

Born before man recorded time, I lived for thousands of years believing myself to be something I’m not. Someone I’m not. Lied to and betrayed by gods, Daimons, and Dark-Hunters, I’ve struggled to find my way. Trained as a slayer and predator, I learned to fit in and stay low. Until I was sent to kill the one woman I couldn’t. My hesitation cost her her life. Or so I thought. I’ve learned that this world is an illusion and that my Phoebe still lives. Now I will have to travel into the very pits of Hades to try and save her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • narrator

  • By Jason on 09-02-18

Not as good as it should have been

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

So after the last book I read by Mrs. Kenyon (Intensity) I was about ready to set her books down and never read another of her books again. Then I saw this book was about Yurian, sorry I’ve only heard the name so I have no idea how to spell it. So I bought the book and here is my review.

First the cons:
The cons are simple, everything wrong with Kenyon’s past books are still here.
1. Copy/pasted chapters from other books that she pretends is new material.
2. Random tangents and rants that we’ve heard a thousand times before and have little to do with the plot.
3. Skipping around and between previous books in the series.
4. Overly long and graphic sex scenes that do nothing but hinder the pacing of the story. If I want porn I'll go read porn thank you very much, but I am here for a story.
5. Telling us how a character feels rather than showing us. Honestly we are TOLD how the characters feels sad and lost. Instead of say describing how the character 'lets out a long ragged breathe, thumps into a wall as they back up and slowly sinks to the ground palms to their eyes as they make tiny sounds.' One evokes sympathy and empathy the other does not, this is writing 101 so I don’t know why I have to keep saying this! Needless to say all of her bad habits are all here.
Oh and lets not forget the new Cons
6. Emotional trauma, hardship, and betrayals that have been carried for millennia, are healed in a few minutes when the plot requires it. Yeah no body does the “ah no you just did some pretty messed up things (including trying to kill me for no good reason) to me and might have ended the world, so no I am not helping you” that most people would do. Instead it’s “oh it’s the end of the book and we want as good and positives things as possible so sure we’re all friends again!” You know because apparently in a series chalk full of emotional scared characters, emotional scaring doesn’t exist when plot wands are involved.
7. And this is typical but female authors, seriously, find a male friend to beta read your book and believe them when they tell you a normal guy would not behave in certain ways. As a guy they way some of the male characters act is so unrealistic as to break all immersion. A guy does not go from being dominate to being submissive happily and perfectly, nor vice versa.
8. The first hour almost made me return the book and the last two hours were a slog to get through. They were poorly written, amateur-istic and cringe worthy at places. And this is the primary reason for the low score. I know a lot of people loved it but there was little to no development and far too much of it wasn't focused on, you know the main character of the series.
9. As a personal note, but please look up what rape and sex harassment is. Touching or making sexual remarks about someone that are uninvited are harassment. Having sex with someone without their consent is rape. It DOES NOT MATTER if that person is male or female. Given Yurian was assaulted and even raped a few times in this book and it was treated as normal is disturbing.
10. Because I’m on my soap box; men do not actually like being physically harmed. No we don’t like our sexual partners gouging our backs with their nails during the act. No we don't like getting punched, kicked or ridiculed, surprise!? Or at least I hope not.

Now then the good things about this novel. Yes the are actually good things.
1. For the first time in Kenyon history we have a character that loses a loved one and moves on; you know like an actual person does because we have too.
2. Styx and Bethany, what can I say they appear quiet a bit in the last 2 hours of this book and that makes me happy.
3. The rants have been cut down to maybe two hours, after listening to Intensity, a book with an hour’s worth of plot and 5 of ranting, I now understand how much work this had to be for the editing staff. So bravo people.
4. Yes Kenyon humor is here, though the jokes were not as funny or as many as I’m used to or want.
5. The middle of the book was pretty good, yeah I would even name it some of the best work Kenyon has done.
6. We actually get to see the whole Daimon/Night Hunter war from the opposite side and it’s actually quiet well done and I actually felt sorry for the Apolights. Yes I have not read Stryker's book, I might now though.
7. While I don’t like that many scenes in the modern part of the book were copy paste jobs, I do like that in a few Kenyon went through and fixed them and made them up to the quality she is actually capable of
8. She has continued to give the series a villain that isn’t a villain of the week thing and given that it’s Apollo this is a big plus.

Now as for the narration. It’s Halter Graham not Nick Podehl, they’re different. Once more, I thought Halter Graham did a good job though some of the voices were so close together it was hard to figure out who was speaking when until the speech tag. I let this slide though given the size of the cast. At least we got the Semi voice back.

In the end all I can say is I’m not sad I listened to the book but I am upset I paid for this. If you’re a fan of the series or Kenyon you’ll like this book. If not get it for free from a library if you must. In all honesty, if you never read this book you aren’t going to miss much.

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