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  • More than Magic, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Kirke
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Jen Maddox is a few days into her summer study-abroad program. She sees something that isn’t humanly possible. Jen would have thought that it was all a dream if not for the fact that Charlie, Dani, Mariana, TS, and Thomas are making every effort to cover it up. Suddenly, the five of them are everything but normal, and Jen is determined to figure out what they’re hiding. There’s something on the ship. Something dangerous. Suddenly, everyone on board is threatened by a creature that Jen never even believed existed. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME BEGINNING TO VAMPIRE SERIES!

  • By Victoria Haugen on 08-20-18

A different kind of supernatural adventure

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Jen is so enthused to be on her summer abroad college cruise experience, fully ready to sink her self into classes and the cultural encounters. But when she sees something explainable one night pertaining to a group of students, she doubts herself. But then they start following her around, making sure she doesn't tell anyone what she saw, Jen realizes that there may be more going on than she signed up for.

I really enjoyed this story, it was a completely unique idea with great world building. And it was kind of like a story within a story, which I think helped to keep me fully engaged. Not only do we have the backbone of the book of a summer long cruise for college students (which sounds fantastic- where can I sign up??) to experience a new land, go on excursions, and have classes- but we have the whole supernatural discovery going on, AND then there was a mystery and action to help fill in all the gaps! I can hands down say that I have never read a book like this before.

This was like an adult, slightly more diversified version of Harry Potter. There was a school for all kinds of magical creatures starting from first grade to senior year that all magics attend (cough cough except Jen). And when I say all kinds of magical creatures, I mean it! There are different kinds of vampires, witches, mermaids, werewolves, and all kinds of elementals (like water, fire, ect.) They attempt to live in harmony together, but when that does not pan out- they send in the magical police (which most of our characters belong to) to stop the evil- which seems to usually be a vampire. I liked that Jen knew nothing about this world that she apparently has a connection to and the reader gets to learn all about it right along with her. It was a slow world building that took the length of the book to fully flesh out and I appreciated that.

The narrator did such a great job of bringing ALL the characters to life! I was never confused as to who was talking or how they felt because each of the 6 main characters were given their own voice and personality so perfectly by the narrator. I loved the accents and inflections used, all done so well it was almost like having an ensemble cast performing the audiobook for me. I was super impressed with the narrator, and would love to listen to more books read by her in the future.

Overall I found this to be a fun, well developed fantasy audiobook. I really liked the characters and the world created here and I would love to read the rest of the series- or listen to them!

  • Keeping Kyler

  • By: Siobhan Davis
  • Narrated by: Craig Barness, Sinead Collins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Kyler Kennedy is in the wind. Shocked and upset, he has taken off on a solo mission - to track down his mom's ex and demand answers. Faye understands what it's like to have your world turned upside down. Determined to support her boyfriend, she gives chase, yet nothing could prepare her for the ugly truth. Ky has always been plagued with inner demons, and as he falls apart, Faye finally discovers what he's been hiding from her - from everyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Faye and Kyler defeat obstacles

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 04-01-18

Book 3 in a Messy NA Romance

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

Book 3 picks up right where book 2 ended, with Kyler inadvertently learning a family secret that completely destroys what he knows about himself. Kyler runs away to confront his past, not feeling that he is worth Faye's love yet. Faye knows how much he is hurting and is willing to fight endless battles to get to his side, causing her to finally learn about the demon that has haunted him for seven years. But they could never have guessed about the trouble that is brewing for those they love.

This was actually my second time reading this book, but this time I listened to the audio book. Wow, I completely forgot how much goes on in this book as well as how freaking messed up everything is! Would you like some murder, blackmail, abuse, family drama and some hot romance all smooshed together? Well, look no further because this series has it all- and this book takes the cake with some intense drama.

I really liked the audio version predominantly because the narrator who did Faye's voice and her super cute Irish accent. I would not be surprised if I randomly slip into an atrocious Irish accent of my own occasionally now. I have read the trilogy and this was my first listen and I enjoyed both version very much.

This book is the third book in a series that must be read in order to really appreciate the story fully. Each book builds on the events from the previous book to give a complete picture, and reading this book would make no sense without the first two. I highly recommend that you pick up the first two books before even trying this one.

This series, especially this book, is like reading an incredibly engrossing teenage soap opera (or I guess pretty much any show set in a high school on the CW channel). Just when you think the characters are going to get one minute to breath and potentially be happy, something devastating or at least shocking happens to start the chain of worry again. I blew through this book in an afternoon because I just couldn't help myself and I needed to know more.

Soooo, can I give a teeny tiny spoiler and say that the sexual tension that has been spilling all over the place in the last two books finally has some sort of resolution (ahem, climax if you may)? It has been so steamy at times between Kyler and Faye that I feel like a bucket of water is needed to cool off my ereader during the last two books, and that was without any actual sex occurring. Well, if you like some hot scenes, then you will not be disappointed with Keeping Kyler. Not just the sexy time, but the words of love pour off the pages. These two are not afraid to admit their feelings to each other and everyone else (even if at times I want them to stop the oversharing of their hearts because it is so raw it makes me uncomfortable).

Yes this is a romance first and foremost, but it has so many more elements to it such as mystery. There are so many moving parts and questions that needed answers as well as crimes and villains to sort out that the romance at times took a backseat to proving someones innocence. This is last book in the Kyler trilogy and it ended with hope and happiness, a nice change from the first two books.There will be standalone books in the Kennedy boy's series, but this is the end of Kyler and Faye's story. I can't wait to read the other books in the series and see what messes they get into, but I really hope I get to see more Kyler and Faye at least in the background being happy together.

  • Tell Me

  • By: Abigail Strom
  • Narrated by: Leora Ben-Zev
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Shy bookstore owner Jane Finch grew up hiding in the margins of her own life while her vibrant, adventure-loving sister, Samantha, dominated every plotline. She's made peace with it, unlike Sam's business partner, Caleb, who's always nudging Jane to go after what she really wants. Why should she care what blunt, brash Caleb thinks? They've never had much in common, except for Sam. After tragedy strikes, they don't even have that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-14-18

Sweet, emotional romance

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Jane has always been the plain boring younger sister, overshadowed by her gorgeous vivacious older sister Sam. Sam's business partner Caleb has always seen Jane though, but he will never act on his feelings. When a devastating tragedy brings them together unexpectedly, the two have to figure out what they want from life- and if they want each other.

I do love romances narrated by both the love interests, it really helps me to get invested and see the whole picture. Their romance was just so destined, yet Jane and Caleb kept butting heads and missing opportunities I just wanted to scream. The two had such strong feelings for the other for years, yet assumed they were alone in the feelings or believed it would not work out. They complimented each other but refused to ever give in, both for fear of not being good enough, but in other ways.

Anne of Green Gables has become one of my recent happy obsessions this last years and the fact that it played a role in this book made my heart so happy. It was just so sweet and relatable I was a sucker. And geez the correlation between Anne and Gilbert and Jane and Caleb was so perfect. And I totally believe that Anne of Green Gables is a book everyone can love, even the most unlikely of readers. And the fact that Caleb quoted Anne was endearing. Side note, read Anne of Green Gables if you haven't already, you will not be sorry.

This was such an angsty, emotional, romantic read (and there were a few moments where both characters were frustratingly stubborn!). I blew through the story in one sitting because it was a quick read and I was compelled to, pretty sure it would have the HEA I wished for, but with enough doubt that I had to keep reading just to make sure. I loved both the characters and wanted them to be happy. I really enjoyed this story and I want to check out more reads from this author.

  • Dance of Thieves

  • By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker, James Patrick Cronin, Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

A formidable outlaw family that claims to be the first among nations. A son destined to lead, thrust suddenly into power. Three fierce young women of the Rahtan, the queen's premier guard. A legendary street thief leading a mission, determined to prove herself. A dark secret that is a threat to the entire continent. When outlaw leader meets reformed thief, a cat-and-mouse game of false moves ensues, bringing them intimately together in a battle that may cost them their lives - and their hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ahhh! she's done it again!

  • By Robert J. Kribs on 09-06-18

Fantasy, Adventure and Romance!

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

My thoughts jumped, my own words taunting me, The thing about a mark is they’ve created lies in their head, a story they’ve invented that they desperately want to believe, a fantasy that merely needs to be fed.


Kazi grew up on the harsh streets, becoming a thief to survive- a dang good one, at that. But now, she was chosen by the Queen to be one her elite guards, but an impulsive move may coast her that. Kazi has the opportunity to redeem herself by going on a mission of importance for the Queen, the person who has so much undeserving faith in her. Jase has just lost his father and now became the ruler of his people, spending his first night as ruler wallowing in his grief and alcohol. When the two have an altercation in streets, they never anticipated being kidnapped by slavers. Banding together (both emotionally and literally by shackles- even though they are enemies- Kazi and Jase have to find their way home and to the truth of their people's conflict.

The world building was amazing and layered, with all the regions and wars as well as histories and people so lovingly craftes. I really wanted a map so I could place all the locations mentioned in the story physically since I am a visual person. This is a book that I would love a map for! And yes, this is a spin-off, but it was such a complete world, plot and characters that there was no need for previous books (but you should read the Remnant Chronicles because they are fantastic!). This was such the perfect blend of court politics and intrigue, betrayal, lies. adventure and feels!

Oh my gosh, Dance of Thieves ended up being so romantic! Seriously, I had no idea what this story was going to be like, but I knew I was going to read this new spin-off series because I enjoyed the Remnant Chronicles so much. Gah, it was so freaking romantic and hug worthy at times, I felt like I needed to swoon- or at least force Kazi to (so not her style though but appropriate for the situation, I think).

“I love you. I love you with every breath, with every thought that’s inside me . I’ve loved you from the first time I kissed you on that ledge. Even before that.”

I shook my head trying to pull away. “Jase, no—”

But he pulled me closer and didn’t stop. “When I asked, What is this? I already knew. I knew what I felt, what I was certain you felt, too, but I was afraid to say it, because it was all new to me. It seemed too soon, too impossible. But everything about us didn’t just feel right, it felt like something rare, something delicate that I was afraid of breaking. Something that only comes along once in a lifetime.”

I loved Kazi, but let's be honest- she may be a kleptomaniac. The girl did have an interesting habit of collecting the most random of trinkets of all varieties. Sure, she is a product of her upbringing, and you do what you need to to survive, but really she is a master thief. She has the most prickly of shells, but inside she was a lonely sad little girl. I loved her riddles, people maneuvering skills and her loyalty. The banter and love between Kazi and her 2 sisters in arms was perfect, you could see the love and bond between the girls and that they would gladly go into battle for each other, no questions asked.

Jase had such a strong moral compass that always pointed true- even though the morals of his people did not always line up with what other thought was right. I did really enjoy the dynamic between Jase and his family, you could see the love as well as the ruler boundaries that were probably hard to hold at times. He was just given a new, terrible and great responsibility yet he held up like a champ (for the most part). He was so caring towards Kazi, even though their purposes were at odds. (sniff sniff)

Ps I loved seeing "the Queen", who I know as Lia be her insightful, protective, queenly self. I will admit after the ending of The Beauty of Darkness, I was hoping for at least a little mention of a romantic connection with a certain wonderful guy, so the ending made my heart ever so happy...

“Do you suppose,” he finally whispered, “that this could be part of making … the best of it?”
...
I was as loyal to her as he was to his family, and I would betray him when the time came. I would bring his family and dynasty to their knees. His world was about to end.
The best of it.
We were only making the best of it.
For now.

The story felt magical and epic and I never wanted it to end. But as per all of Mary's books, the heartbreak and betrayal was strong too. There were moments where I thought my heart was ripped out of my chest, all I hoped for was a HEA...that may not be how this story ends. That last chapter though! I seriously do not know how such a beautiful and real moment could fall apart into such utter heart-wrenching chaos. Sorry for all the words, but I feel like I have a lot to say when it comes to my love of this book, this author and this world. I am so tied in knots, wanting to know where the story will go next. There is no doubt that I will be picking up the next leg of the adventure in this duology as soon as possible.

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  • The Rogue Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon. That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda's late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles. To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brace Yourself - No Spoilers.

  • By A Novel Nerd on 02-14-18

Book 3 in a YA Fantasy Adventure

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

The Rogue Queen picks up where the last book left us, with Kali and her small group of companions are on the run from the Voider, the demon that was unleashed at the end of the last book, who took the place of the dead Rajah Tarek. Kali fights a sickness brought on by the touch of the Voider, causing weakness, injury as well as an imbalance of her fire gift. The group knows that a dangerous war is brewing for their empire, of good versus bad, that will have surprises and betrayals. But the real question is who will survive?

Gah, Kali made so many choices that I wanted to reach into the pages and force her to take back! Sure, I understand the idea of the good of the empire (thank goodness for all you that I am not in charge of an empire because I vote love over the good of all...) but it was so difficult to support what was happening, especially when I could sense the underlying darkness. This book made my heart hurt with the emotional upheaval that took place. The men in Kali's life pretty much got whiplash from the ups and downs of this roller coaster relationship and my heart really broke for all of them. Nothing has ever been easy for Kali.

Sigh, how I missed Deven, and his loyalty and even disposition! Deven was the second narrator in the book and I was ever so happy to get his voice again, I needed his point of view to keep me going in the face of so many hard choices. Can I just mention how happy I was that Deven made a choice based on what he felt was right and not from his emotions due to the guilt trip a certain powerful Kindred gave him? Deven has always been the vice of reason, the paragon of virtue and I love that about him- no matter what has happened, what love is lost, he will always fight for what is right. Sniff, sniff.

I loved seeing characters from all different parts of the past books pop up, all showing how everything is tied together and that the fate of the empire for everyone is in question (Natessa and Yatin make me so happy!). The tension just kept building and building throughout the book- I was literally on the edge of my seat while reading, grasping the book with both hands, white knuckles, waiting for the moment everything would come crashing down around these people I have become invested in. Sure there was some nice fighting and action thrown in to, but I feel like the body of the story was setting me up for the huge climax in the plot.

There is just one book left in the series and with the number of surprises Emily has thrown at me and these characters, I have no idea what will happen next- everyone's fate is questionable. I can only hope for a HEA for Kali, but I am ever so worried as to what devastation will come (the ending!). I hold my breath and very willingly jump into the last leg of this magical, dangerous journey. I hope I can survive it too!

  • Fire and Bone

  • By: Rachel A. Marks
  • Narrated by: Will Damron, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

Sage is eighteen, down on her luck, and struggling to survive on the streets of Los Angeles. Everything changes the night she's invited to a party - one that turns out to be a trap. Thrust into a magical world hidden within the City of Angels, Sage discovers that she's the daughter of a Celtic goddess, with powers that are only in their infancy. Now that she is of age, she's asked to pledge her service to one of the five deities, all keen on winning her favor by any means possible.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban fantasy you need to hear!

  • By KRLGA @Smada's Book Smack on 08-07-18

Urban fantasy you need to hear!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Sage is most interested in getting a shower and finding a safe space to spend the night for her and her friend Ziggy, so in an uncharacteristic act, she agrees to go to a Halloween party if it means being safe for a night. But after falling asleep in a strange bed, Sage wakes up and realizes that something is not right. A drink made by a friend ends up taking away all her worries- that is until she ends up draining the life from the guy she was dancing with, a guy who was not human at all. But, Sage might not be human herself, and the world she is thrust into may be more dangerous than even her... and everything may burn.

"It's like I won a weekend at a five-star resort. With deadly creatures and mayhem, but still...It's pretty close."

I am always looking for new urban fantasy books to escape into and I was excited when Fire and Bone crossed my radar- I loved the cover with the bright color choices as well as the synopsis caught my attention. I was going to read this, it was only a matter of when- luckily my friend Sarah over at the Clever Reader website offered me a copy to review. Well, I am so glad that I could read this right now, especially since I am on an urban fantasy kick- and keep in mind that I read a LOT of Urban Fantasy (it's my favorite!). I was really happy with what I discovered beneath the gorgeous cover of Fire and Bone- an equally developed, complicated and unique world unlike anything I have delved into before. The book was roughly 450 pages but only cover a few days time, so the pages were so full of action, descriptions of the world and magical creatures (from vampires, pixies, ghouls, selkies, Demigods, Goddesses, wraiths, druids...) that sprung from Danu the goddess, mythology and legends that the world builds on, as well as fleshed out characters. There is a little bit of something for everyone wrapped up in this book.

The story alternates narration between Sage and Faelan, the person assigned to train and protect Sage while she transitions to her new life. I really enjoyed how Rachel was able to give them very different personalities and voices throughout the boom. Sage is cynical and wary of accepting help due to her past, knows nothing about this world she apparently belongs to, and is basically a pawn who is bumbling her way to understanding. But yet, inside her she has the fire and heat that could make people bow down to her, so we will have to see how she wants to play her cards. Faelan on the other hand is centuries old, stoic, controlled and uncompromising- basically an incredibly attractive badass who marches to his own strict code. Sage and Faelan butt heads left and right, yet it makes me wonder if the sparks (ha, a Sage related pun!) are a sign of what is building between the two of them.

Occasionally, we were able to see through another characters eyes, such as the mysterious Kieran, who I thought was a great, complicated character and I kind of rooted for him- but I usually like the bad guys and he basically killed Sage within the first 30% of the book, but nobody is perfect. And my favorite character is Aelin (who is actually a side character), the Druid who appears to be a flighty, superficial, self-centered character but really has depth and heart and a really entertaining personality that made me laugh with her over the top antics. She is totally underrated in their world and I hope she gets a chance to show what she is capable of later.

This book had 2 main characters and I loved that it was dual narrated, giving two voices to listen to. I really enjoyed both narrator's voices, characters and dynamics, and I would highly recommend listening to this just as much as I enjoyed reading it.

This was my first book by Rachel A. Marks but it won't be my last- I can't wait to read the Dark Cycle series while I am waiting for the next installment of Sage's story- because let me tell you, this was just the beginning and the ending of the book caused just as many questions as it answered. Sage is just learning who she is and what she is capable of, as well as the underlying darkness that is motivating the plans against her (ok, I will admit that the twists that happened right at the ending filled me with rage that I can't pick up the next book right this minute, but I will try to cope and fill the hole in my heart that waiting for more Demigod mayhem caused- yes I am overly dramatic). Overall I really enjoyed this story and all the twists and turns the plot took as well as the dynamics between the characters. I highly recommend this YA- Urban fantasy crossover for anyone looking for something different.

  • Tracing Shadows

  • Scout, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Hayden Daviau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life. Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A entertaining story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-30-18

Magic, Fantasy and Court Intrigue!

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

A few months ago I read Ash and Air by Alex and absolutely fell in love with the writing, the world, the character- pretty much everything was spot on to make me seek out more of her books. When I saw that she had a brand new series coming out with a female spy, there was no question that I would read the book, more of just how could I get my hands on it.
Tracing Shadows was a fast paced story full of court intrigue, lies and deception, where you are not sure who to trust and what a person's true intentions are. Oh and don't forget the forbidden magic that runs underneath everything in this world, regardless of the fact they try and deny it. If you like your book full of twists and adventure, then I highly recommend this start to the series. In a world where magic is seen as the enemy and acts of terror take place against those that wield the power, how do you use the power to help people/things/the situation?

Kali's entire life is about lies and pretending to be someone she isn't as a Scout aka a spy, making her a hard character to pin down. Her job, or rather life goal, is to find out as much information as she can in any given situation, be it the enemies to the empire or the Crown itself- after all, loyalty can be bought. She was so fluid as to who she became, be it personality or appearance. I did find it kind of wonderful to have such a transitional character, taking on traits and quirks befitting her new identity- and yes, she could be a convincing court lady with manners and breeding (cough, cough, she technically is a high lady, just not recognized, but whatever) and she could transform into a powerful male in a blink of an eye (and a well bound chest). Her loyalty was flexible as well, except to her sister Leaf, who was her whole reason for pretty much everything. Side note, there is another voice used to narrate the story and that was Violet, a young teen in the court, who was an interesting character but more like a side note to me- there to help the story, but I was happier to get back to Cali and her disasters. (oh an ps, I love Wil!)

The narrator was able to create unique voices for all the characters, making it easy to decipher who was talking. She also gave personality and emotions to each person, really helping the audiobook come to life. I will say sometimes the sound quality of the audiobook was a little off, like with a slight echo when the narrator would speak that was slightly distracting, but it did not occur all the time so it was easy for me to overlook it.

Alex was able to create another really cool, unique world within these pages and I found myself blowing through the book because I had to get to the end and discover more information. I am really excited to see what will happen next, especially with the bombshell dropped and the potential changes coming. Alex yet again made a book that I really enjoyed and I am so glad that I was able to experience it.

  • The Culling

  • The Culling Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Ramona Finn
  • Narrated by: Stacey Glemboski
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Much better than I thought!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 05-12-18

Sci-fy Dystopian Wonderfulness

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

" What can I say, I've got a thing for dark haired girls who try to burn me alive using only the power of their scowls."

Glade's father was Culled when she was a child and her mother made her promise to hide herself away from everyone since she was too like her father and would be a target for who she is. But it was too late, a man had seen her brain waves and knew she was different, a future Datapoint. Glade is not really interested in culling people but needs to otherwise her innocent younger sisters will be recruited into the program and she refuses to let that happen. To make matters worse, she is kidnapped by the ruthless Ferrymen, and suddenly everything is so much more complicated.

This is actually the second book I have read by Ramona and my new absolute favorite from her. Don't get me wrong, the other book I read was the first in a different series and it was good, but I just enjoyed the Culling so much more! Everything about this story was engaging for me, be it the tech and the future world, the culling process, the layered characters and the fact the story is told in multiple points of view (and I love books with multiple narrators!). There was so much conspiracy flowing through the words, I had no idea who to trust, what to believe or what would happen next. It was perfect for keeping me on my toes. Can I pretty please get the next two books in the trilogy now?? I have to know how it will all end.

The concept of Culling was terrifying and yet at the same time realistic for the future. To cull means to remove a citizen after reading their brain waves and seeing that they were prone to violence, allowing for a more peaceful community and avoid possible issues. I loved that Datapoints had to be positive for sociopathic tendencies to make them successful at their calling, the need to be self-serving and not too concerned for the well being of others allows them to "cull" aka kill/eradicate others- which really makes perfect sense, if you empathize you fail.


​The narrator gave Glade so much personality I really related to her and enjoyed her inflections and attitude.​ She brought Glade to life right before my eyes (ears?) and I felt like I knew her through the combination of the author's words and the narrator's emotions. The voices she used for the other main characters (Dahn and Kupier) narrations were not very different from Glade or each other but she was clear and precise in her diction and gave the characters personality which made it easy for me to know who was what.

There was so much going on within the pages, be it futuristic technology, mystery, romance via a love triangle, conspiracy, action, space travel...yep, there was pretty much a little bit of everything provided here. I can't wait to get my hands on the other two books in the trilogy (yay for a trilogy that is already all out!) and I would gladly listen to them as audio versions since I enjoyed the narration.

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  • The Kiss of Deception

  • Remnant Chronicles
  • By: Mary E. Pearson
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,576

As First Daughter, Princess Lia is expected to have the revered gift of sight - but she doesn't - and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom - to a prince she has never met. On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive - and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By Kevin Avara on 07-28-15

ya fantasy with romance and magic!

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I loved the story with the magic, mystery, action and romance and the narrators were spectacular, really bringing the book to life. I would easily listen to the rest of the trilogy on audiobook

  • Fury's Kiss

  • New England Furies, Book 1
  • By: Nicola R. White
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Tebb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Tara Walker dreams of more excitement than slinging plates of seafood for Cape Cod tourists, but as she learns when she is attacked and forced to fight for her life, fate sometimes has a funny way of giving you exactly what you wish for. Faced with strange new powers and embroiled in a murder investigation, Tara must now race to uncover the secrets of the ancient Fury that has woken inside of her - and of the evil that stalks her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fear the fury in the alley . . .

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 08-17-18

A Different Kind of Paranormal Romance

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Tara just wants to have a good night out after being stood up on her date, the first one she has had in a long time. When she ends up at the bar and is rejected by the most attractive man she has ever met, her mood is even more soured. But while leaving, a man makes a move on her, flattering at first, until it escalates into unwanted and something inside Tara flipped and she attacked him. When she learns that the man she attacked was found dead by seemingly supernatural means, Tara realizes that she is no longer alone inside her body.

​This is the second series I have encountered about Furies and I have no idea why these cool and dangerous creatures are not more common in the supernatural fiction world! This story was wholely unique due to how the furies come to be and have a host body- creepy and perfect at the same time. The supernatural elements were great, full of details and imagery, making me see what was going on and love it. I go to know Tara as well as the Fury that lived within her, each with a different personality and motivation. Also the mysterious plot of the book was very well done, with a surprising twist that I did not expect making the story more interesting.

I loved Tara and her girls and the dynamic between them was great, you can tell they are life long friends and have her back no matter what (if being possessed by a Fury doesn't scare them away probably nothing will!). I also really loved the interactions between Tara and her Fury Elekto, they argued and almost never agreed, but the conversation between them was interesting and at times hysterical and very honest and I enjoyed watching them bond and become a team as opposed to always at odds.​

Ok so I really enjoyed the narrator and her performance for the main character Tara, she gave her personality and spunk, making me like her a lot and I understood her internal conflict pretty well... But, I absolutely hated the voice the narrator used for the love interest Jackson, with his very annoying nasally pseudo-southern accent. I had no idea how the main character could be attracted to him because I just wanted him to stop talking (or violence would ensue). Her other male voices were perfectly fine and I didn't mind them at all, but Jackson was really the worst.

I was a little less enamored by the romance aspect of the book, I actually would have liked it better if the romance was a far backseat (yes, I know that is not possible when reading a romance story) or more getting to know each other before the overwhelming physical relationship took forefront. The romance did end up developing more as the book progressed and I felt a little more in favor of them being together and I will admit that I found the ending very satisfying.

Keep in mind that this is just the ending for this leg of the journey and Tara and Jackson's romance story, but this is the first in a series with different MC for each book all set in the same world with a common terrifying enemy!