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  • My Not So Wicked Stepbrother

  • My Not So Wicked Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Peel
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

I, Emma Loveless, have a destiny. It's not the greatest of destinies, but when you have a name like Loveless, what can you do? I'm cursed to always be the friend, never the girlfriend. Unless you count my love affair with Duncan Hines, Dr. Pepper, and the ever-lovable Pillsbury Doughboy. It doesn't help that I have a meddling, albeit wonderful, mother who can't help playing matchmaker. Thanks to her, I can say I've been on a date with a felon. Now she swears she's found the one for me, her new optometrist, Dr. Sawyer King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An excellent listen with a great vibe.

  • By Melissa Ann on 08-02-19

Forbidden Relationship Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-11-19

I am such a sucker for the forbidden romance trope books so when I learned that this was a potential step-sibling relationship I was ready to jump into the story. A light-hearted romantic comedy was just what I was looking for, the perfect fluffy read to get sucked into.
There were so many times that I felt like my heart was breaking for Emma and I wished that I had a copy of the physical book so I could cheat and make sure that there was a happy ending because to be completely truthful I felt like my heart was breaking for Emma most of the book. I know the book is listed as a romantic comedy but I found almost none of it funny. The story pulled out the big guns with the emotional buttons, be it the death and depression from the loss of a loved one, unrequited love, and family drama, but on occasion I felt like I wanted to cry for the Emma and all the awful that was piled on her. That being said I enjoyed the story a lot, it was heartfelt and pulled me in and I rooted hard for a Emma/Sawyer love match in the worst of ways.

There were two reasons why I gave the book 4 stars instead of five. Firstly, the continuous mentioning of Emma's weight. I am in full support of her being a full figured woman, but at times it felt like her weight/squishy thighs/round stomach/eating habits was thrown in my face at every turn and occasionally it seemed to define her- she was the overweight female friend. I wanted her to own her body and looks, but instead she was so wishy washy- one minute saying how she loved who she was and the next hating herself and choices. A few mentions would have been ok, but it was too self deprecating for me to get behind. Second reason was the ending. Yes it was the HEA that I expected, but there was a lot of chaos and upheaval in the last part of the book and the happy wrap up felt a little rushed and was maybe only 20 minutes of the almost 7 hour book.

I absolutely loved the narrator, Melissa's performance was spot on. She did a fantastic job of bringing Emma to life, making her into a real person that I empathized with as well as creating new voices for the other characters as well. I would listen to her narrator more audiobooks in the future. Overall I really enjoyed this entire experience and I would love to listen to the next standalone romance in the My Not So Wicked series featuring the side character Shelby who was hysterical in this book.

  • Courtside Crush

  • Varsity Girlfriends, Book 1
  • By: Kayla Tirrell
  • Narrated by: Megan Meyer
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

So much for senior year being the best part of high school. It all started when I caught my boyfriend cheating on me. I did what any girl would do - I got revenge. Of course, it didn’t stop there. Thanks to a condemning video, I also got eight weeks of community service and athletic probation right before basketball season is supposed to start. (There goes my spot as captain!) Thankfully, there’s a guy at Marlowe Junction’s Helping Hands who makes passing the time more enjoyable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Cute High School Contemporary Book

  • By Karl hill on 07-30-19

YA Sports Romance Retelling

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

Reviewed: 07-13-19

Ok I will admit now that I did not realize this was a modern day Romeo and Juliet retelling until I just saw the synopsis now. But it totally makes sense with the forbidden love at the two opposing schools, made worse by the feud between the boys. The book even used "Romeo" as a code name for the male love interest and random references were made throughout the book. I can easily say though that I liked Courtside Crush much better than I ever liked Romeo and Juliet and I highly recommend this as an audiobook since the narrator did a great job portraying Charlie's spunk as well as giving the side character's their own voices.




I will admit that I hate the fact that Charlie would not tell anyone the truth- instead she is willing to doing something terrible and debasing and hurt the feelings of a really nice person. I wanted to shake her and possibly throw an intervention because I knew how it was going to play out and nobody was going to win. I know that Charlie is a 17 year old girl but at times she seemed so immature with how she reacted to stress and drama. She was impulsive and a little reckless, acting on her instincts regardless of what she should actually do. I did like that she finally seemed to understand herself better near the end and that her action became more mature as she really took the time to think out her problems.

The side characters were really well developed as well, like her family dynamic, helping to make a well rounded story. Hands down, Jackson (aka the love interest aka Romeo) was my favorite character in the book overall. He was just a really great guy, so excepting and patient, willing to work around whatever crazy situation Charlie kept throwing out at him and defending her regardless of the crazy. Also Daria is the best friend a girl could ever ask for, helpful and forgiving- and full of rational advice that Charlie usually chooses not to listen too.

This was a cute, clean YA standalone romance that I would easily recommend to those who like retellings, headstrong female main characters and a sweet HEA- for now.

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  • Remnants of Ash

  • Reign of Fae, Book 1
  • By: CK Dawn
  • Narrated by: Sydnee Fullmer
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Mere mortal. Fae hunter. Oh, and the apocalypse? Yeah, that happened! She's an unstoppable human. He's an immovable beast. But the fae have scorched the earth and humans are next.... Chloe Etain, stumbled into an ancient war between the light and dark that has culminated in her world being thrown into darkness and pre-industrial chaos. Vampire-like creatures roam free, feeding on unsuspecting humans. Chloe knows the truth though and, possibly, how to stop it. But as a mere mortal, what can she do? That's when the fates step in.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was cute

  • By DabOfDarkness on 07-15-19

Dystopian Scary Fey!

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

Reviewed: 07-06-19

This was so much fun (in the dangerous gory end of the world kind of way), my only complaint is that the story was too short and had to end! I will admit that I was concerned when the book first started since we are dropped into the middle of what seems like a crazy conflict with no explanation and I flailed a little. Once the pieces started clicking into place (even though there is basically no backstory at all- it is basically about living in the here and now), I could not get enough and blew through the story in one afternoon. I can easily say that I have never come across a story like Remnants of Ash before and now I am hungry for more.

“We can portal? Anywhere?” Chloe gasped.
Mary harrumphed. “This isn’t Diagon Alley and the name’s not Harry; it’s Mary.”


The story was 114 pages, 3 and a half hours as an audiobook and I could have easily listened/read this as a book that was three times as long! The world building was so creepy and complicated and detailed and I loved it. Not only is this a dystopian where the world as we know it ended, but the villains are the Fey. But keep in mind that these are not (only) the beautiful High Court Fey, but the deadly and terrifying beasts that destroy and eat mankind. And then we add in cool, powerful witches and a magical hideout that can relocate- with uncertain loyalties. There was nonstop action, almost the entire length of the book was battles and adventuring...and a dash of some forbidden style love that made me want to dance with joy. This ain't your typical apocalypse.

Bram chuckled.
“What? She said every speck.” Chloe laughed back.
“No, I know. That was just…cute.” Bram smiled.
“Cute?” She laughed again. “Cute in the apocalypse. Yay me.” Chloe blushed. She had to admit it, though. It was nice having a semi-normal meal and some conversation. Albeit in a Witch’s Spree hidden to human sight, eating with a fae, and about to portal through a magical mirror.


This was my first read from CK Dawn and I loved every minute of it. I have now added the other two books in the series to my wishlist and I l really wish that they were available in audio as well since the narrator did a terrific job of bringing Chloe to life and giving her the right amount of personality and feeling to make me connect to her spunk and determination. I highly recommend this audiobook to anyone who likes the darker side of the Fey like The Fae Games Series by Jill Ramsower or the apocalyptic destruction of Year One by Nora Roberts.

  • The Wonkiest Witch

  • Wonky Inn, Book 1
  • By: Jeannie Wycherley
  • Narrated by: Kim Bretton
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

Alfhild Daemonne has inherited an inn. And a dead body. Estranged from her witch mother, and having committed to little in her 30 years, Alf surprises herself when she decides to start a new life. She heads deep into the English countryside, intent on making a success of the once popular inn. However, discovering the murder throws her a curve ball. Especially when she suspects dark magick. Additionally, a less than warm welcome from several locals persuades her that a variety of folk - of both the mortal and magickal persuasions - have it in for her.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Jan on 08-11-19

First in a Paranormal Mystery Series

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

Reviewed: 06-16-19

Alf left all witchy things behind years ago, instead living the life of a regular human, no magic around. But when her mother dies, she is thrown back into the world, even if only temporary for her mother's funeral. Shockingly, Alf has inherited an Inn and the village surrounding it, completely uprooting her life. But she may not be wanted in the village...

I am a sucker for cozy mysteries, even more so if they have humor, romance or paranormal elements mixed in with the mystery. The Wonkiest Witch had a nice mix of mystery and supernatural and just a touch of humor and romance, creating a nice balance to the plot that helped to keep the story engaging. The story was really fast at 4 hours and 20 minutes (roughly 150 pages) making it the perfect read for a single afternoon/day escapism.

I thought the narrator was really cute. She gave Alf the personality and spunk that perfectly suited her personality and the other characters had distinct voices so there was never any confusion as to who was talking. She even hooted in a very owl-like manner for the owl that occasionally showed up. My mom happened to over hear a part of the book and decided that she "liked her voice and would listen to her read a book"- high praise indeed, in case you were wondering.

Overall this was a really fun, fast paranormal mystery that I enjoyed and I would for sure pick up the rest of the books in the series because I am now invested in Alf and her struggles. This is a perfect choice for those who like cozy mysteries with supernatural flair.

  • Huntress

  • Life After, Book 1
  • By: Julie Hall
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

No one's afterlife is as depressing as Audrey's - at least that's what she believes after waking up dead without her memories and being promptly assigned to hunt demons for the rest of eternity. She's convinced there's been a cosmic mistake; after all, she'd rather discuss the color of her nails than break them on angelic weapons. It doesn't help that her trainer, Logan, is as infuriating as he is attractive. When an ancient weapon of unparalleled power chooses Audrey as its wielder, attracting the attention of the ruler of Hell, Logan is the only one she can trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!

  • By Tiffany Kimbrell on 01-20-19

Angel and Demon Battle

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

Audrey wakes up- to find herself dead. With no memories of her past or what happened to her, she tries her best to fit into this strange new afterworld she now part of. When she is assigned the job of being a Hunter to hunt down the demons roaming earth, she is pretty sure she is in the wrong place. No matter how hard she trains, it seems that she has no real fighting skills, but he biggest talent is making her stoic trainer Logan irritated. But what Audrey does not know is that she has a larger role in this world than she ever could have guessed- and war is coming.

I have seriously been eyeballing Julie's books for forever, I even know the firsts in multiple series, I just had not had the chance to read one yet so when the opportunity to listen to Huntress occurred I was so excited. The pacing of the story made this very easy to get lost in the plot, I ending up reading it in a day because I was so curious about everything and I wanted answers (patience is not my strong suit). I rooted for Audrey and her headstrong ways and I was crossing my fingers for a romance that seems pretty doomed at the moment (but I have hope!). The world Julie made was really interesting, being almost magic while at the same time having the undercurrent of religion and faith, and her version of demons was scary and realistic. Overall this was a great start to an otherworldy urban fantasy-esque series.

I listened to the audiobook and I think the narrator did a great job bringing Audrey to life. She gave her personality and the sass I really appreciated, making Audrey seem like a real (undead) person I could connect to. Also, she did a great job of giving the side characters distinctive voices so I always knew who was talking and I love narrators who can make it feel like a full performance. After listening to Afterlife, I would highly recommend it as an audiobook and I would love to listen to the rest of the series.

And yes, this is a series where only a little bit of Audrey's fate has been revealed. I have so many ideas and theories as to what is really going on with Audrey, only some of them I have been right about and others only hints that I need to learn more about. Julie does a great job of leaving just enough bread crumbs to lead the reader in a certain direction without giving almost anything away and making me desperate for more. This is my first read by Julie but I have already added all her other series to my wishlist.

  • Before the Broken Star

  • The Evermore Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Everley Donovan is living on borrowed time. The lone survivor of her family’s unexplained assassination, she was saved by an ingeniously crafted clockwork heart. But the time she was given won’t last forever. Now, every tick-tock reminds her how fragile her existence is and hastens her quest to expose Killian Markham, the navy admiral who shattered her world and left her for dead. But Everley’s hunt for justice will be a long and hard-won voyage. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good bones and potential, but...

  • By Cheyenne on 06-06-19

Steampunk Adventure Series Starter

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

Reviewed: 06-06-19

As the only family member left alive, kept that way by the clock work heart her uncle used in place of her ruined one, Everly dreams of revenge. When the man who murdered her family, the most respected soldier in the queen's army, reappears in her life, Everly know this may be her only chance for justice and answers. Even if it means being sent to a mysterious penal colony as a criminal, never to see her old life or uncle again.

Gawd, I love Jamison so much. He may not be the main character, but he is my favorite character- and it is not 100% due to his dreaminess (ok maybe like 85% due to his dreaminess). He is seriously the most perfect guy- trustworthy, honorable, understanding- and I wanted Everly to just throw herself at him and let him take care of her- but that is not the type of person Everly is or what this book is about. This was very much a slow burn relationship (almost enemies to lovers vibe) that was not the main focus of the book, but man does Emily know how to do romance. there were so many moments that just hurt my heart for them and I have high hopes for a happily ever after...somewhere down the way.

Romance, or rather my hopes for more romance, aside, the magic in the world was so fascinating. There were so many moving parts that Emily expertly wove together in cool new ways I never saw coming. We have a girl who is kept alive by a clock, wonderfully crafted mythology (...or is it mythology...) about immortality and Father Time, dangerous creatures such a a large whale beast, a witch who lures people in, and an island that nobody really knows anything about. And let's not forget about the undying love between a prince and his princess- and a cute little pixy who does not like to be called Blue. The ideas seemed to be independent, but through a magic that is purely Emily's writing style, the story came together to create something wonderful that I desperately need more of.

The ending was action packed and surprising, I am so glad that this is just the first book in a trilogy because I feel like Everly has so much more exploring/revenging left to take on and I am so excited to get to be part of the adventure.

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  • The Haunting of Hillwood Farm

  • By: Kathryn Knight
  • Narrated by: Kristin James
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33

After tragedy strikes, Callie Sinclair is left with a gift she never wanted - the ability to communicate with ghosts. But when a desperate widow begs for her help, she reluctantly agrees to investigate the strange occurrences at Hillwood Farm. She quickly realizes she’s dealing with a dangerous presence beyond anything she’s ever experienced, and something else becomes equally clear - the only other living person in the house, Mrs. Turner’s handsome grandson, thinks she’s a scam artist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A haunting paranormal romance.

  • By N. Mahoney on 05-19-19

Creepy Ghost Mystery/Romance

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19

Cassie did not want to seek out ghosts, but sweet old Alice was insistent that she come to her house and see if she can communicate with the ghost of Alice's recently passed husband. But Cassie soon realizes that it is not Alice's husband haunting the house, but instead it is another spirit with much sinister motives. Luke does not believe in ghosts and wants Cassie to leave his grandmother alone, but when he gets to know Cassie he realizes that she intrigues him, even when he thinks she is lying. But soon things are happening that Luke can't explain and the two need to team up to really understand what is going on.

This is the second audiobook I have listened to/read by Kathryn and I appreciate her stories. She creates scary atmosphere and great character dynamics, making her books really enjoyable and fast reads. This story was roughly 5.5 hours in length, allowing this to be perfect to listen to in a single afternoon. Kathryn makes her ghosts scary, building my tension and keeping me on the edge of my seat, while at the same time the scenarios are realistic, as if this story could really happen. I appreciate her storytelling qualities, while at the same times reminding the reader that this is still very much a romance too. Kathryn walks a nice line between a horror ghost story, a surprising mystery and a sweet romance- all three genres I love and mesh so well together. I am pretty sure that I am sounding like a fan girl at this moment but I really enjoyed this story and I can't wait to get my hands on another scary romance audiobook written by her.

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator, Kristin, was fantastic, keeping me engaged in the story and the drama the entire time. The view point switched between both Callie and Luke and the narrator was able to give them individual voice and personality. I am sure that this would make a great read in general, but listening to this story really made me feel like I was watching it all unfold in front of me, as if I was part of it. I highly recommend picking this one up as an audiobook.

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  • Favor of the Gods

  • By: Ali Winters
  • Narrated by: Sarah Puckett
  • Length: 1 hr and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Ever since Medusa unwittingly crossed her school’s resident mean girl, her life has been hell. If only she could keep her distance from Perseus who has a knack for always being in the wrong place at the right time. But rivalry goes too far when a curse that can destroy the village is cast. Only the favor of the gods can reverse it, but the gods are vengeful and not always forgiving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Gods Can be Petty and Cruel...

  • By Joe Mahoney on 12-04-18

Mean Girls meets Olympus

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

Reviewed: 05-19-19

The best way to describe Favor of the Gods was as if Means Girls met up with Greek mythology.
Medusa is staring at a new high school and without even trying to, she made enemies with the most powerful girl at her school- as well as her clique- all over the affections of an unknowing boy.
I usually don't read short stories, which this is at roughly 60 pages and 1 hour as an audiobook, but I thought the idea for this was really unique and interesting and I am always a sucker for Greek mythology.
Overall this seemed like a great idea, but I wanted more. There was just the start of world building, and just the start of developing characters, but there was not enough time for a whole lot more than starts. I would love for Ali to expand this into a full length book, I would read that in a heart beat. I think that Ali has an engaging writing style and I will for sure check out other books from her. The audiobook narrator did a really good job trying to give the characters personality, while mixing the Greek-ness and teen attitude perfectly.

  • Finale

  • A Caraval Novel, Book 3
  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

It’s been two months since the Fates were freed from a deck of cards, two months since Legend claimed the throne for his own, and two months since Tella discovered the boy she fell in love with doesn’t really exist. With lives, empires, and hearts hanging in the balance, Tella must decide if she’s going to trust Legend or a former enemy. After uncovering a secret that upends her life, Scarlett will need to do the impossible. And Legend has a choice to make that will forever change and define him. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Felt so unfinished for it being the series end!!!!

  • By melissa fernandez on 05-22-19

A Grand Conclusion to a Fantastic Series

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Stephanie is a master at descriptive language and world building. Even if I did not love her characters and twisty plots (which I love both!) I would keep coming back to her stories for the world building alone. I feel as if I experience everything right along with the characters, be it the smells, sights or even the tastes. Caraval and everything surrounding it becomes my place too. The costuming is gorgeous and I have never been into elaborate dresses but I would make an exception in this case. But Stephanie is not so verbose and over the top with her language to lose my interest, but instead she immerses me and I never want to leave. And I'm gonna need to get my hands on Scarlet's mood ring of a dress because it is still my favorite.

I found Finale to have so much going on it was hard to put the book down to adult, I was afraid I would miss something. There was danger, mystery, deception, tons of surprises, amazing scenery, magic galore...and did I mention time travel?? Yep, time travel- if I hadn't been sold on the book before, that would have sealed the deal. I have no idea how Stephanie was able to weave so many strands and ideas together to create such a cohesive story, but the end result was incredibly successful.

And my favorite part- the romance. Mixed in the middle of the danger was some pretty freaking swoony romance that made me ever so happy. I loved seeing suave Julian blush over his feelings or aloof Legend be thrown off his game (I have so many moments I want to discuss but will hold off for fear of being a spoiler jerk- but feel free to contact me to chat). Let's just say if you like romance and feelings then you will enjoy what Finale brings to the table.

I loved that Finale was told from both Scarlet and Donatella's points of view, it made it really feel like this was a conclusion to everything that had transpired over the course of the trilogy, for both the sisters. I would love to have another Caraval book, be it a Fate spin off (cough, cough Poison?? Yes I know the Fates are basically evil and all but I loved them all so much, they were such cool characters and a concept in general!) or another adventure with Legend and the Dragna sisters, but I am incredibly satisfied with the conclusion to the series.

Stephanie has succeeded in making a fan girl out of me and I will gladly read whatever world she wants to write about next.

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  • Cornered Magic

  • The Void Series, Book 1
  • By: Charissa Dufour
  • Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Sam, a half-fae Void, is ostracized by her own people, much less the humans who control her home - the Illinois Mystical Reservation. Packed into the Reservation with vampires, werewolves, faes, and mages alike, Sam does her best to travel below the radar, but when her only friend asks for her help, she can’t say no. Her work to solve a fae’s murder brings her to the forefront of vampire politics, and changes her life forever. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ENJOYABLE SHORT!

  • By Annie The Audible Addict!!! on 11-30-18

Dystopian Fey Mystery

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

In the future, humans are aware of the presence of the Fey and others who have power and magic. To keep the peace and for protection of all, the magical are kept contained in a reservation where everything is tightly regulated. Sam lives a hard life, hated by so many including her own father for the fact she is a void- a rare type of fey who eat up other's magic. When one of her friends goes missing and the authorities seem not to care, Sam realizes that it is up to her to determine what happened to her- which may cost Sam her life.

I thought the plot for this book sounded really interesting and the cover is pretty and appealed to the inner fish in me so I was excited to read/listen to this book. But I will admit that I was hesitant to actually start it when I saw that the audiobook was only two hours and forty minutes, which is very short for an audiobook, more like a novella length. I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this story, regardless of length. There was enough world building, character development and plot to keep me engaged and desperate for the next installment of the story. I usually avoid novellas but I am glad I did not skip this story since I found this to be highly entertaining.

I really enjoyed the narrator's performance, she was able to bring Sam and this world to life and keep me in engaged in the audio- which can be a big challenge with my attention span. I would gladly listen to more books narrated by her to come- hopefully I can get my grabby hands on the next book in the series in audio form because I need it ASAP with that cliff hanger ending (thanks a lot for that Charissa!).