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  • Alt Truths

  • There Are Two Sides to Every Story. Even Genocide.
  • By: Alec Birri
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Thirty-year-old UNPOL officer Richard Warren has been embedded with the BBC, and not seeing eye-to-eye with journalist Sarah Dyer is just the start of his problems. News of an Ebola pandemic is being withheld, and when it’s discovered Sarah’s artistic savant brother is involved, Richard’s determination to get to the truth takes an unexpected turn. But what if the truth must never be known?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alt Truths

  • By Lauren Jones on 02-06-19

Alt Truths

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Getting fed information about viral diseases and pandemics can be quite scary, especially when these viruses are known to be widespread and very deadly. What would happen if someone knew more about the outbreak than they were telling the public? What if someone was trying to spread false news as a scare tactic to cover up something even bigger? Is that possible? Birri has an interesting—and quite frightening—perspective to government and the political prowess over war, which will leave readers questioning the lengths that man will travel to see a change in culture.

Richard Warren and Sarah Deyer are both truth seekers. Richard, a UNPOL officer has his cover blown after a mini explosion occurs while having coffee at the local café. Both Richard and Sarah are arrested and then bailed out by Richard’s boss, only to find himself at Sarah’s house with her family and a bunker full of nuclear weapons. What starts as mutual distaste for one another, surges into somewhat of a romantic relationship between the two. When Sarah’s autistic brother leads Richard to some questionable activity at the day center he frequents on the weekends, both Richard and Sarah agree to team up in search of the real story behind his cryptic drawings and personality changes. What is discovered to be a laboratory divested in curing the Ebola pandemic, turns out to be a cover for a much larger scheme that involves not only his boss, but even some individuals in powerful government and political positions. Only when they realize the severity of their discovery, do they find themselves in danger—danger of the genocide kind. Everyone states that they’ve not yet reached a war, but war has begun to wage on their consciences and they are faced to either speak out about what is happening or accept an alternate truth that they have been given.

Birri has a fantastic story, filled with creativity, originality and intriguing characters. The pace is very quick and the first few chapters may provide some difficulty with understanding; however, there is a turning point. Birri creates a sense of foreboding that leads up to a very detrimental plot meant to blatantly question the reader’s loyalty and ethical evaluation of themselves. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, Keeble does provide a very speedy voice relay; but, it is enjoyable and differentiation in characters is present. If you are a reader of medical or scientific thrillers, this may be perfect for you.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Alt Truths by Alec Birri.

  • Between the Sea and Stars

  • The Lena Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Chantal Gadoury
  • Narrated by: Dollcie Webb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Lena, a Merrow girl, lives in the Skagerrak sea with her father, Carrick and her brother, Javelin, who tells her of the legend of the Merrow Queen murdered by her human lover when greed takes over. But what’s worth spilling the queen’s blood? Gifted from Poseidon, himself, a magic shell gives any human the ability to control both land and sea. When Javelin is called to join a clan of Merrow soldiers bent on protecting their waters from human invasion, Lena resists Merrow law and ventures to the shore with no choice but to swim to land. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Start of an Exciting Adventure!

  • By Stephanie on 01-29-19

Between the Sea and Stars

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

If you had a choice to live in the water or on land, how would you choose? Obviously, your curiosity would probably get the better of you. Humans are often addled by ideas and misconceptions of the desires that they have. We always want the things that we don’t have and some don’t stop until they get them. Gadoury has a riveting story about the lengths that someone will go to obtain the unobtainable. For readers, this is an enticing first installment that will leave you hanging by the edge of your seat—waiting for the second installment.

Lena is trapped in her underwater prison, longing to see what the humans are like on land. She has a brother, a father and someone who loves her dearly, but that isn’t good enough. That doesn’t wash the desire to be free from the life that she has always lived. Something wiggles its way into her brain, allowing her to obsess over this new complex job offer that has been provided to her brother, Javelin. Merrows are forbidden to go to the surface by the Skagerrak king; however, the Merrow soldiers are able to swim in the sea and walk on land in order to protect their waters from human invasion. Much like the Merrow Queen, Lena’s desire to see the surface winds up being the ultimate price—a life. Once she is given a magical shell that gives her legs, will she still feel the same way about the sea? Leaving the only home that she has ever known to travel in an unforgiving world seems like a punishment, until she meets Soren—the man who believes in Merrows. Along with Serran comes others who hide in the shadows, waiting for their time to strike her down for who she is.

Gadoury has a superb first installment, filled with adventure, romance, longing, deceit, and secrets. The characters have been well thought out and the scenes flow effortlessly. Since this is complimenting the audiobook, Webb makes this story really shine. Her voice relay with this installment is stunning. Readers may find themselves impressed with how attentive Webb is to the characters personalities and emotions. If you are a reader of young adult fantasy and fairy tales, this may be perfect for you. Fair warning, if you begin this tale—there may be no putting it down until the end.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Between the Sea and Stars by Chantal Gadoury.

  • The Six

  • By: K. B. Hoyle
  • Narrated by: Dollcie Webb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Darcy Pennington hates her life. She is an insufferably average teenager with no real friends, crushing social anxiety, and an indescribable sense of not fitting in anywhere. A change in her dad's job forces her to attend Cedar Cove Family Camp the summer before her eighth-grade year, and Darcy once again finds herself on the outside of a social circle of teenagers, with her only advocate being an awkward girl named Samantha Palm. The only problem is, Darcy has no desire to be friends with her, but as the hostility from the other teenagers increases, she decides to return the friendship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last in Audio!

  • By Sherry Gomes on 12-15-18

The Six

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

Reviewed: 01-27-19

If you just happened to stumble upon a gateway to a new world, what would your first reaction be? Would you be scared, excited, nervous or curious? Hoyle plunges her characters into an adventure that all starts with a prophecy of six individuals, three males and three females, who find their way to a new world—a world that is under distress and a shadow rules the land. The world building is invigorating and the six children find that they can’t wait to begin learning the ropes in this new land filled with magic and mystery.

Darcy absolutely despises the fact that she has to go to camp this year with her family. Her so-called “friend”, Samantha is a bit too annoying and she doesn’t fit in with the kids that are her own age. With little else to do other than play nice and hang out with the rest of Samantha’s friends while at Cedar Grove Family Camp, Darcy happens to find a gateway to a magical world called Alitheia. The people that inhabit this new world are different, not like her or her new friends at the camp, and she finds herself drawn to them and their desperation for help against something that has taken over their land. Not only do they need her help, but they also need the other five in her group. All six of them are the only ones able to help them defeat their enemy, once and for all. When all of the children begin to show signs of their special talents, Darcy feels left out and finds comfort in an animal who she assumes is a friend. With everyone keeping secrets and no one explaining this all-powerful prophecy at hand, Darcy realizes that trusting anyone can get her and her friends in serious danger.

Hoyle has a fantastic story, filled with creativity and originality. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow and the world building is stunning. In this first installment of the Gateway Chronicles, Hoyle creates scenes that are truly vivid for the imagination and all of her characters are entertaining. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, Webb was very clear in her voice relay; however, lacked a bit of adequate pronunciation. If you are interested in young adult fantasy, this may be perfect for you.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to The Six by K. B. Hoyle.

  • Not for Me

  • The Windy City Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kat de Falla
  • Narrated by: Sullie Mason
  • Length: 6 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 18

Manda Wolfgram is a struggling literary agent who is looking for the perfect manuscript to land in her lap and the perfect man to land in her bed. When the sixth-floor hottie finally asks her out, she gets more than for which she bargained. How can a girl wrap her brain around a Shakespearean actor who writes erotica? Harry Sackes leads a double life: making a career as an author by day and dipping into the dark underworld of criminals at night. The moment he sees Manda in his twin brother's arms, his whole life becomes his personal Shakespearean trag-comedy of mistaken identity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Manda is the best!

  • By Rebecca Azizov on 01-31-19

Not for Me

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

Reviewed: 01-24-19

If you go through life with your head in books or in the clouds, you may miss the ONE. You know, the ONE that makes life worth living or the ONE that really understands you and all of your quirkiness. Maybe that is just wishful thinking; but for Manda, it comes by way of a ticket to see Romeo and Juliet with the sixth-floor hottie who she has definitely noticed more than once. De Falla has an interesting and humorous romance between two people who seem to be polar opposites, but you know how the old saying goes. Don’t opposites attract?

Manda is a literary agent who has just hit the jackpot with her author’s new best-selling novel; however, when she finds out that her author has met an untimely demise, she goes into a panic and runs into Dane Sackes, the sixth-floor stud. Completely oblivious to anything other than him, he is the only person who can actually make her salivate from his appearance alone which would be the invitation that she needs to make a fool out of herself—and that is something she does not need. He gives her a ticket to go see Romeo and Juliet and starts spouting out lines from Shakespeare, all while wondering if this is the same hunk who seemed to obsess over achieving total body perfection last summer? She begins to feel intrigued by the mysteries of the man who resides on the sixth-floor, but at the same time—she knows that she shouldn’t be getting involved with anyone without worrying about her career that seems to now be in shambles unless she finds a ghostwriter to finish her author’s series. When avoiding Dane becomes difficult, she decides to enjoy the ride while it lasts—but, even the seemingly perfect Dane…or is it Harry… has some secrets that may very well get her into hot water or worse yet, feeling betrayed, confused and hurt.

De Falla has a light romantic comedy, filled with creativity and originality; however, it does lack character development. There are two characters who are the main focus of the story, but both do not have the same emphasis on their story. An introduction into the life of Dane or Harry would have engaged the reader instead of jumping right into the current dilemma without understanding what the character(s) have had to endure to get to that point in their lives. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator did not provide the correct tone or age-appropriateness to the novel with her voice relay. This is the first installment in the Windy City Chronicles; therefore, readers can jump right into the story. If you are interested in romantic comedies, this may be for you.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provided a three-star rating to Not for Me by Kat de Falla.

  • Cuddling Sucks in Coffins

  • The Slayer's Reverse Harem, Book 2
  • By: Holly Ryan
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, would give anything for a simple night of patrolling on her own damn terms. But the graveyard is crawling with creeps with hidden agendas. Not to mention the dark unknown that wants to take her out. And we’re not talking dates here, people. Good thing Belle has three panty-melting vampires to help her. Except one of her guys has a past that’s catching up with him. Violently. Belle’s fairly certain she can save him. But if she betrays him, she’ll gain a wealth of knowledge that could help her survive the dark unknown.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cuddling Sucks in Coffins

  • By Lauren Jones on 01-01-19

Cuddling Sucks in Coffins

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

So now that the Devil’s offer of marriage is off of the table, there is still that pesky bit about a darkness that is supposed to claim her before her twenty-first birthday. What a mess right?! Belle is pretty sure that the darkness goes by the name of Paul, but can she really be sure? What if this is the first challenge out of several to come? Ryan has a no-nonsense, kick-ass female heroine who has some impossible decisions to make and this second installment continues to engulf readers on her journey to find answers.

Belle Harrison now has not one, but three vampire lovers. Talk about epic fail in the Vampire Slayer arena. These vampires are different though; they are not mindless, soulless creatures who are ruled by their hunger like the ones that she typically slays. Rather, they are smart, caring, and compassionate. The selling point–wait for it–they dedicate their lives to those in need! How can you kill anyone like that? Apparently, there is still someone who wants revenge against one of her beloved vampires. When Belle runs into him unexpectedly while on patrol, she may not have any other way to protect her lover other than to agree to work with this new assailant who claims to have information about an invaluable group. As if that was enough–there is still Paul–lingering in the shadows, just waiting for his chance to strike.

Ryan has a fantastic short story, filled with creativity and originality. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator was magnificent with her voice relay. The scenes are vivid for the imagination and characters are entertaining. This is the second installment in the Slayer’s Reverse Harem Series; however, it is not recommended as a standalone. Due to previous information revealed in the first installment, a reader may become lost or confused with reading the second installment first. If you are interested in paranormal romance and suspense, this may be a perfect fit.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Cuddling Sucks in Coffins by Holly Ryan.

  • Vampires Don't Give Hickeys

  • The Slayer's Reverse Harem, Book 1
  • By: Holly Ryan
  • Narrated by: Melissa Schwairy
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

"Marry the devil...or die." That's the ultimatum Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, just received from a demon. Belle has only one response: To hell with him. Turns out it's not that easy, though - apparently the devil doesn't know the meaning of the word no. Lucky for Belle, three pantie-melting vampires come to her aid. Three hot vampires she can't resist. Hey, we all have our vices. Hers just happen to have fangs. She's going to need these three to help her thwart the devil's marriage proposal and defeat the terrifying dark force that wants her dead.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good quick read but lacks world building

  • By Raina on 09-24-18

Vampires Don't Give Hickeys

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

If you were THE vampire slayer, meaning the only one fighting against all of the things that go bump in the night to protect humanity…how would you take to the Devil wanting you as his bride? That is pretty dark, but also really terrifying–especially when a demon comes to seal the deal and makes it clear that no is an unacceptable answer. Ryan has a no-nonsense, kick-ass female heroine who has some impossible decisions to make and this first installment plants readers into the middle of her chaotic world.

Belle Harrison is the crime-fighting, vamp-slaying, beauty who the Devil has offered a proposal to–in order to save her from the darkness soon to claim her. Belle has absolutely no intention to take him up on his offer, no matter what he claims to have done for her out of protection since she was a little girl. She is determined to make it on her own in the big, bad world and decides to throw all caution out of the window when she meets not one vampire, but three vampires that she actually doesn’t want to stake. Belle captivates them and they intrigue her curiosity, so she plays along, but what happens when things start to heat up? With something haunting Belle on her nightly routine in the cemetery, she needs to find out how to escape the Devil and this mysterious darkness trying to kill her before her twenty-first birthday. Can she escape both threats and resist the temptation of falling for one or all three of her vampire saviors all at the same time?

Ryan has a fantastic short story, filled with creativity and originality. The pace is very quick, but easy to follow. The story appears to be written fairly well. Since this review compliments the audiobook, the narrator was magnificent with her voice relay. The scenes were vivid for the imagination and characters were entertaining. This is the first installment in the Slayer’s Reverse Harem Series; therefore, you can jump right in. If you are interested in suspense and paranormal romance, this may be a perfect fit.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Vampires Don’t Give Hickeys by Holly Ryan.

  • Honor Kills

  • Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries, Volume 3
  • By: Nanci Rathbun
  • Narrated by: Kieren Calland Metts
  • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

When a worried mother wants divorced Private Investigator Angelina Bonaparte to track down her missing husband, she’s eager to bring the deadbeat dad to justice. But even after she discovers the man’s obituary, she refuses to believe it until she sees the body. Tracking down the nurse who last saw him alive could be the missing puzzle piece to her client's broken family. But as she digs deeper, she realizes there’s something darker at play than dodging child-support payments.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great mystery!

  • By Susan Patterson on 12-22-18

Honor Kills

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

A private investigator has its pros and cons. You work long hours and sometimes can get so wrapped up in work that it becomes difficult to have a relationship because most of our cases are about infidelity or adultery. You end up doing things that you have never thought you’d ever end up doing, i.e. digging in someone else’s garbage, bird watching, pulling an all-nighter surveillance stakeout, and impersonating others to get the information that you seek for a client. This information can make or break somenone’s life…and most of the time, it’s the latter. Would you still want a job like that if it meant that you could possibly dangle your life in someone else’s hands? You would knowingly be putting yourself in danger against who knows…the mafia or mob, gang related groups, jealous spouses, and the list goes on and on.

Angelina Bonaparte has a new partner named Bobbie, and he has been catching on pretty quick. His assistance in the past has saved them both on occasion. When Angelina and Bobbie have a new lead on a case that they’ve been working for several months, they don’t realize right away that they may be getting into some pretty heavy danger. Someone’s husband has abandoned his wife and children and now he winds up in an obituary for another town? Something doesn’t add up for starters. On second thought, this man has been untraceable for fifty-eight months! Why would his death surface so easily, unless he wanted everyone to believe he was dead, right?! Angelina and Bobbie go digging in search of answers, first on their list is the lawyer and retirement home where the husband made last contact. She soon realizes that this may be something that she needs to talk to her father about after a hit has been ordered. She has always known her father’s affiliations, but never thought that the day would come when she relied on his connections for answers to one of her cases. Is she in enough danger to warrant needing her father’s protection?

Rathbun has an entertaining mystery with this third installment. Character development is fantastic and the story-line flows well. This crime mystery takes readers on a dangerous path to find someone who has taken all precautions to stay hidden. Readers will find interest in the satire engulfed in the book as well as the mystery leading up to find out the lengths a man will go to save himself from his past. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written with the voice relay being clear and flowing effortlessly. The narrator seems to have a little trouble with some voice differentiation, but others were captivating. If you are a reader of crime mysteries, this may be something to pick up the next time you are looking for a book to read. This is the third installment in the Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries. While this book can be read as a standalone, some of the character backgrounds and history carries over directly from the previous installments.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating for Honor Kills by Nanci Rathbun.

  • Barking up the Wrong Bakery

  • Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Stella St. Claire
  • Narrated by: Machelle Williams
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Olivia Rickard would kill to keep everything just the way it is. Changing the status quo has always been disastrous for Olivia, and now everything is changing at once.... What Olivia needs is a distraction, and she’s found one in stumbling upon Yvette Dunn dead in her coffee food truck - drowned in a vat of fresh coffee. Olivia starts out as an unlucky bystander to the crime, but she’s forced to dig in deeper when it looks like her sister could be involved in Yvette’s death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cozy Mystery

  • By kelly lauffenburger on 03-20-18

Barking up the Wrong Bakery

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

When you fall in love with someone, do you ever wonder who you might be hurting? The person who you are now taking up all of their time to be with...are you taking them away from friends and family? Quite possibly, someone could hold a grudge against that, but do you ever think about it like that? NO--of course not! And why would you? People are supposed to understand, right?! This story has a predictable plot twist, but the characters are what really draws readers in and keeps them turning those pages. Readers who want to dive into Olivia's world of amateur sleuthing will have their fill of witty, funny and entertaining along the way as she hunts for a killer.

Olivia finds the dead body of Yvette Dunn, a local food truck owner. When the sheriff strictly forbids Olivia to get involved with the murder investigation, she shrugs him off and tells him what he wants to hear--but deep down, she knows that this case could be the distraction she needs to ward off the all-too-real decisions that are honing in on her personal life. Her perfect boyfriend is on the verge of proposing and her sister is ushering her to invest in a brownstone for her dog-walking business. Is she afraid of change? Is she afraid of commitment? All she knows is that she bolts every time the time is right or her sister gets that look on her face. Once she jumps into the case though, she realizes that maybe those two decisions wouldn't be so bad--just as long as she lives long enough to make them. With someone on her trail, Olivia knows that she is getting close to cracking the case wide open, but at what price will she go to find the murderer?

St. Claire has an entertaining story filled with mystery and superb character development. While this story isn't as creative and original in its mystery, the characters are fascinating and spontaneous which makes the book a page-turner. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it does appear that the story is well-written and William's vocal relay remains clear throughout the entire book. The pace is quick and easy to follow; however, Williams is a bit dry and seems to have trouble differentiating between characters. If you are a reader of cozy mysteries and amateur sleuthing, you will probably enjoy this book. It is the first installment of the Happy Tails Dog Walking Mysteries; therefore, you can dive right in.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a four-star rating to Barking up the Wrong Bakery by Stella St. Claire.

  • Watcher

  • The Watcher Series, Book 1
  • By: AJ Eversley
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens, Steve Campbell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

As a Watcher, Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect her fellow humans. But the Bots and Carbons that overran her city are evolving, and are picking off her comrades one by one. Embarking on a desperate mission to save humanity from extinction, Sawyer discovers that the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn when one of her own betrays them. Faced with a choice between fulfilling her vow and avenging those who have fallen, she must ultimately decide who can be saved...and who can’t.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!!

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 10-19-18

Watcher

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

If your streets and the buildings around you were all empty, how would you react? It would be quite lonely, one would imagine–if you were one of the only humans left, fighting against robots fro the survival of the human species? That is a lot of pressure for one person to have. Eversley has a gripping science fiction novel that will pull readers in quickly and keep them hanging on every detail.

Sawyer is a watcher. That means that she is one of the last humans who can fight against the Bots and Carbons to protect humanity–what’s left of it. Someone started a mass war years ago to wipe out the humans to make way for a more advanced species, Carbon copies of humans. They look like humans, but are stronger, faster, able to heal rapidly and hard to kill. With the human population dwindling down quickly, Sawyer and the rest of her team must figure out a way to get the upper hand on their power source. Finding a building with human survivors so close to Carbon territory, Sawyer knows that this mission could very well be a trap–but they still have to try to save them. Once the mission ends and the humans are safely brought back to their underground base, Sawyer does the one thing that she vowed never to do. Her feelings for one of the survivors has clouded her judgment and left her vulnerable…vulnerable to her emotions and maybe even vulnerable enough to be betrayed. With time against them, Sawyer and her team know that the biggest fight that they’ve ever had to face will be coming soon and most of their team may not come out alive.

Eversley has a superb story-line, filled with creativity, world-building, and originality. We’ve all heard and seen science fiction novels and movies, but Eversley brings a new twist to fold. The pace is quick and steady from the beginning and carries through the entirety of the story. She is provide that urgency to understand the depth of endangerment the human race faces. Since this review compliments the audiobook, both narrators did fantastic work with voice relay. The scenes were vivid for the imagination and characters were credible. This is the first installment in the Watcher Series, so readers can jump right in. If you are interested in action and science fiction, this may a perfect fit. Fair warning, once you plunge into this novel, you may find yourself picking up the rest of the series soon after.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Watcher by AJ Eversley.

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  • Deadly Shadow

  • A Paranormal Suspense Thriller (The Assassin Chronicles, Book 1)
  • By: Kim Cresswell
  • Narrated by: Robin Siegerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Consumed with grief over the tragic death of her husband, FBI Agent Victory McClane is obsessed with finding Ohio's serial killer, "The Wrapper". When another young woman turns up dead and the victim is linked to Derrick Lynn, son of the secretary of defense, Victory finds Derrick has all the right answers and is a little too helpful. Derrick has a secret: He's a government assassin who uses his unusual paranormal skills to eliminate targets. Determined to keep his own secrets buried, he offers to help find the Wrapper. But can Victory trust him?  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to series

  • By Deborah on 08-11-18

Deadly Shadow

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Mystery and suspense are always fun when you aren’t the one who finds themselves in the middle of it. When you are looking over someone who is responsible for catching the bad guy or reading a mystery and trying to find out who the bad guy is…those are fun! For Victory, this mystery just keeps getting harder and harder to solve. There are victims with two different styles of killing and they have both seemed to fall in her lap. Cresswell has a compelling mystery and first installment with Deadly Shadow that will draw readers in.

Victory McClane is on the case and this time, the MO is different. The perpetrator wraps his female victims up in bubble wrap and burns them alive. Such a sick and twisted way to kill someone, but Victory has a hunch that the way he kills has something to do with catching him. All of the other victims that were found have been credited to a killer known as the Shadow where he comes in and kills the victim without the police being able to find an entry point into their lives or homes. It is as if they committed suicide, but the suicides are virtually impossible with the way that they were found. Victory is asked out on a date by a suspect who she feels some kind of connection to and on top of that, her daughter comes into town and then goes missing from a club. She may find herself enlisting help from an unlikely ally in order to save the only family she has left from the Rapper.

Cresswell has an incredible story with superb character development, an entertaining mystery, and is chalked full of originality. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written from the voice relay. Siegerman’s narration is impeccable and enjoyable. The character vocalizations are all different and her relay is easy to follow. If you are a reader of paranormal suspense, you may want to pick up this book. Since this is the first installment in the Assassin Chronicles, you are able to dive right in.

An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating to Deadly Shadow by Kim Cresswell.

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