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  • Wishes and Wellingtons

  • By: Julie Berry
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 7

Maeve Merritt chafes at the rigid rules at her London boarding school for “Upright Young Ladies.” When punishment forces her to sort through the trash, she finds a sardine tin that houses a foul-tempered djinni with no intention of submitting to a schoolgirl as his master. Soon an orphan boy from the charitable home next door, a mysterious tall man in ginger whiskers, a disgruntled school worker, and a take-no-prisoners business tycoon are in hot pursuit of Maeve and her magical discovery. It’ll take all of her quick thinking and sass to set matters right. Maeve Merritt is one feisty heroine you won’t soon forget.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wishes & Wellingtons

  • By Lauren Jones on 11-06-18

Wishes & Wellingtons

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

If you were a young girl who got blamed for everything under the sun, how would your outlook on the world be? Some things just can’t be helped. Berry shares the wonderful world of little Miss Maeve Merritt, the girl who doesn’t tolerate bullies. Everywhere she turns, it is something new that she is getting into trouble for. It seems, the girls at Ms. Salimanker’s School for Upright Young Ladies is absolutely not the best place for Maeve, although her parents will hear nothing of it. Berry captivates her readers with Maeve’s longing for adventure and the friends who she makes along the way.

Miss Maeve Merritt seems to always be punished for something—even if she didn’t do it. Forced to sort through the trash as one of her punishments, she comes across a nice and shiny sardine can, one that appears to have not been tampered with. Opening the sardine can, Maeve expects to find a snack, but instead winds up with a djinni instead! This djinni; however, is foul and makes it clear that he is not happy with her, a little school girl, being his master. Knowing the lore of a djinni, supposedly being able to grant three wishes to their master, she makes her first wish. Revenge against a couple of the snotty, mean girls at the school. She wishes that their braids be turned green! When that wish backfires and she gets into trouble from a prank that they created, Maeve must think bigger than revenge, smarter too. She wants adventure, to fulfill her dreams of an all-girls Cricket team. But, in that dark alley sorting through trash, she is not the only one that stumbles upon the djinni. Someone else sees him too and has plans to steal it from Maeve for himself. As adventures come into the picture, so too do mysteries and mischief. The djinni warns Maeve that all of his masters before her always succumb to greed and end up becoming the very thing that they once said they would not become. Can Maeve protect her friends and fulfill her dreams all at the same time or will it end up changing her and making her life miserable?

Berry has an incredible story with superb character development, an interesting take on middle grade fantasy, 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. Entwistle’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 middle grade and fantasy, you may want to pick up this book. Fair warning though, you may find yourself filling your bookshelves or electronic devices with more from this author.

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 Wishes & Wellingtons by Julie Berry.

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  • The Hunted

  • Hunter Circles Series, Book One
  • By: Jessica Gunn
  • Narrated by: Shannon Condon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 20

I'm Krystin Blackwood, and I've only ever been good at one thing: killing demons of Darkness. But at 24, I'm about to face my toughest challenge yet: shifting from working alone to joining a team of three other Hunters. Newbie Hunters. They don't know their magik, they barely know their place in the world, and when they find out the secrets I've been carrying, they'll definitely decide it's safer if they don't know me. But unfortunately for them - and me - Darkness has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New Urban Fantasy Series

  • By KRLGA @Smada's Book Smack on 10-28-18

The Hunted

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

Witches and Hunters are in the same circles. The magic running through their veins may not be pure, but they have the choice to either protect or destroy lives. Demons run amuck and something is brewing right inside the city, but no one knows where the main group lies…and no one can get close enough to find out without ever having a chance of escape. Gunn has a power-charged novel, filled with action and paranormal elements.

Krystin Blackwood has a new team, which doesn’t bode well for her. She doesn’t feel like a team player, but that is exactly what the higher ups in the fire circle seem to think is best for her. They were always making assumptions about her life from the time that she was young until now. Always moving her around, talking about fulfilling a prophecy that she was destined for. When she meets Ben, the need to control his powers overcomes her sensibilities about keeping the team safe. Someone who is close to Ben has been kidnapped, which makes Ben’s emotions control his powers. They run everything. Between the both of them, will they learn how to work together or will they destroy everything, including themselves by trying to run into the lion’s den without a backup plan.

Gunn has an interesting story, but it lacks a bit of originality and it predictable. The story seems to flow well; however, the characters are a bit underdeveloped. Condon has a very strong female voice, although she appears to have some trouble with character differentiation. It may not be the best for this type of story. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, it is unclear if the grammatical and pronunciations are mistakes from the narrator or the author’s writing. If you are a reader of YA Paranormal, you may want to give this story a try. It is the first book in the Hunter Circles Series; therefore, readers 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 three-star rating to The Hunted by Jessica Gunn.

  • Truth Kills

  • Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Nanci Rathbun
  • Narrated by: Kieren Calland Metts
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Angelina Bonaparte is a force to be reckoned with. When her husband cheats on her after 25 years of marriage, she reinvents herself - trading the life of a suburban housewife for a toned body, designer duds, a cherry-red Miata, and a new career as a private investigator. Now a 50-something hottie with a kickass approach to snooping and a knack for disguise, she takes no prisoners. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy a great Narrator and a great story.

  • By cosmitron on 02-27-18

Truth Kills

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

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 your cases are about infidelity and mistrust. 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 vendors to get the information that you seek for another person. This information can make or break someone’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/mob, gang related group, jealous spouses, and the list goes on and on.

Luckily for Angelina Bonaparte, she has had a lucky and easy career thus far. Her marriage, not so easy. With her first husband being unfaithful, she dropped him and has never looked back. But, like everything else, her career is bound to throw some curve balls her way. Angie gets a call that a mob boss is sleeping around with another woman by the name of Elisa Morano. Jumping right into the investigation of what seems like a usual case, she finds that things escalate pretty quickly and Elisa is found dead in her apartment. The next phone call she gets is from Tony’s attorney, asking Angie to close her previous case on him and work to get his name cleared from the list of murder suspects. Proving his innocence may be very difficult, but more than difficult…it will most definitely be quite dangerous, especially if the killer is doing everything possible to keep themselves hidden.

Rathbun has an entertaining mystery with this first installment. Character development is fantastic and the story-line flows well. This crime mystery takes readers on a dangerous path to prove the innocence of a mob boss against murder allegations. Readers will find interest in the satire engulfed in the book as well as the mystery leading up to finding who the killer is. While it becomes obvious who the killer is toward the middle of the book, the other elements begin to unravel such as a budding romance which is both hopeful and fun to read. This narrator seems to have a little trouble with some voice differentiation, but others were captivating. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written being that the voice relay is clear and flows effortlessly. 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 first installment in Angelina Bonaparte Mysteries; therefore, the reader can jump 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 Truth Kills by Nanci Rathbun.

  • Borderline

  • By: Joseph Badal
  • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez, two New Mexico homicide detectives, are assigned to investigate the murder of a wealthy Albuquerque socialite. They soon discover that the victim, a narcissistic borderline personality, played a lifetime game of destroying people's lives. As a result, the list of suspects in her murder is extensive. The detectives find themselves enmeshed in a helix of possible perpetrators with opportunity, means, and motive.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Female detective in a man's world

  • By Simona on 09-15-16

Borderline

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

Would it make any difference if you found out that your lover had Borderline Personality Disorder? Would that make life unbearable to think that at any moment, the person you are with can completely change and not want to be with you anymore? Badal brings up some very interesting information to light about Borderline Personality Disorder in this crime mystery. Women can be so manipulative and vindictive. They can lure men into their beds, in and out of love, and even…manage to get themselves killed by messing with the wrong person.

Barbara Lassiter and Susan Martinez are a good team, possibly the best police team that the squad room has currently, but that makes the jabs and jokes from the guys that much more excruciating to listen to. When the lieutenant puts them on a case of a murdered wealthy Albuquerque socialite, they don’t realize just how much political mess just hit the fan. By the way that it appears around the town, everyone who was ever close to Victoria Comstock both loved and hated her. One look at the crime scene didn’t take a genius to figure out that pure hatred was the motivator. As both detectives dig through Victoria Comstock’s life, it isn’t hard to come up with a huge list of suspects, especially since Victoria had wronged them all in one way or another. When a second body turns up, a connection is immediately assumed; however, now they are either dealing with someone who may well be on their way to serial killer status or two perpetrators. Everything is leading to a cold case until they find the second victim’s dirty laundry which just may have a clue to who the killer is. After their suspension for not obeying orders takes precedent, both women know that they can’t stop now. They have to find the killer or killers if they want to have any chance at salvaging their careers as female police officers. Once they make up their minds, what else can go wrong?

Badal has an intriguing story-line with this first installment; however, the pace is very slow and in many scenes, the descriptiveness can promote lack of interest. This crime mystery takes readers on a hunt for a killer; but, the victim was not someone to be sympathetic for which makes the suspect pool that much harder to wade through and the case a little more cumbersome. Readers will find interest in the war that these two women wage on themselves and their friendship in this story. The narration was a little stiff, but that could have been the intent with this book. This narrator seems to have a little trouble with some voice differentiation, but others were captivating. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written since the voice relay is clear and flows effortlessly. 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 first installment in The Lassiter/Martinez Case Files; therefore, the reader can jump 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 Borderline by Joseph Badal.

  • Semester Aboard

  • 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

Semester Aboard

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

If you saw something happen that quite frankly seemed impossible, would you believe your eyes? Would you question what you saw or ignore it and have your mind make up scenarios to what really occurred? For Jen Maddox, a boy from a class on the ship falls off of a moving ship into water fifty feet below and bounces back up like no big deal. How would you react to something like that? Kirke captivates the audience with intrigue, action and a world of fantasy elements. What you think that you know about werewolves, witches, elements of nature, and vampires…all stories that are told at bedtime and in movies, but the real deal may just be closer than we think.

Jen is coasting through her classwork on a ship and enjoys spending her time out on the deck. Late at night, when she just needs some air from the stuffiness of her room, in the pouring rain…she thinks that she must be crazy to go out. To her disbelief, others are out on deck. She thinks that they are asking for a death wish, being on the railing and when that boy goes overboard, they all try to cover it up! Jen refuses to believe that it is just weariness—she knows what she saw and she is determined to get answers—especially once the boy jumps back onto the ship like it wasn’t something that could have just killed him. These students, there is something secretive and different about them. Not one to ignore her curiosity, she won’t stop prodding them until she gets answers. Who are they? What are they? Those answers put her in danger, especially when they tell her that there is a vampire on the ship who is illegally feeding from her schoolmates on the ship. Learning a few things about herself along the way, she is determined to go to lengths to save these people, even if she doesn't know how. Can she help them in any way or is she completely useless and out of her element?

Kirke has one incredible first installment. This story has superb character development, an interesting take on fantasy, and is chalked full of creativity. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written from the voice relay. Huchton’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 young adult and fantasy, you may want to pick up this first installment. Since this is the first in the More Than Magic series, readers can simply jump right in. Fair warning though, you may find yourself filling your bookshelves or electronic devices with more from this series and/or author.

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 Semester Aboard by Elizabeth Kirke.

  • Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

  • Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
  • Narrated by: Chelsea Stephens
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Art-history student Zelda Richardson is working at the Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on an exhibition of bis poles from the Asmat region of Papua - the same area where a famous American anthropologist disappeared in 1962. When his journal is found inside one of the bis poles, Zelda is tasked with finding out more about the man's last days and his connection to these ritual objects. Join Zelda as she grapples with the anthropologist's mysterious disappearance 50 years earlier and a present-day murderer who will do anything to prevent her from discovering the truth.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cannibals & ritual masks, on my!

  • By DabOfDarkness on 09-26-18

Rituals of the Dead: An Artifact Mystery

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

You can make a lot of money selling stolen art and artifacts and Zelda Richardson should know since these strange mysteries seem to follow her everywhere! What will her next mystery be? Who will be after her next or what trouble will she find herself in? Alderson provides her readers with a fascination of the interworking of famed museums in Amsterdam through the eyes of an intern, but in this installment—the artifacts are the mystery.

Zelda has been asked to help with data entry at her newest intern position. Once she does this, then she is almost finished with the Master’s Program. What starts out as simple artifact research, turns into a fiasco. These artifacts have come from different areas like Dutch New Guinea, Borneo, Fiji, and Indonesia to the museum’s lab after a flood at the Academic Medical Center. They are all mixed in with each other in crates and some were left to rot. The research team will have a field day going through all of the artifacts and piecing everything together. In one of the crates opened, a journal, belonging to a famous anthropologist who disappeared in 1962, is found and Zelda is tasked with making photocopies, even though the curator expressly forbids it. Zelda feels that she has a duty to provide this man’s family with some answers, so the snooping begins. At what cost is she willing to go to get those desired answers, especially after murder. Feeling justified in her actions, Zelda knows that uncovering the disappearance of Nick Mayfield may be crucial to discovering an even bigger scheme—and someone wants to keep that information under wraps.

Alderson has an amazing third installment with superb character development. This mystery and adventure takes readers into the artifact world and the cutthroat politics involved in retrieving them. The pace is quick; however, the narration may not capture the audience the same way that the second installment did. This narration feels rehearsed, devoid of character differentiation which may not be as enjoyable to the reader if the vocalizations play a major factor in enjoyment of an audiobook. There is a change in narrator from the second book to the third book. Since this review is complimenting the audiobook, it appears that the story is well-written since the voice relay is clear and flows effortlessly. If you are a reader of mysteries and adventure, you may enjoy reading this story. This is the third installment in The Adventures of Zelda Richardson; however, it can be read as a standalone as far as the mystery goes, but some of the characters’ lives carryover from prior 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 to Rituals of the Dead by Jennifer S Alderson.

  • The Lover's Portrait: An Art Mystery

  • The Adventures of Zelda Richardson, Volume 2
  • By: Jennifer S. Alderson
  • Narrated by: Carol Purdom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

When a Dutch art dealer hides the stock from his gallery - rather than turn it over to his Nazi blackmailer - he pays with his life, leaving a treasure trove of modern masterpieces buried somewhere in Amsterdam, presumably lost forever. That is, until American art history student Zelda Richardson sticks her nose in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loving Art through good times and bad.

  • By cosmitron on 04-22-18

The Lover's Portrait

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is an art mystery for sure! Zelda is a lover of art, her character brought to life by Alderson and dropped into an adventure of rich proportions and dangerous men. Alderson has an intriguing novel for those readers who enjoy a good mystery with a hint of war history.

Zelda wants to get into the Masters Art Program in Amsterdam and is almost willing to do anything at this point to ensure her acceptance. When her mentor recommends Zelda for an intern position for the upcoming Stolen Artwork Exhibition, she doesn’t think twice about accepting. Then she realizes that she has been assigned to translation services! Mortified by the thought of translating over 2,500 descriptions of unclaimed artwork on the exhibition’s website from Dutch to proper English for American viewers, she desperately wants the curator and project manager of the museum to notice her true talents as a website designer. Stepping overboard slightly to create a scrolling, flashy design to draw attention and flare to the website, this bold move attracts the museum’s first claimant…and then the second claimant over the same painting by an unknown painter with no history to his name! Who knew that a portrait of a woman with a vase, painted by someone outside of the famous Dutch painters, would be the talk of the town. Now with the museum forced to investigate both claims, Zelda dips her toes into the private investigator pool, even after being asked specifically not to go snooping! What she uncovers could be more dangerous than she could ever have known.

Alderson has a fantastic story line, filled with superb character development, originality, and creativity. The narrator doesn’t seem to have any trouble with the pace or flow of the story, assuming that the book is written quite well. She also does well with voice translation. Art history can be so intriguing, but it is also known to be a very political matter and can get quite expensive which makes this mystery such a dangerous one! Money is power and for some families, that knowledge is all that matters and they are willing to kill to have it or maintain it. This is the second installment of the Adventures of Zelda Richardson, but it can be read as a standalone. If you are interested in mystery and love some extra historical background, you are sure to be entertained with this one.

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 for The Lover’s Portrait by Jennifer Alderson. Check back in to see our review of the third installment called Rituals of the Dead scheduled for September 10, 2018.

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,209
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,786
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,769

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

Hidden Bodies

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

There may be a serial killer among people everyday and most do not know it. Some can suspect little oddities here and there, but no one ever actually gets the thought “Oh my god, he could be a serial killer because he is socially awkward”. Or, the thought “Wow, he must be a serial killer because he likes to be alone.” These things just do not happen…but when it is made public that someone is a serial killer, there are a lot of “ohs” and “that totally makes sense now”. Kepnes writes about a serial killer who knows who he is, but can’t find that one person who knows who she is. Everyone that he meets seems to be flashy, condescending, or just plain outright fake. This psychological thriller is chalked full of mystery and dark satirical humor interlaced within every page, leaving the reader immersed and wanting more.

Joe is just your average guy. He is handsome, he is successful and he has a beautiful girlfriend who he begins to think is love. Oh, was it mentioned that he is a serial killer?! Oops, left that part out. In the last kill, he left a mug of urine at the scene and has been thinking about it ever since. How could he have been that stupid? How could he have been so careless? How will he be able to get it back so that it doesn’t become evidence? After a fallout with the the girl of his dreams, Amy wipes him out and heads for Hollywood to become an actress. Joe, not wanting to believe that he could have been played that easily, has just found his next target. In search for her, he follows shortly after and discovers a completely separate world on the west coast. He meets different people who become somewhat friends or rather, the closest thing to a friend he can have being what he is. Then…Love comes around. Love is beautiful. Love is kind. Love is rich and she has completely turned his world upside down. With Amy still in the wind, can Joe let go of her or will this need to kill only leach on to someone new and will is cause him to be caught?

Kepnes has an intriguing thriller, one with creativity, originality and superb character development. If you are a sucker for pop culture and dark satire, this will draw you in and keep you guessing to what will happen next. The pace is great, allowing the reader to capture scenes vividly and without interruption. Since this was an audiobook that was purchased, the flow of the story was relayed very well and the story seems to be well-written in order to flow as well as it does. Fontana is virtually impeccable with his audio relay talent. This narrator makes the story come to life, more so than imagery that the readers can come up with through description alone. His dry humor really underlays the enjoyment of the novel. If you are a reader of crime fiction, mysteries, and psychological thrillers, this might be for you. Hidden Bodies can be read as a standalone; however, this is a second installment. The first installment is called You.

A copy of this audiobook was purchased by Turning Another Page. We provide a five-star rating for Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes.

  • Spilled Milk

  • Based on a True Story
  • By: K. L. Randis
  • Narrated by: K. L. Randis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019

Brooke Nolan is a battered child who makes an anonymous phone call about the escalating brutality in her home. When social services jeopardize her safety, condemning her to keep her father's secret, it's a glass of spilled milk at the dinner table that forces her to speak about the cruelty she's been hiding. In her pursuit of safety and justice, Brooke battles a broken system that pushes to keep her father in the home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, better than the read .

  • By Mary T Buerkle on 04-08-17

Spilled Milk: Based on a True Story

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

Reviewed: 07-04-18

Sexual assault and domestic violence happen often and there are a lot of individuals who remain silent every year. Questions go unanswered mostly out of fear, but there are advocates making headway in this day and age about these types of abuse. Where would I end up if I told someone? Who can I go to if I need help? What do I say? Is it wrong or is this how families/friends are really supposed to treat each other? I don’t want him/her to get into trouble. All of these questions and thoughts are normal, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t place a tremendous burden on those who face these questions and thoughts on a daily basis. It doesn’t make it right and it doesn’t make it their fault that it is happening to them. Randis has an emotional and inspiring story based on true events regarding a family’s struggle of sexual assault and domestic violence. Told from the oldest daughter’s perspective, the story is not for the faint of heart. It does delve into concepts and issues that are difficult to grasp, but very important to understand with the culture that we live in today.

As a teenager, Brooke is waging an internal war within herself. She has endured so much as a child from her own family. Physical, sexual and mental abuse are all that she has ever known. After a boy asks her to be his girlfriend, she is invited to his house for dinners and movie dates. This is where she begins to see that not every family is like hers. In fact, she feels more comfortable in his home than her own. A spilled glass of milk would have been reason to get a severe beating at her house, but her boyfriend’s little brother doesn’t even really get a reprimand. Things are different, but it really begins to set in when her father begins to realize that Brooke is starting to get noticed by other boys. Things are changing, situations are becoming more complicated, more severe. When Brooke’s siblings begin getting the beatings, she truly believes that she must endure the violence so that they won’t have to. In order to protect her siblings, she must keep his secrets. For fear of being sent to orphanages. For fear of being split up and sent to different foster homes. She keeps her head high and focuses on her studies to get through the violence. What happens when she breaks though? What happens when it becomes too much?

Spilled Milk is a magnetic story, one filled with credibility based on true events. Randis tells a story that depicts what children have already gone through or may go through if they are in a relationship that harbors sexual abuse or domestic violence. Statistics state that you are more likely to be victimized by someone you know and trust, rather than a stranger. It is completely true. If you trust someone, like a child trusts their family–that abuse becomes much more difficult to understand and/or work through because what was interpreted as trust has now been used for the perpetrator’s advantage or personal gain. These topics are not easy to read about, nor are they meant to be; however, it does need to be addressed in the culture that we live in today. So many things are now socially acceptable today then they were ten or twenty years ago, leaving children and teenagers more confused between what is right and wrong. Children who are sexually or physically abused are more likely to create a pattern of abuse with their children if they don’t understand that it is wrong. Stories like these also help others who were victimized know that they are not alone. If you are interested in educational or advocate books regarding challenging issues faced among our youth and young adults today, you may want to pick this book up for a read. This story is highly recommended, but not for an audience under the age of eighteen due to content.

This audio book was purchased by Turning Another Page and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a five-star rating for Spilled Milk by K.L. Randis.

  • Call to Arms

  • A Detective Kay Hunter Crime Thriller
  • By: Rachel Amphlett
  • Narrated by: Alison Campbell
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Kay Hunter has survived a vicious attack at the hands of one of the country's most evil serial killers. Returning to work after an enforced absence to recover, she discovers she wasn't the only victim of that investigation. DI Devon Sharp remains suspended from duties, and the team is in turmoil. Determined to prove herself once more and clear his name, Kay undertakes to solve a cold case that links Sharp to his accuser. But as she gets closer to the truth, she realizes her inquiries could do more harm than good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series keeps giving and giving

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-12-18

Call to Arms

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

Reviewed: 06-02-18

There is a reputation that you make with everything that you do. For police officers, the precedent is set really high to succeed and close cases. Does that mean that closing the case as quickly as possible is always the best solution? What if you get the wrong guy? What if you destroy someone’s life who may be innocent? Amphlett has a great story, and they just keep getting better as the series continues!

An old case has been reopened because of the current suspension of DI Sharp, the caption of Kay’s unit. He was involved in the case pertaining to a man’s disappearance while still in the Military roughly around ten years ago. While he had suspicions about the case being ruled as an accidental suicide, the commanding officer Harrison closed the case faster than anyone could truly look into the events that occurred on that night. Now, knowing that Harrison is good at sweeping cases under the rug without all of the evidence, Detective Kay Hunter decides to give the case one more look. What she finds could save or break her captain’s career, especially if she doesn’t keep the reopened investigation a secret from the officers who could shut her down.

Amphlett has a terrific fifth installment with her Detective Kay Hunter Mystery series, Call to Arms. The character development is absolutely wonderful, shedding light on some characters from previous installments. Since this review is complementing the audiobook, the narrator portrayed the characters beautifully and with the author’s vivid description, they both gave life to the story together. The pace is perfect, fast and steady, making it easy to follow. If you are a reader of murder mystery and crime fiction, you may enjoy this book. With this being the fifth installment in the Detective Kay Hunter series, readers can still read or listen to this book as a standalone, but there are hints and nods back to 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 five-star rating for Call to Arms by Rachel Amphlett.