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  • The Rise of Magic, Book 1
  • By: CM Raymond, LE Barbant, Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251

She didn't mean to use magic. She didn't even know she had magic. She just wanted to save her brother, who was dying in her arms. Accused of using illegal magic, and sentenced to a cruel death at the hands of the city's guards, Hannah has no choice but to trust in the aid of a strange old man who wields unimaginable power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great

  • By Theresa Horton on 09-16-18

Great beginning for this journey!

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

Reviewed: 10-28-18

I listened to the audiobook version of this tale. I'll start by saying the narrator took me a bit to get used to. She sounded almost robotic, except when she was speaking in the voices of the characters. Yet after a time, I grew to appreciate her calm tone, and it's value to the story.

I've never read any other books set in what I have now learned is a vast world that this series spins from. Not to worry, this is a tale all its own. Following a snarky girl from the wrong side of town, it was full of cursing (verbal and magical), snark, bad a$$ery, and general awesomeness.

Magic? Check.
Worthy female heroine? Check.
Angst and drama? Check and check.

While I'm usually anxious to get to the end and see how it all turns out, this is only book one, so the story is really only beginning. This left me disappointed to reach the end, and only anxious to start the next book.

Absolutely worth the journey into this surprising future regressed world of magic.

  • The Children of Darkness

  • The Seekers, Book 1
  • By: David Litwack
  • Narrated by: Erin deWard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

A thousand years ago the Darkness came - a terrible time of violence, fear, and social collapse when technology ran rampant. But the vicars of the Temple of Light brought peace, ushering in an era of blessed simplicity. For 10 centuries they have kept the madness at bay with "temple magic," and by eliminating forever the rush of progress that nearly caused the destruction of everything. Childhood friends Orah and Nathaniel have always lived in the tiny village of Little Pond, longing for more from life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Just for Adults

  • By Mindjacked on 07-24-16

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

The Children of Darkness was one of those books that I couldn't let go. Even when not listening, I was thinking over the plot, musing on the possible reality of it all. It built such an intriguing new world, one where the past and the future have coincided in a way that gave power to a religion, and practically enslaved the nations it represented.

The journey of Orah, Nathaniel, and Thomas to uncover the truth behind the "teachings" was as intriguing as it was thrilling. Their friendship and occasional squabbles made them feel real, and their weaknesses made them as much a group asset as their strengths.

This was a compelling dystopian fantasy at heart, with a hint of sweet, slow burn romance that sweetly built over the course of the story. This was just the beginning of the trials these young adults will face, however, and I am left longing to jump into book two!

  • Nobody's Child

  • Georgia Davis, Book 4
  • By: Libby Fischer Hellmann
  • Narrated by: Beth Richmond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

A bloodstained note left for PI Georgia Davis reveals the shocking existence of a half-sister she never knew about. Her sister, Savannah, is pregnant and begging for Georgia's help. Determined to track her down, Georgia finds herself heading deep into the secretive and dangerous underworld of Chicago's illegal sex trafficking business. She soon discovers that trafficking is just a small part of the horrifying and deadly situation in which her new sister is caught up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hellmann delivers another winner.

  • By Snoodely on 09-03-14

Thrilling and Exciting!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

This was my first book by this author, and although it's part of a series it stood alone perfectly. Georgia was such a real character, strong and clever while still flawed in a way that made her seem natural. Her journey of discovering a sister she didn't know she had was heartbreaking in it's hopefulness.

The level of intrigue as the plot spun webs of layers was impressive. It wasn't just one thing, it was many all interconnected in a way that captured Georgia and threatened to pull her down with it.

Getting to know her sister was emotionally difficult. Having such a promising young girl put through so much abuse was at times almost more than I could take, but I couldn't stop listening.

This was a thrill ride, of mystery and intrigue, and the ending was as intense as the build up. This may have been my first by Libby, but it absolutely won't be my last!

  • Mail-Order Brides of the West

  • Trudy
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Lara Asmundson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 243

The well-educated daughter of a lawyer, Trudy Bauer arrives at the St. Louis based Mail-Order Brides of the West agency full of excitement for an adventure of a lifetime. She befriends the agency's maid, Evie Davenport, and the two form a strong and lasting friendship. They vow to stay in contact through letters when Evie takes hold of her destiny and arranges a marriage on the sly. Each brave young woman is ready to face whatever an unknown groom and life in Montana can throw her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mail-Order Brides of the West: Trudy

  • By Cathy Henderson on 09-25-14

Perfect Feel Good Romance

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

There was so much I loved about this book. There was so much focus on the characters. By the end of the book, I felt as if I personally knew Trudy and Seth. Their inner struggles seemed real, and their blossoming love and affection for each other felt genuine. It was a true romance, but it didn't have the instant sex and that added a lot to this story about strangers being thrust together. It also made it a more work appropriate listen, and a nice clean alternative from some of the other romances out there. The reader had a clear sweet voice, and I was easily able to listen for hours.

Trudy signs on to be a mail order bride and to move to a small town in Montana. We have a sweet young woman who is used to relative wealth and luxury in her St Louis city moving to a small 2 room cabin with no plumbing, and without the simple comforts she had been accustomed to. She struggles, but all the while with a positive attitude that is refreshing. Her husband, Seth, had fancied himself in love with another woman he could not have. That is, until Trudy came along and stole his heart, showing him that the love and affection that can grow between two like minded people is much stronger than a boyhood crush.

The landscape and historical aspects are wonderful and paint a vivid picture of small town western life and the struggles faced. The secondary characters are realistic, developed, and add to the richness of this story.

The final struggle between the couple is refreshing because not only is it plausible, but the couple actually handle and resolve it mutually and maturely, once they think it through and make their decisions. It is always a pleasure to read about adults acting like adults.

I finished this book, and immediately started on the next one. I have a feeling this is a series I'll be devouring!

  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,653

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing take on the Paranormal Genre

  • By Captain Skurvy on 02-21-10

Love Jane!

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

Reviewed: 03-26-15

First, I have to say that the narrator really adds a depth to this book. She is absolutely perfect. The story itself is hilarious and fun, as is typical with any of Molly Harpers books. Jane is a sarcastic recently fired librarian. After drinking away her sorrows and chatting with a handsome mystery man, she heads home only to have her car break down. While hiking to her house, she is mistaken for a deer and shot. Luckily for her, the mystery man is nearby, and a vampire, so he saves her life by killing her and turning her into one of the undead. Amusing adjustments to life ensue, and we get to meet Jane's family. Jane lives in the family home, willed to her by her dead aunt. This has caused bitterness among her other family members. Her mother is a nag, her sister a b---- and her father a sweet man who just tries his best to deal with the women in his life. Her Grandma is a black widow, having been married to several men, all who tragically die from natural causes. Oh, and her dead aunt is a ghost, who Jane can now see and communicate with as a vampire. The small town southern family drama is right on the mark, and oh so funny. I could see so many of my family members in those characters, which is actually kind of sad. Of course, her sire is gorgeous and dark and brooding, so romance is a natural progression. Then there is the difficulties of someone setting Jane up, drawing attention of the big bad vampire council. We're introduced to an amazing line up of characters, from Dick Cheney the skeevy but lovable vamp, to Andrea the blood donor, and Mr Wainright, who owns the specialty book store where Jane finds a job. This series is really the absolute best!

  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,472

Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series.

  • By Ezinwanyi on 11-12-13

Couldn't Get Enough!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-13

I loved this book! I bought it on a sale, and then had to start collecting everything else by this author. Her story is funny. Genuinely funny. Her take on the supernatural was fun, and didn't try to be something new and exciting. She allowed the story itself to be new and exciting. Her characters all came through with their own personalities, each and every one. The wit and sarcasm of the main character was refreshing and honest, not just contrived to get a laugh. The reader is perfect. She did an excellent job speaking for the different characters. Read this series!