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  • Hunting Prince Dracula

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 470
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very good

  • By dhouses on 10-23-17

A tantalizing tale of intrigue and mystery, with a dash of Dracula, bats, gore, and heart racing romance!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-18

I have very much enjoyed this series this far. Rooting for Audrey Rose and Thomas, and following their mysteries. This book was even better than the first! These characters are constantly growing, or layers being she'd one by one until their raw selves are exposed. Thomas was revealed more in this book in character wise, while Audrey Rose emotionally wise due to the outcome of the first book. I adored how the author weaved the mystery, murder, and culture in this book. I hardly put it down! I can't wait until the next!

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper

  • Booktrack Edition
  • By: Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson foreward
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a delectable, enGROSSING tale that leaves your heart pounding (or stolen)!

  • By kristias on 09-07-18

Such a delectable, enGROSSING tale that leaves your heart pounding (or stolen)!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. From the character development in our protagonist Audrey Rose, to even the development and subtle hint at out villainous Jack the Ripper. There's such a tapestry of mystery, gore, and some tantalising romance to keep your blood pumping and you wanting more!
I suspected the person who ended up as the Ripper all along, but the book made me second guess my suspicions all the long. And I LOVE the little electrifying twist in the end there, which sealed our Ripper's motive for his heinous crimes.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Anomaly

  • By: Krista McGee
  • Narrated by: Hayley Cresswell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21

Thalli has 15 minutes and 23 seconds to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid. Decades before Thalli's birth, the world was decimated by a nuclear war. But life continued deep underground, thanks to a handful of scientists known as The Ten. There they created genetically engineered human beings who are free of emotions in the hope that war won't threaten the world again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A splendid plotline with a futuristic look on Faith!

  • By kristias on 09-02-18

A splendid plotline with a futuristic look on Faith!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I have Faith in the Designer.

I really enjoyed this boon from both a Christian and reader's perspective. An interesting plot and dystopian world where emotions are an anomaly.

  • The Healer's Apprentice

  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Jude Mason
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

In author Melanie Dickenson's new book, a young healer's apprentice named Rose believes she will never marry...until she meets Lord Hamlin, the future ruler of her village. Hamlin is everything she could ever want - kind, understanding, and a man of faith - but her low station and the fact he's already betrothed to a mysterious woman makes their romance impossible. As Lord Hamlin seeks to find the sorcerer who cursed his future bride, Rose's life spins toward confusion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Feelings

  • By Amanda on 05-02-16

A delightful read for those who desire a simple plot and swoon worthy romance...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-18

A delightful read for those who desire a simple plot and swoon worthy romance.

This book is wonderful in many aspects:
Romance
Intrigue
World building
Character development
Clean language and relationships
God and Jesus

These factors is what delighted me to read and pushed me forward to unravel Rose and Wilhelm's story.

However, there were things that left me unsatisfied:
The lack of the protagonist (Rose) displayed as a heroine. I felt Rise had the guts to step forward and do some saving herself, but she was laid waste as a damsel in distress.
There was also a lack of the protagonist's involvement in the main conflict with Montcore. I felt that she should have been an active role in finding him.
There should have been more plot twists, rather than predictability.
The villain should have had more appearances/buildup, than he had. Which made the conclusion of the conflict a bit lackluster.

Although this book was a bit lackluster in areas, I still found myself enjoying it, and binge listening!

  • Legendary

  • A Caraval Novel
  • By: Stephanie Garber
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

After being swept up in the magical world of Caraval, Donatella Dragna has finally escaped her father and saved her sister Scarlett from a disastrous arranged marriage. The girls should be celebrating, but Tella isn’t yet free. She made a desperate bargain with a mysterious criminal, and what Tella owes him no one has ever been able to deliver: Caraval Master Legend’s true name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just like a movie

  • By akkohly on 07-09-18

A magical ride that you never want to exit!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-22-18

I absolutely love this series, because you never know what to expect (although I did strongly suspect one in particular). Caravan is such a beautiful world of mystery and magic, and you cannot forget about the tragic romances! Legendary left me wanting more!

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Immortal Fire

  • Red Winter Series, Book 3
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 127

Once, Emi believed the heavenly gods were righteous and wise, while the earthly yokai spirits were bloodthirsty and evil. But with a traitorous deity poised to destroy her world, and the yokai standing as humanity's only defense, the lies of her upbringing have toppled to reveal a far more terrifying reality. Despite the looming threat, Emi can't escape her greatest distraction: Shiro, the fox yokai who has so deftly claimed her heart for his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An amazing conclusion to an amazing series

  • By A Miller on 01-21-18

A fantastic, epic finale to a heart pounding series!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I cannot say how much I have been enveloped by these books. My heart soared, pounded, and broke won many times that I did not know how to feel. I feel that personally know each character. Emi's character has become a close friend of mine and a heroine that I hold dearly in my heart. Shiro/Inari is the fictional boyfriend of the year for me. Even Yumei, although I wasn't too impressed by him at first, he grew on me and I come to fall head over heels for him. This plot is so epic and unpredictable that in what to listen/read it all over again. Bravo, Annette!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Tempest

  • Red Winter Series, Book 2
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 127

In the mesmerizing sequel to Red Winter, Emi can no longer hide within the safety of the shrines. The goddess has charged her with a new task, one that will take her deep into the perilous realm of yokai. Shiro is her guide and protector, yet his confusing, captivating allure is a danger of its own. With the fate of the world in her mortal hands, she cannot falter, but is she strong enough to sacrifice everything - including him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another whirlwind of fantasy, romance, brilliant plot, and adventure!

  • By kristias on 03-14-18

Another whirlwind of fantasy, romance, brilliant plot, and adventure!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-14-18

I love this series so much. I can't pin point the exact reason why, because there's so much that I love about it. Emi has grown so much in such a little time. Her and A girl's relationship really blossoms in this book. There is heart ache and happiness in this, but it's the good kind that keeps you reading. On to book three! Please don't disappoint me!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Winter

  • Red Winter, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 309

Emi is the kamigakari. In a few short months, her life as a mortal will end, and her new existence as the human host of a goddess will begin. Carefully hidden from those who would destroy her, she has prepared her mind, body, and soul to unite with the goddess - and not once has she doubted her chosen fate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very fun

  • By Sarah on 01-08-17

A strong, exotic, thrilling tale!!

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

I have always been fascinated by Japanese culture and mythology. With all the Kami, yokai, ayakashi, and even the oni. It may or may not be due to my childhood obsessions with Inuyasha and Naruto. This book hit the spot with everything! The culture, the mythologies, and just a splash of angst romance.
The character development was wonderful and well panned out. Emi grew up so much within such a short time. My heart broke along with hers. Even Shiro had some development, although finish I got to see that yummy fox more, but this book is about Emi.
This book awakened the things I loved about the anime Inuyasha, and did I spot some references here and there? Ears? And ahem, the Inugami?
This book was glorious! And before I gush spoilers I am off!!

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Pirate's Wish

  • By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 81
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 74

After setting out to break the curse that binds them together, the pirate Ananna and the assassin Naji find themselves stranded on an enchanted island in the north with nothing but a sword, their wits, and the secret to breaking the curse: complete three impossible tasks. With the help of their friend Marjani and a rather unusual ally, Ananna and Naji make their way south again, seeking what seems to be beyond their reach.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • satisfactory conclusion to the story

  • By Aurora on 08-29-18

A fantasy tail with a lot of love ridden angst

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-25-18

I absolutely loved the first in this series, the second is good, but not great. The plot itself was grand, but the downfall for me was with Ananna's character depth. When it came down to it, she really wasn't a likeable character. Very selfish and flighty, things I don't like. There were things that happened in this book that seemed a bit out of character for her, compared to her character in book one. The decisions she made really peeved me, especially about Ice Boy. I got to where I thought she did not deserve Naji. But that's why I give this book three stars.

However, the story and mythology was impeccable. The plot was marvelous and exciting.

  • The Assassin's Curse

  • By: Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • Narrated by: Tania Rodrigues
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 181
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 167

Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to an allying pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. And when Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An okay read

  • By A. Sunmonu on 10-31-12

A magical journey that you don't want to get off!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-19-18

This book was very thrilling and heart pounding! I really liked it! The reason for a four star review is the mass use of cursing, which is a personal dislike, not necessarily an overall downfall. My preference with curing is minimal or close to none. Another issue in had with it was Annanna's whiny character, but then she was a spoiled pirate princess and a teenager. Anyways, or adored this book nonetheless!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful