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  • With Everything I Am

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,120
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,113

One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct - an instinct to protect. In the form of wolf, he meets a young human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn't quite understand. Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant, always guarding against exposure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Speeds

  • By M. Thurman on 08-23-16

Well now...

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

So this is an intense, crazy, freaking awesome story!

Callum and Sonia are a powerful, and very stubborn couple when we first meet them. It’s as if they’ve been together before yet, not in the way it feels. Sonia of course fights his insistence to basically barge in and take her life over, but can you blame her? This big, hunky, hot man just shows up and boom, you’re expected to be his and follow his rules... yeah, no.

But eventually they start to connect and get on the same level. I really like Sonia, she’s a badass and doesn’t even know it. That is u til she finds out that her very ‘in your face’ husband is a werewolf... things go south quickly after that, until they actually y’all it out. This just goes to show you, secrets can only cause problems. Period.

We also got to see Lucien and Leah, who isn’t as annoying this time as last also make an appearance. There are now 2 couple of the three connected.... Time to wait and see what happens.

  • Schooled in Magic

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,797

Emily is a teenage girl pulled from our world into a world of magic and mystery by a necromancer who intends to sacrifice her to the dark gods. Rescued in the nick of time by an enigmatic sorcerer, she discovers that she possesses magical powers and must go to Whitehall School to learn how to master them. There, she learns that the locals believe she is a "Child of Destiny" - someone whose choices might save or damn their world, a title that earns her both friends and enemies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • KEEP GOING! The last 2/3 is MUCH better.

  • By Russell David Phillips on 10-11-16

Interesting...

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Okay, this is my first book by this author. I found it while searching for books this narrator had done, because she is fabulous. The story itself wasn’t bad, it wasn’t great (for me) but it was a very interesting concept.

The characters were intense and at times I was lost in the story then other times I wanted to poke my eye balls out because the characters were just, boring. It was either you hit the chapter or it was a miss.

The last half of the book is much more interesting and flows so much better then the beginning but with that said, I did enjoy the story overall. And on he flip-side of that, if his had been one I had to actually read I’d not have made it passed the first chapter. The narrator is the only reason I moved along through this book.

I won’t say the author didn’t do a great job in the world building, I thought hat and the actual plot of the book was awesome. It was something new for me but I think the execution was a little off. Again, this is my option and I know some may love it, there is nothing wrong with that. I don’t begrudge that of anyone.

I’m debating on the others in the series... but if anyone loves YA UF, this might be a book they’d love. YA is not something I read a lot but when I do I want to be blown away. On a scale of 1-10 this is maybe a 3 on the scale of minds being blown.

  • How to Dance an Undead Waltz

  • Beginner's Guide to Necromancy Series, Book 4
  • By: Hailey Edwards
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

Grier is nursing a broken heart after Boaz announced his engagement to another woman, but life goes on. Or it would if vampire assassins would stop taking pot shots at her every time she leaves Woolworth House. Seriously, who sends archers to deliver murdergrams these days? To protect herself, Grier must pull out all the stops, even if it means revealing her darkest secret. All eyes are on her, and - for the first time - she begins to understand why Linus wears so many masks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am so addicted to this series!

  • By Jessica Millwood on 01-12-19

Holy Crap....

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This has become one of my favorite series’. With each book my love for the characters grows. Greer is my spirit animal!

The story seems to take on a life of its own with each page turned and let me tell you that is a hard task! Each new danger or endeavor Greer and Linus go after pulls them closer and closer together. Which, it should. Greer and her protectors are in for a fight they can’t see coming. With each new threat the suspense of what’s going to happen grows.

The last few paragraphs of the book are my most favorite though. I won’t say why as I don’t want to ruin anything for someone else.

I can’t wait to start the next book!!

  • Until the Sun Falls from the Sky

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220

Leah Buchanan's family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family's legacy. But when she's summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go. Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries, but he's tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire. So he's taking it back. And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I so wanted to love this but Leah...

  • By Nana-Mbra Idun on 08-13-16

Well now....

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

This is my first Kristen Ashley book (gasps) I know! I enjoyed he story, the ever changing plot line and the chaos that swam around these characters... but sweet baby Jesus in a manger, I wanted to choke Leah through most of the book. Seriously. But putting that aside, it was a good story for me.

Lucien has been waiting twenty years for the night Leah Bucannon will come to a selection. She is his even if she has absolutely no idea who he is or what’s really going on. He doesn’t really give her a chance in the beginning either.

As time goes by and Lucien and Leah grow accustomed to what’s really going on around them the story grows into something new and intriguing. That doesn’t mean my need to strangle her ends, kind of the opposite... lol

This is a story that any vampire lover would like, I just know it. Lucien is the kind of vamp we all want in our beds. I mean, in our lives.

  • Love Is Never Past Tense

  • By: Janna Yeshanova
  • Narrated by: Daniela Acitelli
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Drawn together in Russia on a romantic Black Sea beach, Serge and Janna fall headlong in love and rush into marriage. Their divorce months later leads to years of "if only". Pressured apart by family and fate, they repeatedly cross paths, never quite reconnecting, never quite letting go. Changes in the world, their careers, and their lives, cause them to surrender to external influences. As they build separate lives and families, their destinies, shaped by post-Soviet political intrigue, collapse into a struggle for their very survival and dreams of a better life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very nice listening

  • By Lisa Singh on 12-07-18

An endearing story of love

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

Reviewed: 12-04-18

This is my first time reading (listening to) something written by Janna Yeshanova. This story is based on true life events and not normally a type of story I would read. It’s hard to “judge” a story when you know someone actually lived what you are seeing before you in the pages of a book.

But, I was intrigued. I love finding new authors and new tales to dive into. This was no different. It was a good read.

The story of love, loss, hardships and fighting for a change not only to better Janna’s life but that of her mother and daughter. The story itself is a lesson in history and how life once was in the USSR. Hard, and at times as dangerous as being locked in a shower with a cobra.

The younger Janna shows us the way of life and how a trip to the Black Sea starts a road to change for her. We learn of how love finds those that stumble upon it. Serge and Janna’s story had me laughing, and worrying right along with them.

No one knows what daily life can bring them, but in this story you see one woman’s journey to not only conquer new lands but to show that love is never past tense.

  • Destroyer

  • The Elemental Series, Book 7
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 136

My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental. My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed bastard child, that isn't going to happen. Taken away by the last Spirit Walker, I am meant to train with him so that I can finally stop the false mother goddess and her plans to rule both humans and elementals. I am meant to train so that I can meet her on even ground, but training takes time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It’s over....

  • By Barb (Paging Through The Days) on 11-22-18

It’s over....

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

Reviewed: 11-22-18

I don’t know how I feel about not having anymore Larkspur and PETA adventures. Lol

I loved the elemental series, it along with the Riley Adamson Series (which I read first) are some of my most favorite books, ever. Shannon has a way of telling a story. She pulls you in and you have nothing to do but go along for the ride.

Larks life has been full of challenges. And that may be putting it lightly but she’s accepted each new adventure and hit it head on. This one though, the fight to save the world, is an epic battle of mind over matter with a lot of quick decisions and leaps of faith.

My heart was pulled in so many directions here. Things that happened before were now being shown in a different light. Holy crap. My mind is totally blown the heck apart!

I loved every single, solitary second of this book, and I hate it’s over.

  • Rootbound

  • The Elemental Series, Book 5
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 188

My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental. My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I am the half-breed bastard child of a king. I was not meant to survive the trials cast my way. Yet, here I stand. The world has deteriorated in the years I was banished. The Elemental families are rife with deception, violence, and madness more than ever before. A voice I know all too well calls me to do her bidding. A voice I no longer wish to hear. The mother goddess begs me to save the four families, and stop my nemesis.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whoa!

  • By Barb (Paging Through The Days) on 11-19-18

Whoa!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

There was a lot happening in this story, as I figured there would be. Larkspur is on a mission and let’s just say, this one is a monster of a mission. The tables turn on her more than once, and with that turning table, comes the reality of it all. The missing pieces she never knew where there. The things she couldn’t quite put her finger on.... it’s quite the conundrum....

But as always, where there’s a will, Lark will find a way. The worlds fate lay at her feet, and in order to fix what’s broken, some people may fall.

Life or limb, it’s all up to Lark to fix it.

  • Windburn

  • The Elemental Series, Book 4
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

"My name is Larkspur, and I am an Elemental." My people use the power of the earth to sustain life and defy our enemies. I should be at my father's side as a royal princess. But as a half-breed, bastard child, that isn't going to happen. The King is missing and his mind is cracked. It is up to me to find him before the Rim is taken over by the bloodthirsty heir to the throne. But the path to finding the King is anything but straight, and I find myself in the human world facing possible banishment. All to find a Tracker who happens to be on the run from a demon, yet she is my only hope.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Lark!

  • By Barb (Paging Through The Days) on 11-15-18

Poor Lark!

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

There is a lot to say, yet, I don’t know how to say it. The amount of crazy that fills this book is mind boggling. On one hand you have the Lark and Cactus want to be love fest. The Lark and Ash full on love feat and in the middle of this, Lark is on the hunt for her father. Honestly, I’m not sure why. He’s kind of a dick.

But, the King must be found. In the hunt for her father Lark finds trouble, which is nothing new. The poor girl is all about trouble and sticking her foot into it.

Casava and Blackbird though... sweet baby Jesus in a manger, I’m just over them. I may have sang the witch is dead when that battle was over.

I’m seriously not a fan of this Mother Goddess of theirs. She seems to be at the start and end of all the trouble coming Larks way. Sneaky heifer.

Onto the next book...

  • Wolf Rising

  • SWAT, Book 8
  • By: Paige Tyler
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

SWAT Officer Jayden Brooks doesn't believe there's a soul mate out there for him - "The One". But when he saves high school teacher Selena Rosa from a hostage situation, he knows he's in big trouble. Her scent is irresistible. Selena finds the big cop irresistible, too. In fact, the buttoned-up teacher gets a little carried away - during a steamy make-out session, she bites him. Turns out, the traumatizing events at the school triggered her werewolf gene. Fangs and claws are appearing, and her aggression is out of control. The change is happening, and Selena doesn't understand.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is it time for Brooks' The One? Can he handle her

  • By cheri on 12-09-18

Well now...

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Talk about a hot, action packed story! I love Brooks! He’s a big teddy bear but isn’t afraid to let his claws out. Add Selena, a Street smart, high school teacher with a dislike for gangs and you have a powerful couple!

I love the way they interact and how Jayden is instantly drawn to her but gives her space, as best as he can. Selena is a tough girl, but deep down she’s a little broken.

The two are on the case as drug dealers and students come face to face. Class rooms should be a safe haven but when they turns out to be far from the case it sets Selena and Brooks on the trail of something very hot and dangerous.

Things aren’t always what they seem and in the end, you have to trust your instincts in order to survive.

  • Rescuing Sadie

  • A Delta Force Heroes/Masters and Mercenaries Novella
  • By: Susan Stoker
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Sadie Jennings was used to being protected. As the niece of Sean Taggart, and the receptionist at McKay-Taggart Group, she was constantly surrounded by Alpha men more than capable, and willing, to lay down their life for her. But when she visits her friend in San Antonio, and acts on suspicious activity at Milena's workplace, Sadie puts both of them in the crosshairs of a madman. After several harrowing weeks, her friend is now safe, but for Sadie, the repercussions of her rash act linger on.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • outstanding

  • By Cynthia J D'Agostino on 12-19-18

I like it!

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

We met Sadie and Jackson in previous books but I’m glad they got their own story. I like the way they evolved and the connection that’s grown between them is undeniable.

Jonathan has been an issue since he escaped. I was waiting to see where and when he showed up and I have to say, I’m not disappointed with how this all played out.

The level of chaos (lol) isn’t as high in this story but the level of crazy is there. I really enjoyed this story.