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  • The Wicked King

  • The Folk of the Air, Book 2
  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 439

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked King Cardan to her and made herself the power behind the throne. When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You're Killing Me, Holly!

  • By Kristal Torpey on 01-12-19

Masterful Storytelling

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

"As though you wanted him to know that the thing dearest to him was worth nothing to you"

This story is delivered delicately. It implants a subtle thought and throughout the story you feel as though there is something nagging at you from the inside. By the end, the story has left you exposed and you wonder how you didn't notice until last minute. The suspense is done well. It's subtle but impactful. There are enough small enlightenments through out the story that it doesn't feel drawn out or overdone.

"...the cruel beauty of his face"

Book 2 of this series goes alittle further with its messy love angles and even gives a brief love scene. It isn't anything that wouldn't be allowed in a PG-13 moment, but to me it fit really well with the character personalities.

"I'll take a coffee as black as the eyes of the High King of Elfhan"

There are a few chapters that take place in the Human World and it makes me more curious about why the Fae aren't enchanted with our world. There are cars, candy, electronics, and guns. Would not one Fae take those things back to Fairie?

"If faire land is the way you say, why do you live here?"

Yes, I understand that the three sisters were raised in Fairie and it's what they consider home. Being the only true fae, Vivi is drawn to the Human World. The human sisters are both desperate to be a part of Faire, when life would seem so much easier if they returned to the Human World. The story seems to highlight how living beings always desire something they can't have. The grass is always greener on the other side.

The story is still told from Jude' s point of view, but this go around we get to see more of how her actions and decisions impact others. We also get to see more of Jude's flaws. She isn't the sweet innocent bullied girl from Book One. She has power now. That power becomes heavy.

After finishing this book, I sat here looking up at my ceiling trying to bring myself back to reality. For 10 straight hours I listened and for 10 straight hours I vacated this realm. I left this place and followed Jude through Fairie. Jude and I had swords fights with assassins. We exchanged verbal lashes with the counsel, and we endured through our embarrassment and torture.

There were times that I tried to tell Jude that she was going too far and there were times when Jude just completely surprised me. However, despite her imperfections, I find myself glued to Jude. She is like the best friend that you know if she jumps off the bridge then you're jumping too (even if you think its stupid). As Jude faces betrayal from all around her, I want to scream.

I don't know if these random thoughts give this book justice. It's a beautiful story and the narration is perfect. The last sentence of the love scene was done so well by the narrator it gave me chills. I've listened to the scene over and over... and still the emotion she puts into that particular sentence starts an ache in my chest.

This is obviously going to be a hit if not the best book of 2019. I just wish it didn't take a full year to get the third. Gonna be a long wait...

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  • Duel Nature

  • The Demon Accords, Book 4
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,051
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942

Chris and Tanya have been assigned as Coven Rovers, travelling the country and troubleshooting the supernatural community. It's a job that's part cop and part auditor, one that should be long periods of boredom mixed with small parts of action. But this is Chris and Tanya, so a sudden assignment to check on a rogue vampire leads to a run-in with a hostile master vampire, a hit squad, monsters straight out of Native American folklore, black ops teams, and, worst of all, vampire politics.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read

  • By Terri on 02-10-16

Duel Nature

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Dual Nature is the fourth installation of the Demon Accords series. There is something about this series that makes me want to keep hope alive. The concept is a good one, but instead of following the politics in the Vampire and Supernatural worlds, the author focuses on this US Government angle that just doesn't rub me the right way.

This particular book comes off a bit shuffled and irratic. It starts with Chris and Tatiyanna as Rogue hunters. This would have been a good concept for the entire book. Instead we go from hunting down a rogue, going camping and finding a witch and were, going to check in grandpa with government involvement, and ending with a Elder Counsel meeting.

I'm not saying the author should drag a story out but the way the information is presented you just don't get emotional involved in anything. It was like watching a show while pressing fast forward. You see stuff happening but you don't feel it.

Then I hear these words from the lead character: Farm conversations would have been considered very masculine because we talk about guns, politics, hunting, and sports..... hmmm, I guess females never talk about those types of things?

Then directly after that the author goes on this too long narrative giving an explanation of how projectiles are molded for explosives. I'm not saying that it was too long because I'm a girl but because it was randomly placed in the story and slowed down the momentum from a very tense scene into something boring.

The ending is what really saves the book/series for me. Now we might actually get some supernatural drama instead of that stuff with US government politics.

2 Stars - 🌟🌟Decent. Has Potential. Possibly a good idea for a story but something could have been better. Sometimes it's because the author put too little or too much into the wrong parts of the story. New authors sometimes fall in this ranking and move up as their series progresses. Doesn't mean I hated it. Just means it was missing something to push it over the hump

  • 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 9,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,561

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

Fanged and Funny

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

Nice Girls don't have fangs is the first installment in the Jane Jameson series. It mixes a bit of comedy, mid-west country living, and Supernatural lore.

Jane, the librarian, is the typical smart girl character with limited friends and no invite to the cool kids club. She lives in the small town called Half Moon Hollow , which I think is a very cute name. Anyone who was raised in a small town knows the pros and cons. This book really gives the city readers a chance to see the corks that come from everyone knowing everyone. It actually took me back to my childhood in a small southern town. So many of these conversations were probably had about me πŸ˜‚.

Jane is turned into a Vampire and the scandal is hilarious and juicy. The authors strength is her ability to mix the humoir into what could be a sad story. There were some parts that I listened to twice just so I could laugh.

For example, when the towns women were upset with her aunt so they stopped taking her coupons at Piggly Wiggly πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Favorite Quote: This is not how people behave in a Cracker Barrel!

There were some things I found odd such as the best friends reaction to her becoming a Vampire. He joins a therapy group to cope with her being a Vampire, but immediately starts dating a supernatural. Why doesnt he need a therapy group for that???

The author decided to go what now is a traditional route with having a Vampire council and gaming laws/rights for the undead. This part was a bit choppy. It wasn't as smooth as the rest of the book but the authors good writing on other topics will out shine this one slight flaw.

The narrator has a few challenges. All the male voices other than Dick Cheney sound the same. In the midst of reading, narrator voice changes back to normal like she can't hold the character too long. Counsel women has the same exact voice as lead character. It's not too hard to follow since the author will state who is talking after every statement. But if she were to read for another author she may run into some problems.

3 Stars - 🌟🌟🌟 Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

  • Phoenix Unbound

  • The Fallen Empire Series, Book 1
  • By: Grace Draven
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital - her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. But this year is different. Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion - and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Grace Draven is a master at world building!!

  • By DeRae on 09-26-18

Great Storytelling!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Now this is how you tell a story!!! I'm so immensely pleased that I am going to listen to this again even though I just finished it.

The story of Gilene and Azarion is filled with suspense, tragedy, and love. The author takes you through this world and exposes both the cruel & ugly portions. As the story moves along the reader is introduced to a beautiful land filled with people who worship a Fire Goddess and treat women in a manner quite the opposite of what Gilene has experienced in her life.

I love an author who makes you feel like you've actually traveled out of your house and into their world. My stomach had butterflies the entirety of the last two chapters.

Grace Draven first got my attention with Radiance a few years ago. For anyone who enjoyed that series then this will be right up your alley.

4 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟 - Great book. I've become friends with the characters. This is for my top Tier books. The story is deep with many layers. I probably finished it in a day. I'll likely reread this one when I miss the characters or need a pick me up.

  • Dark Arts and a Daiquiri

  • The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 2
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

When I found myself facing down the scariest black-magic felon in the city, practically daring him to abduct me, I had to wonder exactly how I ended up here. It all started when I accidentally landed a job as a bartender - but not at a bar. At a guild, populated by mages, sorcerers, alchemists, witches, and psychics. Good thing this lame-o human is adaptable, right? Then my favorite guild members - three sexy, powerful, and intermittently charming mages - asked for my help.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this audio story

  • By Demetra Toula Iliopoulos on 12-01-18

Oh Ezra πŸ™„

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

Reviewed: 12-19-18

Kudos to this series for getting me out of my bad book funk. Book Two picks up a few weeks after the events in Book One. Tori is still working for the Guild in an unofficial compacity. The three MAGES she has befriended are working on bounties and ask for her help. Of course things don't go to plan and Tori has to use her wits and smart mouth to get her out of some tough situations.

I like that Tori isn't always cowarding behind the guys and that she does have some self defense techniques. She is also a bit of a clypto as she once again steals magic objects when she gets the opportunity.

There is a fight scene where we get a little glimpse into Ezra's true power. Obviously little pieces of his "Dark and Mysterious" past are going to be dropped throughout the series until the big reveal. I don't know why but I like him the most. Aaron is fun and the typical wild ch8ld who wants to be different from his parents. Kai is the lady killer who is both indifferent and I guess irresitable to women.

It seems like the book is pushing towards having Tori date one of the MAGES. I just hope it's not one of the main three. A new heart throb is introduced with some potential to bring some exciting chaos to the status quo.

If you enjoyed the first book, then you will like book two. The author shows her ability to bring in serious subjects without drowning the book in sadness. And being a fantasy fanatic I am elated that we get some Far in this book. Definitely my new favorite character.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟 - Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next

  • Three Mages and a Margarita

  • The Guild Codex: Spellbound Series, Book 1
  • By: Annette Marie
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 531

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.Β It went downhill the moment they asked me to do a trial shift instead of an interview - to see if I'd mesh with their "special" clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete dickheads, and I was an asshole right back. That's the definition of fitting in, right?Β I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they...offered me the job?Β It turns out this place isn't a bar. It's a guild.Β 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable and fun

  • By Roz Hans on 10-18-18

Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

After reading the finale to an epic fantasy series that ended on a somber note, I wanted something entertaining but not so sad. The title THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA caught my eye. There's no way you read that title and think that it is going to be sad or dull. In fact, I thought the book was fun.

If you take everything in your books seriously, then this may not fit your style. The book is playful and has a good foundation. The author doesn't over do her explanations but gives you just enough to build her world's background.

There is a hint of a love square ( I just made that up) but luckily the author doesn't drag that too far. I don't know if this is intended to be a reverse harem but I'd prefer that the love interest for once aren't so easy. Why can't a lead find some friends and then fall in love with someone later... other than the friend. It's so predictable in every story now who the love interest(s) are in a book.

The lead character has some spunk and I'm thankful she isn't represented as the weak human who hides behind the men. I hope the author doesn't give her powers or make her a mage thst never knew of her powers. Just being human is cool enough and making her a late blooming mage would be... well I just don't want that for this character.

The one thing I hated was the cliche moment when a character figures out the mystery but instead of telling others the character decides to keep it a secret until a better moment... OMG they've used that on every soap opera and mystery show out there.

This is my first time reading this novel and my first time with this narrator. I enjoyed the work of both.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

  • Brutal Asset

  • The Demon Accords, Book 3
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,125

Book 3 of the Demon Accords. Partnered in an uneasy alliance with federal law enforcement, Chris Gordon has been hunting down the outlaw gang Loki's Spawn, who attacked his vampire girlfriend. But when he finds unexpected hostages who trigger his baser instincts, Chris is thrown into a search for answers to dark questions: how to control his inner demon, what do the Spawn want with children, and who is hunting him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Can't Get Enough Of This Series!!!!!!

  • By Mario on 11-18-15

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

Annoying!

The ONLY reason that I will put the next on my future list is because I am interested in the God/Angel aspect. As for the rest of the book I'm just annoyed. This book was like a morning without coffeeβ˜•... not going anywhere good.

All the women want him... like a purple-eyed Christian Gray. All the men are intimidated by him. He can kill anything in less than 10 seconds yet you'll get 6 minutes worth of descriptions.

2 Stars⭐⭐- Decent. Has Potential. Possibly a good idea for a story but something could have been better. Sometimes it's because the author put too little or too much into the wrong parts of the story. New authors sometimes fall in this ranking and move up as their series progresses. Doesn't mean I hated it. Just means it was missing something to push it over the hump.

  • Demon Driven

  • The Demon Accords, Book 2
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,443
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,437

It's been seven months since Chris Gordon met Tanya Demidova, and a lot has changed. He's stronger and faster and has the senses of a vampire and the appetite of a werewolf. But even as he settles into his new position with the Special Situations Squad and his relationship with Tanya, new threats appear. From south of the border, north of the city, inside the NYPD, and the federal government. But the hardest fight Chris will face is with himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Jumped the shark

  • By Wesley Farriss on 08-29-16

A Run Away Train Wreck

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

It's almost like this book was daring me to give it a 1 Star Rating... and by the end I got the dreaded Double Dare. I can't punk out on a double dare.

In all seriousness it just went so over the top that not even I (who loves fantasy) could keep the seams from fraying in my mind.

Christian aka All-Powerful dude is capable of every super power ever thought up. ALL OF THEM πŸ˜’. He can do every trick imaginable. He has no weakness. His girlfriend is the most beautiful person in the world. She is also the most powerful vampire ever. Their love is instant and unbreakable within minutes of knowing each other.

The puppy love and territorial antics are waaay overdone. The initial dramatic piece was just terrible. Christain see an illusion and then spends half the book apologizing to the person who hurt him. WTH?

And then comes the last 5 chapters 😩... it felt like I was on a run-away train that was about to go off of a cliff😨.

The parts of the book about real/regular people is MORE UNBELIEVABLE than the Vamps and werewolves. πŸ˜‚ This dude threatens America and is in love with a Russian Princess. I mean did Did Donald Trump write this book?

I can't even finish this review... this one was so outrageous that I have to read the next one to see if it gets better or falls off the side of the mountain.

Thank goodness for the narrator or it would have low scores all around.

1 STAR - Not Interesting or Bad story telling by the author. Usually a book I had to force myself to finish.

  • God Touched

  • The Demon Accords, Book 1
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,370
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,376

Chris Gordon is a rookie with the NYPD - one with a secret. In his spare time Chris is an exorcist without equal, with a gift from God. But when he saves a beatiful girl from a demonic attack, he discovers there is more to fear than just demons. Finding himself surrounded by vampires and were-weasels and facing a giant short-faced bear, Chris struggles to stay alive, all while protecting his deadly new girlfriend. And then there's her overprotective vampire mother!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Urban Fantasy Where Good Kicks *%# and I Loved It

  • By Don Gilbert on 11-19-17

God Touched

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

I purchased this book a few months ago but never listened to it until now. Big Mistake. Overall I enjoyed God Touched that follows a young police rookie with a secret talent for banishing Demons.

The plot isn't to complicated as it follows the boy-meets-girl-and-instant-love-makes-them-inseparable format.

There are a few cliches with the love at first site and family member attempting to keep them apart.

And there are the dreaded flashbacks. How I hate flashbacks.

The book has all my favs with Vamps, Weres, Angels, and demons. The only things not introduced are witchs and Fae... but I have hope for future books.

Though the books main characters are very young, I found it was "adult" enough to keep my interest during my YA avoidance phase. There are a few sections between the two young characters that make me roll my eyes such as "My Bunny" nicknames after knowing each other 4 days 😞... or how someone is so completely beautiful that a whole diner still... πŸ˜’πŸ˜’

I like that the author didn't come in answering every question that arises. Personally, I like the chance to see how things pan out and learn as the characters learn.

If half scores were possible I'd rank this at a 2 1/2 stars, but to be fair I'll round down.

2 Stars⭐⭐ - Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.

  • Kill the Queen

  • Crown of Shards Series, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten. But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it.

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-14-18

πŸ™„πŸ™„πŸ™„

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

Reviewed: 12-06-18

As a whole, I enjoyed Kill the Queen. The book has its share of gore, fighting, and villians who are actually bad. There isn't too much on any one thing in this novel and that is both good and bad at times. I started listening while I was stuck in traffic and finished it the next day. I tried to save some but like a kid I kept listening to just one more chapter until I realized it was all gone.

Our main character, Evie, is forced to flee her semi-comfortable life and seeks shelter in a traveling Gladiator camp. This character tells the reader she is 28, but to be honest the plot and background of the book is suited for a YA novel rather than Epic Fantasy. There are a couple of curse words but no sex scenes nor detailed violence that can't be seen on the common cartoon.

The book has a good flow and pace. Doesn't linger too long in any one spot. However, there are some small things that bother me. For example, Evie hints at this ultimate betrayal from her cousin 15 years ago and it is used to build tthe readers dislike of Vasalia. But when it is finally revealed I was utterly underwhelmed. It wasn't even a betrayal but more like kids being mean to each other. When you use the word betrayal then it just means something different in my eyes. The villian eventually gives you other reasons to hate her but the initial one just wasn't all that deserving of being so important and drawn out.

Also, why does Jennifer Estep like to kill off parents so much? Every book has a character whose parents get assassinated. It's predictable at this point.

The narrator does a job with this novel.

3 Stars 🌟🌟🌟- Good Book. I like the overall concept and it was delivered well. Most common ranking for a book I enjoyed and look forward to the next.