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  • The Hundredth Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,725
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she's an unlikely candidate for even a servant's position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood's mountain temple. But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda's life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A mix of religion, politics, and magic

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 07-11-17

Awesome Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I have no words to express my thoughts on this gem. I'm not sure why people don't seem to care for this. I've read this slowly, taking notes and it was just an interesting fantasy read for me. I did feel the romance was already established from chapter one. It could have been better.

The story follows an orphan named Kalinda who is raised by the Sisterhood. She is spitfire, but she's known for being weak because she's always sick and feverish. She's been given a tonic to help with her fevers. She believed life would go well until the rajah comes to the temple for a claiming and claims her. After being claimed she sent on a journey filled with lies, secrets, betrayal, love and heartache.

Kalinda, as I mentioned, is a spitefire. She is seen as weak and because of that she believes she is. She learns that she is much more powerful than she ever thought. Her claiming by the rajah took her down a path of finding out who she really is. She was able to learn that her sickness was due to her having powers, she found out who her parents were (which blew my mind), she fell in love and become so damn powerful. She was the type of person who didn't like rules. She was a free spirit which caused her to talk too much and lead to getting into trouble.

Captain Deven Naik was a very strong man with a loyal heart. He was loyal to the empire up until he met Kalinda. Deven tried to be sensible every now and then, but it never worked out for him. He always fell more for Kalinda. I enjoyed reading about him and seeing him grow. He learned to be a man instead of a solider when it mattered most. His family history was just as confusing as Kalinda's was, but I still totally loved him to the very end.

Rajah Tarek was a twisted, evil bastard. He was freaking nasty considering what was revealed about Kalinda. He was an angry man who wanted what he could never have. He abused his power. Treated women like toys. He was ruthless to the very bone. I hated him.

The romance was pretty basic. It was sort of love at first for Kalinda and Deven. Tarek was just hung up on the past and used Kalinda as a mental escape. Even so, I enjoyed the romance a bit especially when things started to get more interesting towards mid-end. I'm excited to see how the romance continues to brew with all that transpired in this first book.

The Kindred Lakia was an annoying woman with a broken spirit. She was pure evil from the heart. I understood her love and devotion for him, but she just went too far for a man that cared nothing for her. I felt sorry for her, but I loved that ending with her!! Jaya was a true best-friend. I loved everything about her from beginning to end. She was always there for Kalinda when no one else was. That ending with her killed me! Natesa was an annoying woman, but as the story progressed I ended up liking her. She seemed like an evil woman, but she was just a broken girl looking for a place to be protected and loved. Brac was freaking awesome! I loved him and definitely hope to see more of him in the sequel.

The fantasy aspect was absolutely interesting. I loved the whole idea of these half-gods being portrayed as demons and there being a fight between the two. I loved the world-building and descriptions used to really bring me into the world. The culture was very intriguing as well.

That ending was superb, left me wanting more. I have thankfully received books 2-4 for review, so after reading & listening to this first book I will most definitely be reading the rest of the series to see how Kalinda lives.

Do I recommend it? Yes, unless you hate instant romances with cheesy scenes. It can be cheesy, but it's really a beautiful story if you look past the cheesiness of it all.

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  • Incarcerated: Letters to Inmate 92510

  • A Future Worth Fighting For 1
  • By: Inger Iversen
  • Narrated by: Olivia Peppersmith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 290

One of the few white kids in a rural Kentucky town, Logan Whyte always kept to his own kind out of self-preservation. He never considered himself racist, but that didn't stop him from falling in with the wrong crowd--one that celebrated hate as much as he fought it--or from ending up in prison for eight years on an armed-robbery charge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal IR Contemporary Romance Read

  • By Nay Denise on 04-06-15

Phenomenal IR Contemporary Romance Read

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

Reviewed: 04-06-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would totally recommend this audiobook to a friend because it teaches so many lessons on love and people in general.

Any additional comments?

Such a beautiful piece of work. I cannot believe how engrossed I was with this novel. At first, I thought I'd be completely turned off, but Inger Iversen did such a phenomenal job with this story. I love the interracial relationship and how it was too dramatic, I love the characters and storyline.

Logan Whyte was an extremely ignorant guy. I understand he had gone through some things and learned other things (as crazy as they were), but he was just too much of arse for me. There were few times I liked him, but then when he went back to being his racist self, I felt bothered by his character. He was written in a way that as much as I hated him, I still felt for him and wanted him to come to terms and just get over his behavior. All in all, Logan needs to hash his younger years, leave them behind him and be a true man of integrity and not one of an 10 year old boys feelings.

Katie was just a girl of roller coaster emotions. Not feeling as if she was black enough because her step dad is white and her mom is dead. She has only one friend, Teal and between her and the step dad she never really got to experience much in her life on her own accord. She is the outsider of black people which totally sucked.

The relationship between Logan and Katie was awesome up until race became an issue. I adore how this book teaches that love is color blind and based on emotions from the heart. The hear can't see color, only emotions and words. Truly profound.

All the side characters added to the perfection of this novel. Overall, I enjoyed this beauty and definitely will check out more from this author.

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  • Blades of Magic: Crown Service, Book 1

  • By: Terah Edun
  • Narrated by: Sylvia Roldn Dohi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

It is not a peaceful time in the Algardis Empire. War is raging between the mages and seventeen-year-old Sara Fairchild will be right in the middle of it. She just doesn't know it yet. Sara is the daughter of a disgraced imperial commander, executed for desertion. Sara is also the best duelist and hand-to-hand combatant in Sandrin. She lives quietly with her family's shame but when challenged about her family's honor, her opponent inevitably loses.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An imaginative read.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 06-25-15

Superb YA Fantasy !

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

Reviewed: 12-08-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I would because the action and narration just pulls you into the story and makes you feel like you are next to each character.

Any additional comments?

This is my first time ever listening to an audiobook completely because I tend to get annoyed with them, but this was absolutely stunning. The narrator, Sylvia, did an absolutely fantastic job at making me feel like I was surrounded by the world and characters.

Sara is a fantastic character. I loved her determination despite all that she went through. Even being introduced to her was dramatic in a way that made me connect with her straight on. Sara's sword fighting ability was amazing, not to mention the fascinating way she controlled her magic. Sara was simply kickass. I also loved Ezekiel. He was so funny and he seemed like he was a bit dim-witted, but there is so much going on with him that it feels as if he's two different people.

The combination of action and mystery, magic and drama kept me hooked and wanting to know more about the world and characters. I've enjoyed both the story and the characters alongside the narration of this beauty.

I definitely plan to check out the sequel as an audiobook because it's absolutely fun to read and Sara is just simply amazing.

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