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A Left at the Door review of Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 08-01-19

I love stories told from different points of view.
What if who you thought was a villain really wasn't?
What if she didn't even know your happily ever after was ruined?
What happens to the troll princess after she gives you back your prince and you ride off into the sunset?

This retelling of East of the Sun and West of the Moon & The White-Bear-King-Valemon is ingenious and fascinating.

The story made me laugh, cry, and left me wanting more. I do hope that one day, Ms. Marillier will consider a sequel to this book so that we can learn more about Hulde’s reign as Queen of the Glass Mountain.

Gemma did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life and made the listening to a real pleasure.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a twist on one of the rarer fairytales of olde.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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A Left at the Door review of The Vampire's Cursed

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

Reviewed: 07-30-19

The Vampire's Cursed Kiss is the second in the Shadowvale series by Kristen Painter. I recommend you first read The Trouble With Witches before reading this book as you may feel like you're missing something by starting with this book.

Constantin and Andromeda are complete opposites on paper, and their romance is one that is entertaining. Add to the mix Constantin's brother Val and you have an epically fun read.

I enjoyed learning more about Shadowvale and the residents of the town. I loved that Constantin is a bibliophile, there aren't enough of those for us fellow bibliophiles out there.

B.J. Harrison does an amazing job bringing the characters to life.

I was able to get into the book a lot quicker than I was the previous book, and hope to see more Shadowvale books soon.

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A left at the door review of Trouble with Witches

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

Reviewed: 06-18-19

The Trouble With Witches is the first book in a new paranormal romance series by Kristen Painter. As the first in the series, you will not need to have read anything by Kristen Painter previously to enjoy this book.

The story is somewhat unique in the paranormal universe as unlike with Kristen's (and other author's) Towns that masquerade as one thing to hide the existence of the paranormals who live there, Shadowvale is completely hidden from the human world. The town calls those who need a safe place away from the rest of humanity.

What I liked about this book:
The magical creatures you won't find in the rest of the world.
The magical curses.

The characters we really met were developed, and I hope to see others get more development through time. Since they weren't really essential to the story I can accept that they were not developed more fully during the story.

The story did have a few surprised along the way; although, I did guess part of the plotline very early on.

What I didn't like about the book:
I had a bit of a hard time really connecting to the heroine of the story. It took about half the book before I really started to like her.
The background of some of the main characters had to be drug out by force, and even then some of it didn't seem genuine.

Sex: None
Violence: None
Language/Cussing: Mild if any
Religion: None
Mystery: Mild
Blood/Gore: None

The story did take me a few chapters to really get into, but once I did I enjoyed the reading of it. There weren't really any scenes that made me cry, and a few that made me laugh. Overall, the book gets a solid 4-star rating. It's entertaining if a little bit difficult to get into, and the story was fun to read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes clean paranormal romances.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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A Left at the Door review of Miss Frost #6

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

Reviewed: 02-26-19

After the last book, I was pleasantly surprised with the direction of this story. I really enjoyed getting to see Kristen's vision of the North Pole, and the story kept you guessing to the very end. I really enjoyed the book, and it had me laughing and crying the entire time. Hopefully we see more of Jayne and Sin in the future.

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A Left at the Door review of Breakdown

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Good start to a series. Breakdown really flushed out the characters and makes them likeable and easy to relate to. The situations are very believable and nothing seems forced to move the story along. A bit slow at the start, the story moved at a good pace covering three days. The story is realistic and gripping. I really liked that the author took the time to bring you into the world that felt like today or tomorrow.

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A Left at the Door Review of The Reaper...

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This book is one I have been hoping for since Miss Frost #2. Since meeting both Lucian and Imari I have known they were meant to be together. I even sent a message to Kristen telling her as much. After much waiting, she brought these two characters into a book of their own. I can honestly say I was not disappointed in the story. It was everything I could hope for and more. The characters are very well filled out and we even learn what the errands that Lucian has sent our Irish Vampire Greyson on are. This book is a great cross between the Miss Frost books and the Nocturne Falls series, and we even catch up with Greyson a little (off screen mostly) in this book.

With most of the Nocturne Falls series books, having read the previous books in the series will help you understand the town better; however, the Nocturne falls books aren't really needed to read this book. I would highly recommend reading all the Jayne Frost books as incidents in these are brought up in this book and knowing the history will help with getting the most from reading this book.

I really enjoyed the ending of this book and I really hope we see Lucian and Imari in a short to get a little more on their story. I want to give this book 10 stars it was so good.

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A Left at the Door Review of Danger's Hunt

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

I have absolutely loved this series. The further I get into the series, the more I love it. Amanda's world building shines in this book, and the twisty turns abound and the messy secrets are starting to leak out. The character development is solid, and the relationships between the characters move at a pace that feels natural. Maisie's abilities to help Bender's team and Holly come out more in this book and enable Holly to rescue Case from the Militia in the south. We meet the scientists in the south again and see how the tribe is doing since we last saw them. We also meet more of Case's siblings in this book.

The narrator was amazing with the voices and made the listening experience very enjoyable.

I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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A Left at the Door Review of Danger's Cure

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

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Amanda's fourth installment in the Holly Danger series leaves little to be desired. The book draws you in, while seamlessly continuing the story of Holly, Case, Daze, Lockland, Darby, Bender and Maisie. Picking up where book three ends, Holly and 'Bender's Crew' work to find a cure for Mary, and the other seekers in the city.
The story is paced just right, not too fast or too slow, and I couldn't put the book down. I give the book a solid 5 stars. I look forward to see what happens next, and how Holly and the rest of the characters fare in the meantime.

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A Left at the Door Review of The First Lie

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

This book defies genre. This book is not a shifter or supernatural book, nor the traditional who-done-it type of mystery. It's paranormal in the Merriam Webster definition and a Mystery yet not in the conventional sense of a mystery book. Merriam Webster again gives us the best meaning of Mystery for this book.

Merriam Webster Definition of Paranormal:
par·a·nor·mal
/perəˈnôrm(ə)l/
denoting events or phenomena such as telekinesis or clairvoyance that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.

Merriam Webster definition of mystery:
mys·ter·y
/ˈmist(ə)rē/
the condition or quality of being secret, strange, or difficult to explain.

The characters of the book are easy to relate to. They were well thought out, and their purpose in Selkie's life was apparent as they helped Selkie through her journey.

Selkie's journey, on the other hand, was frustrating for me. Her story and growth seesawed through the entire book. At times growth would occur exponentially, then within a few chapters, she'd fall back to her initial level of character like she hadn't had any development at all. I hope to see more growth from Selkie in the next book(s).

There is a lot of intrigue in this book. It kept the book an enjoyable read; however, I felt that at times it was a little overdone with multiple issues piling up and no forward movement for Selkie.

I didn't find much of the spooky elements to be beyond belief as I believe in ghosts and psychic connections. For me, there was just enough of this to make the story progress and help with the little bit of growth that Selkie experienced.

The humor in the book is the dry humor of the Brits & Aussies. I found it to be spot on for the character and enjoyable. It may be the type that many American readers don't grasp very well, but it doesn't detract from the book if you don't see it as humor. For me, this was a bonus to the book.

The story ended on a cliffhanger (not in a bad way). The ending was not what I hoped for, but in its way explains Selkie and her journey thus far. I felt that I was left wanting a little more from the ending, and I hope to see how the next books progress.

Sex: Off Screen
Violence: Mild
Language: Mild swearing

This book receives a 4-star rating mostly due to the seesaw growth of the character.

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes shows like Psych, or fans of Personal Growth type Mystery books (I know not an actual genre) where the mystery is more related to the main character's growth, rather than a who-done-it type of book.

The narrator made the book a joy to listen to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A Left at the Door Review by Liadan of R. P. O.

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Ready Player One is an amazingly well-written love letter to the 1980s pop culture. For those who didn't live during the 80s, this book gives a peek into the technology, and imagination that the generations that grew up during that time used. It seamlessly integrates the technology of the future with the technology of the past and present. It gives us a look at what may come and a lesson about life that the youth today can learn. I am thrilled to have read this and highly recommend it for anyone seeking a getaway from day to day life for a short time.

Cussing: Mild
Romance: Mild
Violence: Simulated computer violence (Moderate)
Blood/Gore: 1 scene has mild blood nothing gross
1980s Pop Culture: High

The narrator is fantastic at bringing the story to life.