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Incredible!!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-19

Oops, I never posted my reviews for this series here. Fixing that now.
Re-Read: 01/24/2018 Still 5 stars. I love this story and the characters. I decided to read books 1 and 2 again because I am going to start book 3 and wanted it all fresh in my mind.

Original review: 01/04/2017
Wow!! Breath of Fire, the second book from the King Maker Chronicles, was incredible. I loved every second of it and didn't want to put it down. This book was released yesterday and I'm so glad I didn't hesitate to pick it up. I'm looking forward to continuing this series and finding out what is next for Griffin and Cat. Unfortunately book 3 doesn't come out for another year. I don't want to wait. I want more and I want it now!

This author is an incredible storyteller and it blows my mind that these two books are her first. A Promise of Fire and Breath of Fire definitely do not read like they are by a new author. I'm super excited to see what more Amanda Bouchet comes out with in the future.

I highly recommend this book and the Kingmaker Chronicles series to anyone looking for a fantasy story. It has both action and a love story and the overall theme of loyalty and selflessness plays heavily through these books, even during the brutal battle scenes.

I'm going to go ahead and shelve this with my 6 star books. What a great book to start my 2017!

As for the narration, I didn't care for the voices the narrator used. She didn't have a good variety or really much difference from each character voice. It was a bit disappointing. The narrators regular no dialogue voice was great though. She was easy to listen to and understand.

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What a journey!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-19

Oops, I never posted my reviews of this series here. Fixing that now.
Re-Read/Listen: 01/22/2018 - Still 5 stars. I decided to read book 1 and 2 again to remind myself all that happened before reading book 3 that was recently released.

Original review: 12/23/2016
This book was so entertaining. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and the journey it took me on. This was my first book by this author and it certainly will not be my last. The author is a wonderful story teller. I could picture it all coming alive in my head. The world, the characters, and the interactions were all so vividly written. There was also a good dose of humor. I laughed out loud at a few parts and completely cracked up at one. I love the main characters and the supporting characters as well. Cat's personality and character development made me angry at times but only because I wanted her to lay all her cards on the table about who she is and be like no, screw you mom, but I totally get why she didn't. Griffin is awesome and has all the right character traits to make him swoon worthy. I'm looking forward to continuing this series to see what happens next.

As far as the narration goes, the narrator was easy to listen to and understand but wasn't that great with using different voices for different characters. I still enjoyed this as an audiobook.

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Not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-29-19

Let me preface my review by saying that you should take my review with a grain of salt. This book came highly recommended to me and seems to be pretty well liked overall. Currently, on goodreads, there are over 318,000 ratings and the book has a 4 star average.

A Discovery of Witches is book one of the All Souls Trilogy. This is the first book that I have tried from this author. I'm not sure if I would try another.

I love fantasy, witches, vamps, demons, all that. I thought A Discovery of Witches would be right up my alley and had been really excited to read it for a while. Unfortunately, I found it to be boring and it just droned on. I couldn't connect with the main character at all and had no interest in her or what she was saying because it was just monotonous. As I mentioned a moment ago, there are witches and vampires and demons and up to the point where I stopped reading, there wasn't any air of excitement at all. The main character is a scholar who spends every day, all day, in the Oxford library researching old books and manuscripts and talks about it ad nauseam. She is also a witch but refuses to acknowledge her powers and makes an effort to do everything the long and tedious way to prove that she doesn't need magic to succeed. Except for when she does use magic and rationalizes it away. When she isn't in the library she is running or rowing a boat. Couple all of that with some flowery prose and that was the beginning of the book in a nutshell. The audiobook is 24 hours long. I only made it 2.5 hours so maybe it gets better...I mean it has to, right? I just couldn't take anymore to find out for myself.

The narration was fine. I didn't have any problems with it. It seemed pretty monotone but honestly, I think that was just how the book was, not anything the narrator did.

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Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-19

Updated: 08/28/2019
I loved reading this book so much that I decided to listed to the audiobook as soon as I got it. I loved Wicked Lies Boys Tell just as much, if not more, the second time through. I was pretty much giddy with excitement by the time I finished it.

These narrators did a fantastic job. They both read their characters well and were believable. The pacing was great and they brought the story to life. I definitely recommend this book as both print and audio versions.

Original Review 07/31/2019
I don't remember the last time a book gave me the feels that this one did once I was done reading. I had a full on book hangover for about 2 weeks.

Wicked Lies Boys Tell was so captivating. Captivating isn't even a strong enough word. Everything about this book just grabs a hold of you and sucks you in.

This book is about two 18 year old guys, Penn and Copeland, who were lifelong friends until something tore them apart 2 years prior. It is a m/m contemporary romance that has a bit of an enemies to lovers trope mixed in. Oh and I should mention, this book is HOTT.

I highly recommend this book and think it is one of the best books that K Webster has written to date. I was too tired to finish this book the same day I started it and I ended up dreaming of Penn and Cope and their story all night until I could get up the next morning to finish the book. Then once I was done, I just wanted to hug this book, hug the characters, and hug the author for bringing me these characters.

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3.5 Stars

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

Reviewed: 08-27-19

Hammered is book 3 of The Iron Druid Chronicles. It was not my favorite of the series but I still enjoyed it. There wasn't a whole lot happening for a lot of the book and most of the book was spent without Oberon, Atticus' dog. Oberon has become such an important character in the series that his absence was like a gaping hole.

I really liked that we got to hear everyone's stories and find out why Gunnar and Leif hated Thor sop much. And after hearing all the stories, I hated Thor too!

Just like with the prior books, the narrator was fantastic. He has great voices and really brings the story to life.

I am interested in continuing the series but will take a bit of a break first and read/listen to some other books. I accidentally saw a massive spoiler and I'm not so sure that I was to see that happen so maybe if I wait a bit, it won't be as upsetting.

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Spoiler Free Review

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

Reviewed: 08-22-19

I'm not really sure what to say about The Reckless Oath We Made, so I am just gonna ramble through with some thoughts and hope for the best.

The first book I read by this author was All the Ugly and Wonderful Things. I loved that book so much that I have the kindle version, the audible version, the hardcover version, and the paperback version. I loved that book so much that I pre-ordered this book and decided to jump in without reading the blurb or any of the reviews from people who received advanced copies.

It took me a minute to get into this book. One of the main characters speaks completely in Middle English and believes himself to be a knight. Once I got used to the speech patterns and sound of Middle English, it was smooth sailing. Now, keep in mind, I primarily listened to the audiobook so I didn't have to read it which may be why it didn't bother me. I know some people said it was difficult for them to read. But that being said, I did switch to the kindle version when the suspense got so extreme that I couldn't take listening because I needed to know what was going to happen faster and I read faster than I listen. When I did read it, I didn't have any problems reading the Middle English.

I'm not going to get into any specifics about what this book is about or what happens because I think it is better to go into this book blind, as I did. Sure, you can read other reviews for spoilers but you won't get them from me. I will tell you that this book is told from many POVs of the characters in this story and each POV is first person.The main characters are Zhorzha (Zee) and Gentry. My favorite side characters were Marcus, Z's nephew, and Leon, introduced later in the book. (Like I said, no spoilers coming from me)

I really like how this author is able to write such unique stories. This book is definitely not your typical contemporary fiction story.

The writing style did bother me a bit, because there was a whole lot of "I said, he said, I said, I said, I said, I asked, he said, I said" and it started to drive me a bit batty. But once the storyline really picked up, I didn't notice it quite as much because I was so engrossed in what was happening and what was going to happen. Or maybe it got better for parts of the book? I don't know.

I love that we were kept guessing for a lot things throughout pretty much the whole book. And I know I mentioned the suspense earlier but it definitely deserves another mention. I was getting stressed out for a bit there.

Fair warning, there were several things that pissed me off and they may piss you off too. Be prepared to curse. I was so angry and outraged on behalf of characters at times. This book elicited several emotions. I really love when a book can do that.

The one thing that was missing from this book is an epilogue. So yeah, I guess I lied, that is one spoiler I am providing. There is NO FREAKING EPILOGUE!!! I am not pleased about that. I need more. A HFN ending is just not enough after everything we went through with these characters. I don't feel the closure I need.

As far as the narration goes, I didn't love it. It was good but I struggled at times. There was a full cast which in a way was cool, but in another way, I found it to be problematic. Since there were so many different POVs and a narrator for each, I sometimes struggled with who was speaking because each narrator has their own voices they use for the other characters when they are reading their POV. So whereas usually if there are say 2 or 3 narrators, we can easily learn their voices for the other characters and remember them. But here, we had NINE different narrators who each had their own set of voices for the other characters. The narrator for Gentry did a really good job and I also liked the narrator for Marcus. The pacing was pretty good for the most part but it sped up or slowed down based on the narrator.

I am glad I jumped into this book right away and I am glad I went in blind. I recommend this book and will listen to it again sometime.

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Oberon is my favorite

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

Reviewed: 08-20-19

4.5 stars. Just a quick review for now.

Hexed is book two of The Iron Druid Chronicles.

I really enjoyed this book. I love the characters, the setting, the suspense, the action, the wittiness, the humor, all of it. I especially like the interaction between Atticus and Oberon.

I started reading a bit of this book via the sample, but I really think this is a book that is made so much better by listening to the narration. This narrator does a fantastic job. His voices and accents are all great and he really brings the story to life. I recommend this series and I definitely recommend choosing to listen rather than just reading it.

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5+++ Stars!

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

Reviewed: 08-19-19

Hounded is book one of The Iron Druid Chronicles. This book is told in first person POV of the main character, Atticus. It is set in and around Tempe, Arizona. This book is urban fantasy fiction. There is no romance so it is a bit of a departure from my typical books that all have some sort of romance aspect included.

Hounded is now in my top 5 all time favorite books. I loved this book so much and I loved everything about it. I loved the suspense, the action, the mythology, the fantasy elements, the fact that I found myself laughing out loud many times throughout the book, and I really really loved Oberon, Atticus' dog. This book was exciting and full of good quips and humor. I was completely captivated by the story and didn't want to turn it off.

One of my favorite things about Hounded was the fact that the setting was so real and true to the locations described. I have lived in the Phoenix Metropolitan areas of Arizona for 25 years so I knew the places being described. The street names were accurate, as well as the neighborhoods, restaurants, landmarks, vegetation, weather, etc. It was all so factual. It made the story really come to life for me. It almost made it seem like this could all be real.

Another favorite thing from the book was Oberon. Oberon is an Irish Wolfound. I have wanted to get an Irish Wolfhound for years and plan to get one several years from now. In addition to loving the dog breed used, Oberon was a huge part of this book and I loved hearing his thought process and seeing the interactions between Atticus and Oberon. It added so much to the overall feel of the story.

I absolutely recommend this book and I have already started book 2. Hounded gets 6+ stars out of the usual 5 stars.

The narrator was fantastic. He had great voices for all of the characters. His pacing was perfect. He used the perfect amount of inflections and emotions. I highly recommend this book as an audiobook. Definitely worthy of a credit or paying full cash price.

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Interesting

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

Reviewed: 08-15-19

This is not a book I would have chosen had it not been offered as one of the free Audible Originals for this month. I had never heard of Molly Burke. I'm glad I had the opportunity to choose it and listen. I ended up liking it and I even got a little emotional at some of the parts discussing her early years. Then I got really emotional when she talked about Gypsy passing away.

It's Not What it Looks Like is a quick listen, only 3 hours and 5 minutes, and is narrated by Molly herself. She sounded as though she was reading it but that didn't bother me at all. She isn't a seasoned audiobook narrator so I got what I expected and honestly, I prefer to hear it in her own voice rather than have a typical narrator.

I really liked the little intermission where she discussed Guide Dogs vs Service Dogs vs Emotional Support Animals and fake service animals. I think this is an important issue that needs to be discussed more frequently and should honestly be screamed from rooftops until people get it through their heads that they are creating a disservice to many by lying about their dogs to just bring them along. Don't even get me started or I'll have to get out my soapbox.

Now that I have listened to this audiobook, I'm curious to know more about Molly Burke and will be heading over to YouTube to peruse her channel a bit.

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Fun, easy listen

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

Reviewed: 08-14-19

Two for the Dough is book two in the Stephanie Plum series. This book picks up shortly after book 1 left off. Stephanie is still getting the hang of the whole bounty hunter job and still pretty uncomfortable with weapons and take-downs. In this book, she added a stun gun to her growing arsenal. Now she has the 38 caliber revolver and defense spray from book one and a new stun gun. She still keeps her gun in the cookie jar most of the time though because she is scared of it.

In this book, Grandma Mazur got involved in the manhunt and right up in the drama. And Grandma is packing a 45!

This book was just as funny as book 1 and I found myself laughing out loud several times. Mostly from the interactions between Stephanie and her mother. Her mom is still wanting her to find a safe job and fine a nice young man to marry. Speaking of nice young men, Joe Morelli was working right alongside Stephanie for most of this book and although there was some attraction, we don't have much going on there yet. He has managed to get himself invited to several meals by Stephanie's mom and grandma.

There is pretty much non stop action and mystery up until the very end of the book, even though some of that action is nothing more than sitting in a car for hours on stakeouts.

I am really enjoying this series so far. It is really light and fun and an easy listen. I will continue with more of the series,

Narration: I struggled with the narrator this time around. The voice for Grandma Mazur was really bad. The narrator made her sound like a grumpy old man. There wasn't even an inkling of female sound in her Grandma Mazur voice. Usually it wouldn't be a problem for me to not like one of the side characters voices but in this book, Grandma Mazur had a really big part and was practically one of the main characters. I was close to DNF-ing because of it but I finally started to think Grandpa Mazur and pretend she was a man and it helped it to make the voice easier to accept. Outside of the awful Grandma voice, the narration was pretty good. I didn't have any other issues with the way the narrator read.

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