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Balanced Chaos

The Void Series, Book 3
Narrated by: Janelle Tedesco
Series: The Void Series, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy
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Half-fae Sam never thought she’d live to see the day when she would work with the government running the reservation. But when the National Guard rolls in to stop an underground power struggle from erupting, she quickly becomes embroiled in a web of secrets and lies.

Lieutenant Colonel Gallagher of the National Guard needs a meeting with the elusive fae clan leaders. He has appropriated Sam, with her unique powers, to go between himself and the Clan leaders, even if it costs her her life.

Face-to-face with an actual clan leader, Sam is given an ultimatum - save his poisoned wife to get a meeting with the fae leaders.

Sam’s day just got complicated.

©2017 Charissa Dufour (P)2019 Charissa Dufour

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Balanced Chaos

You know those books you never want to put down, and if they are a part of a series you just want to binge because they are that good? This is one of those series not joke I forget every time how much I loved this world until I start the next audiobook. The writing is phenomenal it sucks you in and makes you feel a part of this world.

Sam the half-fae who is more powerful than any of them is struggling with who she is. Coming to terms with her powers and accepting it isn’t a separate part of her but just apart of who she is.
Her choice to work with/for the humans isn’t something she takes lightly but something she needs to do. I liked that she doesn’t sugar coat things for anyone and that she is brutally honest. Even if that makes others uncomfortable she is her true self no matter what others think even if they look down on her for it.

Lieutenant Colonel Gallagher assigned Sam a protection detail who is pretty soldier like but you really can’t stay soldier like around her for long like I said she is too honest and you can’t help but be the same around her. Werner doesn’t know a lot about the fae or Sam for that matter but he is a fast learner and what I loved the most is how he just accepts her, I wish she could see what he sees. Because she is awesome and I think he has more than a little crush on her, but the job has to come first.

This story is far from over and as much as I want to keep going with the series I am going to wait for the audiobooks because they are AMAZING, no joke the narrator brings this world to life in a way I don’t think my imagination would. She gives everyone their own voice and once you hear it you picture that character I have only come across a few narrators that can do that in this genre. It is rare and a gift. I want more!

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  • TU
  • 05-17-19

hope this author keeps it up!

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

First of all, I have to applaud the author on making each book longer than the previous one. It goes a long way towards making me feel it is worth a credit. I don't know about other listeners, but I generally go for books that provide me a good amount of listening time. That said, they still have to be good. I have been known to turn off and/or return books with an awful narrator or terrible writing. This series is both written and narrated well. The characters are interesting, the story/plot isn't super deep, but put together well. I'm definitely looking forward to the next book.

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Wonderful 3rd Installment

I have enjoyed each book in this series more that the previous book. Book 3 is no exception. My heart breaks for Sam in this book. She deserves happiness.

Wonderful narration that brings the characters to life.

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Captivating Series!

This is the third book in The Void Series. The story continues where the last ended. The storyline is suspenseful, entertaining, and fast-paced. I love this captivating Series, and now I can't wait for the next book to know what happens next! Janelle Tedsco did an amazing job with the narration. I enjoyed listening to this audiobook.

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Just love this series

Another wonderful book in this series The Adventure keeps going and it's amazing the book was very well written as always and the narrator was wonderful as well

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Excellent Series!

As with the first 2 books in this fantasy series, this 3rd installment is action packed. Excellent writing and flawless narration makes you not want to stop listening.

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Fantasy YA

I loved this book more than the other two. The main character did drive me crazy at times, however, I did like the romance in this one than I did the other two.
The book did start of slow but once it progressed it picked up really quickly. I must admit the ending I was not expecting at all. The author really surprised me there.
Can't wait to read the others in this series.
Would highly recommend.
There is a bit of violence and no sexual content.

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Love this series!!

After each book, I think that I couldn't enjoy this series any more and then I listen to the next one! Each book is better than the last. As we get more involved with the characters, lose some and gain some, it just makes the world created here better. I truly wish this was a box set where I could just listen nonstop.

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A great series continues

Sam never wanted to use her gift – the ability to take the magical powers from other mystics – to hurt anybody, but that hasn’t kept others from attacking her. Balanced Chaos, the third book in the Void Series sees Sam recovering from the injuries she suffered at the end of Book 2 as she tried to prevent a massacre of the vampires. Sam paid a heavy price in that fight and is even more determined now to not use her gift. But things on the mystic reservation have been changing while Sam recovers, and there are still members of the fae community that want Sam dead. The National Guard has been brought in to restore order and Sam soon finds herself working for the new commanding officer and with a bodyguard to help keep her safe. As Sam struggles to adjust to the new realities of the reservation, a new mystery crops up and Sam must investigate poisonings happening among the fae. But nothing is ever easy for Sam, and as the attacks on her continue, and the assassins seem to lurk around every corner, she must reluctantly tap into her gift if she wants to survive.

Balanced Chaos adds an interesting new element to Sam’s world. Sam continues to be a character you care about, and you definitely feel for her as the slings and arrows never seem to cease. Sam shows some growth in this installment of the series, though not as much as I would have liked to have seen. But for me, what really makes this book shine is the inclusion of a whole new set of characters in the form of the National Guardsmen brought in to take over from the mystic bureau. Characters like Lt. Col Gallagher add a new element to the story, especially the inclusion of Corporal Werner. Werner is assigned as Sam’s personal protective detail, and being able to see Sam and the reservation from Werner’s human perspective adds a new and refreshing twist on the tale. Couple that with a complex relationship between Sam and Werner, and you have a wonderful chance for character interaction that Charissa makes full use of by putting Sam and Werner in some very interesting and complicated situations. (No details, because SPOILERS!)

Overall, I really enjoyed Balanced Chaos. This third book in the series keeps up the pace from the previous books and Charissa has done a great job of weaving in additional plot items and foreshadowing for future events that I am sure Sam will have to deal with if she can get out of the current chaos in her life alive. I recommend this book for anybody interested in a twist on the typical urban fantasy story. Charissa continues to craft a fantastic world of magic penned into a tiny space, and like a pot sitting on a fire, the environment naturally creates conflict that threatens to boil over at any moment. Couple this setting with a strong-willed but reluctant heroine, and you have the makings of great urban fantasy.

I listened to the audio production of the book. Janelle Tedesco continues to do a wonderful job of narrating Sam’s story and bringing Sam to life. There were no problems with the production and it was a wonderful book to listen to and easy to enjoy.

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Balanced Chaos

Being the third book in the series, it starts with extreme action and keeps going all the way until the end. And the way it ended! Janelle is killing me! I need to know what happens next!

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  • Deedra
  • 07-08-19

Balanced Chaos

I love this series!This is the best one yet!I hope book 4 is out there! Janelle Tedesco is a great narrator. I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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  • bluepits73
  • 06-16-19

Suspenseful!

Read the 1st two books in the series first; this one can be understood but won't be nearly as exciting. The author does an amazing job of bringing us a wholly unique story with Sam as a void. There is a new love interest that is intense. There is a lot of suspense and action throughout and Sam is a total bada** heroine. As this series progresses, I find myself being more and more impressed with the author's writing and I look forward to the next book in the series!

Another amazing performance by this narrator! Her voice and acting was absolutely perfect as it has been in the last two books. She does a great male voice and her voice fits Sam's character exceptionally well. Can't wait for more by this narrator!

I received a review copy at my request and have voluntarily left this unbiased review.