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Rebirth: An Action Adventure Fantasy Romance

Land of Shifters, Book One
Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
3.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Witches. Werewolves. Dragon Shifters. A centuries-old war is about to begin.... 

“They will kill us all! Leave Strange Ville now! Don’t come back!” 

It’s Mom’s note... That’s all she left before she went missing. 

First, it’s Kara. Now, Mom. What’s going on? Another dead body found. They say it’s the work of wild beasts. I doubt it. 

It all started with that stone. I found it in the mountains. He had warned me that day. Trevor. If only I’d listened. Maybe he has the answer. But I know nothing about him, except his family’s odd reputation, his boy-next-door looks, and he’s watching me. 

One thing I am certain, though, he’s not what he seems. And I’m afraid, so are the others.

Don't miss this first installment of Land of Shifters, a young adult paranormal romance series. Fans of teen werewolf, dragon shifters, witch fiction, and young adult action adventure fantasy romance will also love this action-packed and romantic suspense set in a mysterious small town with a centuries-old secret.

©2018 Alvin Chiew (P)2019 Alvin Chiew

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  • Jill
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • 07-03-19

This missed the mark for me

Rebirth is book one of the Land of Shifters series. Unfortunately, this book was a miss for me with both the story and the narration. This audiobook seemed much longer than the 4 hours and 23 minutes and I struggled to get through it. This was my first experience with this author. I don't think I will try anything else of hers.

I try to review everything I read or listen to, especially if I am rating it negatively. I don't want to tear apart an author's hard work but feel like I need to be honest and share my take on the book. I take no pleasure in leaving negative feedback. That being said, just because something didn't work for me, it doesn't mean it won't work for you.

Rebirth is a young-adult book about a girl named Milla who accidentally breaks the magical seal on her town, Strangeville. She soon learns of shifters and witches. Sounds cool right? I was excited to start this book. I am all about fantasy, paranormal, shifters, witches, etc.

I listened to the audible and did not have the book to read, but if the audiobook was this full of editing mistakes, I can't imagine how many errors are in the print version. Some of the errors were bigger than others and entire sentences didn't make sense. I was a bit disappointed that the narrator didn't automatically correct the really obvious/minor errors such as missing words or making a word plural so the sentence makes sense. Since I often do whispersync, I have seen other narrators fix those things so the sentence actually reads correctly and sensical.

There were quite a few plot holes, continuity issues, and poor characterization with no character development. It was too rushed to be able to really give a complete story (or rather the first part of an ongoing series) and because of that, it was difficult to connect to the characters. Plus, the dialogue the friends use is not believable as teenagers and doesn't come off as authentic. Nothing is taken seriously in this book. It can be a crisis and deadly yet at the same time, it is no big deal.

I did not care for the ending, or rather just the last couple of lines, at all. Either spend more time building that scene up or just wait until book 2 to open with that new storyline. It was very out of place and unnecessary for this book based on how things were already wrapped up.

So many things didn't make sense in this book. I started to list a lot of examples but then I felt bad because there were so many critical things with no positives to balance them with; so, I am just providing a short list to back up my statements and opinions.
-Milla and her group of friends. There are 2 boys and 3 girls in their tight-knit group. We don't know for sure how old these kids are. The way these kids behave, they could be anywhere from 13-18 but then we learn they are in high school. One of the friends mentions a college acceptance letter so maybe they are seniors. None of the kids can drive though. They walk everywhere and Milla mentions that she is a minor, doesn't know how to drive and doesn't even have a learner’s permit. And when I say walk, they literally walk across the entire town like it is no big deal and based on the landmarks provided, it is quite a distance. Either way, their parents are fine with their co-ed sleepovers and camping trip to sleep in the woods, even though a lot of reports have been coming in about bad stuff happening in these woods. Also, Milla talks about her past relationships and passionate romantic bond with her ex-boyfriend and speaks of her relationships as though she is in her 20s, talking about gifts given on birthdays and anniversaries, things that indicate a significant history of dating, not as a kid who hasn't even gotten her learner's permit.

-Her mom just up and abandons her in a time of crisis, leaving a brief note that Milla should run away, leave town, and not come back. Milla's dad is out of town so she just stays home alone, and no one calls her father to come home even though the police and townsfolk know that her mom left.

-Her dad is supposed to be out of town on business and early in the book it is said that he will be back the following Wednesday. Yet he is gone for over a couple of weeks as the story progresses and still returns on time as if that was the plan all along. He never checks in or finds out his wife is gone or that his daughter is in trouble and has been attacked.

-After the kids get attacked in the woods and one of them is killed, they go back to one of the guys houses. His father doesn't even bother calling the police about the attack or the killing of their friend until much later, after they have already moved on to Milla's house. They all walked there with the dad and his gun. Maybe the dad can't drive either.

-The special magic rock is red in the beginning of the book. Then it is yellow for the whole middle of the book. Then it is red again at the end of the book. There is no attention drawn to this fact by Milla, or anyone else, to state that Milla noticed it or to explain what was happening so we are left to assume that it was just an error on the author’s part. It is literally a different color from one scene to the next.

This book is told in dual POV. Most of the book is from Milla’s POV but chapters 20, 22, half of 23, 24, 27, half of 28, half of 30, half of 34, and half of 35 is Trevor’s POV. The first half of chapter 35 is by an unknown POV, possibly a character named Noctus or possibly a neutral POV like the epilogue was.

I was not a fan of how the female narrator read the book and she narrated most of it. Her pacing was off and inconsistent. It was too fast for a lot of the book. The voices she used didn’t fit the characters. The voices were a cross of sing-song and whiny, and a bit of a stereotypical stoner sound. I think her voices would have been great for a fantasy book with fairy creatures rather than human teenagers. I did enjoy her voice for the straight narration though and she was easy to understand. The male narrator was better. I think I would have preferred for him to narrate the entire book.

This is not a book that I will be recommending in print or in audio.

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Awesome book

This was a really good book. It kept me drawn in and not wanting to put down. The narrators did a great job on the voices. The author did a great job on the story and characters. A great intense and suspenseful book. I can’t wait for book 2. I highly recommend listening.

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Shifter

I loved the blurb and it was this that made me pick the audiobook. The narrators I had no problems with. Both were good. My problem was the book.
The book needs editing.The characters did things that had me scratching my head and I kept asking myself why.
I think with some changes this could be a great book.

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Rebirth

The story was good
and kept me guessing
That ending had me a little ticked though
Really hope there is more

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Good Start

This was a really good start to a new series! Milla goes camping in the woods with her friends and they run into a frightening creature. While everyone gets separated, she finds herself in a circle of stones with an altar in the middle. She sees a stone, picks it up, and everything goes downhill from there. Her best friend dies that same night, her mother goes missing, and other residents of Strange Ville are dying left and right. I loved that this book contained witches, werewolves, dragon shifters, and a town with a strange area of woods. This was an entertaining, suspenseful, and action packed book that I couldn’t put down. I hope that the next book has more character development and answers some unexplained questions that I have!
Heather and George did a pretty good narration duet! They both spoke at a steady pace, did different character voices, and flowed nicely with each other. Some parts felt more like a reading than a performance, but it was still entertaining and kept my attention.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Harold Hicks
  • 09-09-19

Hear it out!

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  • 09-09-19

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  • Johnnie Bolds
  • 09-09-19

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  • Mary Beck
  • 09-09-19

Probably the best book.

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  • Maria Bias
  • 09-09-19

Exceedingly suggest.

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  • Irene Cottrell
  • 09-09-19

A great book!

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  • 09-08-19

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  • John Chandler
  • 09-08-19

Great stuff.

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  • 09-08-19

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  • 09-08-19

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