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Rebirth

Birds of Change, Volume 1
Narrated by: Melody Muzljakovich
Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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In a world divided between those who are talented and those who aren't, Vici is a city governed by an egotistical Praetor driven by his hatred for the gifted individuals - the Tallents - who he considers a plague. Tallents are forced into the shadows, for fear that they will be caught and executed.

An explosion rocks the city to its very foundation; the sole survivor a young woman with no memories of her past. Her only tie to her previous life is a silver necklace with the name Asylia inscribed. Risen from the ashes, she pieces herself together while taking control of her emerging fire talent. She must be careful; one mistake and she will end up like all the other Tallents who have faced the Praetor's wrath.

Harbored by a mysterious group called Revival, the young woman discovers that the people of Vici are disappearing at an alarming rate. Together with her new friends, she must rally against the Praetor's tyranny, racing to free the city in hopes that she isn't too late to bring peace to this world in turmoil.

©2018 Angela Jordan Wharton (P)2019 Angela Jordan Wharton

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A great mix of mythology and mystery

A young woman without memories in the wake of a catastrophic event to a city tries to put the pieces back together while doing what she thinks is right and staying alive. The amnesia storyline isn't something new, but I think it was done well here and kept me engaged along with Asylia on her journey. The story mounts and doesn't rush anything but once it gets going there are some exciting events that take place and it all works well. The narration by Melody Muzljakovich is very good throughout, I loved her voice for the MC and thought it fit her. She had good delivery and pacing throughout the book and look forward to more from her.

The story mixed mythology, magic and good character building to make for an entertaining listen. I look forward to where the story will go from here.

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

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Amazing, simply amazing!

I can’t express how awesome this book truly is. When I first took a look at it, I wasn’t sure, but once I started listening to it I couldn’t stop. The main character Asylia wakes up after a massive explosion in downtown. She has no memories and slowly puts her life together, unsure if she was the cause. She is in a city called Vici and its run by a man called the Praetor who wants to exterminate everyone with abilities (tallents). Asylia quickly falls into a group of others like herself with abilities ranging from elementals, to light casting, and even a fairy and demon. It’s an interesting twist on Greek mythology and dystopian fiction. At first, I was unsure of the lesbian romance, but towards the end of the book, I ended up really enjoying it and made the final twist that much more satisfying. The narrator was flawless and had a remarkable range. The story is told in two POV one of the main character Asylia, and the other Nyx (the fairy). The voices were distinct and impactful, I could feel the emotion in her voice in every scene. If you are into young adult fantasy, and love Greek mythology, or even just superhero stories I’d highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to see what else A.J. Wharton comes out with. I was given a copy of this book for free with the expectation of a fair and unbiased review.

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Elemental Magic and Greek Mythology

The book starts with a girl who cannot remember anything. All she has to go on is a necklace she has with the name Asylia on it. She finds out that she is a Fire Tallent who can use fire for all types of things. Praetor is the villian in the book who searches out all the Tallents to be executed. Asylia is also being blamed for a huge explosin that reduced the city to ruins. She groups of wit other Tallents to find answers to who she is and a way to stop the Tallents from being executed.The real adventure begins when Asylia discovers that she isnt just an ordinary girl with fire powers. She may be the only person powerful enough who can save the city.

It's hard not to like the main Asylia as she is always positive and trying to right things in this world. Never giving up and striving to control the powers she has been reborn with. Greek mythology lovers will also like how the story mixes her in with Prometheus and Zues and probably a few others I did not know about.

The story is a little bit of a slow start because of all the character building which is normal for most fantasy books i have read. It speeds up towards the middle though and things start coming together with a lot of action. It reminded me of the book Circe but with more focus on the fantasy element.

The narrator was perfect for this book I think since it is a YA Fantasy book. With a very clear and bubbly voice you can't go wrong.

I can't wait for the next book in the series to see what A.J. Wharton comes up with next!
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Excellent Story!

This is an awesome story. The writing and narration are equally astounding. I'm looking forward to the next installment.

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I LIKED IT!

I liked it! This book is very interesting because it's not your ordinary fantasy. The narration is great and will keep you entertained. This author does an excellent job with the character builds and plot. I look forward to reading more books from this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Interesting though confusing

This book involves a young woman whose first memories are following a large explosion and fire. She has no memories of anything before. She is rescued from the hospital by a a group of people who have "talents"; but are being persecuted by the leader of the city. The entire book involves her trying to determine who she is and control her talents.

The confusing part was that the POV changed and it was hard to tell at times that it had changed and different person was speaking.

The narrator did a good job even if there were more characters than she had voices at times. Practice will help this.

This book was provided free of charge with expectation of a fair review.

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It was okay...

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

There are a couple of sections of the novel that I thought was convenient for the story or could be completely omitted. Overall, the characters were compelling, sometimes more so that Asylia, but secrecy or an incomplete storyline is not a bad thing. Plenty of novels have found success with that same formula. This novel makes for a fun read that skims over the surface of some major themes but still provides a great stepping stone for the sequel.

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Magic Powers, Fantasy and Greek Myths

Rebirth was an interesting book and I really wanted to like it more than I did but as it is I only sort of enjoyed it. I like the overall theme and premise but didn't really feel the execution too well, it felt a bit disjointed and some of the dialogue wasn't that great. The story follows Asylia who is the only survivor of a mysterious explosion, the only problem is she has no memory of who she is or what happened to her. She soon falls in with a group named Revival which is made up of "Tallents" which are people with magical abilities/powers. They are all trying to find and protect other "Tallents" like themselves as the leader of the city the Praetor has somewhat of a vendetta against them and has been rounding them up. This leads to some interesting actions and revelations eventually about Asylia and her true past.

The book can be a bit confusing at times, trying to figure out what is actually going on and what everyones motives are. The narration isn't bad and Melody Muze has quite a lot of different voices but the voice of Nix to me is much too high pitched and saccharin sweet which really makes perfect sense for the character since she is a Pixie but I really couldn't take much of it and there is a lot of it, it reminded me of the annoying Fairy voice of Navi in the Legend of Zelda games. The editing could of also been better as quite a few times the same sentence was repeated over again but that was just a minor issue.

Overall it isn't a bad book I was just hoping for more.

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

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Nope

Nope. This book is over full of unnecessary descriptions...I don't need to know every single persons complete outfit every time they appear. And as I listened to the audio book I will say that the narrator was trying way too hard. The voices were just over the top. An A for effort, but I really didn't enjoy it. That being said I have gotten passed narration that I didn't like before, if the story was good. And I really found this to be less story and more a list of details. Not for me

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Rebirth Indeed

Let me start out by saying this book just grabs you and pulls you in right from the start! I loved that I had all these questions about what was going on, and from the writing I was able to naturally come to conclusions on the story on my own.

I loved the narrator at first, but then I began to get annoyed with the main characters voice. It was a little too whiny for me.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good story with amazing characters!

*Disclosure* I did receive this book for free in exchange for my unbiased and honest review.

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  • Helen
  • 07-05-19

enjoyable story

In a world divided between those who are talented and those who aren't, this audio was well written by A. J. Wharton
and the narrater was great too Melody Muzljakovich can't wait for volume 2