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Bad Bloods: November Rain Audiobook

Bad Bloods: November Rain

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Seventeen-year-old Serena isn't human. She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods' rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona's vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption.

©2016 Clean Teen Publishing (P)2017 Shannon A. Thompson

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    Catrina P 10-21-17
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    "Bad Bloods: November Rain"

    I found Bad Bloods to be an enjoyable listen. The characters development was quite good and the storyline kept me interested. I look forward to seeing where the story goes.

    I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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    Melissa and Josh USA 10-20-17
    Melissa and Josh USA 10-20-17 Member Since 2016
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    "This was an okay story."

    I received a free copy of this story for an honest review.

    Let me state that I take issue when an author or publishing company, depending on who chooses the narrator, decides to go with a male narrator when the main character is female or vice versa. Yes, in this case, the story was divided between the main characters, but Serena was the Main main character. Needless to say, I wasn't really a fan of this story. There were areas that just didn't make sense to me. Otherwise, this story didn't hold my attention which was surprising given what it was about.

    I'm on the fence with this narrator. While he had a lovely voice, I'm not sure it's the right one for narrating. For example, there were times when his accent came across too strong and I was unable to understand what he was saying. Additionally, because his male and female voices were so similar there were many times when I wasn't even sure which character much less which main character (Robert, Daniel, or Serena) was speaking.

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    Prior to really meeting...I don't remember her name...but the girl who had the premonitions in Daniel's flock, the reader is repeatedly told that she isn't always able to decipher her own visions. Yet, when she has a vision of Daniel and Serena and is unable to fully understand what it means Daniel is surprised.

    When Serena goes home after being saved by Daniel and Calhoun, why doesn't she end up telling Robert, who wants to kill Daniel, that he was a bad blood like them? At this point, Serena doesn't know that Robert and Daniel know each other. Instead, she lets Robert go off, albeit she does follow him for a while, yet, ends up turning back for some random reason.

    Why was Serena surprised that the other kids knew about Daniel's powers when she had dinner with them?

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    Heidi Rapid City 09-29-17
    Heidi Rapid City 09-29-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous Dystopian with an X-Men Twist"

    Once upon a time, people simply told stories instead of reading them. I think that is part of the allure for me. I have previously read through Thompson's Bad Bloods November Rain and going through a second time in audible format ties in a lot I may have overlooked. A brilliant story starting out paired along with a hypnotic voice to narrate the tale.

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    The Audiobookworm 09-26-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Hidden Gem!"

    4.25★ Audiobook⎮ At first glance, Bad Bloods probably looks familiar. A dystopian world that shuns youth with supernatural abilities sounds like it could be any number of other YA tales, some from big-name publishers. I was a bit cynical going into this one because of it. But what separates Bad Bloods from those super hyped books is Shannon A. Thompson’s magnificent character development and overall writing ability. That’s why I’m calling Bad Bloods a Hidden Gem.

    Bad Bloods was only a little over 5 hours long, but I would have sat through much more of it than that. I actually wish it would have been a couple of hours longer and not just because of the cliffhanger ending. Getting to know Thompson’s characters was like slowly lowering into a hot bath. Intense, but at the same time oh-so-enjoyable.

    The story was fast-paced, but not action-packed. This installment was driven more by character development than plot. Thompson introduced the world through her characters. There’s political turmoil going on, but we only hear of it as it affects the characters. It’s clearly something that will come more into focus in future installments.

    Daniel and Serena were equally compelling protagonists. Both with heartbreaking backstories, there’s still so much about them to be revealed. Even the secondary characters were intriguing and dynamic in their own rights.

    Bad Bloods is a series that I look forward to following. This installment was obviously only the tip of the iceberg and I’m practically salivating for more. Published by Clean Teen Publishing, it’s perfect for fans of all ages. It’s particularly well suited for those who’ve enjoyed work by Marie Lu, Victoria Schwab, Lauren Oliver, and Veronica Roth. I only wish it had been a bit longer or had provided a little more closure at the end. Still, I hope Thompson plans on expanding the series on audiobook soon!

    Narration review: Jonathan Johns has a very distinct tone to his voice. It’s somehow simultaneously soothing and intense. He handled the characters’ wide range of emotions beautifully, showing just how dynamic his voice can be. I was particularly impressed with his interpretations of the secondary characters.

    However, I do wish there had been a more significant distinction between the two primary characters’ voices, especially when reading prose. The story frequently switched POVs between Daniel and Serena. My only real struggle with the story came from my inability to consistently grasp which of them was speaking. This made listening somewhat frustrating at times, but I still completely recommend this audiobook. The production quality was fantastic and it made for an overall enjoyable listening experience. ♣︎

    ➜This audiobook was graciously gifted to me by its narrator, Jonathan Johns, in exchange for a review containing my honest thoughts and opinions. Thanks, Jonathan!

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