Shadow Walker

Bloody Hearts, Book 1
Narrated by: Kelsey Navarro
Series: Bloody Hearts Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Romance, Paranormal
4.6 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nothing stays black and white in a world full of shadows....  

I’m Alana Mitchell, and for my 20th birthday, I got a brand-new magical destiny instead of the laptop I was saving for. I’m a witch. I have powers I can’t control, enemies I know nothing about, and a legacy I can’t begin to grasp.  

There’s a shadow world out there, waiting to swallow me whole...a world I didn’t even know existed until I used my magic and unleashed hell upon my naïve self. From heart-eating ghouls to glamors, potions, and spells, nothing is as it seems.  

A renegade demon and his brother are teaching me the ropes and driving me crazy with their "I-know-better" attitudes, beckoning stares, and stupidly handsome faces.  

At this rate, I’ll flunk Witchcraft 101. I want to hunt down the bastards that destroyed my future, but the brothers’ past is threatening to steal my soul and tear me apart - literally.  

To survive, I must embrace the darkness simmering inside me and unleash the devil within, no matter the consequences.

©2018 Anya J. Cosgrove (P)2019 Anya J. Cosgrove

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Bloody Hearts

My first time listening to a book by this Anya. The story was well written and easy to follow. Kelsey Navarro was easy to listen to and brought the characters to life. I throughly enjoyed this story and cannot wait to get the next in the series.

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Cosgrove and Navarro kept me invested ...

Navarro proved her versatility. Shadow Walker is not my normal type of read. Paranormal is not my genre of choice, but somehow both author and narrator made it work. Alana's journey from teen angst to adult shadow hunter is a captivating transformation. From dangerous enemies to possible romance and let's not forget the learning curve along the way, Cosgrove and Navarro kept me invested and that is a tough task.

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Cool premise, fun ideas, and demons!

Audio review; listened on Audible. Narrator did a good job. She fit the feel of the story for me. Recommend listening! The premise is cool and the story gets right into the action. Love books with demons and such! Alana finds out she has some magical abilities; this puts her on the radar of some big baddies because her blood draws them in. Luckily, she’s rescued by brothers, Liam and Thom, but she needs to go away to protect her family. She ends up staying with the brothers while she learns about her powers and this new world she finds herself a part of. Alana has a crush on Thom, but the more she gets to know Liam, he too catches her eye. Liam gets some chapters in his POV; he is dealing with a lot. Alana and Liam do not get off on the right foot, but the passion is there. Alana and Thom are sweet; he’s such a nice guy, but I need more from him. More intensity. I like Alana’s sass, but she did disappoint me with her games. She’s the type that becomes a brat and lashes out when she’s hurt emotionally. I was hoping for a bit more maturity with them all being in their 20’s, but I did appreciate Alana at least trying to not be a damsel; she has a lot of room for growth. Lots of interesting ideas in this book; entertaining and fun! Excited to see where the story goes!

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A walk in the shadows

This was an awesome read/listen. I liked the love triangle because she never really made out with both guys and also, we have one who’s a bad boy, Liam, and he seems to be crazy about her deep down. But he acts like he hates her and she totally does him. Yet he makes her burn for him. I so want her and him together. The other brother, Tom, is good and all that Liam isn’t. He is Alana’s boyfriend. Yet somehow it doesn’t feel like he’s as crazy about her as the other guy. It was great watching Alana learn what she is and how to become more into her being. I can’t wait to read the next book. I wonder what mysteries will be revealed. I also want to see how her relationship goes. The narrator did a great job, although the male character voices had to grow on me. Didn’t take long though.

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Interesting story line

When Alana turns 20 she's shocked to learn she's a witch, uncontrollable powers & all. As she's trying to learn to deal with her new life, she meets 2 brothers who are protectors of witches. They are trying to help her survive in her new world. It's not easy, but she's determined to learn what she can from the brothers. This is the first book I've read/listened to from this author. I thought it was a good story with lots of twists. The love triangle between her & the brothers is different in the sense that she's not totally attracted to one of the brothers, but just something she wants. Interesting story line. I will pick up book 2.

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Enjoyed it

I enjoyed this book. I can't wait for the next book! The narrator does a great job of bring the story to life.

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Very enjoyable

I found this audiobook to be very enjoyable. It caught my attention and held it throughout the book and I didn’t want to put it down. I am looking forward to more in the series. The narrator does a great job of reading each character.

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It was okay

Note: I received this (audio) book from the author and I voluntarily give this review, it is my honest opinion. Shadow Walker is the first book in the Bloody Hearts series by new author Anya Cosgrove. This paranormal romance centers around what happens when, Alana, finds out that the supernatural exists and that she is apart of it. Alana discovers that she is a witch and that demons are after her, enter two brothers who protect witches and are determined to help Alana whether she likes it or not. However, the brothers' past comes back to bite them when a big bad sets his eyes on Alana. I already had Shadow Walker on my tbr before I got the opportunity to review the audio so I was excited plus I already download an ebook by Anya that sounded promising that I just hadn't gotten to so I was up for it. Anya's writing style was similar to other authors that I've read and I liked the overall story, there are so many possible things that can happen and the storyline can go anywhere. While I was entertained and the narrator did a good job with the story I didn't really like Alana. Alana was a whiny, ungrateful and very judgemental. Sometimes she was right about the situation but other times she was just annoying. The story is told from another pov, Liam (one of the brothers) has a couple of chapters and it was interesting seeing things from his pov and I wish there were more of his chapters. Liam is interesting, he is a supernatural, very complex and has a tortured past. Liam is the very definition of a bad boy but he really isn't that bad. While his brother Thom is the definition of a good guy (who is still a bit problematic) the guy who is nice and wants to protect. I normally don't mind love triangles but I have a problem when two siblings are involved, I don't care for that. Anya managed to do a sneaky love triangle because Liam and Alana is just a complicated mess that honestly I don't know how I feel about. As for Alana and Thom, there is no chemistry between them, it just something that Alana wanted so... In general, I liked the story, I love the different supernatural creatures that make an appearance. The world was pretty good and the story is just starting to take off and Shadow Walker wrapped on a tidy ending but there are so many questions left hanging in the air that I want to be answered. Honestly, I don't know if I will continue the story as an ebook, I am just gonna wait and see if I feel like continuing the story.

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Everything was superb!

Between all the elements of the story, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it was well written and performed. Can't wait to read the next installment!

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Demons and Witches with a twist

An interesting story that leaves you wanting more. Narrator gave a solid performance and was easy to read the emotion from the story through her voice.

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  • Marcelle Ellis
  • 11-10-19

Great Listen!

This was a slow start but got better as the story went on. Alana was immature and annoying at times, but did not take away from the story. Would like to continue with this series after the cliffhanger ending Anya J. Cosgrove left us with. The Kelsey Navarro did a wonderful job at bring the story a live.

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  • Karisma
  • 10-30-19

Great book!

While this book may be a slow burn, it is definitely still satisfying, I truly enjoyed it and am on my way to search out the second one.

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  • Charlia
  • 09-25-19

Slow burn is right! But plot twists worth the wait.

Slow at the start with all those months holed up, but then it moves quickly with lots of twists and turns in the plot. Female lead quite immature, ( she is 20) lots of opportunities to shed light on her dreams but never speaks of it, frustrating! Enjoyable and I do recommend, you just have to be patient. Come on Liam and Alana! or Alana and both the brothers!

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  • Nisareen Khan
  • 09-23-19

Engaging debut in a promising series

To survive, I must embrace the darkness simmering inside me and unleash the devil within, no matter the consequences… Just as she comes into her powers on her 20th birthday, Alana is kidnapped by demons known as Shadow Walkers and is rescued by Thom and his half demon brother Liam. They take her to a safe house where she learns that not only is she a witch but that she can’t go home until she has learned to deactivate the beacon that witches give off allowing demons to track them. Not wanting to put her family in danger, she reluctantly agrees. As Alana tries to access her new powers and control them before the Shadow Walkers track her down, she begins to feel an overwhelming attraction for both brothers that threatens to drive a wedge between them. As details of their pasts emerge, however, certain truths about Alana’s capabilities come to light.. Shadow Walker is the first instalment of the Bloody Hearts series. I was impressed by the authors world building and her unique take on witches and demons. Unfortunately I found myself struggling to like the female protagonist who often came across as petulant, a trait which seemed more pronounced due to the Kelsey Navarro’s narration. Liam on the other hand was an interesting character who I couldn’t help sympathising with. His struggle to control his demon side as well as his feelings for Alana made for compelling reading. It helped that the author included his point of view as well as Alana’s. While Thom is your typical down to earth, amiable guy, Liam is the complete opposite. Brooding, conflicted with just a hint of danger about him. What’s not to like? 😉;) All in all this was a well paced, engaging introduction in what looks to be an entertaining series. Recommended for fans of paranormal romance, witches, demons, shifters and love triangles. I received an advanced free audible copy of Shadow Walker which was narrated by Kelsey Navarro. While I was impressed by the way her tone changed for the male characters, her narration for the main female character did grate on me at times.

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  • Layla
  • 09-23-19

Shadow walker

The is a slow burn romance which I love. I liked the secondary characters not so much the main character. I found her to be really annoying. The story ends on a cliffhanger I would read the next book.

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  • Ellie Ann Smith
  • 09-12-19

Loved it!

Thank you to the author for allowing me a free copy of the audiobook. I am so exited for the next one! This book is a paranormal romance that follows the story of our main character Alana and her discovery of her true powers. It does have adult scenes within and some gory parts but for me this was no issue. When a frightful event activates her powers she is no longer safe in the comforts of her human life. She is now a target for demons who are thirsty for her blood. This is when we are introduced to Liam, a demon who could be the cause of her death if he can not control his thirst for her blood. Along with Liam, his sweet brother Thom (Alana's crush.) We follow the trio and their friend Lilah and their journey to protect Alana from the dark forces at work. The book was truly unputdownable (if that is even considered to be a word) and the audiobook is just as good. the voice actress did the book justice well done! I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the Vampire Diaries.

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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 09-04-19

Slow burn

This is very a slow burn. I liked the brothers but the heroine is a little annoying. Lol I did enjoyed the over all story thou. Kelsey did an excellent job narrating

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 09-01-19

Just wow!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I need me some more Alana and Liam and am hoping they end up together in future books. I loved this book from the start and it’s one of the few I would listen too again. Kelsey Navarro is the perfect narrator and hope she narrates further books in this series .

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  • Helen
  • 08-31-19

amazing book

To survive, I must embrace the darkness simmering inside me and unleash the devil within, no matter the consequences. enjoyed this book from start to finish can't wait for book 2

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  • Liz Moriarty
  • 08-31-19

My new 'go-to' audiobook !

This is a five star experience... The story, expressive description and the dynamics of our 4 main characters made me curious and kept me engaged throughout. There was action, tension, angst, attraction - and what made this so special was the way the story was weaving it all together. Gently building it up over the course of the story. The narrator's approach is wonderful. A relaxing, dynamic voice. Believable. I do hope book 2 will continue with Kelsey. Its my new go-to audiobook for taking time out to enjoy a quiet moment with a great audiobook. I will definitely purchase number 2.