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The highly anticipated sequel to The Frost Eater, a post-apocalyptic YA fantasy novel reviewers called “a wild ride” that “sizzles along to an unexpected end” with “heavy-hitting action,” “magic and dragons,” and “a touch of romance.”

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Nora, Krey, and Ovrun rescued vine eater Zeisha Dennivan from magical enslavement. But none of them are truly free.

They’re stuck in the ancient city of Deroga. Together, they must protect the city’s trogs from the vengeful king.

The ongoing conflict is changing them all. Krey and Zeisha don’t truly know each other anymore — he hungers for battle, while she dreads it. Nora and Ovrun are closer than ever, but with her destined to take the crown, their futures are at odds. 

And one of the four friends is keeping a terrible secret that will alter everything when it comes to light.

The king expands his army, preparing to vanquish Deroga. Even with two dragons on their side, the teens and trogs will be hard-pressed to defend themselves.

It’s not just the city at stake. It’s the future of Cellerin…and the fates of four hearts.

The Vine Eater takes what you loved about The Frost Eater and kicks it up a notch, with more magical action, heart-pounding romance, and thrilling flights with dragons.

Devour it today.

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Quotes are from Goodreads reviewers Tasha, Clarissa Gosling, K. Law, and Mike, and Booksprout reviewer Beth H.

©2020 Carol Beth Anderson (P)2020 Carol Beth Anderson

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Is this a Kissing Book - Part II


The Vine Eater by Carol Beth Anderson is book 2 in her series started with the Frost Eater. In this book, she continues to expand on her rich universe created in book. In Vine Eater, as evidenced by the title, the focus is much more on Zeisha, who we barely got to meet in book 1. She is my favorite character in the series. Reunited with Kray, she’s dealing with conflict between wanting to help her friends in their fight against the power that enslaved her in book 1, her repulsion of using her powers to harm others, and figuring out just what her relationship with Kray and her new friends should be. Her character arc in this book is delightful.

Like book 1 – this book is a YA directed fantasy, and as older teenagers – it can be a bit of a “kissing book.” BUT Anderson has created a character - Sarza - who is a perfect foil to the Lovey-Dovey nature of the 2 primary couples in the series. Not every teenager is a raging hormone. Some either 1- don’t get it, or 2- are slightly repulsed by it. Some remain like the kid in The Princess Bride. The fact that the author included a well developed character in this book who identifies in this group absolutely delighted me. I’m a father of 3 teenagers, and one of them is the model she could have used for this character. I was a raging hormone as a kid, so its been a journey as a parent understanding a kid who isn’t that way, and Kudos to Anderson for writing to them as well. I look forward to where she goes with this character in the ensuing book(s).

The other prominent couple (Nora and Ovrum) also go through some very important development personally and in their relationship – learning that in order to grow, they must sometimes be willing to give up a dream that has been important to them in favor of a dream that they can accomplish together.

Anderson also tackles the issue of addiction, secrets, dependancy & many other things head on, but in a fashion that makes it very approachable as well.

Again in this book, the characters are believable, likeable & well developed. She does a great job narrating her own book too. For every 1 author that narrates their own books well, there are probably 10 who shouldn't. I also love the setting of this book – Being a far distant dystopian future on a planet where magic has become part of everyday life due to a cataclysm referred to as The Day. Each chapter is begun with a snippet from a pre-day teenage journalist. Their apparent Pre-day technological & societal development parralells our own & Anderson is able to give us a kind of commentary on relevant events in our day in an oblique fashion – as traditional Sci-fi does brilliantly. 5 stars again all around. I’m eagerly awaiting the next book!

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A Most Amazing Sequel

This is one of the best sequels I've had the pleasure of listening to! I had no problem remembering where the last book left off. In fact, I sometimes wondered where Frost Eater stopped and Vine Eater began because they just seemed to easily flow into each other!!

I also hold the opinion that Anderson is probably the other person able to narrate and accurately tap into the feeling of each character so that the reader can really understand what everyone is going through.

Honestly, Vine Eater is nothing short of perfection, and I love how we got to experience more world building and magic than Frost Eater brought to us!

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A Acceptional 2nd Book in this Series

I found the author did a Wonderful job on this 2nd book. The characters personalities deepened and so did the Story. The Narrator does a Great job with the characters voices and the entire storyline. Nora really blooms into her leadership role though she really doesn't want it.
Keisha goes through all types of dilemmas and comes out the other side for the better.

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Great character development. a thrilling adventure

Overall, I enjoyed getting to know more about both the characters from book 1 like Zasha and seeing the growth and development for the main characters. I also loved the world building that went into book 2. everything opens up and pieces of things hinted at in book 1 start to fall into place. I also noticed some hinting of things that I'm guessing will be addressed in the next book, so I'm excited to see where that leads. overall, it was a fun read.

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Great Continuation! <3

I love when we get to meet and get to know more characters than just the main ones from prior books. This time we get to know Zeisha. She's a sweet but broken girl. 😞 What she was forded against her will to do was appalling (think mind rape). 😡

We, also, learn more about the Trogs and get to be flies on the walls of each life, battle plan and external happenings. 🙂 As Zeisha's life unfolds, we are by no means left in the dark with Nora's (& Ovrun's 🥰).

I'd love for this book/series to be made into a movie! The imagery is amazing. We're never left wondering where we are nor about the surroundings. Each scene draws us deeper in with heart & mind. 😊

The only thing that frustrated me and that I had to mindfully not allow to distract me from the story was the excessive crying. 😱 But, like I said our main character is lost & broken.

Great editing. As for the end, I'm ready for the next book 📗 now!!

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1★ engaging characters
1★ use of world building/descriptions
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1★ the ending

"I was given this free review copy/audiobook at *MY* request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Good second book

I enjoyed this continuation a lot and want to see where the series will progress to. The narrator did a fantastic job and the story had pulled me in from the moment I started. I enjoyed the world building so much and it felt so natural not forced. The characters were a blast to get to know and I can’t wait to see what else they are going to do. There’s more action and some new characters to get to know. I enjoyed the twists and turns that kept me entertained.

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Stunning

All I can say is this sequel was stunning Carol sure has a way with words.

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Missed the mark

I did not find this book to be as good as the first one. The story wasn’t bad, but it didn’t hold my Attention like that one.It was a decent continuation but just missed some pizzazz. I am hoping that book 3 wraps up the story in a stronger way.

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Wonderful Sequel!

Ahh! There was so much going on in this story, and I loved it so much more than I first expected! I also felt the audio in this one is getting better, and with each book I'm loving more and more that the author, Carol Beth Anderson, does her own audio! The emotion, character personalities, and the story all really come to life as you listen, and I love that her close relationship to the story really shows through in her narration!

One thing I loved and felt refreshing was that this one faces and tackles the complex relationship of addiction and living with that knowledge, both about yourself, and either being forced to hide it or dealing with the repercussions of those around you knowing the truth of your darkest moments and greatest shame. This is somewhat that many deal with in one way or another, and yet is so often ignored, vilified, or worse yet glorified! Not here, I love how approachable and open the subject was, and how the characters all respond to this new twist and how they progress through the changes it brings to their relationships as friends, lovers, and family are impacted with their struggles.

One of the big themes in this one is 'growing-up' and listening to your inner voice, the one who reminds you of who you really are when the world is screaming at you to be someone you're not. I loved this as, while it's common enough in YA trends for the main character, this one touched pretty heavy on the whole group as Nora and her friends face: "What now?"

I feel all of Nora's group touches on this well, and I loved seeing more of their internal struggle and realization as face new challenges and opportunities. That's another thing. While I felt it a bit toward the end of The Frost Eater, this book really brings the Feels! I loved how real and connected the story draws the reader, as if you are seeing a friend struggle, or one of the characters is dealing with something you have or are dealing with. It's beautiful and magical, and I loved how this one really tugs at the heart-strings, and through these struggles the characters become stronger, and the readers becomes more attached as the story progresses. The mark of a wonderfully told story!

I also loved that this story features a lot of time on Zeisha and her story. We get to know more about her, while also getting to see her struggles and changes now that her mind is her own, but yet still not truly free. With themes of healing and acceptance, this is a much needed story, and so beautifully told!

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Awesome and Fantastic and Amazing

I was so very impressed by this book in so many ways. Almost all the characters had such depth to them, I honestly wish that I hadn't waited so long between books. (Audible took away all of my dates, so I can no longer see what I downloaded and when. As someone who has over 2500 audiobooks waiting for reviews, this really messed me up!) But anyway, because I waited so long, it took me a chapter or two to really remember and understand what in the world is going on. But it didn't take long, and once I was back to remembering... I was ALL the way back. I LOVE these books. I don't have any kids, but If I did, this is definitely a series I would not only give to them but read with them. Spectacular for all ages. The Characters almost never make the choices that I would have made in their situation, which at first made it a little less realistic to me. But then I thought about it. These people live in a completely different world than we do. DuHHH....of course, they are not going to do, act, or behave the way I would think. Duh! lol. I also think this author is spectacular! Not only did she write two amazing books for this amazing series, set in a completely different world than ours. But she also narrated the entire thing. Most authors should stick to their day jobs. But not Ms. Carol Beth Anderson. She didn't just read her books. She gave it life. All of the voices were different. I almost never got confused with who was speaking at the time. I was really impressed. If writing ever stops working out for you Carol (Oh God, I hope not). You could definitely have a career as a narrator. But before you do that, I NEED the third book in the trilogy! I can't wait to see what happens! When the next one comes out or any others for that matter, I'd love to listen and review it for you again. AmandaUrbinato1030@outlook.com <3 This book was given to me at my request. I am providing a voluntary and honest review. <3

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  • So HAPPY!!
  • 05-01-21

Unexpected Twists

I liked the first book, but I REALLY enjoyed this one! There were quite a few unexpected twists that completely threw me off. The story progressed well and I liked some of the character development. Worth a listen!

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  • 04-08-21

great story

I loved the first book and this one was just as good. I'm enjoying this trilogy and group of friends as they grow. good narration and story. a must listen to.

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  • MimiaTheReader
  • 12-30-20

The adventure continues and just keeps getting better!

We've got a second installment of the Magic Eaters Trilogy that doesn't disappoint.
The world that kept having more details and intriguing characteristics was still there with still more magic to uncover. The characters and their experiences came back to tell us more about each of them (and some had pretty big secrets!) and how they were dealing with the aftermath of the first book events. The writing that sometimes is very relatable, others very powerful and can even make us think about important things. The dragons! The trogs! The seer and her dilemma! Cruine! The cover! I could go on and on...

Listening to the book read by the author makes for a different experience. For one, you know how to pronounce all the names right and, secondly, this may be t he author of the book but she’s also a very good narrator.

And now I need to know what happens next! Like, I really need to know!

I was just a little sad the excerpts at the beginning of each capter weren't from the Diary as in The Frost Eater because I didn't found this ones so interesting but that's a minor thing. I also didn't get as sucked in at first but after getting more into the story I read almost the whole thing in 2 days!

All in all, a book that deserves a lot of exclamation marks from this reader who's not the greatest fan of Fantasy.

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  • 12-14-20

An exciting follow up to The Frost Eater

This was an exciting follow up to The Frost Eater. Nora, Krey, Ovrun and Zeisha are stuck in Deroga with the trogs, hiding from Nora's father, the King. But the King isn't just going to leave them in peace and when he starts destroying the trog clans' home, the four plan to fight for everyone's freedom.
I really enjoyed the Darogan Chronicle snippets and how they gave a little insight into the past.
It ended quite suddenly but the epilogue leaves you wanting to read book 3, The Stone Eater as soon as possible.

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  • Weirdpup13
  • 09-18-20

Plenty of action

Book 2 in the series gives us plenty of action, with a dash of romance. If listening on audio be sure to pay attention to which chapter of which character is talking because it can get confusing for just a second. I can’t wait to hear book 3!

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  • Angel Cross
  • 09-04-20

Fantastic continuation of the trilogy!

As the story continues, it becomes painfully clear that the King of Cellerin has completely lost his mind. The King decides he wants to completely destroy Deroga, the home of the Trogs, and the battle for their survival ensues. The world building is fantastic and the book is so well written that even when I wasn't listening to it, I was wondering what was going to happen next. The narration is superb and the character inflection brings each character to life. I can't wait to see how this ends! Great story!