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Publisher's Summary

When Evelyn Maynard receives a scholarship to the exclusive Bradford Hills Institute, she’s determined to make a fresh start. The Institute is world renowned for educating and training Variants - the 18 percent of the population fortunate enough to have superhuman abilities. As a human, she’s lucky to be admitted.

She’s done with fake identities, running, and lying but once again she finds herself surrounded by secrets. 

Some she’s been keeping her whole life.

Some have been kept from her.

Some she finds herself dragged into....

Ethan, Josh, Tyler, and Alec have some of the rarest Variant abilities Evelyn has ever seen. They fascinate, intrigue, and attract her, but is it their abilities, their own secrets or something more that Evelyn can’t seem to stay away from? The secrets they keep could drag Evelyn so deep into their dangerous and exciting world that she’ll never be the same.

And the answers she finds could get them all killed.

©2018 Sonder Publishing Pty Ltd (P)2019 Sonder Publishing Pty Ltd

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One of the worst fantasies I've read in years!

This book suffered from many problems. 1) The main character sounded too immature even for a 17-year-old - I was more mature at 15 and girls are supposed to grow up faster than boys. 2) The male voices WERE TERRIBLE! They sounded at times like they were speaking from the bottom of a can or from inside an all-metal room, and the voices were unrealistically deep. I've met thousands of people in my life including some few guys with very deep voices but these (or this one guy playing several males) voices sounded somehow fake and artificial not like any normal human I've ever heard. 3) The main character was too whiny and constantly astonished by things that should have been expected just logically because of other things that had already happened. 4) The whole story took WAY WAY TOO LONG TO PLAY OUT! 5) It took 'til almost the end of the book to finally get to a good scene where there was a big fight between the good guys and the bad guys, and then even that was poorly laid out, short and boring. One of the good guys basically knocked out all the bad guys in one fell swoop. No extended battles nor real intrigue. I will be asking for my credit back on this one and not looking forward to the next one. It really makes me wonder what she did to become "an international best selling author?" 6) This was really more of a Romance Novel than a good fantasy novel. 7) If you're concerned about morality, the main female character is now bonded to 4 different guys and wants to kiss, touch and probably fornicate with all of them! Maybe that's why she's a "bestselling" author - but only of cheap romance novels. It sounds like it may turn into almost an orgy in future books. Definitely not why I read SciFi!

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Great story ruined by narration.

The book was great but the male character sounded like the automated movie phone guy. There were multiple male characters and they were exactly the same with the same flat tone.

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So well done!

I've read these books before, but I love listening to audio books, so I couldn't resist a reread. I'm loving the narration. It's like getting to read a book for the first time again. Read this book!

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Good Plot but Weak Writing

I loved the plot and the Polyamorous relationship but the writing reminds me of a fanfiction. The main character follows a few common tropes but the biggest is how easily she accepts the poly nature of things. I find it extremely unrealistic as a poly minded woman myself. Our society doesn't accept polyamorous relationships well, even if it is more common in her world. I also think that the male narrator needs to work on emotions when he reads. The way he spoke didn't match the way the characters felt and they all sounded the same and peppy.

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The Narration is awful

This was a great story. In fact, the story was so good that it kept me listening even though the narration was the worst that I have ever heard. I tried adjusting the speed. Nothing helped. I hate to say it but if the same narrator is on the next release, I will have to pass on the audio book and read it myself.

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Fresh and on trend

Surprised by how much I enjoy this book, narrator was great and the story has enough going for it that it doesn’t seem like a retell of another story. I look forward to see how the following book holds up.

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So good

Such a good book! I absolutely loved it. In the beginning I thought it was a little slow and the male voice in this story took me a little to get used to and I didn’t really like it in the beginning but I ended up loving it in the end. After a couple of chapters that I thought were a little slow the story took off and there were twists and turns that I didn’t see coming. One hundred percent recommend one of my favorite reverse harems.

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Blown away

It doesn't happen often that I find I love an audiobook even more than I loved the ebook. Equally? Yes. More? Rarely. Being in a reread-mood lately, I like to explore audio versions of ebooks I've read before, simply because it is perfect for multitasking. I know the story and I have my hands free, win win! Well, I got sucked in this audiobook so hard, it felt like I read it for the first time. Eve's inquisitive nature, Alec's surly and moody disposition, Tyler's natural leadership skills, Ethan's bubbly personality and Josh being in tune with Eve's emotional state. The dual narration really lifted this book to an even higher level, while I didn't think that was possible.

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Great story, narration frustrating at times

I loved the story, but the narration had an echo like on speaker at times that was annoying.

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I’ve read this series over and over again

Kaydence has written a wonderful series for sure. This is my fourth time reading Variant Lost and I am rediscovering this world she has written once again. Alec is my favorite character. All of her characters have such great depth, but Alec touches my heart just a smidge more than the others. Read this book and join the rest of us that are already in love it and the rest of the series. I promise, you won’t regret it. Just warn your family before hand, because you won’t be putting this down until you’ve finished the entire series.

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  • Chrissy’s Book Shelf
  • 02-03-20

Interesting Twist For Paranormal Reverse Harem

I’d probably give the story 4.5 stars if I could, and the performance 3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this book, the story was engaging, intriguing and the characters were interesting and well rounded. The plot was clever and drew me in. I felt the narration let the audio version of this book down as I felt Janine Granda was quite stilted in her performance in places. In other places her delivery felt subdued and restrained. Evelyn has been on the run her entire life. She and her mother have moved consistently on a frequent basis, changing identities and locations in order to hide. Evelyn was never told what she was hiding from and the last time she had to move her mother blamed her for getting too close to people. Running for what felt like the thousandth time, they caught a plane to the US from Australia and the plane crashed. Evelyn and one other person survived. Alone in the world and now living under her latest fake name in the US, in foster care, she is contacted by a prestigious university when she turns 18. It’s a university that deals primarily with Variants. Variants are humans with extra abilities. Evelyn, now called Eve, is pretty sure she’s straight up human but has excellent grades and is invited on a full scholarship to attend, with immediate effect. Alone in a strange new world of people with fascinating abilities she is bewildered by people who actually seem to want to be friends with her. There are all sorts of clever plot twists and building of tension but the thing I enjoyed the most was Eve learning how to relate to others. To try and build relationships and navigate the strange new world of families. It was fascinating. I was really sucked in to the story, and will definitely read the next book, but I probably won’t listen to it on audio.

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  • Mrs E O'Hanlon
  • 12-03-19

A great story

I loved this book as a paper back and even more on audible. Hope the other books come out on audible soon.

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  • 04-23-20

Easy listening

I found this book fantastic. It was easy to follow the storyline and the narrators did a fantastic job. Probably the best narration i have heard yet. I found it hard to stop listening and am hoping the next book is just as good.

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  • Imee_Benz
  • 11-20-19

***Amazing book***

When I read this on digi format I was totally in loved with the characters, now I finished listening to it and I'm more besotted than ever. It's a refreshing take of magic and it's it's extremely addictive. I can't wait for book 2 in audio. Thank you for the amazing narratives from Jarred and Janine you guys are brilliant and your voice are both so sexy. You brought the characters to life and I can't get enough. Looking forward to book 2.