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Audio Book Review: Shine (Mageri #5) By Dannika Dark

Shine - Dannika Dark

 

I feel numb to this series by this point. I put myself through 5 books (most of them more than ten hours in length) all for that anti-climatic ending. The 'big' villain for most of the books was defeated in the what I consider a half baked miracle. That's my reward? I'd say it's not up to par.

 

This book had a lot going on with a bunch of (what I'd consider) pointless side stories that I could happily live without. The only side story I've grown to love was the Justus and Paige one. The Adam and Sadie one, in particular, almost made me stop reading because of how insignificant it was to the main plotline in the long run.

 

Silver was a more enjoyable character in this novel. She seems to have shed most of her impulsiveness and naiveté. What she did for Logan was sweet, but the life and death situation made me roll my eyes so hard. I swear I was going to see my brain at some point (this goes for this series as a whole).

 

I did warm up to Logan, because his domineering and overbearing nature were at an alltime low for the duration of this novel. That's a huge step to making him seem realistic and I appreciate it very much. There were quite a few sweet moments, but I still would rather never hear from him again.

 

The ending was very sweet, but it wasn't what I was anticipating. This goes back to the defeat of the villain. I understand that the author wanted to leave loose endings for future stories to develop, but solving the main problem and leaving three and a half hours of story was off putting to me. I'm in the unpopular opinion category when it comes to this series and that still hasn't changed. 

 

The Audio Book:

 

The narration, as always, was awesome. Nicole Poole has grown on me for quite some time. I love her variations in tones and accents. I could tell everyone apart very clearly. Her narration didn't take away from the story as a whole.

Audio Book Review: Gravity (Mageri #4) By Dannika Dark

Gravity - Dannika Dark

 

This is the first novel in this series that I enjoyed. The first half was h*ll to get through, but it did give me a new respect for Logan. Don't get me wrong, Silver was still annoying and made bad decisions, but it was better than the last three novels.

 

It feels like the first half of this novel could have been solved through a text message or Silver writing on a piece of paper what was happening and trying to figure it all out with everyone's help. As you'll soon find out everything hit the fan either way in the middle of the novel. It was all very frustrating seeing a way out, but having the character play the long game and suffering for no apparent reason.

 

Silver seems to be trying the learn from past mistakes, but still finds it in herself to come up with idiotic 'plans' (if you can call spur of the moment ideas a 'plan'). I did find myself rolling my eyes way less times during this book when compared to the last three novels. I can see she's evolving, but we're on the fourth book in the series shouldn't this have already happened by now?

 

After everything Silver dealt to Logan he's earned my respect. I also commend him for staying with her. He's also managed to get his anger management issues under control in just under half a novel. I like the change, but it didn't feel genuine. It felt like one beautiful day a literal switch just flipped and here's the new and improved Logan. It also seemed as if his domineering and controlling nature had been toned down and I approve.

 

I LOVED the Justus side story. I wish it had been a bigger part of the novel. No, I take that back. I wish he had his own separate novel/series so we could get to know him a little bit more. His story also seemed rushed, probably due to the fact that it was embedded in Silver's main story.

 

Overall, this was the best book in this series so far. For the sake of ending the story I will be reading the last book. After the events of this novel, I guess I'm somewhat rooting for Silver and Logan. They just deserve each other by this point.

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

The narration was awesome. I enjoy Nicole Poole's variety in tones and accents. I could tell all character's apart during the narration.

Audio Book Review: Impulse (Mageri #3) By Dannika Dark

Impulse - Dannika Dark

 

The story and world building is so good. It's disappointing that the main character ruins it all. This series seems to be going downhill for me because I dislike Silver and Logan so much. 

 

When will Silver learn some common sense and start looking out for herself instead of just ignoring orders, that keep her safe, on a whim? I understand that following rules/orders can be a burden and it can often cause the opposite effect, but wouldn't you expect her to value her own life above her pride? I've lost count of the amount of times (during this series up to this point) that Silver has put herself or someone else in danger just because she couldn't stay put for 15 minutes. How does Justus or anyone for that matter still trust her? Everyone gushes over her and it's gotten old. She isn't a special snowflake....scratch that. In this novel, surprise surprise, we discover that she is in deed a special snowflake. 

 

Logan doesn't have much going for him in my eyes either. He's domineering, controlling, is a walking cliché and has anger management issues that are disguised by his 'chitah' nature. I don't know about you, but that list doesn't describe a guy who's ready for a relationship. I don't care that it's in his 'nature'.

 

I really enjoy Justus as a character. I hope that he eventually gets a happily ever after. The few enjoyable parts in this book were scenes with him (ex: the car scene (which was hilarious), the ending sad scene, the violent garage scene). I also loved Christen and he also had very entertaining parts in this story. 

 

Overall, my dislike of the heroine and her love interest is taking away from the story. This series has become like a car crash to me: I simultaneously want to look away and keep watching it happen in all it's gore. It still boggles my mind that the same author that wrote such powerful and intricate heroines in other novels, wrote this impulsive and idiotic character.

 

The Audio Book:

 


The narration was great. I had no problem with it whatsoever. I could easily differentiate the voices for each character.

Audio Book Review: Twist (Mageri #2) By Dannika Dark

Twist - Dannika Dark

 

This book felt like a huge filler to me. It's either that or the only way the author found it in herself to introduce Logan Cross as a love interest. The story felt like it went in circles and the ending didn't really leave me satisfied because no one was caught. There were a scene or two that was heartwarming, but that's about it.

 

Silver seemed so naive, in this novel, to the point that it became a running joke in my head of 'What will Silver do next?'. The whole novel only happened because of her idiotic life threatening mistakes. Had she never opened the door or called to ask her guardian or Simon if she was supposed to be expecting someone, then at most she would have had to get out of there by car and meet up with them.

 

Logan rubbed me the wrong way from the moment he met Silver. Maybe I hold too tightly onto grudges, but I can't forgive someone for doing what he did in the beginning. I don't care about the extenuating circumstances. You don't do that to anyone, ever. He was sweet and protective, but I'm on team Justus.

 

I'm starting the think that I'm on the wrong side of this 'possible' love triangle because I ship Silver with Justus. So because of that I despised every moment with Logan. Though both men seem to be polar opposites of each other and I'm guessing that's the appeal. I don't like it in the least.

 

The ending was one of the few parts of the story that I adored. Her moment with Justus was incredible and I want to get to know him a little bit better. The moment with Finn was also high on my list of enjoyable moments. 

 

The Audio Book:

 
 

The narration was very good. I could distinguish between all the character voices. I have nothing but positive things to say about this audio book. 

Audio Book Review: Sterling (Mageri #1) By Dannika Dark

Sterling - Dannika Dark

 

This is the third time I've picked this novel up. The only difference this time is that I found it in myself to finish reading/listening to it. I had a hard time getting into this novel because it's different from all the other books I've read by this author. This book was very story driven and romance always took the back seat, which is the complete opposite of her other book series (Seven Series & Closer novella) that I've read up to this point.

 

I liked Zoë (AKA Silver) overall, but I still think she's too impulsive and acts before she thinks even knowing it's going to get her in trouble. I'm presuming that she's going to end up with Justus (which isn't a spoiler because it's a theory of mine at the moment). Their guardian and learner relationship was very awkward and I liked it. It made that all the more real considering no one in their right mind would be comfortable with all the extenuating circumstances. 

 

Justus seems to have various sides to him and it doesn't look like we've seen what he's capable of. I adored how he tried to help Silver and still follow the 'law'. Everything wasn't thrown to the wind because he brought her into his life. I can't wait for him to open up to her a little more.

 

I loved Simon. He has a few very crude and very funny one liners. He would break the ice in a serious conversations with the weirdest things. He was a very entertaining character. On the other hand, Adam was one character I didn't particularly enjoy. I liked how it all ended, but I would have been happier if he hadn't become such a big part of the story.

 

Overall I wish this story had been more romance heavy, but I understand that it doesn't pertain to the genre (urban fantasy). I did enjoy it, which surprised me considering this is my third try with this series. I do plan on continuing on with the next book in this series.

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

I can't really explain it, but something about how this was recorded bothered me. Maybe it's all in my head but the narrator's voice seemed muffled by something. I've listened to other recorded audio books by this narrator and never had a problem. This seems like the odd man out for some reason or maybe my headphones are slowly dying without me realizing. The world may never know...

Book Review: Tempting Raven (Curse Of The Vampire Queen #1) By Jessica Sorensen

Tempting Raven - Jessica Sorensen

 

I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did. It started off very typical with the main character pulling the woe-is-me card and having no friends. What happened after that blew everything out of the water. Though I would love it if the author had gotten this book through a few more rounds of editing.

 

I liked Raven. She's the type of character that I see myself in if I were ever in her shoes. She's suspicious and questions everything. She wants explanations for (what seem to be) very simple and straightforward questions. I love that she doesn't give up. Her attitude and sassy remarks made her all the more likable in my eyes.

 

Rhyland almost won me over, but the cryptic conversations that Raven overheard and his avoidance of what should have been easy to answer questions got old very fast. He also seemed to read her mind during a few scenes (let me point out that he specifically stated that he doesn't have that ability). He was overall cagey and his brother didn't help matters in the slightest. 

 

By the end, I was already putting a few pieces together and had somewhat of an inkling to what could have been happening. Even though I ended up being wrong, it was even better than I imagined. I want to know if what happened in that ending is what made Rhyland bully Raven when they were younger? Can she actually trust him? These questions are circling my mind and I want the answers to them.

 

My Favorite Quotes:


"I'm all jokes and sarcasm."


"(...) My future, which felt like it had finally just started, is no longer mine."


"And Fate knows what it's doing (...)"

Book Review: Legacy Strain (Isolation #3) By Taylor Brooke

Legacy Strain - Taylor Brooke

 

* I received an eARC from the author in exchange of an honest review. 

 

What an awesome ending to an incredible series! I'm not sure what I was expecting as an ending to this crazy adventure. All I know is what I got blew everything out of the water. I also loved the LGBT+ representation in this novel. It's not everyday that I pick up a book that represents and delves into that community.

 

I have mixed feelings towards Brooklyn because of what was revealed in the end. There was finally a reason for all her guilt, which makes the story that much more intricate. I don't think I would have welcomed her with open arms after all that though. What can I say? I'm petty. I'll admit to it.

 

I couldn't stand Julien this time around. Who in their right mind falls for a psychopath (which ended up being redeemed in a way)? I also don't believe that love can fix someone or make them more 'understanding'. Though the omens are all genetically altered and their brains work differently, I couldn't sympathize with the situation.

 

When everything clicked into place, it was like a light switch flipped and finally illuminated all the dark corners of what was actually going on. I wasn't expecting that to be the outcome. The epilogue took away from the story for me because it felt like everything was too perfect. For a group of genetically modified 'people' to get somewhat of a happy ending without something coming back to bite them in the ass is, to me, an impossibility. 

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 

"Sometimes reality was disorienting, sometimes nothing seemed real."


"Dead was different than gone. Something that was gone could come back. Dead was permanence."


"Perhaps the war had never been about surviving, maybe it had always been about living."

Audio Book Review: Unborn By Amber Lynn Natusch

By Amber Lynn Natusch Unborn - Amber Lynn Natusch

 

I have a bit of history with this novel that I'll get out of the way first. In 2014 I was provided an eARC via Netgalley of this book which ended up as a DNF. I was always intrigued by this novel, but couldn't get through it as a book. After I saw that it had an audio book version to it, I decided to pick it back up. It was easier to get through, but it still left a lot to be desired.

 

Everything about this novel seemed robotic. The grammar was too proper and because of that everyone had only one option: to speak in monotone. The narrator tried to infer emotion through the voices, but it just wasn't possible. Overall, I got very bored listening to this.

 

I disliked Khara very much. I also didn't understand the dynamic she had with her so called 'brothers'. One moment they were best friends forever and the next it's 'stay here and don't do anything'. To be fair, it did seem like she had a death wish from time to time. She made decisions no one in their right mind would make under those circumstances.

 

To tell you the truth all her brothers blended together in my head. I couldn't tell them apart even if it killed me. The only one that stood out was Oz, but I disliked him even more. His forced nickname of 'new girl' for Khara didn't have the impact the author intended it to have. It just grated on my nerves through the duration of the novel.

 

During the story it felt like everyone was holding something back and that bubble finally popped with the ending. It was somewhat predictable considering Khara's known history of bad decision making. After all that, I didn't care enough for the character's to want them to succeed. I won't be picking up the sequel to this novel.

 

The Audio Book:

 

Angela Dawe (the narrator) was doomed from the start, so there wasn't much she could do. As much as she tried to project emotion in her narration, the book was too robotic in it's grammar to give her much room for anything. The reading of the novel was good considering what the she had to work with.

Book Review: Save Me (Sex Me #3) By Logan Chance

Save Me - Logan Chance

 

This was a very enjoyable book to read. Lately I've been a sucker for military novels and the fact that it ended up with a character having a disability made me love it even more. The disability makes it so the author has to get more creative with how scenes are experienced and that gives the book a whole new dimension. 

 

I liked Ryan. He's been hardened by war for serving in the US military and just because of that he has my respect. This book, through Ryan, wants to shine a light on the struggles of ex-marines who attained injuries during battle. Apparently the statistics are rather high and awareness needs to be brought to this subject. Anyone who has served deserves my respect and, if injured, to get the help he/she deserves after protecting any country.

 

Lizzy was very cute and nerdy. I adored seeing her geek out over stars and her telescope. It made it all the more realistic. I also loved that this story was about friends turned lovers. It made the romance that much more believable. 

 

The only thing that I disliked about this book was the transition between Ryan pushing Lizzy away and her convincing him that they could give being a couple a try. It felt too cut and dry. Overall this novel was beautiful and the quotes between chapters were adorable. The ending was sweet, but heart wrenching. 

 

My Favorite Quotes:


"My mind fights. My heart is in a battle of a lifetime. And my soul is nowhere near peace."

"Trying to be strong, and being strong, are two separate things."

"Life is a crapshoot, and you never know the hand you'll be dealt until it happens and you're left dealing with it all."

Audio Book Review: Silver Flame (Vampire Girl #3) By Karpov Kinrade

Silver Flame (Vampire Girl) (Volume 3) - Karpov Kinrade

 

I was expecting so much more from this novel. The second book in this series has treachery and lies throughout the storyline and keeps you on your toes for the majority of the book. This book, unfortunately, doesn't follow that trend. It felt like a filler to extend this series into more books. What sealed the nail on the coffin in this book for me was the ending. That was a major turn off.

 

Arianna was boring this time around. She wasn't witty or smart about anything. There were times when she acted like a petulant child because she couldn't learn something that took most people years to master in 2 hours. 

 

Fenrus didn't feel like a part of the story anymore. He and Arianna are barely in proximity to each other during the whole novel. Nothing between them got progressed (if you don't count the somewhat irrational decision to finally sleep together after he had gone on and on about wanting to wait and take his time). It was one contradiction after the other.

 

I will most certainly be part of the unpopular opinion when it comes to judging if this book was worth it or not. I despised the ending and all the different character point of views (with the exception of Arianna and Fenrus). Instead of splitting up the story with different point of views it would have been better to get the characters to have a conversation about it when they finally met up. I dislike different point of views when it doesn't add anything important to the story.

 

The Audio Book:

 

The audio book was great. The narrations were very well executed and I could differentiate between characters for the majority of the time. Though I'm not a big fan of Joel Froomkin his voice has grown on me.

Audio Book Review: Thirteen Reasons Why By Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why - Jay Asher

 

If you're reading this review and contemplating suicide please get help. Talk to a friend, parent or teacher. Life isn't as hard as we all make it out to be. Things can and will get better sooner or later. For more information please visit the Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

This story made me feel so many emotions. It ranged from angry, to sadness and outrage throughout the novel. Being a teenager is already difficult enough, but when you add bullying and an already broken girl you're looking for trouble.

 

This was very hard to listen to in a few scenes. I didn't understand why she just stood around when her friend was passed out and had what happened happen to her. I didn't understand why she never tried to get help before the ending. It's very easy to tell someone to get help, but it's a whole other story when it's happening to you. It's difficult enough to open up to someone on a regular topic, I can't even begin to imagine what it's like talking about suicide.

 

That counselor played just as big of a role as the people in her class because of the bullying she dealt with during this novel. No counselor in his right mind would have let her slip out of that room after what was said. 

 

The end was tragic with a dash of hope. Clay couldn't have helped Hannah because she never asked him to, but now he can recognize the signs of someone that's in need of help and try his best to not let it get as far as Hannah did.

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

This was a very good audio book. The narrations were on point throughout the novel. It was an overall enjoyable experience. 

Audio Book Review: Eternal Kiss Of Darkness By Jeaniene Frost

Eternal Kiss of Darkness - Jeaniene Frost

 

What an incredible book this continues to be. This is my first reread of 2017 and I can't believe this has held up to the test of time. I shouldn't doubt this authors talent when it comes to her Night Huntress and spin off series. 

 

I enjoyed how kickass and snarky Kiara was. There was never a dull moment with her around. She also stood up for things she believed in and usually won those arguments. 

 

I was on the fence about Mencheres for a long time before this book came out. I'm glad I gave it a chance in 2010. It changed my perspective on quite a few characters. I liked how protective he was of Kiara without overdoing it. When they had a disagreement he would fight her with rational thought and well formulated sentences. He never once pulled the alpha card.

 

I wish this wasn't a standalone because I would love to know more about Mencheres. I once read somewhere that this author does plan on writing more books for the characters in her Night Huntress series. That'll have to tide me over. 

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

The narration was overall very good. I will say though that the narrator's voice for Bone's really REALLY ticked me off because it was so high pitched and warped. One other thing that rubbed me the wrong way was how Vald's name was pronounced. I've watched enough movies to get used to that name being pronounced a certain way. It threw me off completely.

Audio Book Review: Angelbound By Christina Bauer

Angelbound - Christina Bauer

 

This was such a long winded novel. As much as I enjoyed it, I have quite a few negative things to say about it as a whole. This was a 14 hour audiobook. I believe this story could have been cut in half with less inner monologue, more flashbacks and less useless drama. Everything was happening in "real time" which made it so a scene that could last 2 minutes in a flashback actually lasted an hour because the character had to physically get there and back.

 

Maybe it's just me, but it also seemed like every female character with the exception of Myla, Prince Lincoln's mother (the queen) and the Angel Queen (she's not an actual queen, I just forget her name) seemed so ditzy and air headed. It started getting on my nerves by the fourth hour of the audiobook. It almost made me stop listening to this book altogether. 

 

I also despised all the high school drama. I still don't understand what that added to the overall plot line (which is still a very interesting concept). It made me roll my eyes SO much. What the heck kind of friend is Sissy anyway? I'd rather be by myself than call her a friend.

 

Myla was a very entertaining character. I liked her inner monologues for the most part. Her being a quasi-demon with a tale was awesome. She seemed to be intellectually superior to almost everyone because she didn't take anyone's crap. 

 

Prince Lincoln almost lost me in the beginning because he was so standoffish and a complete jerk. It also didn't help that it took seven hours into the audiobook for him to stop being said jerk and start to move the story along. After that Myla and him were a very cute couple.

 

The ending redeemed this story somewhat. It was fast paced and action packed. It's what I wish this story had felt like from the beginning. I've come to the conclusion that I prefer more straightforward stories with less fillers and drama. 

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

The narrating was good. I liked that the intonation changed to help me differentiate what was inner monologue and what was being said. I disliked the 'voices' for Myla's mother, Sissy and every supporting female character because as much as they were airheads the voices just made it all that much more unbelievable and incredibly annoying in the long term. 

Audio Book Review: Moon Tortured By McKenzie Hunter

Moon Tortured (Sky Brooks Series Book 1) - McKenzie Hunter

 

* This review is of the 85% of the book that I read/listened to.

 

What a long winded book. I'm still at a loss as to how static this book felt. I couldn't take it anymore after about 85% and ended up DNF-ing. There were a few times where I enjoyed the story, but for the most part nothing seemed to happen and the story went in circles. 

 

The heroine had a few moments of 'wow she's awesome', but would go back to being an idiot and pitying herself 2 pages later. I also didn't understand the dynamic she had with Ethan. One moment it was leaning toward romantic and the next they hated each other. This book seemed very young YA if it wasn't for a few lines where she commented on how attractive people were. Maybe it's just me but I was under the impression that there was going to be somewhat of a love interest.

 

I'm going to go ahead and say that Ethan was the possible romantic interest (if there was one). That being said, I didn't like him. He would go off on tangents of violence, but a few minutes later he would be sweet. He made it impossible for me to trust his motives. His brother (Josh?) was a little better, but the heroine made me dislike him too.

 

Every character in this novel felt underdeveloped. It felt like I had to be on my toes, waiting for something to happen (which, up until the point I read, never did). At the same time I could predict everything that happened (especially the idiotic running away in the middle of the night parts).

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

There was nothing wrong with the narration. Jorjeana Marie did a fantastic job. My problem was only with the story. 

Audio Book Review: Closer By Dannika Dark

Closer - Dannika Dark

 

I wish this was a full length book, instead of a novella. I enjoyed the story dynamic and the characters that much. This universe that the author created really intrigues me and I think I'm going to give the Mageri series a third try.

 

I liked Caroline, but she seemed to prefer to have comfort in her last moments than have Kane try and do something to help her. That just rubbed me the wrong way a few times. Other than that I enjoyed her feisty reactions and the long conversations she had with Kane. 

 

Kane had a very hard life and after doing what he did in the ally I was expecting him to be smarter about the way he treated the Caroline situation. Who in their right mind would let someone die considering that either way it played out he had to spend time in jail? Overall, I did like him and how he interacted with Caroline.

 

The ending was sweet, but it had me believing (if only for a moment) that things had gotten to rock bottom and it was staying that way. Thankfully everything worked out (to a degree) and everyone was somewhat happy. I would love to know more about this couple in a future novella or a full length novel.

 

The Audio Book:

 

The narrator was on point and made the whole experience very enjoyable. I adore the range of voices she had and how they seemed to come naturally. I hope to continue to enjoy books narrated by her.

Book Review: Torch (Devil's Souls MC #1) By Leann Ashers

Torch - LeAnn Ashers

 

* This review got very ranty so be on the look out for spoilers.

 

This book read like an erotica novel and that made no sense to me considering this is categorized as 'romantic suspense' on Amazon. I'm a newbie to the genre, but the few books I've read in this category don't compare to this novel. I don't understand how this got categorized as suspense because there was nothing suspenseful or mysterious about it. Everyone had answers to almost everything and most times it resolved itself in 5 seconds or less.

 

I wish I could say this book was plot driven, but that would be a lie. Most times it didn't even seem like this book had a plot line. The few problems that would be brought up would get resolved five pages later.

 

The idea of having a blind heroine was incredible to me, but the overall story ruined that somewhat. It seemed like after she met Torch that her life just stopped. There was no real threat, but she moves in with him (he kind of "kidnapped" her) and doesn't mention her career ever again. I did enjoy the way the author wrote the novel with her being blind. It kept my imagination flowing until the end.

 

Torch was one of the characters I most liked in this novel. He was very caring and sweet toward Kayla, but anytime someone breathed too close to Kayla he would get angry and make them pee themselves. I understand he was this bad*ss guy, but after the second time he did that it got exaggerated and gross.

 

Spoilers Ahead

 

The ending felt too rushed and perfect. By that point everything except Kayla's vision had been resolved. She gets surgery done to correct her vision even though in the beginning she mentions that every doctor she's gone to has told her it's irreversible. I didn't like how the author basically gave away the future of the children as well. In my humble opinion, it would have been better to release tidbits and built hype for the following books in this series by teasing that part of the book and not giving it away completely.

End Of Spoilers

 

I do plan to give this series another chance because I did enjoy the author's writing style (though I wish she would use more contractions) and what little story was embedded in this novel. Though had I known that the synopsis meant that there were actually going to babies and pregnancies (and have it not just be a far off dream of the heroine, which was how I interpreted it) I would have passed on this story in particular.

 

My Favorite Quotes:

 
 

"You are more than what happened to you. You are more than all of it. Don't let it control your life, because that means he would be winning."

 

"Just because I have a disability doesn't mean I have to be treated as a lesser person."

 

"Family doesn't have to be blood; family consists of the people who would take a bullet for you and love you."