Monday, May 20, 2024

Audio Book Review: Sword of Darkness by Keri Arthur

Sword of Darkness (Relic Hunters, #2)Sword of Darkness by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book has a little bit of everything I enjoy. There's great comradery between the characters and quick comebacks and fun between them. There's action and fighting while our characters grow and learn.

We spend time with Bethany and Lugh at the beginning of the book. Siblings. I love seeing them together and on the hunt for the relics. Even as Bethany learns what she can do, and what she's inherited from her father and learning about the Eye. Of course the gods all talk in riddles and they have to figure out what they need to do. It does come around and the hunt continues. Though, will they find the Sword of Darkness before those who have bad intentions? The race is close!

Inheritance, whether station or an item, can be trouble in a family. There's always those family members who always wants something, or has been told they deserve it.

It's interesting to see how family comes into play here, good and bad. With family also comes seeing more in depth the way of pixies and elves. We see Bethany do more as well as Cynwrig.

Bethany then spends the second half of the book with Cynwrig. This is fun with their quick heated remarks back and forth. I love the boldness and normalizing of the smexy conversations.

This book didn't feel as smexy as the first, but the fun hints are there. This book felt more focused on the action of relic hunting.

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Monday, May 13, 2024

Audio Book Review: Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina

Lady of Devices (Magnificent Devices, #1)Lady of Devices by Shelley Adina
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Claire is a nice girl. I like that she wants to be more than a wife. She wants to go to University when she graduates school but her mother is far from allowing that happen. They are of a high standing and she will marry well.

Until things fall out of the investments her father had and he has an accident with his pistol. Life takes a quick downward slide for Claire. However, Claire is a self sufficient woman that doesn't want to just marry. She wants more from life and to do more.

When Claire is left to see to the closing of their home that will be sold, she finds herself in trouble. And she finds her way to get out of it. All while befriending unfavorable children that become her charges and friends.

This is where things start to get interesting for me. When Claire starts to stand on her own two feet and makes things happen, even if by accident.

There's a lot of potential for this series and these characters. I feel like it can grow nicely. The beginning was of a Young Adult feel as the young woman starts to create her own sea legs in what she wants to do.

It's a short read or listen and one that fit into the week nicely for me. I'll check out the next few books to see how things go for Claire and her charges along with her new job.

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Monday, May 6, 2024

Audio Book Review: Crown of Shadows by Keri Arthur

Crown of Shadows (Relic Hunters, #1)Crown of Shadows by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love Keri's books.

She writes some amazing woman characters. They are mentally strong and can stand on their own to fight battles. They also can have friends with them and rely on them for help. These woman are not scared, well, they are but they face the big bads and fight on. They don't run when things get tough. They may run INTO things a little too fast, but they are determined. And the male cast supports these woman. They don't belittle them at all for being determined and have a mind of their own. This is what I love.

Bethany is a strong person. She may jump in headlong, but she's standing up for herself. And I love this.

We start off right into the thick of things with Bethany and her brother, Lugh. And meeting a few savory characters in Bethany's life. Mmm. Love these relationships. I love that there's a good friendship between Bethany and her brother, and they know each other so well. But the relationships with others. Oh these are fun. These are also what makes the book on the smexy side of things. So if you don't like serious smexy, there are scenes that are serious. (I had to turn the audio book down while listening at work. lol) Again, Bethany is a big girl and knows what she wants. And she goes for it.

I love that we are searching for relics. Bethany's not really one for hunting for things or ancient relics of magic or anything. She runs a tavern that was her mothers. And she is happy with that. But things get going and she learns she has a power that took almost a century to come to life, and with the help of the Eye. Now, Bethany is pulled into the search for the hoard that went missing along with maybe finding her mother that went missing about 6 months ago when the hoard went missing too.

I really liked these characters. The audio was nice and clear. I thought Bethany sounded a little snubby with the voice of the narrator at times, along with a few others. But the others are born of high station, so they do think they are above others. Bethany doesn't hold back what she's thinking. She says it like it is, and I love her for it.

This book does have a conclusion for it's story. There is a larger arc in the story line, and I'm wanting book 2 now. Thankfully it's already out in audio, so I can go listen to it. :)

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Thursday, May 2, 2024

Audio Book Review: Dungeon Lord by Hugo Huesca

Dungeon Lord (The Wraith's Haunt, #1)Dungeon Lord by Hugo Huesca
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I totally agree with Edward's playing ethics.

Edward had me on his side from the beginning when he was gaming with his friends and another who's a little self centered in the game. (There's always that one.) This person, Ryan, invited himself to their group and...is Edwards boss at work. Not a good combo when Edward makes the decision to help others and save the team to win the battle.

Things get a little heated at work and Edward gets mad enough to do something he wouldn't normally do. This leads Edward down a path where he's intercepted by another and escorted to the game world, that's another world.

Edward has a LOT of up leveling to do. lol. He's seen as dangerous by the residents of the world, but he isn't like the other Dungeon Lords. He thinks things are a little off after what he went through with his bargain, and he's determined to not do what the god wants.

Things happen quickly in the beginning with getting Edward into the game. I liked this. The time in the world with Edward is interesting. We are learning with Edward about things and his abilities, as he acquires them. There are twists of words used and a fine line to walk in deals. This is fun to see.

Jeff Hays is one of my favorite narrators. I enjoy hearing the many voices he creates. And I'm super glad he paired up with Annie Ellicott for her to voice the woman voices. Fun! They make it so easy and fun to listen to the audiobook. I can differentiate the different characters easily.

And we have more to come! I'm looking forward to following Edward and his minions in the series. There's a fine line for a Dungeon Lord to walk, and Edward's going to figure that out, while helping the people of the land.

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Monday, April 22, 2024

Book Review: Liberate by Krista D. Ball

Liberate (Tranquility, #5)Liberate by Krista D. Ball
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Let's go save the rest of our favorite team!

Erem has been missing for a year now. Suspected that Jud has him locked away and doing who knows what to him in this time.

Jovan's found Erem. Bethany has received note that he knows where he is and she's determined to leave NOW to get bring him home. Arrago tries to talk Bethany into a plan, even with all the threats and attacks on Bethany, she needs to go in with a plan.

They come up with a few. First, to help with attacks against Bethany. And she agrees. (I love this one as I've been waiting for it for several books!) Second, how to get into Elven area, which have orders to take her if she ever returns, and find Erem and Jovan and get them home.

Bethany does great. She really does try to keep hidden and not start a fight. That's a HUGE feat for Bethany. But, we get what we want. Bethany loses it when she sees the state of Erem and Jovan. They are her people. And what Jud has done to them, especially Erem in the last year... It's too much. And Jud will have to pay.

All while Bethany and Arrago are working to retrieve their friends, those at the castle in Taftlin have their hands full with a battle to save their lives, and that of young Prince Henry. There are nobles in Taftlin that are not happy with Arrago, or his elven wife.

In the end, it's a question of if they will all get out now and what's to come to Taftlin.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Audio Book Review: Marked by Kim Richardson

Marked (Soul Guardians #1)Marked by Kim Richardson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I've seen completely opposite and mixed reviews of this book. When I read a terrible review, I had to check it out. lol.

So which reviews do I think are right....
I'd say it falls somewhere in between.

The main character is 16 years old. Maybe if she was a little older it would be easier to accept the potential budding relationship, the forbidden relationship, in Horizon. But, if she was a little older the story wouldn't get away with not asking questions. She's got innocents going for her in that token.

Kara dies early in the book as the book takes place with her becoming a Guardian Angle in Horizon. She's learning how to save people and if can't save them, then their soul. Her and her petty officer are finding demons are arriving way sooner than expected as they work to save people. There becomes a whole thing on the demons fighting them for souls....but how are they finding them so fast?

Then, there comes a big case. One of a special child, and Rookie Kara is picked as one of the six to work to save the child. This is where where I struggled. Why is Kara special? Why was she the ONLY rookie chosen for this dangerous mission? There's no reasons given before or during the events. The only thing said is the Chief picks the people for the case. The Chief is left to be implied that he's...God. So if so, that's why no one questions that Kara was picked for this. So, my guess, he knows something we don't know. Yet.

They are picked for their strengths. Kara doesn't even ask what her strength is so she can play to it. She just goes right along with it...

I do like the ending. It answers some questions we have through the book.

I may give book 2 a try to see if the series picks up better for me. It wasn't a book that I couldn't wait to get back to. It was okay, but not wowing for me. However it does have some really nice elements to it.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Audio Book Review: Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

We follow Celaena as she travels to a new continent that has fae and magic. She has a job to do, but will she do it? She's found by Rowan, one of Maeve's warriors that's bound to her, and taken to see Maeve. Celaena's aunt wants to see what Celaena can do. She must train and show her powers to Queen Maeve to get into the Fae city and learn what she can of the Word Keys to save her home land.

Celaena has a knack for finding tough people who don't like her and she feels the same for them, and becoming the best of friends over time. Celaena does that with Rowan, like she did with Chaol. Rowan works with her to come into her fae form and powers. Lots of training. All while facing her past.

There's something on these lands killing demi-fae, the half fae. Rowan is investigating and has Celaena help him.

Celaena is one that comes up with amazing ideas. She's far smarter than her years. Being an assassin has helped her with this. Yet, she still has a young, naive reaction to things and does like to joke and dance.

I really enjoyed Celaena's adventures here. Though, I'm probably in the minority with the rest of the book.... I know all the characters are out on their own doing important things that will explain and lead to a lot. We even see new characters. But... I was bored with their sections of the book. Until the end. Which left me wanting to see what they all do next.

It's good to see the characters moving forward and stepping into adulthood. They are all young adults, 18-20 years old. The events happening are pushing them to make adult decisions and crossing lines to follow their beliefs. I do like that. I remember being that age and the tough decisions in love and life that happen.

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