Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Audio Book Review: The Torn World

The Torn World

By:  Melanie Karsak

Publish Date:  September 6, 2016, Audiobook Release October 28, 2016

Format:  Audiobook - 5 hrs 57 mins
Narrated By:  Kristin James

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  3rd The Harvesting series: Book 1 ~ The Harvesting, Novella 1.5 ~ Midway, Book 2 ~ The Shadow Aspect, Novella 2.5 ~ Witch Wood

Impression:  A fitting conclusion that ties it all together.

Our world is dead.

With the undead walking, vampires hunting, and kitsune closing in, everything seems lost. Layla and the others will need help if there is any hope of survival. But how can you endure in the dying world?

Join Layla, Cricket, Amelia, and the other survivors for the final chapter of The Harvesting Series in The Torn World.

First Sentence:
The undead closed in.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review at my request.

Tristan has lead Layla, Cricket and their followers to Witch Wood where Amelia and Madame Knightly live. Layla wants to get back to Jamie, where they left him as an undead. But she knows he's still there, he spoke her name in her mind. The living have to find a way to survive and carry on. But is this world the one for them?

Kristin returns as our narrator to finish off the series. I'm thrilled she's been a constant with these books. Kristin voices each character with accents and tones we've come to associate with them. She fluidly shifts from one voice and personality to another with all being present in one book. I never get a feel of the audio stopping and starting as I listen. The characters feelings and tones match through out their sections and smoothly transition to new emotions as they arrive with events.

We get POV's of all three of our young ladies who've brought us this far; Layla, Cricket, and Amelia. All three have a different ability that is needed to help survive and bring the living to a point that they can carry on. These ladies have all had their hearts filled or broken through the series. And have become stronger in this devastating world.

This is the conclusion to the harvesting series. I'm working hard to not tell all with this review. We get our action and fights along with nervous moments trying to get what the characters need. Nothing is convenient for the characters.

The writing flow Melanie has created here is magnificent. The missions to get needed supplies do not feel as they are created to give more story, the missions fit the places the characters are. The story feels as it fits in it's world and where the people are without creating situations to get to where the characters are. I love this complete feel for the characters and world.

We get our romantic moments and gazes too. Cricket and Tristan, Amelia and Logan are falling for each other. And maybe a few others of the group are flirting.

Melanie never leaves me wanting in magic, fae, and zombies in this book. We get it all wrapped in one little package. All the special traits the characters have are seen and enjoyed.

I enjoyed the ending. We get all our answers. We also see something new for the characters. And... from a different POV that gives us a great view of everything on how it is after all this. What we see in the end, may or may not be what you were wanting, but it feels right. The hints are all there to draw to this ending. Well done.

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  1. Loved this book and loved the whole series!

  2. This sounds like a book I'd enjoy :)

    1. LilyElement, I've really enjoyed the whole series. It's been a series with a little bit of everything and it all is so well written. :D

  3. That ". . . and kitsune closing in" really piqued my curiosity! Sounds good, and I'm really glad you enjoyed the read so much :)

    1. Silvia, Yes! The kitsune really is a great catcher. :D Glad you like it and hope you get to try the series. :)

  4. I have been so bad with audio this year

    1. Blodeuedd, It's still the beginning of the year. You have plenty of time to get to audio books. :)

  5. I don't mind an ending not going your way as long as it makes sense. Sometimes it is better. This sounds very interesting to me.

    1. Melissa (B&T) It does fit and make total sense! It was well done. :D


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