Thursday, December 7, 2023

Audio Book Review: The Silver Serpent by David Debord

The Silver Serpent (The Absent Gods, #1)The Silver Serpent by David Debord
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This felt like the starts of a journey to find who they are.

We have 4 young adults who are of the age to start adulthood. But... they have other ideas about what they want to do compared to what their parents say they are to do. And with the news Oskar shares about a big tournament for champions announced to happen in their little village with the Prince present, Shanis and Hierm are excited to enter. However, when the Princes guards and many others are in town for the competition, one guard gets an idea to have his way with a young girl. Shanis helps Khalyndryn and the four young adults go on the run, fearing what would happen to them with a princes guard killed.

This leads them to find two "merchants" and join them on their mission... to find the Silver Serpent.

As they embark on this journey, these four young adults along with the two new friends learn more about themselves, the kingdom, and countries around them. They learn about friendship, love, and who they are.

This story does have a feel of young growth to it as I listened.

The audio version was nice, though the names are so, so close to the same that it's hard to tell who's name it being said. There was a few times I thought Larris was mentioned instead of his brother's name, and vise versa. This makes it hard to follow at times when talking about family. Other than the names, the audio was nice.

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Monday, November 20, 2023

Audio Book Review: The Fall of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps

The Fall of Supervillainy (The Supervillainy Saga Book 9)The Fall of Supervillainy by C.T. Phipps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It's always fun to head out on missions with Gary. I love Gary's jokes and references to his favorite 80's shows, comics, music, and more. I'm almost afraid to admit....I get them. lol

This book has references to all the previous stories, along with Cindy's Seven too (which leads to a few things being the way they are for Gary now). But the previous books are a big lead up to this. Gary has rebooted the world and...there are consequences...complications even...that come with that.

Gary has to take time in this book and practice his spells and view himself as a god. This gives Gary a chance to think about what he wants and why he does what he does. Though, he'll never admit he does good not villainy. lol. There were a list of things that need to be done. It feels like there were several side tasks and stories that happened as we went along. Everywhere had another step to it. And all of it comes together to close this book.

We learn about the consequences and how to fix them. We see super heroes and villains fight Nazis. (lol. Loved hearing Death's view on Hitler. lol) We get a chance to see the family together again.

I'll admit, I was thinking it then Gary said it... Cindy is a little on the dark side. She's out further on the villain side of things. And she always blames Gary for EVERYTHING. I'm starting to not like Cindy as much as I used to. I'm all for strong woman but she seems to be laying blame everywhere on everyone. Kind of whiny feeling. But, I'm starting to think it's her way of dealing with feeling as though she's 2nd or 3rd on the list and her feelings for Gary.

Jeffrey Kafer always does an amazing job voicing the characters in this world. He has the deadpan sound of Gary dropping a great comment or reference that makes me laugh. Some of those remarks...I don't know how you do it Jeffrey. Great job as always.

I'm glad to hear there will be more books in this world/series. I'm looking forward to them!

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Thursday, November 9, 2023

Audio Book Review: Cindy's Seven by C.T. Phipps

Cindy's Seven (The Supervillainy Saga #8)Cindy's Seven by C.T. Phipps
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio book, and Heather voicing Cindy, I thought her accent was natural for her. But, I needed to adjust to her pace. I even slowed the audio at times because I couldn't keep up with her quick speak. I know Cindy has many great references but the words all ran together and I struggled to catch all the quick remarks. These books are always known for the fun fantasy, science fiction, and 80's references.

All are close. Like one big family. They love each other and know there are flaws in each, but they work together to cover for where one is less. Like Cindy knows she's not a good mom, so there's Mandy and Amanda and Gary's sister and such a close network here that help raise the girls and help each other. I love the comfort here.

Cindy is tired of being Gary's hench woman and wants to be seen as more. So she comes up with her own plan...steal the dragon's treasure. However, this mission becomes way more than such a simple task. There's more going on with the dragon! And with a few of the family members. They all face something personal as the story goes.

Mandy comments that Cindy is mentally 14. lol! I have to agree with this! She's a chatter box and half of what's said doesn't make sense in logic. lol.

These are fun adventures with Cindy at the lead with her friends and family. Always fun in this world.

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Audio Book Review: Atlantis by David Wood

Atlantis (Dane Maddock, #6)Atlantis by David Wood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

David Wood never disappoints. I love how his stories always start with a a bang and into action we go. Though, Dane Maddock and Bones aren't the type to lounge around and do nothing. Well, at least not for long. lol. Then, the rest of the crew follows suit easily. This is why they all are great together on the missions.

Each member of the crew knows who they are and have bold personalities. They aren't afraid to be themselves and voice things. Also, all things are welcome to be voiced as in their line of work there could be danger if not discussed beforehand. This makes for a great friendships when you trust people so truly. Which leads to great quick quips and banter. Great friends like family. And some family too. ;)

As expected, there's lots of action and mystery and danger. I love seeing them go diving, climbing, and so much more.

The group does separate in this book to accomplish different goals on the same mission. Sometimes I struggled keeping up with what we learn and keeping it straight as we moved on to the next group. That's when things are coming to a head and we need all the pieces at the same time!

I enjoy these books so much, I went and printed the checklist from David's site so I can track what I've listened to and what I still need. :) I'm going to work to get on track and in order with his books. :)

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Thursday, November 2, 2023

Book Review: Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler

Tempest Reborn (Jane True, #6)Tempest Reborn by Nicole Peeler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jane has followed other people's ways to fight the Red and prevent the White from becoming... and it didn't work. Now it's her turn to do what she thinks should be done.

Jane has come a looooooong way in this series. She's grown and learned so much. She's become a stronger person for all she's witnessed and lived through. All her life experiences will surface and help drive her along in this book. She's learned to stand up and be the leader she's been told she is. She will be that leader now.

This book kept me reading and wanting to see what happens with the White. My heart was going out to Jane with this one. And then what she had to do based on the information they found. Oh Jane. This girl has to do some awful things to hopefully get to a life she can live. She makes some tough choices. It is partly perspective and I love how Jane sees things.

I really enjoyed her crew that's with her. Her friends return and help her in their way, whether human or magical. They are the best to be with her and support her in this time.

The ending of the book... It's totally worth it.

I don't want to give anything away as this is the last book in the series and you should experience all the amazing, sadness, and glory without spoilers. :)

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Monday, October 23, 2023

Audio Book Review: Villains Defeat by M.K. Gibson

Villains DefeatVillains Defeat by M.K. Gibson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've enjoyed this series for a while. I'm glad I got this book and looking forward to the next.

I enjoy Jackson's views on things. They usually go on a spiral about something from his past, which is usually something human in our world that the kids may not know about. lol. His honest and usually what most people are afraid to say. It's truthful, but not always harmful but can be hard.

This book talks about how Jackson doesn't pay attention to the things and people he leaves behind. But, is that really true? You'll see in this book. :)

We also see how much Jackson has grown as a person over the previous books. He didn't start wanting a family, but here we are. And he's enjoying it.

Jackson knew it was come, and we've been warned. Sophia will have her revenge on Jackson, and things are coming into play here. All the seeds Sophia has planted over the years are growing up and moving on their own.

Sophia... I always enjoyed her interaction with Jackson in the past. They have a great understanding. The usual Jackson clips are done by Sophia in this book. I will admit, I wasn't as impressed with them by Sophia. They missed a little pizzazz that Jackson has and just felt like ramblings.

There's great references to the past books when they talk about the thinks Jackson has "forgotten" about. It's a great way to get reminders! Love this.

There are moments in the book that I felt we were missing or forgetting about things, but that's explained in the end. I enjoyed the way this one ended. I enjoyed the interaction between Sophia and Jackson at the end and what Jackson has set up. It's neat.

M.K. Gibson has a great theme behind his characters and books. And makes some great points in Jackson's rants and ramblings. I highly recommend listening to them as there's more to them than you think.

Another fun adventure with Jackson. Sorry to see Jackson be the underdog in this one, but when you're on top, sometimes it happens when the stack is set against you.

Also, I loooooove the skit with the Audio book narrator. lol. Great job Jeffrey. Great play. :D

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Thursday, October 12, 2023

Audio Book Review: Crossing Danger by Colleen Helme

Crossing Danger (Shelby Nichols #7)Crossing Danger by Colleen Helme
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Ai, Shelby. Just when you think she's faced death and out of harms way, another case takes a terrible turn!

Working her own case of her friend Niece gone missing, a cold case for Detective Harris (aka Dimples), helping Billie after a burglary gone wrong, and Uncle Joey with a past "friend" that's in town. Shelby finds her way into trouble in all cases!

Shelby wants to help everyone in such a great way. She knows she can get information, even in the most dangerous moments, from people on how things happened or why. She's great at getting people to think about what she wants to learn and piecing everything together.

I will say, I was worried about Shelby a number of times in this book. Not only for her own safety, but that she's walking a line with the questions and how she talks after getting the answers from their thoughts. I'm worried more people are going to pick up on what and how she's doing it.

I love Shelby's personality and how she unwinds to help her nerves. And she's really come to love Ramos's motorcycle. lol. This is too funny. Wait until you see her get caught ogling over the motorcycle. lol.

Shelby has made some strong bonds with the police, Uncle Joey, and others that I'm looking forward to all the cases she works on in the future.

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Monday, October 9, 2023

Audio Book Review: Deep In Death by Colleen Helme

Deep In Death (Shelby Nichols #6)Deep In Death by Colleen Helme
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love Shelby's view on things. She tries her best to stay positive and keeps going, even when she's scared. She's determined to protect her family and friends and help them too.

This book sees Shelby take on her own case as a Private Investigator that takes an unexpected, yet dangerous, turn for her. She finds she is in trouble without working with Uncle Joey and Ramos. But who can she turn to, to help her get through this? Dimples? Ramos? A new friend?

We do see Shelby get brought in on a case with the police and quickly solves it. Good to show that cop that's not a fan of hers. I want to give him the raspberries. lol. Shelby is amazing and great at asking the right questions to get information. I know people think that the cops asked that already, but it gets them thinking in the direction she needs them thinking in to hear what happened.

And her case with Uncle Joey! Oh boy. That one is a bit of a tug on the heart strings. Really! I feel for everyone. And that Uncle Joey does...kind of... try to keep her out of this case. Crazy how we have grown so close to the mob boss and his hit man and the family. I like to think Shelby is making them a little more honest deep down... until we see other things come about.

And seriously. How can Shelby have such amazing men? Her husband, Chris. He's a dream. And then there's the bad boy, Ramos. There's nothing there with Ramos, but dang if we don't all want there to be. lol.

I love this series and will be on to many of the books in this series. :)

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Thursday, October 5, 2023

Audio Book Review: Blood Cross by Faith Hunter

Blood Cross (Jane Yellowrock, #2)Blood Cross by Faith Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Second book with Jane Yellowrock. I'm learning more about her and her history while she's learning too. I found some moments slower moving, but they are great to have as background for her character.

I will say it was neat to see how everything came together for the end. There were several things happening in the vampire community that Jane discovers are connected. It's a great world for conspiracy and hidden secrets with the loooong, secret lives lived. Jane finds a way to be at the center of all the action.

Oh Jane. She's not one to be diplomatic. lol. She has a problem with words at times, which is her lack of people skills. And it's beautiful. lol. She does stir things up and keep them interesting with this boldness she has. And she sure gets into a lot of tight spots as well. I did fear for her a few times in this book.

I've been enjoying the narrator too. She's really good at voicing all the characters and I really enjoy her voice for Angie baby.

This book takes a turn that I was afraid it would. But to see Angie Baby starting to come into her powers, oh yes. I look forward to seeing more from her as she grows up. I really hope we get to see it in this long series.

I'll be continuing with the series. It gives me my action and mystery of troubles and murder. And in a great world of magic and vampires and more.

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Monday, October 2, 2023

Audio Book Review: Guardian of Torment by Michelle Manus

Guardian of Torment (Nyx Fortuna #4)Guardian of Torment by Michelle Manus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh Nyx. What webs are weaved and broken.

This book is more personal for Nyx. We left her in the last book ready to break down the web holding her memories. And there's consequences that come with this. So many personal battles of the shattered memories, dealing with memories, and seeing so much more than she ever expected. Nyx has made some powerful contacts and friends. They are all willing to help her before she's stuck in the mess of a memory puzzle.

We do get to see Nyx and how she's always true to Seth. We also see her hearts desire for a father.

We get to see characters we are curious about...Nyx's mother, Jevryn, and of course more with Seth and Griff. The past Nyx and worries bleed into the current struggles and mission...

With the dangers and excursions Nyx has already been on, she's made some friends that seem to...find trouble too. And they come for help. Nyx, unknowingly, ends up on this dangerous mission as well. And the Kumir secret is out for them all.

Another fascinating book. This one is a different angle, and more on a personal level for Nyx so it may read a little slower for some, but I believe this series is worth the read. This book is a powerhouse in what we learn and can set up so many amazing things to happen in the future. It's a needed adventure for us and Nyx. It's true to Nyx's character to make this journey for herself.

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

Audio Novella Review: First Sight by Faith Hunter

First Sight (Jane Yellowrock, #1.5)First Sight by Faith Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Quick listen with only being 8 minutes. I honestly don't remember if I thought Bruiser was attracted to Jane at that first meeting... I do remember Jane admiring him though. And always ready for a fight.

It's always fun to see these moments from the other person's perspective. :)

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Audio Book Review: A Farewell to Charms by Molly Harper

A Farewell to Charms (Mystic Bayou, #6)A Farewell to Charms by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is Eva and Alex's story. It's a little rocky at the beginning, which being from two different backgrounds and having their own damaged's expected for both to be a little shy on the love front.

There is trouble that happens. Eva's past years come out as to why she's being so quiet about her past. And that all comes to...visit. There's trouble that stirs from it, and puts her love in harms way.

I love the family and friendship bonds created. We see all the characters pop in and how they have become so close. The jokes and fun they all have together is great. They are all so comfortable with each other. I smiled at some quick clips and jokes that are made. Such a comfortable place.

This is also the last book of the series. Molly does a nice little tie up with where the characters are. It feels to leave the characters where they are happy. Could there be more written in Mystic Bayou? Maybe, because all lives do go on. Are there stories here with them? Maybe. But, for now the town and our favorite people here are in their places in the world.

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Monday, September 18, 2023

Book Review: Requiem for the Dead by Kelly Meding

Requiem For The Dead (Dreg City, #5)Requiem For The Dead by Kelly Meding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Things are changing. The world for supernaturals is coming together, yet falling apart. The team they've created at the Watchtower has created new bonds between humans, shifters, and vampires. They had and still have common enemies to fight against. There's also separation inside these groups because of the alliance created. Some thing this should not happen. Are they stronger working together or keeping to themselves? Will the friendships created across barriers stay strong and help?

Evy has grown so much as a person. She's seeing things are not what they were told as Hunters. And she's growing to love the friendships she's created and the new ones that are just starting. Wyatt. Oh Wyatt. He's grown into so much more and learning to trust his new side with Evy and others. He's even taken on a few young friends as family.

Evy does what she can to help all and still takes a beating. There's so much happening here and it feels like in such a short time.

We are left with hints of help to clear up all that's happening with the Fae at the end of the book. I have the next book and will be picking it up to finish out the series.

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Thursday, September 14, 2023

Audio Book Review: The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller (DNF)

The Reborn King (The Dragon's Blade #1)The Reborn King by Michael R. Miller
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm sorry. I REALLY wanted to like this book and series. But, I had to stop when I didn't care if I listened to it any more or not. I couldn't connect with the story or the characters.

The beginning didn't draw me into the character. I felt I just got facts of a war being fought and demons. Then there's Darnuir who wants to fight where his father wants to keep falling back. But NO details to why either wanted to do their picked action.

I kept going after the major event with Darnuir, hoping I'd feel connected to the new person he becomes. But the way the story is written didn't pull me to him. It's fast glimpses of what the author feels are important moments in his life as he grows up. I never felt anything in these moments other than just glimpses. No emotion there.

So, at about 6 hours into the 13 hour 30 minute audio book, I decided to DNF. When I don't care if I listen or feel like I don't have reasons to keep going as I'm not really getting any answers, it's time for me to stop.

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Thursday, August 31, 2023

Audio Book Review: Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi

Travel by Bullet (The Dispatcher, #3)Travel by Bullet by John Scalzi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This novella was good, we have the "rules" in place and friends that are....questionable in their work, which leads to this story happening.

The ground work has been put in place with Mason and his grey to dark area of work with dispatching, and being a friend of Tony's that can bring trouble to his doorstep. And it does.

Tony amazes me as he's always laid back and doesn't stress over things, and figures out some way to play the game with the shady characters he comes across. He's great at protecting himself and helping others at the same time. That's a fine line to walk, and he can do it.

This story fell a little short for me compared to the first two. Why? I'm thinking it's hard to explain. It's well written and the mystery along with trouble is all here. But, it just didn't feel to work for me with Mason. Tony obviously sees Mason much more a friend than Mason sees Tony as. I know the story is far fetched to begin with, but the events seemed to be out there for the rules of the murder world, again I know it's said that no one knows why it works for some and not others. I felt the story focused more on Mason's involvement with some crypto scheme rather than being a dispatcher. Dispatching is used by these terrible people, but that's only a side to the story. I really liked when Dispatching was the focus of the story.

All in all, the story is well written to solve for all the stumbles and troubles we see along the way in this short book. I'll definitely keep an eye out to see if more of these come out in the future.

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Monday, August 28, 2023

Audio Book Review: Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi

Murder by Other Means (The Dispatcher, #2)Murder by Other Means by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm drawn to these books for the thought process. I like when a book makes me thing about the possibilities of getting around the rules put in place. This series does that. What constitutes murder and suicide? Who will return? Then, there's the mystery that makes Tony look guilty. How's Tony going to get out of this one without revealing too much about what he's really doing?

Yea, sounds like a tough subject, but in this world it's not. It really has me thinking as to what could help or happen. And there's people who want to be "murdered" so they can return. It's a thrill for them... but there's always that 1 in a 1,000 that they may not.

This book is 2 years after the first one. Tony is dragged into a... suicide... and a few other illegal events. And we see a few "old" friends again. Interesting to see where everyone is in 2 years time.

I'll be listening to the 3rd story here next. :)

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Thursday, August 24, 2023

Audio Book Review: Vault of the Magi by Carrie Summers

Vault of the Magi (Stonehaven League, #5)Vault of the Magi by Carrie Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was thrilled to get back into this world. We had solved for Owen's being stuck in the game in the last book. This book we know the demons will come, but when.... And Devon has the last relic to find. Hopefully before the demons attack.

Stonehaven is growing and buildings are expanding. Devon has a lot to watch over and tend to with her town needing to grow to protect, her friend joining her, and the expected demon attack on it's way. But, who would have thought Vaya would have started brand new players at her walls too?

There's Owen we are curious and concerned about as well. Is he okay? Then Hayley....we get to see how her real world life is going....and hints at something more happening. I'm looking forward to learning more about both these characters as we continue into the next books.

Then there's Bob! I'm very curious to learn more about who he is or what he belongs to. It seems like he's helpful.....but is he? Who is he?

I'll have to wait a few months for credits to continue the series, but I'm totally looking forward to it! I'm hooked here!

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Thursday, August 17, 2023

Audio Book Review: The Dispatcher by John Scalzi

The Dispatcher (The Dispatcher, #1)The Dispatcher by John Scalzi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book will question your thoughts on death, murder, and God.

Tony is part of a shady world with his profession. There's a fine line to walk when people are injured. Do you leave them injured or "dispatch" them and hope they are in the 999 out of 1,000 to return.

When someone is sick, when do we stop and let go? This could make for some uncomfortable thoughts and talks, on death and murder in a world where murder doesn't necessarily mean death.

I wasn't sure where we were going or how the returns worked at first. I was kind of confused at the opening. But we quickly learn the process and the in's and out's of a Dispatcher. Very interesting. I'm thinking this concept is interesting to play with and will have varied opinions.

I'll be listening to the rest of these novella stories as the concept has me thinking and interested to learn more.

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Monday, August 14, 2023

Audio Book: Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie

Three Mages and a Margarita (The Guild Codex: Spellbound, #1)Three Mages and a Margarita by Annette Marie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found I really liked this story and not too long into the book, Tori had grown on me and so did Aaron and I actually felt bad for them after her walk home that one night.

Don't let the beginning discourage you. It was okay, a little slow to getting into what the world really is in the book. The first chapter gives us a view of Tori's personality but it didn't really make me curious or invested in her or the world.

But when Tori finds her place with people that don't take crap, I started to enjoy her personality much more. Seeing her with people who dished back to her the same retorts she made, that was fun. And seeing what she does... lol, made for fun banter.

There is a growing relationship with Tori and the characters, and a potential love interest. Though, the love interest is a side to the story of Tori finding her place. I will say for a moment I was worried this was going to turn into a reverse harem story, but it didn't. And I went looking and saw the author mentioned on Goodreads in the 2nd books description that it's NOT a reverse harem just fun. So that made me feel better. (I just wasn't looking for reverse harem stories at this time, I just wanted witty fun.)

We see Tori find her way to getting into all sorts of trouble with Aaron, Kai, and Esra. I've seen reviews that talk about Tori being a damsel in distress. I didn't see that in her. She's a damaged character, yes. She has her own distrusts to work through. But she actually runs into trouble. Trouble that she's not really prepared to deal with. She's human, and she jumps into magical fights. So as much as she does do, she does need help from those around her. She can do so much, but when it comes to magic and getting deep, as a human she's not able to compare. But she does stand for herself. And I love that the male characters see her for this. NEVER do they degrade her for being human or lacking. They point out what she does and the facts. This pleased me.

I will be picking up the next audiobooks to listen to. I enjoyed seeing the world created here and I'm curious about what Tori will get into next with Aaron, Kai, and Esra on their outings tracking rogue mages.

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Thursday, August 10, 2023

Audio Book Review: Eldritch Ops by C.T. Phipps

Eldritch Ops (From the Secret Files of the Red Room, #2)Eldritch Ops by C.T. Phipps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I finished this book to go searching to make sure the next one is out.

It is! I'll be picking it up as I need to follow through with where this book ended. It's not really a cliffhanger ending, but an ending to this story and a reason for the beginning of another mission.

I'm enjoy the characters in these books. Derek and his twin sister Penny are a great team. And those he finds himself trusting are great people. The mix in origins is great...a succubus, a werewolf, and magicians. Though, there is one person Derek talks to to get to where they need to go with back up coming... I don't trust that person very much. Which kind of brings us to the end and what I'm looking forward to in the next book. ;)

Who's behind the attacks? The solo hits on groups. The attacks on Derek.... We find this out and learn more deep, dark secrets of The House. The House is the organization that houses the Red Room and many other departments. I know Derek has been raised to be speculative of things, but as an agent you're to trust The House when you receive orders. We see how over time Derek has started to see things aren't as they were blindly believed for so long. Derek has his own speculative thoughts on the House and those on the Committee.

Derek isn't one to pull his punches. He dives head first into missions, more so when he has personal investment in them. Derek is even starting to be more open to the supernatural people in the world.

I enjoy the twisted path we follow to learn the truth and events that happen to get there. Conspiracy and action are great combinations in a story.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Book Review: Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler

Tempest's Fury (Jane True, #5)Tempest's Fury by Nicole Peeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I always enjoy reading Jane's adventures. Hard to believe our little Jane has come to be a Champion! She's learning so many things as she goes along and she has amazing friends at her side to help her along the way.

This story brings me what I was hoping for for Jane since book 1. The person she's paired with. By this point, you know who she's seeing and loving. The smexy in this book is great. They tease each other so much and it's a building relationship.

There's more to the story than who Jane's with. They are here to save the world from the Red and White. Very interesting how this works out. Trying to see who's on which side is hard! Crazy twists happening through this book as you go.

I love the growth of Jane as we've gone through this book. She's seeing, as are we, how far she's come.

The end of the book.... DEFINITELY leaves you wanting the 6th book. And I'll be reading it (probably after the book I just picked up.) I need to see how it all ends and what happens to Jane.

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Thursday, July 20, 2023

DNF: Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams

Winemaker of the North (Saints of Wura #1)Winemaker of the North by J.T. Williams
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I'm sorry. I wanted to give this book as much of a chance as I could. But when the ruler of an area takes a new "winemaker" into secret areas without knowing him, I had enough.

The author put in words why Sviska needs to do as told. But, he never gave me proof or a feel for it. There was no physical or what felt like true motivation for the main character to follow direction. Especially after noting he didn't want to do the assassinations anymore. So why not run? Give me something to go on here.

The first chapter is good, then the story slows to a crawl. I even noticed there were times things were repeated, phrasing the same thing in different ways. Sviska's to be an assassin, but as he enters places we don't get any feel that he's aware or eyes on things. Makes me wonder on his skills. He's a very boring character. Especially for one who doesn't know what he's to be doing.

I gave this book 4 hours of listening, and I felt like I was getting nowhere.

I'm sorry. I hope you enjoyed it if you listened to it.

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Monday, July 10, 2023

Audio Book: Citadel of Smoke by Carrie Summers

Citadel of Smoke (Stonehaven League, #4)Citadel of Smoke by Carrie Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm enjoying how this story is written with the troubles with the AI and how they tie into the real world for the players. Devon needs to help her friend through the game, but has to trust in herself to do what needs to be done. And, thankful for friends who can help her along too.

I'm enjoying these books. Venturing through the gaming world that's become like a second home to the players. Devon has started to expand her friend circle, from the village she's creating with NPC's to those she once was in a guild with in another game, to new players arriving at her village, as well as new players she meets and knows in the real world. Devon is normally an introvert, but she's learning to trust in others and herself through these adventures.

I love how Devon uses her abilities to her benefit. She's true to herself and makes it work out. Great going!

It's always neat to see the new area to be explored for the next relic. This relic... finds it's way to Devon in a different way. I really liked this! It's showing how things are adjusting and growing. And to see that an AI is what created this world and nuances, as we see Emerson experience it all for the first time. He's surprised and impressed!

The voices. Love listening to these narrators. They adjust the voices to fit the characters in tone, accent, and cadence. And, when there's a demon talking, there's a difference to the voice for that too.

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Thursday, July 6, 2023

Audio Book Review: Shifters in the Night by Molly Harper

Shifters in the Night (Mystic Bayou, #5)Shifters in the Night by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mystic Bayou is growing! And they need to add some new buildings such as apartment buildings for those arriving to town. Lia is here with the company she works for to help with that.

I love how the story starts with Lia running freely through the woods, relaxing and enjoying the fresh air. And how she accidently meets Jon. lol.

I'll say, I love how the men in these books are respectful of the woman being their own strong selves. But that the men love these woman for WHO they are and not just body parts.

Lia's work environment slowly turns into something that's not as comfortable as it once was. And her boss.... I know she says this is out of norm for him, but I don't know how she's worked for him for so long. Wow. But with this, Lia finds there's more trouble here than she expected.

I love how Lia, who's been focused on her work finds something in Mystic Bayou. She finds friends that she's never really had. She also finds love. I know it sounds like another hard working woman finds what she didn't know she wanted. But there's a nice flow to Lia's story in how she really does find a home instead of constantly moving.

And as for Jon. I love how he's starting to come out of his shell and be around people again. Having Will return in the last full book has helped Jon with this, but he's starting to make the steps and grow. And finding Lia is something he'll have to work towards thinking he is worthy after so long alone.

Another sweet story with great friends.

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Monday, July 3, 2023

Audio Book Review: One Fine Fae by Molly Harper

One Fine Fae (Mystic Bayou, #4.5)One Fine Fae by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a quick novella listen/read. We meet a new character, Charlotte, as she arrives in Mystic Bayou to help Jillian with a...personal thing. (If you've read the series, you know. But I don't want to ruin it for those who haven't listened/read yet.) When she arrives she sees a man she's drawn to, and how he trips and narrowly misses knocking down the pie pyramid at the wedding. There's something about him, a curse. But she's also attracted to him.

This is a quick story where we learn more about Leonard. I some how missed he had a family curse on him in the previous books. But nice Leonard finds a girl that will love him. And maybe be able to help him and his family.

This was nice to see a little more of Leonard and meet the newest member of Mystic Bayou, here to help with families in a way Dr. Will's not able. Leonard and Charlotte seem like a nice couple. I'm loving the quick doubts but then talking it out as there is worry there. We all have worries and fears. That there's not a love triangle thing here, just people dealing with extraordinary circumstances and living through it.

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Thursday, June 29, 2023

Audio Book Review: Always Be My Banshee by Molly Harper

Always Be My Banshee (Mystic Bayou, #4)Always Be My Banshee by Molly Harper

I enjoyed this one. I liked how the couple find each other when they arrive at Devil's Armpit and are introduced to Mystic Bayou. They seem to have thoughts and things in common along with being kind people that work for them working together.

I enjoyed how they find each other and grow together. Their solidarity in their lives is something they share and it eventually blooms into friendships they've wanted.

The romance... I found there wasn't a terrible big problem between them. Just working through troubles in town and Cordelia learning more about her power and controlling it. There are a few hiccups, which I enjoyed how they were written. Molly very easily could have taken the path many take with an old, childhood boyfriend. But she takes a path I appreciate much more. We have a few adults here folks!

I loved seeing things unfold with the Rift here. And we get our answers to it. Now, not as much work is done as it's a health hazard, which leads to time at growing friendships and romance. But that's what these books are about. Relationships. This couple is a great pair for this work.

I enjoy the quick one liners or mentions that pop up. Lines that you don't think people would say, but you know they think it. When you hear them say it, it's a hoot. I love these quick clips and seeing the reactions.

It's nice seeing them find friends and chosen family here. It's something they don't really have, and to see how accepted they are, well it's nice.

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Monday, June 26, 2023

Audio Book Review: Selkies are a Girl's Best Friend by Molly Harper

Selkies are a Girl's Best Friend (Mystic Bayou, #3)Selkies are a Girl's Best Friend by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoy seeing Sonia in action. She's a strong woman who knows her worth and value in all she does. And she does work great magic at her job, even though she's human and no magic about her. She's amazing at keeping things organized and running smoothly in the office.

This book felt like it flowed nicely for Sonia and Will. A little bit of a bumpy start, but that gets ironed out pretty quick. And they find a nice easy rhythm they fall into with work and getting to know each other. Will has a few family issues from when he was growing up, and that creates a speed bump for him and Sonia.

The thing I'm always curious about with the romance is the Rift. The Rift felt to take a back seat to the romance of Sonia and Will. Which makes sense as Sonia isn't one to work at the Rift, she's administrative. Though, being so great at her job, Sonia does find some discrepancies in the reports that catch her eye and she ends up investigating them. The investigation is short lived, though it does lead to trouble.

Are you looking for romance? This is one for you.

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Thursday, June 22, 2023

Audio Book Review: Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper

Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues (Mystic Bayou, #2.5)Even Tree Nymphs Get the Blues by Molly Harper
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a novella and short audio book. There's a new person arriving to town. She's drawn here by the pull of the rift that she's felt for years and is now ready to settle here. Along with starting her dairy farm to create and open her own creamery. Everyone's excited to have GOOD ice cream in town!

This story is of Ingrid as she moves to town and tries to avoid the League employees as she doesn't trust them. But, there's one man who keeps popping up, Rob Aspern. He seems sincere but he works for the League...

I didn't feel the connection for Ingrid at first as she arrived in Mystic Bayou. I thought it was going to be hard as an outsider who's not big on interaction to have a shop...but the dragons do it. She had such a strong distrust of the League, and made me wonder about how things were going to work out. Then, I couldn't see how any relationships, friend or lover, was going to blossom for her.

Then at the second half of the book, things shifted. Events lead Ingrid to start to open up to people in friendships, and potentially more. They find their way through mishaps and misunderstandings. The people they are shine through true in those moments.

There's no smexy time in this novella. But it's a sweet start.

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Monday, June 19, 2023

Audio Book Review: Guardian of Madness by Michelle Manus

Guardian of Madness (Nyx Fortuna #3)Guardian of Madness by Michelle Manus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Book 3 and I'm not stopping! I'm FULLY invested in this series. Well, after book 1 I was convinced I needed more. Book 2 hand me sold on searching for each book on release date. Book 3. I'm in for life!
(Book 4 will be out in August. I'm going to preorder!)

This book is a little different. We get most of the book through Nyx's eyes, like the first two books. But with how events unfold here, we also get sections through Seth's eyes. I'm loving Seth. I also have thoughts about Nyx and Seth's past, which Nyx can't remember. They are so great together! With these two views, we get to see details we're wanting.

We have a more serious feel as the story starts. There are things that could be coming, and Nyx is trying to prepare. I missed the quick jabs and comments as our friends carry on in good nature. It happens, as they are getting ready for an event in Between Earth.

I'm still trying to figure out Kaden... Love for... her or just himself? I get a feel for this at the end of this book. But then more questions rise that circle around Nyx's mom and what she's done to Nyx. I love that we learn more about portal witches and portal travel. And even with the worlds out there.

So excited to meet a few new characters and I'm looking forward to seeing more of them!

The beginning of this book is our breathing space, before everything moves at neck breaking speed. And that breathing space is STILL fast moving! When things really start rolling, you'll be thankful for the breath at the beginning because you WON'T want to stop to digest what you're learn. You'll keep going! NEEDING ever word and action you get. The last 4 1/2 - 5 hours of this audio book was NON-STOP. Wow. I didn't want to stop with information and action I was getting.

Blown Away. In love!

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Thursday, June 15, 2023

Book Review: Blood Before Sunrise by Amanda Bonilla

Blood Before Sunrise (Shaede Assassin, #2)Blood Before Sunrise by Amanda Bonilla
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was glad to get back into this world. Though things aren't as Darian thinks they are. Things are off.

Never would Darian have thought they'd play out the way they did. She's determined to help the man that's like a brother to her find his daughter. And keep things well along with make sure Tyler stays safe while she does it.

Darian has troubles with trust. Who wouldn't blame her after how Azriel had treated her all those years ago. I know it's hard to break how you've grown to be, but I so wish Darian would share and tell Tyler more. Things would have been so much easier for her. (but, then we wouldn't have had a book, right? lol)

Darian is one that when she gets ahold of something, she doesn't let go until she gets through to the end. And that she does here.

We learn about new levels of magic here. Very interesting.

I found the beginning of the book slower as things build up. Then off we go with Darian. Almost like a bull in a China shop. lol. The end, I wasn't sure if it would end. It was a lot happening, but then when the big finally happened I felt it wasn't as big as we had been leading up to.

I did enjoy all we learned though. And I'll be following along with Darian in the next books.

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Monday, June 12, 2023

Book Review: Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler

Eye of the Tempest (Jane True, #4)Eye of the Tempest by Nicole Peeler
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh to spend time with Jane once again. I do enjoy her humor. She's always got a quick come back for everything.

I'm glad Jane has started to come into her own. She's standing up for herself and learning more about her powers and using them. She needs to learn to have faith in herself, and a sleeping entity maybe the one to help her find that faith. With a little help from another who will guide her along the path.

I so so SO want her and Anyan to have that private time together. They've been working and working and deserve a few minutes... But, evil never waits for the good guys to have a little fun. The sexual tension is... tough, but it's so well done! I'm rooting for them the whole time!

I love the humor in the serious moments and so enjoy reading these books. I'm looking forward to finishing the series.

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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Book Review: Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding

Wrong Side of Dead (Dreg City, #4)Wrong Side of Dead by Kelly Meding
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I've been enjoying being back in this world. I felt Evy has really grown in her ways and views in this book. All she's seen and learned about those around her, especially after what she's endeared since her first death, has made her into a more rounded person. She's more aware of the lives around her and how they are affected by events. She's also seeing the bigger picture.

It's good to see a little justice given for what Evy and so many had to live through. But... there's more at play here and we'll see it in the books to come.

Evy's love life is a little on the rocky side. She's been through so much and needs to digest who SHE is. But, when things come down to it, she knows her love and it shines.

The book starts further in the future than I was expecting it to. But we do bounce back to where we left off in the last book for moments or chapters. I liked getting to see these events as they explain a lot about what's happening and the feelings that are felt.

I do enjoy this world. We get to learn more about the other supernatural beings in this world in this book.

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Audio Book Review: Guardian of Shadows by Michelle Manus

Guardian of Shadows (Nyx Fortuna #2)Guardian of Shadows by Michelle Manus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I'm in love! I'm blown away at how Michelle can put so much in each chapter. AND! The book moves forward with amazing flow and drive that I WANT, NEEEEED, to keep listening. I want to know everything Michelle will give me. I love how there's so many tidbits that could come into play in the future. I'm going to dive into book 3 ASAP. And I'm looking forward to book 4 in August.

Nyx can't remember anything before she was 18, waking with a note in her hand and an apartment that's paid for a year and scholarship to college. But small memories are starting to returning since her trip. When a mysterious visitor, who SEEs her, sparks a memory and familiar feelings she approaches him. And remembers his name just as he races off to the Shadow Market. Nyx is determined to find him and learn more on her past.

Her new friends want to join her on this trip, and have personal reasons for being here. These characters all feel to fit together wonderfully as a cast. I love the relationships between them. Tension of all sorts as we fight through events. Even when they don't see eye to eye. I love that there's different dynamics to the relationships...friends, maybe more, and dislike.

I have so many thoughts on the characters and look forward to seeing more with them and about their lives. I think there are a few characters that have their own agenda at heart as well. Oh so good.

I feel for Nyx. She's a good person and would like to know about her past. And why people leave her so easily. She really doesn't want to be alone. She'll let people go on their own though, hoping they at least visit.

This book, series! is so mind blowing good. I love the adventures, the personal connections, the personal adventures, and growth through the book. All flowing together in the story. Wow. Love this!

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Thursday, June 1, 2023

AudioBook Review: Guardian of Chaos by Michelle Manus

Guardian of Chaos (Nyx Fortuna #1)Guardian of Chaos by Michelle Manus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THIS BOOK! I think it was AMAZING! It's one I listened to in audio and WANT to read the paperback too. It's a book worthy of being in print and kept on my TOP shelves.

Just one chapter in and I was checking my audible credits for ordering the next books in the series. I even was looking at Michelle's other series, which I'll be picking up in the future. Yes. it was that catching.

I found Nyx to be a kind character and I was really curious about why she couldn't leave her home town. Then, when she was lead to the Station... Oh things got so interesting! First, I could TOTALLY live in this Waystation with Nyx. She love my kind of scenery, a library full of fantasy books! And meeting Griff. He's such a great avatar. I love his personality.

Nyx finds she loves being here, especially after living her life as not being seen by anyone. Now she's seen and has friends. And her friends list grows! It might be with those in the Earth Between and it might be people she...shouldn't? be friends with. At least when it comes to the Council's thoughts. But this group of friends is so cool. I love all their personalities and relationships. There's something special about them all as they are all from different worlds.

It's hard to learn and do everything on the first day. Nyx is learning the hard way. She's handling it in stride. Until she receives a missive that she had an traveler that wasn't allowed to travel the ley lines, and she has to find and capture him. This leads Nyx on a great adventure as her assistant, Evra, has other plans as well.

Each chapter has big events happening that kept me wanting more. Nyx does far more than any Station Guardian should do and even puts more into it as this is the first real home she's felt to have, that she remembers.

I love all the details that feel important to me. There's so many possibilities for the future books that are coming. There's tidbits here that could come into play in the future. I'm excited to see it happen!

I loved this book so much, I've ordered the next two that are out and I'm diving into book two NOW!

What are you waiting for??

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Monday, May 29, 2023

Audio Book Review: Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper

Love and Other Wild Things (Mystic Bayou, #2)Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Dani is a strong, independent woman. But sometimes someone comes along that you connect with and the relationship blooms into much more than you were looking for.

Dani has some family complications that she needs the pay from this job to help with. Her job, observe and repair the Rift in Mystic Bayou. However, there's another here too. The few times she meets this other woman, the woman is condescending and good at making the self-trained Dani feel inadequate. But the Rift is getting worse & Dani has to stand up for her thoughts, even if she losses the job and pay.

Dani faces herself and her need to be so independent, all with Zed who's determined to be there for her and help her when she's ready. Yes, this is a romance. Zed is an important part of the story and learning how things go when he finds, what he feels is, his mate.

I enjoy seeing Zed on the receiving end of the jokes from Bael, after Zed being the one picking on his best friend Bael. This is such a great friendship with these two. Jillian makes a few appearances too! And we get a little tidbit on how her relationship is going with Bael.

Dani's story has a similar feel as Jillian's story had. She's not looking for love, but fun, smexy time is welcome. Dani is more straight forward with her wants than Jillian was. There is an arch for Dani and her relationships along with her family. The arch with the Rift is still being worked on, Dani is needed and comes to a semi-close but there's more trouble out there over that Rift. I'm sure that will be looked into in future books.

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Thursday, May 25, 2023

Audio Book Review: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Space Opera (Space Opera, #1)Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

I really wanted to enjoy this book. I love the sound of the story idea. But...I had to DNF it.

There are very wordy descriptions. Very unique descriptions, but I got lost in what we were talking about. The story felt jumpy in time and characters for me. A very round about way to get to the point. So much "history" to tell current events. I struggled with audio in this sense. I'm thinking reading the book would have done me better, so I could keep up with who we are talking about and when.

I did enjoy listening to Heath's voice as he narrated though.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

Audio Book Review: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome LifeYou Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book shared a lot of things I'm already aware of. It does put all the things we know or should open our eyes to into one place. There a lot of talk about vibe, which I do thing we attract what we put out.

Jen's experiences are shared throughout the book. And there are some very entertaining events. I even went on the search to find her music. Some of the events are very relatable. But there's a few who if I was in those moments, my anxiety would take over and I'd be afraid to relax and leave things to the universe and frequencies.

Through the book, the one most important thing we are to remember and is mentioned at each list.
Love yourself.
This is important for everyone. If you only take one thing from this book, I hope it's that. And you take time for yourself.

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Thursday, May 18, 2023

Audio Book Review: A Nightmare on Elk Street by C.T. Phipps

A Nightmare on Elk Street (Bright Falls Mystery, #3)A Nightmare on Elk Street by C.T. Phipps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh all the horror movie references! And from a time when I watched horror (I don't watch horror anymore, or the newer ones). This was fun with them and all the cliches. Jane's not your "damsel in distress" type. She's a horror fan.

This book talks about Jane's time with Super Villainy and Straight Outta Fangton series's. It's nice to see them all come together with Jane here. Did I laugh as much...not really, But I love all the references to old time movies. So fun!

Jane has somethings to work through with her family. She also is working on her relationships. As the story goes, she works through these and learns about her relationships more as she solves the mystery of who's behind the horror characters trying to murder people...and why.

This story comes to what feels as an end for the series. Things feel to have tied together even though life goes on. It feels complete to this series.

There's a bonus Short Story added to this book. :D Always fun! It's a fun little adventure with Jane and her best friend Emma. A vampire looking for a very special sword buried in the area. It's a little history with Emma's family and a quick fun adventure.

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Monday, May 15, 2023

Audio Book Review: How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper

How to Date Your Dragon (Mystic Bayou, #1)How to Date Your Dragon by Molly Harper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I wanted something light and fun. This fit the bill. Jillian's quick humor is fun. She's kind and great with the people in Mystic Bayou...except one person gets under her skin. I enjoyed the tough start with Jillian and Bael. They both have their own reason's, and there's nothing wrong with them. But sometimes opening up and hearing what others thing can lead to a compromise, or better results.

I enjoyed getting Jillian's POV as well as Bael's POV. They are done in chapters which make it easy to follow. The narrators are split between the two views, Amanda for Jillian and Jonathan for Bael. I like this break between the chapters and characters. Each person interprets vocal cues and physical movements differently, and by having the narrators do whole chapters from the POV of the main character shows this. I feel sympathetic for each character as we get their view and their thoughts.

I enjoyed Bael's POV being added to the story. He didn't want someone here learning about their towns ways. Seems like there's something to hide...there is, but he's also trying to protect Jillian too. How he feels when other men are near's more than attraction. It feels like a mate reaction. To see these two come together with the things happening is lovely, especially when murders start happening.

I listened while at work and couldn't wait to get to work to finish listening the second day. A quick, easy listen. Through the butting of heads with Jillian and Bael, I was always hoping for them to get together.

I'll be listening to the rest of this series as people come to Mystic Bayou. I look forward to more in this little town of magic.

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Monday, May 8, 2023

Audio Book Review: One Piece at a Time by M.K. Gibson

One Piece at a TimeOne Piece at a Time by M.K. Gibson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Through the adventures and dry humor of Salem (which I enjoy all of), M.K. Gibson shares nuggets of great thoughts. These nuggets relate to the events and experiences on a deeper level. The events spark Salem to reflect, and the results are amazing. They could be great discussion topics for groups. An example of these is maybe the world is constant and we are ever changing... I really enjoy these moments of insight from Salem.

I've enjoyed Jeffrey Kafer as the narrator for these books. He's been here since book one and continues strong with the characters. Salem suffers from PTSD in this book. Jeffrey does a great job of sounding like Salem, and sounding like he's covering the hurt he's feeling in some moments.

Salem has been through terrible things. We get to see those terrible events and why they happened as it all comes together in the end. These are traumatic moments and current Salem is working through PTSD. He's working through the trauma, the emotions of the events, along with emotions of current time. He still feels and sees and remembers all that happened. M.K. Gibson does a great job of setting the story to help Salem while he still feels from the events. It's NOT an easy fix and I appreciate that M.K. Gibson doesn't make it as such. So well written for this. We see life's pain, friends, and family along with how people are there for him.

We are left at the end with what feels like a closure for Salem. But, there's an epilogue that leaves us to feel as there will be more to happen in the future. Will that book come? I don't know. But I'm always up for listening to Salem's adventures.

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Monday, May 1, 2023

Audio Book Review: Cavern of Spirits by Carrie Summers

Cavern of Spirits (Stonehaven League, #3)Cavern of Spirits by Carrie Summers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't wait for more to see Devon become the champion with finding each relic and for Stonehaven to grow! Oh, and what's the new happenings with the demon side of things? I'm looking forward to starting the next book SOON!

This book felt to happen fast. There's lots going on everywhere. It's well written to balance the struggles in game and the real world for Devon. I wanted to know how it all worked out as I listened. The new mission, the search for stone mines, the growth of Stone haven, the players that are staying to protect the little village, and what all is going on with straightening out the servers with Zaa and the demons...

I really enjoyed the audio version of this book! It's fun getting all the voices and feelings through audio. We get a second narrator for the male voices. I had fun when the characters were in battle and we got sound effects like in the game. Love it!

Devon's a little nervous about her shadow abilities. She's nervous about leaving the village she's created as there's people who will come to raid and destroy her little home. Though, there are loyal players who stayed to protect the town.

Things are moving along for Devon, though there are many stumbles along the way. She's creative enough to figure out how to move around or past the obstacles. I have fun seeing her do her thing in these moments.

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Thursday, April 27, 2023

Audio Book Review: Fortress of Shadows by Carrie Summers

Fortress of Shadows (Stonehaven League, #2)Fortress of Shadows by Carrie Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really enjoyed this one. I love how the game is a game to the players, but it's becoming more each day. They have a "real" life outside of the game, but the game is starting to feel more and more like home with the NPCs they meet along with other players that don't live close to them.

I listened to the audio book. I really enjoyed the narrators in this one. I liked there was a female narrator for female characters and a male voice for male characters. As there are narrators that can and do amazing jobs differentiating characters, this was nice to get a different voice to help with that. You get a different feel from different people, which is great when you have a nice size cast of characters.

There were problems in game, but they 'seem' to be better. Was Devon the only one feeling it??? Devon learns more when her old team mates come her way... about the nerve sensors, about needing friends, and how other CAN help.

It seems the "God," or the AI running the game, has directed her friends to her with their missions.

New problems rise...landscape's changing and animals are scarce...all part of Devon's mission. And a new enemy arrives. There's no knowing if it'll attack or where or tracking it... I love how we learn about this enemy. It's affected by the real world events and in game events. I had a feeling it was something along these lines with where things were going, but to see it come together is always great.

I really like the village Devon is creating and I'm worried about it's safety too!

In the real world, I've really found the troubles Emerson has unearthed with the system on the players very interesting. I'm looking forward to learning more about what he'll do now. But, the world of Big Business... so much to fight against.

I want more!
To see what comes of Stonehaven, Devon's guest, and Emerson with the Big Company. I even wonder if Haley will find her own piece of the world and the team will come out at the very end ruling it all.

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Monday, April 24, 2023

Audio Book Review: Heart of Dragons by Meg Cowley

Heart of Dragons (Chronicles of Pelenor #1)Heart of Dragons by Meg Cowley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved the description of the angry woods in chapter one. I could feel the forest as we ran through it.

The book was good. I didn't feel like it was great because something kept me from feeling FOR the characters. Was it the voice of them as they all sounded privileged? Or maybe the flow of events and thoughts from actions that didn't feel to match up for me? I'm not sure. I did roll my eyes as Harper seems to be attracted to Elves. lol. Oh boy, I felt like it was pushed a bit much with one character, the other seemed to grow into that feeling.

There were times that the characters learned things, but that their knowledge reverted to before that detail was seen or learned. And Dimitri... I felt his character did a complete 180 in acts and feelings. I know he has to be a bugger with the courts, but we didn't get a feel of compassion from him until suddenly it was there.

At first I wasn't sure about Jack as the narrator. Not bad, just getting use to his enunciations and feel he gives the characters. I was still a little unsure in the end, but the focus on him had gone away.

The series has many great reviews. So don't let me stop you from enjoying this one. It's good, just didn't feel to have the pull and spark I was looking for.

I did like where the story ended and I feel some curiosity on how things will go in the future. I may come back to this series then.

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Thursday, April 20, 2023

Book Review: Witch Hunt by Skyla Dawn Cameron

Witch Hunt (Elis O'Connor)Witch Hunt by Skyla Dawn Cameron
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elis is a determined young lady.

This book is just what the title says. Elis is on the search for her brother and hoping his last girlfriend would have some helpful details. In looking for her, Elis stumbles into a a Witch Hunt. The thing is, those doing the hunting don't know who they're picking up . Elis isn't a witch to run from the, but turn and fight. And she has no qualms about killing those that are trying to do the killing.

I love seeing Elis turn the tables in this book. And I absolutely loved reading her memories with her mom, my V-BFF Zara Lain. Seeing these memories shares details of what happened to Zara and brings her back to life a little for us. It's great to see Elis and her relationship with her mom.

There are tidbits that reference back to the original series, Demons of Oblivion. I love seeing these little things. It ties the world together and explains what has happened.

I enjoy the writing in these books. There's a dry humor and the characters unique personality shines.

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Thursday, April 13, 2023

Audiobook Review: Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan

Uncanny Collateral (Valkyrie Collections, #1)Uncanny Collateral by Brian McClellan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a great combo for a working duo. Alek and Maggie. They are FRIENDS. That's it. And I love their friendship. Alek is human and troll, so much fun. Makes for a great fight when it happens. lol. Maggie is a jinn, stuck in a ring. There's more to her history, and we get hints of that in this book. I look forward to learning more about that.

Alek is owned by his boss. Literally. He has to do the jobs he's given. Alek is out to solve the troubles that are happening, and yes there will be fights. We even get to see Maggie in action too. And the things we learn, also shares more of Alek's history.

I felt like these two had true personalities of their own. Their actions felt true to their beliefs and who they are. I really enjoyed this.

This book is really good all around. The audio narration. The characters and action and story. Great writing.

I want more and I WILL be getting the next book.

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Monday, April 10, 2023

Audiobook Review: Assassin by C.T. Phipps

Assassin (Agent G, #3)Assassin by C.T. Phipps
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's been a while since the last book for me. So I'm greatly thankful for the refresher in the beginning (prologue).

Case is aware he's an old man. lol. 20 years. Hearing him is like listening to a dad talk. lol. But! With being a cyborg of sorts, technology does age quickly, so 20 could be the new...40 or 50? lol.

I think this book would have been better read over listened to for me. I struggled a little with the audio version as I couldn't keep up with the plans and understanding them all. I felt like there was a lot of talking between characters and memories. A lot of going over plans but felt like not much in action. There were flashbacks that happened too.

We do learn about Case and his relationships with others and business. It's always an adventure with Case.

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Thursday, April 6, 2023

Audiobook Review: Secrets That Kill by Colleen Helme

Secrets That Kill (Shelby Nichols #4)Secrets That Kill by Colleen Helme
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I so love this series for several reasons... they are fun. Shelby. Ramos. And the adventure. The mysteries and events can be dangerous, but Shelby's personality is light and fun. These are so well written too!

I love listening to Wendy Tremont King narrate Shelby. She's TOTALLY Shelby for me! She steps right into Shelby's role and character when she creates these books. An amazing fourth dynamic to the books.

I love Shelby's outlook on things and life. Even when she's being followed by men with guns, she's got a great view that makes me smile. Working with "Uncle Joey" usually leads to trouble for Shelby, who has a soft heart for all. Even with a task as simple as delivering a goes wrong for poor Shelby. lol.

I love how the story comes together and the light view always makes it fun.

And then there's Ramos! Sometimes I think Ramos keeps his thoughts positive for Shelby. Does he really know what he says? Or does he have things covered like he leads on? He really is great at comforting Shelby when she's ready to panic. I love that we learn more of Ramos's past in this book too.

Such a great series to be hooked on.

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Monday, April 3, 2023

Audiobook Review: Pawn by Angela J. Ford

Pawn (Night of the Dark Fae #1)Pawn by Angela J. Ford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I think I was wanting or expecting more from this book, or maybe something a little different. For me, I had a bit of a rough start with this. But I was left curious at the end of the book. I may listen to the next book to see how it evolves.

Maeve is the main character. She's a strong warrior who's captured by the dark fae. She's sent on a task to find items for the Dark Fae king. However, her powers are restricted by a magical collar.

Maeve's character has lots of growth needed. The first time she says she needs to change her ways and not kill, I did not believe her conviction. It didn't feel to fit her at this point in the book. I don't think she'd digested it all enough with what we see, and to have her feel that...just not yet for me. Felt forced too early. Maeve feels to start to see things, but the writing makes me wonder if she's really digesting it all. She's growing, but I wasn't sure if it was genuine growth in the character.

I'll check out the next book and see how I feel about it.

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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Audiobook Review: Temple of Sorrow by Carrie Summers

Temple of Sorrow (Stonehaven League, #1)Temple of Sorrow by Carrie Summers
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I listened to the audiobook version. I found in the prologue that I loved listening to Annie narrate! I love her enthusiasm in narration and voicing the female characters. And, nice to hear another voice for the male characters.

I really enjoyed this story. A female gamer and she wants to do more than slash and kill. (A girl after my own heart!) Great! I want to see more in a world like here. And there's more with the tech. There's something going on with the creation...and only a few people are seeing it or believing it's happening. There's two sides, and we get small glimpses of the other side's character. I love all that Devon's creating, but I worry about it in the future.

I'm interested and looking forward to the next book and series.

I love how things have become like "real" to Devon, the character, and even me. I had a few good chuckles at the events, like the tattoo billboard and type of tatts displaying. lol.

So much fun and one that's on my radar now.

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Audio Book Review: Shadow City by Anna Mocikat

Shadow CityShadow City by Anna Mocikat
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Anna has created a post apocalyptic world here, full of vampires, danger, cyborgs, humans, angels, and demons.

All are interesting along with the friction that exists with the different beliefs from all in the world. And then there's the growing danger of the demons and their portal. We get just the tip of the iceberg on all the different beliefs and history here.

In the beginning I struggled with the perception of the characters. I wasn't sure who was seeing what was happening. As the story went on, I fell into the feel of the book and characters.

Anna writes this full world in the way of fantasy, with lots of great details. The view of the world and how people live is a big part of what's happening here.

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