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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Thursday, April 4, 2024

Audio Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sarah is great at creating characters we are invested in. We grow attached to them. I feel like she enjoys pulling my heart strings.

Celaena is the King's champion. She now is sent on missions to eliminate people on his list. Celaena has been doing things a little...differently with her missions. And she builds her relationships with Dorian, Chaol, and Nehemia.

Things aren't exactly what they seem. Celaena has been doing her own thing as are others.

I have mixed feelings with this book. There's something in the works. There's more happening behind the scenes than we are aware of. I'm not sure who's pulling the strings yet, but someone is. And there's powerful keys in the world that the King can't get...but he has at least one already.

So my mixed feelings come to Celaena and her feeling with one person who doesn't tell her something, that she could have prevented a terrible event. Something that hits me with this is because she was hiding information too. She didn't tell everything. She was playing her own agenda and keeping things secret. But she holds all that against another and looses that deep bond. They are still friends.

Celaena's hidden past is starting to surface. Oh the things that could come with this information...

I'm curious where life is taking Celaena next. Even if my heart is partly broken.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Book Review: A Song to Wake a Thousand Sorrows: The Song Duology by Michelle Manus

A Song to Wake a Thousand Sorrows: The Song Duology: Book OneA Song to Wake a Thousand Sorrows: The Song Duology: Book One by Michelle Manus
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Michelle is masterful with her word choices. To have song weaving as magic and describe in words how people react without us hearing the music is wonderful.

The time pacing in this fantasy book is wonderful. It doesn't feel like fast time wise in the actions, but there's time passing. We are fully in the moments that are important. We grow bonds between the characters in the ways they are to be, friendships, potential more than friends, irritation, dislike, and more.

Clare is a special person. She carries the song with her. Though, the Song is more than she ever knew it was. She's afraid to let the Song out of the prison she's built inside her as it will want more than she wants to give.

Clare has ambitions. She has goals for what she wants to do. And those goals grow as she meets those in the city with the palace and the Jackal king. Clare has crafty ways to reach her goals. The way she plays music when put on the spot, the way she plans on breaking the guild, and even more. She's a brilliant woman.

There's a friendship that grows into a bond that Clare has never had before. To watch this friendship form and grow... it's beautiful. They accept each other for who they are and help each other through the days in the palace full of self centered men and ladies.

Then things change. And Clare and the Song make their choice on no longer hiding.

The things that Clare does and can do. Wow. I couldn't read this book fast enough to take it all in at the same time. I loved the actions. I love what we see of the world. I love the potential and the threat to this world. Clare is a damaged character that takes it all in, and has to do things that are...wowing.

I can't wait for the next book to come out to see where we go next and what Clare will do.

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Monday, March 25, 2024

Audio Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After being left heartbroken from the novellas leading up to the series, and Celeana's past, I finally jumped into to the first full length book. This book was great. I loved the potential threads here.

Celeana is broken, which we knew from before she was sent to the salt mines. (The previous novellas.) She had a different upbringing. This book takes her from the salt mines that were to be her death and puts her in the hope of winning her way to the King's Champion for her freedom in four years. There is a line Celeana has to walk and cross as the King is one she's not a fan of.

She will compete against other men who want this position as well. But while the competition is happening, there's another danger that is attacking the competitors. A very old danger that lingers in the shadows. And Celeana is drawn into it. She must survive not only the challenges to become the Champion but also the ancient beast set to destroy the potential champions.

As she goes through, Celeana makes new friends. I love the bonds she creates with her wit and charm. Her guard and who she trains with, Chaol, is a huge part of the story as he's always at her side...to make sure she doesn't kill the prince. The prince has other plans and enjoys spending time with Celeana. And we have a princess visiting who befriends Celeana. I love Nehemia. She is a strong woman with her country, training, and opinions. There is much, much more to her and we start to see that.

I have really enjoyed all the potential threads set in motion here in this book as we fight the evil here and see Celeana strengthen again in the challenges. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of them


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Thursday, March 21, 2024

Audio Book Review: Vials and Tribulations by S.L. Rowland

Vials and Tribulations (Pangea Online #3)Vials and Tribulations by S.L. Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Esil had no desire to compete in another tournament. He did not want to be in the spotlight again. But when he goes to the orphanage he grew up in to talk to the kids about hope, he saw what he remembered feeling in their eyes. One kid wasn't as receptive at first, and Esil shared what he knows and experienced. In helping the kids, he becomes closer to this kid, Dean. And when no one else will take a chance to work with a kid from the Boxes, Esil steps in to help him see there's more and to give Dean a chance.

I liked seeing Esil stand up for what he believes in with the Boxes and needing a chance for better living, homes, and so much more. I loved that Esil stepped out of his comfort zone to help Dean. And they really become a team.

I did find at times the story slowed for me and I was thankful I was listening to the audio book. The changes in voices with having 2 narrators was great and kept me interested. I was hoping for a little more with the emersion world Esil worked in for book 2, but we didn't get much there. We did see a glimpse of it. And at the end we heard there was more happening. So...I guess Esil's okay with it and they do remember him.

I like the theme of the story. Friends and family. Esil has created his own family with his friends. And he's determined to help them.

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Monday, March 18, 2024

Audio Book Review: Magic and Mayhem by S.L. Rowland

Magic and Mayhem (Pangea Online #2)Magic and Mayhem by S.L. Rowland
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We return to the world with Esil as he starts his new job and has moved out of the boxes to the town with so much more to offer.

Esil sees how many here live and how everyone he knows lives in the boxes. He wants to help them all. He does start saying things to people, hoping and wanting to make a difference for so many. He starts to see that he can't help the masses at once. He starts with those he knows and can move from there to help everyone as he learns more.

This is a book where we are in the gaming world. Esil's new job is a new set up for gaming... He's in a tank of nanites and gel/liquid to make a full emersion experience in a new world. Esil can feel things in the world like real. When he gets hit, he feels that pain. The world is directed by his actions and the AI adapts to his responses and action, creating the world, quests, and events around him. The NPCs he meets feel like friends and he wants to help them as thing change in the world.

The way the story is written, it feels like Esil does see them as friends, and they to him.

I listened to the audio of this book. I really enjoyed it. There are 3 voices to add depth and life to different characters. We also have light sound effects when things happen. They add to the story and I really like that they are light in the background, that way they don't distract from the story telling. Well done! And fun! The audio brings the story and characters to life for us.

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

Audio Book Review: Blackbird Crowned by Keri Arthur

Blackbird Crowned (The Witch King's Crown, #3)Blackbird Crowned by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

And we get all the answers to the sword, crown, ring, and more in this book. Gwen, Mo, and Luc are finding new secrets as well. Secrets from a time long forgotten and hidden that could help with the war that's about to break out.

Oh Gwen. I feel for her. Her twin brother proves where his loyalties are, and that's a hard one to see. She knows what it's all going to come to, but will she be able to do what she needs to do to save so many more lives...

There's lots of battles leading up to the finally. And there's lots of information shared about who's the heir, about the crown, and how the past Witch Kings dealt with the demons, gates along with with yielding Elysian.

Gwen, Mo, and Luc are all in dangerous moments. Moments they may not make it out of. And moments that Gwen doesn't want to say good bye just yet. The sexual tension between Gwen and Luc carries on through this book. And Luc is a man of his word. But Luc also has a big decision he needs to make...that can make or break how things play out.

I very much enjoyed all that we learned still of the world in this final book.

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Monday, March 11, 2024

Audio Book Review: Blackbird Broken by Keri Arthur

Blackbird Broken (The Witch King's Crown, #2)Blackbird Broken by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There is a lot to learn here. We finally get some answers to things that are happening. Though, we are still wondering why the "Heir" did what they did. And that confrontation is yet to come, and likely will be a rough one with what we learn at the end of this book.

Gwen is progressing in her power and how to yield her daggers. It's something new yet Mo has an idea of what's happening. With this progress, we learn with Gwen why it works this way. And more about the Sword of the King.

Speaking of Mo. I love her! She's Gwen's grandmother...many grandmothers removed, but all in all she's the grandmother. I love their relationship. They seem similar in many ways. They don't cut each other any slack either. They have reasons for what they do, and share it. They also respect each other greatly. I love that Mo has trust and faith in Gwen and her abilities, feelings, and more. There's no coddling or telling Gwen she's wrong.

We see Luc again too. He's come along in the idea of a relationship. But that will have to wait until after work is done. He's come along in trusting Gwen in her abilities too. And he's there to support her when she's used the daggers to the point of severe pain. He's becoming a good partner for Gwen.

And we are at the end of the book and I want to know why....how is the "Heir" going to react... and so much more. I'm so so glad that all three books are out! :D

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Thursday, March 7, 2024

Audio Book Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass, #0.1-0.5)The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh wow. I'm afraid to go any further in this series. I fell in love and felt the heartbreak.

.1 The Assassin & The Pirate Lord
Celaena has strong values. Seems like she cares deeply for those in her circle. When she comes across something against her morals, she' can't just watch and go with it. However, I kept asking myself...Is this what it seems?

Celaena starts out rough, but I really liked her when things got moving. She's a smart lady at 16 years of age.

.2 The Assassin & the Healer
This is a short one.

Even in a fowl mood, Celaena is still a good person at heart. This is a follow up to the previous novella. Celaena does help a few woman out and sees hope...

.3 The Assassin & the Desert
This story felt a little slower in it's telling, but I know this story has lots of little gold nuggets to reference in the novels. I can't wait to see them all come to fruit. A lot of growth for Celaena in this one.

.4 The Assassin & the Underworld
I love Celaena returning home. Getting to see Sam and how his summer had gone. I had a feeling about this mission, and...I was right. My heart has been taken by Sam! I love him for Celaena. Action & love in this story. Celaena learns to be her own as well. Great steps for Celaena growing here.

.5 The Assassin & the Empire
I love Celaena and Sam together. They have struggles, still with Araban. But working on moving on. This story has me so worried for Sam! And...breaks my heart.


I want to keep going with these books, but had to take a break after this. I was so sad.

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Audio Book Review: Blackbird Rising by Keri Arthur

Blackbird Rising (The Witch King's Crown, #1)Blackbird Rising by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh this is a great start to an Arthurian remix with an Urban Fantasy feel with witches in a current time. Nicely done. I like how the old staples of the tale are present in this story...the sword, crown, Lady of the Lake, and magic. There is mention of others that relate in their positions here in the book.

There is someone trying to claim the sword of power... an heir that's further down the line. But to do so, they need to remove those that could be before them in the line. Gwen and Mo, her grandmother, is trying to figure out who and stop the demons that are after Gwen along with save those on the list that could be next. Family to Gwen. And keep her twin brother safe and away.

The Blackbirds are involved in protecting the direct line of heirs. One, Lucas, crosses paths with Gwen, wanting to talk to her brother. And while waiting for him to return from Holiday, he helps Gwen fight the demons. Gwen sees there's more to them being together than lust. There could be history, and a destiny....

I felt there was a good amount of details shared of the lineage and different families tied to the throne. I want to know it all and track it for myself! lol. There's much unknown there too as family bibles have been missing for generations.

There's fighting and feeling like behind the eight ball as Gwen, Mo, and Luc try to figure out what is happening and why. And putting the slivers of information they have together to get ahead for once. It's hard.

I really like learning the history created in this story, the magic used, and the budding relationship.

Katherine Littrell is the narrator for this series as well. Nice! She does a very nice job with the works.

I'll be moving on to the audiobook of the next book in this trilogy.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024

Audio Book Review: Killer's Kiss by Keri Arthur

Killer's Kiss (Lizzie Grace, #11)Killer's Kiss by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

OMG. I devoured these books. I'm at a place that I'm good to wait for the 12th, and final Lizzie book. These books are great to read/listen to back to back. There are details that are shared again when we come to them, but nothing overly to feel like you're repeating the story.

Each book has a story and a baddie to fight. Each baddie is different than the previous ones so we see the team grow in strength, knowledge, magic, and work together better and better. Life moves forward and it does here too. Lizzie's life is the main arc to the series, and we see how she grows in her magic along with love. She's a stronger person and witch with all she's learned and experienced. She's becoming bolder in her actions and in talking to people. Dare I say, she's becoming an alpha of her own. And she's aware of her power now. She also knows she has limits.

I know the previous book was Lizzie dealing with family things back at her family home, and we didn't see Aiden there. But, I feel that was needed to get through some of Lizzie's trauma along with standing on her own. She learned valuable things there. And, should I say, Aiden learned a few things without Lizzie in town.

There is a big battle to come in the next book, and I'm good with waiting for it.

Again, the narrator is great at voicing the characters. I really enjoyed her accents and voices for them.

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Monday, February 26, 2024

Audio Book Review: Wraith's Revenge by Keri Arthur

Wraith's Revenge (Lizzie Grace, #10)Wraith's Revenge by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So glad Lizzie's family battles are finished. It was neat to see Canberra that Lizzie talked about. We didn't get the in's and out's of it as much as hints of it with all the events happening. Lizzie doesn't want to be here, and I'm with her.

*phew* This was a needed book to get through the family battles Lizzie had on her plate. With her trip to Canberra, there was much more that surfaced. She's in court against her father for raffling her off for money and power, dealing with the family of Clayton's for the inheritance, dealing with SEEING the family that never treated her well.... and all to lead to the sorcerer that killed Cat is back, and has a taste for her family's blood.

This is a lot to deal with! Wowzah lady. I'm surprised Lizzie didn't start drinking again. I would have.

Lizzie gets some of her reconning done with a few family members. A few...not so well, but Lizzie is a strong person and she gets her feelings and words said.

This book doesn't have Aiden or Monty in it, it's all Lizzie and how she's grown and facing her past. This feels like something to help move Lizzie on to better things in life. She has that terrible weight lifted from her worries and fears.

There are things happening at the Reservation with Lizzie's absence though. And I want to hear about those now that she's home. And a little secret to share as well.

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Thursday, February 22, 2024

Audio Book Review: Sorrow's Song by Keri Arthur

Sorrow's Song (Lizzie Grace, #9)Sorrow's Song by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can't finish these books fast enough! I want it all and to see how things go for Lizzie and her created family. I have a feeling for what's to come, and can't wait to see if it's true and how it unfolds.

I'm cheering Lizzie on. I'm over here with, "Go Girl," "You are amazing," "You show them!" Because Lizzie is doing ALL of this and so so much more. This girl has come into her power, magically, physically, and emotionally. She has become so much more and is finally seeing what she has become. No more that underpowered witch her parents would tell was worth no good. She's an amazing, caring person and she is so much more than her parents ever saw.

And, I also know.... Lizzie had to live this life to become this person.

This story had me wondering if her power really did draw that "siren" to the reservation. Lizzie is powered by the Wild Magic and not sure how to control it. She's so worried about using it wrong and staining the well spring. And it could be....

Lizzie's actions also brings others to realizations. Huge realizations on how they feel and act.

There's so much to this story. So powerful. The emotions are running high. The battles to be fought physically with what's here. And the bonds that have been created are tested.

Well written and performed in audio book.

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Monday, February 19, 2024

Audio Book Review: Broken Bonds by Keri Arthur

Broken Bonds (Lizzie Grace, #8)Broken Bonds by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Oh the realizations here. Lizzie has decided to face her fears, and she does.

Lizzie knows Mia is going to return. But when? And what does it mean for Lizzie's heart?
As Lizzie starts to think on this and as Mia does return, Lizzie sees what she needs to do even though it's not what she wants. We get insight into Mia as we meet her. Lizzie grows stronger to have that conversation that's been needed to happen, especially since it's obvious she loves Aiden. And it appears he may feel the same, but will he admit it?

The creature they hunt is one that's after those who cheat on their significate other. But I like the little twist with this one. And how it's dealt with. Interesting.

Lizzie is learning she's got more power and growing rather attached to the Well Springs. I'm curious to learn what's in the Earth magic book and if it'll help. And how far will the connection and magic go?

Katherine is once again amazing. Thank you for continuing to voice the emotions and characters for us.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Audio book Review: Magic Misled by Keri Arthur

Magic Misled (Lizzie Grace, #7)Magic Misled by Keri Arthur
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book opens the doors to all the things to come. I just know it. So many things are put in motion and shared about here with the wolves.... For Lizzie and Aiden.

The potential hope she had of maybe a family with Aiden... we see from a baddie that arrives what could possibly happen, with exception of the dark magic that is present with the baddie. And the celebration of Aiden's 30th birthday... oh his mother. She's a piece of work.

I love how Lizzie is determined to enjoy what she can with Aiden now. It's just going to make it that much harder for me (us the readers) when things change.

I love how Lizzie is able to detect out things and with her created family can find the details. She's great at doing the leg work and putting the pieces together. Along with her magic usage. She does usually get hurt while doing it though. And things are changing with her wild magic.

Monty! I love the fun Monty brings to the story. And his determination with Belle. lol. So fun seeing those two banter and yet grow closer.

Once again, Katherine Littrell is amazing as the narrator. So so thankful she's stayed with the series.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Audio Book Review: Deadly Vows by Keri Arthur

Deadly Vows (Lizzie Grace, #6)Deadly Vows by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. Keri is not scared to put her characters through their nightmares. And keep me holding my breath as she does it. Amazing writing.

As I've said, Keri doesn't repeat herself in events. Each book ups the game. The terrible that can happen is something different here. We do have a dark entity that arrives and haunts the reservation. But we also have one that is in human form that comes looking for revenge on Lizzie and Belle.

This book REALLY shows Lizzie's growth with where she started as these ladies ran when they were 16 years old, and even in their short months here in the reservation. She has a lot of trauma from her past to face, and she sure faces it all.

Lizzie faces her blood family past, but also sees she has created a loving family of dear people close to her in the reservation. She has what she always wanted and never received elsewhere.

The power show in this book! Wowza! I want to see what this means for Lizzie and her blooming magic. She's a LOT more than she ever thought she was.

Once again, I have to give a huge shout out to the narrator of this series. Katherine Littrell. Amazing vocal work with the characters. They each have their own voice, accent, and personality that comes through.

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Audio Book Review: Wicked Wings by Keri Arthur

Wicked Wings (Lizzie Grace, #5)Wicked Wings by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you read a series that binge worth and doesn't repeat itself?
This one is TOTALLY that! I'm never bored with these books. And want to keep going one after the other.

Keri is amazing at writing these books so they move forward for the characters. How they grow personally and in power along with together as a selected family.

We have our baddie that attacks, a new dark creature that causes death and wounds. Lizzie, Belle, Aiden, and more that have joined the group fight hard together to stop it. Along with a White Lady that's haunting the area...who's here to help or take on life...?

The baddie is similar as we know more are coming with the Well Spring, but it's something different and has to be dealt with differently.

I love how the overall arching story line of Lizzie is always progressing forward. I can't wait to dive into the next book to see some of that come to life and see others get what they deserve (or I hope!).

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Monday, February 5, 2024

Audio Book: Demon's Dance by Keri Arthur

Demon's Dance (Lizzie Grace, #4)Demon's Dance by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Have you read or listened to a book and just didn't think of why you're enjoying it so much because you're so emersed in the story, characters, and events?

Yeah, that's how I feel with this book and series.

Keri's writing is amazing. She never overwhelms me with world details. She layers them in with the events happening and why things are the way they are. She drops tidbits that I know will come up later in Lizzie's life, or Aiden's life, or any characters life. You know there's going to be more details to come and there's likely going to be events that have it surface. And I look forward to learning them.

The narrator. I've not mentioned much about her yet, and that's a shame on me. The narrator for the audio books is amazing. She voices each character in their own fashion. They each have a voice, tone, and personality that comes through. Also, the accent. Out of the park! The world is set in Australia, and Katherine voices it. I like that the accent is there, but it's not overly done to make it hard to listen to the story. So well done.

I'm already listening to the next book. :)

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Audio Book Review: Hunter Hunted by Keri Arthur

Hunter Hunted (Lizzie Grace, #3)Hunter Hunted by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay. I'm beyond hooked on this series! I'm going to listen straight through, and I am not a binge reader/listener. But this series is worth it.

I love how Keri tells the story in each book and does NOT repeat herself. Each event is new as new dark magics are attracted to the Well Spring of the Wild Magic. We knew that but to see it...it's amazing. I'm looking forward to all the baddies that come a looking to take the power for themselves. And seeing Lizzie STOP THEM.

This book had a Dark Witch, a heretic, that has his sights on the Well Spring. And wow. The dark power he brings is insane! Lizzie, Belle, and their new friends have their hands full with trying to catch up to and stop this man.

I do love the characters we have. Lizzie is very, very humble. Belle is the boost to all situations, I love her for being direct and fun. Ashworth is a new character in the previous book, but he's one I love. And his partner! We meet Ashworth's partner and he's a great addition.

We see Lizzie start to grow more and more here. Something is happening with her and the Wild Magic, and I have an idea as to part of the connection. There's more happening here. Ashworth and his partner see it happening. And I'm afraid it's going to draw more attention in the future.

We also see more into the wolf way of things. Which, can be a damper for Lizzie and Aiden's budding....relationship? There are some signals being crossed and lost, and I love that I can see them happening.

I see more and more of the world, witch and wolf, with each book. It's not hitting us hard, but affiliated with the events and time of year.

So well written. I love it. Onward I go!

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Monday, January 29, 2024

Novella Review: Prom Fright by Dina James

Prom Fright: A Midnight Tea Shop Tale by Dina James
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Who loves tea shop mysteries? And Urban Fantasy?

This is a nice little introduction to a new world that will fit the bill with a paranormal/urban fantasy hint to the world.

It's not the romance-y urban fantasy setting. It IS the relaxed feel of a tea shop with a hint of more that is happening here.

We get a glimpse into the world and main players in this novella. And also see how prom season is in this tourist town. And I like the strong sense of how people are seen. Some can be kind and help. Others....well, we all know those people and try to avoid them. Same happens here.

I'm looking forward to more in this world and to see the characters come to life in full books.

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Audio Book Review: Hell's Bell by Keri Arthur

Hell's Bell (Lizzie Grace, #2)Hell's Bell by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I knew after the first book I was hooked on this series. But, now after book 2... It's all I can do to pause long enough to type up my thoughts quickly so I can get to book 3.

So, why yes. I'm completely caught on this series.

Lizzie and Belle. Best friends, also witches with Belle being Lizzie's familiar. I love both their personalities. They compliment each other so well! Belle being a bit more bold than Lizzie, which helps Lizzie out when she needs it. I wish I could have a friendship like these two have.

And the ring of a the church bell....there's a wrongness, a dark feel to the air. Lizzie goes to investigate to find fog. And death. But the bodies are strange. And it's very possible there's a Soul Eater on the lose.

As thing progress, Lizzie finds there's someone aiming for her too. Guns, that are NOT allowed to be on the reservation, are now leaving bullet holes around Lizzie. But who is after her? The person that raised the Soul Eater or someone else?

With trying to stop the Soul Eater, Lizzie learns that the council is questionable about her and Belle's presence, being witches and they don't want witches. However, the Wild Magic needs protected, and she knows she can't do it. But, will the council evict them before Christmas? Will the RWA Witch recognize Lizzie for who she is and draw more attention from the Witches?

Lizzie has her hands full of worries, while waiting for her official date with the attractive Aiden...who in town will win the bet on when they have their official date?

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Monday, January 22, 2024

Book Review: Siren's Song by Michelle Manus

Siren's Song (Aspect Society #1)Siren's Song by Michelle Manus
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is more than a romance story. Yes, there's attraction and it draws the two characters, Siren and Jace, together. But there's more to them than meets the eye, and we quickly find out about it.

Siren has been on the run since she was 16, and as much as she'd like a relationship...any relationship, she knows it's dangerous to have them. And she's seen first hand what could happen. But when she bumped into Jace at the cafe, they really hit it off. And the attraction.

But, what's chasing Siren makes an appearance and we see a hint of what Siren has been through and running from. We also see that Jace is more than a common guy she met at the cafe over coffee. Maybe he can help her, if she lets him and his family and friends do so.

I really loved the urban fantasy in this story. It's different and described well as Siren is learning about her Aspect. The romance is here, but it's not the complete story. We see the characters get to know each other deeper as they bond and Siren learns about a world she didn't know she was part of.

I will say, there's an event in the last 3rd of the book that pulled me from the flow. I didn't quiet understand what happened, maybe it's me as I read at night, but I didn't seem to follow the end of the book as easily as the first 2/3 of the book. It felt to be rushed to keep a limited page count.

That being said, it won't stop me from reading the remaining books in this series. I really love Michelle's writing and the stories she tells.

Action, drama, and love. A great combo!

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Monday, January 15, 2024

Audio Book Review: Blood Kissed by Keri Arthur

Blood Kissed (Lizzie Grace, #1)Blood Kissed by Keri Arthur
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay. I know, I'm really, REALLY late to the game here. But, I'm finally getting started. And believe me, I'm not going to stop any time soon.

This book was a great opener to the series and setting the feel for how things are going to go. Lizzie quickly won me over as well as Aiden. And Aiden won me over too. (I think they both are rather stubborn people and would love to see this work into something over the series.)

There's a lot of curiosity around the reservation, Lizzie and her family and magic, and....well, so much here. I can totally see it growing as Lizzie grows and becomes more confident and who she is.

This is my kind of read. Action and trouble. Reliable people and friends. Witches (though not powerful...yet, there's more there and I see it with the other characters in the book) and werewolves. Even a few vampires there.

We've started to see the possibility in this peaceful area where Lizzie has come to call home with her business partner Belle. These two have a great friendship that goes beyond that. Such a deep tie with them. Belle. I love her personality and willingness to push Lizzie out of her comfort zone to do more. lol. Keep pushing her, she needs it.

I'll definitely be listening to this series. As a matter of fact, I think I'll start on book 2 now! :D

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Audio Book Review: Cibola by David Wood

Cibola (Dane Maddock #2)Cibola by David Wood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I found I had missed a few books in this series and went back to pick them up. This is one that's early on in the Dane Maddock Adventures. Adventures I really enjoy.

I'm not usually one to listen to books out of order, and I'm fixing that now. But, for Jade Ilhara, that may be a good thing. At the beginning of this book, it feels like Jade is using Dane and his kindness. Not a good relationship cue here. But, I know she's attracted to him too... but, I'm not really a fan of hers in this book.

I enjoy listening to these books as Jeffrey Kafer is great at voicing Maddock and Bones. They have a great friendship where they can banter, pick on each other, and tell the truth and not be offended. Great ones to adventure with.

This story takes on the adventure to find Cibola. What they do find...is amazing. I love seeing how things tie together and they follow the clues. And the people they come across and make friends with.

There's danger, fighting, strange creatures, cliffs, and so much more in this story. All make for daring moments and suspense.

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Monday, January 8, 2024

Audio Book Review: Moon Cops on the Moon by C.T. Phipps

Moon Cops on the Moon!Moon Cops on the Moon! by C.T. Phipps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As usual with C.T. Phipps's books, I had fun. Always a pleasure to read/listen to his books. This one, I listened to the audio book.

First, the narrator. I have to say, I'm going to date myself. But have you ever listened to the song "Wet Dream" by Kip? The tone to the voice, I found the narrator reminded me of it. lol. The old time detective feel with hidden innuendoes in the words. So cool.

The story is a detective/mystery style as Neal learns the ropes of being on the moon, a not so pleasant place to be with crime. Neal has a smart partner, Lucy, who has her own past with her mom's fame. Great detectives in a high crime place.

Then there's Barksley. lol. A talking dog. I love it and his history as well.

Everyone's got a "history" that's a hoot and fun to learn and see how it impacts them and the story here.

The story has a little feel of influence from the movie Cherry 2000. Also, with the punk feel from 1920-ish detective feel. I love this blend! I've not read much with this blend and I want more!

I'm afraid to give too much on the plot as I don't want to give it away. I want you to learn with Neal as you go through the book and world for the first time.

There is fun and action and guns along with high speed chase. All great things to add to the cyber punk feel.

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Thursday, January 4, 2024

Book Review: Soul Spell by Skyla Dawn Cameron

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

There's so much more going on here! I didn't want to put the book down. I wanted to lock myself in a room and read straight through. The storyline with Elis being framed...to find Melinoe to help find Dev... I wanted it all! NOW!

I loved this book and could NOT wait to get to read it each evening.

There's someone out to pin murders on Elis. Of course these are not ones Elis committed and she's not that sloppy. So Elis is on the case to find who's committing these murders, and she's determined to clear her name. All while looking for her brother...

What really caught my attention, and pulled at my heart, is seeing Elis's father in action and getting out to help. Nate. *sigh* I've always been a fan of Nate's since the original series, Demon's of Oblivion. (Totally worth a read!)

I was happy to see Nate getting brought into the events as he has lots to offer in knowledge and connections. And to see him be Dad is pretty cool. I know Elis is always worried about telling him about Dev or bringing him into the group to search for his son, but he's great.

This book brings Melinoe back into the action as well. Oh the things she's going through. I love seeing Elis grow and be an honest person as she admits when she's made an error in judgement. Great seeing characters grow.

Now, to read the next book! Can't wait for it to come out!

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Monday, January 1, 2024

Book Review: The Night Before Dead by Kelly Meding

The Night Before Dead (Dreg City, #6)The Night Before Dead by Kelly Meding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Evy has to fight for everything she wants. And this book is NO different than any other.

This was a satisfying end to the series. We get to see the overall arc of the troubles come together and close out. With all that's happened in this world leading up to this point, the author took us to the extreme. Kelly placed the ground work for why characters do what they do, and the characters stay true to their personality....even when I didn't want them to. The reasoning is sound for the characters. And the events are things I didn't expect or want to happen.

There's a coming together in this book that brings the world full circle from fully divided to a bonded one. Sure, there could still be troubles out there to work out, and that may be the stories for others we've grown attached to.

I enjoy how things have turned in Evy's mind and how she's grown. This book shows that, where she started and would have thought in the past to what she thinks now. Well done bringing us to the end.

A book I was looking forward to reading nightly.

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