When Anne's mother agrees to marry a wealthy, mysterious man, she expects a nice mansion in the hills. But their new home, Belrose Abbey, is more like a castle - imposing, cold, and full of shadows. The more Anne explores the corridors and vacant rooms and dusty crannies, the more she discovers about the abbey's master - her soon-to-be stepfather - Ivan Helsburg. As her mother's wedding draws closer, Anne begins to harbor a creeping suspicion that all is not well at Belrose Abbey.
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I liked all the characters, they are all different and had there own characteristic. The scene also set the tune. I felt it had more of a Gothic setting. What I did not like was knowing without trying to hard who did and why. There was suspense (based on the scenes, like the catacombs) but no real mystery. which was a shame because it wasn't to bad a read. I believe with a little more work it would be a great read.
There is no sexual/language/violence/sexual content.
This could be (with work done) what I call a thriller. It had all the ingredients but it wasn't executed well unfortunately.
Michelle had an OK performance based on other narrators that I have listened to. She changed her voice to suite the different characters which was OK. However I felt more emotion can be put in. So when the character was not sure then I want to hear so I know without being to told that the character is unsure/upset/angry, etc.
It has a very dark but had all the ingredients for a gothic romance novel. There were some untied ends so I will have to wait for the next one in this series. Good narration.
"Beginning of an Interesting Series"
This looks like the beginning of a series I will enjoy following. When I realized it was YA, I expected it to be a little young for me, but I was happy to learn that it held my interest. The characters were young but engaging and the mystery kept me coming back. My suspicions switched back and forth and I was uncertain right up to the end - just the way I like it. Michelle Babb did her usual excellent job of bringing the characters to life so that I could always tell immediately which character was speaking. I am happy that I was offered this book free in exchange for an honest review and I can honestly say that I enjoyed listening to it and will watch for the second book in the series.
"Just whose locket is it anyway?"
The Ruby Locket by Anita Higman is first in the Belrose Abbey Mystery Series. The book is an intriguing young adult mystery. Anne is soon to have a stepfather and live a life of luxury...but something just doesn't seem right. Secrets, perhaps the beginnings of a romance and a few twists and turns to the plot keep the reader's interest. I'm looking forward to the next in the series. Michelle Babb does her usual great job of narration, bringing the story and the characters to life and making the listening experience pleasurable.
I received a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
"A GREAT START TO A SERIES! I WANT MORE!!!"
I didn't think I'd like this book at first because it felt like something for a younger generation. I was wrong. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait to see what will be the next adventure at the Belrose Abbey. I love the dark mystery of it all and crave more exploration of the Belrose Abbey by Anne, her mother and Wyatt. I recommend this book and can't wait for book 2 for myself. As in any audio book a narrator is key. Michelle Babb was the perfect narrator for this book bringing it to life.
"I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher."
The authors of this book were new to me, whereas I have listened to several books by Michelle Babb and enjoy her style. I haven't read a gothic book since high school and found myself enjoying this one. I was voluntarily provided with this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, narrator, and/or publisher.
"A great YA mystery!"
This book (and the Abbey where the characters live) was quite dark. Dark mystery, dark atmosphere, dark intentions. It was full of twists and turns and kept leading me off in directions that weren't where the story actually went. It was a good YA mystery.
Michelle Babb's narration speed and the pauses in the paces added to the drama of the book.
I found most of the story kind of unbelievable, so I'd probably change the entire premise
I always enjoy Michelle Babb's narration and find myself looking for books that she narrations. She has a great inflection and really distinguishes between the different characters.
While I love the narration, I just couldn't buy into the whole story line.
"The teen back and forth stumblings were great"
I couldn't suspend my disbelief that this woman and her daughter would be that dumb to just leap into this adventure. The daughter is too smart for it.
Speeded up the narration pace for the non-kid sections.
The back and forth of the two kids in the book. Both were bright and she had a good pacing that made me laugh out loud a couple of times, which made my husband wake up and ask it I was okay.
Not to me. The story was implausible, although had some creative aspects and one heart stopper moment.
Another great mystery to enjoy! I was drawn in immediately into the story as the narrator (Michelle Babb) describes the scene with great detail and brings each character to life in such away that you feel like know what the characters are going through.
Anita Higman and Hillary McMullen do a fine job with making this story a creepy mystery where you are always at the edge of your seat hoping that Ann and Wyatt would not get caught sneaking around a castle size home trying to solve the clues about Belrose Abby.
Ann's mom Delphine is engaged to marry Mr. Ivan Hellsberg but Ann has her doubts. As Ann is looking for the library, she stumbles upon Wyatt putting a ruby locket into his pocket. When Wyatt looks up and spots her and gives chase, now Ann is running for her life and is confronted by the thief. Wyatt and Anne realize that they need to work together to find what is going on before it's to late for them all!
"A present day Gothic Mystery!"
I really enjoyed this listen! It's a classic gothic mystery that is modernized. It's got it all; the creepy old castle, the mysterious catacombs, the quirky and strange staff, the small clues ... there isn't a moment of this listen which is boring or slow. It's fast paced & full of adventure.
I also loved how the story swapped between the first person account of both the mother & the daughter. So you get to see how the are both experiencing things. Nice touch! Michelle Babb narrates it so well, and I love listening to her work!
I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review
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