After over four years, Olena comes rocketing back into Claire's life, changing everything for the worse. Picking up the shattered pieces, Claire is not sure who to believe. Is Olena who she says she is, or is she a killer to stay away from? Leaning on her new boyfriend, Steven, for support, Claire is faced with the choice on who to trust: a friend she barley knows or a history lesson she barely remembers. Together, the three will begin a journey that will take Claire from the safety of her home to the last place she thought she would ever be: The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. With the wreckage of rector four looming behind her, Claire will have to see Olena's plan through until the end if she wants any chance of making it out alive.
©2015 Dana Burkey (P)2016 Dana Burkey
Writer, reader, now an avid listener, why hadn't I discovered this before!
Okay, so this audiobook I admit, I've come back to twice now. It's the narrator whose voice and delivery of the story I'm interested in, not so much the story itself.
I've have to be honest, and I admit I'm torn with if I like it or I don't. I really wanted to know why and what was going on, but there were several bad decisions from the writer. I guess like I don't always describe things enough, there were just too many repetitive words in here which just kept on chucking me out the world that the writer had created.
I did however get to the end of the Audio, and it wasn't a bad listen or possible read. I think Madeline did a wonderful job between Olena, Steven and the MC, Claire.
What I really did enjoy was the mystery and all that surrounded Olena, the necklace and her vanishing from Claire's life.
It's worth a listen, because you get to one point where you're (like Steven) what the heck and you've kinda swept away with the whole thing and are stuck in wanting more. It's good in that sense, totally :) just could have done with a final word tweak in my opinion.
"Beauriful story, filled with suspense!"
I loved the story! The performance was beautiful, with accents just right! It was scary, suspenseful, sweet, and everything I like in a book. I will definitely be looking for more books by Dana Burkey.
"How much do you know about Chernobyl disaster?"
Not a typical anything. There is mystery, suspense, history, angst. The plot is solid and moves swiftly, characters are well developed and believable. And it has some very interesting twists. Refer to publisher's blurb for plot clues, no spoilers here.
Madeline gave and excellent audio performance that was exceptionally easy to listen to.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review courtesy of LibraryThing.
"Fast pace and amazing"
I loved the elements about Chernobyl that were in the story. Really fun to mix fiction and history in the same place.
Claire was great. I liked that she was never the one to make the first move, but rather was kind of dragged along for a lot of things. She was even "weak" at times, and I found that more relatable than books where all the female leads are mega strong all the time.
Her voice for Olena was amazing! I don't know how the same person did all of the voices in this book!
First of all, that movie would be AMAZING!!!!! Second of all, I think maybe "This piece of history is too important to stay hidden in the past."
This book was a rollercoaster ride for anyone listening to or reading it. The ending was shocking and exciting and just intense! There were so many twists and turns in this book that it was a joy ride from start to finish!
"An Exciting Listen"
The suspense and build up set throughout the story was what made it most enjoyable, both with the writing itself and the narration. I'll admit, it took me a few chapters to get used to Madeline's voice at first but once I did... it was great. The audiobook made the characters really come alive for me.
Olena was my favorite character. She’s strong, smart, brave, and keeps you guessing. Hearing Madeline Mrozek give her life with the character's native accent made the story a lot more real to me. I admired her character and how much she wanted to protect everyone no matter what the cost, even though that meant not telling her best friend what all was going on in her life.
This young adult mystery novel is an intriguing read to say the least. There’s a point in the book, I won’t mention where, that I just couldn’t stop after I got there. I had to keep reading. The characters kept me interested, and as a person who enjoys trying to predict the ending, I just had to know that I was right about everything. This one kept me guessing, and I enjoy that Burkey stumped me on figuring out the ending.
"Romance, Suspense, Mystery"
Romance, suspense, twists, murder, and a whole lot of European history mixed all together to make this book a great YA story. I am reviewing the audiobook. I really enjoyed this narrator and found that she made the story flow nicely without sounding like she was reading the book. The author keeps the story moving at a steady pace, with twists and turns off events that I wasn't expecting.
Poor Claire, she is has had a rough time through this story, meeting a great best friend in Olena, only to have Olena leave without giving her any reasons. Years later Olena is back with a ton of trouble trailing her. Pulling Claire into a whirlwind of trouble, on the run from murder and mystery men after them, they end up in Russia. Claire has a little romance thrown into this story but don't get to happy because the author throws in some twists but I did enjoy how it ended.
The characters are all in college and I found Claire to be very naive, who would just up and take off to Russia with a crazy friend who is being followed by dangerous men? The history part of this story was really interesting as I didn't know anything about this event that happen in Russia.
Overall I give this book a 3.5 stars out of 5. I found the narrator did a great job on the audiobook and I was engaged in the whole story.
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"Secrets and more Sectets...."
Loved it. Liked how the writer tied up the end of the story as I was very curious. Narrator, Madeline was clear and easy to understand, did not have to pause and go back to.
"A book reader "
This was a really good book I wasn't expecting the little twist in the end.
I received a free copy for my honest review. This book kept me listening from start to finish. I listen to or read a lot of Dee Henderson and Amish/ Norwegian novels and Even my 2 teen's were hooked.
This was a thoroughly captivating adventure with a great pace with a main character who had a great personality and lots of little quirks and details to relate to. The performer has some wonderful affects and voices that bring the characters to life.
"Great weekend listen!"
Okay, first of all, this book had a very satisfactory ending. The story resolved itself well and the narrator NAILED the Ukrainian accent at the end!! The story is a bit Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys-ish so it may not be for everyone. Still, it moves well, is a very pleasant listen and well worth a Sunday afternoon.
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