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Entertaining sequel

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-05-20

This sequel picks up with Jono and his friends 2 years afer the first book.

This instalment leans more heavily on to conspiracies and tackling secret terrorist organization known as the Tombs. It has a bit of a slow start based around the school with usual classes and exercises to overcome. There is a stead build up in tension and the pace up to the action packed end.

Wayne Farrell carries on narrating the second book and does an amazing job. All unique voices with the correct tempo and passion needed to bring this great story to life.

This can be enjoyed by all ages but a little more focused towards the younger audience. If you enjoyed the first book you will not be disappointed with this sequel. Once finished you will be watching the calendar waiting for The Angels' Masquerade to be released on audiobook.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Different pace to a solid LitRPG series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-20

Very different type of book compared to the first one. It took me a bit of time to care about a whole new set of characters after spending the whole first book following Lincoln.

Whereas Lincoln was more knowledgeable on the game mechanics and was focused more of village building this book was more of an adventure book but with a clueless noob who needed to learn all the basic before progressing.

I enjoyed the female MC Alexa and point of view and her determination. It was nice that it delved more into magic and world exploring. This book has open up the larger game world.

Another solid narration performance by Stephanie Dillard.

Solid addition to the series. I will probably carry on with the series as would like to see how both Alexa and Lincoln progress and hopefully eventually meet.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Gritty dungeon adventuring

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-20

This was a gritty fantasy which was for the most part very light on magic. The main character is Thoben, who is down on his luck. He is struckling to make a living with the tax collectors demanding a exorbitant sum. The reason the tax collectors can demand such a high amount is because Thoben has brand for being a criminal. In his youth he was a dungeon delver until he got caught. Thoben is visited by an old acquaintance who offers him once last big job that could pay off all his debts and set him up for a good future. Thoben struggles with his decision as he doesn’t want to end back in the mines leaving his family to fend for themselves. Thoben goes on the highly dangerous dungeon delve with a band of dubious criminals that can’t be trusted for the promise of treasure. I quite liked how dungeon delving is illegal which goes about every book I’ve previous read where it’s usual encouraged.

The characters are well written and I loved the problem solving Thoben to solve the various trap without the use of magic. The story had a good pace a part from a short slump near the middle but luckily the action started again and I was back enjoying myself again.

I’ve been following the narrator Matthew Berry for a while and I would say this is his best performance to date. He has grown from strength to strength with every book his has narrated. I look forward to listening to his next book (as long as it’s fantasy, sci-fi or adventure).

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Enjoyable YA adventure

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-20

An enjoyable YA adventure with a strong female lead. Reina was taught from a young age to be a healer by her Mum, that is all she has known. At the age of 18 she has become the village healer through determination, knowledge and skill beyond her age. The villages after some original reluctance trust and rely on Reina. Due to her mother’s death Reina has become very self-reliant, stubborn and likes her simple life as a village healer. Her world is turned upside down when she gets entangled in an adventure to recover a talisman and fulfil a thousand year old prophecy. She doesn’t have much faith in magic as a woman of science and practicalities but soon realises her amazing healing abilities might lie in her being magical attuned and special.

There was plenty of adventure and a hint of romance with a bit of a love triangle. The love interest wasn’t too annoying (I’m a bit too old to be reading most YA books). There was a bit of slump in tone and pace in the middle of the book but luckily it didn’t last too long and soon picked up before I started to lose my focus. Overall a good, easy listen.

The narrator Joan Coombs was well spoken and provided great addition to the source material.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Face pace sarcastic urban with some twists

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-20

A very fast book which doesn't give you much time to digest the plot and twists until you get to the end. This is a short book, I would have probably enjoyed it if it was an hour or two longer and could give a bit more time to the characters and world building. I'm not sure if this is going to stay a standalone or be part of a series.

It had some original ideas and a very sarcastic take on the war between heaven and hell. The main character Barry was had to root for at times but he kept my interest and just seems to muddle through more and more difficult situations.

Jack Wallen did a very good job at narrating the book and loved the distinct voices. I loved Margery voice and I believe he used Roz from Monsters Inc as inspiration. It did tie in with the dialog but based on the cover art I was more expecting a more sexy voice.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Close to being amazing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-20

This book ticked so many boxes and the blurb got me excited to start the book.

The world is half set in perpetual night. On the dark side of the world the races survive by using technology and cybernetics. The other side of the world set in light shuns technology and use magic. Both side mistrust each other and spread false propaganda about each of other. Magic verse technology; it sounded great.

This books is aimed more at YA with the main protagonist being pre-teen. He lives on the dark side of the world and is ill with poor lungs and heart. He has been studying all his life to do well in his school work and exams so he will be accepted into a military academy which will allow him to receive cybernetic enhancements to cure his illness. I got a bit of a ‘chosen one’ vibe when the MC gets involved in large scale plots and dangerous adventures before enrolling in the military academy.

I had some issues with the pacing of this book. Sometimes it would race through what seemed to be interesting plots or characters and other times it would go on a bit too much about something mundane. I would have liked a bit more if the story focused more on the studying at the military academy and the main characters learning to use their new abilities. There was some parts where I struggled to work out the difference between the technology and magic as they were pretty vague and interchangeable as they were not described in enough detail (more soft magic than hard magic systems).

The narrator did a great job with his vocals and brought the book to life.

Overall this was a good book but could have been so much better. Maybe the following book will expand on the world building and both the magics and technology will be expanded more.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Great little book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-20

Death has been smuggling souls of the dead from throughout history to create an army to retake Heaven. The last soul he collects is the protagonist of the story Chris. He is trust into unfamiliar situation where he has to lead a small team on a dangerous mission.

This was a very interesting story and I loved all the elements including the characters who were very believable, interesting and interacted well between each other, the action was good and there was a nice pace.

My only grip is that the story was a bit too short for my liking; I would have loved a bit more of everything. Nicholas Carey is relatively new writer so he might start doing bigger books in the future. He is a name I’m going to keep an eye on for future releases.

Christopher Graybill did a great performance with the narration of this audible book.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Good but not what I was expecting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-19

The book picks up right up from the end of the last. I was really wanting to read about the villaging building but this aspect was quickly forgotten about and we seemed to go on what was a tangent of a side quest for the whole book.

This is a respectable LitRPG book and does add some interest elements in to the Sky Realms Online universe. There is enough interest that I would probably get the third book when it comes out but I do hope it goes back to the village for some building.

Narrator does another good job.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Nice game related builder book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-19

I've started to get into these LitRPG/ isekai kind of books but previous ones have more been about the hero kill/ doing quests to get stats/ gold/ abilities. I've wanted to read the more sub genre of builder type books and this sounded interesting (I think I would even more enjoy a dungeon building book next).

The main character Lincoln Hart was very likeable. He was smart but not smug, easy to make friends and not overpowered. He came up with unusual ideas and was funny and occasionally exploited game mechanics which I enjoyed.

This was a nice start to a series with a taster of the 'game' and also hints of the bigger story and 'outside' world.

The narrator was good and gave Lincoln a great voice and was distinct with all the other characters too.

I'm interested to see where this series go and recommend this book.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

Good but very different from the 1st book

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-19

This was very entertaining but not quite what I wanted from a sequel to this series. The first book was a refreshing superhero story with young heroes dealing with moral issues in a urban setting. This book was more of a fantasy story. The hero abilities changed from feeling like hero powers to magic skills and it was set on a magically world instead of a urban setting.

There was more focus on the female heroes this book which I enjoyed but didn't like the female narrator's choice of voice for Paragon's girlfriend (a bit to jarring). The rest of the female voices were okay and the main narrator was great.

I enjoyed some of the character development from the first book especially with Paragon and his interactions with other team members.

I will read the synopsis of the next book for starting to see if peaks my interest.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]