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YA Hallmark Movie

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

Reviewed: 13-11-19

This was a sweet holiday romance! Jayda’s life seems to keep hitting speed bumps and they keep getting worse. First, she’s dumped, then her mother gets laid off, and with bills piling up and Christmas right around the corner she’s losing hope. Her mom is depressed and stressed out, which leaves her with all of the responsibilities, including her brother. She wants to cheer her mom up and give her brother the best Christmas ever, but how much can one girl do to hold her family together? When her brother writes a letter to Santa and gets a response from the jolly man, she writes one herself and begins to gain hope.
I love how much Jayda tried in this book. She’s wearing herself thin between school, work, household chores, paying bills, and raising her brother. Her brother was so enthusiastic and upbeat, it felt infectious every time he was in a scene. Connor is just a kid trying to make it through his first Christmas without his parents and also give his crush and her family the best Christmas, but ends up with more than he bargained for- his mother’s legacy, being the town’s Santa.
I enjoyed how realistic of a situation Jayda and Connor were in. There are plenty of families dealing with issues like this year round and I always find it heartbreaking and heartwarming to read about (especially with HEAs). This book felt like a young adult Hallmark movie that tugged at your heart and wouldn’t let you go!
Christa did a great job with this narration! I felt like she voiced Jayda and Connor perfectly, capturing their emotions and hardships. She brought this story to life and kept me entertained until the end.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The Peregrine & Her Men

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was a great addition to the Blessed series! Perry has been searching for her best friend Theo for years after the human realm ended. When a hailstorm hits, Perry seeks shelter and finds it along with two men Jordan, a necromancer, and Kingsley, a half shifter- half fae. Perry’s personality was very realistic. She’s not too great with people since she’s been alone for five years- she knows how to quickly access a situation and get answers, but doesn’t have pleasantries anymore. I really enjoyed Jordan and Kingsley, but Theo was reserved and off putting at times making him my least favorite. I thought a peregrine falcon shifter was definitely different and I wish we could have seen more of her in that form. I liked that we got to see a small cameo of Rhianna and her wolves near the end. I can’t wait to meet the new characters in the finale and hopefully see the pervious characters in it as well!
Anaya did a great job with this narration! Her voice was easy to listen to and I loved the accents that she used for the characters.
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*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Unique & Geeky

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was an intriguing start to a new series! Emma was the “geek” girl in high school and is extremely smart. She is in the process of writing and trying to sell her security software and has potential buyers. The owners of Pentabyte want to buy it, but there’s now a bidding war. Jude is the alpha, Jax is his twin a very rebellious, Daniel is a genius, Gunner is always hungry and full of humor, and Trigg is an absolute sweetheart. Her roommate was very likeable and I enjoyed her role within the book. I loved this book for many reasons- it had a heroine in a STEM field, she was valued for her smarts and not just wanted for her looks, not all of the men were straight, and there was no woman shaming for extra drama. Each character, their personality and backstory, was extremely developed and had an important role within the plot. I can honestly say that I’ve never read another book quite like this and I can’t wait to continue on Emma and her men’s journey!
Lisa and Kale did a really great narration duet! Their voices flowed so well together and they each managed to bring the characters and story to life. With Kale having to do five different voices (which is a challenge), some of them felt like they ran together at times and it was difficult to tell who was talking, but it didn’t take away from the overall experience.
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Dark & Suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was a great start to the Dark Obsession series! Camilla falls for Samuel, but ends up with Adrian, his twin. Things are going great until they become obsessive and dark and they just continue to get darker. I wasn’t a big fan of Camilla honestly because she continues to give Adrian multiple chances to change his ways/ become a better person, more than anyone should. The story and characters were well developed and I liked Camilla’s mother and her concern and protectiveness for her daughter. I also liked Adrian and Samuel’s younger sister and how she connected with Camilla. I really enjoyed how different Adrian and Samuel are once the truth is revealed and you can’t help but feel for Samuel and how bad he’s had it/ had to endure because of him. This book was filled with angst, fear, jealousy, romance, and suspense and left me needing book two to see what happens next!
Amber did a great job with this narration! She managed to bring the angst, emotions, and tension to life and kept me in suspense the whole time.
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The Fae Princess & Her Wolves

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was a great apocalyptic reverse harem! Rhianna ran away from the fae realm five years ago and is stuck in the destructed human realm that her people caused. She’s been running ever since with no way out and now she’s running from wolves. These four wolves, Charlie, Jacob, Mika, and Zeke, are actually her honor guard sent from her mother to protect her and bring her back home, but they’re also her mates. I loved Rhianna’s independent and stubborn personality, that she doesn’t immediately follow them when they first meet, and also the fact that she runs away from them too. I liked all of the men and their roles, but I think I always tend to go for the broody or playful ones and Jacob was definitely my favorite of the pack. Laura creates a great apocalyptic world and the humans that are willing to do anything to restore order. I wish that there was a little more romance, but at the same time I appreciated that it wasn’t overwhelming. I would have liked to see her gain more control over her powers and shift, but maybe she’ll cameo in the rest of the series or get her own full series later.
Tracey did a really good job with this narration. I loved that she gave each character their own voice, but it did feel like the accents changed quite a few times for Jacob and Mika. Her voice was very easy to listen to and kept me engaged until the very end.
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The Banshee, Shifter, & Witch

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was a great addition to the Thornheart Coven! This book follows Mia’s sister, Faye, and her destined mate Reese. They knew they were mates since childhood, but after they turned eighteen they could not longer touch each other without intense pain which has prevented them from sealing their bond. When Faye goes to a yoga class and meets the instructor Penny, she feels attraction, they can suddenly touch again, and things start to look up for their relationship. I really loved the idea of a fated ménage and how their chemistry flowed- a banshee, shifter, and witch definitely make an interesting grouping. Even though Penny had many insecurities, I still think that she was my favorite character. At times it felt that Reese didn’t see Penny as an equal in the relationship and it was kind of messed up since she finally completed their bond. This book wasn’t as lighthearted and humorous as the first- you can definitely feel their pain and desperation to complete their bond and their hope once they find Penny, but it had more depth and continued the main plot of the series with the witch hunters. I can’t wait for Witch’s Web to release!
Sara did another great job with this narration! I loved her accent and her male voices were easier to listen to in this story. She really brought Faye, Penny, and Reese’s emotions and characters to life with her performance!
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The Witch & The Dryad

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was a great start to the Thornheart Coven series! Mia’s whole life, she’s wanted Skyler, but when her future brother in law’s best man, Felix, shows up, she starts to fall hard for him. Can a love potion bring Mia the one she truly desires (if she can even figure that out for herself)? Mia and Felix were likable characters with instant attraction and I enjoyed that the set up for her sisters were done in this book. I liked that Mia was flawed and wasn’t as sure of her magic like other witches in the story. I love when Laura writes about fated mates because it’s not really a large trope anymore. She always manages to make their stories unique with the plot and characters themselves. This book was filled with romance, humor, and mystery and left me wanting Mia’s sisters stories!
Sara did a really good job with this narration! I enjoyed her accent and the life that she gave to the story, but at times her male voices were hard to listen to.
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Unique Shifters

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was a great start to The Last Shifter series! Alexis has spent her whole life in hospitals and facilities. When she was a child, she was diagnosed with a rare terminal illness. Nothing ever seemed out of place and she was always so grateful for the staff that took care of her until things went awry. She manages to escape with her life and four strange men- nothing else. Now she’s on the run, discovering the truth and it hurts. I really enjoyed her four men, Jackson, Noah, Rhys, and West. I love how we get to learn about their past and the chemistry they all have with her. I think Noah was my favorite with his adorable and protective personality, but I also really loved the rest of the guys too- they’re each unique. Slow burn worked really well with this story and made it more believable, especially since she’s been locked away her entire life. This book isn’t your normal shifter book and I truly appreciated the originality of it. I feel like Sadie did an amazing job mixing science, romance, and the paranormal world and I can’t wait to see where it goes!
Laurel did another fantastic job with this narration! I always get excited when I see that she narrators a book that I’m about to listen to. I love how she can bring each character to life and enhance the story with her tone and passion.
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Easter Gone Wrong

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

Reviewed: 07-11-19

This was a sweet holiday romance! During the town’s Easter party, the Easter bunny is a no show. Kit, the town’s event planner, decides to put on the costume herself and things get trickier from there. Brant, they mayor’s son, goes after her from one of the accidents and their sparks start to fly. He sees how much trouble she’s having and offers Kit a job in hopes to save his bar. Brant and Kit has instant attraction and I loved their interactions. Honestly, I hate the “I have to lie about who I really am” trope and I’m not sure if that’ll ever change. I never understood why this is a good romance tactic when all it does is come back to bite you in the butt and make more unnecessary drama. I am glad that this ended in a HEA and that little problem got resolved.
Ava did a great job with this narration! I loved how she gave each character their own distinct voice, especially her country accent, and how well they flowed together.
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Original with a Quirky Bunch

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

Reviewed: 05-11-19

This was a great start to The Hissing Booth Chronicles! Journi is a paranormal PI who has dealt with many weird things, but she has a phobia of cats. When she goes to investigate some demonic dill pickles, she comes across a grave of cats that are harbingers of extinction. Can she overcome her fears to save her family and other Deviants? I really loved Journi’s unapologetically snarky personality, her slingshot and marbles, and crazy, quirky team. Her grandma Jo was amazing- she rides dragons and has a pigeon that poops bombs. The addition of their politics and magic to an apocalyptic version of our world is very well written. There is (obviously) a trigger warning for animal cruelty, so if that isn’t your thing, you might want to skip this series. This book was filled with humor, mystery, and so much magic and I loved the originality of it!
Lynn did a fantastic job with this narration! She managed to bring every character’s unique personality to life and give them their own voice.
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.