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A struggle for me

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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-04-20

The story was initially engaging but then the plot faded somewhat. It was a fake relationship, saved by the Lord kind of story.

The story wasn't aided by a very robotic female narrator. The male narrator was good and I appreciated the duet dialogue approach. Even with these factors, this wasn't a winner for me.

sweet second chances

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-20

A subtle second chance connection between sportsman turned farmer Griffin and Audrey was a satisfying listen. These two had chemistry but a relationship that took the slow build. I liked the farm setting, the family context and the connection.

Narration was good, dual POV.

3.5 stars

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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-20

This was an enjoyable listen overall but it just didn’t reach the love I’ve had for the first two books. I liked the couple but it was a bit back and forth too much and there was a sense of drama lama. The mother really got on my nerves for the first time in this book.

Gripping YA scifi

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-20

ASCENSION appealed to my YA Sci-fi heart immediately on reading the blurb but I can only tell you that reading it was so much more. It blew me away, from the first jaw drop to the last page. This is a fast paced read, with suspense but also with some lulls and time to gather your breath. Basically, the pacing is well thought out.

This was a no-return to Earth, colonisation of Mars, dating game but there was not one thing that was light about this ‘game’. The six young women and six young men were a mixture of sweet, banal and screwed-up. The protagonist, Leonor was a fabulous character and so very complex. She drew me in with her seemingly bad attitude, scars, flaws and integrity. Out of the six, she favoured two and it was a twisty tale.

There were some super baddies in this book and Serena McBee was a special kind of nasty with saccharine words. Behind the dating game was a whole sub plot that was really the most important plot and boy, did it keep me on the edge of my seat. As the book sprinted to the end I was desperate to get to....no answers. I knew this would be the way but I am going to dive into Distortion shortly to just continue this angst-ridden ride.

I’m hoping for justice AND hope.

On another note, this book was written in French but the translation is flawless, I wouldn’t have known because the writing flows beautifully. The narration was excellent and conveyed the drama and emotions so well.

Delightful, funny and sometimes emotional

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-20

99 PERCENT MINE grabbed me in with Darcy love from the off, she's an absolute feisty female with a weakness that makes her strong. I admired her attitude, her unfiltered mouth, her inner 'oh s$$t' and her outer 'don't mess with me'. That said, it really did take 20% in for me to really get fully enmeshed into the story. The 5 star rating comes from everything that overwhelmed me and took over my life from there.

Darcy Barratt is a twin, the weaker runt and her twin Jamie, well let me say, I hated that guy and his influence on the characters in this story (even though I suspect there's a story that could come from him). Darcy and Jamie had another half to them, Tom Valeska, unofficial adoptee into the Barratt clan. Darcy has loved him forever but their life has been missed opportunities and it has always been easier for her to up and leave.

Tom Valeska (I can't help saying his names together, forgive me) is solid in the friendship stakes, a support, a protector, a wannabe saviour. He comes to renovate Darcy's grandmother's house and therein starts the literal magnetism between these two. Holy chemistry, I cannot explain the draw between them and I felt right in the middle of it, like iron filings. This was a burn of slow proportions but the absolute furnace it created, blew me away. I could not put this book down, nor would I want to. It is very unlike me to feel drawn back to a book immediately but I just know I will have to read and immerse myself once again.

Sally Thorne has followed up The Hating Game with something totally different and entirely as good. No one writes dialogue like Ms Thorne and she has amply shown her diversity and also her consistency. Sorry for the glow-y-ness but I am still riding high on feelings here and I hope you will be too.

Re-read by audio June 2019 was a delightful experience. The narrator was perfection and really brought Darcy's character to life. I loved revisiting the story.

Continued the quality of All Souls

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

Reviewed: 06-03-20

I came late to the All Souls books and have read them all in the last eight months or so, thoroughly enjoying the first three as a whole. I've liked Marcus throughout the books and I thought this book was about him and whilst he is in the fore, alongside Phoebe, it is more the Bishop/de Clairmonte families as a whole.

TIME'S CONVERT picked up where THE BOOK OF LIFE left off and that feeling of continuation was familiar and comforting. The twins were important in this story, Diana and Matthew were finding their place as parents and the senior members of the family were equal parts infuriating and supportive.

What I loved about this story was the parallel journey of Marcus slowly revealing his past and his transition to a vampire as we simultaneously witnessed Phoebe doing the same in the present. The past was mostly intriguing but sometimes slow, thus the loss of one star. I came to appreciate the long life Marcus had had when I had previously misjudged him as a bit of a pup. Phoebe was a much more interesting character than I had given her credit for in THE BOOK OF LIFE. I continued to miss Gallowglass in this book and I hope this is purposeful building of anticipation for a story of his own.

The narration for TIME'S CONVERT was great. Saskia Maarleveld had an easy voice to sink into as she transitioned between a multitude of characters so seamlessly. I recommend audio as a format for this book.

4.5 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-20

I am blown away (again by this series and how it ended). This was the kind of second book that we don’t see as readers very often, the kind of book that exceeds the first book in expectation and enjoyment. THUNDERHEAD took all of my preconceptions from book one and set a bomb in the middle of them, leaving me jaw-dropped to the floor.

THUNDERHEAD itself had much more characterisation in this book and I loved every reveal, every moment of narration from the Thunderhead. I learnt so much more about the workings, ethics and even affection that the Thunderhead had and used to operationalise the world in this age. The scythes, however were an unhinged s**t show. Oh how they unraveled in this story and how I loved reading it all. The usual suspects were there, Scythe Curie, Scythe Anastasia (Citra) and Scythe Lucifer (Rowan). But oh my word, there were some scythe surprises too. I was shook.

This installment introduced the concept of unsavouries which was an interesting depth to this age and Grayson’s character made for interesting reading. We also learnt a bit more about the tonists too.

So who stole the show in this book? Two characters, firstly the THUNDERHEAD themselves and then Scythe Anastasia. I am now left in total suspense for what will happen in the final installment of this excellent series.

If my body is the Earth, then I am nothing more than a spec of dust in the vastness of space. I wonder what it would be like, then, if my consciousness were to someday span the distance between the stars. – THE THUNDERHEAD

The narration was excellent. One narrator, multiple POVS conveyed very well with tonation and mood. If you’ve not started Arc of a Scythe, then what have you been doing with your life?

In-depth and engaging

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-20

There is so much to this book as you would imagine by the size, so much I could talk about, wax lyrical about but I’ll have to just focus in on some areas. This review is going to be more about contexts, themes and feelings rather than storyline. I wouldn’t know where to start to explain the story to you…I guess you’ll just have to read it.

If you are looking for a feminist read, this is the one for you. The characters and storyline are empowering from a feminist perspective without belittling men. However, women as leaders was a theme portrayed throughout this fantastical world and the characters of Ead, Tane and Sabran absolutely sold the show. Ead most of all was the star, quietly rising to might and yet selfless. Sabran was a character that had to grow on me and she did. I loved the connection between Tane and her companion sea dragon Nayimathun, I lived for their parts.

There were some great themes in relation to the validation or not of women through their ability to bear a child, I really appreciated that context and I’d like to see it more in literature. The romantic connections in this book were varied and there was a strong sapphic story to be told at the heart of this tale.

The story was told mainly in East and West chapters where as a reader you really gain a sense of the different cultures and beliefs. I came to favour one side over the other and then it all got thrown into the air. See the dragon on the front? Of course you did, but there are good and bad draconic creatures in this book, some referred to as wyrms and it took some reading to really find my way with which was which.

Like many people, I had a little trepidation about a large read like this but I was asked to join in a readalong and quickly got swept up. I would advise some intense listening for the first few hours and then you’ll find your way with the story and characters. The narrator truly brought this tale to light. I was rarely confused with character she was portraying. The accents and dialogue were superb.

Go read this, it was an epic tale, truly enjoyable and one to remember.

A decent quick story

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

Reviewed: 22-02-20

This was an enjoyable romance about flatmates disliking one another and becoming more. There was a decent storyline if a little predictable and chemistry between the characters. A fun listen. Good narration.

Start of an epic series

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 21-01-20

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Starting this much-loved series that has been on my tbr forever was my main reading aim for the beginning of the year.

I do not like angel stories, I avoid them at all costs. There’s only one thing worse than this and that’s angel and demon stories. An hour into this listen and it was beginning to become apparent that there were creatures and then there were angels. What I found was that this wasn’t a Christian depiction of those beings but otherworldy, yet set in our world. I was able to get into this aspect.

I loved lots about this book but primarily, I loved Karou. She was a character of quirks and giftings that was fascinating. She was also a character full of heart and passion and that was catching. There was an amazing friendship between her and Zuzana that was funny, loyal and heartbreaking too. I was unsure about Brimstone, he creeped me out whilst I found him endearing in moments.

Akiva was a late entry to the proceedings, certainly in the background for much of the first half of the book but when he came face to face with Karou, oh boy, I just sat back and listened. There was something deep and mesmerising when these two were together and they convinced me of their pull pretty quickly. They made me think of Romeo and Juliet, in fact their whole tale did. When all was said and done, the story of Madrigle gave that perspective that slotted everything into place, but it was not a comfortable tale within a tale.

The narration was exceptional for this book. Khristine Hvam narrates with emotion and a wide range of impressive accents. She helped me truly sink into the story.

So, am I fan? Yes I am. Can I deal with these angels and creatures? In this situation, yes I can. There’s maybe a lesson to be learnt for me not to toss certain tropes and contexts out of hand immediately. The proof of this story is really in the fact that I’ve already started book two, mere hours after finishing book one. Thank you to everyone who’s ever recommended this book to me over the years, I got there in the end.

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