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  • Jared

  • The Protectors, Book 2
  • By: Teresa Gabelman
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

The VC Warriors are an elite group of vampire who protect innocents, whether human or those of their own race. Jared Kincaid, along with other Warriors, are shocked when a fiery red head with a gun and attitude, bring news of young teens being turned into an army of half-breed vampires capable of taking out all VC Warriors. Breaking into the famed VC Warriors compound was definitely not the smartest thing Tessa Pride has ever done, but she will do anything for her brother, Adam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Couldn't Stop Reading/Listening!

  • By *Flora* on 11-11-18

I Couldn't Stop Reading/Listening!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I have become a fan of Teresa Gabelman’s writing style; I find her books easy to read, the plots are gripping, the pace is fast but never feels rushed and I am drawn in with believable main characters & a fantastic array of supporting cast (both human and vampire) that leaves me wanting to read more of their adventures. Jared did not disappoint.

Those of you that have read my reviews before, will know that I enjoy a story more if the lead female character is intelligent, resilient and has a good sense of humour - I wasn’t disappointed here. Tessa is everything that I look for in a lead female character; she's smart, witty and has plenty of gumption, she has a strong moral compass and loyalty that makes her fight for her family and those she considers under her care and although she's got a bit of a chip on her shoulder about her figure, hey what women hasn't, it kinda made her feel more real, easier to relate to.

I downloaded the whisper-syn narration and was impressed with Jeffrey Kafer's performance; the pace of his narration was just right, his intonations added depth and I enjoyed his vocal variances for the dialogue.

I loved that this book had me blubbering like a baby, got my blood boiling with rage but also laughing my socks off and while I must confess that I found certain scenes terrifying and shocking, Jared definitely hit all the right spots passion-wise *blush* and warmed my old romantic heart.

So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Nope, not a thing, hence the 5 stars.

However, I would take this opportunity to remind you that the story arcs relating to the new half-breeds and the vampire blood drug trade continues in various forms throughout this series. Ms Gabelman does weave basic details into her books, so that new readers are not completely lost and although I don’t think that it’s essential to your enjoyment of Jared to have read the previous book, I do feel that you’d miss an awful lot if you haven’t read Damon first.

So, basically what I’m saying is...
I really loved this paranormal romance story! It's got everything that I look for in a great book; action, romance, humour, an engaging plot-line and well written erotic sex scenes. Couldn't stop reading it!

Due to the nature of the storyline, the graphic violence and sexual content (it’s definitely steamy) I’d recommend this book to adults only who are fans of relationship and romance tales with gritty storylines and lots of passion.

  • Deader Homes and Gardens

  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Southern belle Verity Long is back in business - as a ghost hunter. Now all she has to do is visit the town's creepiest mansion and exorcise a family of vengeful spirits. Piece of cake. After all, ghosts love her and need her...that is until she meets the ghosts of Rock Fall mansion. They'll do anything to keep their murderous secrets hidden within the cliffside fortress - even if that means getting rid of one meddling ghost hunter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Loretta J. Miller on 27-11-18

Another Frightening Good Mystery!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I bought this book for Kindle and Audible and I alternated between reading and listening to the story.

I love Ms Fox's writing style; I find her books very easy to read and I like the way she weaves all the elements of her stories together - the mystery, the strained relationship between Verity and the rest of the townsfolk of Sugarland, Verity's financial struggles and, of course, the ghosts and their issues.
As a narrated book, again I was impressed with Tavia Gilbert's performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

In short, I really loved this story, although I feel it's more Gothic Horror than Cozy, it has everything that I look for in a 5star story; I laughed, I cried, I was on the edge of my seat (I was even scared at times) - I was gripped!

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries with a paranormal focus.

You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great story & brilliantly narrated

  • By Tom on 14-08-09

A Gripping Start To A Series - I Can't Wait To Rea

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Jim Butcher is a new-to-me author that I have heard lots about, with many friends recommending the series. I am glad that I finally got around to downloading this book. I also upgraded to the narration version too and alternated between reading my Kindle and listening to James Marston's narration.

I really enjoyed this story; it was a good balance of mystery, thriller, crime, detective, horror and raw emotion but with a dry humour running throughout that kept it from being too heavy. I loved James Marston's performance and felt it did the book justice.

I will definitely be adding the rest of the books in this series to my wish list.

  • Dog Gone Ghost

  • By: Angie Fox
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Verity Long's new ghost-hunting career has gone to the dogs - literally. A spirit is releasing animals from their cages at the Sugarland Animal Rescue Center. It's an unusual haunting that gets even more bizarre when she uncovers a new clue in a case of a missing child. Verity vows to reunite the lost boy with his family. And when she does, Verity just might answer the age-old question: Do all dogs go to heaven?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Captivating Short Story!

  • By *Flora* on 11-11-18

A Captivating Short Story!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I am already a fan of Ms Fox's writing style and this short story didn't let me down. It is written with the same level of detail and care as her full novels and I loved it; I found myself on the edge of my seat with tension (and a wee bit of fear), tears trailed down my cheeks with emotion but there were enough chuckle moments to balance it all out nicely. No hunky Sheriff Ellis in this story but Lucy Verity's gorgeous pet skunk and ghostly gangster Frankie have their roles to play in this tale I'm happy to say.

I downloaded the narration too and once again enjoyed being whisked away to Sugarland by Tavia Gilbert's performance - fabulous!

The only reason I rated this 4 stars not 5 was down to the length Vs price but I worry that I'm doing the story a disservice - it really is 5 star quality!

  • Coraline

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

In Coraline's family's new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, stilted reading.

  • By Mr Man on 11-11-18

An Engaging Tale For Both Young And Old!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I'm already a fan of Neil Gaiman and have read some of his other works of adult fiction. I downloaded this Kindle version because I adore the film version and felt it was high time I read the book.

As with all adaptations, the stop motion film varies slightly from the story in this book, however, I still found myself thoroughly engaged in Coraline Jones adventure through the door to the Other Place and even found my breath held in tension at times.

I downloaded the audio version narrated by Neil Gaiman himself and found that it also differed from the book; I think it was "Americanised" as there were little word changes (flashlight said instead of the torch that was printed, distance was narrated in imperial instead of the metric that was printed, etc) and slight sentence restructures. Having said that, I loved the way Mr Gaiman read his story, the pace of his speech and his tonal inflections; his performance helped to immerse me in the adventure.

Coraline is one of my favourite films, I watch it every Halloween and I am overjoyed to say that it's also one of my favourite books now too

  • Murder of a Werewolf

  • A Brimstone Witch Mystery, Book 1
  • By: April Fernsby
  • Narrated by: Kitt Sullivan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 5

Brimstone - a town where supernatural beings live - and where crime is on the increase. Just like her gran, Cassia Winter is a witch. The Winter witches are responsible for investigating crimes in Brimstone. The only problem is, Cassia doesn't know she's a witch yet. When Gran tells Cassia about her true nature, Cassia dismisses it as nonsense. But a terrible incident causes Cassia to change her mind. With her cat, Stanley, at her side, Cassia enters Brimstone and is soon investigating the murder of a werewolf.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Story To Start This Magical Cozy Mystery Se

  • By *Flora* on 11-11-18

A Good Story To Start This Magical Cozy Mystery Se

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

April Fernsby is a new-to-me author; I found her writing style easy to read, the cast of characters plentiful, the plot was fast but engaging and I loved her thesis for this series - a magical town of Brimstone that's residents are all mystical/paranormal beings.

I love reading stories where our heroine is intelligent, resourceful, resilient and has oodles of gumption; Cassia isn't there yet in this book but I think that as the series progresses she may become so.

This book is comfortably within the cozy mystery genre; there are absolutely no scenes that could cause offence. The mystery itself is far from sophisticated however it's not without its twists and turns.

I downloaded the audible version of this book and alternated between reading and listening. Kitt Sullivan's performance was good; I liked the pace at which she narrated the tale and I appreciated the different voices she used when reading the dialogue even if some of the male ones didn't quite work for me.

  • The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 1
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 101
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn't know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing

  • By Mrs S on 01-12-15

An Engaging Start To This Cozy Paranormal Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Kristen Painter is a new-to-me author but someone who I will definitely read more of. I loved her writing style, finding this book very easy to read. I enjoyed all the characters that Ms Painter created, the town of Nocturne Falls was inspired and I loved the plot and its twists and turns that we were taken on.

I downloaded the Audible version of this book and was impressed with B.J. Harrison's performance; the pace of his narration was just right and I enjoyed his vocal variances for the dialogue.

There is absolutely no offensive content within these pages - language, violence or sex - and so I can recommend it to lovers of charming, paranormal romance tales that enjoy a sprinkling of humour and a happily ever after ending of any age.

  • The Last Necromancer

  • The Ministry of Curiosities, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Shiromi Arserio
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

For five years Charlotte (Charlie) Holloway has lived as a boy in the slums. But when one theft too many gets her arrested, her only means of escape lies with a dead man. Charlie hasn't raised a spirit since she first discovered she could do so five years ago. That time her father banished her. This time she brings even more trouble upon herself. People are now hunting Charlie all over London, but only one man succeeds in capturing her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new series

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-05-17

A Gripping Gothic Paranormal Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I have come across Ms Archer's work before in a box set or two and although I don't usually choose YA or historical books, I really loved this story. Ms Archer has again won me over with her writing style, plot and characterizations.

The story is set in Victorian London and is told from our main character's point of view; Charlie and 18year old girl.

I liked this book because Charlie has strength of character, is intelligent, resourceful, witty and has plenty of gumption which is exactly what I need from my fictional heroines.

I feel that the plot is well balanced; gritty, heart-warming, tense, has unexpected twists and turns, I found myself chuckling out loud and became engaged with all the great characters. I added the Audible narration and was impressed with Shiromi Arserio's performance; the pace of her narration was just right, the story is told from our heroine, Charlie's perspective and I enjoyed Ms Arserio's vocal variances for all the character's.

I was hooked from the first page to the last and will be adding all of the books in The Ministry Of Curiosities to my wish list.

You can read my full review on my WordPress blog, Flora's Musings...

  • One Bite

  • The Blood Prince Series, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Blackstream
  • Narrated by: Matt Addis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

A power-hungry vampire in search of a fruitful alliance. A rebellious siren with a song to soothe the savage heart. Even an undead mastermind can't foresee everything...Seven dwarves. A poison apple. A glass coffin. It's a strange and terrifying world when events can take a turn for the better or worse with just...one bite.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping New Twist To A Favourite Tale

  • By *Flora* on 11-11-18

A Gripping New Twist To A Favourite Tale

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Another Gripping New Twist To A Favourite Traditional Tale.

I really enjoyed this book. I am becoming a fan of the way Ms Blackstream takes traditional folk/fairy tales and makes them her own. This time it was Snow White that gets the Blackstream treatment!

I found this story very easy to read and get caught up in; the writing style was intelligent, the pace and plot development was well balanced, I enjoyed the twists and turns to the various mysteries woven throughout this (un) traditional paranormal romance tale.

I added the narration too and was impressed with Matt Addis' performance; the pace of his narration was just right and I enjoyed his vocal variances for the dialogue.

There is a background story arc that binds all of the Blood Prince books but each one can be read as a standalone romance.

  • Chaos Rises

  • A Veil World Urban Fantasy
  • By: Pippa DaCosta
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

When the veil fell, any half-bloods not strong enough to withstand chaos were torn apart. Some, like me and my brother, survived the fall. Most did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gripping Start To This Demonic Trilogy

  • By *Flora* on 06-10-18

A Gripping Start To This Demonic Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I bought Chaos Rises for my Kindle and downloaded this Audible version too as it was offered at a reduced rate. I alternated between reading and listening.

I am already a fan of Ms DaCosta's books; I find her writing style intelligent, engaging and very easy to read. I like how she paces her plots and the balance of tension, mystery and action she uses.
As a narrated book, I was impressed with Holly Jackson's performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

I really loved this story! Due to the graphic violence and sexual/dark themes, I'd recommend Chaos Rises to adults who are not offended by content of this nature who are fans of urban fantasy adventures with gritty story-lines and lots of action.