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So adorable!

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

Reviewed: 11-05-20

Thank you to Joyce Oben for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Sage and Adam have been best friends for years. He is her only friend and feelings are growing between them, but after a strange experience, Sage begins to learn more and more about Adam that she could ever dream of.

I wasn’t sure about this book when I first read the write up. Sci-fi…especially alien sci-fi..I’ve never been a fan of. However, the promise of adorable romance lured me into it. Wow…I really wasn’t disappointed.

Although the story is very heavily sci-fi as suggested by the blurb, it remains in the human world and focuses on the relationship between Sage and Adam. Both very well written and developing characters. This is all in Sage’s point of view, and I really did feel drawn to both characters as we went further and further into the book.
Sage has had a tough few years with the death of her father, loss of best friends and a constant flow of abusive boyfriends coming in and out of her mum’s life. Although I felt sorry for Sage, I didn’t feel that she allowed herself to be a complete victim which can be very easy for heroines to become in such books.
Adam was the same, we met him from Sage’s point of view as the best friend she looks forward to seeing when he comes to stay with his mum every Summer. I went from feeling indifferent to Adam, to getting very annoyed with him, to thinking he was actually quite sweet, to being very annoyed with him again, to eventually adoring him.

I think the pace of the story is written well. Everything that happens in this book seems to have a purpose, yet there’s not so much going on that it gets too confusing or hard to understand.

I love narrator Joyce Oben’s voice. She’s got a beautiful tone and keeps the story at a great pace. She has a great way of differentiating voices for characters and giving them life. The emotion that she carries is great, especially during tense or sad sections of the book. I honestly don’t think that anyone could have done a better job of giving Sage a voice.

Saying how unsure I was about this story, I was really hooked and I want to know more. I want to know what steps Sage is going to take next. I’m hoping to find out more about Zayne and his motives, I also really hope to hear more from Adam, although I’m not sure how. I’m definite]y planning on reading the next book in the series to find out what’s coming next!

This is a great book for young adults and romance fans alike. Even better if you’re a sci-fi fan…but if not, please don’t let it put you off, it’s easy to follow and very toned down.

Adorable teen romance

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

Reviewed: 18-04-20

Thank you to Joyce Oben for proving me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Sway is the third book in Lorson's 'Shelfbrooke Academy' series. I had not read any of the previous books but it worked well as a stand alone. I likely missed a lot of 'Easter eggs' as various characters were mentioned at different points that I did feel were points to other books, however it didn't affect the story as the mains were brand new characters. 

Anne attends Shelfbrooke Academy after a romantic summer with Christopher, who she met while visiting her aunt. On arrival and in attempt to for in, Anne is  coaxed to end her new relationship with Christopher in order to maintain status in the new school. She is surprised to then find him and his sister as the new transfers a term following. Anne now sets out to regain Christopher's heart.

I found this story to be a bit of a slow burner, the opening prologue with Anne and Christopher's meeting was adorable. Then I did find it quite hard to get into. About halfway through however, it was a really good listen. The growing friendship between an unlikely bunch of teenagers is very 'breakfast club'esque. The author's humour was right up my street with funny banter between the two best friends and the mishaps that Anne encounters. 

The character development was quite intentionally slow. Anne began as a very annoying and impressionable teenager, and throughout the book we, as the readers watch her grow and develop her own thoughts and morals. 

Narrator Joyce Oben did a great job of carrying the story. She had a tone that made it obvious if she was reading narrative or dialogue and also managed to differentiate all characters so that it didn't get confusing. She had a good steady pace and I really enjoyed listening to her. 

I think that this may be a great coming of age series for teenage reader and romance fans. I did find some characters a bit infuriating at times because of their immature nature, however, I think it's really fitting for a younger age group and will be very well enjoyed.

Suspense, passion and drama

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

Reviewed: 13-04-20

Thank to to Mary Elizabeth for proving me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review. 


Gabriela and Teller met in med school and instantly become best friends. Although there is always something more there. They continued to stay in the same friendship group years later despite a fiery almost-relationship. The story drifts from their youth, before they met their new love interests, and after a traumatic incident that brought them back together.

The story is pretty well written. I found it hard to listen to as I did struggle to differentiate the time scales at some points, but that was likely me and my lack of attention span. There were parts of the story where my heart felt that it was in my throat, other parts were really adorable. The cliffhanger at the end really had me guessing.

Narrator Ramona Master did a great job of the story. She kept a really steady pace and made it really easy to understand who had dialogue. 

Most of the characters were really interesting. I really wanted to learn more about Teller's sister Maybe and Ella's brother. I'm sorry to say however that I couldn't stand Ella or Teller. They were the kind of couple that you wouldn't want to move in next door to you as they'd have regular loud parties that ended up with the police being called after arguments got physical. 

The growing bond between them was a really interesting listen and I enjoyed it. My lack of interest in the two main characters wouldn't put me off reading another Mary Elizabeth book. She's obviously a great writer with amazing ideas and looking at the other reviews on this book it was obviously just me not clicking with them at all. 

Overall, even though I wasn't a fan of the main characters, this was a great book with passion, suspense and drama. I'm not sure I'll look further into their story with second book Sever, but I'll definitely be on the look out for more of Mary Elizabeth's books. 

Heart warming romantic comedy

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

Reviewed: 11-03-20

Thank you to Tamara Lush for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

All I ask is part of a multiple book series which I listened to as a standalone. But at no point did I not understand what was going on or who people were. 

Princess Isabella of Montignac gets away from the stress of royalty by escaping to a paradise beach resort. Here, she meets Tate, brother of the hotel owner and environmental lawyer, a man who comes in handy after Isabella gets arrested. 

This story was so unique and light hearted, it was a really refreshing read. Isabella was a brilliant character with a 'Bridget Jones clumsy' kind of feel. She's a very strong heroine and her relationship with hero Tate was an interesting read. 

Narrator Crystal Elm did a great job bringing the story to life and keeping it going. She kept me engaged and interested throughout the audiobook.

I also loved hearing about the other characters in this book and do look forward to reading about them in the future. I've not read any other books by Tamara Lush before but am definitely planning to in the future.

A great finish to the previous book

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

Reviewed: 11-03-20

Thank you to Suzana Thompson for proving me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Breathless follows on shortly after Thompson’s book, Heartless. Cade and Lexi have have some time away following an inconvenient incident causing them to break up. Now Lexi needs to make her mind up about him when she finds herself studying at the same college.

The previous book ended on such a cliffhanger that I was really looking forward to finding out what was in store for these two characters. Thompson moved the story along very well with the same characters remaining and others who were no longer in the story but are still mentioned and remembered. It was nice to read Cade and Lexi’s relationship progress from high school sweethearts to more mature lovers.

I would have liked to hear a little more about Cade’s backstories that weren’t really explained in the previous book, such as his relationship with his old school friends. The story was short and to the point though.

I’ve read a few Suzana Thompson books now and although I enjoyed this one I think it’s my least favourite I didn’t really feel like much happened. It just completed the story for the previous book and set the readers minds at rest. It was a lovely read though.

Family Drama

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

Reviewed: 10-12-19

Thank you to Lisa Beacom for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Plan Bea is a story exploring the lost relationship of a mother and daughter. When Bea gets engaged to a man she’s recently met, she calls on her daughter Annabel to help her plan it, despite not having spoken more than a few sentences to her without schedule.

I felt a lot of emotions listening to this story. Sympathy for Annabel, annoyance for Bea, love for Annabel’s daughter Violet and son Harley and complete adoration for the husband/fiancé Cole and Walter. The story did seem slow at points but it was interesting to listen to.

This is completely heart warming as you can relate to Annabel craving for her mother’s attention and approval. Writer Gossman has created some great and very realistic characters.

Narrator Lisa Beacom is absolutely perfect for this book. She’s so multitalented with her range in voice tone and steady rhythm. She really keeps the story flowing, even at points where it did seem to drag a little for me.

Overall, I did enjoy this book, there was a minor twist which I had already guessed the second they met on Bea’s wedding day, but it was really heartwarming. If you’re like me and you need a lot of drama, this may not be the book for you. However, I thought it was very well written, very well narrated and was a really cute book.

Disney fans will love it!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Thank you to Lindsey Dorcus for providing me with this book in return for an honest review.

The Boyfriend agreement follows Bella, a high school misfit who has eyes for one of the popular boys in school. Jake. She’s delighted when one day he starts showing her attention and willingly agrees when he proposes that she becomes his fake girlfriend. Much to the disgust of his brother and her arch-nemesis, Cole.

Fake boyfriend romances are one of my favourite genres. Throw in a fairy tale retelling and I’m sold. Especially Beauty and the Beast, which I love.

Bella’s story is really enjoyable. Although I didn’t find Bella to be the most likable character, I really loved the character development with Cole, he had a really nice transition from cocky overachiever to cute and caring. Jake didn’t really have this as much but I didn’t think that it was really needed.

Narrator, Lindsey Dorcus was definitely a good pick for this book. She has a great range which is really beneficial to a book with so many characters. She kept it in a good flow and had a really easy voice to listen to.

The ‘retelling’ of the well known fairy tale was a bit of a let down to me. The didn’t really seem to be much of a ‘Beauty and the Beast’ element if you took out the main character’s name. There was a handsome character with a terrible personality (Jake) and an unexpected hero (Cole). But the rest of the story didn’t really seem to have the same flow.

I was a bit put off by the story when so many characters seemed like Disney rip offs. We had best friend Ariel, with red hair, six sisters, dad called Triton and love interest in Eric. We also had Jasmine and her cat Raja. a Mr Coggs and an Ursula and even a Romanov. I did like the story but the constant Disney nods actually made it feel like a bit of a fanfiction which ruined it a little for me.

I’d definitely recommend this to Disney fans who would like to see their favourite princesses in high school story situations, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting.

Second chance romance!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-19

Thank you to Remi Wild for providing me with this audiobook in return for an honest review.

Single parent Lexi often dreams of her one night drunken stand with her child’s father. When new bartender Bradon walks into her life she can’t help but find him familiar.

I’m not usually a fan of second chance books but there is nothing that I can fault One Last Shot for. Heroine Lexi was a really likable character, a hard working mum, a sassy member of bar staff and a loving family member. She is also made very real with very human flaws.
Same goes for Bradon, a grumpy and brooding character who slowly shows to have a wonderful personality and sense of humour.

Lexi and Bradon’s story is really cute, Once I started listening to the book I got very invested in them very quickly. As did secondary characters like Lexi’s brother and mom.

I really liked narrator Bridget Bordeaux, she was upbeat and kept the story in a good tempo.

This was a cute story that I enjoyed listening to. I’d recommend it to romance fans!

Good paced

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

Reviewed: 24-09-19

Thank you to Suzana Thomspon for providing me with a free audiobook in return for an honest review.

Heartless is a Forbidden romance book, the story of a stepbrother and step sister Cade and Lexi. Lexi and her mother are moving in with Cade and his father after their parents announce their engagement.

I quite like step-brother romances and Cade and Lexi do have a great relationship where Lexi switches between growing feelings for him and trying to hate him to distance that feeling. I also liked secondary characters, Morgan and Logan. One thing I struggled with was how relaxed people were when they found out about Cade and Lexi’s relationship. Not once did a friend act like it was strange or wrong.

When I got into this book I got pretty hooked. The pace was quite steady but I enjoyed the goings-on and antics between the two.

The end of this story was a bit confusing to me, with Cade getting angry at Lexi for something that obviously wasn’t her doing and leaving home, the family than acting like everything was fine. I’m intrigued to carry on through and find out where this story will go to next.

I really enjoy Suzana’s writing and look forward to reading more of her work.

One of the best true crime books that I've read!

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

Reviewed: 27-08-19

Thank you to Ryan Green for providing me with this audiobook free of charge in return for an honest review.

Nannie Doss is a serial killer that I’d never heard of before, but the meak and mild-looking woman on the cover really piqued my interest. After reading Green’s story to Nannie’s life and crimes, I think that she’s actually turned into one of the most interesting criminals that I’ve ever read about.

As always, Green tells Nannie’s story in a good tempo, starting from parental backgrounds and working up to Nannie’s early life and possible triggers that turned her to kill. Green’s books are so informative and interesting as if he has any opinions or bias about the people that he is writing about, it never shows. He is simply stating what he knows of the events and how it likely made people feel.

If I’d watched Nannie Doss’ story on the television or film, I would have believed it to be a completely fictional piece. It’s incredible how one woman can kill so many people close to her and be considered the victim. How she is not a more well-known serial killer is beyond me. She is absolutely fascinating.

I’ve mentioned before how much I love the way that Green writes his stories. When reading true crime, I often find myself drifting or struggling to envision what I’m being told, but Green really sets the scene and paints the perfect picture. This book was a lot shorter than some of his other works that I’ve listened to, but by no means is it less interesting or informative. In fact, I think it’s my favourite so far.

Narrator, Steve White also does a fabulous job, making a grim subject a very easy and enjoyable listen. I put this on while doing some mind-numbing tasks at work one day and couldn’t actually stop listening to it.

I’d 100% recommend this to any true crime fan.

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