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Beautifully Deep And Tragic

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

Reviewed: 14-05-20

Aron has had to play the adult figure for his younger brother since he was ten years old. His father split, making the decision to never have anything to do with his children ever again. In response, his mother turned to a less than honorable man to help heal. Instead, she wound up becoming addicted to drugs. Dependant on them and the man just to survive. He learned at a young age that he would never be able to fully depend on his mother to take care of him and that his father was never going to be in the picture again. Even though he loved and cared about his little brother and would do anything for him, he resented his mother for forcing him into that role.
This book was very emotionally invoking. Aron is so relatable in so many ways. Especially for those in broken families. I feel like this story gives hope that things can get better. It shows that there are people out in the world that do care. It's just hard to see that with the surroundings that are given. I do wish I had seen more of the story. I wish there were certain parts of the book that really played a stronger role. I could have read and read into the story behind all of this. I also hope that there will be another book with the way this one ended. It would be another point of view, but I would be totally fine with that.
This book was narrated by Justin Mills. I really felt like he did a perfect representation of a kid who's grown up in a broken home. He is talented if he can just swoop right in and take over a personality like that. I would love to hear other books he narrates to see if he completely takes over a character's personality. I'm sure he is. It's either that or he completely relates to the character. There are many of us who can in all honesty. Many of us who were forced to grow up too young. But I digress. My point is I'm impressed.
While I wish this book had been way longer than it was, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed all of the positive messages that are represented behind the story. The author also puts a lot of powerful and uplifting things at the end of the book as well that had me teary-eyed. There's another book in this series of novellas. I read it and enjoyed it just as much as this one. Actually, I enjoyed it more if I'm being honest. Both were great works though. I can't wait to see if there's news on a third!

Eva!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 13-05-20

Eva has been given an opportunity that will change her life. She's been invited to go on tour with one of the most popular rock bands. The record label is convinced that her presence will improve the evergrowing horrible reputation of the band. If that wasn't overwhelming enough, she finds herself caught in between the attentions of two brothers. One of whom has captured her heart despite her hesitations. The other who she feels a protective nature for that she would do anything to help him get better.
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Even if it was a little cringy at times. Maybe even predictable at times. Those aren't complaints. Not all books are meant to be smooth and full of surprises. Some of them are supposed to be straightforward and frustrating. I hope this is making sense. There were times I would have probably smacked the characters if I was in the story. They were being so angsty and frustrating! Especially Eva and Rafe. They should have taken like five seconds to listen to the advice of those around them! Wouldn't make them normal characters though.
This book was narrated by both Michael Norman Johnson and Sarah Puckett. Sarah Puckett is one of my favorite narrators of all time. I just can't even begin to explain how much I love her narrations. It's been a while since I've listened to a book narrated by her. This is the first book I've listened to by Mikael Norman Johnson. I believe I saw him talking on a live chat on Facebook a long time ago. I'm not sure. It was a nice talk. I felt like he would be a great narrator. I was not wrong. I will definitely be picking up other books narrated by him.
This book was fun and full of life. I feel like there should have been more to it, but it was enjoyable all the same. Both narrators actually sang during the singing parts! It was AMAZING! It gave the audiobook a very authentic flair. Any book read is like you're a part of the story. However, when narrators do things like this it just amplifies that feeling. When they let their emotions come through in the narration, it enhances it too. I read and loved the first book of this and I can't wait to read the last book!

Omg!

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

Reviewed: 12-05-20

Darcy finally admits his feelings to Elizabeth and asks for her hand in marriage. Rather than saying yes like he assumed she would, she declines. She also lays down many accusations against him for why she's not marrying him. He takes what she says to heart and writes her a letter of explanation. Once he's sent it, he abandons his life and becomes a pirate. Years later, Elizabeth is a widow to an aristocrat. She, her son, and her father set out to go on a trip to see family. The ship that she's in is overtaken by none other than Darcy and his crew.
When I first started reading this book, I was not very impressed. It was literally a scene in the original Pride and Prejudice book. Then Darcy goes and becomes a pirate and I'm like: WHAT???? I must know more! Sadly, I didn't get to experience everything that I would like to have gotten to experience. However, I still enjoyed this book very much. I like to consider it an alternate reality version of Mr. Darcy And Elizabeth. Her son was a character that I didn't know we needed in the story until we got him! I've read other books by Amy Cecil. She's an AMAZING writer. She's quickly become one of my favorite authors.
This book was narrated by Marina Barrett. She did a really great job. I figured she would. She did great in her narration on Ripper. I am excited to listen to her narrated The mind of a Killer. I'd also like to listen to other books narrated by her. She has a skill with voices and tones. I can't even begin to describe it. The best thing I can do is fully recommend that readers listen to the stories she narrates. It will be very much more than worth it.
I'm glad I decided to put my misgivings about this book and soldier through it anyway. I would have lost out on getting to experiencing an amazing retelling. The only thing I wish is that it had been a longer story. I wish there were more things that could have been added to the story. Especially some of the expositions that Mr. Darcy went on in the years after he left home. I would have liked to see Elizabeth's life as well. They are referenced, but it would have been nice to see. Either way, I recommend it.

Imaginative!

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

Reviewed: 11-04-20

Cassandra is dedicated to being the best witch she can possibly be. Sadly, none of the spells ever seem to go her way. She manages to cause as much chaos as she does salvation. She's been thrown out of multiple cities because of it. If that's not bad enough, her guild has threatened to kick her out and take her powers. The only way they will give her a second chance is if she agrees to go to the Enchanted Academy and graduate. She's more than willing to do so and is just settling into her classes when a power-hungry wizard takes to attacking her and her new friends. I really enjoyed this book very much. It was witty. It was fast-paced. There were many things going on that I was very impressed with. I really liked Cassandra. I mean she just tried so hard. Everybody was constantly downing her over all her mistakes. That made it really easy to empathize with her. I also love how easily adaptable she is with everything. She has this amazing ability to just kind of run with things. Her friend Ruby seems to help her with that as much as possible. She also has quite the group of people willing to protect her no matter what. I guess that's kind of obvious. She is the chosen one. While this was a very fast-paced and enjoyable read, there were some issues I had with the book. There were multiple scenes that I wish had been drawn out just a little more. I could understand their place in the story, but I couldn't understand why they were so rushed over. Also, from what I understand, all of the characters were legal adults. They weren't quite twenty yet, but they were old enough to make their own decisions. So I would assume that the academy is a magical college of sorts. Which is awesome and imaginative. However, it feels like a high school and the characters act like teenagers with teen angst in many parts of the book. This book was narrated by Victoria Mei. I really enjoyed listening to her reading this. The only criticism I really have of her that I can think of off the top of my head is that I wish she'd made the boys' voices just a bit more distinctive from each other. Sometimes I had a bit of trouble telling which of them was speaking or which of their points of view I was hearing. Her reading of Cassandra was great. She brought Cassandra to life in my opinion. I'd definitely listen to other books written by her. While there were some things about this book that I didn't really care for, I really enjoyed the story overall. I thought it was very imaginative and progressive. I also felt like it added some comic relief through the book that can sometimes get left out of books like this. I look forward to reading the rest of the series if for nothing else than to see what happens to Cassandra and her boys. It should be a very interesting read. An enjoyable one as well. Especially if all of the characters have a bit of a personality change.

Evil!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-20

Michael and Zaira grew up together. They were very close. They were both children of very prominent Families. Both their parents thought they would grow up and marry each other. Until the tragic loss of Zaria's mother. Michael's father is accused of killing her and their families are torn apart. They haven't spoken in five years when Zaria's father agrees to marry her off without even consulting with her first. She confides in her brother who decides that their father must be stopped at all costs. Even if that means removing him from the situation entirely. I'm going to start this review by stating one simple fact that I'm learning more and more with each Amy Cecil book. Amy Cecil is pure evil. She knows exactly how to hook you in and then leave you hanging. I know this sounds like an insult. It's not. I'm just stating that she's an evil genius. I've read multiple books by her and I've loved every single one of them. This book has been no exception to that. I especially loved the small reference to another series that I read of hers. It was great! I only had a few small issues with this book. The biggest was the time flow. It doesn't really clarify when the type jumps forward or how far forward it jumps ahead. Well I can't say that about every single instance. There are times it is clarified. There are also times that it isn't. It's a very small issue that didn't really hurt the story at all. I will warn the reader that this book does contain a cliffhanger ending. That's an Amy Cecil stamp. Did I mention she was pure evil? This book was narrated by Mark and Maya May Bravo. If I'm not mistaken, they have narrated other books by Amy Cecil as well. They did a great job on this one. They have done an amazing job on all of the audiobooks I've listened to that they did quite honestly. I didn't have as positive of an opinion of them at first. I retract that. It was me not being as into the audiobook world as I am now. I definitely see how great of a quality they have now. Did I love the book? Yes. I did very much. Will I read the second book? Of course! It's taking a lot of willpower not to grab the book now and devour it. Amy Cecil has quickly become one of my favorite authors of all times. I love her style. She makes the most cringy troupes alluring. She even rocks a cliffhanger. I'm still going to say that she's pure evil. I can't help it that I love that brand of evil.

A Castle For Two

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

Reviewed: 08-04-20

Clarissa finds out that her estranged grandfather has passed away. She flies to another country to find out what happened and what to do with his belongings. There she meets Ian, who's been living at the castle her grandfather owned. They instantly dislike and distrust each other. They were content to find out what was in the will and go their separate ways. Neither of them were prepared to hear the stipulation they were given. They only way they would be able to claim their inheritance is to marry each other. I read this in one sitting. Well listened to it in one sitting would be the more accurate wording for it, but I digress. I find that I really love any stories that have to do with Ireland at all. Especially the ones full of sassy characters. I just can't get enough of a sassy character! I can't even begin to explain that. Ian's sister was my favorite character in the whole book. She was just so vibrant and full of life! She'd be the person you'd just instantly like even if you didn't really warm up to people right away. There were a few tropes in here that I haven't ever cared for. They were eyeroll inducing. They didn't really ruin the story for me. The biggest problem I had was that a conflict kept getting peppered in the story, but it wasn't really fully closed. I kept hoping for a nugget of information in the epilogue, but it wasn't mentioned at all. I was kind of invested in the drama behind it. I wanted to see how it all played out. Well, how it crashed and burned to put it bluntly. This book was narrated by Patricia Santomasso and Sean Patrick Hopkins. They both did a very fantastic job. I do wonder if Hopkins is actually Irish. His accent is very dreamy. Not that I'm going to fixate on that. Much. I feel like Santomasso's voices for both of the leading female characters was pretty amazing. It strikes me how hard it must be for narrators to have conversations between the characters and maintain voices for each one. Both of these narrators did an excellent job with that. I was very impressed. I will listen to other books narrated by them. I thought this was going to be a stupid cheesy romance. Like predictable to the end. I won't lie, in many ways it was. However, it wasn't in a horrible way. It still had its own unique spin that I really enjoyed. I found out that this is book five in a series. I haven't read the first four books. Those who know me know that this is bothering me a little. It is a standalone novel. So I didn't really miss anything by not reading the first four. I'm still going to go back and read them anyway. I may even reread this book in the future.

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 01-04-20

Brayden has always felt like an outcast among his friends. He is the only human in the midst of paranormals. While he adores each of them and is close with many of them, he still feels awkward and out of place when he's with him. Things change for him drastically when he witnesses what he thinks is a dog getting attacked. It turns out it was a shifter named Kandra getting attacked. Kandra has been through more than anybody should. She finds it hard to trust anybody fearing their true intentions. Her instincts tell her that she can trust Brayden. That he might be her mate. I really loved this book! It was as fast paced as the rest of the series. Not to mention the witty banter. I would have liked to see Solomon a bit more in this book, but I'll probably say that in every book. I love Solomon. He's my favorite male character. Ari is my favorite female character. But I digress. I really felt for Kandra. She had been through so much. I'm glad that Brayden found her. I think things would have been different had anybody else found her. There's not really anything that I can think of on the top of my head that I didn't like about this book. There was a reference in the book that I was kind of annoyed with until the end where it became a key factor. I thought the author just kind of through a meaningless nugget of information until it was referenced again. I do think that if it was a bit of an important piece that more information should have been sprinkled into the story. Not a lot. Just maybe a reference or two more here or there. This book was narrated by Troy Duran and Sarah L. Colton. They narrated the rest of the series as well. They did a fantastic job. If I'm being honest, I think they make the story even more appealing to me. Especially Duran's version of Solomon. I think it adds a lot more allure to Solomon than is already there. Yes, I'm aware I have a big bias on Solomon. I can't help it. But I digress. Again. I have listened to other books by Sarah L. Colton. I would definitely be willing to listen to others by her and Troy Duran. This is the fifth book in a series. They can technically be read as standalones. I encourage anybody to read them all. They don't have to be read in order, but they are all very unique and a pure joy to read. I didn't really start loving this series right away. I enjoyed it very much, but I wasn't in love. However, I wound up falling in love with it more and more each book. I recommend this book and every book in this series!

Warning: Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 22-02-20

Rebel has discovered something awful. His parents have gone missing. He wants to go rescue them. Realizing he needs help, he comes to Ice for help. Together, they decide that it's worth the trip to Ireland. As long as the women have nothing to do with it. Once they leave, another problem surfaces. One that completely unnerves Emma. I really enjoyed this book so much! I enjoyed the first two as well. I didn't think I'd like the first one at first, but I got hooked on it. I knew I'd love the second one as well. So, when I bought this book, I knew I'd love it as well. It's very fast paced and easy to read. It's pretty possible to finish reading it in one sitting. Ice is an amazing guy, but I feel like sometimes his aggression and anger is a little over the top. Not all of it. I get it. He has to be tough guy since he literally runs the club, but I digress. I was a little disappointed that I didn't get much of Emma in this book. I mean she was in it, but she was more in the background than the front of the story. I also wanted to see more of Rebel, Honey, and the sister. Drawing a blank on her name right now. This book was narrated by Mark and Maya Bravo. They narrated the first two books as well. They have done a pretty bang up job so far! I think they have intensified the incredible story to make it even more amazing than it already is! I am definitely interested in seeing more audiobooks by these two. I've been hooked on this series since book one. I've read another book by this author as well outside of the series. This author knows how to captivate a reader! I am completely hooked! She has quickly become one of the authors I will instantly buy without even knowing what the book is about fully! She's great!

Beautiful!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-20

Knox and Aubrey have been hooking up for a few years. They met at an event and the connection they felt was strong. Knox is getting tired of just constantly hooking up with Aubrey. He's ready to make their relationship official. He finds that Aubrey is very reluctant and unwilling to move to the next step. Not wanting to let that discourage him, he makes it a point to do everything in his power to win her over.

When I first started reading this, I was like oh here we go. Let's see how fast we can predict this. Should we expect to see this on Hallmark? I found myself being pleasantly surprised. It wasn't a cheesy story at all. It was very well written and wholesome. It's the kind of book that makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. It gives you hope on things that seem impossible. I think this is the fifth book in a series. I haven't read the first four books, but if they are just as adorable as this book, I fully plan to.

I know that Aubrey should be this unlikeable person. She refuses to be in a relationship because she's afraid that it will distract her from her business. It's easy to understand her point of view. She has so many successful people in her family. Even though her family is proud of her as she is, she still feels this sense of pressure. It's completely understandable. Knox is just so sweet. He's not perfect by any means, but he's amazing and is completely perfect for Aubrey. I loved both of their families and the people they work with. I wish I could have gotten to know them a bit more.

This book was narrated by Andi Arndt and Jason Clarke. They did a pretty amazing job. I am trying to remember if I have listened to anything else they have done. It's hard to keep track. I do find that I listen to many audiobooks. It seems to increase as time goes on. I can say I'm so impressed with their performance that I'm willing to listen to others that they perform. I would listen to both solo and duo performances from them.

I misjudged this book very horrible. It makes me feel bad. I stuck with it anyways. I'm glad I did. It was a very amazingly short and sweet book. It's wholesome and hilarious. It's hard not to read the book and root for Knox and empathize with Aubrey. I could see this being a very adorable mini-series or movie in the future. I think I should go back and read the first four books.

Love It!

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

Reviewed: 29-01-20

A Christmas special including all of the Avynwood members. All of them are preparing for a special Christmas party. Some of them get very special surprises that they always wanted. One even surprises everybody by doing something that nobody expected of them.

I really enjoyed this one. I got to see points of view that I never thought I'd get to see. I'd of liked to see more of certain parts of the story. I hope they take part in future books in this series. There is another book that I haven't gotten my hands on yet, so I can hope! I've loved this entire series. It's so amazing.

The characters are all so amazing! They are loyal. Most of them are weres, but they include other paranormals in their circle. Everybody is so fiercely protective of each other. They may squabble and argue, but they will make sure nothing ever happens to those they care about! It's humbling to see!

This book was narrated by Tony Duran and Sarah L. Colton. The entire series has been narrated by these two. They enhance the series on so many levels. I think it brought me more into the story than I already was! That's saying a lot! I'd definitely listen to other novels narrated by the two. Solo performances and duets.

This was a very short read, but I enjoyed it very much! It was so amazing how the author took one story and split it between multiple points of view. It was like getting to see an event taking place through multiple eyes. I can't even begin to explain how unique it was. I love books like this!