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Shayna

The Fate of the Faes, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy Deuchler
Series: The Fate of the Faes, Book 1
Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

A darkness approaches that only a fae can stop. 

Evil forces threaten to cover the human world with darkness. The faerie world is dependent on the human world’s survival or they, too, will perish. Shayna, a faerie warrior of the light, is sent to the human world to prevent that from happening and must convince a human to help her. 

When she reveals her true self to Detective Pierce Cochran, his world is thrust upside down. Everything he believed to be a fairy tale is true. 

The faerie and the detective join forces against a growing number of demons and vampires, enlisting the help of an assortment of creatures Pierce didn’t know existed. Magic and weaponry collide as the mis-matched group of warrior’s race toward the final battle. 

©2018 Cynthia Melton (P)2019 Cynthia Melton

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  • Paignton Devon
  • 22-08-19

fab book

A darkness approaches that only a fae can stop.
Evil forces threaten to cover the human world with darkness.
full of action from start to end well written by Cynthia Melton
Narrated by: Amy Deuchler who brought everything to life
can't wait for book 2

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Let the fai bind you

This is my first listen from the author , this audio was non stop action from the first sentence till the very end . Once I saw the title I knew I would love it . Mankind needs to be saved and there is a war going on between the fai and the vampire race . Mankind needs to decide who they are going to back . The strong female in the fai race is Shayna . Shayna makes things happen . Shayna and Pierce Cochran a human , who is a NYC detective find love between the two races will have you to continue to listen and route for both of them

The narrator Amy Deuchler was great. She has a strong clear voice. She’s smooth and says the words slowly so people can understand them

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  • bluepits73
  • 28-07-19

good but rushed

The main character, Shayna was hard to get attached to and the story felt kind of rushed, overall. I think the author had a good story line but some things just didnt make sense or needed to be fleshed out. It was good, just missing something.

Narration was excellent and is what was what made this book worth listening to.

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  • Kara
  • 28-02-19

YA fantasy of The Light battling The Dark

"Shayna: The Fate of the Faes, Book 1" should be classified as a YA fantasy; it felt written for a middle school or young teen audience. This book is not lesfic, but it’s pretty chaste with the hetero relationships...safe for all ages.

MC Shayna is the mightiest of Fae warriors, and is sent by her queen to earth to battle on the side of The Light against those on the side of The Dark. No...really! She immediately encounters MC Detective Pierce Cochran, reveals who she is and spends the rest of the book reminding herself that as a warrior she can't spare time to acknowledge her growing attraction to Pierce.

Actually, Shayna spends most of her time in the book expressing self-doubt in her abilities to make a difference, feeling better, expressing self-doubt, feeling better...and repeating this cycle. While there is an effort a world building, introducing lots of non-human species, and giving plenty of time to characters who will be featured as MCs in the next two books, the writing style isn't subtle or complex enough to really become immersive.

I almost want to say the material is campy fun, but I don't think it was aiming for campy. What works best is narrator Amy Deuchler's steadfastly serious and enthusiastic delivery of the material. The audiobook version is pretty entertaining as Shayna and her allies cross paths over and over with the villains they seem to be always looking for and swearing to kill.

There are leprechauns, dragons, demons, vampires and, of course, during the major battle of all forces..."ten foot bunnies" must be contended with!

If you like your fantasies on the silly side, while the material may or may not be intended as silly, I think you'll enjoy "Shayna" most as an audiobook. The three books in the series are available on KU if you want to sample the material before getting the audiobook. 2.75* for the story, 4* for the narration, 3* overall.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

My rating and my review was not in anyway affected by my having been provided a review copy.

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  • Zarah
  • 16-08-19

good narration, bad book

This is the second time in a relatively short period that I've found myself in the same awkward situation, having accepted an audiobook for review from the narrator. Then, finishing it torn, because the narrator did a fine job, but I basically hated the book. So, let me be real clear on this:

1. Amy Deuchler did a fine job with the narration. My only complaint being a slight emphasis on the names that exacerbated my main problem with the actual story, which I'll get into.

2. The book Shayna sucks balls.

Now, that complaint: Shayna is perfect. She's beautiful. She's innocent. She's sexy. She's virginal. She's the most powerful warrior. She can do any magic at any moment to get them out of any scrape. She's loyal. She's clever. She's empathetic. She's caring. She's...she's...she's... To call her a Mary Sue is an insult to both Maries and Sues. SHE CAN DO NO WRONG and it makes for a horribly boring book. (This is where my only complaint about Deuchler's narration comes in. She says Shayna's name with an almost awed breathiness, which I understand given the text. But when I'm already irritated with the Shayna-worship, actually having to hear it in the name itself grated on my nerves something awful.) At one point an addictive substance was introduced and I actually thought, "Finally, something that might give this character a little depth and interest." But no, even that was given to someone else, so that Shayna could save them again.

Further, the story itself wasn't smooth. I didn't feel the romance develop AT ALL. It just suddenly was. Some characters seemed to know things they shouldn't have. While other characters had large changes of heart for no apparent reason. And 2/3 of the book was basically just Shayna running around New York putting out fires as they popped up. Then, the whole thing culminated in a large sword and magic battle that didn't relate to anything preceding it. It had some of the same characters (plus the ones that were pointlessness added too late in the book to truly be introducing characters), but nothing that happened before that point seemed necessary or to have effected the outcome. Then it was all over, Melton basically skipping over the battle and any last chance of providing a little tension or excitement.

Overall, I very much feel like the author didn't really have a plan for the book, so things just cropped up as she thought of them and nothing really tied together. I actually have all three books and I hate to not fulfill my obligation to read them. But I so disliked this one that I have a hard time thinking I'll ever really listen to them.

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  • Jesstastic
  • 29-04-19

Narration is 4.5 star, story is 3 star

I’m going to have to agree with reviewer Kara (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2713451565): This should be categorized as a PG-rated YA fantasy, dark vs light, that seems a little campy even though I don’t think it was meant to be. There is PG battle violence (is: no gore or descriptions), no explicit language, and no sexual content other than a few kisses.

MC Shayna is the best fae warrior in the kingdom, who’s life goal is to keep everyone in the fae and human realms safe. We are immediately thrown into the action: the human world is about to be attacked my the demon hordes, which include vampires. The Vampire Kasdeya, along with dark-turned faerie Deema, is working hard to convert humans to vamps for the incoming takeover, while MC human Detective Pierce Cochran is surprisingly dragged into the fae world and fight, along with 2 of his fellow detectives. When Shayna is sent to retrieve Deema and being her back into the light fold, they are able to learn Kasdeya‘s evil plot and prepare for battle. Oh yeah, Shayna and Pierce somehow fall in love without really ever doing much together or knowing each other. It was a fast falling in love storyline.

What saves this audiobook is the Narration by Amy Deuchler. She expresses the characters fantastically.

I purchased this book because I received book 3 as a review copy for my unbiased review and I wanted to make sure I knew who the characters were before launching directly into the 3rd book.

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  • Randy Murphy
  • 23-04-19

Good

Even though this could very easily fit into the young adult category it was well done and kept me interested. The characters and world were very well established and it was brought to life by a very well done narration. I was given a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.

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  • Random thoughts
  • 08-04-19

not bad

I received this book free of charge for an honest review. I don't remember much about this that was t covered by the synopsis but I didn't hate it.

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  • TU
  • 15-03-19

worth checking out, I think

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

It's not classified as YA, but I did get the feeling it was geared towards a slightly younger audience. That said, I think it is a good fantasy story that could be enjoyed by all ages. It is a little slow at first, but managed to hold my interest. The narration is decent. It wasn't the best I've ever heard, but she tries to give each character a unique voice and has enough inflection to keep things interesting. All in all, I think it is worth checking out.

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 05-03-19

I like the cover.

I received a free copy of this story for an honest review.

This was an interesting story. I liked the whole good vs. evil, light vs. dark theme. The biggest issue I had with the story was the supposed love aspect. Shayna and Pierce are in love by the end of the story. I never had the impression that either actually knew much about the other though. Both liked helping others, and both were attractive. Whenever Pierce thought of how much he cared for Shayna, he ended up thinking about her looks. There was nothing about her personality, nothing more in-depth about why he loved her. That just seemed questionable to me.

I felt the narrator did a good job. The only part of her narration that stuck out to me was how Shayna sounded. Maybe it was just me, I don’t know, but she came across as constantly sounding whiny. Again, that could have just been me. Otherwise, it was easy to tell which character was talking.

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Shayna told the guys that they wouldn’t have to take their armor off even when they showered. What about going to the bathroom? I know this was a fantasy aspect of the story, and I’ve heard that when it comes to fantasy, anything is possible, so no questioning should be involved, but still. How did none of the guys wonder about this? Am I weird because I did?

So, they knew a fight of some kind was going to be happening a specific night. What do they do in response? The four people (three detectives and Shayna) separate. Why? That made no sense to me. Given the other two detectives that Shayna isn’t 100 percent sure about, you’d think she would have wanted them all together.

A questionable mistake I came across. Shayna said that dragons lived the longest out of the Fae. Okay. She went on to say that they could live for centuries—essentially hundreds of years. THEN she said faeries like herself could live for hundreds of years. Keep in mind, this was said as though the dragons lived longer…but they both can live hundreds of years… There was no difference.

There was a part when Casdaya(?) mentioned that she’d heard one of the detectives had tried to help Dema(?) after Shayna knocked her out. Yet, she had no clue that no werewolves had been involved in the attack. How would that have been possible?

Speaking of Casdaya, how did she know that Pierce was part Fae just by looking at him when Shayna had to do her little hand-light test to confirm this?

Shayna knows the special water she got from the dragons is addictive. So, why in the world did she allow Dema to continuous drink it?

Lastly, a ton of time was spent training the detectives. Pierce becomes the new chief of police but seems to rarely be “at the office.” There was no mention, after the previous chief was killed, as to how all three men were able to continue on with the magical stuff as opposed to going to work.

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 03-03-19

Magically fun

This was an interesting story about light vs dark. I enjoyed the characters and world building. The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. I look forward to more in this series

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 28-02-19

cute fantasy

the kind of story that you enjoy listening very much it's very classy Good vs Evil and a very nice world of fantasy and overall it was a great listen
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review