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Siphon

A Touch of Power, Book 1
By: Jay Boyce
Narrated by: Samara Naeymi
Series: A Touch of Power, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

Jade has spent her life fighting boredom in the terminally ill ward. Surfing the net or reading, she always envied the ability of others to go out and experience the world. She knew her wish to live a normal life was far beyond her reach, but after waking up one morning without the sounds of her life support, she opens her eyes and finds herself with a weak but healthy body in a magical world. 

As blue gamelike system notifications fill her vision, she knows she'll have to adapt quickly in order to survive, but this is all she ever dreamed of, so Jade is up to the challenge. She will soon realize that you need to be careful what you wish for. 

This is Andara, where her true adventure finally begins.

©2018 Mountaindale Press (P)2019 Mountaindale Press

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a refreshingly nice story

though i am averse to the oft touted marketting phrase 'heart warming tale of-' i have to admit, this story fits that descrption for once. though neither as intricate nor clever as some stories, this author's style tends to lighten the mood of the reader. optimism and hope are woven through the main character like fabric and better still, she refuses to become disilisioned. in fact, bad turns spur greater efforts to optimism. and despite a few lacking elements of realism where people act, i.e. everyone beind quite friendly rather than back-stabby as people really are, it's an acceptably believable world to listen to.
the narrator did and expert job at charcter tones and quirks, though better on wome than men, naturally.
in the end, it's an anime with a touch more sense and a dollop of fluffy!

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Loved it

A fantastic book with an adorable and loveable main character.

Not your typical affair for this genre with no main antagonist and not a great deal of struggle, much more of a feel good escapism story.

The narrator is fantastic and really brings the characters to life.

My one complaint would be the stat reading, it is quite lengthy and often mid chapter, I would have preferred a more summarised highlighted version but I can recognise that could have taken away from the original story.

All in all I look forward to the next book and hope that it adds a bit more challenge to the mc, but still keeps the same adorable charm.

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  • MK
  • 23-05-20

a nice listen

it is nothing new or interesting but it's good progression.
a little preachy at times which is why it lost a star.

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Loved this book - not your average

Really liked the character development, the idea of a siphon and the main character was lovable and believable - bang on. Thanks Jay - more please!

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recommended

excellent spin on the litrpg story. really enjoyed listening to this book. made me laugh in parts about the pop culture references.

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  • John
  • 21-03-19

its Good

It's a good start and has potential but pretty much goes no where fast, literally. She never travels outside the town or even questions the motivation of towns people. The character herself is turning into a jack of all trades but master of none path. Let's hope the next book has her leave the city and train her to be less dependant on others to stay alive.

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  • TS
  • 01-05-19

Disappointing and boring

Siphon is an interesting book, but not because of its story. Rather, seeing the goal of having a strong female protagonist facing adversity and earning a new life that it had in mind completely missing the mark is sadly disappointing. The main character is the definition of a Mary Sue after a very limited amount of effort, and after such is treated like a Disney Princess through the entire book. Not once did she face any true challenge that wasn't either dismissed or handled by someone else, and through the entire story every person that she met was kind, immediately loved her, and gave her more than she asked for. I can only think of one character who was rude to her, and they were "put in their place" within minutes.

I listened to the entire book hoping that after so much build-up we would eventually see some incredible challenge that the heroine would have to face, but in the end this was just a young girl's powere fantasy. I wish that the heroine could have surpassed challenges in a way that was truly visible to us, and proved that she was worth everything that she was given. In the end, the entire book feels like someone being given every opportunity simply because they didn't have it in the past, despite not earning anything. A few changes could have made this an engaging read with a strong role model, but sadly we are left with an interesting concept used with a lazy story.

On the bright side, the narrator is quite good overall!

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  • Kaz
  • 28-12-19

Love the singing

I love how the narrator sings the songs even if the words are changed. This is such a. Nice change compared to other books. Great listen overall.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-03-19

This book had me smiling throughout. 😄<br />

Great story, great mc, great narration. only drawback was the repeating skill tree, feels like filler.

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  • James
  • 20-04-19

Introduction

I normally don't review books but this book warrants my quick simple review.

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I really enjoyed listening to this book, the narrator does an excellent job of getting Jade's personality correct and she is entertaining to listen to.
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The book has no real conflict that Jade has to overcome and everyone adores her a little too much. Also the stats reading in the middle and end of the book takes way too long.
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If I consider this book as an introduction to the story, then so much can be done with it. Truly this book can only be considered worth listening to if the future books in the series have a story with conflict. If done the story has a lot of potential.

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  • Randy
  • 10-03-19

Siphon Wanted

I want a Siphon so I do not need to wait for Book 2 and following. Jay Boyce has written a marvelous story with Jade, being a believable protagonist with a great supporting cast. This my first experience with Samara Naeymi and I hope it will not be my last. She was the perfect compliment with characterizations, voices, tempo and rhythm. They made a great team and she brought Boyce's incredible story to life. More Please!

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  • Cody
  • 06-03-19

Great right from the start

Litrpg is my jam, and this is one of the best starts to a series I've had the pleasure of listening to.


The character Jade is a Sassy girl that looks like a breeze could bowl her over. Which makes it all the more satisfying when she steam rolls everyone around her into doing her bidding. I found myself laughing whole heartedly during most of this book. She's incredibly endearing, and every other character gets rolled into "team Jade" one after another. Her personality, look on life, intelligence, and talent for all things magic, make her fun to listen to. She's a sweet girl with a dangerous side. Once she gets her some momentum with her special ability she'll eventually be OP but that's a long way off.


The game system is unobtrusive, flexible, and simple. No character levels, just stats and skills level, both of which grow through effort. The system seems to just be there to inform the user what there capable of, and how good they are at it. Like a scoreboard. Wish the author would have cut down the reading of it though. Like, only show changes from last check or something like that. Regardless, it's not a real problem, not as bad as others I've listened to. Jade collects a laundry list of skills by the end of the book. If it continues at this rate it'll take 10 minutes to list out her profile by the end of the next one.

World building is.. Well it's not much. Inn, library, palace, restaurant, wall.. That's about it. I have a feeling most of the story will stay within this city, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'm actually hopping she spends some time on research and development in the next book.


All and all I'd say it's a solid entry to the genre.

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  • M. Knight
  • 10-03-19

Inspiring!

I absolutely loved this book! It’s an inspiration to anyone going through something. It’s a beacon of hope in dark times. Letting us know that there is always light at the end of a tunnel.

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  • Chris Buzon
  • 03-03-19

One of my favorite LitRPG novels to date

This is a great start to a new series. Interesting ability, not too overpowered, female MC, and one that doesn't make ridiculous choices outside their character in order to move the story along. I cannot wait for the next one.

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  • Umaros
  • 21-03-19

Lacks engagement

The writing is strong from a technical standpoint, but I found the story itself lacking. It has no conflict, and I don't mean just combat. A good story does not require action/fighting, but all stories require conflict. The MC has no struggles, nothing to overcome. Everyone loves & fawns over how amazing she is for the majority of the book, and she doesn't have to try to succeed.

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