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Monsters don’t exist. At least, they didn’t until we created them.

Maiyamon was once merely a game. Now, it's a global reality. After dozens of hit monster collecting games raked in billions of credits per year, it was inevitable someone would create real ones. Unfortunately, it wasn’t so obvious how many people would dump them in the wild....

Sam Wentworth grew up with nothing. She’s worked tirelessly just to get through college and earn her first monster. Bankrupt and exhausted, she sets her sights on fame and fortune in Maiyamon arenas. Instead, Sam’s caught between battling the rampaging elemental creatures abandoned by their owners and standing up to a toxic group intent on ending the game forever.

With her flame fox cub, Finn, at her side, Sam sets out to build a team capable of protecting both innocent people’s lives and the creatures she loves. That’s the easy part.

Monsters may fill the world, but it’s humans she fears the most....

©2019 Kayleigh MacLeod (P)2020 Kayleigh MacLeod

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Great Story.

I must admit having already read the book, Audible was a totally different experience for me. I wasn’t used to having a narrator taking on all of the character’s voices and I already had preconceived ideas of what they sounded like to me. I found this a bit off putting at first but as the book progressed I did get used to it. The book itself has a great storyline and I’d already fallen in love with the characters when I read it. It’s fast paced and exciting and the main protagonists really show through. The descriptions of the characters made me totally understand what they looked like. I want a Carnelian fox! I hope there’s a sequel as I’d buy it. Possibly not the Audible version however.

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Amazing!!

About the Author - Kay is a extremely talented author and has written several fantastic fantasty novels! In addition, she is a lovely person and always has time for her fans. June 2020 - Audio (Savy Des-Esages) - Outstandingly clear and proffesional. The narration is a great match to the proganist. The narraton is never robotic and is full of appropriate emotion. October 2019 - I have just finished reading a fantastic book called 'The Carnelian Fox' by Kay Macleod. Kay kindly gave me the opportunity to be a ARC reader for this story and I am very pleased she did. Fantasy has never been my favourite genre, however Kay has now started to change my mind with her outstanding story. Sam lives in a world where monsters/gems are now a reality. Originally formed purley for gaming purposes; monster/gems have now developed a conscious and have become of daily society. There are mixed views upon these creatures yet Sam wants to aspire to have a career as a battle prime. However, her journey is far from simple and there are many twist and turns on the way. This story is beautifully written. Iam someone who struggles to understand many fictional fantasy world's. Yet, I found this book clear and enjoyable. In addition, the author has placed a glossary of terms used - which I think it is brilliant idea. I was hooked throughout the entire story and I feel I really connected with the main character 'Sam'. Sam's monster/gems were described beautifully and I just wanted to cuddle them all especially 'Finn'. I would highly recommend this book to anyone especially if you are interested in fantasty fiction. This book will be placed on my 'Favourite books Shelve'.

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great story

narrated professionally and with passion and emotion. takes some mechanics from other monster catching games but is more focused on the relationship between trainer and monster. looking forward to book 2.

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Amazing

Loved it, couldn't put the book down! Listened to it all within a day, gripping!

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Amazing story

If you are a fan of pokemon you'll love this. It has great GEMs (pokemon) an interesting plot and an even better rivalry. The writer does an amazing job and creates vivid battle scenes and dynamics character interactions. The narrator does a fantastic job! I would love to live in this world!

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A fun monster catching romp

I received a free copy of the book for an unbiased review. I was born and raised on Pokémon/Digimon and when I first saw this I knew that it would be right up my alley. The Carnelian Fox takes place in a world where Maiyamon exist, monsters that can be caught and trained to battle others Maiyamon. The book does just enough to differentiate itself from things like Pokémon so that it, while recognizable, becomes its own thing, going for a more adult/ mature feel. Our main character, Sam, is one of those trainers and follows her from just leaving college and getting her first Gem, Fin the Fox, with her best friend, as she slowly fills up her team of 6 gems. For starters Sam is a great character, I loved all her interactions with her Maiyamon and just how sassy and sarcastic she could be. The narrator did an amazing job of bringing not just her, but every character to life and every voice she did just fit perfectly. The story itself is great, it contains a bunch of action thanks to the copious Maiyamon battles which are all expertly done and there are some great twists and turns that made it so I couldn’t stop listening. I won’t spoil anything but there was one specific one that had me in tears and I just knew that this would be a book I wouldn’t be able to put down. I honestly can’t wait for the next installment. Overall this was a great listen that I’d recommend to anyone who grew up with the games and feeling a little nostalgic.

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Like Pokemon but more mature

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Narration 8.5/10 The narration is good, mostly through first person perspective of the protagonist. The voices do fit the characters fine, but I would like a bit more spark to it, more excitement, especially during the action parts. Sped up at 1.25 or 1.3 makes it sound better and more "actiony". Story 7/10 I'm gonna rate this for what it is, a Gamelit Adventure. So this story has a lot of Pokemon inspiration, attempting to give a different and more mature twist to the pocket monster genre, which manages successfully to an adequate extent. It is pleasant to actually get something different served in the fantasy genre rather than usual common topics. The story follows Sam, a young girl starting her journey as a "Maiyamon" battle trainer, receiving her first monster Fin the fox and trying to build her team of 6 while becoming a strong and world renown "Battle Prime" in the process. The story is nice, interesting and action packed, but for me it lacks a main focus, a central objective for events to wrap around and help propel the story forward while keeping the story more interesting. "Becoming a strong Prime" does not bear the requisite gravity as a main objective to prevent the story getting a bit stale at some points. However, judging from the events towards the cliffhanger end of the book, the hinted sequel could breath more spark and enthusiasm into this. Overall this was a good listen for it's genre and I have hopes for an improved on sequel. I would recommend for any age, but obviously younger ages and "pocket monster" fans would actually enjoy this more.

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  • Lola
  • 13-06-20

The Carnelian Fox

I was excited to hear when the author made an audiobook of The Carnelian Fox. This book was one of my favorite reads of 2019 and I was happy to do a re-read of it this time in the audio version. This book was just as good and fun to listen to as the first time around. It was fun to pick up on some things and foreshadowing now that I listened to it, but mostly I just got as swept up into the story as the first time. I really like this world with monsters and the Pokémon vibe of this series. It really struck me this time the bond that main character Sam build with her Gem's (the monsters on her team). The battles were as exciting as during the first reads. The narrator did an awesome job with this one. She has a bit of an accent, but I found that it fit the story somehow. I liked the voices she did for Sam and the other side characters, they really fit the characters. Like the voice she had for Lucy or the different accent she used for Ellias. I also liked how she put some emotion into her voice for the more emotional scenes and this really brought these scenes to live. I would definitely recommend the audio version of this one. My original review of the ebook version: When I first heard of this book I knew I had to read it. It was clearly going for the Pokémon vibe, but then a different world and in book format, it just sounded so much fun. And it totally was. Reading this book felt both nostalgic, making me remember all those hours watching tv and playing the Pokémon games, but at the same time the author managed to make the world of Maiyamon feel fresh. Yes it was clearly inspired by Pokémon and had that same vibe, but it was still very different and the author did her best to make the world come alive and give it unique touches. This book was so much fun to read. I like the Pokémon style adventure with the main character setting out with her first Gem (genetically engineered monster) and training to become a full licensed prime, get her whole team (6 Gems) together and meet new friends along the way. There are plenty of twists and reveals along the way as well. Lots of action and challenges and some personal obstacles as well. I liked following Sam's journey. She meets some interesting people along the way, but it's the awesome Gem's the really stole the show. It all starts with her first gem, Finn, who is pretty cool. Besides that I really liked Rica and Sev. I feel like we got to see those 3 the most or maybe that's just because I liked those three the best and felt like their personalities stood out the most. It was hard to keep track of all the names of all the Gems and characters at times, I did pretty good remembering the names of Sam's gems, but struggled sometimes to remember the animal type and element type of other characters their gems. Especially the ones we don't see as much of or when only the first time we hear what they are. But even so I do think the author did a good job trying to differentiate most of the Gem's we meet. They all have their own personality or feel and I liked how many different gems we see. The book has a pretty fast pace, which worked well. There is a lot that happens in this book, the pace is well done and there is plenty of action. There aren't any dull moments, the story progresses really nicely. At the end of most chapters there is a little bit of foreshadowing where Sam says in her own words something about the events of that chapters and then things like "that wasn't the last mistake I would make" etc. This doesn't always work for me in books, but I liked it here and it created some suspense and apprehension because you knew something would go wrong or there's more to a character we meet. It really was a book I wanted to keep reading and see what happens next. One small issue I had was that some of the big events sometimes lacked impact. The book is pretty story driven, but it felt like sometimes that didn't leave as much room for the characters or getting a good in depth feel of how Sam was feeling. On the other hand I was happy that there wasn't as much attention to some of the things Sam goes through as there are some really sad things that happen. Overall the vibe of the book stayed pretty upbeat. One thing that was particularly well done were the Gem battles. They were described really well and I really could imagine well what they looked like. Those scenes were always pretty engaging and I was eager to see who would win and how the battles progressed. While the whole concept of monsters being real and the game like mechanics it doesn't feel like a very realistic world, but I did like how the author has thought about things and how the presence of monster would influence daily life. There are some things that don't make as much sense, like how these monsters basically took over the whole world when it started as a game, but there was enough explanation that it still felt like it could happen and most of those world changes are in the past and now they live in this world were Gem's are part of everyday life. And a lot of the world does make sense given that main premise, which I like. There is still a lot of this world we haven't seen yet, but I like what we've seen so far and I did like how there was some world building about the world and also why the world was this way. And it's just a really fun concept. I enjoyed spending time in this world and learning more about it. And to say a bit more about the Gem's I liked how Gem's could be every type of animal as well as some mythical or fantasy monsters. And how unlike Pokémon it isn't set which type which creature is, but instead each animal is available in every elemental type and many dual class when they evolve. I also liked how each Gem could evolve twice. To summarize: This was such a fun read. It's nostalgic with it's Pokémon like vibe and also refreshing as the book was pretty different too. I really enjoyed this book and it was so fun to read with all the monsters and following Sam on her journey. The book is pretty fast paced and story driven, which worked great here. I liked getting to know the different Gem's, although I had trouble remembering some of the side characters their gem's names at times. I especially liked Finn, Rica and Sev. I did think some emotional issues/ big events lacked impact at times, but at the same time I also didn't mind too much as most of those things are pretty sad. I really liked how the author wrote the battle scenes, they were really engaging to read and I could visualize well how the battles progressed. The world building is interesting and while the main premise might be a bit unbelievable, I liked how the rest of the world did make sense given that premise and how the author did her best to make the world come alive. And it was just a lot of fun to read about. I am definitely looking forward to more Maiyamon!

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  • S.Lunsford
  • 18-05-20

So AMAZING!

I did not expect to enjoy this book so much; I listened to it in one sitting. I was drawn in by Sam and her love for her team (gems). The relationships she formed along the way and the lessons learned were written beautifully. I'm rooting for her and Eli, and even Lucy with her show prime self. Excited to continue listening to this series! My only issue is the use of profanity throughout. It didn't add to the story and could've been written without it. I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review but it is definitely worth a purchase!

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  • Jeffrey S Zyjewski
  • 05-09-20

Excellent monster catching/battling story.

Loved the origin of the monsters and the story threw for a loop more than once. Can't wait for the next one.

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  • Vana
  • 11-06-20

Monsters come alive

Let me preface this by saying this is not my normal genre. I am not a gamer and don’t typically gravitate toward stories about games or gamers but this was just really cool. It’s not a fun story despite the gaming in fact there is a lot of loss. There’s also a serious moral dilemma the characters are facing are these monsters real living beings or characters in a game? Out MC is pretty cool... she is firm in her beliefs and she really cares for both her monsters but the people around her. She is let down so many time but always finds a way to keep going. Overall, I enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what’s next! Per my request, I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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  • kevin
  • 06-06-20

my reason for refunding

has the story progresses the character on the cover is replaced by an obese girl who cant stop stuffing her face and uses one of those electric carts while shopping at the grocery store its the writing other then that its decent.

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  • Nhite
  • 25-05-20

Fun and Playful

I really wanted a light and fun story and this was absolutely perfect. The world was fun and very similar to the Pokémon theme, so if you’re a fan of that world, you will find this a very entertaining read. The narrator’s accent was a bit strong for me but I did not struggle to understand what she was saying. After a chapter or two, I found myself quite used to her voice.

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  • LB
  • 22-05-20

Great story

I enjoyed the twist on the normal gamelit story with the beasts being the focus on powering up. other books have the main character do all the leveling.this twist makes the story more interesting and I couldn't wait to see how the story went. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.