Friday, 24 May 2019

Audio: The Austen playbook - Lucy Parker



Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
Series: London Celebrities, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-22-19
Contemporary romance
To review

My Thoughts
Being a Austen fan I do admit to wanting more actual Austen stuff. They kept rehearsing for this play that I wanted to know more about.

And as for our characters, hmm, maybe he is price and she prejudice ;)

Freddy is a rising star of the west end, just as her father wanted. To carry own the legacy of his mother. But all these drama roles are just so so, meh. Freddy carried this stupid guilt around and I wanted to tell her to let it go and do what she wanted!
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Griff is a critique, and he is feared by all. Someone has to say what others do not. You go Griff.

Anyway, Freddy takes part in an Austen mingle play, it takes place at Griff's estate. He is doing a movie about her gran. They meet, they argue, they fall in love. Other cast members cause havoc, family members cause havoc and there is a scandal brewing.

Like I said, more Austen please. Not we got a mystery surrounding her gran instead. And I did not actually feel these two fall in love. It just suddenly happened, chemistry was rather low.

But it was  a amusing one and it did not feel US romance like, more Britain romance wise (the author seems to be NZ so I guess that makes sense then).

Narrator
I did like the narrator. She did a great job keeping my attention on things , and she played different characters well. She really made the book better for me.

Freddy Carlton knows she should be focusing on her lines for The Austen Playbook, a live-action TV event where viewers choose the outcome of each scene, but her concentration’s been blown. The palatial estate housing the endeavor is now run by the rude (brilliant) critic who’s consistently slammed her performances of late. James “Griff” Ford-Griffin has a penchant for sarcasm, a majestic nose, and all the sensitivity of a sledgehammer.
She can’t take her eyes off him.
Griff can hardly focus with a contagious joy fairy flitting about near him, especially when Freddy looks at him like that. His only concern right now should be on shutting down his younger brother’s well-intentioned (disastrous) schemes - or at the very least on the production (not this one) that might save his family home from the banks.
Instead, all he can think of is soft skin and vibrant curls.
As he’s reluctantly dragged into her quest to rediscover her passion for the stage and Freddy is drawn into his research on a legendary theater star, the adage about appearances being deceiving proves abundantly true. It’s the unlikely start of something enormous...but a single revelation about the past could derail it all.


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Soulbinder - Sebastien de Castell

Paperback, 400 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Hot Key Books
Series: Spellslinger #4
YA Fantasy
Own


My Thoughts
I did like the book, but at the same time, I do not know, I feel that it is starting to drag on, It could well have been a trilogy, but at least 2 more books are coming. I just want to know if there is a cure for the shadowblack! And the next one does sound thrilling, he is gonna kill a queen!

Kellen goes to find some monks that can cure him....and I can not say a lot cos spoilers!

They are light and easy to read. Fun adventures. And I did like that he was on his own, but Recihis was not with him! This was horrible, that squirrelcat brings all the wit and makes the books fun.

Ugh, I am not good at writing today. I need to sleep.

What conclusion had a reached? Yes, this series could have been shorter. Less hijinks, more something real. But they are still fun.

Blurb
Kellen and his murderous squirrel cat, Reichis, are on their own. They've heard rumour of a mythical monastery, known as the Ebony Abbey. It's a place that outsiders can never find - but Kellen is getting desperate. He's been told that the monks inside the Ebony Abbey know more about the Shadowblack than anyone else - and that they even know how to cure it.

Then Kellen and Reichis are separated and for the first time, Kellen must face the world alone - and venture deeper into shadow magic than he ever knew he could.


Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Audio: The tiger at midnight - Swati Teerdhala

Narrated by: Sneha Mathan
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-23-19
The tiger at midnight #1
Publisher: HarperAudio
Fantasy YA
To review

My Thoughts
When it comes to YA fantasy I do always have to suspend belief, as the teens are always the best in the world at something ;) But hey you can still enjoy the ride.

Esha, is 16-17, and the fiercest deadliest assassin spy in the world. Everyone fears the Viper. Did I feel that it as shown, nah, not really, she makes mistakes and sure I can see her take out someone, she has trained after all, but best in the land? No. Also why send a kid to take out the general? Best in the land *snickers* 
She lusts for vengeance and I liked that she truly was a grey person. She kills without remorse.

Kunal is also supposed to be this great soldier, and I do say that his tracking skills are awesome, but otherwise he is a bit of a bumbling fool. Omg the times he gets hit over the head, this poor guy must have brain damage! When I think about it it felt a bit, look, women are just superior than men, look at this silly man.
But I liked Kunal, he is nice, he was a follower but he learns some hard truths.

Again, I get that it is YA, but why are always the best fighters kids? Why do they always send out kids? Srsly, are there no adults with like 20 year experience that would fare better? That will always be my issues with YA. Kunal is sent out with some other guys to track down the Viper, sure, send out the 16 year old boys, I am sure all the adult soldiers are dead.

Ok, dang, this sounds so negative now! No no! I enjoyed this book, what else could the author do, this is YA, they have to be best and young.

I liked the Indian fantasy setting, I never see that in fantasy. I liked the feel of the lush jungle, tigers sneaking around and the talk of food and customs. I liked how the countries need a woman ruler and a man ruler in their own country. And now there are two male rulers and one country is suffering. It was fascinating. She created this amazing world.

Conclusion
And when it ended, arghhh, why is there no blurb for book 2? I need to know what happens to Kunal and Esha, mostly Kunal cos I like that bumbling fool

Narration
She has this smooth voice that I enjoyed listening too. The accents were really fitting and went so well with the characters. Nice distinctive voices too
I'd listen to more by her,even if she sounded older I'd say she was perfect for YA.

A broken bond. A dying land. A cat and mouse game that can only end in bloodshed.
Esha lost everything in the royal coup - and as the legendary rebel known as the Viper, she’s made the guilty pay. Now, she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha. 

Kunal has been a soldier since childhood. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path - even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has only been growing more volatile. 

When Esha and Kunal’s paths cross one fated night, an impossible chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces.
As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both the soldier and the rebel must decide where their loyalties lie: with the lives they’ve killed to hold on to or with the love that’s made them dream of something more.


Tuesday, 21 May 2019

TMST


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

May 21st: Are most of your review books for publishers or are you reviewing books of your choice?

These days I do review mostly for publishers. And that is because I listen to so many audiobooks, the one print I manage once a week is usually one of my own.

But all that I do review are those of my own choice. Ugh, that has me thinking. I am starting work in 2 months! I will have no audio time! I will never read again *laments*.

The review books are the ones where I take chances, my own, not so much, fantasy fantasy fantasy. SO thank you publishers for letting me take those chances I otherwise would not


Monday, 20 May 2019

Audio: A prince on paper - Alyssa Cole



Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Series: Reluctant Royals, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-30-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Contemporary romance
To review

My Thoughts
I have no idea what it is this redheaded prince fascination, I mean Harry, come on, not handsome. But for you all who think so then this is a treat for you. A redheaded playboy prince who gets in trouble a lot and whose philanthropist mother is dead. And whose name is Johan.

Johan who has fancied Nya from afar. Sheltered Nya whose dad is a traitor and who told everyone that Nya is sickly and can not do anything. Yes her dad was a real piece of work.

Back to the start. Yes this is book 3 but it works perfectly as a stand alone. She attends her cousin's wedding and I guess that was book 1? And then she has this other friend there and that I do know is book 2 because I listened to a novella about that one.  I do love a good stand alone.

I liked Johan because he did not want to be a playboy prince. He does it all to keep the attention on him and not his brother. 

Nya kept playing this mobile game and as I am currently addicted to one, then hey I get that girl! I liked how she wanted to become something else, but at the same time, there was nothing wrong with being her and she had to learn that.

They meet, they flirt, there is family drama and they live happily ever after. I enjoyed it.

Narrator
I liked her Nya voice and Johan's accent, but the Scottish one, even if I did not hear a lot, it was pretty bad. She had nice distinctive voices and her voice was nice listening to.
Romance always rocks in audio

Nya Jerami fled Thesolo for the glitz and glamour of NYC but discovered that her Prince Charming only exists in her virtual dating games. When Nya returns home for a royal wedding, she accidentally finds herself up close and personal-in bed-with the real-life celebrity prince who she loves to hate.

For Johan von Braustein, the red-headed step-prince of Liechtienbourg, acting as paparazzi bait is a ruse that protects his brother-the heir to the throne-and his own heart. When a royal referendum threatens his brother's future, a fake engagement is the perfect way to keep the cameras on him.

Nya and Johan both have good reasons to avoid love, but as desires are laid bare behind palace doors, they must decide if their fake romance will lead to a happily-ever-after. 


Sunday, 19 May 2019

Carole's Sunday Review: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy


The Catherine Howard Conspiracy (The Marquess House Trilogy #1)
Author:  Alexandra Walsh 
Title: The Catherine Howard Conspiracy
(The Marquess House Trilogy #1)
Genre: Historical Fiction, Mystery, What-If
Pages: ebook
Published:  March 28th 2019 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)




What secrets were covered up at the court of Henry VIII …? 



Whitehall Palace, England, 1539 



When Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her. 



Catching the king’s fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle’s ambition to get a Howard heir to the throne. 



Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Anne Boleyn, Catherine begins to fear for her life… 




Pembrokeshire, Wales, 2018 



Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy. 



Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, Piper, but she has left them Marquess House, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire. 



Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother’s motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of Marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of Catherine Howard’s execution were falsified… 



You all know my love for what-if and mystery tales! This was right up my alley so I couldn't deny it!



The story follows Perdita in 2018 and Catherine Howard in the 1500s. Perdita and her twin thought that they were cut off from their granny but after their granny dies they realize they are left the Marquess House and all of her money. After moving in, Perdita sets out to uncover the motive for the granny abandoning them. This leads to a darker and more intriguing mystery...did Catherine Howard really die?



I did really enjoy both POVs. I am always inclined to like the historical one a touch more and it was true in this one. Catherine Howard isn't given much love since she wasn't queen long. Her and poor Anne of Cleves are pretty much ignored in the wife series of Henry. *laughs at own joke*. Do I believe Catherine had an affair? I wouldn't blame her in the slightest! However, she was not dumb. I don't think she really did...c'mon the man already murdered one wife and it was your cousin! One would have to be daft for sure. That is why I always questioned the whole thing personally. But again...he was old and gross...can't blame a lass for wanting love!



This tale was a huge what-if. WHAT if Catherine's death was faked? How? Why? And by who? Certainly not by good ol' Henry. *grumbles about insanity and murder* 



Now...I agree that Henry had the temper of a wild man, especially in his later years. Do I think he was physically abusive? Maybe...but I don't think he really was. The author really wanted to make sure you hated this man. It is nice and refreshing to see him in this light. Really filling in those bad guy shoes. Some people weren't a fan of this...but I think it fit and it was refreshing. It was also refreshing to see Catherine Howard differently. She wasn't some dumb little girl. She had a brain and I liked it. It was different. 



I did enjoy the mystery and the what-if-ness. SO unlikely for 100 reasons, but that is why I liked it. History is written by the winners. We will never, ever truly know. 



My only issue was the explanations of certain things. I know it is a what-if, but I felt they were a little weak in explanations. 



Also, I wanted more in the ending! YOU CAN'T LEAVE ME LIKE THIS AUTHOR!!! NOO! 



Overall, I did like this book. It was refreshing and I was glued from page one. I read it in a couple of sittings because I had to know what was going to happen next! I like that the author took risks with the characters and the story twists. All-in-all, not a bad what-if tale! I'll stamp this with 3 stars. 







Friday, 17 May 2019

Audio: Storm cursed - Patricia Briggs



Audible Audio, Unabridged, 10 pages
Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Penguin Audio
Series: Mercy Thompson #11, Mercy Thompson World - Complete #16
UF
Own

My Thoughts
Hey, look at me! I did a Mercy audiobook! It did not feel as strange as when I did the last Kate Daniels in audio. I do not know why,  but here, well I felt this was Mercy's voice. This was Mercy's world. It was also my first Lorelai King and I liked everything she did.

And this was such a palate cleanser after another audiobook I read before. I needed this which felt quick and light. 

Trouble is brewing as always. There are goblins, zombies (not your usual kind) and a political meeting. And she will save the day as she always do. Thank to friends. And there are also some consequences this time.

Fun all the way through. Action, sadness, abit of loving with Adam (hey I liked Adam, maybe the narration made me finally truly  warm up to him. Even if my heart is always Bran's- Speaking of him, no Bran! Gods I hate his wife. Rant over).

Great add to this series. This one has not disappointed me so far.

Narration
My first King book! I liked everything she did. Yay



Blurb
My name is Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman, and I am a car mechanic.

And a coyote shapeshifter . . . And the mate of the Alpha of the Columbia Basin werewolf pack.

Even so, none of that would have gotten me into trouble if, a few months ago, I hadn't stood upon a bridge and taken responsibility for the safety of the citizens who lived in our territory. It seemed like the thing to do at the time. It should have only involved hunting down killer goblins, zombie goats, and an occasional troll. Instead, our home was viewed as neutral ground, a place where humans would feel safe to come and treat with the fae.

The reality is that nothing and no one is safe. As generals and politicians face off with the Gray Lords of the fae, a storm is coming and her name is Death.

But we are pack, and we have given our word. We will die to keep it.


Thursday, 16 May 2019

Blackwing - Ed McDonald


Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 2017 by Gollancz
Series: Raven's Mark #1
Fantasy
Own

Edit: 
This review was written on my phone...I am not a phone reviewer person, never again

My Thoughts
This felt like a dark world. I mean it was a dark world! A war tore the country apart, creating a wasteland called The misery where dark creatures roam and beyond ancient magra wants to cross. All This country have is a deadly macho and so e powerful goodlike mages. And The machine seems go be broken.

, p, ause. God damm spellcheck! 

Anyvway cool world. Those powerful mages are strange. What are they? The good and The bad

Galharrow was 40. A drunk. Messed up, but i liked him . He did not apologize. 

Save the world then

I am never writing a review on my Phone again. This sucks. My brain is fried!
This is so not a well written review. Sorry book!

Conclusion:
I enjoyed and will read more




Blurb
The republic faces annihilation, despite the vigilance of Galharrow's Blackwings. When a raven tattoo rips itself from his arm to deliver a desperate message, Galharrow and a mysterious noblewoman must investigate a long dead sorcerer's legacy. But there is a conspiracy within the citadel: traitors, flesh-eaters and the ghosts of the wastelands seek to destroy them, but if they cannot solve the ancient wizard's paradox, the Deep Kings will walk the earth again, and all will be lost.

The war with the Eastern Empire ended in stalemate some eighty years ago, thanks to Nall's 'Engine', a wizard-crafted weapon so powerful even the Deep Kings feared it. The strike of the Engine created the Misery - a wasteland full of ghosts and corrupted magic that now forms a No Mans Land along the frontier. But when Galharrow investigates a frontier fortress, he discovers complacency bordering on treason: then the walls are stormed, and the Engine fails to launch. Galharrow only escapes because of the preternatural magical power of the noblewoman he was supposed to be protecting. Together, they race to the capital to unmask the traitors and restore the republic's defences. Far across the Misery a vast army is on the move, as the Empire prepares to call the republic's bluff.


Wednesday, 15 May 2019

Audio: Cake Pop Crush - Suzanne Nelson



Narrated by: Elise Arsenault
Series: Wish Series [Nelson], Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-09-19
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio
MG fiction
To review

My Thoughts
Sometimes a Middle grade book is good, because they are just so short. Not to mention sweet and this one had that we can conquer everything.

Alicia's dad runs a bakery and she works there, and she really loves baking. Loves it! Her specialty is cake pops. Did I know what they are? Nope. Have I seen one? Nope. DO I want to taste one? Yes. Alicia is nice baking loving girl who has her besties.

But then a chainstore opens and the bakery struggles and the new boy at school is the son of the CEO. Instant enemy, but also this mail feel without any mail involved. They obviously like each other, but she thinks he is the enemy, and he is really clueless. That was bit hard to get, no one is that clueless.

A bit of crushing, a lot of baking, lot of friendship and some drama. And most of all, the good guy wins. But that is why it was good. We need feel good, everything is going to work out books too.

Narrator
I did like everything she did with voices and storytelling, and if I had to complain it would have been that she did not sound MG. But then I am not saying I would like someone actually younger, more like a younger voice. But it really did not matter cos she was great at what she did


Sometimes friends, school, and boys can be a recipe for disaster!  

Alicia Ramirez has always loved baking. Her family owns Say It with Flour, the small bakery in town. And Ali's specialties are cake pops: delicious confections on a stick. But Ali's sweet life turns sour when a sleek coffee shop opens across the street, giving her bakery a run for its money. Worst of all, the owner's son, Dane McGuire, likes to bake, too. He's the new kid in Ali's school...and happens to be annoyingly cute.  

When Dane and Ali engage in a bake-off to prove who is the cake-pop master, it's Ali's chance to save Say It with Flour. But will she be able to rise to occasion...and ignore what her heart might be telling her?


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

TMST


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

May 14th: Do you prefer action-driven books or quiet books? (Courtesy of Roberta@Offbeat Ya)

I do not know. I guess it also depends on what action-driven means, to some it might mean constant, to others not. But ok, I will say action-driven, especially when it comes to audio. When I read a good quiet can be really good, one that you just sink into. But listening to it is not the same.

Huh, i have such short answers!


Monday, 13 May 2019

Audio: Hidden by Rebecca Zanetti

Narrated by: Roger Wayne
Series: Deep Ops, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-16-19
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Romantic suspense
To review

My Thoughts
Pippa is running from something in her past. I felt sorry for her, I would have run too. Ugh her mother is all I am saying! Worst mother of the year. So she stays mostly indoors, has one friend and then one day a sexy guy moves into the house next door.

Malcolm, Malcolm, yes he likes Pippa from the start, but the lies man, the lies! And again, totally understandable. He needs lies. It is his job. But he is a good guy that just wants to protect the weak.

I want to say more, but, ok so the thing does come up quickly, but I still do not want to talk about it. It has a better feel if one does not know why she hides or what he is doing. But I liked it. It was creepy. A running from worthy.

They get close. She wants to be normal, he falls in love. But the secrets, the secrets! And then there is drama and suspense too as the lies are catching up and baddies are coming.

I enjoyed it. A nice amount of romance and suspense.

Narration
I actually liked the voice for another guy better than the main. The main was ok, but it was just so manly and rough. Ha. He was such a male. 

But yes as you can see the voices were distinct and I liked that. I knew where I had everyone. He did the drama, romance and suspense well too.

Hide. That's all Pippa can do to escape the terror chasing her. But now that she's off the grid in a safe house, she finds plenty of interesting things to watch through the window. Like her new neighbor, with his startling green eyes, killer smile, and sexy bad-boy tattoo....
Run. Malcolm West is fleeing the hell he unleashed in his last assignment as an undercover cop. A backwoods bungalow sounds like the perfect place to start over. Until he discovers he's been set up.... 
Fight. Someone's gone to a lot of trouble to bring them together. No matter how much he resents that, and no matter his own driving needs, Malcolm will have to dig deep and let loose the banished killer inside himself, or Pippa's fears could come true faster than the flip of a bolt in a lock....


Sunday, 12 May 2019

Carole's Sunday: The Bladesmith by Megan Grooms


The Bladesmith
Author:  Megan Grooms

Title: The Bladesmith (The Fayhaven Trilogy Book 1)
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: ebook
Published:  March 29th 2019
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)




As a female bladesmith Lena is barely making ends meet. Upon learning the castle is hiring a new Master Bladesmith she decides she cannot miss the opportunity. Can she get them to look past her gender and see her abilities? Once she meets Zander and he accepts her without question, hope builds within her. When secrets are revealed and Lena learns the truth about her family’s history, she isn’t sure what will happen. Will Lena get everything she has ever wanted, an adoring man and a position she loves, or will her life be forever changed by the truth that has been kept from her?


The cover was what caught my attention right away. It is just so cool and I can't look away. 



The story follows Lena who has taken over her father's sword store after he passed. He trained her and she is naturally skilled, but she is a woman so men stink and are mean to her. This causes her to barely making ends meet. She decides she has to take the chance to apply to the new Master Bladesmith position at the castle for the royals. She meets Zander who looks past her gender and only sees her skill and her kind heart. 



Poor Lena. I felt so bad for her. Men stink!!! She is good at her job and she has a passion that equals any man!! I'm so glad Zander was smart and realized talent where it is. I liked Zander a lot due to that. I still liked him even though his big secret was revealed. I get WHY he lied. But I also get Lena's POV on this. 



The story did seem to drag a little bit and was really slow-paced, but this really was focusing on Lena, Zander, and the world. I do wish there had been more action, but I get it. I do think we needed this slower start. There was some drama that kept everything moving, so that helped. 



OH that ending! I had guessed it, but I was still shocked! So good. I am SO curious to read book 2. HOW CAN YOU LEAVE ME LIKE THIS AUTHOR!!?!?!?!?! GAH!



But yes, overall, I did enjoy this story. It had some drama for sure, but it was slow-paced since it was just opening up the world and characters. I liked both Lena and Zander a lot. I cannot wait for book 2! I'll give this 4 stars. 



Friday, 10 May 2019

Audio: Grave Destiny - Kalayna Price



Narrated by: Emily Durante
Series: Alex Craft, Book 6
Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 04-02-19
Language: English
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Urban fantasy
to review

My Thoughts
I do like historical romance on audio, but urban fantasy I have discovered to work just as well. Some genres to seem to click more and get even better in audio. And this one certainly did just that.

Alex gets a new case. A dead body in Faerie and possible war if a killer is not caught. I never remember who I ship since the wait between books is usually quite long. So Faelan who? Stop crying over spilled milk, Dugan seems juicy! As it is no Alex is not dating anyone (still miss you Death!), Faelan and her, well they did have their fling and now she has to work with him since he is a knight and agent. And Dugan, is the Shadow Prince who hires her. And yes, I like him, I wish she could like him back *sighs*

Faerie is not easy to navigate through. Everyone has hidden agendas. The Winter Queen is a b*tch. The other regents are no better. Though Dugan's dad did seem ok. This is not just a murder investigation, there are toes that can not be stepped upon. Feathers that can not be ruffled. And there is a baddie in the wings trying to cause war (I did guess who quite easily, I wonder why they did not).

The narration is great, there is always something behind the corner so you keep listening to know more. Like I said, UF does seem to be great for audio.

The end promises more hardship to come, and I can't wait! Must have more.

Narrator
She does the voices well, everyone has their sound. It is easy to follow along. She keeps up the tension and speed. And she makes this to an enjoyable listen that has me clamoring for more.

Alex is still trying to come to terms with her changing powers and her growing ties to Faerie when a case she'd rather avoid falls right into her lap. A fae prince desperately needs Alex to investigate a politically sensitive murder. She reluctantly agrees to the case, taking FIB agent Falin Andrews along as her backup. 

But as Alex begins to delve into the mystery, she realizes that the intricate web of alliances and intrigue in the Faerie courts is strained to its limits. War is about to break out, one that threatens to spill over into the mortal realm. This murder is tied right to the center of centuries-old arcane unrest, and if Alex isn't careful she may follow the twisting path ahead of her right into her grave end.


Thursday, 9 May 2019

Audio: To wed an Heiress by Karen Ranney



Narrated by: Liam Gerrard
Series: All for Love, Book 2
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 03-26-19
Language: English
Publisher: HarperAudio
Historical romance
For review

My Thoughts
Mercy is an heiress who runs away from home and goes to see her gran in Scotland. I liked how smart she was about it, she takes her maid with her, she books passage on one of her dad's ships. I can stand by this runaway.

Then she meets Lennox. Reluctant Earl with a Castle that is falling down, and who loves building flying machines. I liked Lennox, he was always just there you know.

Mercy's Scottish family were idiots the bunch of them, ugh! Her former fiance was an asshat! I am glad she ran away. Her family back home did have the best of intentions, so I forgive them.

Oh and there is a feud. So she is not allowed to meet Lennox. But does she care, no.

They meet, fall in love (cos who wouldn't) and then there is some family drama and they live happily ever after.

I enjoyed it :)

Narration
I did like the narrator. But his Mercy voice did at first sound like she had a cold or something, but then you got used to it. It was just his female voice. He did have nice distinct voices to all the big players and I liked his soft Scottish accent 

Blurb

Rebellion drove Mercy Rutherford to Scotland to escape the possessive grip of her fiance. But it's fate that lands her in the crumbling highlands castle of Ross Caithart. A dreamer with visions of inventing airships, he's most certainly mad. Handsome beyond words, he's also causing an irresistible flutter in her stomach beyond reason. When Gregory arrives to see their arranged marriage to its bitter end, Mercy desperately turns to Ross with an offer of her fortune-and her hand in marriage.

The Earl of Morton has a reputation for being a daredevil eccentric, but even he is hesitant to engage in such a rash proposition-no matter how utterly beguiled he is by the wildly independent American heiress. And yet, with so much at stake, how can he possibly say no? But when their unconventional union grows into a passionate and inseparable love, more than Gregory's obsession threatens them. Now, Ross and Mercy will have to risk more than their hearts to save it


Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Chaosmage - Stephen Aryan


Paperback, 468 pages
Published October 11th 2016 by Orbit
Series: The Age of Darkness Trilogy #3
fantasy
Own

My Thoughts:
What a great conclusion to this series! I really enjoyed this series, it was light, haha, oh you know I love that word! It was light of writing, it was not light in tone. Nope, it was dark in tone. Light writing and dark tone equals: great fantasy series that people should read.

They are all set at different times and different people, but it works. Sure peace came in book 1 but true peace takes time.

In this one one of the cities in Shael is in trouble. The country suffered greatly in the war. And now the dead walk and hunt the living. No, not zombies. What is going on in the city?

In the city we have the Of Alyssa, who tries to rally people together. And Zannah who was really fascinating. She was the invading enemy that stayed behind and everyone hates her, but they also know she is keeping them alive.

Balruss, the mighty battlemage who saved everyone during the war. And Tammy, the guardian that travels with him to this haunted city. Tammy was kickass!

It takes place in a dead city. There is death, dead? people. And just a book that I read so fast and could not put it down. Light in writing, dark in tone. Just perfect.

And that was the end! *sobs* But there is another series that takes place 10 years after. Yay. I want more about the weird gods!

Blurb
Voechenka is a city under siege. Decimated by the Battlemage War, its dead now walk the city at night, attacking survivors, calling their names and begging the living to join them beyond the grave.

Tammy is a Guardian of the Peace sent to the city to investigate, so the ruling powers can decide whether to help Voechenka or leave it to its grisly fate.

Zannah is a pariah in Voechenka - making up for her people's war crimes by protecting refugees who fear her far more than their unearthly attackers.

Balfruss is a scholar, a traveler . . . and the infamous mage who single-handedly ended the war.No one else may enter or leave the city - so if this ragtag group of survivors can't figure out what is going on, they'll live out their last days within its walls.And night is coming on fast . . .


Tuesday, 7 May 2019

TMST


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

May 7th: Why I Like to read Book Reviews

I like learning about new books. There are SO many books out there. They are impossible to keep track of these days. A lot of times I miss out on my favs too and suddenly there is a review and I am all whaaaat? It is out?! That is why I read reviews.

I also like to read opinions, what worked, what did not work. That is how I know if a book might or might not work for me. That is really the most important part.

I also like to read reviews for fun. It does not matter if it is a book that actually interest me, I enjoy reading reviews.

And you all are my blogging buddies, so I like to read your book reviews cos you are all you :D


Monday, 6 May 2019

Audio: London's best kept Secret by Anabelle Bryant

Narrated by: Victoria Aston
Series: Midnight Secrets Series, Book 2
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Historical romance
Thank you Tantor for this copy

My Thoughts
Was Jeremy the smartest of men? Well, yes and no. He was a genius when it came to money. But when it came to love *groans* Not so much. He had a master plan to woe his wife, but, sigh, poor guy was not that good with women. It was both amusing and sad.

Jeremy and Charlotte has been married for almost a year. They are strangers that never interact. He has a secret to why they married and he is afraid it will ruin it all so he avoids her. But as you can guess that already ruined things. Charlotte is sweet and wonders why he never come to her. She wants love and a family. He wants a wife. Someone needs to hit them over the head, lock them in a room together and make them talk and fall in love.

The secret was actually kind of bad, I would have been upset, but at the same time it was all with good intentions.

There is a second plot too that felt really strange. It had the implications of being a huge scandal, but it was brushed aside. I also felt that it built so much that I wondered why the story was not told, I hope that it might be because a future book will delve into it cos then the couple will have a lot to forgive. Scandal!

These two have a lot to work through, but they find each other, they find love, there are secrets and scandal brewing.

I enjoyed it.

Narration
I have listened to her many times before and I always enjoy her narrating historical romance. She does the men and women well. All have distinct voices and it feels right for the era.
She is always good listening at and brings the drama and romance


In monetary matters, Jeremy Lockhart, Viscount Dearing, is used to being in control, but from his first sight of Lady Charlotte, his carefully cultivated world is rocked to its foundations. Determined to best her other, more eligible suitors, he goes to great lengths to ensure his betrothal to Charlotte. A locked black leather box holds the dark secret that has assured his success. Innocent Lady Charlotte is baffled by her fiance's behavior. Why does Lord Dearing seem so distant one day, and so attentive the next? Her family's dire financial straits did not allow her the luxury of an extended courtship. If only she could entice him into the marriage bed! When at last Charlotte's efforts are rewarded, she revels in Jeremy's unexpectedly bold possessiveness. But outside of their bedchambers, her groom's guardedness quickly returns. Passion is no longer enough for sweet Charlotte, who vows to unlock the mystery of this complicated man. The truth, however, might be more than her principled heart is prepared to handle . . . 


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