Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Electrical Menagerie (The Celestial Isles, Book #1) by Mollie E. Reeder and narrated by Travis Baldree

The Electrical Menagerie (The Celestial Isles, Book #1) by Mollie E. Reeder and narrated by Travis Baldree is a fun steampunk mystery! Would recommend if you are a fan of steampunk, illusions/magic, or mysteries. (Full review below)


An entertaining steampunk themed circus mystery! (Say that 5 times fast 😜)

The Electrical Menagerie (The Celestial Isles, Book #1) by Mollie E. Reeder and narrated by Travis Baldree is a fun steampunk mystery! Would recommend if you are a fan of steampunk, illusions/magic, or mysteries.

Some things to expect: competition, MC’s perform for an opportunity to perform at the princess’s birthday, magic, illusion, corruption, robotics, great world building/descriptions and more. It was easy to picture myself front row at the show. Trying to come up with words to describe this book and I keep coming back to: steampunk themed circus mystery. It’s a medium-paced listen/read- action but not too slow where you get bored. The book doesn’t end in a cliffhanger (thank you Mollie!).

The narrator, Travis Baldree, was perfect for this book. His robotic voices were great! He definitely fits the steampunk genre nicely.

Overall, I would recommend and will be checking out book two. I wasn’t bored at any time and enjoyed the listen.

Note: parental advisory/trigger warnings contains minor spoilers. You’ve been warned.**********

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Parental advisory/trigger warnings: death of a man, attempted murder of main characters, one of the MC was sick as a child, house fire, train derailment, death of MC robot, family tensions.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Where to purchase:


Where to find the author: Mollie E. Reeder

Where to find the narrator: Travis Baldree


Saturday, March 23, 2019

Michael Lynes The Blood Series, Narration by David Bosco

I highly recommend Michael Lynes The Blood Series, starting with It’s In the Blood and following with Destroyer’s Blood. If you are into Mythology/Gods, this is the series for you. (full review below)





A demi-god and his sword…

I highly recommend Michael Lynes The Blood Series, starting with It’s In the Blood and following with Destroyer’s Blood. If you are into Mythology/Gods, this is the series for you. Sometimes when you’ve read/listen to books in the same genre it’s difficult to find something new/keep interest, but this is not the case with The Blood Series.

Both books kept me engaged from start to finish. They are fast-paced, with great characters, awesome narration, and fun banter between Devcalion “Dev” (the MC) and Betrayer “Tray” (his sword). I devoured It’s In the Blood in one listen and would have done the same with Destroyer’s Blood had it not been for life responsibilities calling…

Some things to expect: Gods such as Zeus, Typhon, Adrestia, Prometheus, Gaia (and more), loyalty, fighting, sarcastic humor between Dev and Tray, great world building/characters/dialogue, samurai influences. There is an echo type sound effect added when certain Gods are talking, so if this isn’t your thing, consider listening to a sample before purchasing.

The narrator, David Bosco, was fantastic! He definitely helped make these books fun and added to the story. He’s one to watch out for to do great things with narration.

I am looking forward to more books in this series. The author and narrator make a perfect team.

Overall, I recommend and will not say much more due to spoilers. Your safe bet is to try the short story, It’s In the Blood, and if you enjoy that, you will enjoy Destroyer’s Blood.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: whore used once (in first book), hell (Hell’s Kitchen referenced a couple times), breast is mentioned numerous times (grief rose in my breast/I could feel the softness of her breast/his chin slumped onto his breast/mostly non-sexual usage of word), death, fighting, weapons such as swords/knives, engagement to another God that was forced and didn’t work out, a mention of an unclothed woman (not in detail), mention of a kiss (not in detail- “our lips met”). Considering the content, they are fairly clean books.

*I was given a free review copy of the audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

Where to purchase:

Where to find the author: Michael Lynes

Where to find the narrator: David Bosco

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Aggie Underhill Mysteries (Dead Ringer, A Prickley Situation, and Vegas or Bust) by Michelle Ann Hollstein

This post will be for three of the Aggie Underhill mysteries by Michelle Ann Hollstein. Starting with the one I'd recommend first, especially if you are new to the series. Aggie, Betty, and Roger are a lot of fun and they are becoming a welcomed part of my life. You are guaranteed to connect with at least one of them or know someone like them, which adds to the fun. While I'm newer to the cozy mystery genre, it's easy to get sucked into Aggie's world, you've been warned 😁 (hmm kind of a creepy smiley face, huh?) Full reviews below.






Dead Ringer (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book #8) by Michelle Ann Hollstein has been my favorite Aggie book so far. Would recommend venturing into the world of Aggie with this one if you are new to the series or looking for a cozy mystery.

What’s it about? While eating a donut, Roger almost chokes to death, resulting in the gang trying to solve the mystery of where the ring came from. Betty’s busy blogging away Aggie’s detective life, unbeknownst to Aggie. Roger thinks a new character is attracted to him and finds out he has started balding. Enter new characters, the game of who done it begins. There’s an appearance by Aggie’s arch nemesis, a new grandchild, and of course Tom. The book is fast-paced, contains the groups typical banter, such as does Roger almost choking on a ring causing him to become bald?

The narrator, Eliza Anders, was good. I would have no problem listening to her other books.

Overall, I recommend Dead Ringer, especially if you are new to Aggie’s world.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: kidnapping, near death (choking on a ring that was in food), one death, slashing of care tire, posting of stories on internet blog without person’s permission, referring to someone as a slow person and using them for nefarious reasons, birth of a baby, mention of death of Aggie’s spouse and dating Tom. I do not recall any swear words- the closest there was is crap, darn.

Where to purchase:


Quirky, comical mystery, yes it is!

Great story, meh to the narration…In A Prickly Situation (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book #6) by Michelle Hollstein, Aggie ventures into the world of online dating/social media, resulting in amusing times. The story contains multiple adventures with Betty, Roger, Tom, and new characters. This book is fast-paced and I doubt you will be bored.

As I’ve stated before, Aggie, Betty, and Roger have become my guilty pleasure. Chances are great that you know someone like Aggie, Betty, and Roger, and that’s what helps to make these books fun.

At the end of each book, there is a recipe or two of Aggie’s.

The narrator, Becky Brabham, was not right for this book (in my opinion). Some of the character voices didn’t fit and it was a bummer. I don’t think she’s a bad narrator, just chose some wrong voices.
Overall, I’d recommend indulging in the Aggie Underhill series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: marital problems, online dating, gun, threats, death, tanning beds, going to the gym.

Where to purchase:





I’m digging Aggie, Betty, and Roger. I was a little worried with this one because some of the older reviews were not so good, but Aggie, Betty, and Roger have become my guilty pleasure. Vegas or Bust (An Aggie Underhill Mystery, Book #7) by Michelle Ann Hollstein was a fun cozy mystery.
Chances are great that you know someone like Aggie, Betty, and Roger, and that’s what helps to make these books fun. This is not a book that is “solve the hardcore murder mystery”- they call it a quirky comical mystery at the end of the book and I agree with that description.

Aggie, Betty, and Roger are usually brought into some mystery through no fault of their own or because Aggie is butting her nose into something. There is some bickering and banter between the three- either you get it or it’s just not your thing.

There’s a small part of me that says I should be reading/listening to these books in order because I’m missing their adventures/small things, but I had no problem catching on to the current story. The beginning of the book did have a good amount of talk about Aggie’s arch nemesis and it took a little longer than I like for the book to take off but once it did, it was fun. If you are new to Aggie’s world, I would recommend starting with one of the other books first (Dead Ringer has been my favorite so far).

The narrator, Michael Carr, was fantastic! I wish he would narrate all of Aggie’s books.

If you’re looking for a shorter, lighter mystery, I’d recommend taking a chance on this series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: gambling, kidnapping, wedding, rivalries, drinking.

Where to purchase:


*I was given a free review copy of these audio books at my request and have voluntarily left this review. Thank you for allowing me to listen and review the book!

And now where to find everybody...

Where to find the author: Michelle Ann Hollstein
Where to find the narrators:
Michael Carr (Hopefully this is the correct website- no specifics listed for books)
The website I found for Becky Brabham has expired unfortunately so I will not be listing it.

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride

Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (in Elton John’s voice, go on, sing it, you know you want to) and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride were fantastic...don’t let these books slip through the cracks. A definite must listen! (Full reviews below)



Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone by Lish McBride took me by surprise. It was one of those series I had in my wish list for a couple months, bought it on sale, and I’m kicking myself for not listening to/discovering it sooner. It’s a book series that you shouldn’t let slip through the cracks. Another review states it’s ridiculous the first book has any ratings under five stars and clearly the other people are wrong- I agree with this 100%. I hadn’t planned on writing a review on this book as it was going to be one of my casual listens, but promptly changed my mind as I could not put this series down.

What to expect (for both books): necromancy, evil and good characters, sarcastic humor, development of powers, witches, close friendships, fae, shifters, different worlds, a Goddess, strong female love interest (not in an annoying way), a detective, fight scenes, emotion (don’t want give spoilers but people close to Sam die), garden gnomes, ghosts, blood magic, and more. Yeah most things are predictable, but some are not. It’s fast-paced and contains darker themes. The chapters are told through different view points- I didn’t have any issue figuring out who was who and at times couldn’t wait for each character to have their turn.

The narrators, Jonathan Todd Ross and Chris Sorensen, helped to make these books special and I’d highly recommend the audiobook.


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With the first book, Sam accidentally discovers he’s a necromancer, from there he enters the world of paranormal and has little choice in the fallout that follows. He makes new friends and enemies. I thought character development was great all around. You get to see Sam (and others) go from a normal person to someone with developing/evolving powers.

The second book takes place after Douglas’s death, or what we thought was Douglas’s death. Similar to the first book in regards to powers, adjusting to new life of necromancy and relationships, Sam continues on as best as he can. He has now inherited Douglas’s estate, a spot on the council, and Brid and his relationship has some complications for reasons I won’t give due to major spoilers. It’s a great continuation of the series.

I couldn’t get Elton John’s voice singing Hold Me Closer, Necromancer out of my head...the song lyrics added amusement to the beginning of each chapter.

Overall, I recommend it. If you appreciate this type of humor you, will love the book. I cannot wait for additional books to come out.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: severed head (that talks), locking people in a cage in a basement, assault multiple times (beating up), family problems (absent father, lies told to the children when they were younger, dealing with those lies and the after-effects as adults), experiments on paranormal people, death (via knife and other ways such as fighting), physical fighting, sex (not told in detail but indicated and unprotected sex), bringing people back to life (sometimes speaking to them or using them for the evil guys needs- the main character helps to off set this by attempting to good things with those who are brought back), some swearing. It’s possible I’m missing some things as I had not planned to review this book as stated above so I apologize for any thing I missed. This is a darker story and definitely not for the kiddos or faint of heart.

Where to purchase:
Hole Me Closer, Necromancer (Book #1)

Necromancing the Stone (Book #2)
IndieBound

Where to find the author: Lish McBride

Where to find the narrators: Jonathan Todd Ross and Chris Sorensen