Sunday, September 29, 2019

Pickle Pie (A Cyberpink Story) by George Saoulidis and narrated by Luke Rounda

An enthralling Cyberpunk GameLit fantasy! Pickle Pie (A Cyberpink Story) by George Saoulidis and narrated by Luke Rounda is an entertaining and crazy good cyberpunk tale sure to keep you interested from start to finish. Strongly recommend if you enjoy Cyberpunk/GameLit or just looking for something new in the genre. 

Where to purchase:
IndieBound

What’s it about? Hector unintentionally becomes owner of a part cyborg athlete named Patty, who plays for the Pinup Girls in Cyberpink. Cyberpink is a brutal, almost anything goes, popular sport (Google Jugger if you’re not familiar with the sport). From there Hector learns to navigate the sleazy, violent world he is now a part of, despite being reluctant do to so (the extent of his bad boy self is making armor for the local organized crime). Not long in, you will find yourself rooting for Hector and the girls.

Some of the other elements of the story: game stats, debt bondage, Greek mythology (nicely reimagined), humor, cryptocurrency/blockchain, tech, violence, death, repairing cyborgs, friendships, villains, ARO (augmented reality object), hackers, the responsibilities/moral dilemmas of owning an athlete, blood (pink blood- wait, what? Read/listen to the book), robotic mule, and swearing.

The added sound effects are perfect- not too much, not too little. Instead of chapters, it’s told as drops. The first couple drops set up the story, so stick with it if you’re a bit muddled- it will all make sense shortly (not saying more due to spoilers). I listened in one session.

The narrator, Luke Rounda, was a perfect fit for this one. He nailed the voices and effects.

Overall I strongly recommend. It’s nicely written and it’s clear there was a lot of thought put into fleshing out this world.

Parental advisory/trigger warnings:
read the warning for the ebook. If you read it and are still wondering if you should read/listen to it, the answer is yes.

“I was given this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Dead State: Survival Road (Dead State, Book 2) by Derek Shupert and narrated by B.C. Archer

“What do I know? I’m just a kid, after all.” Dead State: Survival Road (Dead State, Book 2) by Derek Shupert and narrated by B.C. Archer is a great second book to the series. Recommend for those who enjoy YA zompoc stories. 4 ½ stars for story and narration. 

Where to purchase:
Amazon

The story picks up where the first book left off and fairly quickly picks up the pace. James, his dog Duke, and new friend Lucas are making their way to a safe zone where James’s sister and mom are said to be. Only Lucas has heard it’s not safe anymore, but nevertheless, they are off to find them. Along the way, they meet Cassie and Mack, the former a potential love interest. There is of course some chaser action throughout. How would I sum up the book? It’s a combo of zombie apocalypse 101 and life lessons. And James, chasers are twenty points...

So why only 4 ½ stars? While it’s an improvement from the first book, there’s still some unneeded dialogue (stating the obvious/repeats). It’s a good YA zombie book and you should def check it out. I appreciate it’s not all rainbows and sunshine.

The narrator, B.C. Archer, did a good job. Better voices this time around, but occasionally too monotone. I asked my BIL (who’s a YA and doesn’t like audiobooks) what his thoughts were on the narrator- he said he’s was good, hence why I’m writing this.

Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to the third. I do recommend. A little note to Derek: Please don’t Old Yeller Duke or we’re gonna throwdown ;)

A couple of quotes from the book:

“I have now come full circle to what this world wants me to be.”

“But hey, what do I know? I’m just a kid, after all.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: it’s a zompoc so themes related to that- death, killing of zombies.
language used: s x1, damn x7, piss/ed x5, hell x14, bastard x3

“I was given this book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.”

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Safe Haven -Realm of the Raiders (Book 2 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series)

Holy $*&!- need I say more? Team Mike, Emma, Lucy, and Humphrey all the way! Safe Haven -Realm of the Raiders (Book 2 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is a series all zombie fans should be listening to...


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Safe Haven -Realm of the Raiders (Book 2 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is a fast-paced, on the edge of your seat, wild ride through the apocalypse! Would recommend this series if you enjoy fast-paced zombie action with a great story behind it.

This is yet another series by Christopher I can envision happening...it’s easy to listen to and get sucked in (you’d be best to clear your schedule before you begin listening to both of his Safe Haven series if you know what’s good for you).

What’s it about? Mike and his entourage are settling into their new location, but it’s not long before it’s under attack and things get complicated. You get zombies (descriptions are excellent), action, blood and gore, betrayal, love, family, bad guys, losses and gains, weapons, character growth, killer rats, and more. The minor characters add to the story all in a good way, especially Humphrey (the dog). Nice to see characters from The End of Everything make an appearance. My only gripe (it’s hard to even write this) is I’d like to see the children get on board- they’ve been through a lot in a small amount of time, time for them to get on the zombie killing board or…

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a marvelous job. She brings the characters to life and is easy to listen to.

Overall, I highly recommend, especially if you are a zombie fan. You can’t go wrong with either of his Safe Haven series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this is a dark zompoc book- swearing, suicide of a woman and her daughter, guy treats dead body violently, mention of a suicide pact, violence, weapons, women are forced into sex work, death, Afghanistan mention, and probably more things I’m forgetting (it’s easy to get into the book and forget to write info down).

*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 find the author: Christopher Artinian
Where to find the narrator: Kim Bretton

Monday, September 9, 2019

The End of Everything: Book 2 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

The End of Everything: Book 2 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is full of action and difficult to put down. Go ahead and clear your schedule to listen to this straight through, you’ll thank me later. Recommend this series if you’re looking for a new zompoc adventure, are new to the genre, looking for strong female leads, or looking for a well-written story. 


Where to purchase:
Amazon

The second book in the series begins with Robyn and Wren attempting to find their way in their new home/world, but since it’s the zombie apocalypse, things are never easy. While learning new survival skills, their group suffers some losses but also makes some gains (that’s all I’m saying due to spoilers). Throw in some sibling banter, humor, and love, their relationship grows- great character development. The banter is not as much as the first book for those who were put off by it. Christopher’s writing flows in all the right ways and the story is well-written.

There’s a hint of realness to this series (maybe because I can envision the siblings as my brother and me?), but it’s what I’d expect if a zombie apocalypse was to occur. It’s one of the most intense zombie books I’ve listened to/recall recently- in a good way of course.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a wonderful job. She really brings the sister’s to life. Kim is a perfect fit for the series.

Overall, I highly recommend, especially if you enjoy zompoc books with lots of action.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: not staying much due to spoilers, but contains things such as violence, death, weapons, occasional swearing, and drinking.

*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 find the author: Christopher Artinian
Where to find the narrator: Kim Bretton

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Vigilantes and Lovers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 3) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

Vigilantes and Lovers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 3) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is another great book in the J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series! Recommend picking this series up if you enjoy mysteries with sailing elements or looking for something new. 


The story continues with Mary and Finn attempting to uncover the other players in the game, but is it really as it seems? Old and new characters make an entrance and...exit. It always comes down to who’s playing who. And that’s all you’re getting due to spoilers. While this isn’t the strongest book in the series, it is an important one as a lot of questions are answered. There’s not as much action as the previous as the focus is on the detective work, but it’s still a fun listen.

David Bosco shines once again. I’d recommend listening to the audiobook as David’s narrations are wonderful and add to the story.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: killing, drugging, and violence. Language used: slur used once (fa****),bitch x10, fx1,slut x2,s*!t 20 plus times, hell x7, damn x11. The main characters are assassins.

Where to purchase: 
Amazon

Where to find the author: Charles Dougherty
Where to find the narrator: David Bosco

*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!

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Retribution (The Outliers Saga, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan

Retribution (The Outliers Saga, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is my favorite post-apocalyptic/dystopian series of the year! Despite the darker themes, there is an empowering feel to these books. Recommend you stop what you're doing and start listening to this series asap!


Where to purchase:
Indiebound

Retribution (The Outliers Saga, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Grace Sylvan is a phenomenal final book! Highly recommend if you are looking for a new post-apocalyptic/dystopian novel, are new to Kate’s books, or looking for an incredible darker yet empowering series.

The final book in The Outliers Saga begins where previous events left off. Asa is caught trying to open the gates, Indra is recovering from an assassination attempt. Lesander, Emori, Saffron, Nyko, Ontari, Roan, Zuri, and everyone else (plus some) are back. We learn of Indra’s parents, learn more about the untouchables, and get closure. That’s all I’m saying due to spoilers, but you won’t be disappointed.

The book is told through Asa and Indra’s point of views. This being the final book in the series leaves me feeling bittersweet- I can’t help but want more. You could listen to this on it’s own, but I wouldn’t recommend it as you will miss key elements from the first two books.

The narrator, Grace Sylvan, did a wonderful job yet again. If you are new to this series, I liken her accent for the series to a style reminiscent of Cloud Atlas.

Favorite lines from the book: 
“Everyone has a heart, but not everyone understands it’s an asset.” “Weakness, my friend, is never an asset.” 

Overall, I highly recommend. I put The Outliers Saga as my favorite post-apocalyptic/dystopian series of the year. If you haven’t tried Kate’s books, it’s time to do so.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This series contains darker themes, such as abuse (physical, mental, sexual), rape (remembering of past traumas/indication rape occurred), death, violence, and like elements.


*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 find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Grace Sylvan