Sunday, September 20, 2020

Species Traitor (A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth

Species Traitor (A Science Fiction Dystopian Novel) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is the start of another fantastic series for this duo! I loved this one! Highly recommend if you enjoy sci-fi with a mix of romance and dystopia, or are a fan of Kate’s work. I was pulled into the story from the start and didn't want to put the book down. Waiting patiently for the second book to make it's way to audio.



Where to purchase:
Audible
Amazon
IndieBound

What’s it about? The story revolves around Ava, who is a human, and Finn, who is half-alien and half-human. Ava only wants to see her cousin who lives in The District as she is married to a Veilorian (aliens). Tensions are rising as new political candidates rise to power and humans struggle to live for various reasons. The story unfolds as the book progresses with no repeat dialogue. You get a good amount of fairly fast-paced action, great world building, great characters (good and bad), a bit of mystery, friends and enemies, family dynamics, and plenty more that will keep you glued to the book. You’ll be rooting for Ava and the Veilorian’s by the end. It does end in a cliffhanger as there is another book in the series. 

The narrator, Heather Firth, does a fabulous job. She’s become one of my favorite narrators. Her voices are perfect, has a great pace, and adds to story. 

I see a review mentions too similar to what’s happening in the real world- yes you may feel there are some parallels, but that could be said about many books. Overall, I highly recommend as it’s a great story and I can’t wait to hear the ending. 

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: branding, violence/hatred against the aliens and species traitors, death, hunger, pregnancy, kissing and sex indicated (not graphic), and other like situations that would arise in a dystopian society. Language used: Fx11, Sx21, damn x7, hell x44.

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Heather Firth

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Killers and Keepers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 6) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

Killers and Keepers (J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 6) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is another one I couldn’t put down once I started it- between the story and narration, it draws you in. You’ll find yourself rooting for the assassins, Mary and Finn, and they are definitely keepers! Highly recommend this series if you’ve been following it or are looking for something in the genre. 4 ½ stars for story, 5 stars narration. This is not my typical listen but I am glad I ventured out as I have not been disappointed. 



Where to purchase: 

Audible
Amazon
IndieBound


What’s it about? Finn and Mary are relaxing as best as two assassins can when Nora’s replacements begin to hunt Finn. From there, the fast-paced adventures begin. You get new characters and previous ones make appearances (Aaron, Island Dream- she’s a character, right? 😊). I love that despite this being the sixth book in the series, I still am wary of Mary and her intentions at times. As with the previous books, there is sailing terminology, but it shouldn’t be an issue if you’ve made it this far or are new to sailing as you’ve likely heard the terms before.


The narrator, David Bosco, did a fantabulous job! He brings the characters to life. There’s a nice variety of distinct voices in this book. He has a way of drawing you into the story and it’s like you’re right there with Finn and Mary. Highly recommend you give his books a listen if you haven’t.


My only complaint is sometimes the logistics are explained a little too much in the beginning of the book (what’s said doesn’t need to be said as Finn and Mary have went through similar things before/they’ve worked together enough that it shouldn’t need to be said with as much detail), but at the same time, it’s part of what makes the book and you should def be listening to this series.


Overall, I highly recommend this series for sailing and mystery fans, or if you’re just looking to expand into a new series. I love it and am going to miss Finn and Mary when their adventures are over (hopefully not for a while). 

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


Potential spoilers below****You’ve been warned***

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Parental guidance/trigger warnings: The main characters are assassins- there is some violence and death (nothing over the top or gory details). Mentions of sex trafficking, using women for sex, abuse of women, drug cartels. Language used: Sx9, damn x9, hell x8.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The End of Everything, Book 7 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

Hop on the Artinian bandwagon, it's time! Fantastic zompoc series! The End of Everything, Book 7 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is another wow, wow, wow! Every time I think this duo can’t out-do themselves, they do. I highly recommend this series if you are a zombie fan and want a taste of what it would be like in real life if the zompoc hit. I love that the characters don't do stupid things and the action is from start to finish.


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What’s it about? It’s Robyn’s time to shine. With Robyn and Wren separated, Robyn is desperately trying to find her. Only problem is Robyn is suffering from pneumonia and while recovering she meets Mila. The action starts pretty much immediately and is nonstop until the end. It will have you on the edge of your seat not wanting to put the book down. There’s good and bad people throughout. I will not say more about the plot due to spoilers, but this is worth the price, listen, and time. 


The narrator, Kim Bretton, really helps to make the characters special. She is easy-to-listen to, good pace, and great voices.


“Our family was kind of hoping the government would get on top of things.”
“Ah yes, blind faith in politicians. That has never ended badly.”


If you’re looking for a series with strong female characters and folks who don’t do stupid things in the zompoc, this is a series for you. I can’t recommend it enough. I would LOVE to see this developed into a TV series.


Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this is the zombie apocalypse- there’s not nice people, death, zombies, violence, or like stuff. Language used: Sx21, Fx1, some swearing in German.


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

*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!

Friday, June 12, 2020

Independent Audiobook Awards happening tonight! If you want to check it out, follow the links to one of their social media pages:

Link to Facebook page

Link to Twitter account which has the link to the stream that starts at 8:15 P.M. CST

Good luck to all who entered! 




Warlock At War (Arcane Inc., Book 4) by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills

Warlock At War (Arcane Inc., Book 4) by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills is the best of the series so far. It keeps getting better and better with each book. If you’re looking for a dark world with a snarky warlock, you should def give this a listen. When I first started this series I wasn't sure about it, but as it went on, I'm absolutely loving it. 


Where to purchase:
Audible
Amazon
iTunes

What’s it about? Adrian is cashing in on the favor Eddie and Ashley owe him. Unfortunately it has to do with vampire business and they find themselves fighting a war they hadn’t planned on. It’s full of action from start to finish. I enjoyed the twists, turns, and darkness. The characters are developing nicely and great world building. I have no critic for this particular book in the series- it’s a great addition.

The narrator, Hannibal Hills, does a great job. He certainly nails Eddie and helps make the book stand out.

Overall I recommend, especially if darker fantasy with magic is your thing. When I first started this series I wasn’t sure if I would continue as the first book is good, but not great and it took a little bit of warming up to Eddie/his character developing, but once that happened, I found I could not put this series down. Make sure if you start this series, you stick with it through the second book.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this particular book has a focus on war between two groups- there’s death, animal torture (don’t worry, it ends for the better thanks to Eddie), violence, or similar things. The MC suffers from PTSD, although he doesn’t say it specifically, it’s implied (his enemy, who also raised him, killed his parents at a young age and then used him as she wanted/trained him to do bad things- no sexual abuse). Language used: F x30, S x18.

Where to find the author: Sean Stone
Where to find the narrator: Hannibal Hills

Sunday, June 7, 2020

The Sweetest Torment: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth

The Sweetest Torment: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is another good addition to the series. Recommend if you’ve been listening to this series and if not, you should def start! I've made it no surprise I'm a fan of Kate's work- her stories have a way of sucking you in and are difficult to put down once you start.


Where to purchase:
Audible
Barnes & Noble


What's it about? Kellan and Regan are back and dealing with the psycho Andrew while encountering new crazies of the religious variety (don’t worry, there’s a couple normal folks too). When Kellan and Regan become separated, a harsh reality sets in for Regan. There are heavy loses and gains, a good amount of focus on their relationship development, and some surprises. I LOVE this world overlaps with her other books (nope, not saying who, listen to the series). There is bonus content at the end for one of the new characters back story, which was a nice surprise.

The narrator, Health Firth, was fabulous (yet again!). Great voices, pacing, and overall adds to the book.

“I knew I was living in a twisted world when I found myself rooting for a zombie, but I couldn’t help it.”


Parental guidance/trigger warnings: It’s the zompoc so things like violence, death, torture, PTSD, or like situations occur. Some sex (nothing too graphic). Language used: F x1, S x28.

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Heather Firth

*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!

Friday, May 29, 2020

The End of Everything: Book 6 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

The End of Everything: Book 6 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is another WOW to the series! Highly 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. 




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Robyn, Wren, and Georgie are back and still trying to survive and manage to befriend (the best one can in the zompoc) some sketchy characters, resulting in new enemies, old enemies, lots of twists and turns, some heartbreak, and a couple laughs. So much action in this one.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a lovely job (as usual). She is perfect for this series.

“A few weeks ago, she could not even have contemplated what she was about to do, but circumstance and these men had reduced her to a little more than a trapped animal with nothing left to lose, and a trapped animal will always fight.”

“I don’t care how cultured they were in life; I’ve not seen a zombie yet that insists on cooking its food before eating it.” 

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is the zombie apocalypse, there are not nice people doing not nice things- torture, death, weapons, zombies, violence, and like situations. Language used: S x7.
Where to find the author: Christopher Artinian
Where to find the narrator: Kim Bretton

Monday, May 25, 2020

Safe Haven: Vengeance (Safe Haven, Book 5) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

A fast-paced, twisted world that I can’t get enough of! Once I start Christopher's books I can't put them down. Any zombie lover must give his stories a listen. Great cover, huh?



Where to puchase:
Amazon

Audible

Safe Haven: Vengeance (Safe Haven, Book 5) by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton sucked me in, but that’s not surprising as it’s a fantastic series. If you’re reading this, you better dedicate the next 7 hours 37 minutes to listening because once you start, you won’t be able to put it down. This book is fast-paced and contains lots of action. And seriously, Amazon/Hulu/Netflix/any other streaming services, when are you going to pick this up as a TV show/movie? 


What’s it about? The group is back and living at Safe Haven, only it’s never that simple in the apocalypse. Part of the group heads out to find Robyn (Wren’s sister) and become part of a demented game of a new enemy, while those at Safe Haven deal with an attack from another new enemy. Mike is haunted by a past foe, family tensions increase, while the groups struggle with blurring lines between right and wrong, loses occur, and of course all of this happening with RAMs all around. There is an underlying family theme. Loving, loving, loving the two series have merged- it certainly adds to the greatness of the story and worlds.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, was fabulous as usual! I can’t imagine anyone else narrating Christopher’s books. She nails the emotions, characters, pace, and everything else perfectly.

“Who is it?” shouted Jules.
“Who the hell do you think it is? F*** Jehovah’s Witnesses. Let us in,” Mike shouted.
(Christopher and Kim, I got a much needed chuckle out of this one, thank you!)

Yes, I absolutely recommend this series, especially if you are a zombie fan and love fast-paced action, but make sure to go in order. 


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

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: As I’ve stated before, this is the zombie apocalypse, there are not nice people doing not nice things- torture, death, weapons, zombies, violence, and like situations. This particular book in the series a women is raped (not described in detail). Language used: S x39, F x69.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith

Suddenly, the Cider Didn't Taste So Good (Adventures of a Game Warden in Maine) by John Ford and narrated by Michael A. Smith is a good book if you need a pick-me-up or want to hear what life is like for a game warden. It’s guaranteed to give you some giggles, some shaking of your head, and possibly some tears. 4 ½ stars for stories, 4 stars narration.


Where to purchase:
Audible

Barnes & Noble

What’s it about? The book contains stories from John Ford Sr.’s time as a game warden in Maine. You get everything from funny to sad to frightening. Breakdown below.

Foreword by John Marsh (former Chief Warden of Maine) and Introduction by John Ford. Approximately 9 minutes.
Chapter 1: Just Dropping In, Ladies ~ John learns to embrace a flying situation. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 2: Caught in the Trap~ It isn’t always who you think it is. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 3: Drop the Waders!~ Poachers. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 4: A Mater Manure-Spreader Gets His Comeuppance~ Bad hunters. Approx. 16 minutes.
Chapter 5: If You Step in it, You’ll Know~ Deer season. Approx. 13 minutes.
Chapter 6: The Moody Mountain Manhunt~ Tracking escapees from prison. Approx. 26 minutes.
Chapter 7: More Bang for Your Buck~ A deer lawn ornament of sorts. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 8: I’m Lost, You Know!~ A search for a resident of an assisted living home. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 9: Last Flight into Abbott’s International Airport~ Flying with Dana Toothaker, the “cowboy warden”. Approx. 12 minutes.
Chapter 10: The Warden Gets Caught~ A fisherman’s tales. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 11: The Bogeyman~ Sometimes our imagination gets the best of us. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 12: Daddy Who?~ John raises Who-Who and Boo-Hoo with the help of the community. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 13: You’re Welcome, Deer~ Raising Bucky the deer. Approx. 9 minutes.
Chapter 14: The Game Warden and the Murderer~ A friendship of sorts forms. Approx. 22 minutes.
Chapter 15: Foot-jack-uh!~ The night hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 16: Night-Hunting for Drug Smugglers~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 17: Right on Time~ Night hunters in court and one minute. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 18: Don’t Mess with Blinky~ Decoy deer and night-hunters. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 19: Leo and the Life Preservers~ Practice what you preach. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 20: It Helps to Be a Damned Sneak~ Scaring illegal trappers. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 21: A Ride-Along with the Boss~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 22: Every Town Has Its Cast of Characters~ Exactly as the title indicates. Approx. 10 minutes.
Chapter 23: Care to Join Us in a Deer Drive?~ The hunting season. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 24: A Real Hat Trick~ Sunday hunting. Approx. 5 minutes.
Chapter 25: Good News, Bad News!~ Don’t leave your wallet when doing illegal things. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 26: The Improvised Lie-Detector Test~ Stupid people. Approx. 11 minutes.
Chapter 27: Cat Got Your Tongue?~ Coffee with friends. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 28: Are You Lonesome Tonight?~ Elvis’s death and his grandmother. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 29: Smoke Gets in Their Eyes~ A funny tale of illegal fishing. This one is one of my favs. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 30: Excuse Me, Ma’am~ Two orphaned fawn, two women, and the need to urinate. Approx. 7 minutes.
Chapter 31: One Man’s Tragedy Saves Another Man’s Life- Mine~ John’s battle with cancer.
Chapter 32: 
An Albino Fisher? Come on, Jimbo!~ Jimbo the poacher. Approx. 7 minutes. 
Chapter 33: Where’s the Justice?~ A guy gets away with animal abuse. Approx. 6 minutes.
Chapter 34: Wile E. Fox Finds a Home~ Raising a fox, John gets a surprise and then heartbreak. Approx. 8 minutes.
Chapter 35: Suddenly, the Cider Didn’t Taste So Good~ An apple plus some. Approx. 7 minutes.

The narrator, Michael A. Smith, was good overall. Sometimes the accents would go in and out.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death (people, animals), friendship with Joel Fuller, cancer battle, a little preachy during the cancer battle as he relies on his faith to get him through, one story is about a guy who gets away with setting traps that purposely injure animals and there is no justice. Language used: SOB x4, Bastards, Sx2, damn/damned x78, hell x61.

Where to find the author: John passed away in 2018. You can visit his Find a Grave memorial here.
Where to find the narrator: I am unable to verify if Michael has a page for contact at this time.

*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!

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies by Jim Bernheimer and narrated by Jeffrey Kafer

Dead Eye: The Skinwalker Conspiracies by Jim Bernheimer and narrated by Jeffrey Kafer is great second to the series. I loved this one more than the first- it’s one wild ride with Mike this time around. I really hope there is more of this series in the works. Seriously love it!
Where to purchase:
IndieBound

What’s it about? Mike is back and solving cases of vengeful/waiting spirits and is on a mission to find his father who has been possessed by a skinwalker. Eventually Mike teams up (sort of) with Lee Harvey Oswald, a previous nemesis, and some friends to take down Hernando De Soto, but things don’t go as planned. I’ll leave it at that due to spoilers. This is a fairly fast-paced book with lots of twists and turns. The flow is smoother than the first book.

The narrator, Jeffrey Kafer, did a great job once again. He really brought the characters and story to life.

I hope there is more of this world in the future. If you’re like me and enjoy tales that are out of left field, you should def check this series out.

“Everyone always jokes about the phrase, ‘The Lesser of Two Evils,’ but after experiencing it firsthand, I’d never look at it the same way again.”

“It never ceases to amaze me how often the root cause of a ghost’s problems end up being the living.”

“If Hell did exist and Cassandra finally made it there, I wondered if she’d look around and say, “I could run this place better.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: war mentions (Iraq/Civil), death, taking control of others bodies, drugging, or similar things. Language used: Sx17.

Where to find the author: Jim Bernheimer
Where to find the narrator: Jeffrey Kafer

*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!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The End of Everything: Book 5 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

Wow, wow, wow! The End of Everything: Book 5 by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton might be the best in the series- it’s full of action and wow, wow, wow! It’s really life or death for the sister’s this time around. Highly recommend if you’ve been following this series or if you’re looking to start a new one. I keep waiting to hear about a streaming service picking this up, shouldn’t be long...
Where to purchase:
Audible
Amazon

What’s it about? Robyn and Wren are trying to make it in the new town, only not everybody agrees with the previous events causing tension and problems. Things come to a boiling point not long in with Fry and his cronies trying to be the top dogs but Robyn and Wren are a force to be reckoned with. There are heavy loses, pretty much non-stop action, emotional moments, sibling bonding/bickering/snark, and so much more. Even though this is the longest in the series, it flew by- I listened in one sitting. And a side note: I love this cover!

The narrator, Kim Bretton, was great once again. She nails these characters and absolutely adds to the series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Without giving spoilers away- this is a harsh, post-apocalyptic world- death via zombies, death via people, weapons, struggling to survive, and like situations. Language used: Sx14.

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

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Redemption (Moonchild, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan

Redemption (Moonchild, Book 3) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heidi Drennan is another good addition to the series. I recommend if you’ve been following this series. There's a steampunk feel to it and make no mistake, a darkness as it's a brutal world. 


Where to purchase: 
IndieBound

What’s it about? Scarlett, Asher, and the gang return with Scarlett and Layla going out for a night on the town where bad things take place resulting in Layla needing to hide from the law. Asher brings a small group of their people out west to a town where it’s safe from the automatons but not safe from the people as no rule or law exists. As they try to settle in, things become dangerous when they find themselves helping to stop the more sinister dealings taking place. While the current events wrap up at the end, it is left open for another book, which I’m hoping will be an epic battle against ___(listen to the book if you want to know who 😊).

Redemption is the perfect title for this book. I like that the characters are relatable in the sense they struggle with real problems such as PTSD, they are not perfect people, and the world is not all sunshine and rainbows. The things I didn’t like were (which is my first time ever writing this about Kate’s work): the focus on the weather was mentioned a few times too many and the pace/action was slower than the previous books, but want to note it may have seemed slower to me because I just finished Kate’s The Brightest Darkness, which is chock-full of action.

The narrator, Heidi Drennan, did a great job again. She brings the characters, new and old, to life perfectly.

Overall I recommend, especially if you’re looking for a new YA series with steampunk elements to it.

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Heidi Drennan

The Eddie Lancaster Series: Volume 1 Books 1-3 by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills

The Eddie Lancaster Series: Volume 1 Books 1-3 by Sean Stone and narrated by Hannibal Hills is an amusing listen imo, but I can see how it could be a turn off for some. Eddie can be a bit of an arrogant, sarcastic dillhole in the first book, but as the series progresses he becomes more likable- still sarcastic but more likeable. Eddie isn’t afraid to do things that cross the moral lines at times, but perhaps it’s because he has a curse in him (darkness) or maybe it’s just he way he is. If you don’t mind a little of what I’ve described, def give this a listen. If this type of character isn’t your thing, look elsewhere, but I really recommend sticking with it through at least the second book. I found myself migrating back to Eddie’s story and it was difficult to put down once I started the second book. Break down book by book is below. 4 ½ stars for story.

The narrator, Hannibal Hills, did a wonderful job voicing Eddie throughout the series. If Hannibal hadn't voiced Eddie so well, I don't think I'd be giving such a good review. He def made the character not so annoying- can’t say I’d feel the same if I read the book (but who knows...), so do yourself a favor and listen to it. 5 stars for narration.



Where to purchase: 
Audible

Book One (I picked this book up first and the bundle later):
Eddie, a warlock who does pretty much anything for the right amount of money, gets involved with a client named Ashley, who needs help. Only she doesn’t want his help at first, but he butts in anyways. Eventually they form a friendship (of sorts) to take down Killian, a ruthless leader and seer. How do you take down a guy who can see the future and has his hands in everything? There is an underlying back story that helped keep it interesting and, I assume, will serve a purpose in future books.

“The point is, don’t waste time. We all have a small amount of time. We shouldn’t waste it. Spend your time doing the things you love. Things that make you happy. Don’t waste time worrying about things that might or might not happen. Just get on with your life. Cheesy I know, but in your case, it serves a valuable lesson.”

“I wanted to drag it out for as long as possible, but I’m smart enough to know not to tempt fate. It happens countless times in films; whoever has the upper hand takes their time about things and the tables quickly get turned.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: kidnapping, drugging, death, weapons (gun, knives). Language used: Fx24, Sx11.

Book Two: Warlock Wanted
Eddie is dealing with the fallout from the battle with Killian resulting in Inspector Richards hot on his tail. Trying to make money to live, he agrees to a job investigating missing people in a local park. Only it’s not so simple as Rachel wants Eddie to do her bidding. Rachel killed Eddie’s parents when he was a child (perhaps that’s why he’s a little jolted in life) and has plans for him and his ability to steal magic. When Rachel puts his friends on the chopping block, Eddie must make a decision as it’s no longer just about him. There’s a lot of action, different mythological creatures (vampires, wendigo, ghost), dark elements, life lessons/choices, relationship elements (friends, lovers), and interesting back stories.

“Her words hit me like a dick-slap on both sides of the face.”

“He was an old man, at least fifty. Some people might not thing that’s old but I do and since it’s my story my opinion is the only one that matters. He had dark grey hair and huge bushy eyebrows to match. I mean really bushy. Something could be living in them.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: this will be kept minimal due to spoilers, but expect things like death, kidnapping, drugging, weapons, or like things. Language used: Sx8, Fx25.

Book Three: Dark Warlock
Eddie is now working with police helping to solve the case of missing children. He continues to struggle with the curse of darkness and figuring out what is him and what is the darkness. While this story is of darker nature, there is a bit of fun to it. You can probably listen to this story as a stand alone. While we get characters (Ashley and Inspector Richards) from the previous books, we get a new story line complete with gnomes, mystery, imps, ghosts, black markets, fairy realm, the defunct supernatural investigations team, the new SIT of sorts, and plenty more.

This book certainly brings the series to the next level in many ways. I look forward to the next and what’s in store for Eddie.

“But my grandmother always said we shouldn’t let the trouble of the past stop us from doing what’s right in the present.”

“One thing I admire about children is their lack of respect for social rules. If they have a question they just ask it. If adults did that the world would be a much simpler place.”

“My instinct was to shut the kid in a cupboard but I knew that wasn’t the right way to react to a bit of attitude.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: Same or similar to those listed above. Language used: Sx7, Fx28.


Where to find the author: Sean Stone
Where to find the narrator: Hannibal Hills

Saturday, March 7, 2020

The Brightest Darkness: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 2) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth

The Brightest Darkness: A Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Novel (Oklahoma Wastelands, Book 2) by Kate L. Mary and narrated by Heather Firth is a great second for the series. Recommend if you are looking for a new z series (make sure to listen in order) or have listened to the first and wondering about the second.


Where to purchase: 

What’s it about? The group is dealing with the fallout from the previous events while trying to move forward, only it’s not so easy to trust in this harsh post-apocalyptic world. Those immune to the virus are no longer able to keep their secrets hidden as Andrew hunts them down. New members shake things up and the Z’s are getting smarter. The result is a fast-paced story with a good amount of action. There is a bit of romance between a few couples with the main focus on Regan and Kellan. The book ends in a cliffhanger of sorts (I need the next book ASAP please!). I love it’s set in the same world as Agnes James (another must listen for z lovers)- nice to have it all tie in.

The narrator, Heath Firth, was marvelous- love her narrations! She brings the characters to life and helps pull you into the story. Between her narration and Kate’s writing, it’s a perfect team.

Overall, I recommend, especially if you are new to Kate or Heather.

“If there’s no goodness, no humanity left in the world, we deserve to follow the dinosaurs into extinction.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: It’s the zompoc folks, so things like death, weapons, and not nice people doing not nice things. Threats of rape, reliving the trauma that occurred in the previous book, PTSD, some sex (semi-detailed). Language used: Sx49, Fx2.

Where to find the author: Kate L. Mary
Where to find the narrator: Heather Firth

Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device (Dead Jack, Book 1) by James Aquilone and narrated by Eric G. Dove

Take a ride through Dead Jack’s crazy world...seriously, it's crazy, fun, and just out there. Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device (Dead Jack, Book 1) by James Aquilone and narrated by Eric G. Dove lives up to it’s title- it’s one wild and crazy ride through Dead Jack’s world. I think Dead Jack may be a relative of Ash Williams…or Ash as a Z. 



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What’s it about? Jack is a zombie private investigator who happens to be addicted to fairy dust because it’s the only thing that controls his zombie appetite- better than alternatives, right? He has a side kick of sorts named Oswald. Together they set out to solve the goblins missing cat problem and discover a more sinister plan is in play. You’re taken into Jack’s world where there are ghosts, kraken, ghost pirates, shark women, goblins, leprechauns, demons, entertaining dialogue between Jack and Oswald, and so much more. You get a little of almost everything in this book and it makes for an odd, humorous listen. 4 ½ stars for story, 5 stars for narration.

The narrator, Eric G. Dove, did a wonderful job. Nails the characters and script perfectly.

Overall I recommend, especially if you enjoy dead, odd humor. I’m not sure how anyone could not like this book, but one thing is for certain, I need more Dead Jack on audible!

~ Thank you, Oswald! Ever since I hooked up with that damn homunculus I’ve had nothing but misery and annoyance. “You’re taking to much dust, Jack.” “You’re not a zombie if you don’t act like one, Jack. Don’t eat that fairy Jack.”

~ The little monster looked dumber than a bag of warm centaur sh**.

~ A thief with morals. I admire that. You must know other infernal thieves, though. Maybe there’s someone you know who likes kitty cats? Someone with a whisker fetish?

~ I’ve never liked ghosts, even if they call themselves spectral buccaneers. You can’t trust them. They always have some gripe or mission or obsession. ShadowShade is full of spirits, hence the name, so I know of what I speak. My secretary, Lilith, is a ghost. She’s always going on about being hammered to death. Let it go, honey. It happened centuries ago.

Where to find the author: James Aquilone
Where to find the narrator: Eric G. Dove

Friday, March 6, 2020

100 Miles and Vampin' (Straight Outta Fangton, Book 2) by C. T. Phipps and narrated by Cary Hite

If you're reading this, wolfman’s got nards! OK seriously though, if you're reading this, you've either made it through the first book and are wondering if the second is worth it, or you're checking out the series reviews wondering if you should venture into it. The answer for both is yes- 100 Miles and Vampin' (Straight Outta Fangton, Book 2) by C. T. Phipps and narrated by Cary Hite is great! I love Phipps works, particularly this series for many reasons, but the pop-culture references/jokes really pulls me in. Highly recommend this one. 


Where to purchase: 
Amazon


What’s it about? Peter is back and this time new trouble has arisen in the form of a famous vampire author. This sets the stage for old and new characters and creates an entertaining listen with pop-culture refs galore, humor, action, and supes. I am a little saddened over a death, but I’ll leave it at that. There are deeper meanings/metaphors to Phipps writings if you so chose to take notice, and if not, that’s OK, just kick back and listen.

The narrator, Cary Hite, was great- he brings Peter to life.

“I can assure you there’s no crap in the bathroom,” I said, walking past the counter. “Off to do something secret and spooky.” (Cary I about died laughing when you voiced this- it was perfect!)

If I hadn’t been so pissed and terrified, I would have muttered something like, “Wolfman got nards.”

“The third story hallway was riddled with bullets and more than a few bodies as I’d decided to go full-on Matrix through the place.”

“I thought the Force required midi-chlorians.” “Please, never mention those again,” I said, shaking my head. “All I remember about those movies was Samuel L. Jackson kicking ass, Darth Maul, and the lava fight. Everything else is a nice little blur I blame on some good-hearted vampire erasing them.”

“Being a vampire has a lot of advantages,” I said, putting my hand on her shoulder tentatively. “Yeah, we’re cursed and all, but life is a curse. It’s short, ugly, messy, and it ends.”

Overall I recommend, highly. If you’re new to Phipps works, welcome to the club, you won’t be disappointed!

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: death, sex, Iraq mentioned numerous times (Peter served), or like situations. Language used: Fx68, Sx39.

Where to find the author: C. T. Phipps
Where to find the narrator: Cary Hite

A Path of Ashes (The Path of Ashes, Book 1) by Brian Parker and narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

A Path of Ashes (The Path of Ashes, Book 1) by Brian Parker and narrated by Stephen Bel Davies sets the path for a great post-apocalyptic series. It’s well-written and you connect with the characters. Highly recommend for those who enjoy dark post-apocalyptic worlds. 4 ½ stars for story, 4 stars for narration.


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What’s it about? Tyler and Aeric are two normal college kids doing their thing when a group of hackers, called the Vultures, sets off and EMP followed by nukes. From there, the world quickly spirals into chaos, with those left trying to survive the aftermath. Make no mistake, there are dark parts to this book, so if that isn’t your thing, might want to stay clear. It starts off semi-light, you’re not always sure where it’s going to go, then picks up the pace to a fantastically dark post-apoc world. Honestly, in the beginning I wasn’t sure if this book would cut it for me, but after it picked up speed, it did and I’m already on to the second book. There’s that hint of realness to the story, which helps bring it to the next level.

The narrator, Stephen Bel Davies, overall did good. Some things were a bit off at times, but overall he’s enjoyable to listen to.

“Yeah, we’ve seen a lot of stuff out there, but it’s mostly been bad people who made the choice to become evil, not these other things that you’re talking about.” (mutant dogs, mutant humans)

Overall I highly recommend for those who enjoy dark post-apoc worlds.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: one of the MC experiences homophobia from family, rape, prostitution to get food/safety/etc., torture, suicide, murder, castration, sex slaves, and other like situations due to the post-apoc world. Language used: Fx47, Sx54.

Where to find the author: Brian Parker
Where to find the narrator: Stephen Bel Davies

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Safe Haven- Ice: Book 4 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton

Safe Haven- Ice: Book 4 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is another hit for this series. If you are a z fan and haven't ventured into Christopher's worlds, you must give them a listen. Love this cover- one of my favs for his books.
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Safe Haven- Ice: Book 4 of the Post-Apocalyptic Zombie Horror Series by Christopher Artinian and narrated by Kim Bretton is yet another hit for this series. If you haven’t listened to Christopher’s zombie worlds, you are missing out!

The gang is back and trying to survive a sickness that has hit Safe Haven. With Mike’s younger siblings ill, he sets out to find antibiotics. From there, the chaos begins and the question is will the group and Safe Haven survive this time around? There’s a good amount of z action packed throughout. Yes, Mike does some bone head moves, but for all the right reasons.

The narrator, Kim Bretton, did a brilliant job once again. She gives Christopher’s worlds life and makes me want to listen even if I should be going to bed.

Overall I highly recommend, especially if you’ve been following this series or if you are new (make sure to start at the beginning). If you’re a z fan, you won’t be disappointed.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: it’s the zompoc folks- death, weapons, and like situations occur. One suicide. Language used: Sx31, Fx46.

*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!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson and narrated by Jason Sprenger

Fantastically dark all around...The Devoured by Curtis M. Lawson and narrated by Jason Sprenger is a unique dark fantasy that kept my interest and left me wanting more. I highly recommend if dark fantasy is your thing.


Where to purchase:
IndieBound


What’s it about? The summary tells it well and if that peaks your interest, you should def be listening. Emmett’s mother is sick and he searches for a cure which leads him to his shaman grandfather in the Paiute tribe. Emmett’s world changes forever after this meeting. Meanwhile the old man (Emmett’s father) is searching for his son to rescue him from the Gods of Utgard. The old man gets a tag along named Hank. You get trolls, magic, witches, the undead, cannibals, and other creatures. The story alternates between Emmett and his father (the old man) and occasionally Hank. The story flowed nicely and the narration is smooth.

The narrator, Jason Sprenger, was a perfect fit for this book. He brought a real feel to the Old West world. Voice is smooth and easy-to-listen to.

Overall I highly recommend for dark fantasy aficionados. I’d love to see this turned into a movie (provided it’s done right).

“Across the tracks from where they stood the church’s giant wooden cross loomed like a symbol of Roman terror, rather than an icon of human hope.”

“Naked, hurt, and dehydrated, he reached up above the door and grabbed the effigy of Christ off the wall. He looked at it with anger, wondering how many other myths and ideologies the Devourers hid behind. Then, almost as an afterthought, he tossed the crucifix into the fire, letting the idol burn along with its servant.”

“Hank let another slug fly, and spilled the blood of a third witch, like a splash of whiskey for a dead friend.”

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: This is a dark fantasy, it’s not sunshine and rainbows or puppies and kittens. Some of the elements are: sex (not long or in much detail), death, weapons (guns, knives). Language used: r**skin x3, savage x1, f x4, s x17, n x3.

Where to find the author: Curtis M. Lawson
Where to find the narrator: Jason Sprenger

*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!

Friday, January 3, 2020

Villains and Vixens (The J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 5) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco

There’s something about Mary...Villains and Vixens (The J.R. Finn Sailing Mystery Series, Book 5) by Charles Dougherty and narrated by David Bosco is another fantastic addition to the series. Recommend if you’ve been following the series or looking to start a new one (make sure to start from the beginning).


Where to purchase: 

Audible
Amazon


What’s it about? The book starts a while after the previous events with something amiss about Mary. Finn is set to figure out if he should off her or keep her on the team. Finn encounters some problems of his own in the form of a femme fatale assassin. You get old characters coming into play, along with some new ones which really helped make this book fun and a good amount of action. There is a decent amount of strategy throughout, giving you a glimpse into their thinking, along with sailing terminology (don’t worry, it’s easy to understand and pick up). This is one of my favs of the series.


The narrator, David Bosco, did an incredible job yet again. I loved the character voices this time around- nice variety and you get a real sense of what he can do.

Overall I recommend, especially if you’ve been following the series.

Parental guidance/trigger warnings: The two MC’s are assassins, so you get death, torture, weapons, and this one has some fairly detailed killing.


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!