Imagine being in love with your soul mate and everyone in your world knows it. Then waking up the next morning only to discover your world is no more; everything has changed; everyone is … just gone. Laney and her twin, Leela, travel to a distant place to try to set things right and rescue their friends/family but to do so means traveling in the light, a powerful and dangerous journey with a most uncertain outcome! The girls are faced with serious consequences as they move forward with their plan, it becomes clear that not everyone will be coming home.
Rachel Langley, the author, weaves a delicate story of love and compassion, intrigue and betrayal, and morality. The dialog, action, emotions are all genuinely young adult and realistic. Langley builds each character slowly with detail both physically and emotionally. There were a few twists that made the story more moving and exciting. The story, the characters all flowed smoothly. I liked the way in which we heard from both of the twins – seeing their perspective was satisfying.
The narrator, Jelyne Helms performed the audiobook wonderfully. Her voices were realistic and comforting – just the perfect pitch and tone for each character. She read the book comfortably and seemed very familiar with it. Her tone and inflection gave weight to her characters sounding appropriate ages. Plus she captured the personality of Leela and Laney perfectly.
There was only one small minor glitch in the publication. Otherwise, the production quality of this audiobook was top-notch.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Struck. I hope to hear the second part of this series. I want to see how things play out. The cliffhanger was perfectly timed and presented.
Michael was diagnosed with a disease in which there was no known cure let alone what caused it. To live until a cure was found meant being placed into a deep coma. Everything he loved, everything he knew when he went to sleep was alive and well. Then seven years later he awakes to find everything he knew and loved was different; everything except for his roommates who were being woken up from their comatose state as well. Now the race is on to get to a safe place, find his family and the cure. Out there, in his world where nothing he knew remained and where beings from his wildest dreams hunt him, Michael takes off with voice recordings from his wife, food, a map and little else.
Chris Chau takes a terrifying story and adds a few twists that leave the listener thinking “Oh yeah, I knew he was going there” only to be left instead with one’s mouth hanging open declaring “I never saw that coming!” The characters are appropriately developed – some more than others in order of importance to the story. Barely longer than 6 hours, this story had the potential to be much longer, and actually, I hated hearing it end.
Coy Dugger was the narrator who performed the story with a smooth pace and a natural tone. He helped add to the suspense and never gave anything away through tone inflection or voice. I have not had the pleasure of hearing him perform before but I hope to again.
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.
I would highly recommend this book if you want something unique and different.
Unfinished Business is an amazingly terrifying tale with a bizarre twist that leaves one pondering whether to cheer or not. The tale begins with eighty-two-year-old Eugene and young Laura, two people who unintentionally meet and share secrets of their past.
Justin Fulkerson has taken two people and demonstrated just how small the world can be and what secrets do. The story moves slowly at first, building each character fully. When he hits the climax of their story, all I can say is “what a ride!” Fifty-six minutes short yet it packs a wallop!
The narrator, Alexander James, performs the novel expertly. His voice is smooth and deep, with just the right amount of inflection to show deep thought, memories, and fear. I have not heard Alexander James perform before, so I was very pleased to hear him.
This is my first experience with Justin Fulkerson, the author. I found his ability to take a short story and build on it so smoothly and quietly, that the listener does not even realize the shortness of the audiobook. I loved the twist! I was so NOT expecting it!
There were no issues with the production or quality of this audiobook.
When I learned that Nicholas Sansbury Smith was going to pick up the Extinction Series again, I was elated! I love Team Ghost, Beckham and Horn. I loved the way the variants took center stage and continued to be the truly horrifying creatures that they have always been. Then there are the human monsters which also continue to amaze me.
Beckham, Horn and Team Ghost investigate the missing residents of several outposts. What they discover is truly gut-wrenching. Then there are the difficult decisions and situations that Beckham and Horn find themselves; one cannot help but become a slight bit weepy. This book has politics and monsters (yes, sometimes they are hard to distinguish between) and so much more! Non-stop, fast-paced action.
Nicholas Sansbury Smith and Anthony Melchiorri, authors, blended their writing skills successfully making their writing transitions seamless. The plot, character development, and a few developments that leave the listener biting their nails takes this series into new terrifying heights.
The narrator, R.C. Bray does a fantastic job of narration. He moves the story along with his talented voice and narration skills. With a talented set of authors and a truly skilled narrator such as Bray, one can visualize the characters and the action.
I had the honor of reading the ARC, the written version is very good as well, however, the audiobook is the pièce de résistance.
There were no issues with the production quality of this audiobook.
This is a delightful story of two unique boys – Joey who has Asperger’s and Elbie who lives above a mortuary. They both share one thing in common – they can see ghosts! Together they are a force to be reckoned with as one is a practical joker and the other is learning to be. Together with a couple of professional ghost hunters (ok, not really but they are girls, about the same age as the boys and they won a ghost contest), they solve the mystery of the haunted library.
I loved this book! It was fun to read, light and had moments where I would laugh out loud. It was well written with the plot moving forward with each page. The character development for each was well done and each character had their own quirks which made them more realistic.
Although it was written for ages 9-14, adults can love this book as well! Diana Corbitt, the author, built the characters with tender loving care and a realness. The dialog was perfectly done and the “pranks” were corny but funny – typical kid stuff. I think the age group that it is written for will love it as well – I read passages to my 16-year-old grandson who loves all things ghostly and he asked for a copy.
Although I read book 2 in the series, it is a stand-alone. The only issue is … you will want to read the first one and then any others that come along! You will be hooked.
I highly recommend this book (series) to young adults of ALL ages.
The Butcher’s Block written by Lucienne Boyce is about Dan Foster, a Bow Street Runner, in London during the 1700-1800’s when body snatching and grave robbing was rampant. Foster, has many talents and uses them to uncover who killed a Fellow Bow Street Runner while also uncovering a terrorist plot!
Boyce develops each character solidly and with depth. The story is deliberately slow-paced as it provides the “feeling” of placing the reader within that time period where things moved slowly and methodically. Boyce also knows how to pull the heartstrings – specifically with the homeless kids helping with the investigation. The plot is full unexpected developments that provide the reader with several ah-ha moments.
While there are historical references, they are subtle, intriguing and keep the plot moving. This book is part 2 in a series but can be read as a stand-alone. A great book to read and get lost in! Highly recommend it.
The fate of the world all too often rests on the fate of an illogical person who is eager to push “the button” or set off a chain of events that no one but the smartest, strongest, best armed and most adept can fix. That is until now! William Hawk just turned 16 and is hoping his life is going to get more interesting now that he can drive, date, and be his own man … well, that is until a unique chain of events sets off his otherworldly self and he meets Grace. Grace is an otherworldly soul as well, a Change Agent III just like William. Although Grace knows she’s a Change Agent III and her twin brother and all around evil demonic presence Ravios aka Roland is set to destroy not just the world but the universes.
William and Grace find themselves on the wrong side of the local police, his current girlfriend and his best friend are all involved; they find themselves befriended by a couple of Native American’s with the sight. Together they set about to accomplish the first step of “ignition”.
This was an awesome read! The author, under the pen name William Hawks, does an excellent job of building his characters fully. Laying out the storyline in a logical and realistic manner. The vivid descriptions of the terrain, situations, and encounters are clear and rich. One cannot help but feel satisfied or sadness or even the gasp that escapes when one realizes what everyone’s role truly is in the story.
The author genuinely has written an action-packed adventure that will have audiences on the edge of their chairs. I could not put the book down until I finished it. My grandson is now reading the book and is LOVING it! I think he secretly hopes that next year when he turns 16 something mind-blowing will happen to him too!
I appreciated the fact that the author developed the characters in a realistic manner, she had William doubting himself; had each character responding in a realistic manner. An excellent adventure!
WordsAPlenty highly recommends this book to readers of all ages.
A hot contemporary romance, J.J. Sorel introduces her audience to Clarissa Moone and her new hot hot hot boss Aidan. Aidan has a murky past but Clarissa doesn’t really care, her skin sizzles when he’s nearby and her breath is taken when he touches her.
Aidan, quiet and conservative finds himself falling for Clarissa at first sight! Aidan is treading where he has never been before – a beautiful, quiet woman with a smile that removes all darkness. Her virginal body and engaging intelligence send him into a lustful desire and passion.
Together they must explore their relationship amidst gossip, lust, revenge and more. This is a story where love and passion must win but will the past allow them to do so?
J.J. Sorel’s Entrance is an engaging read for anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. Well written, Sorel details the story in an engaging manner and vividly describes the characters and their actions to perfection. The romance scenes are not overdone, rather they are written in a tasteful and realistic style. It is emotional and satisfying, yet describes accurately the doubts and struggles couples have in their relationships at times.
I enjoyed how each chapter identified who the voice was so the viewpoints were clear. It also allowed her audience a clearer view of each person. Sorel knows how to captivate her audience and provide an absorbing tale of love, sex, and relationships. Masterful storyteller, Sorel gives her audience what they want in a bewitching style.
WordsAPlenty was given a copy of this series in exchange for an honest review.
Sylvia, Joel’s wife has added some ground rules to their adult play; dad has an art show; and, the war with the PTO mom is coming to a head … oh, and his superstar status on social media is NOT suffering … well, not really; it’s just after the dick pic he sent out accidentally – well, things have grown in ways he never suspected … Overwhelmed with the way his life has spun out of control and the new sexual stuff his wife is guiding him towards … one has to wonder whether Joel can handle all this with grace or if he will fail epically and become a recluse ….
Creagan masterfully continues the story of an accidental social media posting, search for rekindling a marriage and one’s search for himself using comedic relief and vivid imagery. This is a rare book where an author successfully portrays real-life adventure and occurrences in an entertaining but poignant manner. For all it’s fun and “real life” examples, there are some very explicit sexual scenes.
I cannot wait to finish this series! I am loving poor Joel!
WordsAPlenty received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Joel has hit a major stumbling block – in his incessant facebook, twitter and other social media checking – he has posted a shocking picture! Now his new found career of helping people as a council member at the school has come to a dead stop, nearly ostracized by everyone, and now his wife wants him to step WAY out of his comfort zone?? Joel has to decide – hide and cower, or stand up and fight.
Hilarity ensues as Joel’s week just becomes worse and worse. Just when he thinks he’s cool, ZAP again! Rekindling his now super-hot marriage and seeing his father become a greater presence on social media is more than he can handle most of the time. But like a trooper, Joel takes it in stride but not without making the reader laugh until their body hurts!
Greagen continues the story of Joel with comedic twists and vaudevillian type situations that are all too real. How many of you have met the “PTO woman?” You know the one – the one who rules the roost and God forbid if you tread on her toes in any way … Yeah, that one. Greagen painfully puts Joel to the test as struggles to survive HER.
Again, Greagen does not disappoint with laughs on each page and vivid descriptions of characters in action. Short and funny; do not miss this series!