Thankfully Robert Ross finally told us where Kellan Thorne ended up once he assumed the role as Sentinel of Chaos! I know it’s not been all that long in the grand scheme of things, but the wait was well worth it! Kellan Thorne, Sentinel of Chaos formerly of Order is in Rome, specifically 50 A.D. where he is a fashionable gladiator!
In true Kellan form, his sardonic wit and inner dialog that sometimes leaks out into the world, his life is entertaining and engaging. We meet two new mantles and poor James loses his job – not nearly as momentous as other moments in the book but I didn’t want to give out any other spoilers.
Ross is an exceptional writer. He takes his fans to varying degrees of intensity and plot twists. This is an edge of your chair type of book. Ross creates a dialog that is realistic and is his character – for instance, Kellan can ramble and argue with himself, Shannon never loses her brogue accent or Lucifer’s charmingly deceptive twist of words. Ross has the knowledge and experience to create the characters in a manner that is solid and realistic.
I truly enjoy the places that Ross has taken each of his characters and the insight he has given us into each one’s personality. He is deliberate in his writing; nothing is truly a waste of reading/listening – each word takes the story somewhere.
Nick Podehl does a magnificent job of narrating the story. To me, he has become Kellan, Shannon, Megan, Sera (aka Ares), etc. I love how he can roll out the Scottish brogue and then fall immediately back into the American slang that Kellan uses then to the formal speech of Ares. Podehl moves the story along as he performs engaging the listener to stick around.
“Ah teel ye thes fur nathin’” Ross and Podehl is a winning combination!
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Spirits of the Western Wild is a delightful audiobook that everyone in the family can enjoy. A young man, Luther, who is seeking adventure and learning about his grandfather sets out to explore and learn. Whether it is fate, destiny or a series of blunders, Luther meets the legendary Monty and together they take on a crooked sheriff. The only thing is, Monty is a stubborn, crotchety ghost! There are other colorful characters that play pivotal roles, but one will come to love Luther and Monty the most!
David Schaub and Roger Vizard have created a wonderfully fun story. They are colorful in their storytelling and character development is spot on – the characters are so well developed and portrayed by a full cast of narrators, that one cannot help but visualize them. Creative and action-packed!
I am delighted to have been asked to review this audiobook. I grew up around westerns, comedies and love all things with a paranormal twist to it.
The audiobook is fully animated but not over the top. The production and audio quality of this audiobook are perfect!
The Abduction Chronicles by Thomas Hay is not only an entertaining book but unique. It combines several thought-producing, head-scratching and scientific conflicts that the characters must overcome. The story is well written, the characters are well developed and blend into the story smoothly. The dialog is realistic and strong moving the story along.
When I first started this book, I thought, “What!?! no way, he’s not doing that … oh … he is!” I have never experienced a story such as this where the author deliberately and methodically plans out several science fiction “genres” and seamlessly merges them into one.
Hay is down to earth in his writing. Some pop culture references via song’s and phrases which adds to the fun and moves the story along nicely. I was not looking forward to reading this because I feared it would too complicated or boring – so NOT TRUE! You will come to love Tom, Caren/Karen, and Monroe.
I highly recommend this story to anyone who loves Science Fiction.
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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.
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My T(r)oyboy is a Twat is a hilarious continuation of Ruth Roth’s adventures as a mother, in-law, wife, and neighbor. Not only is Ruth faced with being married to her cousin (by adoption) but her connection to her husband is growing by leaps and bounds making one question whether the weaver of synchronicity is on drugs! Plagued by her dead mother’s voice, her best friend/husband has stepped off the deep end, a gorgeous author neighbor, and a Ma and Pa Kettle duo, Ruth’s world is spinning out of control.
Houseman will have you snorting out loud, laughing uncontrollably with her sassy, snarky sense of humor. Houseman has developed a captivating group of characters and intertwined them so very delicately. Her down to earth writing, sense of humor and ability to plot twist makes her unique.
I highly recommend this book, series if you need a laugh! I lost count of the number of times I received odd looks when I’d burst out laughing! I thoroughly enjoy Ms. Houseman and look forward to each of her books! Houseman is a talented and enthusiastic wordsmith!
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Phantasmagoria is a unique collection of moments as described by the author, Melanie Rose Huff. Brief glimpses of thoughts one might have after reading a story or experiencing a cherished memory in which a whimsical or solid thought might follow. In her writing, she has captured the essence of those moments and shared them in a light fun manner which sometimes takes a dark twist.
My favorite is To Whom It May Concern. The witch who cursed sleeping beauty – perhaps she wasn’t really bad, just cantankerous and felt left out … “I may be reclusive, but I still have feelings.” The snark in this “unique moment” is priceless! Huff has captured what some of us see beyond the actual fairy tale or societal norm and she has given voice to those thoughts! Huff’s use of words creates vivid imagery that flows well with the artwork.
The book comes across as a collection of poetry until one reads the introduction by the author – it is small snippets of moments that the author shared with us about common everyday situations, memories or stories we all read as young children/adults. There is something for everyone in this book – something that will make you smile if not burst out laughing. This is a book of moments that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.
Traci Manley, the Illustrator, did an excellent job of capturing the spirit of the moment being captured by Huff. Her artwork is beautiful, poignant and lines up perfectly with the words of each piece. The choice of colors to draw one’s eye to something important is subtle. The pictures are clear, exact and wonderfully done.
Huff and Manley are a magnificent pair that works together seamlessly in this book. I cannot recommend this book highly enough – for young adults to more mature ones.
The book was a gift, one that I will cherish!
Captain Bartholomew Quasar, Starfaring Adventures by Milo James Fowler is a collection of short stories focusing on the life and times of Captain Bartholomew Quasar and his crew. The stories center around the Captain and his antics as he encounters space pirates, aliens, ghosts, and so much more! The stories are very short and fun – this is a spoof of Star Trek (the series from the 60’s) and the movie Galaxy Quest. Fun, light yet intriguing. A perfect listen after a hard day!
E.M. Carberry performed the audiobook keeping the tone light, energetic and fun! Much like the story, the narrator was appropriately campy as well. How he was able to deliver some of the lines without cracking up, I’m not sure but he was a true professional!
There were no issues with the quality or production of this audiobook.
A wonderful book if you need some fun, campy entertainment. Guaranteed to move you to laughter!
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Looking for adventure, young Englishman Clarence Oliver Edwards joins up with his ex-butler who is headed off to America – the late 1800’s America, complete with Native American Indians on the warpath and the railroad still a work in progress and west untamed. Finding himself in trouble being chased by a lynch mob, Indians, gunslingers and many more, Clarence finds his true self and inner strength.
A delightful audiobook that has some tense moments and moments of hilarity! One first sees Clarence as a whining spoiled English wealthy brat whom his former employee, Guthrie tolerates on his mission to find his missing daughter. By the end of the novel, one does witness Clarence’s growth into adulthood.
The characters were vivid and rich, the dialog realistic that made the story advance. The characters were off a bit – the Indians, the train conductor, saloon gals just don’t fit the usual mode. Actually, all the characters were a bit “off” in a thought-provoking way that made one look at stereotypes. If one is looking for a Zane Grey or Clint Eastwood or John Wayne type Western – this is not it! This is a fantastic, oftentimes absurdly funny western genre experience written by Milo James Fowler. Fowler is vivid and rich in his descriptions painting a clear picture. Fowler has provided an entertaining story of action and adventure.
The narrator, David Blufton, performed the novel expertly. He had a firm grip on all the characters and performed them very well. This was a great pairing of a narrator to a novel!
I found it fun. I listened to this audiobook laughing out loud frequently. A great audiobook for solid fun entertainment!
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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!
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Like most stay at home parents, Joel is struggling to find himself again once his son heads off to school. Joel’s career as a blogger is kinda cool, lots of freebies with the potential of becoming famous or have “superstar” status. Living in denial about son’s possible autism, having to deal with his suicidal dad, and now his sexless marriage – Joel’s life is upside down. That is until his father discovers the internet … OMG … and Joel takes the responsibility for being his wife’s dick assistant. Just imagine how this one is going to play out!!!!!
Short, but full of laughs … we see ourselves and our family/friends in each of the characters that C.A. Greagen carefully creates. Greagen is vivid in his descriptions and creates wonderful, realistic characters that you can love, hate or just admire because they are sooooo real! The constant checking of his “social media status” OMG – so true!
I practically read this book to my husband one night, it was not only hilarious but so … us! Awesome series!
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