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Tuesday, 19 November 2019

MISFIT PACK


Misfit Pack by Stephanie Foxe
Book 1 of the Misfit Pack series
Narrated by Amanda Dolan
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook


About Misfit Pack:
A redhead with a drawl, a lawyer with pink hair, and a homeless seventeen-year-old have no business forming a pack.

In a world where magic is commonplace, and your neighbor is just as likely to be an elf as a troll, three humans are unwillingly changed into werewolves.

Unprepared and unwanted.

The pack may have chosen Amber as their Alpha, but that’s not a title she is supposed to have. In order to be legally recognized as an Alpha she must pass the Trials, and it won’t be easy. If she fails, her pack will be disbanded and forced into a halfway house for bitten werewolves, aka The System.

But the pack needs a sponsor in order to even enter the Trials.

With everything to lose, the brand new pack must learn to work together before it’s too late.
Source: Info in the About Misfit Pack was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41156454-misfit-pack on 02/10/2019.

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My Thoughts:
I am so glad I stumbled into this book/author because this is starting to read like a wonderful series indeed! This is also my first Amanda Dolan listen and I like the way she reads. Her voice is not aggravating to the ears. And she does not have a singsong to the way she reads that a few narrators seems to have, which is a huge plus to me!! And of course, I dived into the next book right after finishing this one so the cliffhanger ending did not feel so aggravating to me. Amber, our alpha heroine, sometimes feels stupid to me but she hasn't acted all out "too stupid to live" (tstl) yet so I am keeping my fingers crossed that she doesn't in subsequent books! And I love the world building!! It's not that original, but it is beautiful!!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


Books In The Misfit Pack Series:


Meet The Author

About Stephanie Foxe:
Stephanie Foxe was born and raised near Houston, TX. She grew up playing in the pond and woods in her backyard, and devouring every book she could get her hands on.

Her teen years were spent transitioning slowly from reader, to writer. She spent most evenings on the phone with her cousin writing the first few pages to many books that would never be finished.

Her adult years were spent toiling away at a corporate job until one fateful day when she heard about a little writing project called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). From there, the idea of writing a book went from a fanciful dream to a finished manuscript. The first book in the Witch’s Bite series was written, and Stephanie was addicted.

Now, she has plans to publish everything from paranormal fantasy to science fiction.

One book at a time.

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The Narrator

About Amanda Dolan:
Amanda is a New York City based actor, improvisor and voiceover artist, who has recorded over 100 audiobooks. She has an MFA in acting from Brown University, and is a member of Actors’ Equity.

Born in Astoria, New York, but lucky enough to have been transplanted to sunny Orange County, CA, Amanda’s upbringing was a perfect mix of East meets West (And by East she means bagels, not sushi).

Amanda loves to develop new plays and musicals. She has workshopped new work with Trinity Rep, Pipeline Theater Company, Soho Rep, Marginal Man Theater Company, The Lark Play Development Center, Playwrights Rep, Brown University and many more.

In addition to stage and film work, Amanda can be heard voicing hundreds of characters in over 100 audiobooks for Audible, Inc., AudioGo (BBC Audiobooks America), Blackstone Audio, John Marshall Media, HarperCollins, and Tantor Media.




FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Monday, 18 November 2019

SACRIFICED TO THE DRAGON

Sacrificed To The Dragon (Part 1) by Jessie Donovan
Book 1 of the Stonefire Dragons Series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook


About Sacrificed To The Dragon (Part 1):
In exchange for a vial of dragon’s blood to save her brother’s life, Melanie Hall offers herself up as a sacrifice to one of the British dragon-shifter clans. Being a sacrifice means signing a contract to live with the dragon-shifters for six months to try to conceive a child. Her assigned dragonman, however, is anything but easy. He’s tall, broody, and alpha to the core. There’s only one problem — he hates humans.

Due to human dragon hunters killing his mother, Tristan MacLeod despises humans. Unfortunately, his clan is in desperate need of offspring to repopulate their numbers and it’s his turn to service a human female. Despite his plans to have sex with her and walk away, his inner dragon has other ideas. The curvy human female tempts his inner beast like no other.
Source: Info in the About Sacrificed To The Dragon (Part 1) was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22717692-sacrificed-to-the-dragon on 01/11/2015.

Sacrificed To The Dragon (Part 2) by Jessie Donovan
Book 1 of the Stonefire Dragons Series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook


About Sacrificed To The Dragon (Part 2):
Abandoned and humiliated, Melanie tries her best to maintain her composure as Bram explains the reason for Tristan leaving — something called a “mate claim frenzy”. In other words, the next time Tristan comes face to face with her, his inner dragon will take control and claim her for his own. Both Bram and Samira try to convince her to accept his attentions earlier than her contract specifies or risk putting not only herself, but also the members of their clan in danger.

Tristan stays away from Melanie as long as possible, but to prevent his dragon from completely taking over, he returns to Stonefire’s lands the afternoon after the First Kiss ceremony. When he shows up naked on Melanie’s doorstep, his human-half maintains control long enough to garner her consent.

Now it’s only a matter of time before Melanie conceives and fulfills her contract. But once she does, will Tristan overcome his hatred of humans and stay with her, or will he push her away?
Source: Info in the About Sacrificed To The Dragon (Part 2) was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22843254-sacrificed-to-the-dragon on 08/11/2019.

My Thoughts:
I've read this book years and years ago, so this is a retrospective review. I did not realise that I bought just a few chapters of the book until after I read the next book. The next book was just another couple of chapters also. It was then I realised that this author has published the book in chopped-up chunks as "Parts" with different covers. Part 2 has no end and no beginning because it is just a middle chapter of a bigger book. I really do not like this kind of publication technique! So even though I like the premise of the story and the story telling quality of this author, I stopped reading her.

Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 cherries


Tuesday, 5 November 2019

DRAGON BITES


Dragon Bites by Allyson James
Book 6 of the Stormwalker series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook


About Dragon Bites:
While Janet and friends try to relax in Vegas, Janet discovers that one of Mick's old nemeses has called in a debt, which is bound to result in Mick's death. This is a problem for dragons, and Janet and Gabrielle have to convince Drake and Colby to assist them before it's too late.
Source: Info in the About Dragon Bites was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28645451-dragon-bites on 24/03/2018.

My Thoughts:
The cover is not the best, but don't get discouraged by it because the inside is totally kick-ass! Even though the cover is apropos to the story.

The good news is, this is a good book. The bad news is, you have to get through several books to get here. Reading this series in order may not be a must, but, it gives you a better appreciation of the people and events that happens in this book.

I don't know if Colby is red in his dragon form but this image of a red dragon is sure impressive!

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 2.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 4

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries


About Allyson James
Allyson James
Allyson James writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and erotic romance (paranormal and futuristic). She is a nationally bestselling author, a multiple RITA nominee, an RT Award winner, and a Prism winner. She also writes romance (paranormal and historical) as Jennifer Ashley. See Allyson's website for current and upcoming books. See also Allyson's GoodReads bookshelves for all books under all pseudonyms.
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FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

Saturday, 26 October 2019

DOUBLE-SIDED MAGIC

Double-Sided Magic by McKenzie Hunter
Book 1 of the Legacy series
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobook Audiobook


About Double-Sided Magic:
I am Levy Michaels. Once my kind were the hunters — now we are the hunted

Supernaturals are out of the closet but I have to stay hidden because of the type of magic I possess. I’m a Legacy. It sounds like the title should come with reverence, a trust fund, or at the very least a cool backstory — instead it comes with a death sentence.

I have to hide in plain sight and pretend to be just human. I’m pretty good at it. I live a simple and somewhat normal life, and I work in antique acquisitions. Everything’s going fine until a dangerous and enchanted dagger that was once in my possession is stolen. I didn’t think things could get any worse until I woke up next to a dead shifter, fae, and mage, without any memory of the past twenty-four hours.

Considered guilty of murder by most of the magical community and humans, I must work with Gareth, the sexy and dangerous leader of the Supernatural Guild. If he’s as good as rumored, it’s only a matter of time until he discovers the truth about me — then being found guilty of murder is the least of my worries.
Source: Info in the About Double-Sided Magic was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35444973-double-sided-magic on 11/09/2019.

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Book 1: DOUBLE-SIDED MAGIC (audiobook)
My Thoughts:
This book reminds me awfully of the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews. Same hidden bloodline heroine. Uber alpha cat hero. Solving murder and mysteries together. There are differences of course, like Kate prefers her sword. While Levy likes her twin daggers. Subtle things like that. But the mojo is the same. Originality-wise, this book does not rate very high, indeed! However, I still like the way the story is told and enjoyed this book very much! Therefore, the book still rated good for me even though it doesn't have the most original of themes.

Plot... what plot?!... Yeah, there isn't much of one. This book is mainly an introduction to Levy, our main protagonist. The murder cases they were suppose to be solving in this book was not even completely closed. And yes, it was a cliffhanger ending. And I guess we will know more in the subsequent books... Although I understand why some authors opt to write in this kind of style specially with serieses, I still don't like it when the book ends in a gaping big hole of a cliffhanger. Its a way to induce readers to buy some more into the series. However, really good authors do not have to resort to this kind of technique to sell their books because their book is just such a good read that the readers will buy them anyway. So, not a high point for this author.

This is my first Stacey Glemboski listen and I like the way she reads. The words are distinct and I agree mostly to her interpretation of the book.


Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 2
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 2
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Originality = 2
Pace = (7 hrs and 25 mins listening time)
Plot = 2
Narration = 4.5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries


Books In The Legacy Series:


Meet The Author

About McKenzie Hunter:
McKenzie, in her childhood, discovered that her life could be a whirlwind of adventures by simply opening a book. To this day, reading is still her favorite activity. She has a fondness for fantasy and mystery, which is probably why she writes urban fantasy.

When McKenzie isn’t working on her next book she is usually binge-watching paranormal and comedy shows, maintaining her title as “favorite auntie”, or trying to create a tasty low-calorie pizza.


The Narrator

About Stacey Glemboski:
Stacey is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice actor who has recorded books for many best selling authors. Though her favorite books have been for kids and teens, many other genres of narration appeal to her.

Her acting experience has been largely experiential and has been honed through singing, plays, life, choir solos, Barbies, and eventually teaching middle school. For Stacey, narration is about having fun breathing life into characters and getting as lost as possible in the story she’s telling. Outside the studio, Stacey is compulsively addicted to tennis but is not seeking any treatment for this condition.

An experienced copy editor, proofreader, and English teacher, Stacey is adept at understanding complex texts and subtleties of plot and character.

​ Her home studio is a WhisperRoom sound-resistant booth, and she uses a Neumann TLM103, MBox Mini 2, and a MacBook Air.



FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 
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