Friday 5 June 2020


Keystone by Dannika Dark
Book 1 of the Crossbreed Series
Read by Nicole Poole
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About Keystone:
Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.

They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Source: Info in the About Keystone was taken from GoodReads at on 07/08/2018.

My Thoughts:
This is a new-to-me series, and I was excited to discover a "possibly" another great read(s)... This is also my first Dannika Dark book so I am not familiar with this author's voice before I started reading this book.

I like the way Nicole Poole reads. It's not aggravating to the ears.

The promise of possibilities in the world building is exciting. There are vampires and shifters and magic. It started with good narrative and believable scenes. Then it was kind of downhill from there.

I do not like inconsistent magic rules. All along the narrative it says that clothes don't change with the shifter. Then all of a sudden Blue flies off as a peregrine and her clothes magically disappear... WTF! If you make up the rules, stick with them! Inconsistency destroys the believability in the story!

After all that moaning, the book wasn't all that bad. It has its moments. However, I do not think I would be buying anymore books in this series.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 3
Ending = 3.5
World building = 3.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (10hrs & 15mins listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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