Friday 5 March 2021


Relentless by Karen Lynch
Book 1 of the Relentless series
Read by Caitlin Greer
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

About Relentless:
Sara Grey’s world shattered ten years ago when her father was brutally murdered. Now at seventeen, she is still haunted by memories of that day and driven by the need to understand why it happened. She lives a life full of secrets and her family and friends have no idea of the supernatural world she is immersed in or of Sara’s own very powerful gift.

In her quest for answers about her father’s death, Sara takes risks that expose her and her friends to danger and puts herself into the sights of a sadistic vampire. On the same fateful night she meets Nikolas, a warrior who turns Sara’s world upside down and is determined to protect her even if it’s the last thing she wants.

Sara’s life starts to spin out of control as she is hunted by an obsessed vampire, learns that her friends have secrets of their own and reels from the truth about her own ancestry. Sara has always been fiercely independent but in order to survive now she must open herself to others, to reveal her deepest secrets. And she must learn to trust the one person capable of breaking down the walls around her.
Source: Info in the About Relentless was taken from GoodReads at on 28/07/2019.

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My Thoughts:
Promising start to a new-to-me series.

This book is a coming-of-age story told subtly that it does not seem to be that at the first instance. Then it becomes obvious as the story goes along. I like Karen Lynch's author's voice. It is compelling enough to make me want to follow this series. The world building is believable and beautiful. So glad I stumbled into this series!

A Reader adds another layer of complexity to the story whether we like it or not. In my experience, a good Narrator can bring the story to life and make the listener experience the story with an additional texture that reading alone may not have given the story. The Narrator therefore has a great influence on the story for the listener. A bad Narrator can ruin a perfectly good book like Jonathan Oliver did to Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Caitlin Greer did not exactly ruin this book. In fact, for the most part she did a good job. However, when she reads "ten" in the same tone as the rest of the sentence/paragraph and tells the listener that the "ten" was supposed to be squeaked, it leaves a lot to be desired.

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 3

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

Meet The Author

About Karen Lynch:
Karen Lynch is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

She grew up in Newfoundland, Canada - a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina years ago and was immediately charmed by the southern people but she says she will always be a newfie.

Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austin. She is a fan of classic rock, country and classical music but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard. Two of her favorite past times are baking artisan breads for her friends and spending quality time with her two German Shepherds.

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

1 comment:

  1. I feel the same way about narrators. I've, on occasion, returned an audiobook because I wasn't a fan of the voice. I'm glad this worked out for you.


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