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Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris Book Review

Jason is about to turn into a panther for the first time. Calvin has agreed to help him with the transition. Everything turns out fine until Calvin gets shot in the chest. It turns out that a few weres and shifters have been shot. One was even killed. There are many people that seem to think that Jason may be the one shooting them. They think he’s trying to get revenge for being turned into a panther against his will.

This book was all over the place! I was impressed and intimidated. I also do not remember reading this the first time around at all. I’m beginning to think it’s because I read the series so long ago and I’ve read so many books since then. Either way, I’m really enjoying reading the series. It’s been an absolutely amazing ride for me. There were a few parts in this particular book that I felt were a little too rushed over.

Sookie seems to have really come into her skin in this one. She’s fully standing up for herself. She’s completely sarcastic. I do feel like there’s a bit of pent up aggression and agitation that she should probably find a healthy way to get out. Eric and Sam will always be two of my favorite characters in this series. For two completely different reasons. I never really cared for Bill. I always thought his attitude was rude and selfish.

This book, like the rest of the series, was narrated by Johanna Parker. She did just as amazing job on this book as she did the rest. If I close my eyes as I listen, it will be like I’m actually there observing through Sookie’s eyes. I know that I could get that while reading too. I get that. It’s just that she completely throws herself into the story. It’s almost like she literally becomes part of the story. It’s amazing. It’s inspiring!

I don’t really remember the series from the first time around. That’s okay though. I’m really enjoying it this time around. It’s been an amazing ride. I can’t believe I’m practically halfway through the series now. I’m not quite halfway, but I’m almost there. I am at a point where I’m excited to power through the series, but I also don’t want the series to end!

Dead Until Dark
Living Dead In Dallas
Club Dead
Dead To The World

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Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin Book Review

Something awful happens to Jade. She goes to a party celebrating her 16th birthday when she’s drugged and violated. What people don’t realize is that she’s Wiccan. She and her clan vow revenge on the boys who turned a night that should have been magical into a nightmare. One person at a time.

I found this book very disturbing in many ways. I liked the story. I really did, but it was disturbing on so many levels. It’s like reading a horror novel from the killer’s point of view. Something I’m not really used to. In ways, it’s like Cruel Intentions, but the main character isn’t really horrible. I mean she is, but it’s understandable as to why she is. I’m not saying what happens is justified. I’m just saying that I understand it.

Jade is a force of nature. She’s terrifying. I wouldn’t wish her wrath on my worst enemy. There are several questions I have. Like where are her parents for over half of this stuff that goes down? How is she always able to stay the night at people’s houses with no questions asked at all? Also, why were some of the characters faded so much into the background? I kind of forgot who was who now and then.

This book was narrated by Emily Lawrence. She did a pretty amazing job. I almost turned this book in and just read the book on my Kindle, but her narration had me hooked. I actually think it may have amplified the creep factor up to like 20. I’m not sure if I’ve ever listened to her books before. The name does sound familiar. Either way, I’d definitely listen to other narrations done by her.

While I enjoyed this book, I found it way over the top. It was a little too creepy for my taste. Also, I found that some places were rushed over a little too much. I also didn’t really care too much for the ending. I guess I expected a little more. I’m still glad that I got a chance to read it. It’s unique. I will say that. I won’t be re-reading it.

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Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie Book Review

Agnus has the perfect life. Her husband is a successful producer. She’s launching her own career as a writer. Then things start unraveling. It starts with a trickle that turns into a downpour. Her husband doesn’t show up at her book launch party. If that isn’t enough, she comes home to find that she’s been locked out of and barred from her home. From there, things just get more and more overwhelming.

I found this book absolutely hilarious! For those who are expecting something more serious, this book won’t be for them. It’s full of satire. I feel like it’s meant to be a parody of sorts. I found the book very fast-paced, but easy to get into and understand. I had many “wow” moments. I knew when I saw the cover and title that I’d love it. It wasn’t what I expected, but it’s still worth a read. For those who love books with a lot of comic relief, this book is definitely worth it!

I’m going to start with the obvious here. Agnus. She’s just amazingly quirky. She has this ability to let almost anything slide off her. She just keeps going. That is until you try to come between her and her daughter. Then, it’s on. Her sister Finn was pretty hilarious as well! I have to say she and the daughter were my favorite two characters in the entire book. I was sad I didn’t get to see more of the daughter and the husband. All of the characters in this book were AMAZING.

This book was narrated by Amy McFadden. One of my all-time favorite narrators of all time! She’s amazing! Once I found out she narrated it, I knew it would be worth listening to! So I jumped at the opportunity to get it on audio. Not that actually reading it isn’t worth it. It’s just that when you love a narrator, you want to hear them read it!

While this may not be a serious book, it’s definitely worth the read. It’s full of drama and chaos. It’s also full of all kinds of references to pop culture. Some of which are taken way out of context. Which makes it even more hilarious. I enjoyed this book more than I can even explain!

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Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury Book Review

It’s Christmas Eve. Clara is enjoying the Christmas Ball that her parents always put together. This one is different because her best friend has gotten engaged. She knows that soon becoming engaged will be expected of her as well. The night is interrupted by a dramatic entrance by her great uncle. He gives her a gift that changes everything. It leads her to a whole new world where everybody is counting on her to break a spell.

I have to be honest, I have never actually read The Nutcracker. If it was read to me, I was too young to remember it fully. I did see it every year in theatre as a child. It was and will always remain one of my favorite plays of all time. I loved the story. I loved the rendition. I was ecstatic to find out that this was a retelling! I was curious to see where they would take the story. I could cry with happiness! The beginning starts out almost entirely like the original story. I stress almost.

Clara was a beautiful soul. She was born into aristocracy, but she remained humble and kind. It was beautiful. She was actually a refreshing change to a character I’ve endured recently, but that’s for another place and time. I loved all the characters in the book. Even the ones that were not that great. I mean they are the biggest reason we read these stories. We enjoy the conflict! They bring the conflict! Also, I will never look at a Nutcracker the same way. We have a collection here.

This book was narrated by Anne Marie Lewis. She did a very impressive job for the most part. There were times she made some of the people sound a bit robotic and stiff. I think for some of them that were done on purpose. I can’t be sure. I especially think she designed the Prince’s voice to sound like that as he was a Nutcracker. Either way, I really enjoyed her narration!

I feel like I should have had some anxieties going into this story. Especially since it’s retelling one of my favorite plays of all time. I didn’t. I was more thrilled than anything. I mean I’m constantly seeing Disney Princess retellings. I would love to see retellings from other stories as well! This was told so beautifully. It’s hard not to just want to listen to the very end!

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The Body In Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe Book Review

Anna has finally decided to marry Joe. She wants to marry him on her own terms. That’s about the only thing going right for her at the moment. Her father still wants nothing to do with her. The chief of police is starting to crack down on her job performance. To add a cherry to the top of the storm that’s festering around her, some unknown person is sending her flowers and gifts to her desk every day. She makes a discovery that turns her world upside down.

I really enjoyed the story. Despite my frustrations with the main character. The story itself was amazing. It was full of intrigue and moments that threw me. It’s amazing how many things everybody was juggling while still maintaining a healthy social life. It intrigued me. It does show that it’s possible. If people could figure out how to do it in the early 1900s, I can figure out how to do it now. There were a few things that I wish were drawn out a bit more.

I haven’t ever liked Anna. I mean I respect the fact that she’s brilliant. It’s amazing how she deduces things so easily that others couldn’t see at all. In today’s time, she’d be a valuable asset to any of the law enforcement units. She would be respected and revered. I get that. I do. It doesn’t change the fact that she’s so spoiled and selfish. She doesn’t bother to see things from anybody else’s point of view but her own. She’s a royal brat! I really enjoyed Joe, but he had flaws too. His lack of willingness to stand up for himself. He did the right thing, but he still let Anna make him feel bad! I still adore his character so much.

This book was narrated by Moira Quirk. The first two books in the series were narrated by her. She does a fantastic job. She gave Anna even more dramatic flair than the story originally did. Which is amazing. It takes a real talent for the narrator to fully become the characters they are narrating. She’s one of the few that has that talent. I will be listening to other audiobooks by her.

I really enjoyed this book. I may not have really cared for Anna, but that’s a personal thing. It has no reflection on the book itself. The whole series was amazing. I was thinking this was a trilogy at first, but it seems like there may be more books that will be a part of this story. If there is, I’m completely down with that idea. I will read every book that has to do with this series. I enjoyed the three very much.

The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

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Chemical Attraction by Christina Thompson Book Review

Madeline notices things being ordered and never delivered. Upon calling other departments in her lab, she discovers they have the same issue as she does. She calls the FBI to get an investigation going. Meanwhile, strange things are occurring around the town. To keep anybody from discovering the investigation, Madeline pretends to date the FBI agent who’s assigned to the task.

I enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. At first, I got a completely wrong impression of it. I was completely expecting to be cringing through the entire story. I did cringe but in a good way. This book kept me on edge through the whole thing. I couldn’t get enough of it. Anything I guessed was way off. It could have gone into more detail in certain places. I also wish the shock factor would have been amplified a bit. That’s just my personal preference though.

There were quite a few characters in this book. Most of them were pretty witty and clever. I really adored Madeline, but there were sometimes she was a bit annoying. She’s an intelligent woman who considers herself a scientist, but there are times she comes off a little inexperienced. Her partner was pretty amazing. There was a character in the book I just felt so badly for. I think his name was Simon. I’m not sure. People were cruel to him. I know that much.

This book was narrated by Gary Bennett. This is the first time I’ve listened to a book narrated by him. He does a pretty good job with the narration. I’d listen to other books narrated by him. I think he has the voice for crime novels and mysteries quite frankly. He may be just as successful in other genres as well.

This book was amazing. It went above and beyond my expectations of it. I started the book thinking it was going to be a cringefest of a story that will be full of predictable moments. I was completely wrong. So completely wrong. And I’m so completely thankful for that. I couldn’t get enough of the story and wish it didn’t have to end! I will try to read other books in the series. It was amazing.

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The Woman In The Camphor Trunk by Jennifer Kincheloe Book Review

Anna is no longer wealthy. Her father has disowned her and completely cut her off. She finds herself struggling to pay for things herself and eat properly. She’s thankful that she’s been allowed to work as a matron again despite everything coming out in the open about who she really is. Shortly after she returns, she uncovers a great murder mystery and finds herself determined to solve the case.

I really do love these stories. They are realistic to the time being spoken about. There are no liberties taken just because times are different now. I like that. If we cover up or rewrite history, we won’t learn from it, but I digress. This book is very action-packed. I can’t say I really enjoyed the beginning of the book. It was a bit of a sloppy start for me. The rest of the book made up for that in my opinion.

It’s really rare that I absolutely love a story but completely dislike the main characters. This is one of them. I just don’t understand how somebody can be so insanely stupid and yet intelligent at the same time. I think I’m being harsh. I get it. She led a sheltered life. However, she comes across as entitled and entirely selfish and spoiled. I can say that this book shows promise that she’s starting to calm down a bit. That’s a good sign.

Like the first book, this book was also narrated by Moira Quirk. She really did a fantastic job. I took the liberty of looking up other titles by her. She narrates for some pretty interesting titles. I will be doing what I can to obtain and listen to some more books narrated by her. She’s not a favorite yet, but she has great potential. I will say that. She’s lovely.

I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed the first book as well. I may not really care for the main characters and feel like the rest of the characters could use a bit more of a role in the books, but the books are highly enjoyable. Picture a Stephanie Plum but back in the early 1900s. Well, if Stephanie Plum wound up as a police matron instead of a bounty hunter and if she was born blue blooded.

The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc

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Netherfield: Rogue Dragon by Maria Grace Book Review

Everything is coming to a dramatic head. Elizabeth has fled Longbourn. All is well again with Pemberly. She and Darcy have sorted everything out as well. Just when it seems there couldn’t be anything else that could happen, it turns out that there’s a rogue dragon in Netherfield. Elizabeth and Darcy are tasked to investigate. They must do so without the assistance of Longbourn as he’s forbidden them from entering his territory.

I spent a lot of time doing nothing but listening to this book. I barely even took the time to pause it so I could get up. I had a very Sheldon “I don’t need sleep. I need answers.” moment. I can’t even begin to explain. I couldn’t even begin to try to predict everything that was going to go down. I would have been wrong if I did quite frankly. It was insane in the best way possible! I want and need more!!!!

I’m going to be very generic about my assessment of the characters. It’s for a good reason. I want anybody who reads the books after reading my review to go into it unbiased. It’s amazing how some very loveable characters from the original novel weren’t so loveable in this one and the not so loveable ones were at least tolerable. I am not saying everybody was different. Just a select few. My mind was blown at the transformations between the original character and this version. That’s all I am willing to say.

I get to gush about Benjamin Fife in another review. I can’t get over the amazing talent he has. That and the fact that he’s so dedicated to the projects he works on. It’s obvious he goes above and beyond what’s required of him. It’s a very positive thing to me. I’d give him way more than five stars if I could. As it were, he has definitely been added to my auto-buy list. If I see any audiobook narrated by him when I have money, it will be in my library! No questions asked!

This has been a very fun series for me to read. I’ve really loved the retelling from one of my favorite classics of all time. I said in a previous review that Jane Austen herself would love this retelling. I wasn’t just saying that. I actually mean it. If I didn’t know better, I’d say that it’s possible that the author is a reincarnation of Jane Austen! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I will also be adding this author to my automatic read list!

Pemberly: Mr.Darcy’s Dragon
Longbourn: Dragon Entail

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Longbourn Dragon Entail by Maria Grace Book Review

Longbourn has decided that Elizabeth will marry Collins. To ensure this happens, he sends Pemberly and Darcy away. He feels that her attachment to them will prevent her from doing what he wishes. If that isn’t enough, her father completely insists that she honor the marriage as well. Elizabeth is feeling completely overwhelmed and she’s starting to become afraid of Longbourn.

I was trying to figure out how the author was going to go with this series. I loved Pride and Prejudice. I was very impressed with the retelling of this. I loved how creative the author was. I loved that she put exact word for word scenes from the original. It was impressive. I think even Jane Austen herself would have been impressed. I loved the first book and I loved the second as well!

I kind of wanted to smack Elizabeth in this one. She was being a little stubborn. I get it though. Nobody bothered to tell her that Darcy and Pemberly were banished. Poor Pemberly! I just couldn’t handle how much pain that poor baby was in! I am also very impressed with how Darcy is portrayed in this. He’s just so dreamy!

This book was narrated by Benjamin Fife. This is only the second book I’ve listened to by him, but I’m totally hooked. He’s got amazing talent! If I had a lot of money, I would go and buy every single book he’s narrated. I will plan to buy them when I can. Narrators are great. They are. The ones that go the extra mile for our entertainment are AMAZING. He’s one of those. He has quickly been added to my favorites list. Hands down.

I really can’t’ wait to see where the rest of this series goes. It’s such a creative take on a classic that we all love. Like I said before, I believe that Jane Austen herself would even love it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. I’m just so in love with it! I fully recommend this unique retelling!

Pemberly

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The Delving by Aaron Bunce Book Review

Thoben finds himself constantly struggling. He is a branded man and unable to find work as often as he needs to provide for his family. The taxes have been going up every year after winter. Thoben finds that if he doesn’t do something soon, his family won’t even have enough to eat. Out of the blue, a proposition is given to him. One that he finds hard to resist. He is very much against doing what is asked of him, but he finds that he could really use the money more than worrying about the risk involved.

I really did enjoy the story quite a bit. I wouldn’t say that it was one of my favorites. I do believe that I will probably go back and reread the book just to make sure that I didn’t miss anything. I may continue with the series as well, but it won’t be for a while if I do. I do very much love the idea behind the story. It was very creative and unique. I love unique!

Thoben is the type of person that the reader can easily get behind. He does the right thing. He cares about his family. He would give someone the shirt off his back if they feel like they needed it. His family is beautiful as well. It’s a family that I’m sure a lot of people who are from broken families just adore so much. Of course, I feel like I feel that families like that are just fairy tale families, but I digress. It was beautiful.

This book was narrated by Matthew E Berry. It’s the first one I heard narrated by him, but I can promise that it won’t be my last. It looks like he has a pretty decent library going for him. All of the titles look pretty amazing. I also have to say that he gave this book a lot of understanding for me. I feel like if I just flat out read it, I’d of had to reread many passages to fully understand it. I didn’t have to do that thanks to him. I’m not saying this book is bad. It’s just new to me.

I really did enjoy this book very much. I’m going to let my feelings on the book digest a bit before I decide on reading it again or continuing on with the series. I really loved the idea behind the story. It was a very refreshing page. It wasn’t predictable at all. That’s a very impressive feat. I do fully recommend the book.

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