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West From The Cradle by Brigid Amos Book Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Travis never thought he would amount to very much. He was very short and not as strong as the rest of the men in his family. His strength lied in books more than it did fieldwork. A local shopkeeper reads in the California paper that they have found gold in the rivers. He wants to take Travis’ older brother to go try to find some and come back home to financially help their families. Everything is set until Travis’ father falls and breaks his arm forcing his brother to stay home so that the fieldwork will get done. Travis goes in his stead.

The biggest goal in this book:

First of all, I want to say that this book tackles a lot of heavy topics that a lot of books won’t really cover. Not as in-depth and without being overly descriptive as this one. That being said, it can be a little overwhelming at times. It is realistic. I can’t fault them on that. The book takes place in the mid-1800s. Personally, I think that some things happened a little too quickly and a little too easily. I also feel like a few parts jumped rather quickly. That’s just me though. I can’t say it’s a favorite or that I will ever read it, but I enjoyed it.

How I pictured things:

The book was narrated by James G Charron. He did a great job. I’m not sure if this is accurate, but it would appear that this is the only audiobook he has narrated so far. I can say this, there were a few things he mispronounced. Including a city in Georgia. I will be glad to follow him and see if he does any more narrations in the future. He does have quite the soothing voice. I just try not to judge a narrator by one book alone. Every story is unique in its own way and the tone he uses for this book he may not use for another book. It’s just hard to gauge the overall talent of a narrator on one book alone.

When Travis takes a stand on anything:

I think that his book would be a great read for people who love historical novels. It’s very short and easy to read. Well, easy as in the reader is able to get through it quickly. It’s not an easy read as in there’s nothing major in it. I did include a warning about some sensitive topics covered. This is a clean read in as far as no cursing or sex were in it, but sex is mentioned in it. In a way. Overall, I do recommend this book.

When the narrator mispronounced Dahlonega:

Rise by L.A. Cotton Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Eva has been given an opportunity that will change her life. She’s been invited to go on tour with one of the most popular rock bands. The record label is convinced that her presence will improve the evergrowing horrible reputation of the band. If that wasn’t overwhelming enough, she finds herself caught in between the attentions of two brothers. One of whom has captured her heart despite her hesitations. The other who she feels a protective nature for that she would do anything to help him get better.

Every time Eva hears news of things going in her favor:

I enjoyed this book quite a lot. Even if it was a little cringy at times. Maybe even predictable at times. Those aren’t complaints. Not all books are meant to be smooth and full of surprises. Some of them are supposed to be straightforward and frustrating. I hope this is making sense. There were times I would have probably smacked the characters if I was in the story. They were being so angsty and frustrating! Especially Eva and Rafe. They should have taken like five seconds to listen to the advice of those around them! Wouldn’t make them normal characters though.

When Eva and Rafe make comments about being the only one with feelings for the other:

This book was narrated by both Michael Norman Johnson and Sarah Puckett. Sarah Puckett is one of my favorite narrators of all time. I just can’t even begin to explain how much I love her narrations. It’s been a while since I’ve listened to a book narrated by her. This is the first book I’ve listened to by Mikael Norman Johnson. I believe I saw him talking on a live chat on Facebook a long time ago. I’m not sure. It was a nice talk. I felt like he would be a great narrator. I was not wrong. I will definitely be picking up other books narrated by him.

When Rafe gets jealous of his own brother after ignoring Eva for months:

This book was fun and full of life. I feel like there should have been more to it, but it was enjoyable all the same. Both narrators actually sang during the singing parts! It was AMAZING! It gave the audiobook a very authentic flair. Any book read is like you’re a part of the story. However, when narrators do things like this it just amplifies that feeling. When they let their emotions come through in the narration, it enhances it too. I read and loved the first book of this and I can’t wait to read the last book!

When your favorite narrator sings and you wish she’d sing the whole song:

On Stranger Prides by Amy Cecil Book REview

Darcy finally admits his feelings to Elizabeth and asks for her hand in marriage. Rather than saying yes like he assumed she would, she declines. She also lays down many accusations against him for why she’s not marrying him. He takes what she says to heart and writes her a letter of explanation. Once he’s sent it, he abandons his life and becomes a pirate. Years later, Elizabeth is a widow to an aristocrat. She, her son, and her father set out to go on a trip to see family. The ship that she’s in is overtaken by none other than Darcy and his crew.

Mr. Darcy leaves his life to become a pirate:

When I first started reading this book, I was not very impressed. It was literally a scene in the original Pride and Prejudice book. Then Darcy goes and becomes a pirate and I’m like: WHAT???? I must know more! Sadly, I didn’t get to experience everything that I would like to have gotten to experience. However, I still enjoyed this book very much. I like to consider it an alternate reality version of Mr. Darcy And Elizabeth. Her son was a character that I didn’t know we needed in the story until we got him! I’ve read other books by Amy Cecil. She’s an AMAZING writer. She’s quickly become one of my favorite authors.

When Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth reunite after many years:

This book was narrated by Marina Barrett. She did a really great job. I figured she would. She did great in her narration on Ripper. I am excited to listen to her narrated The mind of a Killer. I’d also like to listen to other books narrated by her. She has a skill with voices and tones. I can’t even begin to describe it. The best thing I can do is fully recommend that readers listen to the stories she narrates. It will be very much more than worth it.

When Elizabeth doesn’t even recognize Mr. Darcy:

I’m glad I decided to put my misgivings about this book and soldier through it anyway. I would have lost out on getting to experiencing an amazing retelling. The only thing I wish is that it had been a longer story. I wish there were more things that could have been added to the story. Especially some of the expositions that Mr. Darcy went on in the years after he left home. I would have liked to see Elizabeth’s life as well. They are referenced, but it would have been nice to see. Either way, I recommend it.

Every time Mr. Darcy drops a hint that it’s him around Elizabeth:

Dark Secret by Danielle Rose Book Review

Ava Lopez is a witch who considers herself the guardian of her coven. She will do anything it takes to make sure that her coven stays safe from the vampires. Lately, she’s been feeling that something horrible is coming. Refusing to believe her, her mother refuses to allow her to go out hunting. Going against her mother’s wishes, she puts herself and her best friend in danger. After a major battle, she decides to let one of the vampires go. She had no strength to fight him. She will soon find out how much of a mistake that decision was.

When the coven chooses to reject Ava:

There are some books that hook me from the very beginning. They make me crave more. They make me want to go great lengths to find out what happens next no matter the cost. This is one of those books. I really enjoyed it. I find Ava so relatable. I can’t lie, I don’t fully get behind some of her attitude and prejudices, but I get it. She was raised to believe that all vampires were bad. That there were no exceptions to that rule. I do wish that I could have seen this from another point of view as well. Ava was a great main character, but she could have used a secondary main character to fill in some gaps.

When Ava decides she knows what she’s doing and goes against orders:

This book was narrated by Angela Dawe. As far as I know, this is the first book that I’ve listened to by her. I can promise you that it won’t be the last. I love her voice. It’s just so alluring. It makes me want to keep listening. I did some homework on her titles. I’ve been trying to get in the habit of doing that lately. She has a pretty extensive and impressive list. It doesn’t surprise me with how talented she is.

When the rogues attack when everything seems to have settled:

I came in knowing that I would really enjoy the book. I didn’t expect to fall in love with the book. I didn’t expect to wish I was a part of the book. I didn’t expect to be consumed by the book. I have no regrets. I got the three books in the series that are already out. I plan to get the other two books in the series when they are out as well. There’s a part of me that’s tempted to buy the paperback copies of them to have them on my shelves. Maybe one day it will happen. What I can say is that this won’t be my last time reading this book.

When I expected there to be more on certain parts and there wasn’t:

Righteous Assassin by Kevin G. Chapman Book Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Detective Mike Stoneman and his partner Jason Dickson have picked up on a pattern of deaths that have been happening in the city. On the last Saturday of every month, a person who hasn’t led the best life is found dead in a bizarre way. From being poisoned to being eaten by an animal at the zoo. With no pattern or motive evident, they find it hard to prove anything that will give them cause to put aside the rest of their cases and dig deeper into the case. They don’t even have anything that can link them together.
While I really enjoyed this book, I wouldn’t have considered it a favorite. I feel like the characters were a bit choppy and robotic at times. There were moments that the characters show some character, but not really all that often. The thing that kept me reading was that it was like reading an episode of Criminal Minds. Especially during the parts where it’s in the killer’s point of view. I really think this is a pretty decent book. Most of the things I didn’t like about it are personal issues. It isn’t reflecting on the book itself.
The book was narrated by the author himself. I’m not going to say he was a horrible narrator. He did have a very nice narrating voice. It’s just there are times he comes off really choppy. If I didn’t know that he had written the book before listening, I wouldn’t have believed it. It just feels like he detached himself as being the author. Again, he wasn’t horrible. I just feel like maybe he should have tried to narrate it again with a bit more of an upbeat or rusky tone.
This was a really decent book. I really enjoyed reading it. I wouldn’t consider it a favorite, and I most likely won’t be reading it again. I do recommend it to anybody who likes crime stories and shows like Criminal Minds. I did feel like it was watching a more low key episode of Criminal Minds. I think that’s most of the reason why I really enjoyed it. I think the biggest reason I couldn’t was the inconsistent behaviors of the detectives and their horrible attitudes!

Deadly Enterprise by Kevin G. Chapman Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A girl is found dead in the river. Her death is considered an overdose and nobody wanted to spend longer on the case than absolutely necessary. To them, it was an open and shut case. The only one who took notice of her death was the medical examiner. She insists that somebody do something to investigate the case. She feels that the girl was murdered. Nobody really takes her too seriously until another body is discovered with the same consistencies as the first.
I actually really did enjoy this book more than I thought I would. I mean I didn’t love it, but I really enjoyed it. It was much better than the first book in this series. It’s easier to read. The characters were much more lively in the book. There were many parts where the book still felt a bit stale. Which is why I enjoyed it but didn’t love it. There is a major character adjustment in one of the detectives. I can honestly say that it really helped me enjoy the book a lot better as well. This book didn’t read like a Criminal Minds episode as much as the first book did either.
This book was also narrated by the narrator. I’m beginning to think that the first book was the first book he ever narrated. If I’m wrong, it’s not meant as an insult. Just an observation. He seems to have found his niche a bit more with this one. He comes off more comfortable and less unsure of himself. It was really nice to hear. I’m curious to see if he’s going to narrate other books. Maybe some more of his own. Maybe some of others. It would be nice to see how he does.
I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did in the first book. I might consider giving both of them a chance again in the future because of it. Sometimes I really feel like I’m being overly critical when I don’t like books. However, I realize that we aren’t going to love every book we come across. I am curious to see if there will be more books in this series. I wonder where they will go. My curiosity on it all definitely feels like a sign to me. It’s an enjoyable read that I fully recommend to crime lovers out there.

The Girl From Whitefield Hall by Pete Harrison Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Emily has decided to hide her identity and gender to become a detective. She wants to see if she can get away with it. Her maid is all that she has to help her. When she winds up getting away with the ruse, she continues to investigate the cases she’s working on. She finds that she has a real gift for talking to people and getting the truth out of them when nobody else can.
While there were many parts of this book that were so confusing and seemingly all over the place, this was a very nice book. I was impressed by the use of the items that are used to help hide feminine features so that a person can consider themselves a man. There was also something happened in the book that I won’t say what that I was so happy to see! I could just gush and gush over it. I totally ship it is all I can say! There were some really sad parts though.
This book was narrated by Christine Rendel. She has an impressive list of books that she’s narrated. This is the first one that I have heard though. I really did enjoy it though. She definitely put herself in the time period that the book takes place in. I am very impressed when narrators do that. It makes listening that much more enjoyable. I can’t wait to listen to other books by her.
This book was very innovative and awe-inspiring. Yes, it could use a polish. Not everything is really understandable. It kind of jumps back and forth here and there. It’s still a worthwhile read. I love the forward-thinking of the author. I know many people will disagree with me that part. They will say that she should have kept to the time frame. To them, I say, just because it wasn’t talked about as much as it is now doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. It was just hidden better than it is now. Not that any of that needs to be hidden. I recommend this book.

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sookie’s world is turned upside down when she discovers that her former best friend who tried to kill her, Arlene, has been released from prison. She’s even more shocked when Arlene comes in looking for a job. Doing her best to keep her cool, she turns her down and tells her that she doesn’t think it’s a good idea that they are near each other. She’s shocked to find Arlene murdered and left in the dumpster in the back of Merlotte’s. The evidence points to Sookie. If that isn’t enough, she is struggling to figure out where the relationship with her and Eric is going. Every day it looks more and more like it’s over.
I’m really sad that this series is over. I get it though. I mean it’s kind of obvious in this book and a few others that the author was just over writing it. The story had run its course in her eyes. Which is totally okay. It happens. Rather stop it when it’s still good than keep it dragging when she’s not happy writing it. I appreciate that in more ways than I can explain. I do wish I could have seen more of something that happens in this book. I know this isn’t a popular opinion, but I really didn’t care about the relationship between Eric and Sookie. I mean I get they both loved and cared about each other, but I don’t feel like they were ever in love. I don’t feel like what they had for each other was really enough to stay together. I guess that’s kind of obvious but yeah.
This book was narrated by Johanna Parker. The entire series was narrated by her. I was so impressed with her narration in the first book that I wound up buying all of them to listen to just to hear her voice. I have them all in ebook. I was more than content to read them, but I was buddy reading and fell behind on the first book. The rest is history. I guess in the end, getting behind did me a favor.
I have really loved this series so much. This is technically my second time around reading the series. The first time around I didn’t read them in order and I couldn’t remember where I left off. This time, I read them in order and read the books that I never had a chance to read. I’m so glad that I did. I will most likely read them again in the future. This is one of my favorite series of all time. I suppose now that I’m done reading the series that it’s time to give True Blood a chance.

Einstein’s Compass by Grace Blair & Laren Bright Book REview

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Albert is given a wonderful gift when he’s young. This gift can help him travel through time and space. It helps him collect very important data he needs for his scientific research. What he doesn’t know is that evil is lurking about. They want the compass in which he has possession of. They will stop it at nothing to get this compass from him. They will take down whoever they need to get the compass. Including Albert.
This book really drug my emotions through the rocks. I can’t even. There were so many sad parts. Then there were parts that made me angry. Then there were parts where I was at the edge of my seat trying to figure out what was going on! It was all over the place. It was intense. It was thrilling. I loved every minute of it. I find that the very idea behind the story was brilliant. I get that it’s actually based on Albert Einstein. I think that’s what adds to the allure of the story for me in my opinion.
This book was narrated by Curt Bonnem. As if my emotions weren’t already in the raw as it was. He had to go intensify them by intensifying his voice in all the right moments! I don’t think it’s fair! He has a pretty impressive library that he’s narrated. This is the first book that I’ve listened to by him. It’s not going to be my last. Not by any means. He has some amazing talent.
I gave this some time to let my emotions settle. It was for the best. It’s a great book. I’m not going to lie, the book could have been expanded a bit. It could have had a lot more scenes added to it in all truth. Most of the story could have been told more about Einstein’s point of view so that we could see the beauty of his genius. Or his points of view could have been added to more and the other points of view stayed the same. Either way, I enjoyed it very much.

Dark Shores by Danielle L. Jenson Book Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

The East Must Never Meet The West. This is a mantra that is heavily passed down in Teriana’s world. She’s a sailor and a trader. Her family is pagan. A religion that is quickly becoming outlawed. A horrible mistake puts her and all of her people at the mercy of people who will stop at nothing to take over the entire world. She finds herself making a deal that goes against everything she stands for. She finds herself in forced company with the soldier who saved her. Marcus couldn’t stand to see Teriana and her people being tortured. He pleads a temporary truce if she agrees to help them with their mission.
I have so many thoughts about this book that it’s going to be hard to get them all out without trying to write a book. I really both adored and couldn’t stand Marcus and Teriana. They are strong and amazing characters. I loved that about them. However, they were both a bit childish and stubborn. It kind of brought them down a bit. I loved the story. There were parts that could have been expanded a bit more. Not many but like maybe 3-5. Other than that, the book and the characters were very amazing. I was in love. I can’t wait to read the next book!
This book was narrated by both Jeanette Illidge and Jeremy Arthur. I have found that I really enjoy audiobooks that have two narrators. Especially when the story itself is in two points of view. It just makes things so much more enjoyable. The only critique I could give is that I think if it’s a female and male duo, the male should do the male voices in the female’s section and vice versa. Other than that, I really have no problems with the book.
I really enjoyed this book. It has so many great features in it. It has an adventure. It has intrigue. It has a tyrant. It even has very steamy forbidden love. What more could a reading addict want? I am very much looking forward to reading the second book. The cover of this book is gorgeous as well! I fully recommend!