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Man Fast by Krista Sandor Book Review

Abby Quin finds herself unsure of what to do. Her boyfriend and first love has decided to leave her. On a whim, she decides to move to Colorado to be with her cousin. She also decides to go on a man fast and focus on her career. She thinks that will be a walk in the park until she meets Brennen Bergen. Brennen’s family is tired of his playboy ways. They inform him that he will be cut off unless he changes his ways and gets serious.

So I’m guilty of avoiding reading blurbs about books at all costs. If somebody tells me to read a book they think I’ll love, I do. No questions asked. That was definitely how this book went. So I won’t lie. I thought I was going to absolutely hate it. I honestly did for awhile. Which is why it isn’t getting a perfect rating. It grew on me though. The author is definitely very creative. I thought this was going to be a cheesy predictable novel. It was cheesy, but it definitely wasn’t predictable. It was nice.

I feel like I admired Abby the most. She was really mature from the beginning. She wasn’t overly dramatic. She knew what she needed to focus on and did so. I didn’t really care for Brennen in the beginning. He was annoying and full of himself. I guess that was kind of the point. It’s not said in the book so I’m not spoiling anything, but I’m convinced that grandma put him in that school for a reason. She was the mastermind. I’d of loved to see a bit of her perspective in this book.

This book was narrated by Monica King. She is a fantastic narrator. I was very impressed with how she portrayed each character. It was like they were all given a fresh breath of life. I won’t say that she’s the only narrator with this talent, but I definitely will listen to other narrations by her in the future. She knows how to captivate an audience.

My initial impression of this book was that it was going to be so cliché and boring. I thought I was going to predict it to the very end. I was very wrong. I’m happy to say that. I’m also happy to say that I am looking forward to getting my hands on the rest of this series. It’s been a very fluffy and fun read.

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Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz Book Review

Evan isn’t your normal man. He’s more commonly known as nowhere man. If somebody is in trouble, all they have to do is call a number that they are given by somebody else who was in trouble in the past. He comes in and saves the day, so to speak. Everything is going smoothly for him until somebody starts hunting him. They use his need to protect people against him to lure him out. Soon he discovers he’s not the only Orphan left.

I enjoyed this story a lot more than I thought I would. I knew I’d enjoy it. It kind of gave off a Dean Koontz kind of vibe. It’s not really as dark as I would picture a Dean Koontz book. It’s very well written. I wound up getting a credit to it to listen to it on audio as well. Thank goodness for doing that. I had a headache so I couldn’t read, so I wound up listening to audio most of today.

I’m not really sure if I can give an accurate description of all of the characters. With the exception of Evan himself. He’s like Agent 47 from the Hitman series. That’s the parallels I was drawing through the book. I can’t wait to see more of him through the rest of the series. To see what he gets into as the series progresses.

This book was narrated by Scott Brick. He did a pretty amazing job with it. I’m almost sure that my cat was listening to the audiobook as well. I’d shout out names of people I thought were about to die and he’d have an alarmed look on his face. I mean I could be wrong, but who knows?

I wouldn’t say I had high expectations of this book. I also wouldn’t say that my expectations were low either. I thought I’d enjoy it. I didn’t know that I would LOVE it and crave more. I’m glad I did. I can’t wait to proceed with the rest of the series. I know that book five will be coming out later this month. Maybe I’ll have the first four done before then so I’m ready for it!

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Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Manicalco

Audrey Rose and Thomas are on their way to America. They are treated to a carnival show on the way to their destination. Everything is going great until a young lady who is at the same table as Audrey Rose and Thomas is murdered. If a murder on the ship with the potential of other murders isn’t bad enough, Audrey Rose finds that her cousin has gone missing.

I really enjoyed this book a lot. If I’m being honest, I was fully expecting the series to go downhill. I expected to like the rest of the series but wonder why they existed. That has not been the case so far. All of them have been amazing in their own way. What I love best is the fact that the author is so creative. She does her research fully. Yes, she embellishes some things, but she owns up to that. It’s absolutely brilliant.

I still feel like I relate fully to Audrey Rose. I feel like there are times she’s completely robotic. I think that’s because she’s torn between what she really wants and society’s rules. By this point, I fully expect hilarious wit from Thomas. I am never disappointed in that regard. I really do wish there were more interactions with the Uncle and Mrs. Harvey. I also wish they had more interactions with each other. It’s like they exist in the same areas but they don’t really interact. It’s weird.

I won’t say this is my favorite book of the series, but I enjoyed it very much. I am looking forward to reading the next one. I’m not sure if it’s the final book. I really hope it isn’t. I have enjoyed this series very much. It has quickly become one of my favorite series of all time. I promise it’s for more reason than just the witty Thomas.

Stalking Jack The Ripper
Hunting Prince Dracula

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris Book Review

Sookie Stackhouse has been looking forward to meeting a vampire since they came out to the public. She finally gets her wish after two long years. A vampire comes into the bar she works at out of nowhere. Sadly, a vampire showing up isn’t the only thing new thing that happens. Women who have been with vampires start getting murdered.

I really enjoyed this book. It’s not my first time reading it, but I read the series out of order the first time I read it. It was very embarrassing for me. I always vowed that I would go back and read the series in order. I have a few books at the end to read that I never read. I have a feeling that I will see this series completely differently this time around. I may even be ready to watch the show.

I’m not really sure I can actively give my opinion on the character. I have read nine books in the series. Out of order, yes, but enough to have an opinion of these characters that don’t pertain to this book. I can say that I don’t really like how Sookie is portrayed in the beginning of the book. She’s portrayed as really stupid. Then, later in the book, she gets huffy if it’s thought she’s stupid. It just seems contradictory.

Running behind on schedule, I wound up listening to the audiobook. I got a deal because I owned the ebook. I love those deals. The narrator did a pretty amazing job. The book was narrated by Johanna Parker. I love how authentic she sounded to what I pictured of the book/series. I once listened to a book from a series that I love. I was disappointed to find that the person who narrated the book just didn’t fit my idea of the narration of the story. Not that she wasn’t good. She just didn’t fit in my opinion. That wasn’t the case with this one. She was AMAZING!

I’m glad that I took the time to re-read this book. I’m glad I’m finally getting the chance to read this series in order. I’m also looking forward to reading the last few books in the series. There were quite a few things that I had forgotten about the book. Including the fact that it had a slow start in my opinion. It’s been an amazing read. I’ll probably read it again in the future.

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Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner Book Review

King Amren is cursed by his ex-wife at her execution. Years later, it’s discovered that his youngest daughter is the one the curse is referring to. His son that he disowned has also come back around to cause chaos and try to remove him from the throne. Together, the King and his daughter must work together to discover who they can trust and who they can’t.

I really did enjoy this book very much. I can’t say I was in love with it. There were many aspects that left a lot to be desired. I may or may not continue to to read the series. It depends on my reading schedule really. I have a lot of books on my reading pile to tackle. The book had a lot of potential. This book speaks of sex, but there are not many fully erotic scenes. Sex does happen twice in the book, but it doesn’t really get fully detailed.

I really wanted to like the characters of this book. I tried very hard. Especially the daughter. She was passionate. I found myself relating to her in many ways. There’s just a disconnect with the characters that I can’t really explain. I think a lot of the characters should have had a bigger role in the books than they did. I didn’t dislike any of the characters. I just had no real feelings at all.

I got a really good deal on the audiobook since I owned an ebook, so I decided to give it a shot. It was narrated by Kristin James. I really enjoyed her narration, but she wasn’t really consistent. She gave characters a certain accent in part of the book and a different one in another part of the book. It wasn’t really confusing. It just was a little weird for me. She also used accents of places that weren’t really referenced in the book. At least to my hearing. I will say that I find that it may be possible this is a good reason why I wasn’t as enthused about the book itself.

All in all, I can’t say I really hated the book. I can’t say it will be included in my favorite reads at the end of the year. There’s a small chance I may read it again or continue the series. I will see how I feel in the future. I can say that I really enjoyed the cover very much. It does add a bit of a lure to the story itself.

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The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan Book Review

Eight completely normal patients made it into mental hospitals as pseudopatients. It leads to an article in Science called Being Sane Insane Places. Cahalan does extensive research and attempts to track down the pseudopatients so she can get the stories from their perspectives. She also uses notes and the manuscript of his unfinished novel to help her decipher as well.

I really enjoyed this book. I had a feeling I would. I read Cahalan’s memoir, Brain On Fire. That was a pretty amazing book as well. I will admit that it was a bit terrifying as well. It was well worth the read. I had every bit of confidence that she would make this one well worth the read as well. I was not disappointed at all. I even learned some things. I may have even added some books from this book to my TBR list.

As this book is a nonfiction book, talking about characters would be pointless. It talks about a study that may or may not have been fabricated to coincide with the researcher’s thesis. There’s no real evidence pointing either way. Either way, Cahalan did a great deal of research. I was both shocked and impressed to learn that she spent five years doing research for this project. That is true dedication right there.

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction books. I really hope to amend that soon. My goal is to start reading more nonfiction books. I won’t stop reading fictional books. They will always be my go-to reads. I just want to be more well-read. Cahalan really does a great job engaging the reader and keeping them informed and interested. I have never been so impressed.

Brain On Fire

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Solomon's Surrender by Michelle Dare Book Review

Solomon may seem like he’s hard to deal with, but he’s loyal to those he cares about. The only thing that doesn’t seem to be a possibility for him is finding his mate. He’s convinced he’s meant to be the playboy he pretends to be until he meets Lilah. Lilah is dead set against finding her mate. She’d prefer to be alone over the possibility of anybody leaving her. To keep from finding her mate, she refuses to touch anybody.

I’ve been waiting for this book! While it didn’t fully meet my expectations, it was amazing. I loved it. I read it too quickly! That’s okay. I plan to read all the books in this series over and over again! It’s an amazing series. While it didn’t have to be read in order at all, I’m glad I did anyway. I’m even looking forward to the next book as well.

Solomon is one of my favorite characters in this series. He’s just witty and charming. He’s definitely on my book boyfriend list. He’s like Eric from True Blood but not as brutal. I really liked Lilah too. She had a lot of pain, but she was willing to be upfront and honest about everything. That’s not something you see a lot in books. They usually just assume what the others are thinking or feeling about them.

Troy Duran and Sarah L. Colton were as amazing narrating this book as they were the rest of the series. I absolutely adore their style. I will definitely look for other audiobooks that they narrate to see if it’s biased from the series or if I genuinely like their style. I’m leaning more towards the style honestly.

I fully recommend this series. It’s been very fun to read and I’m looking forward to the fifth book. I believe it comes out in a couple of weeks, but I can’t be sure. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before there’s an audiobook version of it. I’ve listened to the first four. I may as well complete the tradition.

Wake’s Claim
Ford’s Fate
Kylest’s Reign

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Walker Wildcats Year 1 by Tamara Hart Heiner Book Review

Cassandra is nervous. She just moved to a new place. She’ll be starting a new school. She knows nobody. She’s pleasantly surprised to find how quickly she fits in and makes friends. She also joins a lot of activities that she really enjoys.

I really enjoyed this story. I found it very adorable. I also found it very realistic. There were a few things that I didn’t really care for in the book, but they actually happen. Not writing about them doesn’t exactly make them go away. I can say that this book has helped me NOT miss some of the dramas we experienced in school.

I think all the characters were adorable. There were a few snotty brats in the book, but they exist in the real world too. Expecting them to be punished for their actions when they don’t, in reality, would be a stretch as well. I did really see the child me in Cassandra. Well, in some ways.

This book was narrated by Hysha Nesmith. I do not have a problem with her narration. I felt like she could have been reading a story to children in schools or libraries. She knew her audience and she nailed it. There were just a few minor issues I had with it. The noise at the beginning of each chapter was a little cringy, but minor. She also has parts of the book where she gets a little choppy.

This book combines all the volumes of Year 1 into one book. I think it was pretty clever. I know I’m not a child, but I enjoyed this book. I may not have children now but I may one day and it will be nice to have a list of books I’d willingly read to them already!

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The Golden City Captives by Julie C. Gilbert Book Review

Keio wants nothing more than to see the Golden City. That dream quickly turns into a nightmare when he and a friend are taken captive and sold to an aristocrat.

I really enjoyed this book. it’s very short and to the point. It’s a quick and easy read. I do kind of wish it was drawn out a bit more, but that’s just me being picky.

The story was a bit too short to really form a connection with the characters. However, I believe that Sarah was pretty amazing. I’d of liked to have gotten to know the characters a bit more so I can make a sound judgment on any of them.

Reuben Corbette did a pretty amazing job narrating this book. He added to the enhancements of feeling like you’re actually there. I can’t explain it better than that. I also happen to adore his proper voice.

I really enjoyed this story. I just wish it had been a tad bit longer. I feel like there should have been things that were just drawn out a bit more. I feel like it would have helped the connection with the characters and the story very much.

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Step Into Magic by Day Leitao Book Review

Karina’s world is changed forever when she finds a pair of shoes at a yard sale. They turn out to be magical shoes that are evil. She finds herself in another world looking to destroy the shoes before people can find her and take the shoes to use for evil.

I found this story to be quite adorable. The characters were really sweet. The storyline flowed very nicely. It was well put together. I think many teenagers and young adults will really enjoy the story. It’s very age-appropriate.

I’m not going to give my opinion on whether or not I could connect with the characters. Half of the characters in the story were children. I feel that it would be weird for me to say. I do think that they were all pretty amazing characters.

I really don’t hate the narration that Marlies Dubois did. I just think that she could have narrated it a bit better. She made most of the characters sound really whiny and airheaded. I’m sure that was not the intention. I’m also sure that I’m just being really picky. It did give me a headache though. I’m not going to lie.

I really enjoyed this story quite a lot. I’m considering going back and reading it without narration. I think that the narrator’s voice pitch kind of obscured the story for me just a little. As I said though, I don’t think she did a bad job. It was just a bit too high pitch for me.

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