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Redwall by Brian Jacques Book Review

Marin the Warrior fought hard for many years to protect those he cared about. After his last battle, he set his sword aside and sought a place where he and anybody who wished to could live in peace. He built and became legendary in Redwall. Redwall kept up the practice of a peaceful space. They welcomed anybody who wished to come in for food, shelter, and healing. Everything is going great until Cluny the Scourge showed up. He’s planning to overtake Redwall and kill anybody who does not surrender to his leadership.
I read a book in this series many years ago. It’s a book that really stuck with me. I really adored it. I thought that the entire concept was very imaginative and creative. I’ve been meaning to read the series since then. I’m glad that I’m finally able to get to. This is a beautiful fantasy tale where all the characters are animals of some sort. I believe it’s a very popular series. If not, it really should be. It’s so imaginative and fun! It’s also a very relaxing and light-hearted read.
There are some parts of the book that I feel dragged on a bit too long. There are other parts that I felt were rushed. It’s not anything that really ruined the book for me. Just left me with a few questions. Eventually, they were answered, but it would have been nice to have them answered as the story was going along rather than after the fact. This is a personal preference. I’m sure. Either way, it really didn’t ruin the book at all for me. I can’t even think of specific references to bring up if that says anything.
This book was narrated by a full cast of people, including Brian Jacques himself. It was also filled with music between chapters and specific parts of the story. It was very imaginative. If I could, I’d probably buy the entire series in audiobook. I might consider doing so one day. Right now, I’m content with just the first book. It’s definitely an adventure to listen to. I couldn’t imagine how long it took to produce this great work. I don’t even want to think about it!
This is a book I’ve been wanting to read for a long time. I’m so thankful that I’ve finally been able to do so. Eventually, I’d like to own every single book. For now, I’m just happy I was able to find them at my local library. I’d probably buy e-books or audiobooks for them. Possibly both. I always love to have an e-book on hand with audios when possible. I may not read along for the whole book, but I love having the option. Now to talk my fiancĂ© into giving this series a chance!

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Dead In The Family by Charlaine Harris Book Review

Sookie Stackhouse has been through it all and lived to tell the tale. She still has some lingering effects of the fairie attack even after taking blood from Eric. The most lingering effects are mental. Just when she begins to think that she can put everything behind her, she finds out that there are fairies still in the world. She’s not sure how many there are and their intentions. If that’s not enough, somebody plants a body in her back yard.
This has got to have been one of the most cut and dry books of the series. It was straight forward. There weren’t any real side trails to follow before we got to the main point. I’m not saying I haven’t enjoyed the normal set up. I’m just saying this book was different to me than the rest of the series. In good ways and in bad. I did really enjoy it though. I feel like some questions I had were answered. I still have many more, but I’m sure they will be answered by the end of the series.
I didn’t really care for the beginning. There was a long sidebar so to speak before the first chapter. I feel like it was really unnecessary to the story at hand. I mean I enjoyed having it in the story. I just feel like a couple of paragraphs in the first chapter paraphrasing all of it would have been sufficient. I also didn’t care for a scene that happened later in the book that I won’t divulge. It just made me kind of angry. I always feel like some people get mad at Sookie for things that aren’t in her control at all. I’ll leave it at that.
Johanna Parker narrated this book. She’s narrated the entire series from what I’ve seen. I’m not really fully sure on that as I haven’t really read the in-between novels. I am kind of curious to do so after I finish the series. I might even reread the series one day and include them in the order they go with the series. But I digress. She did a fantastic job. I wasn’t really surprised. She’s done an amazing job with the entire series so far. I can’t wait to listen to her narrate the rest of the series.
I won’t say this is my favorite book in the series. I don’t think I really have favorites where this series is concerned. I did enjoy the flow of it. It was a very refreshing change of pace. Not sure if I hope the rest of the series stays the same. It was an enjoyable and quick-paced read. I will say that. I still can’t believe I only have three more books to read. It’s going to be sad to see the end of this series.

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Styling By Faith by Tracey Moss Book Review

Tracey Moss found the work she felt she was meant to do. She put all her hard work and dedication into making sure she succeeded in everything she did in her career. She also put her faith in God. She felt so blessed with the success she was blessed with that she decided to write a book to help others gain the confidence to get success in what they are gifted to do with their life as well.
When I first started this book, I was fully expecting this very conceited person to talk about how amazing they were. I expected her to just constantly drop names and little more. I was wrong. Yes, names were dropped, but they were only put in to explain the subject of which she was talking about. It wasn’t to talk about how great she is.
I really did enjoy this book very much. I may not fully agree with everything is said in the book, but I respect Moss’s opinions and viewpoints on her blessings. I feel that the flow was very nice. There could have been things explained better here and there, but it was still very nice. It was a very easy and pleasant read. I feel bad it took me so long to read. I had to set it aside a few times for personal reasons. Life gets in the way.
I fully recommend this book for anybody who is looking for an inspirational success story. It could have been very conceited, but it wasn’t. It was straight-forward and to the point. There is not a moment in this book that I was ever bored or frustrated. I may not be fully interested in the field she’s in, but I can respect it and appreciate it. I’d definitely love to meet her one day just to tell her how much I admire her confidence.

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Out Of The Dark by Gregg Hurwitz Book Review

Evan has never had a life of his own. He was taken from an orphanage at a young age and trained to be a government assassin. After years of doing whatever the government had him do, he retired from missions and went rogue. His mission became to help those who needed help. Everything was going great until the government decided that he was better off dead. Since then, Evan has been on the run juggling between helping people and fighting for his life. Having enough, he decides to take care of it once and for all and go after the president himself.
I have really invested in this story. I’m borderline obsessed. Evan is the perfect antihero. He’s dark and broody, but he has a compassionate side. His handler made sure of that. I’ve made references that compared him to the Hitman. I’m not sure it’s fully accurate, but the action in the book is similar in my opinion. I wound up buying all in audio after I sampled the first one because the narrator did such a fantastic job. I can’t even begin to explain how impressed I was! I can’t wait to listen to the next book in the series!
The biggest thing I didn’t care about this book is that it has a tendency to jump from one thing to another without major warning. This could be a personal issue. Especially since I have not experienced any other problems in the book or the series other than that. I am planning on going back and listening to these again one day. If I’m being honest, I may listen to them multiple times. They are just that good. They are full of intense action and drama.
This book was narrated by Scott Brick. I’m almost fully certain that he narrated the rest of the series as well. I can only hope that he narrates the next book and the rest of the series too. He just has this voice that makes the intense more intense. The thrilling more thrilling. It’s clever though. He does it in a way that is soothing. It’s really hard to explain that. It’s something people would have to hear to understand.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the fourth book in a series so I recommend the first three be read first to fully understand everything. When I first started this series, I thought it would be a complete bore. I thought I’d have to struggle through the book and pray that I retained any of it. I was completely wrong. Not only did I fully enjoy the first book, but I’ve also been hooked since. I won’t lie, it did take a bit to get into first. But the hook sunk deep! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

Orphan X

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Brayden’s Return by Michelle Dare Book Review

Brayden has always felt like an outcast among his friends. He is the only human in the midst of paranormals. While he adores each of them and is close with many of them, he still feels awkward and out of place when he’s with him. Things change for him drastically when he witnesses what he thinks is a dog getting attacked. It turns out it was a shifter named Kandra getting attacked. Kandra has been through more than anybody should. She finds it hard to trust anybody fearing their true intentions. Her instincts tell her that she can trust Brayden. That he might be her mate.
I really loved this book! It was as fast-paced as the rest of the series. Not to mention the witty banter. I would have liked to see Solomon a bit more in this book, but I’ll probably say that in every book. I love Solomon. He’s my favorite male character. Ari is my favorite female character. But I digress. I really felt for Kandra. She had been through so much. I’m glad that Brayden found her. I think things would have been different had anybody else found her.
There’s not really anything that I can think of on the top of my head that I didn’t like about this book. There was a reference in the book that I was kind of annoyed with until the end where it became a key factor. I thought the author just kind of through a meaningless nugget of information until it was referenced again. I do think that if it was a bit of an important piece that more information should have been sprinkled into the story. Not a lot. Just maybe a reference or two more here or there.
This book was narrated by Troy Duran and Sarah L. Colton. They narrated the rest of the series as well. They did a fantastic job. If I’m being honest, I think they make the story even more appealing to me. Especially Duran’s version of Solomon. I think it adds a lot more allure to Solomon than is already there. Yes, I’m aware I have a big bias on Solomon. I can’t help it. But I digress. Again. I have listened to other books by Sarah L. Colton. I would definitely be willing to listen to others by her and Troy Duran.
This is the fifth book in a series. They can technically be read as standalone. I encourage anybody to read them all. They don’t have to be read in order, but they are all very unique and a pure joy to read. I didn’t really start loving this series right away. I enjoyed it very much, but I wasn’t in love. However, I wound up falling in love with it more and more each book. I recommend this book and every book in this series!

Paranormals of Avynwood

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Raindrops On Roses by Millenia Black Book Review

Michael has been living day to day going on a routine that’s expected of him. It’s not until he meets Pricilla that he realizes that he’s not really happy anymore. He hasn’t been happy for a long time. He decides to leave it all behind. For her. Priscilla is devastated. Her grandmother has passed away. She raised Priscilla after rescuing her and her brother from their abusive mother. She meets Michael and falls hard for him. Amber is in love with Michael. She has been with him for over a decade. She will do whatever it takes to keep him with her. Including sabotaging his happiness.
The cover is beautiful. The book is very easy to follow along with. It’s a very short and easy to read. I read it all in one sitting. I mean I guess listening to it in audiobook made that very much easier. Not that it wouldn’t have been easy to read alone. It was a really nice and adorable story. I know that many readers will enjoy this story very much. Especially those who love the triangle type romances.
I liked this book, but I didn’t love it. I don’t really know right now if I will be finishing the trilogy. It’s something to think about. There’s nothing really horribly wrong with it. I just didn’t really get anything from it. I feel like I’d have to reread the first book again when I do get around to reading any sequels. There’s nothing really memorable. The story flows nicely, but there’s no real flare. I can’t explain it.
This book was narrated by Sharon Lacey. She did a pretty impressive job. It was quite obvious that she really got into the story as she went. I think that helped me not get too bored with the story. There’s nothing really noteworthy to point out specifically. I am curious to hear other books she’s narrated. I’m sure she does just as fantastic with them as well.
I really wanted to enjoy this book. The flow of the story is nice and simple. It’s a very short and easy to read. It just missed something. I can’t quite put my finger on it. I’m not saying that I will not continue on with the trilogy, but if I do, it won’t be right away. I won’t discourage others from reading the book just because I personally didn’t enjoy it all that much. I encourage everybody to give it a chance that thinks they might enjoy it.

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In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

The government has attacked. The Children’s League is being blamed for attempting to assassinate the president. The kids must continue forward despite the devastating loss they felt. They must find Clancy and force him into telling them everything he knows. He holds the key to finding the truth to everything that caused IAAN. To discover the truth may destroy everything they know and who they are.
I was very impressed with the conclusion of this trilogy. It was witty. It was emotionally raw. It wasn’t as action-packed as I would have thought it would be, but it was pretty amazing. I really love the return of Zu. She was my absolute favorite character of this entire trilogy. I know it made some waves, but she was a crucial part of the story in my opinion. I’m hoping somewhere there’s a short story about what happened during her time away from the group.
There were parts that I wasn’t really understanding. It was starting to get very annoying. I didn’t know if I should keep reading or if I should just put it down and move on. Quite frankly, my TBR pile is just way too piled up for me to invest in books that I’m not enjoying. I’m glad I stuck with it though. I really am. It was a beautiful conclusion. I gave this review awhile to write after I finished reading it. I attempted to listen to The Darkest Legacy. I didn’t enjoy it at all. I stopped reading it a couple of chapters in.
This book was also narrated by Amy McFadden. I won’t gush again on another review. I do highly recommend people who love audiobooks checking her out. She just has a wonderful talent. I’m glad that she narrated the entire trilogy. She gave a great voice to the story that was very much needed. Especially during the down parts. I’m looking forward to listening to other books narrated by her.
I really did enjoy this trilogy a lot. I won’t go back and reread it. Well, not anytime soon anyway. I am glad that I took the time to read them all. It was a great story with some amazing potential. It’s not in my top ten favorites list. It’s not on the least favorite either. That’s something. I’m planning to watch the movie adaptation very soon. I do recommend everybody give the trilogy a chance.

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Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken Book Review

After making one of the worst decisions of her life, Ruby does her best to adjust and adapt to life with the Children’s League. During a mission, she rescues Liam’s brother. She also discovers a dark plot taking place behind closed doors in the Children’s league. Ruby and Cole must go on a mission to shed light on the sinister plan that many of the agents of the Children’s League and bring them down before it’s too late.
I was so underwhelmed with the first book that I almost didn’t continue the series. I was disappointed. I expected this fantastic and action-packed book. It fell flat in many ways. I had already bought the box set and I made a pact with somebody that I’d read them. So I did. I’m glad I did. The second book was so much better than the first. I was very impressed. I even found a new favorite character in this one.
There were still places that the book fell flat. I can’t really explain it. I just expected there to be a bit more. Everything was pretty cut and dry. They had a mission to find someone. They succeeded. There wasn’t really much challenge in doing so either. They just set about on their journey and got where they were going. I mean yes, they had to be cautious, but still. I just expected it to be a little more difficult than it was.
This book was narrated by Amy McFadden. She’s one of my favorite narrators of all time. I believe that’s the biggest reason I chose to continue reading the series. If anybody could turn a bland book exciting, it’s her. Well, Sarah Puckett can as well, but I digress. McFadden knows how to pitch her voice to completely enthrall your emotions and make you feel what you’re supposed to at that particular point in the story.
While I didn’t enjoy the first book, this book was very nice. I enjoyed it. I feel like the story is actually picking up and going places. I definitely see more of a personality with Ruby in this one than I did the first. I think we can think Vida for that. She’s so full of personality and energy that she kind of spills over. Either way, I’m glad that I chose to continue the series instead of shelving it.

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Tempered Dreams by Pamela S. Thibodeaux Book Review

Scott has closed himself off to the thought of love. He is content with the way his life is going until an accident introduces him to Katrina. Katrina is in an abusive marriage. She accepts her life as it is until the accident causes her to miscarry. Finally finding the courage to leave her husband, she gets attacked putting her in Scott’s presence once again. In him, she finds the chance to find real love. She also finds her faith in God again.
I think that this book has a very powerful message. I do have to fully disclose that domestic violence and abuse are referenced in this book. It’s not glossed over or glamorized. It’s written out as raw and real as domestic violence is. As some people are sensitive to subjects like this, I feel it should be completely put out in the open. It’s a very wholesome and religious book. I wonder how personal this book is to the author. This is the second book in a series. If I’m being honest, I liked it a lot better than the first.
There were a few things that I didn’t really care for in the book. The biggest thing is that it hit a little more home for me than I’m comfortable with. Anybody who is a victim of domestic violence knows how much sticks with you. Things can go on in life that is completely normal and something triggers a memory of the violence. It’s a blow. But I digress. I guess this is more of a compliment to the author than an insult. Being that they captured the triggers very well.
This book was narrated by Terri England. I can’t remember if she’s the one who narrated the first one or not. She does have a very entrancing southern voice. I can say that much. It’s so authentic. I felt like I was legitimately in the world that the story takes place in. I’d love to listen to other books narrated by England. Other than her accent, she also has a very calming tone as well.
I really did enjoy this book. I wouldn’t call it a favorite, but it was very deep. I love the powerful messages littered through the entire book. I would suggest that the reader would reflect on the fact that domestic violence, alcoholism, and abuse is reflected in this book. I’m not saying don’t read it. I’m saying that if these are sensitive topics, then it would be best not to read it. It is worth the read though. It’s a very wholesome read full of hope and love.

Tempered Hearts

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Dead And Gone By Charlaine Harris Book Review

Since the Vampire Revelation was so successful, the weres decided that it was safe to come out as well. With the exception of people like the Fellowship of the Sun, everybody takes pretty well to it. Things are going pretty well until a werepanther is murdered. Her body is left in front of Merlotte’s. Jason becomes a victim as he’s closely related to the victim. If that’s not bad enough, there’s danger lurking that could end Sookie’s world forever.
I really enjoyed this book. I spent the entire book trying to figure out why I never read books past this one. I mean technically I ended on book four. I originally read books five to nine and then one to four. But I had no inclination to continue the series. I couldn’t remember why. I remember now. I’m still going to push on and read the last four books of the series. I’m also not going to say why here. People who read it will figure it out eventually.
As I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about the book itself, I’ll bring up my feelings about the characters. I was very proud of Sookie. Sookie is just so compassionate about everybody she cares about. She lets some of them run over her as much as they want. This is especially true for Jason and Arlene. I know I’m guilty of this too, but that’s entirely not the point. She stuck to her guns this time. She didn’t let them make her feel like a bad person. It was amazing to see.
I think that this audiobook needs to be edited and reuploaded. Johanna Parker did an amazing job as she did the first eight books in the series. However, in the beginning, there’s at least one major mess up that is very obvious. I think it might be an easy fix. Most likely it’s just an editing job that got messed up and overlooked. I still think she’s an amazing narrator and would love to listen to other works by her.
Even though I now know why I didn’t go past this book, I enjoyed it very much. Just because the book made me sad doesn’t mean that it was a bad book. I wish I could gush all about why the book made me sad. However, I really just don’t want to spoil it for others that will read and enjoy it. I promise that it’s still very much worth the read. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I can’t believe I only have four left to read.

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