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review 2019-11-11 15:03
Audio Book Review: Spellbound (Crossbreed #8) By Dannika Dark
Spellbound - Dannika Dark

 

I adore this series and its characters but I didn't like that this was a novella-length novel. Personally, I would have preferred one bigger book with no cliffhanger than a full novel ending in a cliffhanger and a novella to tie things off. 

 

I loved the glimpse we got into Gem's head in this story! She's such a fun character in all the other books, so it was great to see her in the spotlight. I'm still holding out hope that the characters in Keystone will eventually pair off and maybe get their own stories.

 

Niko was always an enigma. It was nice to have a light shined into his past. I understand him and his mannerisms better now because of it. I still am holding a grudge for the unnecessary cliffhanger from the last novel though.

 

Overall, this was a short and inciteful adventure! As much as I liked it I just wanted more after waiting out the cliffhanger for a few months. I hope the next novel is a full-length adventure for the Keystone crew!

 

The Audio Book:

 

 

Nicole Poole did a fantastic job with this narration! Her voice was clear and crisp. The accents and female and male voices were awesome. She's become my favorite narrator in the past few years!

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review 2019-07-01 17:18
Audio Book Review: Moonstruck (Crossbreed #7) By Dannika Dark
Moonstruck - Dannika Dark

 

I'll start off by saying that this wasn't my favorite book in this series. The reason behind it is a totally subjective personal annoyance for me, which is: kids, even worse annoying kids. That's it. The writing and the overall pacing of the story were amazing. Would I have liked a little more Christian and Raven witty banter? Sure, but I'm happy with what I got either way!

 

On a positive note, we got to know much more about Niko. It shined a spotlight on the problems his past has brought up in past books in the series! It was fascinating to see who he is today and what people in his past think of him as. Too bad that story finished at a mother of all cliffhanger!

 

 

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I also adored getting a glimpse into Claude's past. I'm looking forward to getting to know more about everyone's individual stories and struggles. It was so exciting having Switch finally be a part of Keystone while still not being part of Keystone (if that makes sense).

 

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Raven got into some interesting situations! I love her one-liners and there are so many awesome quotes to be extracted from these novels. I wish there had been more Raven and Christian time, though. At the same time, I like how they're not dependent on each other. I like how they respect and care for one another while, at the same time, not smothering and being overprotective. Christian needed more page time! I adore his one-liners and the sassy and out-of-this-world expressions he uses.

 

The ending was amazing yet bittersweet. The main Keystone storyline ended on a hopeful note, which was great considering how dark thing got in between. On the other hand, the storyline of the disappearance crushed my soul. I hope everything gets resolved in the next book!

 

The Audio Book:

 

The narration was amazing! Nicole Poole has a wide range of believable accents and tones both male and female. I never got lost in any dialogue.

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review 2019-01-28 14:57
Audio Book Review: Nevermore (Crossbreed #6) By Dannika Dark
Nevermore - Dannika Dark

 

* Beware of spoilers for past novels in this series.

 

To tell you the truth I tried to make the audio book to this novel last. I didn't succeed very well considering I read it in 8 days but I sure tried to string this along and milk it for all it was worth. 

 

I have to say that I didn't dislike the road this novel ended up traveling. It was a departure from the loose formula past books have established. This was one of the more character driven books and considering I'm VERY invested in anything relating to this series I liked it regardless.

 

Raven just had the rug pulled from under her by a person she trusts. The events in this novel shows how she deals with that while still trying to solve a problem that's come up later on. Things eventually work out but it's a long road to get there. The outcome of everything though was totally worth it! 

 

Christian kind of proved himself worthy in this novel. I don't want to come right out and say it but OMG IT FINALLY HAPPENED! I'm so happy and yet skeptical of everything at this point. I'm scared this may be the calm before the storm just like Gaslight was the calm before the ending to Blackout hit.

 

I loved the new characters that have been introduced in this novel! So much fodder for even more spin-off novels. If only writing books were an easier and faster process. I'll take cliff notes at this point just to get a possible glimpse into what happens to them in the future!

 

The ending was so sweet! I can't wait for the next book in this series. It sounds like the next book may resume with the pre-established formula of solving crime and developing characters in the midst of it all.

 

The Audio Book:

 

Nicole Poole is at the top of my favorite narrator's list. We got off to a rocky start but I've learned to appreciate her voice with its beautiful range of accents and realistic male and female voices. This narration was no different!

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review 2018-08-20 15:23
Audio Book Review: Blackout (Crossbreed #5) By Dannika Dark
Blackout - Dannika Dark

 

* This review may contain spoilers for past books in this series.

 

This book was bittersweet in the best way possible! Every time I thought I knew what to expect I had the pleasure of having the rug pulled out from under me. Don't get me wrong, I was loving every minute of it! I also adored how well interlaced the storylines are. There are quite a few small tidbits that were presented in past books that are just now growing into complex plot points. I can't wait to see where this goes!

 

I don't know how this author does it but she's succeeded in making me care about every single main character in the Keystone group. I'm too invested in everyone's happily ever after and I don't know what to do with myself until that happens. 

 

Just when I thought things were going too well with Christian and Raven things went 50 steps bad in the span of one conversation. Why can't they be happy and stay happy? Christian has proven time and time again that he actually cares about Raven in more than a fling kind of way. Raven reciprocates his feelings, but they're doomed to be apart. I will riot. They need a happily ever after. And none of this "all in good time" BS.

 

I jokingly predicted the Patrick twist at 1 am while I was listening to the audio book and slightly delirious. I was so proud of myself for that one! I loved the solution Shepherd's dilemma came to thought. It was sweet and imperfect. Just like the Keystone group/family.

 

Had I known the epilogue would drop that bomb I would have probably held off on reading it until the next book released. Things were bad until then between Raven and Christian, but I can imagine that thanks to that twist it's going to get much worse before it gets better.

 

The Audio Book:

 

I have nothing but amazing things to say about the narration! Nicole Poole continues to do a fantastic job. The number of different accents and tones (both male and female) she can realistically do is mind-blowing!

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review 2018-08-01 17:42
Credible mess
Seven Years - Dannika Dark

I've avoided Dannika Dark forever because that pen name hurts my feelings. I mean, maybe that's her real name -- and I don't have the energy to check the copyright -- but I would be hugely surprised if that were so. I was pleasantly surprised in the beginning. This is first person with a narrator who isn't mean about other women and kinda flailing in her life choices. Her family -- a mother and sister -- are still living with the grief of her brother's death 7 years previous. Brother's bff who totally bailed on them after brother's death returns to town and informs sister lady that her brother died because of shapeshifter politics. 

 

This part is fine. We are reading PNR after all. The opening is really grounded in the girl's life, and there's some nice detail about her co-workers and neighbors -- especially the neighbors. But then it imperceptibly just goes off the tracks, veering into some tragically stupid pack politics and mages and now her sister is some kind of mystical bullshit and oh my God corrupt police officers and absent dad is back and a psycho and on and on. It just completely loses focus. The pack gender dynamics are repellent, though admittedly main girl can see that they are messed up and pushes back. There are way too many near sexual assaults of our main character so shifter dude can swoop in. 

 

I dunno. This is fine, I guess, but I feel like maybe I should have heeded that pen name. Or, that's uncharitable. I did have a good time listening, and the narrative voice was pleasant enough. A credible mess. 

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