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review 2018-03-20 01:11
Peripeteia by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Peripeteia - Sarah Lyons Fleming

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I really enjoyed this book! I am so happy that I stumbled upon this author because I am having such a good time with her books. This is the second book in The City series which really does need to be read in order. This book had me hooked from the very beginning. It is not a short audiobook but I still listened to it in just a few days because I never wanted to put it down. I went into this book with high expectations and am happy to report that those expectations were all met or exceeded.

I got to know Eric, Sylvie, and the rest of the group in the preceding book and I was really excited to get the chance to spend some more time with them in this book. Watching the bonds grow and strengthen between these characters is really what I enjoy the most about these books. Like the previous book, this installment is told from both Eric's and Sylvie's points of view so we really get to know those two characters really well. I think I liked both Eric and Sylvie more and more as the book progressed.

The story continues with the high excitement level that was set in the first book. The group is in New York City trying to survive with zombies everywhere. And the zombies may not be their biggest problem. There are daily problems that need to be address such as finding food and water and other things needed for survival that the group must address. There are also safety issues involving the zombies and other survivors that take up a lot of energy. Resources in the city are limited and they aren't the only group trying to survive.

This book does have some pretty major developments. Just when things are looking good and everyone starts getting comfortable, things happen. Situations change and the group has to adjust. I have to admit that I was pretty nervous for the characters in this book because there are a lot of intense situations. 

I loved the narration. Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer do such a good job with this series. I was a bit surprised that the narration was a bit different than what was used in the first book. In this book, Luke Daniels performs the chapters from Eric's point of view including the female voices while Therese Plummer performs the chapters from Sylvie's point of view including the male voices. In the first book, the male narrator handled all of the male voices throughout the book and vise versa which I really liked and was looking forward to in this book. I quickly adjusted and enjoyed the book but wish that this book would have been done the same as the first book. That being said, I had no issues with any of the voices that either narrator used and thought that they both brought a lot of emotion to the story.

I do recommend this book to others. This series has a little bit of everything. There is romance, some humor, action, and zombies working together to tell a rather unique story. I can't wait to read more of Sarah Lyons Fleming's work very soon and plan to listen to the next audiobook in this series just as soon as it is available. 

Initial Thoughts
I am having such a good time with this series. The characters are amazing and the set of obstacles that they must face to survive are truly frightening. There is romance, some humor, friendship, action, and zombies all working together to tell a unique story. The narration was very well done but there were a few points that the audio quality wasn't perfect. I am ready for the next book!

Book source: Audible purchase

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review 2018-03-18 21:27
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival - Melissa Fleming

Wow. Imagine all your life you are scared to death of the water. While your family happily splashes around, you sit far away. Now imagine you survive for four days in the water after men filled with demonic hatred sink the boat you and your fiance were on in the hopes of  starting a new life in Europe. This is the story of Syrian refugee, Doaa Al Zamel.

 

I love the title of this book for hope and strong faith in God keeps her alive through not only this but other horrific ordeals. This puts a face and name, just like Dear World does, to those who must flee their beloved home because their own government desperately wishes to kill them. It is nothing short of a miracle Doaa survives her torturous journey, sustained by a Love stronger than the malice of her enemies, and by her love for two little children who are thrust until her care after the boat sinks and so many drown. They give her a reason to live. Her courage and endurance to bear the unbearable gives us all a reason to live. God means great things for her. May He continue to bless her. Already through this book, she is a conduit through which He speaks of His love and mercy for all those who suffer. Love is stronger than hate. Never lose hope.

 

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review 2018-02-26 17:08
When They Come Calling by Sarah Fleming Mountford
When They Come Calling (Anna's Nightmare Series) (Volume 1) - Sarah Fleming Mountford

This was a very good story. I really enjoyed it. Dr. Anna Roberts works for an inner city clinic during the day and banishes ghosts occasionally at night. On her way home one night she is nearly run over by a beer truck. In jump Jed. He pushes Anna out of the way of the truck and saves her life. 

 

Anna allows Jed to come home with her thinking he is homeless. Now I personally do not think any single woman would do this no matter the reason, but anyway she does. Ghosts start coming to kill Anna almost immediately. She is actually super powerful when it comes to crossing ghosts over. But there is another reason they want her gone. With her gone they can take over the world. Also Jed is not homeless he is actually there to help Anna end this war so to speak.

 

Now for my thoughts. There is a lot of description in this book. A bit to much at times. Other then that I did enjoy the book. There is a mix of paranormal, mystery, suspense, and fantasy. The characters are well thought out and played. There are only a couple characters that do not end up with large parts int he book. That I really liked. I do not like books with tons of characters who give nothing to the story. I do feel that the story was a bit drug out in parts. Jed could of explained the reasoning in the attacks at once instead of bits and pieces here and there. Yea the book may of been shorter, but some things could of turned out different.

 

The audiobook is Elizabeth Saydah. This is my first book narrated by Elizabeth. She does very well with the different voices, but I do wish she had put more feeling into the voice of Anna. Anna's voice just kind of dragged along. Although I enjoyed this book, I do feel it would of been better if Anna had been more lively, it just felt like she was bored or depressed. 

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video 2018-02-09 18:25

"Lascia ch'io pianga" from Georg Friedrich Händel's Rinaldo, as performed by Renee Fleming.

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review 2018-01-27 03:12
Mordacious (The City #1) by Sarah Lyons Fleming
Mordacious (The City Series Book 1) - Sarah Lyons Fleming

This review has also been posted at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I loved this book! I recently stumbled upon Sarah Lyons Fleming's Until the End of the World series and couldn't get enough of it. When I finished the final book in that series, I immediately decided to see what else this talented author had written. I was absolutely delighted to find that she has another series that is set in the same world. The book turned out to be as good as I had hoped it would be and I had pretty high hopes.

This book is told from two points of view. Sylvie has never really felt wanted and works hard to make sure that she never owes anyone anything. She is more of a loner but does have a really good friend in Grace. Sylvie and Grace are together at the hospital when everything starts. Eric is the brother of the main character of the other series set in this world. Eric is a very capable man. He seems to be able to get through a lot of tough situations and others seem to genuinely like him. He is outside of the city when the outbreak begins and his journey has been rather eventful.

Sylvie and Eric eventually become part of a small group working together to survive. The New York City setting was a really interesting place to watch them do this. Everyone left in the city is basically on their own. They have to find safe food and water all while avoiding the ever increasing population of zombies. I liked the group of people that Sylvie and Eric are with. Maria was often mentioned in the companion series that featured her two daughters so it was nice to see how well she handles things. There was only one character in the group that made me want to lock him outside with the zombies but he does come around by the end of the book.

The narration of this book was absolutely fantastic! Luke Daniels and Therese Plummer were the narrators and I do believe that this was my first experience with both of them. They both did such a good job with this book. Luke Daniels narrated all of the chapters from Eric's point of view with Therese Plummer handled Sylvie's point of view. One thing that I loved was that both narrators were always around during any conversations. So any male dialogue in the book was read by Luke Daniels and female dialogue was read by Therese Plummer. This really made all of the conversations in the book flow really well and character voices felt very natural. I definitely plan to look for both of these narrators again in the future.

I do recommend this series to others. This was the first book in The City series which is set in the same world as the Until the End of the World series. This new series does stand on its own and you can really start with either series but I enjoyed seeing the same events occur from completely different perspectives. I can't wait to start reading the next book in this series!

Initial Thoughts
After finishing the Until the End of the World series and loving it, I decided to see what else Sarah Lyons Fleming has written. Imagine my delight when I say that there is another series set in the same world. This book follows different characters, some of which were talked about in the other series. Most of this book takes place in New York City which is not where I would want to be at the start of the zombie apocalypse. The characters were great and there was quite a bit of action to keep things moving. The narrators did a great job. Luke Daniels handles all of the scenes told from Eric's point of view while Therese Plummer reads the scenes from Sylvie's point of view. I really liked that any dialog during the book was shared between the two narrators. 

Book source: Audible purchase

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