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review 2017-04-07 21:55
House of Royals Audiobook
House of Royals - Keary Taylor

House of Royals was an interesting read for me. It has been a long time since I have fallen in love with a vampire novel as easily as I did with this one.

 

Keary Taylor wrote this lovely story. This is the first book in a seven-book series so far. It is about a girl named Alivia. She is a 22-year-old girl who just moved to the south after her father someone she has never met died and left her everything he had in his will. I will not go into more detail than that because I feel that every bit of the story is a giveaway.

 

Now, I listened to the audio book so I will get into details about how I thought the narrator did.

 

First, let us talk about the actual writing in the book. I really enjoyed the writing flow of how Keary wrote. It wasn't too fast or too slow. The main character Alivia I really enjoyed her. I found that I was really invested in the well being of this character. Although, I will say this about Alivia, I felt that was really wasn't reading a story of a 22 year old woman, but more of someone who was in their late teen years. Not saying that the character was not relatable. She was. I just felt that I was reading about a teenager. Closer to the end of the novel did I feel that I was reading about a 22 year old young woman.

 

Now on the narrator. When it comes to audio books I am really critical on the person who reads the novel. They can make or break an audio book. I have listened to a lot of audio books in my time.

 

I LOVED the woman who narrators this novel. Her name is Renee Dorian. The way she read this novel had me hooked from the very first paragraph that she read. Renee had a lot different voices when she was voicing for all of the different characters. This gives the narrator big brownie points from me. When any narrator can do this I know that I am going to enjoy the book. I am looking forward to hearing her narrate the rest of this series.

 

Oh wait I forgot to tell you that this book is free on the Kindle. I bought the audio book as an add on for $1.99. You can't beat that in my opinion.

 

I will have to give this book a 4.5 out of 5.

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review 2016-10-05 10:22
Branded (Fall of Angels #1) by Keary Taylor
Branded - Keary Taylor
Branded is a story about a girl, slightly different from the norm, because when she sleeps, she travels to where the angels are... sounds pleasant enough, doesn't it? The trouble is, Jessica has to stand in for whoever is being judged, and she will feel the pain of being branded if they go 'down', or the joy if they go 'up'. 
 
She tries to stay awake for as long as possible, she doesn't mix socially, and she is still quite happy with her life. That changes when she finds out that the people she is house-sitting for have died, and their grandson now owns everything. Alex says that she can stay on though, and a tentative friendship starts up. 
 
However, the leader of the Condemned suddenly disappears, and things change for Jessica.
 
This book is well written, with some twists and turns to keep you occupied during the length of the story. It has quite a smooth pace, with some interesting supporting characters. However, there is a big dollop of InstaLove, not just once but with both main males. Although, I guess you could call Cole's attraction as wanting possession, rather than insta-love. Still, it was a bit much for me. 
 
Recommended for anyone who wants a different take on angels, and doesn't mind instalove.
 
* Verified Purchase - January 2013 *
 
Merissa
Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!

 

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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/10/review-by-merissa-branded-fall-of.html
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review 2016-01-13 06:27
delicious, little guilty pleasure for those that like their PNR with pg-13 R
House of Pawns (House of Royals) (Volume 2) - Keary Taylor

Hot damn this author likes her cliffhangers!! This was another one shot, marathon read. In just a few hours I not only devoured this book but simultaneously vowed to track down the next and ultimately cursed the bibliogods above that book #3, House of Kings, is not out yet. I NEED to know what happens. Yes, this series is not ground breaking. Yes it's a bit laid back, using lots of layman-isms (I'm owning that monstrosity of a word...spell check be damned). Yes it's a brisk, easily digested mind munchie...a guilty little (semi) secret pleasure (sans Sexy Time scenes for those that care) BUT it will grab you and keep you firmly until the very last page of the F'ing impending Cliffhanger. The world building didn't miraculously get better and the writing is still lax and easy going but the complexity of the characters, their ever evolving/malleable politics as well as their enthralling back stories will ensnare you...entrap you...it will enmesh and entangle you...you will be bewitched as I have been and as the raving reviewers on GR have been. I wasn't blown away but I was most assuredly entertained and my interest piqued for a few hours and really, that's an awesome way to spend the day. All in all it is a solid, entertaining PN(with slight hints of)R.

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review 2016-01-13 02:23
a quick, well written bit of brain candy...for FREE on Amazon
House of Royals - Keary Taylor

This is a solid 3.5 Star read! It has a new spin on the Vampire world, which is always nice. The MC, Alivia, is a strong willed, quick witted, naive in some ways but not easily manipulated human (mostly, for now). The pacing is brisk and the world development is ok. The characters are the crux of the story. There is a budding romance for you PNR people but nothing too overwhelming. The writing is laid back and I breezed through this book in one sitting. The ending wasn't entirely unforseen but satisfying nonetheless. This is not earth shattering, mind boggling awesomeness... What it IS is a quick, well written bit of brain candy...did I mention it was free on Amazon? All that and free?? Got get it, just don't forget to floss!!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-06-04 07:00
Review: The Bane
The Bane - Keary Taylor

Title: The Bane [Eden Trilogy 1]

Author: Keary Taylor

Genre: Sci-Fi, Futuristic Dystopian, YA

Rating: 4, nearly 5 Stars (I'll explain)

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Description/Synopsis: Before the Evolution there was TorBane: technology that infused human DNA with cybernetic matter. It had the ability to grow new organs and limbs, to heal the world. Until it evolved out of control and spread like the common cold. The machine took over, the soul vanished, and the Bane were born. The Bane won't stop until every last person has been infected. With less than two percent of the human population left, mankind is on the brink of extinction.

 

Eve knows the stories of the Evolution, the time before she wandered into the colony of Eden, unable to recall anything but her name. But she doesn't need memories to know this world is her reality. This is a world that is quickly losing its humanity, one Bane at a time.

 

Fighting to keep one of the last remaining human colonies alive, Eve finds herself torn between her dedication to the colony, and the discovery of love. There is Avian and West – one a soldier, one a keeper of secrets. And in the end, Eve will make a choice that will change the future of mankind.

 

The Bane is The Terminator meets The Walking Dead with a heart-twisting romance.

Previously published as Eden, due to reader demand it has been revamped and rereleased as The Bane: book one in The Eden Trilogy.

 

WARNING - SPOILERS MAY ENSUE BEYOND THIS POINT - REVIEW BELOW

 

So, I received this novel for free on NetGalley with the promise to review it. Surprisingly, I didn't realize until AFTER I'd read it that I recognized the author! The name sounded familiar, but it was only after I'd gone back through my many archived reviews that I found out that Keary Taylor also authored another favorite series of mine (The Fall of Angels Series)!

 

That being said, I loved this book! I'll be the first to admit that I'm a huge fan of anything dystopian, post-apocalyptic, or romance. I can't get enough of it. Obviously, I devoured this book in a handful of hours and couldn't seem to put it down. (At one point I was sitting on the floor next to an outlet so my kindle could charge because the battery died and I didn't want to stop reading.)

 

When the story first started, I'll admit that my first thoughts were "oh man.. this is really not connecting to me." The main character seemed distant and the narrative was kind of stiff and disjointed. I pushed on, but it was probably nearly an entire chapter before I realized in an epiphany, that this weird style was an intended characterization and not due to poor writing.

 

When the story starts, the main character, Eve, (all though this doesn't get explained till way later) has no emotions. She doesn't understand human emotions at all... so when a friend dies, she really doesn't know how to handle it. She sits a little off from the spectacle not really sure what to do or how she's supposed to act.

 

It took me awhile, but eventually I came to really like her sort of off-kilter view of the world. Eve was tough, stubborn, and very practical in her views of the world. She was also brave, selfless, and ... well... I guess a guardian to her group. As the plot wore on, and the people of Eve's group of refugees/survivors battled the Bane (the cybernetic evil remains of what were once humans, taken over by nanobots and transformed into killing machines)... who reminded me of the Borg in a more mindless-drone sort of way, we discover that Eve was the first cybernetic person. She's effectively a non-evil robot-person-hybrid.. and didn't even know it. (Boy, I made that real clear, didn't I?)

 

Of course, this brings up a whole host of issues not only for her group, but for herself. Imagine finding out that you're basically a better version of the thing you hate/fear most in the world. That'll certainly mess with a girl's mind.  I thought the author did a fantastic job with the pacing and narrative throughout this book. I was pulled along from scene to scene and didn't care - I was just hungry for more.

 

Now, the only reason this book didn't get a whole 5 stars is this... (and I'm still giving it a tentative 4 nearly 5 rating.. ) I really disliked the ending.

 

Forgive me if I pout, but I really wanted Eve to end up with West, her childhood friend, with whom she seemed to share a great amount of passion. *grumbles* Instead she ended up falling for Avian, who's too old for her IMHO.

(spoiler show)

 

I realize I'm just being whiny, but I was really cheering for West.

 

That aside, and on a more serious note, I did think the ending was wrapped up a little too cleanly. I think had the love triangle between West, Eve, and Avian not been cleared up at the end of the book (and maybe saved for the second) It would have been a stronger ending. I got so used to Eve waffling between the two and not really understanding her own emotions that when it got to the end and suddenly she knew who she loved, it felt a little forced. She went from no emotions to bubbly and dreaming of wedding dresses in just a few chapters and it felt like maybe it was moving a bit too fast.

 

That aside though, everything else about this book, I absolutely loved. I think the way the characters were portrayed in the narrative (especially Eve) was brilliant. The narrative was engaging and fast-paced, and the Bane as a "villain" of sorts was really entertaining. I think the synopsis was spot-on when it described this story as a mix between Terminator and The Walking Dead.

 

I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Survival novels. Maybe not so much romance... it has romance, but I think a larger part of the story is about the struggles of the people living in this post-apocalyptic setting.. not necessarily the love triangle (though it certainly plays it's part). It truly was a great read... and I'm probably only holding back that last star out of spite. Team West all the way baby.

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