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review 2017-05-28 05:29
Those twists and turns drove my right off that cliffy!
Echo - A. Zavarelli

Echo - A. Zavarelli 

 

This one was very convoluted and even when I kind of knew where things were going, I didn't get the whole picture.  I still don't know if I've got everything worked out, but we were left with a cliffy so I will definitely have to be following up with the next book.

 

I have to say that I thought there was so much going on with the BDSM, the family mystery, and the revenge plot.  But, somehow it all seemed to work.  

 

This book wasn't even mildly on my radar, but I picked up because I needed an E book, and I was pleasantly surprised at the way it drew me in.

 

This is a new author for me, but I will definitely continue on with the follow up book.  The audio of this was really good.  Narrator Tracy Marks, did a great job with all the various voices.

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review 2017-05-07 20:49
GHOST (Boston Underworld Book 3) - A. Zavarelli

 

 

 

♪♫My Pick For Book Theme Song♫♪

Drown by Bring Me The Horizon  --Talia's song, and Alexi's song too, but before they did their own version of healing.♫

 

 

Book Title:  Ghost

Author:  A Zavarelli

Narration:  Tracy Marks

Series:  Boston Underworld #3

Genre:  Mafia, Dark Romance

Publisher:  A Zavarelli

SourceI received audiobook via Audiobook Boom

in exchange for an honest review.

 

Add to Goodreads

 

OVERALL RATING:  3.3/5 STARS 

GRADE = B-

 

 

My Thoughts

 

Some of the others who have read this book, have loved it. And yet, the reasons that they loved it so much more than the first two books, are the same reasons that I did not like as much as the first two books.  The biggest of those reason's being that it's darker than the first two stories.  Darker in a way that makes it physically painful to read at times.

 

Talia's story is sad and heartbreaking, and yet I didn't really feel like I connected to her as much as I wanted too.  Alexi is clearly broken too, and his story is heartbreaking, but made even more so by the treatment of his family or Vory as they're called.  I'm just not feeling this Vory…their code that they live by or whatever.  I don't think it's for me.  

 

Tracy Marks has done excellently with the narration of this series…but this particular story, and I think it may be because of the Russian accent rather than the Irish accent, fell a little short of excellent for me.

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  3.5/5

Main Characters:  3.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5 For Magda

The Feels:  3.8/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5A

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4.5/5

Ending:  3.8/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

 

Will I continue this series?  Well I have already received Saint from Audiobook Boom, so I would say that I will.

 

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text 2017-04-30 23:24
April Re-Cap
Daughter of Deep Silence - Carrie Ryan
Queen of Always (Stolen Empire Book 3) - Sherry D. Ficklin
Unknown - Wendy Higgins
The Edge of Everything - Jeff Giles
The Hooker and the Hermit - Penny Reid,Luci Cosway
Ten Thousand Words - Kelli Jean
How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back - Diana Rowland
The Roanoke Girls: A Novel - Amy Engel
All In: (The Naturals #3) - Jennifer Lynn Barnes
GHOST (Boston Underworld Book 3) - A. Zavarelli

(Audiobook) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Finish Date: 04/03

4/5 STARS


(eBook) Queen of Always by Sherry D. Ficklin

Finish Date: 04/04

4.3/5 STARS


(eBook) Unknown by Wendy Higgins

Finish Date:  04/09

5/5 STARS


(eBook) The Edge of Everything by Jeff Giles

DNF on 04/12


(Audiobook) The Hooker and the Hermit by L.H. Cosway & Penny Reid

Finish Date:  04/13

4/5 STARS


(eBook) Ten Thousand Words by Kelli Jean

Finish Date:  04/19

3.8/5 STARS


(Audiobook) How the White Trash Zombie Got Her Groove Back by Diana Rowland

Finish Date:  04/22

4/5 STARS


(Audiobook) The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Finish Date:  04/24

5/5 STARS


(eBook) All In by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Review still pending)

Finish Date:  04/26

5/5 STARS


(Audiobook) Ghost by A. Zavarelli (Review still pending)

Finish Date:  04/29

3.3/5 STARS

 

 

10 Books Total for the month of April (3,331 Pages)

(5 eBooks and 5 Audiobooks)

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review 2016-10-15 18:08
I do believe the narrator makes this series even better…
REAPER (Boston Underworld Book 2) - Ashleigh Zavarelli

 

Book Title:  Reaper

Author:  Ashleigh Zavarelli

Narration:  Tracy Marks

Series:  Boston Underworld #2

Genre:  New Adult, Mobsters

Publisher:  A. Zavarelli

Source:  Received audiobook via Audiobook Boom in exchange for an honest review.

 

✾Goodreads Synopsis✾ 

 

 

♫  Close My Eyes Forever by Lita Ford ft. Ozzy Osbourne  --the words, the feel of this song it fits for Ronin and Sasha.♫

 

Ratings Breakdown

 

Plot:  4.5/5

Characters:  4.3/5

The Feels:  4.8/5

Addictiveness:  4.3/5

Theme:  4/5

Flow:  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 5/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  Not at all.  There is a bit of a setup for the next book in the series.

 

Will I continue this series?  Yes

 

 

4.5/5 STARS

 

 

My Thoughts

 

To be honest I've only had the experience of audiobook with this series, and I already have the next one, titled Ghost, on audio too.  Tracy Marks does an exceptional job with the accents in this series, without going over the top and just making it so you can't understand what's being said.

All the players from Crow are back and the timeline for this is generally the same as the first book.  The dream/nightmare sequences with Ronin are intense and tortuous to say the least, but they help paint a picture of who the Reaper is.  For me, he makes this story worthwhile, despite not really liking mobster romance novels.  Ashleigh Zavarelli, has so far, done a good job of making me rethink how I feel about them.

Sex Factor:  Yes, very explicit…but somewhat unique because of Ronin's  circumstances.

 

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review 2016-06-21 13:39
4****
Reaper (Boston Underworld) (Volume 2) - A. Zavarelli

Good follow up from book 1. Darker. Haunting. Heartbreaking, yet still beautiful. I would recommend this read.

*Be warned* ALOT of triggers here.

Happy Reading.

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