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review 2017-03-29 15:46
Little Dead Red by Mercedes Yardley (audio)
Little Dead Red - Mercedes M. Yardley
This is a not happy tale. Terrible things happen to innocent people.

Little Red Dead is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood which was never a sweet tale anyway, but author Mercedes Yardley takes the bones of that fable and gives it a very gritty, very modern treatment and turns it into a horrifying read.

Some women have all the luck. Marie is not one of them. I don’t want to spoil too much of the story and am honestly unsure how to even tackle this review. I’ll just say that Marie suffers from two huge losses that leave her devastated, emotionally drained and at her wits end. After a kind man and his wife intervene, instead of succumbing to depression she decides to plot revenge.

This is a well plotted, well executed, bleak and painfully emotional short story – all the things I look for in a story such as this but it is not an feel good read. You have been warned.

Narration Notes: As this story is told from Marie’s POV, I’m not going to lie, I do wish it had been narrated by a woman but that’s my own personal preference. That said, narrator Joe Hempel does a fine job with the darkness of the story and doesn’t ruin the female voices with painful falsetto. I cannot tell you how many times a guy has ruined a female character for me with a cringy performance and vice-versa. I found it hard to tear myself away from the audio and do things like go to work and listen to people who needed to ask me oh so important questions that could not wait (yeah, that’s sarcasm you hear there) because the storytelling was so involving.

I received a copy of this audiobook courtesy of Audiobook Boom.
 
 

 

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review 2016-07-19 17:13
DNF: Sweet Little Liar by Patty Devlin
Lovely Little Liar - Patty Devlin,Marcie Clyde

"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com."

 

I'm sure they're regretting it now.

 

I had to DNF this little audio two hours in because my poor, abused and confused ears could not take another second of this narrator’s voice. This has to be, hands down, one of the most painful narrations I have ever had the displeasure of listening to. All of the characters, even the menfolk, sound like perky twelve year old girls. The narrator doesn’t make even the slightest attempt at altering the voices so the reader knows who is speaking. The cadence is also all wrong. She puts emphasis on the wrong words and stops and starts in the strangest of places. But that's not all. I might’ve been able to continue if the story weren’t all . . .

  

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Maybe it’s just me. Feel free to judge for yourownself. Here's the plot so far as I know it. The heroine is Charlie and she is 26 years old. She has her own home, has overcome a battle with anorexia and now has a very dependable job as an urgent care nurse and fill-in ER nurse. I mean, you need to have your wits about you to keep that kind of job, right? I know for certain I couldn’t do it. Anyway, she has an older brother, by 10 years or so, who oversees every aspect of her life. This includes disciplining her for any perceived misbehavior. With his hand. On her bum. This is not incestuous or for titillation on his end but purely disciplinary (honestly I’m not 100% certain about that because it's just plain weird to me) and though she fears it, she allows it. Did you miss the bit where I mentioned she is 26, has a job and her own home, fears the spanking and yet she allows it?! What the hey?

 

So, now she’s met a police officer who she has the hots for and he’s a not-in-a-sexual-way bum smacker too. Now what are the odds of having that kind of luck, eh? If I were her, I’d be playing the lottery. She’s also a “lovely” little liar and she isn’t very good at it, thus resulting in the constant need for spankings on her “swells”. She’s also the type of gal who “wants a prince to take care of her”. Ugh, I tried people but I just can't with this one. 

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Me and my swells are so done.

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text 2016-07-19 01:39
Lovely Little Liar - Patty Devlin,Marcie Clyde

She is spanked for lying.

 

By her brother.

 

She is 26 years old.

 

What planet have I landed on?

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review 2016-03-02 19:45
VIP by M. Robinson (audio review)
VIP - M. Robinson

I agreed to review this audio book for audiobookblast because it sounded dark and haunting and emotionally heart-wrenching but it wasn’t any of those things for me and now I feel like a jerk because I didn’t like it very much. If I’m being totally honest, I didn’t even want to finish it but I did even though I had a few moments where I feared this may be in my future.



This cheating story line and the way it was presented made me angry instead of sympathetic. There is no other way to say it. I was crazy mad at Sebastian throughout most of the book. He was weak and pathetic when he was young and he weak and pathetic when he became an adult. Reading about him trying to keep his cake and eat other sexier cake too made me a little queasy.

Now, I can hear you all saying, “You dumbass. This is a book about cheating! How dare you complain about the cheating?!” Well, to that I say read Chase in Shadow by Amy Lane. That there is a character you will sympathize, empathize and feel everything for, unless you are heartless. Chase’s story will rip your heart to shreds even though he cheats. This guy Sebastian?



I thought he was spoiled, selfish and weak and couldn’t own up to what he truly wanted and he didn’t feel any guilt! I kept hoping he would get caught and his dick would get lopped off. If you are going to write a book about cheating please make it dark and painful and make me feel something other than anger for the jerk doing the cheating. Because, you know, it’s all about me.

Now there were some positives for me or I would’ve quit it. The narration was oh-so-good, truly excellent. Sierra Kline’s voice was seductive and perfect for this story. She performs the crap out of this book without going over the top and she makes the words come alive, even when those words were making me nuts. Ysa’s backstory was traumatic and I understood her more than any of the other characters. She’s broken and has to put herself back together. I got her. Her story was the reason I kept going. I could’ve totally done without the Sebastian/Julia characters altogether. That would’ve changed the story only for the better. For me, anyway.

So, what else? It is super long, there are too many filler scenes and there is far too much back story. It needed a little trimming, perhaps 200 pages or so, if you ask me. Oh, and it’s very explicit. The sexy scenes are sexy and well written but . . . but . . . but (there is some butt too, if you pervs were wondering), as I said in the beginning, the erotic bits began to make me feel a little sick in the belly what with all of the sneaking around and that makes me sad. You may think differently. Most of the reviewers do.

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text 2016-03-01 19:22
Reading progress update: I've listened 680? out of 1020 million minutes.
VIP - M. Robinson

Oh, this book. It's decently written and parts are pretty sexy and I can see why others lurrrve it but I'm the unforgiving sort and this story line is full of deception and is making me sick. Ugh, it's so completely not for me. It's making me crazy mad and I just can't anymore. I'm afraid if I keep it up I may end up doing something I regret.

 

 

 

What to do, what to do? DNF? Write a review and get blasted by fangirlies? Or pretend I never stumbled across it? 

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