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review 2017-08-21 23:38
For me...this wasn't the follow-up I expected...
Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity series, Book 2) - Victoria Schwab

Title:  Our Dark Duet

Author:  Victoria Schwab

Narration:  Therese Plummer

Series:  This Savage Song #2

Genre:  Fantasy, Dystopian, YA

Setting:  Verity & Prosperity

Source:  Audible Audiobook


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Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  3.3/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3.5/5

Theme or Tone:  4/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  3.5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope

Total:  3.5/5 STARS



My Thoughts


I loved and devoured This Savage Song, and I wanted to love this too…but…I just couldn't do so.  Too many characters to keep track of and a less than stellar plotline bogged this down.  It just ended up leaving me confused I even tried rewinding and relistening and I still couldn't stay in the story...and don't even get me started on that ending.  


Will I read more from this Author⇜  Since I already own some of her stuff, I'm sure that I will…


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review 2017-05-17 11:44
Huh. Interesting twist.
Drinker of Blood (SPECTR Series 2 Book 3) - Jordan L. Hawk

I liked it as much as the others. 

It's a solid series.


And I liked the twist with the new entity.

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review 2017-02-02 19:45
#Audiobook Review: Snowballs in Hell by Eve Langlais
Snowballs in Hell: Princess of Hell Series, Book 2 - Tantor Audio,Eve Langlais,Rebecca Estrella

One month has passed since Muriel's encounter with the mysterious Hooded One; the night she nearly died. Her reoccurring, daily nightmares are making her feel weak and worse, shameful. She does not like being afraid of anything. The changes in Muriel are especially tough on her soulmate, fallen angel Auric. He will do anything to protect his love and help her get better.


I’m going to say this right up front: Snowballs in Hell is FULL of graphic sex. So much so, that I actually started skimming and forwarding through the scenes. Additionally, due to issues with her sexually-charged powers, Muriel must add another male into her and Auric’s bedroom. While I have no issues with threesomes (also note: this is not a true menáge situation), the way that the threesome came about really irritated me. Honestly, I admired Muriel’s stance on adding another to her existing love life, especially after waiting years for Mr. Right to come along. However, her soulmate felt it necessary to manipulate Muriel into adding another to their bedroom. The fact that Auric blatantly tricks her into the situation made me furious! If the author had instead allowed Muriel to accept her body's need for sex without the subterfuge, I would have enjoyed the storyline. But the over-the-top emphasis that Muriel would deny herself out of love, which lead to the secret sex plot, ruined it for me.


The overall storyline of discovering who is behind the attack that nearly killed Muriel was interesting; however the climatic scene and unveiling of said bad guys left me wanting a bit more. I love how kickass Muriel is, and when she takes charge of her own situations, she’s a wonderful heroine. Add in a touch of humor and sarcasm, and Muriel is one of the best UF characters. However, when she gets wishy-washy, she can be annoying. There was a bit too much focus on whether or not Muriel should sleep with another, but it did tie into the plot.


Rebecca Estrella provides a solid and consistent narration. Muriel’s voice is perfect. The array of male voices works for the story. Typically, I tend to enjoy a narrator more by the second or third book because of familiarity. However, the initial sex scenes felt robotic. It sounded like Ms. Estrella was simply reading the scene as a matter of fact, rather than putting emotion into it. Ms. Estrella does a great job with the individual characters when they speak. Then, I actually started skipping the sex scenes, so I can’t say if that part got better.  


In the end, the story behind Snowballs in Hell is pretty good. The campiness makes the story fun. However, there was too much graphic sex for my tastes. And the subterfuge used to get Muriel to accept that her body needs lots of sex with multiple partners really ticked me off. I would have given it a B, but because of that, B- because it was an issue for me.


Story: B-

Narration: B


Review copy provided by Tantor Audio

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text 2016-12-19 15:17
BLOG TOUR & #GIVEAWAY - A Double Shot of Bourbon by A.C. Land
A Double Shot of Bourbon (The Bourbon Series Book 2) - AC Land
Lonna Stuart is proud to be the most beautiful girl most people have ever seen. But on the inside she’s dying. Her mother’s grating comments and her boyfriend’s obsessive control are suffocating her.

There’s only one person who sees the real Lonna.

Son of the infamous Bourbon Butcher, Collin toes an invisible line of perfection; he’s a football prodigy; a hard working employee; and, what Lonna’s boyfriend considers, a retard. A slight stutter keeps Collin back from making too many friends, but he observes better than anyone, and he sees things most people miss. He sees the pain in Lonna’s eyes and the sadness in her frown. When she nearly drowns, Collin’s the only one willing to sacrifice himself to save her.

Inspired by Collin’s overwhelming kindness and drawn to the sheer greatness of him, Lonna begins to pull away from her asphyxiating life. But unbeknownst to both of them, Collin’s father, busy planning an epic escape from prison.



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Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2016/12/blog-tour-giveaway-double-shot-of.html
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review 2016-11-18 17:47
An Improvement: The Alliance of Isian | Review
The Alliance of Isian: The Isian Series, Book 2 - Serena Clarke,Carolyn Kashner,Red Mountain Shadows Publishing

A pleasant, clean, YA/NA fantasy romance.


War is coming and all the kingdoms must choose a side. Isian decides to make an alliance with their long-time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and her new husband, Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?


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Source: I received this book for free from the publisher. My opinions are my own.



The Alliance of Isian by Serena Clarke, read by Carolyn Kashner, published by Red Mountain Shadows (2016) / Length: 7 hrs 30 min



This is Book #2 of 3 in the "Isian" series, but could easily be read as a standalone. Number 3 is not yet available on audio.



In my review for Book #1, I wrote how that book didn't really appeal to me until the final third of the story. Thankfully, this book was more enjoyable almost from the start. I still feel that there isn't anything outstanding here, and that the dialog often seems too contemporary, but it was a sweet fantasy romance.


I have tagged the book with diversity, as Gabrielle and her family are POC and their country has different customs & culture.

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