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review 2018-01-11 02:13
The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost
The Brightest Embers - Jeaniene Frost

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

My feelings are a little mixed on this book. I liked it but it didn't wow me in any way. This is the third book in the Broken Destiny series which really does need to be read in order since each book builds on the events of the previous installments. I thought that this book brought the series to a satisfactory conclusion and was a fairly quick listen.

Ivy and Adrian continue their quest for the hallowed weapons that they began at the start of the series. They need to find the spear before anyone else can get their hands on it. The problem is that should Ivy decide to use the item it will most likely kill her. Ivy wants to do what is right and Adrian wants to protect Ivy. Can they both achieve their goals?

Ivy got on my nerves in this installment a little more than I remember from previous books. At times, it seemed that she was just trying to create drama. In the last installment, Adrian and Ivy were in a good place in their relationship but of course that can't last. It just seemed like unnecessary drama to me. She also had such a hard time figuring out something that was painfully obvious to me that I had begun to doubt her intelligence. She didn't drive me crazy throughout the whole book. There were times that she seemed really strong and willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good. It is just that when she annoyed me in this books she really annoyed me.

I thought that this book did some things really well. There were a few surprising revelations that I did not see coming. I really enjoyed the scenes with Brutus in the book. He became my favorite character in the series because of a few of the scenes in this book. I did feel that the ending of this story was a bit rushed and would have liked to see just a bit more to really help wrap the series up. 

Tavia Gilbert did a great job with the narration in this book. She handles a variety of characters very well along with a wide range of emotions. Her voice was very pleasant to listen to and I found myself able to stay focused on the story for hours at a time. I would not hesitate to recommend her narration.

In the end, I thought this was a decent trilogy and I am glad that I read it. I do prefer Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series but found this trilogy to be interesting and unique. I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc. via Audiobook Jukebox.

Initial Thoughts
I don't know 3 stars? 4 stars? Somewhere in there, I guess. I liked the book but found that Ivy got on my nerves more than I would have liked. She also had a hard time figuring out something that seemed pretty obvious to me. I thought that the ending was a bit rushed and would have liked a bit more to wrap things up. I really enjoyed Brutus in this book. The narration was very well done and it was a pretty quick listen.

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text 2017-12-15 17:31
The Bite Before Christmas by Jeaniene Frost $1.99
The Bite Before Christmas - Lynsay Sands,Jeaniene Frost

With The Bite Before ChristmasNew York Times bestsellers Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost—two of the hottest names in paranormal romance—team up for the first time to bring lucky readers a holiday anthology…with teeth! Here are delightful brand new stories featuring familiar faces from their enormously popular Argeneau family and Night Huntress series. Lynsay and Jeaniene’s legion of loyal fans will flock to these unforgettable novellas celebrating the dreams and desires of immortals at Yuletide. Better than a midnight visit from Santa Claus, The Bite Before Christmas proves that nobody does sexy vampires better than Sands and Frost.

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review 2017-12-10 02:49
The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost
The Sweetest Burn - Jeaniene Frost

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

I liked this book. After having mixed feelings about the first book in the series, The Beautiful Ashes, I had considered not reading this book. I decided to give it a try in the end and actually liked it more than the first book in the series. I do think that this is a series that needs to be read in order. This book picks up shortly after the events of the first book and is really a continuing story. I am very glad that I made the decision to give this book a chance.

I love the world that this story is set in. It is like the world we live in but with a few extra features available to certain people. In other words, most people don't see the things that Ivy and Adrian see and I like the idea of the something extra. In some cases, people really just don't want to believe what they are seeing. It was rather exciting to go with Ivy and Adrian to all of the realms and deal with so many different issues.

Ivy and Adrian's relationship takes some big steps in this book. I do really like them as a couple and was happy to see things progress for them. At the start of the book, Ivy did drive me a bit nuts by being a tad dramatic. I understood why she was upset but maybe she could have found out why things happened the way they did. It just seemed to slow the story down at times.

There were some pretty interesting developments in the overall story. I really didn't expect the artifacts to work for Ivy quite the way that they did and I found it to be really creative. They spend a lot of this story looking for the second artifact which is a staff. We learn a lot about Adrian's history as they search through different areas.

I did enjoy the narration of this audiobook. Tavia Gilbert does a really good job with the character voices which helped to bring the story to life. I thought that she really added a lot of emotion to her delivery which made everything a bit more exciting. I thought that her voice was very pleasant and I found myself listening to the book for hours at a time.

I would recommend this book to others. I can't say that I like this series as much as the Night Huntress series but it is quite entertaining. In the end, I found it to be quite enjoyable and am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Initial Thoughts
I liked this book better than the first in the series. I thought that the narration was well done and very easy to listen to. There were a few times that I felt like things dragged a bit but overall it was well done.

Source: Library via Overdrive

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review 2017-10-30 01:12
Twice Tempted
Twice Tempted - Jeaniene Frost

Though my brain keeps wanting to title it Twice Burned for some reason.

 

Anyway, I was maybe just a little lost in the beginning, but the more I read, the more things started to come back to me. And while I didn't love it, I ended up enjoying it enough (I think I rated the first book similarly) to want to continue with the series.

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text 2017-10-30 00:10
Reading progress update: I've read 360 out of 360 pages.
Twice Tempted - Jeaniene Frost

I did it!!

 

And I ended up enjoying this enough that I'd like to read the other two books in this series. Plus, I believe I still need to read the last of the Cat & Bones books, too.

 

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