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Monday, July 16, 2018

Audio Book Review: Wolves And Roses By Christina Bauer

Wolves And Roses
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #1)
By Christina Bauer

Narrated By: Christina Bauer
Length: 11 hours

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that--if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.
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My Review:

This is the second novel by this author that I've read and I've come to the conclusion that her books don't work for me. The writing style makes everything slow and longwinded. There are a few parts here and there that remind me why the story was interesting in the first place but it goes back to walking through quicksand a little bit later. The concept of this universe the author created was so interesting, but the way it was written threw me off.

Bryar Rose started off interesting but became annoying throughout the story. She seemed to be the exception to impossible rules. There were times when I wanted to strongarm her into getting a grip and asking the important question that would move the story along instead of her taking time to think things through and have something catastrophic coincidently happen. There were a few situations where some basic common sense would have done her some good and would have made that situation not happen or have it go by faster.

Knox was standoffish in the beginning and eventually won me over throughout the story. He turned out to be sweet and caring, but his inner wolf was one annoying beast. It kept repeating obvious actions to certain situations during the story and by the end I wanted to punch him myself.

Everyone that wasn't Bryar and Knox felt one dimensional. Most of the adults in this novel were either evil or spoke in riddles (which only added to my frustration with the slow-moving plot). This is a trope I'm not fond of and would like to never encounter in any novels.

Overall I'm disappointed with this book because it had so much potential. The concept is unique, but it was too slow paced for me to enjoy. I don't know if I'll be picking up the next book in this series.

The Audio Book:

This was the first audio book that I had to set the reading speed higher for me to finish listening to it. The narrator (who is also the author) does a good job with the narration. My problem was the combination of a very slow-paced novel with a narrator who naturally reads with larger pauses. I was ready to give up by hour 6. My aversion to how slow-paced this novel was probably made me more antsy than necessary with the narration.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Book Look #213: Static By S.K. Anthony

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Static By S.K. Anthony
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Friday, July 13, 2018

My Ramblings: Hit Or Miss: Audio Book Narrators

Hit Or Miss: Audio Book Narrators

Ever since I listened to my first audio book its become my second love. They're so practical and, unlike a physical book, doesn't make my purse/backpack so heavy that I regret bringing it out of the house in the first place. As deep as my love for audio books go, there are a few important aspects that always makes it either a complete hit or miss narrating wise for me.

I will freely admit to being an audio stob. For me, that means shelling out a little more on a pair of headphones that are considered better quality (AKA they're good and if treated right will last 2+ years). In the long term things even themselves out, so with that being said:

1. Narrators who have breathy voices or too many pauses in the middle of sentences make it hard for me to listen to them speak for more than a few minutes at a time. When I listen to a book it's because I want to relax, but when I start noticing how breathy everything sounds and the weird placement of pauses it pulls me out of the story. The more I try to concentrate on the story the more I notice the problems. It's an endless cycle.

2. Male narrators with very deep voices are annoying. Listen, I like a guy with a deep voice as much as any other person but I can't stand that same person reading a book to me. When all the female voices sound like squeaky high pitched imitations of an actual female voice something in me is bothered by it. Which, in turn, pulls me out of the book and the endless cycle begins. I would rather have the male narrator read the female voice with a heavier tone than to make it sound squeaky.

In conclusion, audio books are heaven sent but I locked myself
out of quite a few thanks to my tastes and pet peeves. 

Do you listen to audio books on a regular basis?
Considering my pet peeves, do you have any series in the PNR or UF genre you'd recommend to me?
Let me know in the comments below!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Power Of Book Covers: Steel & Stone Companion Collection By Annette Marie


They say don't judge a book by its movie...err...COVER. 
BUT they never said we couldn't PRAISE them.

This week's cover:

Steel & Stone: Companion Collection
(Steel & Stone #6)
By Annette Marie 

Steel & Stone Companion Collection — 12 stories from the Steel & Stone series, narrated by Ash and Lyre

From her first fateful glimpse of the Sahar Stone in Chase the Dark to the explosive battle in Asphodel in Unleash the Storm, Piper fought with Ash and Lyre beside her. A draconian and an incubus—an unlikely friendship of two skilled warriors, deadly in very different ways, both hiding dark secrets and dangerous pasts.

Now, return to the Steel & Stone world—this time through their eyes. In this collection of short stories set in the same timeline as the original series, Ash and Lyre reveal a whole new side to the trials they faced—both familiar scenes and never-before-seen adventures. Discover Ash's first impression of Piper, their fight in the Styx ring, Lyre's secret role in the escape from Asphodel, and more.

The collection includes 3 stories from Chase the Dark, 2 stories each from Bind the Soul, Yield the Night, and Reap the Shadows, and 3 stories from Unleash the Storm. And exclusively in this edition, read the first chapter of The Night Realm (Spell Weaver: Book 1), a new series set in the Steel & Stone universe.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: "Gateway" Books In My Reading Journey

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A weekly feature created By The Broke And The Bookish
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"Gateway" Books In My Reading Journey

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The Adventures Of Mary-Kate & Ashley Series


This series is responsible for introducing me to middle-grade mystery as a child and kicking off my love of reading.




Twilight Series
By Stephenie Meyer


If you've been following this blog for some time, you're probably getting sick of me mentioning Twilight. What can I say? It's the series that introduced me to young adult books and paranormal romance to a degree. Twilight is far from perfect and I don't plan to ever read it again, but it opened up a whole new world of books for me and I'll always respect it for that.


On The Ropes Series
By Aly Martinez


This series by this author, in particular, made me realize how high I can set my standards for all contemporary romances I read after it. It made me realize how low my initial standards were because I had yet to find a well written and emotionally potent contemporary romance book.


The Veil Series By Pippa DaCosta &
Crossbreed Series By Dannika Dark


Both these series made me realize how much better a book can be if it has likable characters and a well built and well introduced world behind it. These series made me more critical of books in the urban fantasy and sci-fi genres that gloss over important information and only bring it up when it's needed. These series built a world and set its rules to a degree that I could predict (and still get wrong) the possible outcomes to outrageous problems.
Was Twilight your "gateway" book?
If not, what book was?
Let's discuss in the comments below!
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