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Monday, April 12, 2021

Audio Book Review: Beast of Shadows By Krista Street

Beast of Shadows
(Supernatural Community Standalone)
By Krista Street 

Narrator: Zachary Johnson & Sarah Pavelec
Length: 12 hours and 17 minutes

Collin

I was warned not to leave my werewolf pack—that doing so would turn my wolf into a murderous rogue, but I didn’t listen.

So now I live in the shadows, fighting to control my beast who’s developed an insatiable thirst for human blood. I don’t always succeed, which means the Supernatural Forces are out to euthanize me.

But then I see Brianna…

She calls to something deep inside me. Something I thought I'd lost.

Even though my beast craves her death, my heart aches for her to save my soul, so I take her for my own.

Brianna

For weeks, something’s been … off. I can’t explain it, but it’s as if I’m being watched.

Suddenly, I’m snatched off the street and thrown in a trunk by a terrifying man who shifts into a wolf.

Even though I fight Collin at every turn, something pulls me to his broken soul. We’re drawn to each other, and my touch may be enough to heal his beast’s psychotic mind, but the Supernatural Forces doesn’t believe in second chances, and the SF always catches the rogue werewolves.

When they do, if I can’t stop them ... they’ll kill him.
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My Review:

I think my expectations got the better of me. I'm still new to the anti-hero hype so I was excited when this book was announced. I wanted Collin redeemed. My problem with it all was that he had to become a completely different person to have that happen. I wanted the snarky, dark, and witty Collin we met in Angel In Embers to get redeemed. I didn't want him to have to transform into someone else entirely to have a chance at that redemption. Am I making any sense? I swear this was easier to explain in my head.

I also didn't really like Brianna all that much. As much as she tried to fight for Collin she barely made a dent. She and Collin didn't really have much in common aside from the mates thing. I think I saw Collin with a sassier woman who would/could put him in his place, literally *wink, wink*.

The Collin we meet in this novel was half out of his mind due to his past decisions. The first half of this novel was so interesting because of his erratic and unpredictable actions. After that though, he calms so far down that he doesn't resemble either version of himself. 

The last 3 hours or so of this book were h*ll. All that powerlessness that I felt with Collin's situation and how no one could do anything to help him in any meaningful way was so frustrating. I disliked that what eventually "saved" him were two miracles. Let me tell you one thing about me: Miracles and the stories I read don't go together. That was yet another disappointing turn this story took.

Overall, I still continue to love the universe the author built around these characters and the Supernatural Community series as a whole. I'm still excited about the spin-off series with different characters in this same world coming later in the year. I'm hoping this was a one-off and that I'll enjoy future books in this universe!

The Audio Book:

The female narrator sounded like she was 12 years old and it only made my dislike of Brianna worse as the novel progressed. The male narrator was VERY into his role. As a voice actor, he gets a 10/10 from me. Though his female voices left a lot to be desired. There were no weird noises in the background of this recording.

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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Book Look #307: Taming Demons for Beginners By Annette Marie

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Audio Book Review: Midnight Lies By Leia Stone & Raye Wagner

Midnight Lies
(Shifter Island #2)
By Leia Stone
& Raye Wagner

Length: 6 hours and 35 minutes
Narrator: Vanessa Moyen

Nai thought nothing could be worse than Alpha Academy’s midyear games…

The first few months of school weren’t exactly easy: fated-mate from the rival clan, selkie attacks, and that minor, aka huge, plot to kill her.

But things seem to be going from bad to worse.

After watching a loved one’s horrific death at the hands of the alpha king, Nai decides another visit to Dark Row is in order. After all, a witch there knows the Keeper of Souls, and Nai wants her friend back.

But the trip to the Realm of the Dead doesn’t go quite as planned. Nai discovers a family member has been keeping secrets—BIG secrets. Scratch that. Make that TWO family members—and LOTS of secrets.

When Nai's negotiation skills land her and Rage in a contract that is near impossible to meet, the consequences of success and failure are equally dire.

Ah, hello, trouble!

She's determined to bring her friend back from the dead and still keep her mate, or die trying.

One thing’s for certain, nothing on Shifter Island will ever be the same.
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My Review:

This wasn't my favorite book of this series but it also wasn't that bad. My main issue with it was how these impossible problems came to be but were resolved like it was no big deal at the very end of the book. With how big the problems were I was expecting them to be spaced out into a few books.

Nai continues to be an interesting character. The mysteries surrounding her are becoming clearer. I actually appreciate her stumbling around and asking for help with the things she doesn't know about/hasn't mastered yet. I also appreciate her drive to do things she doesn't want to, to benefit her pack and father.

Rage still leaves a bad taste in my mouth due to the events in the first book. He still hasn't won me over. Maybe with the novella from his point of view as the next book in this series that will lessen or change altogether. As of now, I'm still not a fan and I dislike how fast Nai forgave him for his BS.

The end was disheartening. It would have been too simple to actually have a 10-minute conversation with Rage explaining the circumstances, right? RIGHT? Urgh. I guess I know what to expect in the novella from his point of view now and I'm not happy about it.

The Audio Book:

The narration was fine. The characters were distinguishable from each other and there were no strange noises in the background. The audio was clear and easy to listen to.

My Rating:

 

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Book Look #306: A Vampire's Spell By Marie-Claude Bourque

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

Monthly Recap: March 2021

March!

How is March over already? Everything was just a blur. How has it been a year since The Plague™hit?! Oof. 

March was an okay month. I read quite a few books which was great! I'm officially over halfway to my goal for the year of 50 books read. Though I always aim for 100. We'll see how that turns out by the end of the year.

On another positive note, people all around the world are getting vaccinated! Granted, it's a slow process but there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel. FINALLY! Even being an introvert and preferring to stay indoors when possible I've actually found myself wanting to get out of the house. It weirded me out too, trust me! I'm that friend who always says no to parties and movie nights and yet here I am wanting The Plague™to be done with so can see people. *shudders

Here's to a magical next month!

Books I Read & Listened
To In March

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  • The Rose Witch By Chandelle LaVaun - I judged this book by its cover and I was burned. As interesting as the world the author created is there was something that just didn't click with me. (My review coming soon!)
  • Midnight Lies By Leia Stone & Raye Wagner - This wasn't my favorite book of this series but it also wasn't that bad. My main issue with it was how these impossible problems came to be but were resolved like it was no big deal at the very end of the book. (My review coming soon!)
  • Tempting Titus By Michelle Dare - I'm pretty sure I went into this book with the wrong expectations because what I actually got compared to what I thought I was getting just rubbed me the wrong way. (My review coming soon!)

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  • i am tired of being a dandelion by Zane Frederick - I went into this poetry book with no expectations and it was an okay book. There were some poems that hit very close to home and others that seemed like the author was in my head pulling the words right out of my mouth. (My review is live here!)
  • Covet By Tracy WolffHere I go again with my unpopular opinions! I went into this book with no expectations due to my experience with Book #2. I've calmed down since then and just wanted to get this over with. (My review coming soon!)

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  • Cowboy Dragon By Terry Bolryder - This was a quick and fun story! Though, personally, I would have liked there to have been a more prominent plot somewhere in between all the witty banter, friendships, and romance. (My review coming soon!)
  • From Blood And Ash By Jennifer L. Armentrout - First reread! Considering how long the books in this series are, rereading them is a daunting task. BUT it was something I knew I needed to do to keep the story and its details straight in my head. (My review is live here!)
Books I Can't Wait To Get
My Hands On In April

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