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THE MERGING

The Merging by John P. Logsdon and Christopher P. Young
Book 1 of the Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department Series
Narrated by the author John P. Logsdon
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About The Merging:

Las Vegas is getting rampaged by ubernaturals, and only one team has the guts to step in.

Ian Dex is the captain of the Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department (PPD), the crew responsible for kicking the crap out of any supernatural stupid enough to mess with the Strip. He’s a cop, a millionaire, an amalgamite, and a horndog.

Sin City is always running amok with disturbances and glitter, but sometimes those two items merge and the nightlife gets out of hand. Kind of like mixing Hell and…well, more Hell.

When an ubermage appears on the Strip, strutting around in his Chippendales-style outfit and sending out other ubernaturals to kick up dust and unleash destruction, it’s up to Ian Dex and his team to do what they do best: bust heads and shred souls.

Casinos are clamoring for help, cops are fighting tooth and nail just to survive, and tourists think it’s all part of the Vegas experience.

The weather forecast for tonight on the Strip is dark. Very damn dark…and bloody.

Source: Info in the About The Merging was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36196599-the-merging on 02/07/2019.

 

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My Thoughts:

This book got bought because it got mentioned in Silver Clouds Dirty Sky by Orlando Sanchez. Me, being an urban fantasy geek, took the bait.

Ian Dex, our main protagonist is kind of a TSTL (too stupid to live). Not a very desirable trait in any character, never mind the main protagonist! Surprisingly, everybody else seems to be a well developed character except Ian Dex. That can wear a reader down. On the up side, the author reads the story with a gusto! That perked things up a bit. Plus there is the fact that this is an urban fantasy story with vampires and demons and magic that my geek side really like! I recon I would be reading the next book in this series, seeing that I already bought the first four books.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 3
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 2
Plot = 2
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Las Vegas Paranormal Police Department Series:

 

Book 0.5: THE CHIEF Book 1: THE MERGING Book 2: GRAVE CREATURES Book 2.5: BLIND DATE Book 3: BLOOD BANE TOWER Book 4: LONDON GROWL Book 5: SWARM OF FIRE Book 6: CURSE OF FANGS Book 7: CLASH OF FLAMES Book 8: SEARING INSTINCT Book 9: SEARING VISIONS Book 10: SEARING DESTINY

 

Meet The Author & Narrator

 

About John P. Logsdon:

I was born in Takoma Park, MD, in the U.S.A. I’ve worked in the online games industry as a producer, a product manager, a director of content development, and an executive producer. I’ve also worked in several positions as a software engineer.

I’m now a full-time author who writes in way too many series. I just can’t seem to help myself. More accurately, I can’t shut up all the characters who float around in my head telling me their stories.

www.johnplogsdon.com | twitter | facebook author page | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 

The Other Author

 

About Christopher P. Young:

I spent the majority of my childhood reading and writing science fiction while learning the craft of storytelling. As I got older, I found myself working in the video games industry, which helped me to understand the concept of design, structure, and layout. One of the key components of my style is humor. I can certainly create serious stories, and have plans to do just that, but I can’t help but admit that working in comedy is a lot more fun.

Here are the worlds that I’m currently working in:
* Tales from the Land of Ononokin – comedic fantasy
* The Intergalactic Research Bureau – comedic s.f.

All of my books are published through Crimson Myth Press ( www.crimsonmyth.com ).

I live in Southern California (U.S.A.) with my wife and an ever-growing population of critters.

twitter | amazon | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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BLOOD IS THICKER

 

Blood Is Thicker by Orlando A. Sanchez
Book 3 of the Montague & Strong Case Files series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook

 

 

About Blood Is Thicker:

A Broken Pact. An Ancient Enemy. A Bitter Betrayal.

What does a vampire fear more than sunlight? The Cazadoras Sangrientas — Blood Hunters.

Michiko Nakatomi has led the Dark Council for over a century, maintaining the uneasy truce between humanity and the supernatural. But when an ancient enemy returns the delicate balance is shattered and vampires start dying.

Now, Michiko must fight for her life and the survival of the Council. She has no one to trust. Her inner circle is destroyed, the Council is on the verge of collapse, and her only hope lies with Simon and Tristan.

Join the Montague and Strong Detective Agency as they face off against the Blood Hunters to prevent them from destroying the Dark Council and plunging humanity to its doom.

Source: Info in the About Blood Is Thicker was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36300773-blood-is-thicker on 30/06/2019.

 

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Peaches

My Thoughts:

In this book we acquired a Gandalf! (Not literally, but metaphorically speaking.) It remains to be seen if this Gandalf character is going to be a positive addition to the series or not…

The plot has kind of slide down a little bit. It seems to me that Simon and Tristan are just running around chasing their tail in the story… What is that all about?! At least Peaches got his priorities straight!

This is the first Montague & Strong Case Files book without an audiobook version at the time I read this book. I was annoyed about that… Even though… with all that moaning, I still enjoyed this book. Very much! So this book gets a four with me.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = 3.5
Plot = 3
 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books in the Montague & Strong Case Files series:

 

Book 0.1: THE WAR MAGE   Book 0.5: NO GOD IS SAFE   Book 1: TOMBYARDS & BUTTERFLIES   Book 2: FULL MOON HOWL   Book 2.5: THE DATE   Book 3: BLOOD IS THICKER   Book 4: SILVER CLOUDS DIRTY SKY   Book 5: HOMECOMING   Book 6: DRAGONS & DEMIGODS   Book 7: BULLETS & BLADES   Book 8: HELL HATH NO FURY   Book 9: REAPING WIND   Book 10: THE GOLEM   A Montague & Strong Short Story Collection   A PROPER HELLHOUND   HELLHOUND BLUES: A BREW & CHEW ADVENTURE   A PERFECT CUP   Book 11: DARK GLASS   Book 12: WALKING THE RAZOR   Book 13: REQUIEM   Book 14: DIVINE INTERVENTION   Book 15: STORM BLOOD   Book 16: REVENANT   Book 17: BLOOD LESSONS

 

Meet The Author

 

About Orlando A. Sanchez:

Orlando Sanchez has been writing ever since his teens when he was immersed in creating scenarios for playing Dungeon and Dragons with his friends every weekend. An avid reader, his influences are too numerous to list here. Some of the most prominent are: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jim Butcher, Kat Richardson, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, Lee Child, George Lucas, Andrew Vachss, and Barry Eisler to name a few in no particular order. The worlds of his books are urban settings with a twist of the paranormal lurking just behind the scenes and generous doses of magic, martial arts, and mayhem. He currently resides in Queens, NY with his family and can often be found in the local coffee shop where most of his writing is done.

www.orlandoasanchez.com | twitter | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
This book was purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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SHATTERED GODS

 

Shattered Gods by Chris Fox
Book 1 in the Shattered Gods series
Narrated by Ryan Burke
Genre: epic fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Shattered Gods:

Fated to destroy the world. Determined to save it.

My name is Xal and I live in the dims, a walled prison where my people are kept by our cruel masters, until we are needed to fight once more. One member of every family must answer The Call, for our blood bears the magic of a demonic god, and all the terrible power that brings.

We march to war against the Fomori, an unstoppable army of giants, and their behemoths. If we do not, then our families are put to death. The Hasrans use us as cannon fodder, and worse. They used up my father, and he never came home. Die resisting. Die fighting. My choice isn’t if it happens, but rather how I sell my life.

If by some miracle I survive I will be granted entrance to the Imperial Academy, where every noble house will vie to architect my end. They cannot allow the void-blooded to live. They cannot allow us to thrive, or to gain more magic from the bodies of other dead gods. They cannot allow us to win. They fear the rise of another dreadlord. And they are right to fear. I will pull down an empire, and that is just the beginning.

Source: Info in the “About Shattered Gods was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57725133-shattered-gods on 16/10/2022.

 

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My Thoughts:

Most fantasy formulaic route starts with a farm boy who went on to become great and saves the world. This story puts a little twist on that by starting with a prison community instead of a poor farm. So there is a tiny bit of originality in it at least.

The kindle ebook and the audible audiobook are whispersynced. However, there are parts where the two do not match. Like for example, in location 334 of 710 of the ebook, the line reads, “…but the one next to that was Zaro, I thought, a fierce warrior with a weapon in either hand.” But the audiobook says, “…but the man next to that was Dalanthar, the very same steward emblazoned where I trained under Caw.” No, some parts are not the same and some parts are inconsistent. The book sometimes call a god by different names, i.e., as Dalanthus and sometimes as Zaro, and/or used the names of two gods interchangeably. WTF!?! Consequently, the gods, temples, and characters are kinda confusing. On top of that there are clerical errors, i.e., “processor” instead of “professor” (loc 490 of 710 of the kindle ebook). Annoying! This kind of errors are peppered all throughout the book. The editor needs his/her pay docked.

Luiz, a GoodReads reviewer, said that the Academy ways do not make a lot of sense and I agree with him! That put a lot of holes in the plot/story building. In fact the story has so many plot holes in it that if it were a sheet, it would look like it had been striped with a machine gun!

Circle of Eight

I like that the ebook has some art in it, like the sigil of the Circle of Eight and the Hasra City map. It substantiate the imagination. Adds a dimension to the reading experience that wouldn’t be there if the images were not there. Or maybe it is just me because I have the type of brain that is a visual learner.

I like Ryan Kennard Burke‘s voice. It is not aggravating to the ears. And I like the way he gives life to some characters!

 

Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3
World building = 5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (19 hrs and 51 mins listening time)
Plot = 2.5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Hasra City map

 

Books In The Shattered Gods Series:
Book 1: SHATTERED GODS   Book 2: FOMORI INVASION   Book 3: GOD OF THE SANDS   Book 4: I, DEMON   Book 5: THE ASHLANDS   SAGHIR

 

Meet The Author

 

About Chris Fox:

By day I am an iPhone developer architecting the app used to scope Stephen Colbert’s ear. By night I am Batman. Ok maybe not. One can dream though, right?

I’ve been writing since I was six years old and started inflicting my work on others at age 18. By age 24 people stopped running away when I approached them with a new story and shortly thereafter I published my first one in the Rifter.

Wait you’re still reading?

Ok, the facts I’m supposed to list in a bio. As of this writing I’m 38 years old and live just north of the Golden Gate Bridge in the beautiful town of Mill Valley. If you’re unsure how to find it just follow the smell of self-entitlement. Once you see the teens driving Teslas you’ll know you’re in the right place.

I live in a tiny studio that I can cross in (literally) five steps and don’t own an oven. But you know what? It’s worth it. I love developing iPhone apps and if you want to work in San Francisco you accept that rent for a tiny place costs more than most people’s mortgage.

If you and about 2 million other people start buying my books I promise to move out of Marin to a house in the redwoods up in Guerneville. No pressure. Wait that’s a lie. Pressure.

www.chrisfoxwrites.com | twitter | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 

The Narrator

 

About Ryan Kennard Burke:

Ryan Kennard Burke is a narrator/voice-over artist, audiobook director, and a Canadian. His parents and extended family are Australian and he lives in America pursuing a career in entertainment. His eclectic background is reflected by his career. Having worked in both Canada and the US as an actor, producer and stuntman he is now working in VO and Audiobooks. During his years of study abroad he has earned both a BFA from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and an MBA from Argosy University. Ryan is an award winning producer, actor and is a current top seller for Audiobooks. You can find his titles by simply browsing his name on Audible.

ryankennardburke.com | twitter | instagram | goodreads

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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DATING TERRORS

 

Dating Terrors by Patricia Briggs in the anthology Heroic Hearts
Book 18.5 in the Mercy Thompson series
Narrated by Holter Graham
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook, paperback, & audiobookAudiobook
 

 

About Dating Terrors:

The werewolf Asil finds a blind date might just turn into something more – if the woman can escape the dark magic binding her.

Source: Info in the “About Dating Terrors was taken from the back cover of the book anthology Heroic Hearts edited by Jim Butcher and Kerrie L. Hughes.

 

 

Asil
My Thoughts:

Asil is an old, old wolf and just biding his time until the Marrok kills him and finally give him relief of this world. However, he also have pack mates who are mischievous who set him up with three blind dates with good intentions. The first blind date was a novella titled Asil and the Not-Date (book number 17.5 in the Mercy Thompson series) in the anthology Fantastic Hope. Asil, for the lack of nothing better to do, went along with it. And for the heck of it! This is the second blind date. For a very short story, this novella managed to have a tiny plot and gave a wonderful reading time! Too short a reading time!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = 5
Plot = 5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Mercy Thompson Series:

 

Click on the cover image to go to my review or to the GoodReads page of the book for more info.

                         

 

About Patricia Briggs
Patricia Briggs

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana with her husband, children and six horses and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

 

The Narrator
About Holter Graham:

Holter Graham, winner of AudioFile’s 2008 Best Voice in Science Fiction & Fantasy for Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron, is a stage, television, and screen actor.

www.holtergraham.com | goodreads

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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REFUGE

Refuge by Karen Lynch
Book 2 of the Relentless series
Read by Caitlin Greer
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Refuge:

To keep the people she loved safe, Sara left everything she knew behind. She soon learns this new world is nothing like her old one, and she struggles to make a place for herself among the Mohiri. But it soon becomes apparent to Sara and to everyone one around her that she is not your typical warrior.

As the weeks pass, Sara builds new relationships, copes with her new trainers, and tries to manage her ever-changing powers, while keeping her unique heritage a secret. Looming in the background is the constant shadow of the Master who will do anything to find her.

Sara finds herself on a journey of self-discovery that uncovers her true strengths and awakens a part of her she never knew existed. She experiences the delight of new friendships, the sweetness and pain of first love, and a loss so deep it could be the thing that finally breaks her. At the end of it all, she discovers that the one place she was supposed to be safe might not be the refuge she thought it was.

Source: Info in the About Refuge was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20883154-refuge on 30/07/2019.

 

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My Thoughts:

I know that the first book is titled Relentless, but I don’t really get why the series is called Relentless… is it just solely because the first book is titled that?! A bit lame for a title for a series. Anyway our main protagonist, Sara, is proving to be just slightly too stupid to live (TSTL). I sincerely hope that this is not going to become a trend in this series because that would just be too bad! Because I really am beginning to like this series! And TSTL is just going to ruin it all! On the other hand, I am glad to see that Sara is discovering her other part(s) of herself and evolving into a more interesting character. The romantic angle that this book explored more than the previous book did, is also getting interesting! Love the romance! There isn’t much of a plot though. But then again, this is an urban fantasy book and not a crime thriller, so forgivable from my point of view.

The author and/or publisher obviously changed the cover art for this series from “a boy and a girl” image to a more abstract water and oil art. I’m glad they did because the “boy & girl faces” is pretty boring!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 4
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 3
Narration = 3

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Meet The Author

 

About Karen Lynch:

Karen Lynch is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.

She grew up in Newfoundland, Canada – a place rich in colorful people and folklore to which she attributes her love of the supernatural and her vivid imagination. She moved to Charlotte, North Carolina years ago and was immediately charmed by the southern people but she says she will always be a newfie.

Though she loves supernatural fiction, she has a soft spot for Charlotte Brontë and Jane Austin. She is a fan of classic rock, country and classical music but her favorite music is the sound of a good thunderstorm or a howling blizzard. Two of her favorite past times are baking artisan breads for her friends and spending quality time with her two German Shepherds.

www.karenlynchnl.com | twitter | facebook | instagram | amazon | goodreads

 


 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook copies of the book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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MIND OVER MAGIC

 

Mind Over Magic by Lindsay Buroker
Book 1 in the Witch In Wolf Wood series
Narrated by Vivienne Leheny
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Mind Over Magic:

As a bookish, introverted database programmer, Morgen Keller never thought she was a candidate for a midlife crisis. That was before her husband divorced her, her boss let her go, and her grandmother died. Forty wasn’t supposed to look like this.

When Morgen heads up to the small town of Bellrock, Washington, to settle the estate, she looks forward to taking a peaceful break from life and figuring out what she’s going to do next.

But peace isn’t to be had. The old farmhouse is full of witch paraphernalia, a fearsome werewolf has claimed the property, and contrary to what the family was told, Grandma didn’t die of natural causes.

Embroiled in a mystery, and heir to powers she knew nothing about, Morgen must turn to the only person who might be able to help: the werewolf who threatened to rip her throat out for trespassing.

This isn’t the fresh start on life that Morgen had in mind

Source: Info in the “About Mind Over Magic was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58933375-mind-over-magic on 17/04/2022.

 

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My Thoughts:

This is my second series by Lindsay Buroker and Vivienne Leheny so I am kind of familiar with these two’s work. But after two books into the Death Before Dragons series,my following stalled. For several years. And I am not sure if I am going to be picking it up again. The series did not have a staying power. This book however, looks very promising. So, buying the second book in the Witch In Wolf Wood series and fingers crossed.

This book wasn’t that easy to get into. It took a lot perseverance to get to the halfway point. However, it did pick up towards the end.

The plot was a bit thin on the graound. But this is urban fantasy, not crime fiction, so I was not looking for plot twists. I was looking for a rollicking magical adventure in this modern world that is realistic. This book has it!

The ending was a cliffhanger of course but at least it sort of resolved the main dilemma in the book.

 

Evaluation:

Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 3
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 5
Pace = (7 hrs and 25 mins listening time)
Plot = 2.5
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Witch In Wolf Wood Series:

 

Book 1: MIND OVER MAGIC Book 2: SPELL HOUND Book 3: ANY WITCH WAY Book 3.5: HOOT AND HOWLER Book 4: MOMENT OF TOOTH Book 5: CHARMED AND DANGEROUS

 

Meet The Author

 

About Lindsay Buroker:

Full-time indie fantasy/scifi author who loves hiking, tennis, and vizslas.

lindsayburoker.com | twitter | facebook | instagram | pinterest | amazon | goodreads

 

The Narrator

 

About Vivienne Leheny:

For over two decades, Vivienne Leheny has worked professionally in New York City and Los Angeles as an actor, voiceover artist and writer. She’s appeared on Off-Broadway and regional theatre stages, been screened at numerous film festivals (including Sundance in the 2019 opening night film: AFTER THE WEDDING), toured the northeast doing stand-up, and her writing has been published in national publications.

Vivienne has built a successful audiobook narration business, reading under her own name as well as under the pseudonyms, “Nola Zandry” and “Lily Collingwood.” She has a home studio and records using punch & roll software. Currently narrating six ongoing series, she also has numerous stand-alone book narrations, all of which are doing brisk sales on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. She’s narrated titles for Harper Collins, Macmillan, Recorded Books, and Simon & Schuster, among other audiobook publishers.

Vivienne will soon be recording her 150th audiobook narration.

Her audiobook narration course, The Voice in their Ear, has been a sell-out Maine Media Workshops+College, where she’s also taught her Putting Your Voice to Work: Building a Career in Voiceover curriculum, while her Breaking Into Audiobooks seminar for the SAG Foundation fills up quickly and with long wait lists. She’s also taught audiobook narration at the Caymichael Patten Studio.

She’s recorded over a thousand promotions for NBC programming (Saturday Night Live, Nightly News, Days of our Lives, Late Night with Conan O’Brien), including over a decade with The Today Show. She’s also done promotional spots for HBO, Showtime, and Bravo. Vivienne has voiced numerous national commercial campaigns, including Coca Cola, Fruit of the Loom, Florida Orange Juice, Bristol Meyers Squibb, Maxwell House and Revlon.

Her narration work has run the gamut, from Chain Gang Girls on Oxygen to Charles and Di: Once Upon a Time on TLC, from Fine Living’s Esquire’s Man at His Best to the six-part series Killer Outbreaks on Animal Planet, where she was the voice of the Bubonic Plague and West Nile Virus. She’s also the voice for the mysterious and disturbing “Phoenix Project” in the popular video game Assassin’s Creed, Unity.

www.vivienneleheny.com | twitter | facebook | goodreads

 

 

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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MISFIT FORTUNE

 

Misfit Fortune by Stephanie Foxe
Book 3 of the Misfit Pack series
Narrated by Amanda Dolan
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Misfit Fortune:

It’s the brightest light that casts the deepest shadows…

Magic, blood, and politics hide an enemy the pack never saw coming. One with more power than anyone understands.

Enemies are closing in on all sides, but they’re nothing more than a distraction to hide the real threat. It isn’t just the pack at risk –– not anymore.

Magic itself is being threatened.

Amber and her pack are trapped in the middle of a centuries long war, and the time has come to pick a side.

But it’s a choice she won’t be able to take back.

Nothing is as it seems. Trust is a valuable commodity that is sorely lacking in an increasingly dangerous world.

Amber must step up and take her place in the game, shattering illusions and pulling the truth from the shadows.

Source: Info in the About Misfit Fortune was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/45214932-misfit-fortune on 17/10/2019.

 

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[Image Credit: Wes-Talbott]

My Thoughts:

Being the third book, I can say with confidence that this series is a keeper!

At first I did not like the way Ceri is keeping secrets because it seems like the start of the breaking-up of the pack! It soon made sense after reading a little bit further.

The author has added a new twist to the “war of angels and demons” christian mythology that I was not really expecting, and it spiced things up a little bit more! Way to go Stephanie Foxe!!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (12 hrs & 10 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 

Meet The Author

 

About Stephanie Foxe:

Stephanie Foxe was born and raised near Houston, TX. She grew up playing in the pond and woods in her backyard, and devouring every book she could get her hands on.

Her teen years were spent transitioning slowly from reader, to writer. She spent most evenings on the phone with her cousin writing the first few pages to many books that would never be finished.

Her adult years were spent toiling away at a corporate job until one fateful day when she heard about a little writing project called NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). From there, the idea of writing a book went from a fanciful dream to a finished manuscript. The first book in the Witch’s Bite series was written, and Stephanie was addicted.

Now, she has plans to publish everything from paranormal fantasy to science fiction.

One book at a time.

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The Narrator

 

About Amanda Dolan:

Amanda is a New York City based actor, improvisor and voiceover artist, who has recorded over 100 audiobooks. She has an MFA in acting from Brown University, and is a member of Actors’ Equity.

Born in Astoria, New York, but lucky enough to have been transplanted to sunny Orange County, CA, Amanda’s upbringing was a perfect mix of East meets West (And by East she means bagels, not sushi).

Amanda loves to develop new plays and musicals. She has workshopped new work with Trinity Rep, Pipeline Theater Company, Soho Rep, Marginal Man Theater Company, The Lark Play Development Center, Playwrights Rep, Brown University and many more.

In addition to stage and film work, Amanda can be heard voicing hundreds of characters in over 100 audiobooks for Audible, Inc., AudioGo (BBC Audiobooks America), Blackstone Audio, John Marshall Media, HarperCollins, and Tantor Media.

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FTC Disclosure:
The different formats of this book were purchased with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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DAMAGED GODS

 

Damaged Gods by K.C. Cross
Book 1 in the Monsters of St. Mark’s series
Narrated by Jason Clarke and Hathaway Lee
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook
 

 


About Damaged Gods:

If you’ve gotta be stuck in a curse with monsters — they might as well be sexy monsters.

When I answered an ad for a caretaker at Saint Mark’s Sanctuary I thought I’d be dusting chandeliers and polishing floors. I didn’t expect to be tricked into a curse, going in debt to a monster, and being forced to take a self-paced “Let’s Learn Magic” course so I can fix a two-thousand-year-old problem.

And that monster?

Not your ordinary, everyday beast.

He has hooves, and horns, and fur on his legs.

But ya know where he doesn’t have fur?

Yeah. There.

Which is fine.

Except he doesn’t wear pants.

Nothing at Saint Mark’s is exactly what it seems.

The entire inside is magic, the hallways upstairs are nothing but parties from the past, and the super-hot guy who lives in the dungeon?

Yeah.

Not human.

My name is Pie and all I want is to be a normal girl with an average life.

I refuse to get stuck in this curse.

I refuse to learn magic to break it.

And there is no way in hell I will fall in love with a monster.

Famous.

Last.

Words.

Source: Info in the About Damaged Gods was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58314046-damaged-gods on 30/04/2022.
 

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Pia
 

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My Thoughts:

A Beauty And The Beast retelling with Alice In Wonderland tardis-like cathedral in tow.

And of course it ended in a cliffhanger. However, it did close the story dilemma in the book. And I would love to see Pia talk again in subsequent books! I also want to know how Sheriff Russ Roth‘s story line pan out. I did not want him hurt. He seems like a good Sheriff. It’s not his fault that he was born in the eros line…

There are a few plot holes like how could Tarq send that caretaker advert that Pie answered when he could not make gates? He is stuck in Vinca! But I can willfully overlook those for the enjoyable reading time that this book gives me!

Promising new-to-me series!

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 3.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (11 hrs and 51 mins listening time)
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 5
 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In Monsters of St. Mark’s Series:
 

Book 1: DAMAGED GODS   Book 2: SAVAGE SAINTS   Book 3: ROYAL BEASTS

 

Meet The Author

 

About K.C. Cross:

KC Cross is a pseudonym for JA Huss.

JA Huss is the New York Times Bestselling author of 321 and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times in the past five years. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings.

Her new sexy sci-fi romance and paranormal romance pen name is KC Cross and she writes novels and teleplays collaboratively with actor and screenwriter, Johnathan McClain.

Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world, the audio version of her semi-autobiographical book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Five of her book were optioned for a TV series by MGM television in 2018. And her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.

She lives on a ranch in Central Colorado with her family.

JA Huss is an Indie Author but does publish audiobooks with Podium Publishing under their romance imprint, Oh My! Audiobooks. She designs all her own covers, websites, promotional graphics, and book trailer videos. Her editor is RJ Locksley and she works with The Bookcase Literary Agency for foreign rights translations.

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The Narrators

 

About Jason Clarke:

Romance narrator, in the palm of your hand 🐉

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Hathaway Lee:

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FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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COUNTING CROWS: ONE FOR MURDER

 

Counting Crows: One For Murder by Joe Talon
Book 1 in the Lorne Turner Supernatural Thrillers
Narrated by Edmund Bloxam
Genre: supernatural thriller
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook
 

 

About Counting Crows: One For Murder:

The moor is darkening.

Lorne Turner’s army days are over, but his haunting memories never rest. One fog — bound morning he stumbles across a murder. The crows feasting on a sacrifice.

Detective Inspector Tony Shaw tries to tell him the occult symbols on the dead man are nothing but faked staging. Lorne’s honed instincts scream in warning. There is darkness and it’s spreading.

The first person he turns to for help is the only friend he has, Ella Morgan, vicar of his parish. Together they reach out to the pagan Willow Hunter and they begin to unravel the crime.

Corruption, greed and the abuse of occult mysteries lead Lorne into a world he never thought existed in Somerset. Trained to stand strong against terrorists, now he must fight the ghosts of his mind and the darkness of a madman.

An old soldier once more goes into battle. What will break first, his mind, or his enemies?

Source: Info in the “About Counting Crows: One For Murder was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58167577-counting-crows on 28/06/2022.
 

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My Thoughts:

Another white mundane male protagonist with military background, just like The 13th Witch (book 1 of The King’s Watch series) and the Blue Moon Investigations Series. This theme is getting popular. I wonder if this is going to be the new vampire now?…

Why is this book not whispersynced?!! ** sigh**

Edmund Bloxam‘s scratchy voice match the old grizzled curmudgeon of a retired soldier that Lorne is in my head. However, the words are not distinct like some of the narrators I am used to. There is a slurry quality to it which is not helped by the lack of whispersync feature of kindle/audible. However, the slurry quality also adds character to Lorne who is supposed to be narrating the story to the readers.

On top of not being whispersync, the audiobook version skips lines like: “The body in the moor, the one in the papers, he found it.” (page 46 of 234 of the kindle ebook) — That line would have made the following next few lines make sense! As it is, I had to stop listening and read the ebook because the conversation no longer make sense. This made the going really slow. It is obvious that the script that Edmund Bloxam is reading is not the same to the ebook that I bought. As an audiobook listener, this drives me up the wall. It tends to stop me buying from producers of this kind of audiobooks, i.e., Sarah Luddington. Anyway, I ended up reading the ebook on the first round of reading. I listened to the audiobook on subsequent re-reads. Because, yes, this book is good enough for re-reads.

I recommend the book to any supernatural thriller reader! However, I do not recommend the audiobook format. It has a lot to be desired.

 

Empirical Evaluation:

Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4.5
World building = 5
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = (7 hrs and 9 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 3.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Lorne Turner Supernatural Thrillers:
 

Book 1: COUNTING CROWS   Book 2: MONEY FOR OLD BONES   Book 3: DEAD OF THE WINTER SUN   Book 4: SALT FOR THE DEVIL'S EYE   Book 5: BAD WATERS RUN DEEP

 

Meet The Author

 

About Joe Talon:

Joe Talon is an author used to walking on the wild and darker side of life. A place where you’re never quite certain if the world is full of rainbows or shadows.

Having grown up on Exmoor, Joe has been fascinated by the mysterious and spooky places that dwell in the dark woodlands and quiet combes. Joe has created a world just a little sideways from ours in this new series. It is full of shapes moving on the edge of our vision when they shouldn’t and cold spots in warm places. For Joe, there is always the question, ‘what would I do if’?

The creaking door isn’t just a draught.

The footfalls not friends but foes.

The scream is not a crying fox it is…

What spare time Joe has is spent with six dogs, lots of walks and exploring the strange worlds just the other side what we think we know to be real.

You can find Joe via joe@joetalon.com or www.joetalon.com

If you’d like to try Joe’s first novella for free then please visit the website and download Forgotten Homeland.

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The Narrator

 

About Edmund Bloxam:

I can offer expert audio proofing, editing and mastering. I specialize in audio book creation, having made ten audiobooks for Audible.com. I have done plenty of other audio production work too. Look up www.edmundbloxamaudio.com for projects, as well as https://soundcloud.com/g1hkk9pkpteg and
https://www.audible.co.uk/search?keywords=edmund+bloxam&ref=a_hp_t1_header_search.

I have been a professional editor and writer for seven years, principal clients being Enago, Richie’s English and Oxbridge Consulting, the latter of which I still work with. I have edited the widest possible range of documents; from textbooks, novels, articles, essays, white papers and many more. I have experience of preparing papers for publication.

I write fiction. See my website for details. I am available for any project related to that, including ghostwriting.

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FTC Disclosure:

The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

 

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THE 13TH WITCH

The 13th Witch by Mark Hayden
Book 1 in The King’s Watch series
Read by Ciaran Saward
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About The 13th Witch:

Ever had a text from a deity?
Conrad Clarke did.

Someone has plans for Conrad, and those plans don’t involve an easy life.

Conrad Clarke, former RAF pilot and alleged gangster is dragged out of his comfort zone by a visit from The Allfather.

Norse gods in twenty-first century England?
Don’t be silly. Load of nonsense.

Before you can say “Ragnarok”, Conrad is plunged into a world of gods, Mages, Witches, Dwarves and one rather aggressive giant mole.

But he has next to no magick of his own.

Armed with nothing but a sense of humour and a willingness to cheat, Conrad has to save the Witch — and his life.

Source: Info in the About The 13th Witch was taken from Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36533380-the-13th-witch on 30/05/2022.

 

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Odin’s Valknut
My Thoughts:

This book reminds me of the Blue Moon Investigations Series. Both have the same typical white mundane male protagonist with military background. The same mystery, investigatory-driven theme. The main difference being that in Blue Moon Investigations Series there is no big paranormal governmental organisation while there is one in this book.

As I read on, I had to constantly look things up from the internet because the language in the book is so entrenched in English vernacular that I do not understand some of them, i.e., the Summoner in Chaucer’s the Canterbury Tales, to understand what the fluff is the author going on about!!! I’ve heard of the Pendle witches though, simply because I’ve read some of the Spook’s Apprentice books… This “having to look things up” thingie made the going just a little bit slower than it would have been otherwise.

Usually, I am very tolerant with plot holes and plotless-ness in urban fantasy, but not so much in crime thrillers. However, this series is not just urban fantasy, it is supposed to be an investigative one as well. So the plotholes kinda matter…

 

Empirical Evaluation:

Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 5
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 4
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 3.5
Pace = (10 hours listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The King’s Watch Series:
 

Book 1: THE 13TH WITCH   Book 2: THE 12 DRAGONS OF ALBION   Book 3: THE 11TH HOUR   Book 4: TENFOLD   Book 5: NINE OF WANDS   Book 6: EIGHT KINGS   Book 7: THE SEVENTH STAR   Book 8: SIX FURLONGS   Book 9: FIVE LEAF CLOVER   Book 10: FOUR ROADS CROSS

 

Meet The Author

 

 

About Mark Hayden:

Mark Hayden is the nom de guerre of Adrian Attwood. He lives in Westmorland with his wife, Anne.

Adrian has had a varied career working for a brewery, teaching English and being the Town Clerk in Carnforth. He is now a part-time writer and part-time assistant in Anne’s craft projects.

He is also proud to be the Mad Unky to his Great Nieces & Great Nephew.

His current writing project is the King’s Watch series of urban fantasy novels, from 13th Witch all the way down to Zero Hour. If he can keep it up.

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The Narrator

 

About Ciaran Saward:

I’m a London-based voiceover artist who loves discovering new things.

From small businesses and indie video games, to big publishers like William Collins and big authors like Wilbur Smith, I’ve worked with a range of clients to get their stories heard.

If you need a flexible & enthusiastic voice to bring your project to life, you’ve come to the right place.

Please have a listen to my voicereels, read some testimonials and see how I could help you!

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FTC Disclosure:

The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.
 

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