Cherry Mischievous

for the love of SciFi/Fantasy

TOMYARDS & BUTTERFLIES

 

Tombyards & Butterflies by Orlando A. Sanchez
Book 1 of the Montague & Strong Case Files series
Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Tombyards & Butterflies:

A Missing Ferryman. An Undead Dilemma. An Immortal Detective.
An emissary from the Dark Council has just materialized in the office of the Montague & Strong Detective Agency, and makes Simon Strong an offer he can’t refuse. Charon is missing. The legendary ferryman responsible for transporting sorcerer souls across the river Styx hasn’t been seen in days. And with each passing hour, those unable to cross the river are left to walk among the living, tilting the world further out of balance.

Meet Simon Strong, an immortal, who is also the best private detective in New York City. Together with his surly partner-Tristan Montague, a mage of indeterminate age, they must find the Ferryman and get him back to work before another Supernatural War ravages the earth, destroys humanity, and Simon’s local coffee shop.

Time is running out. His landlord wants the rent and Karma with a capital K is paying him a visit, and she can be a real…

Join the Montague & Strong Detective Agency and help them locate Charon, so he can restore balance to the universe, put the dead sorcerers to rest, and maybe solve the age old conundrum-coffee or tea?

Source: Info in the About Tombyards & Butterflies was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34419392-tombyards-butterflies on 30/06/2019.

 

Buy Link(s):
 

 

Peaches

My Thoughts:

Glad I stumbled into this series!

This is another Dresden Files by Jim Butcher story where the characters even mention “that wizard in Chicago” urban fantasy worlds combobulation. Originality-wise, it has been around the block once or twice too many… However, it is not necessarily the originality that I am looking for as an urban fantasy reader, it is how the story is told! And Orlando Sanchez is wonderful!! In fact, for an author to pull it off and compete in a very congested market, one has to be good enough for readers to keep coming back. And this author pulled it off. How’s that for talent?! And of course, my favouritest of them all, is Peaches! My image here of Peaches is not that of a scary hellhound, but he is still a puppy. Besides he is bound to Simon. He gets his fierce hellhound look only when there are bad guys around.

And hey, there is a plot too! Plot is not something I highly prize in an urban fantasy book as I would in a crime fiction one. But this book got it anyway. Another kudos to the author! The title… so Hack mentioned it, but, it still hasn’t been explained what the ef**** it is!?!…

 

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

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 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

 

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

 

The Narrator

 

About Kevin T. Collins:

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.

www.kevintcollins.com | twitter | instagram | goodreads

 


 

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

 

05/08/2020 Posted by | 4 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, hellhounds, Kevin T. Collins, mages, magic, Montague & Strong Case Files, Orlando A. Sanchez, review, reviews, urban fantasy, vampire, vampires, werebears, werewolves | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THREE MAGES AND A MARGARITA

 

Three Mages And A Margarita by Annette Marie
Book 1 in the The Guild Codex series
Narrated by Cris Dukehart
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Three Mages And A Margarita:

Broke, almost homeless, and recently fired. Those are my official reasons for answering a wanted ad for a skeevy-looking bartender gig.

It went downhill the moment they asked for a trial shift instead of an interview — to see if I’d mesh with their “special” clientele. I think that part went great. Their customers were complete jerks, and I was an asshole right back. That’s the definition of fitting in, right?

I expected to get thrown out on my ass. Instead, they … offered me the job?

It turns out this place isn’t a bar. It’s a guild. And the three cocky guys I drenched with a margarita during my trial? Yeah, they were mages. Either I’m exactly the kind of takes-no-shit bartender this guild needs, or there’s a good reason no one else wants to work here.

So what’s a broke girl to do? Take the job, of course — with a pay raise.

Source: Info in the About Three Mages And A Margarita was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41748044-three-mages-and-a-margarita on 01/05/2020.

 

Buy Link(s):
 

  Audible Books

 

My Thoughts:

Good start to a new-to-me series!

It started off slow but it picked up about halfway into the book. I like the premise. I also like the way the story is told. What I didn’t like is the fight scene where the protagonist just stand there while people around her got beaten up by the bad guys. Makes me wanna scream like, “Pick up the damn frying pan and whack the bad guys with it!”. But, other than that, the story building was solid.

The cover art is kind of misleading though, because our heroine is supposed to be human and has no magic. So that light thingie at the end of her fingers in the cover (which I presume is suppose to denote magic) is not true.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 3.5
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = (7 hrs and 14 mins listening time)
Plot = 3.5
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Meet The Author

About Annette Marie:

Annette Marie is the author of YA urban fantasy series Steel & Stone, its prequel trilogy Spell Weaver, romantic fantasy Red Winter, and sassy UF series The Guild Codex.

Her first love is fantasy, while fast-paced adventures and tantalizing forbidden romances are her guilty pleasures. She proudly admits she has a thing for dragons, and her editor has inquired as to whether she intends to include them in every single book.

Annette lives in the frozen winter wasteland of Alberta, Canada (okay, it’s not quite that bad). She shares her life with her husband and their furry minion of darkness — sorry, cat — Caesar. When not writing, she can be found elbow-deep in one art project or another while blissfully ignoring all adult responsibilities.

Find out more about Annette and her books at www.annettemarie.ca.

annettemarie.ca | twitter | facebook | instagram | amazon | goodreads

 

The Narrator

About Cris Dukehart:

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Cris Dukehart has recorded over 300 audiobooks across genres.

An Audie Nominee and Earphones Award Winner, she lives with her daughter and a hairy white monster dog, dividing her time between a little Post-it Note Cottage in Pennsylvania and a mountaintop house in the Caribbean.

www.crisdukehart.com | blog | twitter | facebook | instagram | goodreads

 


 

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

 

12/06/2020 Posted by | 4 cherries, Annette Marie, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cris Dukehart, ebook, review, reviews, The Guild Codex series, urban fantasy, vampires, Victoria Dawson, werewolves, witches | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

KEYSTONE

 

Keystone by Dannika Dark
Book 1 of the Crossbreed Series
Read by Nicole Poole
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 


About Keystone:

Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe – a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.

They’re hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Source: Info in the About Keystone was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33869571-keystone on 07/08/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

This is a new-to-me series, and I was excited to discover a “possibly” another great read(s)… This is also my first Dannika Dark book so I am not familiar with this author’s voice before I started reading this book.

I like the way Nicole Poole reads. It’s not aggravating to the ears.

The promise of possibilities in the world building is exciting. There are vampires and shifters and magic. It started with good narrative and believable scenes. Then it was kind of downhill from there.

I do not like inconsistent magic rules. All along the narrative it says that clothes don’t change with the shifter. Then all of a sudden Blue flies off as a peregrine and her clothes magically disappear… WTF! If you make up the rules, stick with them! Inconsistency destroys the believability in the story!

After all that moaning, the book wasn’t all that bad. It has its moments. However, I do not think I would be buying anymore books in this series.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 3
Ending = 3.5
World building = 3.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (10hrs & 15mins listening time)
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries
   

 


 

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

 

05/06/2020 Posted by | 3 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, Crossbreed Series, Dannika Dark, Keystone, Nicole Poole, Raven Black, review, urban fantasy, vampire, vampires, werewolves | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

THE HIDDEN

 

The Hidden by Ivy Asher
Book 1 in the Shadowed Wings series
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: kindle ebook

 

 


About The Hidden:

I am a latent wolf shifter.
Or so I thought.

Then life as I knew it changed in a flash — or more accurately, an electrocution.

I’ve woken up in a strange place, surrounded by strange people who hate me. They’re in the middle of a war, and I look like I belong on the wrong side of it.

If that’s not enough to qualify as a really bad day, I now have wings and a strange animal to figure out, because it turns out that there’s not a damn latent thing about me.

If I want to live, I have to prove that I’m not the spy I’m accused of being. Then I need to figure out how the fuck to get back home before all hell breaks loose. Too bad my animal has zero interest in working with me unless it has to do with the two hot assholes that lead this rebel group.

I’m on my own, in a place I’ve never even heard of, with threats I don’t know how to defeat. And lucky me, I might as well have a rotisserie chicken living inside of me for all the help my newly discovered gryphon is.

Perfect. Just fucking perfect.

Source: Info in the About The Hidden was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47762658-the-hidden on 23/10/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

This book got bought because I like the premise. Plus, one can never underestimate the drawing power of gryphons! It’s almost like dragons! Plus the cover is intersting! And, I like this author’s story telling quality and the pace was quite quick. However, I did not like the way the book ended in a whooping cliffhanger! Not to mention that the book did not have much of a plot. In essence this book is just a couple of chapters of a bigger book. That tend to dissuade me from reading that kind of authors. Specially when the next book comes out a year after and by then I have forgotten what the book was all about already plus I have already formed a not very positive impression of the author. Not a good thing.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 2
Writing Style = 3.5
Ending = 1
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 1

 

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 cherries
  

 

The Author

 

About Ivy Asher:

Ivy Asher is addicted to chai, swearing, and laughing a lot (but not in a creepy, laughing alone kind of way). She loves the snow, books, and her family of two humans, and three fur-babies. She has worlds and characters just floating around in her head, and she’s lucky enough to be surrounded by amazing people who support that kind of crazy.

www.ivyasher.com | facebook | instagram | amazon | goodreads

 

 

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

 

28/04/2020 Posted by | 3 cherries, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, gryphon, Ivy Asher, kindle ebook, review, reviews, Shadowed Wings series, shape shifter, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SMOKE BITTEN

Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs
Book 12 of the Mercy Thompson series
Read by Lorelei King
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Smoke Bitten:

Mercy Thompson, car mechanic and shapeshifter, faces a threat unlike any other in this thrilling entry in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

I am Mercedes Athena Thompson Hauptman.

My only “superpowers” are that I turn into a thirty-five pound coyote and fix Volkswagens. But I have friends in odd places and a pack of werewolves at my back. It looks like I’m going to need them.

Centuries ago, the fae dwelt in Underhill — until she locked her doors against them. They left behind their great castles and troves of magical artifacts. They abandoned their prisoners and their pets. Without the fae to mind them, those creatures who remained behind roamed freely through Underhill wreaking havoc. Only the deadliest survived.

Now one of those prisoners has escaped. It can look like anyone, any creature it chooses. But if it bites you, it controls you. It lives for chaos and destruction. It can make you do anything — even kill the person you love the most. Now it is here, in the Tri-Cities. In my territory.

It won’t, can’t, remain.

Not if I have anything to say about it.

Source: Info in the About Smoke Bitten was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44571368-smoke-bitten on 14/07/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

Being an old Patricia Briggs fan, of course this book is a 5 out of 5! I knew it was going to be a 5 out of 5 even before I’ve read it! What I didn’t expect was a killer bunny! Now that, is a fun thing to read! Then there is Wulfe making more of an appearance which I love! Love! Love! And other things I love which I cannot mention here without being spoilery…. What I kinda was disappointed though is that Sherwood did not bring Pirate to the 5 o’clock meeting

What this book is starting to feel though, is like Lt. Eve Dallas in the In Death series by JD Robb where only Dallas ever knows whodunit. That kind of gets old fast.

Not the best book in the series, however, I still enjoyed it immensely!!

 

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.

 


 

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

 

25/03/2020 Posted by | 5 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, coyote, ebook, kindle ebook, Lorelei King, Mercy Thompson series, Patricia Briggs, review, shape shifter, urban fantasy, vampire, vampires, werewolves, Witch, witches, wolf | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BOUND

Bound by Cali Mann
Book 2 in the Thornbriar Academy series
Genre: urban fantasy / reverse harem
Format: ebook

 

 


About Bound:

Mated. When fate takes her choices away, Hailey fights back the only way she knows how.

She rebels, choosing the guy not on the menu.

But Thornbriar Academy isn’t as safe as it once was, and her deadly secret falls into the wrong hands.

Hailey’s going to need all her men to stay alive.

Bound is a the second book in this Why Choose, Dark Paranormal Romance series. Expect a tough as nails innocent, bullies, shifters, and love in this sexy new adult reverse harem romance.

Source: Info in the About Bound was taken from GoodReads at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0825FMGJV on 16/02/2020.

 

Buy Link(s):
 

 

My Thoughts:

Another few chapters in a bigger book. For another 173 pages (print ed) is a short and sweet read with a whooping cliffhanger ending. At this point we can already see the publishing pattern that this author is going to pursue with this series. Release every 200 pages or less of the book every few months or so at full length book price each time. The story telling quality and the urban fantasy world are really good, but I am not sure I like being squeezed every last drop of money like that. Because that is how it feels. But then again, I guess this kind of publishing technique is making the author a lot of money, I can understand that. I just do not like it. And maybe one of these days I’ll get annoyed enough to stop reading. However, I got a weakness for impressive black dragons…

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4
Story itself = 4
Writing Style = 4.5
Ending = 2
World building = 5
Cover art = 3
Pace = 4.5
Plot = 1.5

 

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Thornbriar Academy Series:
 

 

Meet The Author

 

About Cali Mann:

I devoured my mother’s Gothic romance collection when I was a teen, so you can say that dark romance and I go way back. Give me a cozy chair, a snuggily feline, and a book any day.

I’ve been dreaming up my own magical worlds since I was small, and I’m so excited to share them with you.

calimann.com | twitter | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 

 

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

 

19/03/2020 Posted by | 4 cherries, book review, Cali Mann, Cherry's reviews, dragons, ebook, elementals, review, shape shifter, Thornbriar Academy series, urban fantasy, vampire, vampires, werejaguars, werewolves | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

WONDERMENT IN DEATH

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb
 

Wonderment In Death by JD Robb
Book 41.5 of the In Death series
Narrated by Susan Ericksen
Genre: scifi crime fiction
Format: ebook & audiobook Audible Books

 

 

About Wonderment In Death:

Things aren’t what they seem when Lieutenant Eve Dallas investigates what appears to be a routine murder/suicide. When friends of Darlene and Marcus Fitzwilliams insist Darlene would never hurt her brother, Eve digs deeper.

Eve learns that Darlene sought help from sensitivities, psychics, and doctors of paranormal studies in an attempt to contact her dead parents. After clues mimicking Alice in Wonderland repeatedly turns up, the case gets curiouser and curiouser…

Racing against the clock, Eve must travel down the rabbit hole to stop a madman’s murderous tea party.

Source: Info in the “About Wonderment In Death” was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25217301-wonderment-in-death on 03/03/2018.

 

Buy Link(s):
  Audible Books

 

DARK IN DEATH by JD Robb (UK)

My Thoughts:

This is a short sweet instalment in the In Death series. Plot follows the same pattern as the full length books, just shorter story. So no room for twists. Quiet straightforward, but still enjoyable. In fact I like this better than Dark In Death which started to feel boring to me. It might be the book or might be just me reading too many JD Robb books. And I guess because it is not just Dallas alone knowing who the bad guy is intuitively. Although the supernatural element is stronger in this story than in full novels, like all short stories in this series tends to be, it is still good to read that it is not just Dallas alone who knows the plot. That kind where only she knows, kinds of gets old fast. So even though this is just a short story in the series, I would still rate this book a five.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 5
Character development = 5
Story itself = 4.5
Writing Style = 5
Ending = 5
World building = 5
Cover art = 5
Pace = (3 hrs and 32 mins listening time)
Plot = 4
Narration = 4.5

 

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 cherries

 


 

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

 

05/03/2020 Posted by | 5 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, crime fiction, ebook, In Death series, JD Robb, kindle, kindle ebook, kindle review, Lt. Eve Dallas, review, Roark, science fiction, Susan Ericksen | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

BORROWED MAGIC

Borrowed Magic by Stephanie Foxe
Book 1 in the Witch’s Bite series
Narrated by Laurel Schroeder
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Borrowed Magic:

A witch with a troubled past and a dangerous secret…
And bills to pay.

Peddling legal potions isn’t enough, so Olivia Carter works for the vampires now. She heals the people they feed on and does her best to avoid any trouble. She has a new boyfriend, a place to live (pay no mind to the rats living under the porch), and a cauldron for every occasion. Building a life in a new town isn’t easy, but Olivia is doing alright.

When the police show up at her door trying to pin a murder on her employer, and then her, she’ll have to risk everything to save her only friend and her future.

All magic has a price. Are you willing to pay it?

Source: Info in the About Borrowed Magic was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36310899-borrowed-magic on 19/10/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

Short and sweet!

Borrowed Magic may read like a book but it is so short, it is more like a novella. The print version is only 146 pages long. Having said that, it did manage to have a plot, which is more than I can say for a lot of full lentgh urban fantasy books that I have read. Plot-less-ness seems to be a plague in the urban fantasy genre! And of course, it ended in a cliffhanger, but only to point to the plot of the next book in the series. The plot in this one, actually sort-of resolved.

I first encountered this narrator in Dragon’s Gift: Valkyrie by Linsey Hall, I didn’t like her singsong then and I still don’t like it now.

 

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

 

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 cherries
       

 

Books In The Witch’s Bite Series:

Book 0.5: UNSTEADY MAGIC

(TBC)

 

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.

Join the Newsletter to be kept updated on any new releases. Sign up today to receive Unsteady Magic, the short story prequel to the Witch’s Bite series, for free!

stephaniefoxe.com | twitter | facebook | pinterest | amazon | goodreads

 

The Narrator

 

About Laurel Schroeder:

Laurel Schroeder is a classically trained actor who received her MFA in acting from the University of Houston. She’s narrated over 100 audiobooks, and although her genres vary widely, she’s particularly fond of narrating young adult and mystery novels. When not in the booth working on her latest project, she can sometimes be seen in film or on stage, most recently in the world premiere of Good for Otto, by Tony Award–winning playwright David Rabe. A Colorado native, she now lives in Chicago with her boyfriend and their dog, the cutest little troublemaker you ever did see.

tantor | twitter | facebook | linkedin | goodreads

 

 

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

 

19/02/2020 Posted by | 5 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, Laurel Schroeder, review, Stephanie Foxe, urban fantasy, vampire, vampires, werewolves, Witch's Bite series | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

FUSED IN FIRE

 

Fused In Fire by K. F. Breene
Book 3 of the Fire & Ice Trilogy
Read by Nicole Pole
Genre: urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Fused In Fire:

The gripping conclusion of the bestselling Fire and Ice Trilogy!

I’d thought the threat from Seattle was finished. That we showed up in time and took care of business.

I hate being wrong. It really ruins my day.

When Roger, the alpha of the North American pack, shows up at my door with the news that a demon has made it to the Underworld with knowledge of me, some hard decisions have to be made.

Do I stay above ground, with all my magical friends, and wait for the battle to come to me? Or do I seek the demon out, and pluck the threat out by the root?

I don’t want my friends to die on my behalf. I could never life with myself. But if I venture into the Underworld, it’ll be the most perilous journey of my life.

This time, it isn’t just my life hanging in the balance, it is my eternity.

Source: Info in the About Fused In Fire was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35835728-fused-in-fire on 03/06/2018.

 

My Thoughts:

Being the third instalment in a trilogy, this book did conclude the story arc of the series. However, it was pretty lame. That “gripping conclusion” description in the synopsis is not true. Maybe I was expecting too much, maybe it was the book and just didn’t cut it. Whatever the reason this book disappointed me a little. It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good book because it is. Just not as good as I expected it to be. The plot is still the same kind of non-existent. The world building is also the same, as beautiful as ever. And I am now a firm fan of the narrator. What wasn’t a plus was the heroine blundering from one fight into another and saved by sheer dumb luck. **sigh**

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 4.5
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 4
Ending = 4
World building = 5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 4
Plot = 2
Narration = 5

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

 

Books In The Fire & Ice Trilogy Series:

 

Meet The Author

 

About K. F. Breene:

K.F. Breene is a USA Today Bestselling and Top 10 Kindle All-Star author of paranormal romance, urban fantasy and fantasy novels. With two million books sold, when she’s not penning stories about magic and what goes bump in the night, she’s sipping wine and planning shenanigans. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two children and out of work treadmill.

[Source: Info in the “About K. F. Breene” was taken from the author’s website at: http://www.kfbreene.com/bio]

www.kfbreene.com | twitter | facebook | google+ | youtube | instagram | pinterest | bookbub | amazon | itunes | goodreads

 


 

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

 

05/02/2020 Posted by | 4 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's review, Cherry's reviews, demons, ebook, Fire and Ice Trilogy, K. F. Breene, kindle ebook, magic, Nicole Pole, review, reviews, shape shifter, shifter, urban fantasy, vampire, vampires, werewolves | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

POINT OF IMPACT

 

Point Of Impact by Kyla Stone
Book 1 in the Nuclear Dawn series
Narrated by Stacey Glemboski
Genre: post-apocalyptic urban fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

 

 

About Point Of Impact:

Surviving the blast is only the beginning…

Dakota Sloane, a tough-as-nails former foster kid, has spent her life running from the past. Her only family is her little sister, still trapped in the system.

When the news shows the bombs striking several major cities, Dakota’s first thought is to grab her sister and get the hell out of Miami.

Logan Garcia is a man haunted by secrets. His life plan is to drink himself into oblivion–until the shockwave hits, shattering the world as he knows it.

In the moments before the deadly fallout descends, Dakota offers Logan a deal. She knows a place to ride out the coming chaos, a safe house deep in the Everglades.

If he helps her rescue her sister, she’ll take him with her.

But Dakota’s past has caught up to her. Someone is hunting her through the radioactive ruins of Miami. And he won’t stop until he has her…or they’re both dead.

An electrifying post-apocalyptic survival adventure, the Nuclear Dawn series features fast-paced action combined with strong, complex characters. Perfect for fans of Logan Keys, Jacqueline Druga, Mike Kraus, and Boyd Craven.

Source: Info in the About Point Of Impact was taken from GoodReads at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43288746-point-of-impact on 10/10/2019.

 

My Thoughts:

This is my first Kyla Stone read and I like the way she tells a story. However, I do not like the way she cuts the book in a big cliffhanger such that there isn’t any story building at all! This book is just a first chapter of a bigger book. The entire book is an introduction with not much of a plot. Nuclear boom. These are the characters. The end. And that is the main reason this book would never get a 5 out of 5 with me. The premise is interesting but the story building is non-existent. I’ve read a lot of book serieses and the first book does not necessarily have to be this plot-less nor just merely a first-chapter-seeming. This is my second series read by Stacey Glemboski and she is growing on me.

 

Empirical Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 4.5
Character development = 3.5
Story itself = 2.5
Writing Style = 2
Ending = 1.5
World building = 3.5
Cover art = 4
Pace = (6 hrs & 19 mins listening time)
Plot = 2
Narration = 4

 

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries
   

 

Books In The Nuclear Dawn Series:

 

Meet The Author

 

About Kyla Stone:

I spend my days writing apocalyptic and dystopian fiction novels.

I love writing stories exploring how ordinary people cope with extraordinary circumstances, especially situations where the normal comforts, conveniences, and rules are stripped away.
My favorite stories to read and write deal with characters struggling with inner demons who learn to face and overcome their fears, launching their transformation into the strong, brave warrior they were meant to become.

Some of my favorite books include The Road, The Passage, Hunger Games, and Ready Player One. My favorite movies are The Lord of the Rings and Gladiator. Give me a good story in any form, and I’m happy.

Oh, and add in a cool fall evening in front of a crackling fire, nestled on the couch with a fuzzy blanket, a book in one hand and a hot moche latte in the other (or dark chocolate!): that’s my heaven.

I mean, I won’t say no to hiking to mountain waterfalls, traveling to far-flung locations, or jumping out of a plane (parachute included) either.

twitter | facebook | amazon | goodreads

 

The Narrator

 

About Stacey Glemboski:

Stacey is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice actor who has recorded books for many best selling authors. Though her favorite books have been for kids and teens, many other genres of narration appeal to her.

Her acting experience has been largely experiential and has been honed through singing, plays, life, choir solos, Barbies, and eventually teaching middle school. For Stacey, narration is about having fun breathing life into characters and getting as lost as possible in the story she’s telling. Outside the studio, Stacey is compulsively addicted to tennis but is not seeking any treatment for this condition.

An experienced copy editor, proofreader, and English teacher, Stacey is adept at understanding complex texts and subtleties of plot and character.

Her home studio is a WhisperRoom sound-resistant booth, and she uses a Neumann TLM103, MBox Mini 2, and a MacBook Air.

www.staceyglemboski.com | twitter | facebook | facebook page | pinterest | instagram | linkedin | goodreads

 


 

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

 

19/01/2020 Posted by | 4 cherries, audible, audible.co.uk, audiobook, audiobook review, audiobooks, book review, Cherry's reviews, ebook, Kyla Stone, Nuclear Dawn series, post-apocalyptic fantasy, review, Stacey Glemboski, urban fantasy | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment