Lake Monroe has given in to her childhood tormentor too many times. She knows it, he knows it, and even their enemies know it. When he returned after being found guilty of a crime he didn’t commit – a crime he thought she set him up for, he returned darker than ever, demanding her body and her submission. To survive him, she knew she had to give in to fear once more or suffer the deadly consequences….
But Lake experienced what it was like to submit to the dark and demanding boy who invaded her dreams. Now she’ll experience what it’s like to fight him.
What happens when he wants more?
Keiran Masters has a past that is both shocking and dark. Once enslaved, he now has demons he can’t escape – demons that have followed him for 10 years, demons he blames his beautiful obsession for. He promised to make her pay. He promised to make her break….
But when Keiran conquered her body and tasted her submission, he found a new addiction instead – one he has no intentions of giving up.
As secrets unfold,
Identities are revealed,
Danger closes in,
And they both discover what it really means to fear….
I have to put a big ass trigger warning because there is a lot of triggering things in this book. I may not get all of them but I will try my best so here we go manipulation, obsession, possession, rape, death threats, psychological warfare. I don’t know there was a lot to this book and I found it weirdly intriguing. This is a dark romance novel.
The more I read from this series the more I need to know what is happen. I will say that this book has two different story lines that both go hand in hand. You have the story that is meant to be kind of wrapped up by the end of the book which I feel is like the romance of the book. As I am writing in review I am on book so five so you will understand what I mean by this when I review the other three books. Once I finished the first I jumped straight into this book. Book two picks up right where the first one left off. If you have not read my review on fear me you should so before reading this review.
When it comes to me feels on this book I am conflicted. This book is not better than the first one. In fact there were many times I had to speed the audiobook to get through the frustrating parts of the book. Trust me there were many times that I was frustrated while listening to this book.
We are back with Lake and Keiran. Lake, Lake, Lake I like really wanted to slap her through most of this book. Girl could not make up her mind if she wanted to send Keiran to jail or not. I want to say that there were areas of this book that Keiran were softer than the previous. I liked this because it showed the most growth from one character who was hard to root for in the beginning. This at least to me seems like maybe this is setting up the character to be redeemed later on in the series.
The story is well written and it is very entertaining. B.B Reid does write a compelling story that keeps you hanging on every word and you want to find out what happens to the characters. There are taboo topics in this so please beware if you are going to read this book. Dark romance is not for everyone.
Ava Erickson and Teddy Hamilton really work well here as a duo. Ava is one of my favorite female voice actress. She has a great tone and a great speed when listen. You can speed up the audio or slow it does not sound not sound bad at all. I tend to speed up the audiobooks that I listen to. Teddy Hamilton is a pleasure to listen to. Teddy and Ava seem to work together a lot. Teddy his speed is great.
The sound is great. There were no weird sound or pauses. There were no skip in the audio. Very professional.
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He was just another dad at my daughter’s school. Another very hot, “former teen heartthrob” dad. One I couldn’t get involved with.
Lennox Reign was the hottest teen star, over 15 years ago. Now, he’s staring me daggers across the principal’s office.
Not my fault my daughter got in trouble the first day of school and I seem to have “bad mom” stamped on my forehead.
But now, not only do I have to see Lennox and his very grown-up body at school drop off, but we’re working together on the school bake sale.
If he could just stop being a brooding heart-breaker for like two seconds…
He says he wants to keep the past in the past and move forward with his life, but the closer we get and the more I uncover, the more I can’t help falling for the former actor.
The one who I know could easily break me.
And he will.
Don’t look at the disclaimer out of the way. I did receive a code for free in exchange for an honest review. This in no way hinders my personal opinions on this book as you guys know I am always straightforward and honest about how I feel about that. Now that that’s over with let’s get on into the review.
This is a new to me author. Magan Vernon was such a delight to read her book. Although the book is very short it’s 4 1/2 hours long. There is a a lot of content smashed into a very short time period. It typically I’m not a fan of super short audiobooks because I feel like an author is trying to put a full story into a short amount of time. I don’t feel like the author typically takes their time and the story is rushed.
I do believe that the author did a good job of telling the story in such a way that we got all of the information that was relevant. Do I feel like the story could have been expanded to make it longer absolutely. I thought that this was just going to be wrapped up in a nice little bow and everything would be done by the end of the book that is not the case if you’re not a fan of cliffhangers you will not be a fan of this book. But the second book is out so you can just automatically go and get the e-book or physical copy and read it for yourself. Let me tell you that is what I’m going to go do because this cliff hanger. It’s got me hungry I need to finish this duet. Am I sad that the audiobook for the second book is an out? That question is yes because as you guys know I do prefer audiobooks over all other forms. But we will be getting the e-book.
Magan‘s writing style is great. There’s a great ad in flow to her writing you can just sit down and get lost in this world. That’s what happened for me. When a book has the ability to take me away from my troubles are the stress from my day I know the author is doing their job. When the author is writing the dialogue because for me a story yes the setting and the descriptions are super nice but I’m very much dialogue focused. The author writes it in such a way that you feel like you’re part of that conversation. For me that’s what I look for I don’t want anything that feels forced or sounds weird to my ears. Does the Avenue and flow of natural conversation is what I like. And Magan gives me that in every single chapter. When it comes to the main character I absolutely love her she’s a single mom and I don’t read too many books about single moms and single dad’s. But I absolutely loved it so 10 out of 10 recommend this book to you.
Now when I first for the narrators name Hannah Baker. All I can hear in my head is welcome to your tape.
Anyway Miss Hannah baker is a new narrator to me as well. So we are getting a lot of firsts in this post. Hannah did such an amazing job and you guys know I’m very picky about my narrators. She had a really good range when it came to the voices. There weren’t too many because it was such a condensed time but for the characters that we did have it there was individual voices for each of them. Extra points for her pulling off little kids voices. She enunciate really well there were no other accents except a southern one and I thought she pulled it off really well it sounded truly authentic.
Since I’m not a sound engineer everything sounded good. I have no complaints they were new awkward pauses there was no background noise so all in all I think the engineers did a great.
Will you guys be checking out this book if you do leave me a comment to let me know? If you read this book what are you guys think about it leave me a comment?
This isn’t another “I hate you because I secretly love you” story. Boy really does hate girl. And this isn’t just a forbidden love story. This is obsession at its darkest.
I don’t believe in fairy tales and Prince Charming.
I believe in fear.
He taught me how to be afraid.
We first met on a playground on a wonderful summer day. It was the first time he hurt me and it wouldn’t be the last. For 10 years, he’s been my tormentor and I’ve been his forbidden. But then he went away, and yet I was still afraid.
Now, he’s back, and wants more than just my tears. You see…he thinks I sent him away so now he wants revenge…and he knows just how to get it.
This book is a complicated one for me. There are many aspects of this book that does not sit well with me. It’s a dark romance. Typically when it comes to dark romances I do read the reviews 1st because I want a better understanding of why this book has really high ratings or why a book has low ratings. This audio book had some very high rating. It seems like the general consensus seems to really enjoy the book.
I want to give you a little look and to the process of my brain while taking notes for this audiobook review.
LAKE TRYING TO SAVE THE PEOPLE SHE LOVES
LAKE HAS BEEN THREATEN FOR 10 YEARS
LAKE TELLS KNOW ONE
LAKE TRIES TO FIGHT BACK AGAINST KIERAN
THIS IS A BAD IDEA
SHE SHOULD HAVE PLAYED ALONG UNTIL SHE HAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET AWAY
THOUGH THAT WOULD NOT REALLY MAKE THE STORY BETTER
THIS IS A DARK ROMANCE
LAKE HAS STOCKHOLM SYNDROME
KIERAN FLIP FLOPS THERE ARE MOMENTS WHEN IT SEEMS LIKE HE CARES ABOUT BUT THEN IN ANOTHER BREATH THREATENS TO KILL HER OR THE ONES THAT SHE LOVES
LAKE KEPT DOING THINGS TO PISS OFF KIERAN
WHEN LAKE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO CLEAR HER NAME SHE SAID NOTHING UNTIL FORCED TO
NOW THAT WE ARE IN THE LAST FOUR HOURS OF THIS BOOK IT SEEMS LIKE A DIFFERENT STORY
DOES THIS MEAN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
THEY ARE SIMI ACTING LIKE A NORMAL TEENAGE COUPLE
THEN THEY DON’T ACT LIKE A NORMAL COUPLE
SHE KIND OF STARTS GETTING THE ANSWERS SHE WANTS
SHE REALLY DOES ASK ALL THE WRONG QUESTION
THEN SHIT HAPPENS AND THEY ACT LIKE A “NORMAL” COUPLE
MORE SHIT HAPPENS AND THEN EVERYTHING GOES TO HELL
So as you can see above that is my whole thought process while I was listening to this book. I have to put a big ass trigger warning because there is a lot of triggering things in this book. I may not get all of them but I will try my best so here we go manipulation, obsession, possession, rape, death threats, psychological warfare. I don’t know there was a lot to this book and I found it weirdly intriguing. This is a dark romance novel. The events that happen in this book are very unrealistic. I’m not even gonna go into the plot of this book again I had to take a very clinical approach to listening to this book. The author weaves a tale two high school kids. One wanted to see the other ones suffer. The main male character has a very messed up past. Which does lead to his actions of a threatening lake all the time. Now I’m not saying that what he’s gone through as an excuse for him to treat lake the way that he does. I’m just stating I can understand why he is the way that he is. Also there is child pornography in this book so if that triggers you please do not read this book.
Once again started reading comments on this book because when I first started listening to it it wasn’t at all what I thought it was. This is the type of book that needs trigger warnings. There is none so I am definitely going to have to deduct points from this because there is no trigger warning and there needs to be. So overall I’m gonna give the book about a two stars because of the content of the book it kind of was confusing but it intrigued me enough to where I did listen to the second book and I will listen to the third box because I have invested 22 hours into this book series that I might as well just goOnto reading the other three books. I really want to see where all of this ends.
Basically the gist of the story is lake moved to six Forks when she was eight years old she was on the playground trying to help this boy but the mail main character Kiernan decided that he hated this girl because of something that happened in his past. We basically torments her for 10 years and then he basically it’s on the way Juvenile detention on a drug charge he gets out he thinks lake is the one who set him up but the reality of the situation is lake did not set him up and so he is on a mission to take her virginity and basically break her.
He doesn’t really end up breaking her in all reality he ends up falling for her more so than he wants to. He wants to be this person who doesn’t give a shit about other people but sadly that’s not the case.
I have finished the second book for my review on that will be up in a couple of days. I want to say the redeeming quality of this whole novel was Eva Erickson. She is a fantastic narrator I love everything that she’s ever read. So I will continue to listen because I have a goal to listen to everything that she is narrated it so yeah
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Hello, wonderlandians. I hope all is well with all of you. How is your year going so far. Mine is great. I have gotten some books listened to. I have figured out that I’m going to have get really craft when it come to how I read this year. Since I am really in my last year of school. I know I just started. This program that I’m in is only about a year and half long. Between working two jobs and schools audiobooks are going to be my saving grace. So I have listened to this audiobooks in the wee hours of the morning. I wake up at five so I have an hour and half of listening time. I listen on my way to and from work. Then I listen on my lunch brake. I do have some e-books that I have to get through so I read those at night as a way to unwind. Any way lets get on with this series review.
The Mount Trilogy ——–> Get the book audiobooks HERE.
New Orleans belongs to me. You don’t know my name, but I control everything you see – and all the things you don’t. My reach knows no bounds, and my demands are always met. I didn’t need to loan money to a failing family distillery, but it amuses me to have them in my debt. To have her in my debt. She doesn’t know she caught my attention. She should’ve been more careful. I’m going to own her. Consume her. Maybe even keep her. It’s time to collect what I’m owed. Keira Kilgore, you’re now the property of Lachlan Mount.
I’m his entertainment. His toy. Payment on a debt.
I tell myself I hate him, but every time he walks into the room, my body betrays me. How can I want him and fear him in the same moment?
They told me he’d mess with my head. Make it go to war with my body.
But I didn’t realize it would be complete anarchy.
I should’ve known better. When Mount’s involved, there are no rules.
I will not surrender. I will not show weakness. I’ll stand my ground and make it out of this bargain with my heart and soul intact.
But he has other plans….
The Mount Trilogy concludes with Sinful Empire!
What’s mine, I keep, and that includes Keira Kilgore.
It’s no longer enough to have her in my debt. No longer enough to own her body.
I want something more.
She can try to resist, but I’ll never give her up.
Nothing will keep us apart.
Not her. Not my enemies. No one.
Her debt will only be paid one way – with her heart.
Sinful Empire is the third and final book in the Mount Trilogy.
I really don’t where to start with this series. I have so many thoughts running through my head. So this review might be a little scatter and for that I’m sorry but that is just how I’m feeling right now about this series. Let me start off with the writing of the books. I found that Meghan has a great flow when she writes her books. You get sucked in right away. You fall in love with characters. Which was the case with The Mount Series.
Keira Kilgore and Lachlan Mount are amazing together. To me this book good and solid surface story. What I mean by surface story is that we have to wait until the end of the second/third book to get any real character development or any deep movement to the story line. Truly I don’t mind it. I just feel like something was missing or I was waiting for something big to happen but hey it kept me entertained for 15 hours.
Grace Grant and Joe Arden are magic together. These are two of my favorite narrators. Anything Grace Grant reads I am here for. Same goes for Joe Arden.
All in All I give this book a 3 out 5.
Making the jump from corporate lawyer to romance author was a leap of faith that New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Meghan March will never regret. With over thirty titles published, she has sold millions of books in nearly a dozen languages to fellow romance-lovers around the world. A nomad at heart, she can currently be found in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, living her happily ever after with her real-life alpha hero.
What is more important? Friendship, loyalty, or love?
Colleen Hoover and Griffin Peterson collaborate once again to bring fans of Maybe Someday back into the musical world of Ridge Lawson and Sydney Blake. And Maggie. And Warren and Bridgette.
This full-length novel is a follow-up to the New York Times best-selling novel Maybe Someday. For the best listening experience, Maybe Now should be listened to after Maybe Someday and the spin-off novella Maybe Not. However, Maybe Now can also be listened to immediately following Maybe Someday.
Finding this book was like reuniting with old friends. I absolutely loved maybe someday. I love the way that Colleen Hoover creates her characters. Sidney and Ridge were a couple that really fought hard against their attraction to each other but in the end at one out. The first story really takes you through an emotional roller coaster. It’s about for bidden love and whether or not to stay with somebody out of obligation. So since maybe someday took the reader on an emotional roller coaster I was very happy with the reprieve of this book. Maybe someday is a story with a dual perspective. This book has a total of four perspectives. Sidney, Ridge, Maggie, and the new guy Jake.
I read reviews while I was listening to the audiobook. I typically don’t let other peoples reviews sway my opinion. This is why I don’t mind reading reviews as I’m listening to a book because a lot of the reviews I read are not spoilers. I have to agree with some of the reviews that I read. I personally would’ve really liked if this book stuck to the two main characters from maybe someday. Although I do appreciate having Maggie‘s perspective I personally think she should’ve gotten a book solely on her own. I feel like there was more that we could’ve learned from Maggie and it really could’ve gone in depth in her own story. Like I said I appreciate the fact that we got her perspective in the story. Colleen Hoover introduces a new character as one of the main peel these in this book. There was a lot of backstory and I feel like again if he was just stuck in Maggie’s book we could’ve really gotten to know both of these characters individually.
Sidney and Ridge We’re absolutely cute in the story. It was really great to see them grow as a couple and how they interacted with their friends as well as Maggie. I don’t want to give spoilers in this review so I will say one thing I really do appreciate about Colleen Hoover with these books is how much sure everybody is. Nobody’s freaking out and in the first book there was a lot of drama so with this one I like that it was pretty much a smooth ride. Everybody was trying to navigate how because Ridge and Maggie broke up how everybody fit into their lives. Everybody is pretty much mature and can talk everything out which I like. I read a lot of novels where the two main characters go assuming with the other one is feeling or making the decision what’s right for the other person instead of just sitting and talking it out. I understand that this is to further along with Story and create angst but I also appreciate that there’s a book out there where the characters can sit down like adults and talk it out.
The narrators absolutely did a phenomenal job. Angela and Zachary it was such a pleasure listening to them together again. Zachary weber is one of my all-time favorite male narrators and I could just listen to him forever. Rebekah Ross also known as Elizabeth Louise is again one of my favorite narrators. I think the way she narrates is so beautiful. Her voice is very soothing. Jonathan Todd Ross is a new narrator to me. I think you did OK overall in the book but there was just something really monotone about his voice. It kind of felt like he was reading a script. Now I know that he was reading a script but it shouldn’t feel like he’s reading a script. His range invoices was really nice and he was OK to listen to.
The production of this audiobook was absolutely fantastic. Between all four narrators there wasn’t any awkward pauses in any of the chapters. The sound mixing was really professional. That’s all I can say about that because I don’t really know what it takes to be a engineer of sound.
If you guys made it through this review there and you guys deserve a cookie. I’m really sorry that I haven’t been around over this past year and really only posting reviews when books were given to me. This book was not given to me and I did buy it with my own money.
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What goes on behind closed doors doesn’t always stay there.
Calamity (Callie) Barnstable isn’t surprised to learn she’s the sole beneficiary of her late father’s estate, though she is shocked to discover she has inherited a house in the town of Marketville – a house she didn’t know existed. However, there are conditions attached to Callie’s inheritance: she must move to Marketville, live in the house, and solve her mother’s murder.
Callie’s not keen on dredging up a 30-year-old mystery, but if she doesn’t do it, there’s a scheming psychic named Misty Rivers who is more than happy to expose the Barnstable family secrets. Determined to thwart Misty and fulfill her father’s wishes, Callie accepts the challenge. But is she ready to face the skeletons hidden in the attic? Find out.
Judy Penz Sheluk is the Amazon international bestselling author of the Glass Dolphin Mystery and Marketville Mystery series. Her short stories can be found in several collections, including Live Free or Tri and The Best Laid Plans, which she edited. Judy is also a member of Sisters in Crime, International Thriller Writers, the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and Crime Writers of Canada, where she serves as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors. Find her at http://www.judypenzsheluk.com.
Claira Jordyn is an on-camera and voice over actress based in New York City. She can most recently be heard on a variety of television and radio commercials encouraging you to ski in Colorado, shop at Old Navy and also to try a particularly popular makeup brand this holiday season. She can also be heard reading countless books including Opaque, The Endless Horizons Sagas and an upcoming retelling of children’s fairytales. She lives just north of New York with her husband and super mutt Junebug, loves telling stories for a living and is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to do that every day.
Hello Wonderlandians long time no talk. I am back I know I need to be more active on this blog so will start with this review. So let’s jump into this. It Iowa’s very excited when I was able to receive and review this book. This author is new to me and I’m always on the hunt for new authors. Judy’s story was an absolute delight to read it. Mystery isn’t typically my thing but I pretty much listened to the entire audiobook in one sitting. Judy’s writing is very fluid. If that makes sense. This amazing mystery grabs you and takes you on a really cool ride. Trust me when I say I was not able to put this book down. Since it’s a mystery I don’t want to give too much away. I will leave you with it is definitely a must read. Now let’s talk about the narrator.
Claira Jordyn is a new voice actress to me. She was such a delight to listen to she really brought the characters alive. I will say though I did amp up the listening speed to about x 2.50 I do find that for me this was a good speed to listen to. Miss Jordyn does read a little slow for my liking but once I was able to speed it up I find that her voice really is very nice to listen to. I liked her range of voices. She annunciated each word to where I was able to understand. You guys know I have a thing about females doing male voices and males doing female voices I think she did an amazing job with switching over to a male character. There was one person who had an accent that I can remember and it was a British accent and I think the voice actress did an amazing job. It did sound very authentic and realistic.
Now let’s talk about the overall production of the audiobook itself. In the beginning there were a few areas where I could hear the narrator take like a breath of air or I could hear her swallowing. Other times there was a bit of a background noise. But I wouldn’t say that it was anything too bad to where it made me wanna stop listening to the audiobook. It honestly was like maybe three seconds and then it was gone. So other than that little blip I thought the production was really well professionally done. The sound mixing was great. I was very overall happy.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Judy Penz Sheluk. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Q&A with Author Judy Penz Sheluk
Do you believe certain types of writing translate better into audiobook format? I believes it completely depends on choosing the right narrator. I have a collection of three short mystery stories that comes in at about an hour. Kate Tyler narrates that and she does a great job, absolutely nails it. But as much as I enjoyed working with her—she’s a complete pro—and loved her narration of Live Free or Tri, she didn’t have the right voice for Calamity (Callie) Barnstable, the protagonist in my Marketville mystery series. Find the right narrator, and any book will be a good fit for audio. After all, just like traditional readers, audiobook listeners have a variety of interests.
Was a possible audiobook recording something you were conscious of while writing? Not initially, no, in fact, when I first started writing I never thought any of my books would end up on audio. However, when we were recording (narrator Kelli Lindsay) A Hole in One, book 2 in my Glass Dolphin mystery series, Kelli pronounced Graham Gilroy as “Gram Gilroy.” I’m from Canada (Toronto area) and here Gram is short for Grandma…we say Gray-ham. I consulted with fellow members of Sisters in Crime and discovered this is very much a regional thing. Some parts of the U.S. say Gray-ham, and others, like California, say Gram. Because the book is set in Canada, Kelli switched to the Canadian pronunciation.
Fast forward to writing A Fool’s Journey, book 3 in my Marketville mystery series, and I have my protagonist, Callie, entering a foyer. Now, in Canada we say Foy-eh, but I know from watching house hunting shows set in the U.S. that Americans say Foy-ur. To avoid another Gram/Gray-ham situation, I switched it to “Callie entered the front hallway.”
Were there any real life inspirations behind your writing? All of my books are loosely inspired by real life events, emphasis on the loosely. The idea for Skeletons in the Attic came to me while I waited with my husband, Mike, in our lawyer’s office in Newmarket, Ontario. We were there to update our wills, and our lawyer’s goldendoodle kept us company while our lawyer was detained at court. The opening scenes of the book are culled directly from that experience: While Mike spent the time reading back issues of Bicycling Magazine, I started thinking… “What if I was here, not to update my will, but to inherit…what if there were strings attached…what if I inherited something I had no idea had existed…what if that something was a house in a small town called…Marketville.” I started scribbling notes down (I always keep a notebook and pen in my purse) and by the time our lawyer arrived I had finished chapter 1.
In the case of Past & Present, the inspiration came from a train case found at the back of my late mother’s clothes closet. I’d never seen the documents inside—her immigration papers from 1952, an old passport, her mother’s death certificate, among other things—made me want to delve into a past she’d pretty much kept to herself. Before long, that research became Callie’s research. The book is dedicated to the memory of my mother, Anneliese Penz, and there is a character in the book named Anneliese Prei, who was murdered in 1956 in Toronto, after immigrating to Canada in 1952. Prei was my mother’s (my grandmother’s) maiden name, something I learned for the first time from the death certificate in that train case. A personal aside: Skeletons in the Attic was the last book my mother read.
How do you manage to avoid burn-out? What do you do to maintain your enthusiasm for writing?Burn-out is what I felt working in a 9-5 corporate world, mostly in management positions. In 2003, I walked away from that life and started to work as a freelance journalist, which eventually led to Senior Editing positions for several different magazines. In 2012, I went to a writing conference as a reader and came away knowing I had to write a book; the result was The Hanged Man’s Noose (published July 2015 in print/ebook and in Nov. 2017 in audio). My writing journey hasn’t always been easy, but I’ve never looked back. There’s something magical about creating a world, living in it for weeks and months, and knowing when to write THE END. By the time I do that, I’ve already got an idea or two for another book.
If this title were being made into a TV series or movie, who would you cast to play the primary roles? I’ve been told that this series would adapt well to film, so I love this question. In Skeletons in the Attic, Callie is 36, so perhaps Evangaline Lilly, who is also Canadian. Kate Hudson would make a great Chantelle Marchand, Callie’s best friend and, in Past & Present, her business partner. But wouldn’t it be fun if the role of Callie became a breakout for an actress hoping for the perfect part. Let’s put that thought out there in the universe: The Marketville Mystery Movie Series. I do like the sound of that!
What do you say to those who view listening to audiobooks as “cheating” or as inferior to “real reading”?There’s an old saying: You can’t judge a book by its cover. You also can’t judge a person because they choose to listen to a book, for whatever reason, instead of reading it. Even when it comes to “real reading” people have different preferences: hardcover, large print, paperback, e-book…as an author, I’m delighted if someone enjoys what I’ve written, regardless of format.
In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of writing a stand-alone novel vs. writing a series? I’ve written two series (Marketville and Glass Dolphin mysteries), and zero standalones, though I am working on a standalone. The pros of a series is you create a world and then keep adding to it, so it becomes familiar, not just to the author, but to the reader. The cons are exactly the same: it becomes familiar, meaning the author must allow the characters to grow and age. A standalone can be freeing…everything is shiny and new and you don’t have to worry if your character suddenly does something completey out of character (in the way you would with a series) because no one really “knows” that character yet. The con is that from a marketing perspective, there’s no one following the series, or waiting for the next book in the series. Because there is no expectation, it’s easy to put the project aside for another day.
What’s your favorite:Food: cheese pizza, but any non-meat topping pizza will make me smile
Song: Bulletproof by Jim Cuddy
Book: Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery, which I first read as a young girl, and is one of the few books I’ve read more than once.
Television show: Gilmore Girls
Movie: The Sting (tied for second, Primal Fear and The First Wives Club)
Band: Blue Rodeo
Sports team: Toronto Maple Leafs though I’ve recently hopped on the Raptors bandwagon
Are any of those things referenced in appearance in your work? Callie loves pizza, though she orders it with hot peppers and extra sauce. I mention Blue Rodeo and Jim Cuddy in my Glass Dolphin series. And there’s a scene in A Hole in One, book 2 in my Glass Dolphin series, where Arabella recites lines from The Sting. That’s an old movie, but it holds up. If it was re-released, as is, it would still be a runaway hit. Great cast, great writing.
What bits of advice would you give to aspiring authors?I always answer this question with a quote from Agatha Christie: “There was a moment when I changed from an amateur to a professional. I assumed the burden of a profession, which is to write even when you don’t want to, don’t much like what you’re writing, and aren’t writing particularly well.”
He’s a vampire bad boy. She’s a slayer’s daughter who’s never been kissed. Kyle Logan has been a 16-year-old bad boy for three years, ever since he became a vampire. After a stint at the rehab center run by the Brothers of Temperance, Kyle has finally kicked his blood addiction. Now, he’s back in high school with one goal in mind: stay clean so he can grow up and become an animal-rights activist. Cassandra Xander wants two things in 10th grade: a car and the chance to attend a traditional high school. She loved being homeschooled growing up, especially since her family moved every six months for Helsing Incorporated, but now that her mother is founding a slayer training academy in La Jolla, California, Cassandra is excited by the opportunity to attend La Jolla Cove High. When Kyle witnesses Cassandra give a verbal reckoning to a dog owner who leaves her beagle locked in a sweltering car, Kyle makes his move. He loves that Cassandra is smart, intense, and willing to break rules. But Cassandra has zero experience dating and isn’t sure a relationship with a hot-tempered vampire is a good place to start – especially when she discovers Kyle’s secret ability. Kyle works hard to master his emotions and make all of Cassandra’s high school dreams come true. Just when their romance brightens both of their lives, Kyle’s past draws him back into darkness. The only way forward for these high school sweethearts is to slay or pay.
Louise Cypress believes in friendship, true love, and the everlasting power of books. She has never met a vampire or a mermaid, but she has been to a Love Sucks concert on Valentine’s Day. She can often be found curled up with a romance novel on Saturday night, diet soda in hand, secretly wishing bustles were back in fashion. Louise is from San Diego, California, where the beach is crowded and summer is immortal.
Reba Buhr grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now lives in Los Angeles, working in theater, film, and television. She has degrees from Occidental College in theater and classical voice. Reba began recording audiobooks in 2012 and has turned her love for performance into a passion for narrating characters that jump off the page. Reba is an accomplished voice actor and has lent her voice to many commercials, video games, and animated projects, including Popples and Knights of Sidonia for Netflix, Toonami’s Hunter x Hunter, and Zagtoon’s Zak Storm.
Alexander Cendese is a New York–based actor/narrator whose credits include roles on and Off-Broadway, in films, and on popular television shows, including Law & Order: SVU and All My Children. He holds a BFA from the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama.
Louise Cypress really knows how write a great book. Her writing is consist through all of her books. She writes characters that you root for. You get really invested in the story. I love the fact that this book focuses on Cassandra. She is one of my favorite characters out of this whole series. Kyle is our new main guy. He is funny and you just want to keep reading with him as one of our main POVS.
Once again Reba and Alexander are the narrators for this book. Reba is such a joy to listen to. She has many different voices for the characters. Alexander has such a unique voice that he is just hard to forget.
The production was great. Really professional. There were no weird noise or breaths that I could heard. Would 10 out 10 recommend this book.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Louise Cypress. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Top Ten Reasons to be an Audiobook Listener
Voice actors make scenes come to life in new ways.
You love hearing accents spoken aloud.
Audiobooks are cheaper than Broadway tickets.
Road-trips are always more fun with a good book to listen to.
Audiobooks make great workout buddies.
Washing the dishes in silence is boring.
That basket of laundry won’t fold itself.
You’ve run out of space on your bookshelf for more hardbacks.
You love bossing Alexa around. “Alexa, read my book to me!”
Up to one in five people have a language-based learning challenge like dyslexia and ear-reading is just as valid as eye-reading.
The Inspiration Behind SLAY ME’s Hilarious Taxidermy-Battle Scene
By Louise Cypress
Did you ever go to summer camp? I’m a lifelong Girl Scout, and when I was in college, I worked at Camp Joe Sherman in Southern California as the nature director. This meant that I was in charge of Camp Sherman’s nature museum and extensive taxidermy collection.
“Eeeww! Gross!” you might be thinking. “Those poor, defenseless creatures!”
Yup. I 100% agree with you.
Girl Scouts aren’t normally known for taxidermy—I’d like to make that clear, but Camp Sherman was an exception. The original property was owned by a guy named Joe Sherman who traveled the world hunting animals, some of which are now endangered. Meanwhile, his wife would collect rocks. All of the animals are stuffed and displayed in the living room of their old house, and the rocks are built into the fireplace.
I understand why the Girl Scouts kept the taxidermy collection on display. They weren’t the ones who killed the animals, and the animals were already dead. But still…. [shudder.]
When you spend an impressionable summer in your 20s as curator to a taxidermy collection, it does weird things to your psyche. That’s why when I wrote SLAY. ME I made Kyle, my vampire bad-boy, a vegan. I’m not vegan myself, but I definitely oppose animal cruelty.
I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the end of SLAY ME features an epic taxidermy battle that had me laughing so hard that I could hardly write it. All of those summers at Girl Scout camp got processed into fiction. I took the icky and I made it funny.
I’ll just add it to the list of all the ways Girl Scouts has made a difference in life.
Hello, wonderlandians. I hope all is well with you. I have been so excited for this blog post. This is the most excited I’ve been about a blog post in a really long time. I have done so much research and I have listened to this audiobook. I have skimmed through the Wattpad story. Soon I will be seeing the movie. In this blog post, we are going to be talking about the book called After by Anna Todd. This is probably one of the most highly anticipated movies to come out this year. I am jumping really late on the bandwagon because I don’t know I didn’t think I would be interested in this book. Although I will say my mind is slowly being changed. The farthest I wanted to do this blog post differently. For example, I did a lot of research on Anna and her Wattpad Adventure. Then I went into the novel itself. If you guys want to follow me along on my journey of reading it then you guys can go follow me on Instagram at wonderlandiansbooks or you can watch my YouTube video.
Let’s start with a little bit of the research that I have been doing on Anna Todd. Anna Todd started her story as a fanfiction on Wattpad. On Wattpad Anna Todd went by the name of the imaginator1d. She still goes by this name on Wattpad and it’s also her Twitter handle. You can find books 1 through 4 of the after series still on Wattpad. After was published on Wattpad in 2013. For the first year of After being on Wattpad, it became the most read book on the platform and gained the author popularity. To this day it has over 500 million views. Then was picked up by a division of Simon & Schuster and was revised, expanded, and published in 2014. Then 5 years later it is going to be released as a feature-length film I believe on April 12th of this year. The original fanfiction was based on One Direction but focused on Harry Styles. When Simon & Schuster picked up the rights to publish the book all of the names of the One Direction characters had to be changed. This is how Hardin Scott was born. Also, all of the other characters from One Direction had to be changed as well. After watching the trailer is a couple of times and I know what One Direction looks like and I’ve seen the faces that Anna had imagined Tessa and the rest of the crew to be. The only character that I can say that’s been cast who looks like their face cast is the girl who’s playing Tessa.
If you take a look at the covers for After they’ve all gone through their own transition. Let’s take a look at those now.
First, you have the fan fiction version and I really like it. It’s very simple. You have the girl and the guy on the cover and it’s a purplish gray hue. Very simple cover that I’m guessing was created by Anna Todd herself. Then we have the second official cover for the published book. It is vastly different from the cover made for the fanfiction. The cover is a dark cyan color and it’s clouds. It seems that Simon & Schuster decided to ditch the couple on the cover and go with something a little bit more mysterious. Then we have the movie tie-in cover. I have to say this was probably my favorite because I do love Tessa and Hardin on the cover. it also is a remnant of the fanfiction cover which to me is a nice little Ode to where it all began.
Continuing on with my research for this review I did something you shouldn’t do before listening or reading a book. I decided that I was going to go on the internet and look up to see what people were saying about the trailer as well as some book reviews. Most of what I have seen on the Internet is a lot of negativity towards the trailer itself. This kind of reminds me how 50 Shades of Grey got so much backlash because to a lot of people it was glorifying an abusive relationship. Personally, I don’t feel like Fifty Shades of Grey did glorify an abusive relationship. Ana and Christian were both in a consensual relationship. If Ana wanted to leave Christian she had every opportunity to do so. Everything that was done sexually was done consensually. This isn’t a review of Fifty Shades of Grey although I am a fan. At the time of writing this, I’m only about nineteen chapters in the book I’m not at anything that would be considered abusive thus far. At the part that I’m currently at Tessa is currently cheating on her boyfriend with Harden. I will be addressing the whole cheating thing in my review. A lot of One Direction fans are not happy because the author did start this off as a One Direction fanfiction. Harry Styles fans are not happy that he will be associated with a character that is abusive towards a woman. Again I can’t say as Hardin is abusive because I’m not there at this current time. Ask for the reviews that I’ve read on this book they haven’t been good. I did find one review that was intriguing because the person who wrote the review was Reads & Reels. The author of the blog post says that while they really did enjoy the books I can acknowledge that there was some toxicity in Tessa and Hardin’s relationship. again I can’t form any opinions on this because I’m not currently to a point where I can assess whether or not the relationship is toxic.
After After, Book 1 By: Anna Todd Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise Series: After (Todd), Book 1 Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins Unabridged Audiobook Release date: 10-21-14 Language: English Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Now newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd’s After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated audiences across the globe. Experience the Internet’s most talked-about book for yourself!
There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything After… Life will never be the same. #Hessa
Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.
But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and a lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.
But he’s also rude – to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does – until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.
He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappears again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.
Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?
Unless…could this be love?
Really now it’s time for the review. I don’t know what to feel about this book. This book is a cluster fuck of emotions. IT had me wanting to through my phone up against a wall. Tessa and Hardin. Tessa and Hardin. These very flawed fictional characters. So I did something you are not supposed or well probably shouldn’t do before you review a book. I read and watched a review or should I say rant videos. All of the ones that I have watched have not really been constructive just more along the lines of bashing the book and author. Now the reviews that I have read on blogs And either be positive or negitive. The blogs seem more into critiquing the book then bashing the book and the author. For this review though I wanted to make sure that I got both ends of the spectrum so I could get a better understanding of what was so problematic with this book.
First, I would love to start off by talking about the writing. I have read a little bit of the Wattpad story and of course, I’ve read the final published work. Anna Todd the writing style isn’t something that’s revolutionary and it going to change the literary world as we know it. She writes like somebody who is very formal when they speak. Some notes that I did take were from watching and reading other people’s reviews as well as listening to the book myself. Anna Todd doesn’t really use contractions when she was writing her book. This to me made the dialogue seem a little odd and way too formal. Most of the time I was rolling my eyes because there was only one contraction that I could find. In everyday life, people are using contractions. Anna Todd knows how to string a story along. In this, I feel she does a really good job. She is also really good at invoking emotion when the reader is I don’t read or listen to this book. You get connected to these characters. At least for me, I felt very connected to both Hardin and Tessa.
Now for the overall story, it was about 98 chapters long. So an audiobook it was about 16 hours and 30 minutes long to Listen to. If you read any of my other reviews and you know I tend to speed up my listening to about 2x the speed or 2.70 the speed. I find that I can be very impatient when it comes to listening to an audiobook because the narrator can’t keep up with one my attention span and two I tend to talk very fast in real life so anybody who speaks slower tends to annoy me a little bit. Now I actually listened to this very slow. I would say about 1.70x the speed. The reason being is I really wanted to make sure that I was fully comprehending the material. From all of the other reviews that I either listen to or watch or read there seem to be a lot of problematic things. I wanted to make sure that I was paying extra close attention to see if I agreed to see what other people did on what those problematic things were.
It will say when it comes to Hardin and Tessa their relationship moves very quickly. I have both read and watched people compare this book to Twilight mixed with Fifty Shades of Grey. Here is my personal take on the best way I can describe this book is it gives me the nostalgic feeling of Twilight. The broken man and woman trying to show him he’s worthy of love like 50 Shades of Grey. The emotional rollercoaster that the driven series by K. Bromberg can do. Then very possessive and fast relationship that the this man series by Jodi Ellen Maples can provide you. There’s a lot coming into this book so I can understand where people are coming from with all of these comparisons to other work. I see them too. Harden in the book is described as somebody who is very mean and cruel. He is absolutely both of those things. And I can see why people say that he’s abusive at least verbally and emotionally because he goes out of his way to hurt the people that he loves. Now here is where I am going to have to give you guys a little story about myself. There was a time in my life in my teenage years we’re mentally I wasn’t doing very well. I was a very miserable person and I had the mindset of if I was miserable than everybody else around me was going to be miserable. I used to be a very manipulative teenager I knew what buttons to push people to get them to do the things that I wanted. Am I happy that’s how I used to be absolutely not but I can’t take back my past? So in this regard, I can actually sympathize with hardened as well as connect with his character. When I was a child I can say that I was both verbally emotionally and mentally abused. It really does something to a child and it messes up psychologically so I can understand why Hardin is the way that he is. Do I necessarily agree with his action? no. Do I think you should be doing all of the things that he has done and will do to Tessa absolutely not. I have read of that Hardin is not only abusive but he isolates Tessa from her friends and family. I have to say that that’s not true. At least from my perspective, it wasn’t true. In chapter 74 Tessa’s mother is trying to control and manipulate her by saying that if she stays with hardened she will not pay for her College anymore. She also topped Noah into taking Tessa back. I have to say that her mother is also very manipulative. She has had such a big control over tonsils life that when she feels that control slipping she it doesn’t know what to do so she is also very harsh with Tessa.
Now we get on to pass up. Tessa, in the beginning, is supposed to be the good girl. Tessa throughout the first half of the book is pretty much consistently cheating on her boyfriend with Hardin. This part of the book got a really bad rap because a lot of people can’t stomach the fact that cheating happens. Cheating is wrong. It’s just wrong. the fact is though it happens and I am a firm believer in you don’t know what you’re going to do until you are put in any kind of situation. Personally, I think Anna Todd does a great job of depicting a teenage girl entering college having a long-distance relationship with her boyfriend. Sometimes people cheat and that’s exactly what Tessa does. Then Tessa meets Hardin. things go really fast with them from the point of meeting to the point of them getting together. I don’t think Tessa has a lot of time to really wrap her head around what’s going on. For her, this is something that is completely out of the norm. Does she let Hardin treat her like crap absolutely? Should she get it backbone? Absolutely. And she does later on in the book. So can I say that their relationship is toxic yeah because there is a lot of codependency on both of their parts. They both play childish games with each other. I really didn’t feel like I was reading about somebody who was an adult more of somebody who was a teenager which works because of Tessa only 18 years old.
Another point I wanted to address was I kept seeing reviews or watching videos of people saying that Tessa is stupid for not leaving the relationship that she is in. I have to say that this book actually does a really good job of depicting somebody who is in a toxic relationship but doesn’t know how to get out of it. It also depends on people who feel like they truly have found the right person but it’s not the right time. They don’t know how to be a couple. When you are in a relationship like Tessa and Hardin people hold on to the good times. It will get good again for a little while and this is why some people stay because for them the good moments outweigh all of the bad times. Does it make Tessa stupid for staying? I can’t really say.
Let’s talk about the narration of this book. I absolutely love the narrator. Her name is Elizabeth Louise. I have heard a few books that Elizabeth Louise has a narrated I have to say her voice is absolutely fantastic. Her voice is super soothing I actually think I nodded off a couple of times when listening to her narrate. Her range of voices is incredible. Although I have to say when it comes to do in the British accent it’s not as thick as I would have liked it to be. But there was just when it came to her we sang Hardin. Elizabeth Louise Has a small part in the book ugly Love by Colleen Hoover and that’s the very first time I’ve ever heard her narrate. I fell in love with her voice.
If you’ve made it to the end of this review then you are a champion and deserve a cookie. I know that this review was really long and I haven’t done one like this since my review of The Driven series by K.Bromberg. Thank you. Seriously thank you for making it to the end. I knew that this review specifically needed to have some research done about it because it was a fanfiction.
In the comments below let me know if you will be picking up this book or will you be seeing the movie?
Thank you guys for joining me here in our little part of Wonderland. Please do not forget to feed the unicorns on your way out.
At 24 years old, Holly Scallanger has the perfect life. She has everything a girl could want; a beautiful man, a stunning home, as well as being in the midst of preparing for the wedding of her dreams. This all vanishes the night she catches her fiancé, Brandon Morgan, in bed with her worst nightmare, Donna Sinclair, just a week before Holly is set to walk down the aisle.
Attempting to recover from his betrayal, Holly swears off the affections of men in order to pick up the pieces of her crumbling life. Unfortunately, meeting Jake ‘Hooligan’ Peters is not part of her plan. The tall, dark-haired, and handsome-as-hell med student sweeps Holly away from the pain of her past and reveals to her the bright future that lies ahead. That is, until she falls pregnant just as Jake begins his internship at P&E; his family’s hospital.
Will this love at first sight lead her to the fairytale she has always craved? Or, will she fall victim to a betrayal of the heart yet again?
Isabella White is a USA Today Bestselling author. She always knew she was going to be a writer, but it only started to really happen in 2015 when she published Imperfect Love. It was followed two years later by the second part, Secret Love, and in 2018 she published the final part, Endless Love. When she is not writing she loves to spend her time with her Husband, two daughters and their pets doing whatever journey like takes them on. To find out more about Isabella visit her website at http://www.isabellawhitebooks.com
Stefanie Kay lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband and two young boys. She’s always been a book lover and has a background in performing arts. Narration has become a passion and she loves having the honor of bringing these stories to life. She has narrated Paranormal Romance for DB Sieders, Chick-Lit for Charlotte Roth, and Romance for Isabella White, loving how each author has created such depth and layered stories that are easy to get lost in and you can’t help but fall in love with the characters.
This was an interesting audiobook. I love how I could just zone out and be in another world while listening this book. Isabella White wrote this book back in 2015 and it seems from the research I did that this was her first novel. I feel in some way you could tell that this was her first novel because there were some parts where she was tell us instead of showing us. I can over look this because I love her characters. Now I feel like this book really does move fast with the whole istalove thing but I was never bothered by this fact. The characters clicked right off bat. Then all things go crazy. I will leave it here with that because spoilers I will not give.
This is the first time I have ever heard Stefanie Kay. She was pleasant listen to. Her tone was even and didn’t take away from the over all story line. Stefanie had a decent range of voice for the characters. Again I could just get lost and be transported some place else which is where I need to be lately.
The production was out of this world.
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Isabella White. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Betraying him might save her life…but at risk of losing him forever.
Belle Harrison, vampire slayer, would give anything for a simple night of patrolling on her own damn terms. But the graveyard is crawling with creeps with hidden agendas. Not to mention the dark unknown that wants to take her out.
And we’re not talking dates here, people.
Good thing Belle has three panty-melting vampires to help her.
Except one of her guys has a past that’s catching up with him. Violently. Belle’s fairly certain she can save him. But if she betrays him, she’ll gain a wealth of knowledge that could help her survive the dark unknown.
A lot is at stake, including everything that makes her the slayer she is, and it just plain sucks.
Holly Ryan is a pen name for a USA Today bestselling author who one day said, “Screw it. I’m gonna write books with some serious sizzle.” She’s fueled by wine, which is where the idea probably came from.
Melissa Schwairy is a full-time narrator vocal age 20-30 living in Denver, Colorado. She has focused her acting career on narrating literature, completing titles in YA, Urban Fantasy, Murder Mysteries, and Romance. She has a BS in Counseling and Mental Health, and she is licensed in Healthcare Administration and Nursing. She loves to sing and dance in the car, and spend time with her family at home in beautiful Colorado.
This book was provided to me by audiobook promotions in exchange for an honest review. This does not sway my opinion of this book at all. All opinions are my own as they always are when I do a review for somebody.
So this book picks up three days after the first one left off. If you have not read my first review of this book please go do so. I believe this book is better than the first one. This does not fall under second book syndrome at all. There is so much that happens in such a short amount of time. Again this book is about 3 1/2 hours long and I did speed it up so I believe it finished in about an hour and a half. Belle is just a fantastic character. All three of the vampires are amazing. The writing was personally I think with stepped up in this book. Which made the experience that much more immersive and make you what to keep reading.
Melissa Schwairy was just as excellent reading this book. Her pace didn’t sway the way she said her words it was very clear and concise. You never had to struggle what she was saying even at a high speed that I was listening to it. I’m definitely going to have to check out more things that she has narrated for her because she really is just a joy to listen to.
The production quality for this book was absolutely fantastic. There were no awkward pauses there was no background noise. The team did a fantastic job to isolate Noises that were not the narrators. I would definitely recommend anybody picking up the audiobook because it is a great experience.