Audiobook Review: Girl Vs

Author: Xela Culletto

Narrator: Tonia Blake

Length: 7 hours 2 minutes

Publisher: Xela Culletto

Released: May 21, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult

Before the Vela invasion, Rhyan’s biggest concern was getting through a day of school. But when she is thrust into the madness of a kill-or-be-killed world, her true strength emerges and a deadly warrior is unleashed.

Stumbling through the new morals of a post-apocalyptic world, she learns to depend only on herself. As she gets closer to discovering what the aliens actually want, her lethality becomes unmatched, and she soon learns the extent she’ll go to in order to survive.

 

Xela is a working mother of three, living in the Utah. Currently in her ninth year of teaching secondary education, she decided that after talking to students about achieving their dreams, she would take her own advice and complete a lifelong goal of writing a novel. When not playing Legos with her sons, or sorting through the endless laundry, you’ll find her watching The Walking Dead, horseback riding, or working on her next book.

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Growing up, Tonia told stories at sleepovers and sang in competitive chorale groups. Storytelling and songs eventually gave way to the competing interests of science and veterinary medicine, but she continued to indulge a reading addiction so fierce it led to a recurrent and rather jaunty facial tic under one eye. Audiobooks to the rescue!
Her stethoscope now lives in her sock drawer, and she’s delighted to be telling stories once again, this time narrating audiobooks from her at-home studio in mid-coast Maine. When she’s not in her vocal booth, she enjoys spending time with her family, fur-babies, and on her yoga mat.

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This is a difficult review to write. I liked the book, but it is not an easy read. It’s more focused on character development than on the action. It follows our main character trying to survive a rather hostile world, post-alien invasion and we see her facing aliens, people and feelings. It is an interesting analysis of human reactions in different circumstances and I believe the author did a really good job in pointing out the main ideas.

Little happens from plot perspective. As I was mentioning, the first book is more focused on the main character. But it does leave a strong continuation for the next part. The writing is very good, very focused on Rhyan and her feelings. The title is so well chosen. It may seem a little confusing but believe me, she is the girl versus…. all! We are offered her perspective and that helps a lot to understand her thoughts.

Rhyan has lost her family to the Vela (the aliens that have invaded our dearest planet) so her not so friendly feelings towards them are quite justifiable. Her objective now is to survive and kill as many as possible. However, her growing in a world in which one has to fight for survival has left her with little knowledge of love and friendship. We see that her humanity is not lost, as she protects the ones who stand by her, but faced with love, she does not know how to handle it.

The narration was ok, with little comments. I heard little to no voice acting, but it was a clear and clean performance. I would have wanted to feel more from the narrator, to see her more involved in the character, but I cannot complain much. I do believe it is easier to listen to the book, rather than reading it, for those of you who want action, action and more fighting.

All in all, I did enjoy the book and I am looking forward to see what happens in the next one. For the moment, 3.5 stars. Currently there is no sequel added on Goodreads, but if you follow my other colleagues that are taking part in this blog tour, you may find out something directly from the author. Until next time, enjoy!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Xela Culletto. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: The Eden Conspiracy

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Series: The Liberty Box series, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson – and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago. They can’t get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process, or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

 

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Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.

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Yes!!!! I know the second book would be way better than the first one (review can be found here)! It completely blew my mind, I listened to the audiobook in one day. I was so eager to find out what will happen with… everything and everyone. We follow Kate’s love life, we follow the (now) two groups of rebels, with accent on the one our main characters are in, obviously, and we see all characters evolve. I absolutely loved it!

Kate is the one more in focus right now as she has a lot to deal with. She wants to be independent, she wants to prove herself to the group of rebels, she wants to fight side by side with them. Being reunited with her fiancée, she has to deal with her feelings as well. She not only sees the world differently, she sees herself and her relationship with Will with different eyes.  Her evolution in this second part of the story really amazed me and what made me like it even better was how the author managed to put it into words, by following her personality from book one and growing it into something stronger.

Jackson proves to be (again) an honest man. His integrity is visible in all his decisions, including his feelings for Kate. His abilities are better taken advantage of and his choices are explained with maturity. Having his perspective, as well as Kate’s gives us an overview of their entire relationship and how he is able to help her grow even when they are not near. I loved it!

Oh, since we speak about perspectives, with the Potentate’s thoughts we have the complete picture of the story. His need to rule and his obsession for control are so well described.  He is smart, he is trying to be one step ahead of the rebels and sometimes even manages. He is a fantastic character as well.

The narration was ok as well. As I was mentioning in my review for book 1, I would have wanted a better voice acting, but the narrator managed to transmit the emotions and the determination in each affirmation, so that’s ok with me.

All in all, I absolutely cannot give “The Eden Conspiracy” less than 5 stars. If “The Liberty Box” (book 1 in the series) did not convince you, please pick up book #2! It is great, simple as that! Enjoy J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: The Liberty Box

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Series: The Liberty Box series, Book 1

Length: 6 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Kate Brandeis has it all: a famous reporter at the age of 24, she’s the face of the Republic of the Americas. She has a loving fiancée and all the success she could wish for. But when she learns of the death of a long-forgotten friend, her investigations unravel her perfect memories, forcing her to face the fact that she’s been living a lie.

Jackson MacNamera, trained from a young age in the art of mind control, returns to the Republic for his mother’s funeral. Within a few hours of his arrival, authorities collect Jackson and take him by force to a room ironically called The Liberty Box, where he must choose between surrendering his thoughts to the new Republic, or fleeing for his freedom.

Kate, bereaved and confused, finds her way to a cave community of refugees, where Jackson seems to offer her an escape from her grief. The two forge an uneasy bond, and in the process Jackson learns that Kate has some insight which may help the hunters in their attempt to free other citizens from the tyranny of the Potentate. Against the expressed wishes of the Council, the hunters plot a series of daring raids, attempting to prove that not only is freedom possible, but that the citizens are not too far gone to desire it. But with the odds so stacked against them, can the refugees succeed in their rescue missions right under the Potentate’s nose?

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Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.

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Yey! I’ve discovered a new author (shame on me for doing it so late)!  I liked this book so much as it is so close to what we are facing now. I liked all the concepts, I liked the intrigue, the politics, the heroes and the antagonists.

I am always curious to see how other imagine our future, especially good writers, that can integrate a story worth following. In this case, C.A. Gray develops a future in which society is decided by one person, a society in which people have the illusion of a good life, or believe they can take decisions willingly. Well, things are not always what they seem. In this case, things are not what they seem at all!

Years after the United States has been declared a Republic, no longer a Democracy, reporter Kate Brandeis begins to remember things she should not. The trigger: Death of her former childhood friend. Once her fiancée starts helping her, he has a mysterious accident and passes away too. Left with the realization that her world is not as good as the government wants its people to believe, Kate has to run and hide to save her own life. That’s how she meets newcomer Jackson MacNamera – recently arrived in US for his mother’s funeral. He also has to deal first hand with the government’s manipulation but his mind is not as easy to break. They will both fight for what they believe – that’s their only chance of surviving, of avenging the ones that had the courage to think.

The book has strong themes. It is a story not only for the soul, but also for the mind. Because while we are chasing the main characters, while we imagine their actions, we think about our own lives. I think the subject is quite sensitive and enlightening even. Mind control is deeply analyzed, being stronger “in the head” is what sets these characters apart.  We see them evolve, we see them developing strategies, learning to be one step ahead of the government. But is it enough? I tell you, I cannot wait to start book 2.

Unfortunately, I must admit that the beginning of this book was not the greatest. Things happen too fast and it seemed a little forced. As for the narration, I liked Melissa Williams’ interpretation, but her voice acting is not as developed as I would have liked.

Even with these negative points, I cannot give “Liberty Box” less than 3.5 stars (rounded to 4). It is a story that kept me focused until the end and made me want to read the next books in the series, which I am sure, will have a higher rating. Hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

Until nex time, feel free to check the other stops in this blog tour, as this is only Day 2! Keep your eyes out for what the other bloggers have to say about the series 🙂

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Audiobook Review: Power of Five

Author: Alex Lidell

Narrator: Victoria Mei

Length: 5 hours and 27 minutes

Serie: Power of Five Book Series, Book 1

Publisher: Alex Lidell

Released: Apr. 29, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Four elite fae warriors. One mortal female. A magical bond they can’t allow – or resist.

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera’s life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master’s advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out… Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera’s barn.

River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother’s loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to… a female. A mortal female.

Distractingly beautiful and dangerously frail, Lera can only be one thing – a mistake. Yet as the males bring Lera back to the fae lands to sever the bond, they discover that she holds more power over their souls than is safe for anyone… especially for Lera herself.

Power of Five is a full-length reverse-harem fantasy novel.

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Alex Lidell is the author of Amazon best sellers AIR AND ASH and WAR AND WIND (Danger Bearing Press, 2017) and an Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books.

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Alex Lidell is a great author and I know that after reading “Air and Ash” (which I gave 5 out of 5 stars). So I could not have expected any less from her. And she delivered on that completely. “Power of Five” is a great story about bonding, forming relationships and not giving up on the people close to you.

The blurb is explaining enough of the action already so I will focus more on the reviewing part. We have a human main character, bonding with 4 immortal beings, 4 immortal powerful beings. They are supposed to form a group that has the mission of guarding the boundaries between realms. All is well, until the four guys meet the fifth member of the group. Apparently weak and innocent, Lera holds the power of their souls. And most importantly, she has a way of talking to every other guy in the group. She is somehow what links them together. Because as immortal and powerful as they are, River, Coal, Tye, and Shade cannot be more different.  Lera finds a way to communicate with all of them and gain their respect. But she is also their weakness and they all know they cannot afford to be weak.

I liked the writing, as I mentioned, Alex is an amazing writer and she has a way of developing the characters like no other. But I would have wanted more details about the world and how these groups came to be. I would have wanted to see an even stronger Lera, but I am sure this will happen in book 2 (which is already out, by the way!).  I have no other complains in regards to the book.  I may not be as confortable with harems as I am with normal romances, but the plot is incredible and the relation between characters is well built.

The narration was phenomenal!!! Victoria Mei did such a wonderful job with all the accents and she managed to capture all the four guys’ personalities in her voice acting. For that and all the effort she put into reading this book for us, I would like to thank her! Really, the narration was awesome!

All in all, I will give this book 4 out of 5 stars and I am looking forward for the next book in the series. There is a promise of so much more and right now I am struggling not to check out reviews for book 2. Happy reading/listening!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alex Lidell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: Clutch

Author: Lisa Becker

Narrator: Suzanne Barbetta

Length: 8 hours 11 minutes

Publisher: Lisa Willet Becker

Released: May 30, 2018

Genre: Contemporary Romance

clutch: a novel is the laugh-out-loud, chick lit romance chronicling the dating misadventures of Caroline Johnson, a single purse designer who compares her unsuccessful romantic relationships to styles of handbags – the “Hobo” starving artist, the “Diaper Bag” single dad, the “Briefcase” intense businessman, etc. With her best friend, bar owner Mike by her side, the overly-accommodating Caroline drinks a lot of Chardonnay, puts her heart on the line, endures her share of unworthy suitors and finds the courage to discover the “Clutch” or someone she wants to hold onto.

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Lisa Becker is a romance writer who spends her time like she spends her money – on books and margaritas. In addition to Clutch: a novel, she is the author of the Click trilogy, a contemporary romance series about online dating and Links, a standalone, second chance romance readers call light, fun, sexy and smart. As Lisa’s grandmother used to say, “For every chair, there’s a tush.” Lisa is now happily married to a wonderful man she met online and lives in Manhattan Beach, California with him and their two daughters. So, if it happened for her, there’s hope for anyone! You can share your love stories with her at www.lisawbecker.com.

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Suzanne Barbetta became a voracious reader when she realized the magic of books allowed her to become anyone, anywhere, and in any world. A storyteller and performer since age 5, she later apprenticed at 2 regional theaters and earned her Actor’s Equity card. She’s also a proud member of SAG-AFTRA, the Audio Publishers Association and the League of Professional Theatre Women. Audiobooks are a way to satisfy her pathological addiction to reading. Now based in NYC, she is also the voice of the Fierce, Funny, Fab Fangirls of the series Geek Actually for Serial Box Publishing.

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Funny, full of adventure and even inspiring – that’s how I would describe “Clutch”. And why is that? Because our main character goes through embarrassing moments, has witty lines that put a smile on your face and all her poor choices in men are a bit funny too. Even if making fun of someone else’s misfortune is not very polite, let’s make an exception, ok ?

Caroline Johnson had the courage to pursue a career in what she loved most, designing and making clutches and other kind of bags that women could easily afford. She had the ambition to create her own brand, her own line of accessories, following her aunt’s advice to find what she loves and hang on to that. However, her good eye for business does not apply when it comes to her love life. With a steady income that allows her a more than decent lifestyle, she is now trying to find the right man for her. She goes out with these guys but none of them feels like the right one. We see her with men as different as bags, one better (or worse) than the other. It will be a true adventure, with a lot of smiles.

It is easily observed that Caroline has two constants in her life: her job and her best friend Mike. He is always there for her, supporting every decision and encouraging her. But he has his own adventures with women. We see them both dating, but while one is looking for something steady, the other is just “sampling” J

I loved the narration! Suzanne Barbetta has such a beautiful accent and her voice is perfect for the character! She is absolutely fantastic! I would not have imagined a better interpretation J

To close my review, even if Caroline’s personality is a bit conflicting, this makes her human, this makes her genuine in a way.  I was mentioning that this book may even be inspiring. Well, for me, it was. There are some words of wisdom added between the pages and I will keep them in mind. 4.5 stars and I gladly recommend it for a fun relaxing read! Enjoy J

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lisa Becker. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

 

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Audiobook Review: OSHUN Rising

Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Series: Trinity Forest Series, Book 2

Publisher: Sawatch Publishing

Released: May 30, 2018

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

OSHUN has everything a young pop star could ever want—fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there’s something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there’s no going back.

EMBER is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she’s been having—prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. But once she begins to untangle them, she realizes that they might not be dreams at all…and if she doesn’t find a way to stop what she’s seeing, more people will die.

MADDIE is barely staying afloat. How can she be expected to care about school when her best friend Ember is still missing, presumed dead? So when Ember’s brother calls and tells her about his theory about a pop star who may be involved in Ember’s disappearance, she rallies him to take a road trip to check it out.

A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.
When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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Moira Todd is a Washington, DC-based actor. She originally hails from Mt. Hood, Oregon where the trees are always green, the mountain is always pointy, and the weather is usually rainy. It was there that she learned the secret arts of alpine skiing and whistling at the same time as you hum. While neither has proved useful in her theatre career, she remains hopeful. These days she spends most of her free time swimming, baking bread, and watching whale documentaries.

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This is such a perfect continuation of the series. It is absolutely amazing and brings the story so much complicated things. We get multiple perspectives that make experiencing the action complete. I liked everything and every character speaking.

We have Oshun vs Ember. Two different personalities, tied together by so much more. One trying to overcome the other. We have a brother on the edge of obsession, trying to find his sister and a best friend who just does not know how to deal with losing Ember and also her brother. Let’s mention the intense connection between Tre and Ember, their bond, their unbreakable connection. He will do anything to come back to her, to reach her. But will he manage it or will he lose himself in the process?

Definitely this is a great follow up and it exceeded my expectations from the end of book 1. The action will keep you hooked, as the need to see if Ember will be reunited with her family and friends will push you to listen for hours. But as interesting as the main plot is, we have Jared and Maddie’s story also. Her effort in being there for Jared and her struggle to keep up with him are so well described.

I love that we have an inside to the negative character’s perspective. Xintra’s belief, her blind faith in the dark magic and the Annunaki goes beyond obsession. She and Zoe are the characters that complete the picture. We see everything from everyone’s POV. And that’s awesome!

As for the narration, Moira Todd has such a lovely and gentle voice. And her singing is awesome!! I liked that she brought melody to Ember’s lyrics and I liked the emotion she added to her interpretation. Same as in the previous book, I would have liked a little more diversity with the voice changing department. But nothing else to complain about.

All in all, this was great! I can’t wait to read/listen to the next book in the series! Jennifer Alsever is an amazing author and I believe she did such an amazing job with “Trinity Forrest”! Loved it, 5 stars no doubt!

 

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Audiobook Review: Ember Burning

Author: Jennifer Alsever

Narrator: Moira Todd

Series: Trinity Forest Series, Book 1

Publisher: Sawatch Publishing

Released: Sep. 7, 2017

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal

Author Jennifer Alsever delivers an addictive story ideal for fans of The Uglies, We Were Liars, and Before I Fall about a teen grieving over her parent’s tragic death who becomes entangled with a mysterious forest teeming with urban legends of strange disappearances and witchcraft.

Ember Trouve used to be alive, driven to become a musician and on a path to college. That was before her parents died. One day, after venturing into the fabled Trinity Forest, she goes missing. Now, Ember must confront the truth behind her parents’ death – or lose herself to the forest forever.

In this fresh and compelling novel, Jennifer Alsever creates a paranormal world of loss, mystery, love, and survival as Ember searches for escape – and a path back to herself. Ember Burning is the first installment of the three-book Trinity Forest series.

 

A teenager still lives inside author Jennifer Alsever. She spent two decades as a professional journalist, contributing to such publications as Fortune Magazine, the New York Times, Inc Magazine and the Wall Street Journal, before letting her imagination run wild in 2016. The result is Ember’s story told in the three-book Trinity Forest Series, her first published fiction work.

When not absorbed in writing, Alsever enjoys a good hike, doing some yoga, hanging with her boys, some moguls on skis, a rigorous mountain bike ride or indulging in the simple pleasures of life. Her favorites: untouched snow, frozen chocolate chips, savasina on a yoga mat and yes, bowls of pan fried brussels sprouts. Jennifer is working on her upcoming novel, Psychic Monkeys, to be released in 2019.

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Moira Todd is a Washington, DC-based actor. She originally hails from Mt. Hood, Oregon where the trees are always green, the mountain is always pointy, and the weather is usually rainy. It was there that she learned the secret arts of alpine skiing and whistling at the same time as you hum. While neither has proved useful in her theatre career, she remains hopeful. These days she spends most of her free time swimming, baking bread, and watching whale documentaries.

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Yey! Another interesting series, with love, mystery and all the other stuff that makes the difference between great books (because all books are great, mainly because they are books… good logic, right?) and amazing ones. “Ember Burning” is so much more than a story about some missing teenagers in a forest, as it covers loss and dealing with loss. Around this theme, Jennifer Alsever has developed an interesting plot and great characters.

Ember has to deal with losing her parents. Her pain is so great and it now prevents her from having a normal social life. She has lost that beautiful spark, she feels she has no one. Her solution: escape, hide, run. She finds ways to get away from that heaviness with drugs and when this has bad consequences, she does the next best thing: hide in Trinity Forest, a place from which people have the tendency of not coming back. Our character knows that. Ember has spent hours and hours studying the missing cases of lost teenagers, continuing her mother’s work. Her obsession brings her to the forest and the heaviness lifts, almost like magic. Strange things happen and she must figure them out, otherwise her loved ones will be in danger.

Although I liked the story a lot and I can’t wait to get into the next book, I decided to decrease 1 star of my rating. The mystery surrounding the forest is so heavy that sometimes confused me. Also, something happens between her and one of the guys who provided the “happy pills” and I would have wanted it to be treated with more seriousness.

The narration was good as well, even if at times it was a bit (but just a bit) difficult to differentiate between the girls. Moira Todd has such a gentle and sweet voice! And she sings incredibly!!!

All in all, “Trinity Forest” starts off very good! The ending leaves you wanting the next one right NOW, so that’s what I’m about to do 🙂 Happy reading/listening 🙂 Fell free to follow the blog tour, by checking the schedule below 🙂

I received these audiobooks as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Jennifer Alsever. The gifting of these audiobooks did not affect my opinion of them.

BOOK ONE

Jun. 24th:

Once Upon a Twilight

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Jun. 25th:

The Layaway Dragon

Jazzy Book Reviews

Jun. 26th:

Happily Ever BookWorm

Bound 4 Escape

Jun. 27th:

Chapter Break

Lomeraniel

Jun. 28th:

A Page to Turn

Guilty Indulgence Book Club

Jun. 29th:

Notes from ‘Round the Bend

Lilly’s Book World

Jun. 30th:

Bookworms Corner Blog Spot

The Book Addict’s Reviews

Here’s to Happy Endings

BOOK TWO

Jul. 1st:

Writers and Authors

The Book Junkie Reads . . .

Jul. 2nd:

The Layaway Dragon

Jul. 3rd:

Happily Ever BookWorm

Bound 4 Escape

Lilly’s Book World

Jul. 4th:

Lomeraniel

Jul. 5th:

A Page to Turn

Guilty Indulgence Book Club

Jul. 6th:

Notes from ‘Round the Bend

Chapter Break

Jul. 7th:

Bookworms Corner Blog Spot

The Book Addict’s Reviews

Here’s to Happy Endings

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