Power of Five- by Alex Lidell- Audiobook Tour Stop and Review

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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Story: 4

Narration: 3

Overall: 3.5

Naturally for a reverse harem this book was steamy, but it had more going for it than that. The characters are well developed and the narration for each is clear and definable.

I really did enjoy the story but while I felt the characters were well rounded and well developed I did feel that the story required something (I cannot put my finger in what was missing for me, I think it just needed tweaking)

I do think that this is still worth a listen, it just didn’t quiet fully work for me.

Initially I admit, I was not a fan of the narration however I feel this is more down to personal taste, it did grow on me a bit, but I did not love it. I cannot fault the narration, there was nothing wrong with it. I just didn’t like some of the characters voices (though as I said, they were clear and definable.) I do wonder if I would enjoy the story more with different narration as I always feel that for an audiobook to completely be enjoyable the listener has to appreciate both the voice acting and the writing.

 

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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Wild Hunger (The Phoenix Pack #7) by Suzanne Wright.- Audiobook review.

Firstly I need to explain that prior to this books release I had asked NetGalley for an arc copy. I had also pre-ordered the Audible version because I have every other book on Audible and have thoroughly enjoyed them. In the end a few days after receiving my audible copy, I was granted a copy via Netgalley.

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Description

When half–wolf shifter Frankie Newman receives an e-mail from a family member she didn’t know existed, a secret is revealed: as a child, Frankie witnessed her father killing her mother…and then himself. Frankie was torn from her pack by her mother’s human relatives, and the trauma was erased from her memory. Realizing that she’s been lied to her entire life, she’s never felt more alone. Until she catches the scent of an old friend—warmly familiar and intoxicating.

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Review

Overall :  5 stars

Performance: 5 stars

  Story: 5 stars

 

Ok, full disclosure, I am a huge fan of Suzanne Wrights the Phoenix Pack series and it’s companion series The Mercury Pack. I had an idea of what to expect and those expectations were incredibly high!
Finally it’s time for Tricks story, and what a story it is. As with this whole series (which can be read individually but works best and it at it’s most enjoyable when read in the correct order.

Phoenix pack member Lydia has made contact with her niece Frankie ,who was raised by her human mothers parents after the death of both her parents. The only witness was a very small Frankie in the murder/ suicide of her parents and she has no memory of the horrific incident. When Frankie replies to Lydia’s message it is obvious that she has absolutely no clue about her paternal biological family (In fact her grandparents had lied to her since her parents died.) Lydia’s mother is dying after the recent loss of her mate and it is her wish to see her granddaughter one more time.

Frankie agrees to meet Lydia (accompanied by some of the Phoenix pack) to discuss the situation. As soon as Trick sees Frankie her is completely certain that he is face to face with his true mate! 
While this story is growing there is also a problem from another pack, (who have been put together with a selection of violent loners and defeated packs who are threatened with death if they don’t comply) they want war with the humans and attempt to convince Trey that it is in his best interests to join their cause. Trey is not interested in war. Despite being known as a complete psycho, Trey’s aim in life is to support his loved ones, (Mate, cubs and pack) and protect their home from intrusion.
I don’t want to give more details because it would be easy to accidentally give a spoiler however I will say that this is worth every single star that I have awarded it.
I absolutely loved this book but should state that it is maybe not for everyone. There is graphic violence and graphic sex scenes however the violence is in keeping with the story and the sexual content is always about love, passion and a deep connection.
I have seen prior criticism (on other books in the series) that all of the books follow a formula, and to some extent I agree that is true. However the similarities are about the very nature of shifter’s and their natural lifestyles. There is always a strong other story-line accompanying those similarities.

Jill Redfield has narrated all of the Phoenix and Mercury pack series. That is a lot of voices to master and a huge consistency challenge. Jill Redfield get’s it spot on every single time and the amount of actual acting that she brings to this story takes it to another level. Passion, intensity, fear, determination, every single emotion is there and maintained throughout.

These two really are an outstanding team.

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A Witch’s Concern (Witch for Hire #4) Audiobook Review.

Author: N.E. Conneely

Narrators: Jeff Hays, Laurie Catherine Winkel

Series: A Witch’s Path, Book 4

Length: 7 hours 25 minutes

Publisher: N.E. Conneely

Released: Jan. 16, 2018

Genre: Paranormal, Supernatural

Michelle has been figuring out what her life is like now that the demon has been killed, and Sylvia and Varro are dead. Even the clans of witches trying to attract her to their way of life have backed off and given her a chance to grieve. Her relationship with Elron is stronger than ever, but there are things left unsaid.

On the way to her parents’ wedding, the delicate calm she’d been living in is broken. Witches are out for her blood, her family is caught in the crossfire, and friendships are threatened. Work doesn’t let up either, and she partners up with Elron to deal with magic gone wild. Michelle finds that her problems are larger than one clan of witches, and is forced to choose between the people she holds dear and the way of life she loves.

This is the fourth book in a series, following A Witch’s Trial. It is a standalone novel, however, your experience will be greatly enhanced if you’ve heard the previous books.

N.E. Conneely lives in northern Georgia with her dog and a mountain of books. They sweat through the summer and freeze through the winter, and life as they know it comes to an end when so much as a single snowflake falls out of the sky. For fun, N.E. plays with her dog, reads, knits, crochets, paints, and does tie-dyeing and origami. She makes a great pizza and is currently negotiating with her husband about raising sea monkeys and growing a vegetable garden.

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Narrator Bio

Jeff Hays has made a name for himself in the audio book world by creating immersive experiences out of his productions. His versatility and authenticity in voicing characters, expressive low-impact narration, and dedication to offering the highest quality audio possible has earned him a loyal following of listeners. Having been fascinated with sound since he can remember, Jeff takes his background of composing and producing music, and his continual consumption of the avalanche of fictional media we all experience in these modern times, and uses it to inform his style of story telling in the audiobook realm.

And now, having produced more than 80 audio books and perfecting his craft, using the namesake of his live streaming narration show, the Soundbooth Theater shingle has been hung. Soundbooth Theater is dedicated to applying Jeff’s production methods to new audio books with other budding narrator talent, and expanding his scope from audio books, to voicing and producing animation.

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Laurie got into voiceover by studying with the legendary dialect expert Paul Meier and hosting the teen program for a nonprofit for the blind, Kansas Audio Reader. She speaks French fluently and, before diving into audiobooks, lived and performed for some time in France. She’s racking up some bizarre credits, playing a range of characters onscreen from Disney princesses to horror scream queens, and proving her audio versatility by narrating everything from cowboy romances to action-packed GameLit fantasy trolls. You can also catch her in a few VR video games. Her favorite is playing confident, power-hungry, whip-smart anti-heroines.

Like Jeff Hays, she hails from the Kansas City area but currently lives in Atlanta.

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Overall Rate 5 stars

Performance Rate 5 stars

Story Rate 5 stars

I feel the need to start this book review by saying that all of these books are wonderful, adventurous, yet charming and I would not be a good reviewer if I did not say consider going back and listen to the first 3 books in this series before this one. Extend the enjoyment.

This book has less focus on Michelle’s police work but that doesn’t mean that there is one iota less adventure. N.E. Conneely has packed this story with surprises galore. This wonderful book is an adventure from start to finish.

The narration by  Jeff Hays and  Laurie Catherine Winkel is wonderfully expressive and the characters that they play throughout this book are believable and so well represented. They put the perfect amount of emotion and personality into the characterization. The sound quality is outstanding and the volume level is consistent throughout.

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

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