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Just the right amount of creepy and dark...

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-03-18

This review is my second experience reading Holly Black. This book, written prior to the Folk of the Air series, is in the same world, but the characters are different. I absolutely loved the Folk of the Air series and so I really wanted to read more. The Darkest Part of the Forest is a Young Adult stand-alone book narrated by Lauren Fortgang. She also narrated the popular Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. It is an entertaining and dark read, and even though I enjoyed it, I didn’t LOVE it, like The Folk of the Air Series. There is a small smattering of swear words throughout, so parents of younger, well-read kids use discretion.

The Darkest Part of the Forest stars: siblings Hazel and Ben Evans who live in the mysterious town of Fairfold. Fairfold is different because, unlike other towns, the people of Fairfold have assimilated life sharing the town with the Fair Folk. That’s right, fairies. Life in Fairfold has gone on pretty uneventfully, except for the handful of occasions the Fair Folk cause mischief. Sometimes tourists go missing, but that is just life in Fairfold. The locals know the rules and if you’re a tourist, well, you better not act like one. Then one day, that all changed, and the town is in danger from secrets that could destroy its very existence.

This story is just the right amount of dark and creepy at times, and the audio just heightens that feeling.

Enjoy!

Lovely!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-03-07

My Lord Murdered is a Regency-era romance novel written by the award-winning Paula Reibel Schwartz under the pen name Elizabeth Mansfield in 1978. This is my first experience reading a Regency-era novel to completion, yes, that even includes Miss Jane Austen. Even though Miss Austen’s books are on my TBR list, I still have not taken the time to read any of her novels. I have watched many movies and television shows set in the Regency-era, but I definitely will read more books now.

I have to say after reading My Lord Murderer as an immersive experience(book+audiobook); I feel like it will be easier to read books set in this era. In the past, I found it difficult to read these types of books because of the language and dialog barrier. They simply sometimes can be very hard to understand. I could follow along with the dialog, and it was a delightful experience. Elizabeth Mansfield did a wonderful job with this story, and it is undeniable that a lot of research went into her writing. She penned over 30 Regency-era romances during her career. As well as a novelist, Ms. Mansfield was also a talented playwright.

The story was a light read. It is tasteful and very witty. It is not at all like the Bridgerton television series on Netflix. True to the time, the characters were everything I expected, and Jane Copland did a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Powerful, raw and unfiltered emotion.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-03-02

If you haven’t delved into the world of Exit Unicorns, then you are missing out on an epic work of Historical Fiction!

In the Country of Shadows is the fourth book in this phenomenal and award-winning series and continues the story of Casey, Pamela, Jamie, Patrick along with Noah, and a host of many unforgettable characters navigating the terrible tragedy that is The Troubles.

This part of the story has us traveling to Paris, San Francisco, Maine, and back across the sea to Ireland where the conflict in Northern Ireland continues to spill blood. This story is about truth, trust, loss, survival, and acceptance. It is full of love and heartache and is powerfully emotional.

I first read In the Country of Shadows in 2016 and again in 2020, just after the release of book 5 Where Butterflies Dream.
I have now read this fantastic book as an immersive experience (book+audio) and I can't fully describe the feelings this book leaves with you.

Gary Furlong has outdone himself once again. He delivered pure and powerfully raw emotion with this book, and he has done a spectacular job of bringing the story to life and making you feel as if you are experiencing it all firsthand.

The audiobook for book 5: Where Butterflies Dream is set for release later this year. I can hardly wait!!

The immersive reading experience with this series is so extraordinarily wonderful. I can’t imagine experiencing this series any other way. I highly recommend it! It is an amazing experience.

Have you ever been to Wylde, Idaho?

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-01-28

Well, you can go there if you like, all you have to do is dive into this thrilling adventure series by Annie Bellet! This series came highly recommended by one of my favourites, Tricia O’Malley. I was playing D & D 3 or 4 times a month so I thought, why not? So far, I have read the first 5 books of this 10 book series and I am very much looking forward to reading the rest. The first 3 books I read as an immersive experience and you can get those as a group for 1 credit on Audible. If you are into all manners of mythical creatures, rolling for initiative, and fighting evil, then this is a series you need to check out. The books are a quick read, and very engaging.

The Twenty-Sided Sorceress series stars Jade Crow, a comic book and game store owner in the fictional town of Wylde, Idaho. Oh, did I mention she is a sorceress? Jade has been living peacefully for some time until evil from her past catches up to her and threatens her life and those she loves.

Brilliant!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2021-01-03

I enjoyed this as an immersive experience.
(Audio+Book)


I got this lovely book for Christmas. It is a beautifully illustrated set of stories and a welcomed edition to my Folk of the Air collection of hardcovers. It is a fast and enjoyable read. Caitlin Kelly does another fantastic job of bringing the characters and story to life. I absolutely love her rendition of Cardan.

How The King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories is a novella that shares stories that took place during Cardan’s childhood, when he first met Jude, and also after the events of The Queen of Nothing from Cardan’s perspective. So, if you haven't read the Folk of the Air Series, then you should read those first, as this book will contain spoilers.

Have you been to Grace's Cove yet?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-09-20

Wild Irish Dreamer is the 8th installment of the fantastic Mystic Cove series. Our story takes us back to Grace's Cove and stars Fiona MacAuliffe, the daughter of Cait Gallagher and Shane MacAuliffe. We met Cait and Shane in Wild Irish Eyes. Fiona known by family and friends as Fi is a bit of a globetrotter. She loves to travel, and she has made it her mission to not stay in one place for too long. Fi never embraced her magickal gifts passed down from her mum, in fact, she has spent most of her life ignoring those gifts and shielding herself. She left Grace's Cove and threw herself into her work and travels the globe as a business interpreter. When Fi comes back home for her best friend's wedding, things get complicated and Fi is faced with accepting herself for who she is and deciding what she really wants in life.
It is always fantastic to go back to the Cove. This entire series is wonderful.

I have to admit throughout my immersive reading experiences I have not liked the male voices by women narrators and the female voices by men narrators on more than a few occasions, but it rarely takes away from the story or experience. The part I love the most about the immersive experience is how the emotions come alive in a way that reading alone can not produce. I have to admit I teared up a time or two and even laughed out loud while reading this book.

A classic vampire tale

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-07-13

I expect it is rare to have a tome imprint itself onto you in a way that you never forget the title or the author. This is my experience with this next novel. I read The Delicate Dependency in the late 80s early 90s, and I believe that my Aunt Jo gave me the novel. I always remembered that it was brilliant, but over many years I have forgotten many of the details, and in time I lost the copy I had.

The memory of this book would pop up from time to time, and I dreamed it would be wonderful to read it again. However, finding another copy was proving to be hard, so I would give up each time. Then in 2018, I tried again and low and behold I found a digital copy on Amazon! A bonus is that there was also an audiobook version. I could hardly contain myself and was very excited about experiencing this fantastic novel again.

The novel transports us to Victorian-era London. The players are Dr. Gladstone, his eldest, Ursula, his youngest, Camille, Niccolo, a youthful-looking man with angelic beauty, and the strange Lady Hespeth. The talented doctor and his daughters find themselves in an exciting and deadly pursuit, navigating the mystical world of the vampire.

This is not like any modern-day vampire novel you have heard about, and I am in agreement with many others that the late Michael Talbot created by far one of the best vampire novels around. It is compelling, spellbinding, and electrifying. Matt Godfrey is an award-winning narrator and does a fantastic job bringing this tale to life. I really enjoyed his interpretation. If you are into young adult vampire stories, then this may not be the novel for you. If you are up for experiencing a true classic, then this is a book you need to read.

Enjoy!

I loved this trilogy!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-04-17

I loved this trilogy so much!!! Queen of Air and Darkness surpassed every expectation I had for wrapping up this series. I got Lady Midnight as a gift in December of 2017. I got Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness for Christmas in 2019. I re-read Lady Midnight so that I could read all the books one after the other! It took me 3 1/2 months to read, but it was worth every minute!! Such a fantastic series.
These were the first Cassandra Clare books I have read, and I have since procured the original Shadow Hunter Series books. I understand that there is a spin-off series to this one coming possibly in 2022. I really hope it is sooner!!

I actually followed the Audible versions for Lord of Shadow and Queen of Air and Darkness with the books because they were narrated by the exquisite James Marsters. It was phenomenal. I highly recommend experiencing the series in this way. Sadly, he did not narrate Lady Midnight.
I loved everything about this series!!

I loved this Trilogy!!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2020-03-08

James Marsters was enchanting and I loved how he brought this story to life. An excellent sequel to Lady Midnight. ♥️
I got Lady Midnight as a gift in December of 2017. I got Lord of Shadows and Queen of Air and Darkness for Christmas in 2019. I re-read Lady Midnight so that I could read all the books one after the other! It took me 3 1/2 months to read, but it was worth every minute!! Such a fantastic series.
These were the first Cassandra Clare books I have read, and I have since procured the original Shadow Hunter Series books. I understand that there is a spin-off series to this one coming possibly in 2022. I really hope it is sooner!!

I actually followed the Audible versions for Lord of Shadow and Queen of Air and Darkness with the books because they were narrated by the exquisite James Marsters. It was phenomenal. I highly recommend experiencing the series in this way. Sadly, he did not narrate Lady Midnight.
I loved everything about this series!!

Amazing, would read again and again...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-12-22

I loved this series and I’m sad that it is over. I hope we see a spin-off series in the future. Caitlin Kelly does a remarkable job bringing this story to life. ❤️