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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Fun!

Mo Collins works on a replica pirate ship, the Viva Ancora, when the dead start to walk. Only him and his shipmate Crow are alive aboard, as all the rest of the crew went on land to have fun. Now they spend their days fishing and watching the blue skinned, naked zombies do what they do. Having sailed around the country, Mo finds himself only miles from home. Stumbling upon another survivour, Smokes, Mo has his mind made up to search for his family. What follows is a rollicking good time.

This was so much fun!! It's a fresh and unique look at the typical zombie book. Mo is writing his journal, which I liked, but the fun really started happening when Smokes came. He was one heck of a funny character!! I loved his take on the zombies and how he narrates it to Mo!! You will have to read the book to understand, but it was a unique way to handle the outbreak!!

The plot was fast paced and entertaining. I found myself laughing out loud a lot of times. The characters were fun and well written. It's quite a diverse group too which I liked. I liked that the author poked fun of the zombie troupes and made sure we knew that a zombie poops!! Lol.

In all, a highly entertaining read. I'm excited to see where the author takes it from here.

S.W. Salzman had a great range of tones and voices for the characters and brought each of them to life. I loved how he did Smokes because he was such a colourful character!! It was a great performance and I hope he reads the next one.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Interesting idea.

This is a very short book but boy was it good!!! Dr. Hashimoto and Shun, two roboticists from Ashita Institute have created something special. They've created some Masks that can change your physical appearance to look like anyone, they also have body suits to go with it. They have created it for fun, but other people want them for nefarious purposes.

It's such a short book that there isn't much I can say about it other than it was an entertaining and well written story and I thoroughly enjoyed this! I would love to see this expanded into a longer book. The idea of the masks and body suits was fascinating and I want to know more!!.

Rick Gregory read this really well. He gave each character their own tone and held my attention till the end.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Great second book!

Jane just can't seem to get a break! Her parents are in witness protection and someone wants to buy their business. When on a picnic with Emma, she encounters not only two monster hunters, a weird religious fanatic who is an exceptionally strong wizard, but she also meets someone whom she promises to help, but that promise might just be the end of her. She is also the Shaman of Bright Falls now and is called into help with the discovery of a mass grave of infants.

I've read a few of this authors books but I have to say that this series is my favourite. Jane is just such a fun and likable character and the world the authors have created is awesome! I love the magic and fantastical creatures and the fact that most of them have come out to the world. The world building was well done and one of my favourite things about the books.

Jane is by far my favourite thing though!! Her attitude and joie de vivre just make her stand out. She is only a teen, yet has the weight of so much on her shoulders, but she always manages to stay up beat and fun. She is an admirable heroine!! I also loved that the authors kept her as a typical teen in ways. Her relationship with her BFF is awesome and I loved the dynamics between the two of them. I loathe love triangles, but I also know that a teenagers hormones will dictate things to them. Jane loves Alex and he does seem right for her, but then there is the bad boy Lucien, who she is drawn to. He makes her feel alive! I'd be happy with her ending up with either of them to be honest, but I think Alex is more suited to who Jane is.

Anyway, book 2 seems to have a lot more action and adventure than the first, which is always good!! This also felt a bit darker than the first, but still had plenty of the fun and laugh out loud moments. The authors throw out puns and pop culture references like there's no tomorrow, which makes for great reading. I sniggered so much while reading this that my kids were looking at me funny. I want to be a fly on the wall while these authors are plotting out the next book!!!

In all, this series is amazing. Well written and developed, with amazing characters and a strong female lead, it's a must read for everyone. This author duo can do no wrong!!

Arielle DeLisle was amazing. She brings Janes' sassiness to life and captures each of the characters personalities perfectly. She is easy to listen to and has a pleasant voice.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Good read.

Twins Dana and Sarah were kidnapped, but Sarah manages to escape. Desperate to get help and go back to rescue Dana, she goes to the nearest person she knows, Meredith, a work college whom she doesn't particularly like. She soon realises that something weird is happening.... the dead are walking. She also realises that Meredith was dealing with something herself, she had cancer and had just finished her last treatment. Meredith also didn't know the dead are walking! It's up to both of them to get back to Dana and rescue her before it's too late.

This was a really good short story. It's only about and hour and a quarter long, but it packs a lot into it. This focuses on the girl and their desperation to save Dana, rather than the zombies. I'm looking forward to seeing where thee author takes this and whether we see a lot of zombie action or if it will be solely focused on the survivours. This is well written and developed, the characters are likable and interesting and it made me eager to see what happens next, so all in all a great read.

Lisa L. Wiley was ok. She was easy to listen to and was able to keep my attention, but she read this a little flatly. Her tones were too similar for the female characters and she didn't bring the atmosphere to life. I wanted her to capture Sarahs desperation more!!

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Entertaining!!

I have to say that the blurb for the book sums up the plot perfectly....In Ash, Abrahams tells the story of four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians as they each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks. Theirs is a gray world covered in ash and nuclear fallout. Do they hunker down? Do they bug out? Do they find their salvation above ground or below?... so I'm not going to rehash it in my own words because there's no need!!

First and foremost, I have to applaud the author on what he's doing here. It's a unique and fresh way to do the post apoc books. The series he plans deals with the same core characters but puts them into different situations. He says that different heroes will emerge with each book and if some characters die in one book, they will be back in the next. I love the idea of this and am looking forward to reading them all!!

Anyway, this one deals with a Nuclear Attack. The fallout is bad and life as we know it is gone. I loved that the author dives into the action straight away. We get enough information on the attack to satisfy me and we get enough character development to keep them interesting. It's a very easy story to get into and its easy to pick out some favourite characters too! One of mine died here but I know he will be in the next book so I'm ok about it.

In all, this was a great read. I gave it 4 stars because I didn't like the way the kids believed the group over the radio so quickly!! They were willing to eave everything behind so easy that it just felt wrong. Other than that small bit, I loved everything else about it. It's well written and thought out, it's fast paced and exciting and it's the start of something fresh and new in an over-saturated genre.

Kevin Pierce is as good as always. He is easy to listen to and was clear and concise. He has plenty of tones for the characters and even does the female voices really well.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Hilarious!

I loved book 1 of this and eagerly dived into it when I got it. Now I didn't absolutely love this one as much as the first because I felt like the first half of the book was a little slow, but it's still worthy of 5 stars for it's entertainment value!! In this one, Jackson Blackwell is preparing for fatherhood, but he ends up getting banished from his home and his world, and the only world that will take him is one filled with comic book heroes and villains. Jackson has been tasked with doing something "unique", and of course he rises to the challenge.

Jackson Blackwell is such a fun character to read!! I don't particularly like him but he is so much fun! He is well developed and written and it shows how good the author is at writing characters because he is basically an a..hole, yet you can't help but root for him.

The plot of this one was intriguing (when it finally got there) The dimension the story takes place in was awesome!! It's filled with superheroes and of course, Jackson has a plan for them. While it did drag for the first half of the book, when it finally got going, it really took off!! There were so many twists and turns that it made up for the lackluster start.

In all, this was a fun, laugh out loud and entertaining read. I love how the author pokes fun at so many things, from book sequels, to reviewers, and even the narrator!! It made me laugh a lot, which made the book a winner in my opinion.

Jeffrey Kafer is one of the best in the business, and to hear him poke fun of himself was awesome!! His performance here was flawless and he brought Jackson to life. I highly recommend his work!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Fun and action packed.

Denman Sno is Agent Prime, the best of the Fleet Intelligence Service's elite Special Service Division. He is the best of the best, and he will need all his skills for his next quest. His new assignment is to protect and deliver Pol Hammon, the galaxy's greatest dark tech hacker, to Galactic Fleet headquarters. But he feels like he is thwarted at every opportunity!! Is someone he trusts a traitor?

This was so much fun, all the while being fast paced and action packed!! It takes place in the same universe as Roak, and Roak even gets a mention in this!! I loved pretty much all of it. The plot was entertaining, exciting and surprising in places. I loved seeing Agent Prime in action and he is a character that has grown on me. Kind of like Bond in a way!! All the characters were well written and developed, with Denman being my favourite!

In all, a fun read. Jake Bible has created an amazing world, filled with action, adventure and characters you will love.

Andrew B. Wehrlen read this really well. He is always easy to listen to and is clear and concise. I'm looking forward to the next one!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Interesting idea.

Avery Lane wants to do her thesis on the fate of the 117 missing colonists of Roanoke because she finds it fascinating and has some theories she believes could be possible. But her professor tells her to drop it and choose something else.But she doesn't want to! That is until she meets a group that call themselves the Descendants. They threaten her and tell her to drop it or die. But it's not that easy because Avery is seeing the ghost of one of the colonists, who tells her that their story needs to be told. Can she solve the mystery before the Descendants stop her?

This wasn't at all what I was expecting and took a little while to fully take off. The plot was interesting and intriguing and I enjoyed the spin the author put on it. I've always found the Roanoke vanishing fascinating anyway and loved that the author put her own stamp on it. I liked that we get to see both the past and the present and I thoroughly enjoyed the flashbacks.

Avery was a great character. She is determined, smart, loyal and brave. She has her mind set to figure out what happened to the people and tries not to let others distract her from that goal.

In all, this was a good read. It was a little long winded at times but I still enjoyed the overall story. The ending lines up for the next book and makes me eager to see what Avery discovers next.

Caprisha Page was clear and read this well. I loved her voice for the flashbacks and she had plenty of other tones and voices for the rest of the characters that made them easily distinguishable.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

A slow burner.

I have to admit that this book was a slow start for me. I almost gave up at one stage because I felt a little lost as to what was happening, but then there was the "ah ha" moment and it clicked!! I figured some things out, (though I wasn't right where I thought the plot was going!), and bam, the book took off. It was awesome!!!

I'm not going to summarise the plot because it is much better for you to go into it blind and because I could spoil something easily, so all I'll say is that it's a psychological thriller that brings it's A game! You think you know what is going to happen, but let me tell you that you don't!! There were times when I was reading and I was thinking to myself... what is going on here, but then the author throws a curve ball and it's like a light bulb going off!!

The characters were all well written too, though I did find myself confused at times between Eilida and Sunshine and who was doing what! But that was the fun of the plot!!! It made me think and kept me on my toes.

In all, this was quite the surprise to me. I haven't heard of this before and didn't know what to think going into it! What I got was a well written thriller that kept me hooked till the very end. I can't wait to see what happens next.

Belle Burkhart read this well. Her tones and cadences were really good and she was able to draw me in. She had plenty of tones and voices for the characters and was clear and concise. I thoroughly enjoyed her performance.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-26-18

Excellent second book.

Book 2 sees Jessie even more in the grips of the demon Nalsuu. She has freed two of his minions and is intent on freeing Dalkhu, the one who has the power to release Nalsuu from his prison. But the Watchers are also intent on stopping her. Frank has found a boy who could be the prophesied saviour, the one with the power to destroy the fallen forever! It is up to him to train him before Nalsuu is released.

I loved book 1 and dived into this straight after listening to it, and I have to say that I loved this one even more. There is more action than the first and I found myself hooked! The plot was fast paced and exciting and I was on the edge of my seat throughout. The world the author created is fascinating and I loved finding out about the Fallen and Watchers and about the chosen one!!

The characters were all well written and developed. Frank is as steady as ever and I loved how he handled the boy. Jessie is more messed up than she was in book 1 because the Demon has a stronger hold on her. There is a new player who seems to be working for his own agenda. He is unpredictable and deadly and I hope we get more about him in the next one!!

In all, this was an excellent second book and one I devoured. I am so looking forward to book 3!!! Brilliant world building and great characters make this a must read.

Todd Menesses read this well. He had a great range of tones and voices for the characters and was able to bring the atmosphere to life. One thing I did find with him though was his female tones were a little grating and got on my nerves a bit. But overall, a good performance.

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