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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Engrossing!

I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to book 1 of this series because it was better than I expected, and because of that I went into this one with high expectations, and I'm thrilled because this one was even better than the first!

The plot of this one shows us more about the Interlopers and the world they have come from. They are smart, cunning and incredibly strong and it was great to get more information on them. The plot was also fast paced and really exciting. I was listening to this as often as I could to see what would happen next. It's the kind of plot that takes a bit of concentration because there's a lot going on, but it was fascinating and entertaining. I'm eager to see what the Interlopers world brings us next!

We meet some new and interesting characters as well as finding out about some of the ones from book 1. I'm intrigued to see about the agency and what exactly their goal is!!

In all, this was a great read! It's not a stand alone so you will have to read the first to truly understand the overall plot. I can't wait for the third and final book in the trilogy to come to audio!!

Once again, Thom Bowers breathes life into this authors story. He is quickly becoming a favourite narrator of mine! He is easy to listen to and has an array of tones and voices for each character.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Slow to start but worth sticking with!

I'm always on the lookout for a good werewolf horror and was excited to start this, and while it was a little slow to get going, it was still a great read.

I thoroughly enjoyed the plot. Once the action started, it was fast paced and brutal! It starts with a man looking for answers to a legend from some natives, but ends up being infected with a virus that changes him every month. Then we learn of a gruesome set so murders happening and Meg thinks she knows what's doing it! She sets out to investigate and meets a beast! Luckily she escapes, but no one believes her story except a journalist, a private eye and a horror writer. They set out to get answers and when a suspect is arrested, and confesses to the murders, they know he is speaking the truth. He is kept in a cell until the time he is supposed to turn. Skeptical people, as well as the 4 believers, pile in to see if his story is true. What will happen when they turn up to witness the transformation?

There were quite a few characters to keep track of, but overall they were all well written and developed. I liked Meg as she knew in her heart what was killing people and despite being terrified, she knew she had to get the truth! Doug, Nick and Blake were all great characters too, but I think my favourite was the boy!

In all, I ended up devouring this book! After the initial set up and meeting the characters, the action really got going and I couldn't read it fast enough. It was bloody, gory, tense, terrifying and everything a great werewolf horror should be. I'm really hoping they bring the next book to audio soon because the ending left me wanting more.

Edison McDaniels read this well and was able to bring the story alive. He had a wide array of tones and voices and his portrayal of the wolf was awesome. I'll have to check out more by him.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Good....ish read.

So this book was good...ish! There were some positives but more negatives yet overall I enjoyed the plot enough to finish it!

I'll get the bad out of the way first. The main thing that bugged me was the number of POVs. It felt like it was chopping and changing too much for any of the characters to be fully developed!! I didn't connect to most of them and didn't really care what happened them. I feel like this could have been so much better had it been told by one person rather than so many! I also found the pacing to be hit or miss. I liked the build up to the house, and when something interesting happens with it, it was fast paced, but every other part was slow going and for the most part boring. I also didn't much like the ending. It just sort of ends. Maybe there's another one lined up, but I wish this had ended better.

Another thing that annoyed me was the whole town felt like a cliched kind of town. There's the obligatory "white trash" with a load of kids, a disabled child that the community feels like it needs to help and a few other characters that had me rolling my eyes. I didn't like when the rich lady rolls up and they were all shocked that she was black! I know it's set in the past, but still!!

Yet despite the negatives, I was still strangely enthralled with the story!! I liked some of the characters, I liked the atmosphere and the way the author builds up to the house, I liked the fact that the house had an effect on everyone and I liked the twist there was! I actually read this quickly enough and did end up enjoying it.

Jeffery Lynn Hutchins did a good job reading this. He was able to capture the personalities of the characters easily and bring each of them to life. He was clear and easy to listen to and I'll have to check out more from him.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-26-18

Enjoyable post apocalyptic read.

It's been a few weeks since I've read a good post apoc book that a) held my attention and b) that was fresh and unique, and thankfully Rebel Bound was both!

The characters were all well written and I pretty much liked them all. Caelin is responsible for looking after her younger sister, Mardy, since both their parents are dead, and so far she's doing a good job. In order for her to find shelter for them both during the day, Caelin has to scavenge as much as she can, the better the find, the longer she can stay. But pickings are getting slim and Caelin is struggling to find decent items. I really liked Caelin, she wanted to do what was best for her sister and I admired her tenacity and her bravery. I also liked that she took a while to trust others and trust the situation she was thrown into. It made her feel more real.

The plot was a little slow to fully get going, but once it did, it was awesome. I liked the premise and the author did a great job in explaining it and bringing the world to life. The romance was slow to build, which I also liked and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes from here!!

In all, this was a good introduction to the world and the author and I can't wait to see what happens in the next book.

Courtney Parker was easy to listen to and had a clear voice. She had a few different tones and voices for the characters but some of them sounded too similar and I was a little confused at times as to which female character was talking!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Love this series!

It's good to be back with the gang! Poor Aleks has a lot on his plate, and it's only made worse with the arrival of a very annoying, (to him anyway), white raven! Continuing on from the last book, Aleks has to put aside his feelings and try to work with his sister, Nori, and his friends, to stop Fritjof before it's too late. But it's not only evil Dragons they have to contend with, it's also his fae "family" and relations. Those that are supposed to be closest to him, want the location of the Lost Well in order to use it to rule. Aleks' friends are taken hostage, and he is given a task to rescue them before the time runs out. The only help he gets is some riddles that reveal the location of his friends. Can he do it or will he be forced to reveal the location?

This series is so good! It has a lot going for it, and both myself and my son love reading them. The characters are all well written and likable. Aleks just wants a normal life, but fate wants something else from him. He is such a reluctant hero, but that makes him more likable. The others in the group are the same. They are each easy characters to like and are worthy heroes and heroines!! It's one thing I love about the series.

Another thing is the fast paced plot and all the fantastical creatures the author has created. Aleks struggles with the fact that he is a changeling and in the Fae realm, changelings are things that everyone hates, at least that's what he has been told, so Aleks struggles with the decision of whether he wants to be Fae or Human. Yet he immediately does what's needed to help his friends. I love the friendship between all the kids and how strong it is!!

In all, this series is such a great read for any age. It's action packed, exciting, entertaining and the settings are always wonderful. I'm looking forward to seeing where the author takes it from here and how the dynamics of the group will have changed now that there's royalty in their group!!

Michele Carpenter has such a pleasant and easy voice to listen to. She gave each character their own unique tone and captured the atmosphere really well. Her portrayal of the Raven was awesome!! I thoroughly enjoyed her performance here!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

I devoured this!!

Here we are at book 6 and the story is still fresh and exciting! This one takes a turn I didn't expect and even though it was totally different than the rest of the series, it worked really well and added an extra twist to the plot.

As per usual, Stefan Korzh unleashes more mayhem by selling off the haunted items, this time it's a class ring that's haunted by a killer who loves to stab and eat his victims. Victor has to team up with Ariana this time in order to try to stop Korzh before more innocents die. Tom finds himself in trouble with the intriguing Leanne and he is in a race for his life! Meanwhile Stefan is getting more and more erratic and is in fear of his life of Anne. He thinks he needs to step up his selling of the objects before it's too late.

The plot was fast paced and addicting! So many things are happening and it feels like everything is going to come to a head soon!! I don't know how many books are planned for the series, but I feel like Stefan Korzh is going to get what's coming to him soon, and I can't wait!! His character is one of the worst I've ever read. He delights in murdering innocent people and is such a vile human being!! I admire the author for writing him in such a way that everyone will loathe him. Usually a villain will have a glimmer of niceness but not this fellow. He is evil to the core.

The rest of the characters are as awesome as always. Victor doesn't know how to handle the attention from Ariana, but he knows that he needs help stopping Korzh and has no choice but to team up with her. I'm loving seeing these two together!! They are so different yet I'm really hoping their relationship goes a little further. I'm rooting for them :) Tom is loving his own life at the moment, until he is kidnapped by.... something. Tom has really grown as a character and I'm intrigued to find out where the author will take him now!

In all, this book was amazing. I devoured it and am so looking forward to the next one. Luckily, this author writes fast and it's out soon!! I urge everyone to try this series!!

Thom Bowers does a great job reading this series. I feel like he "gets" the characters because he brings each of them alive! He is always clear and has plenty of tones and voices for the array of different characters.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Best one yet.

When the Vampire Shefiff asks for your help, you help him! Which is exactly what Sam and Sister Callie do, but things aren't what they seem and poor Sam and Callie are in way over their heads. This could be the end for the dynamic duo!!

This was the best of the series so far. More action and adventure, more vampires, more killing and just more of everything!! The plot was more intense and had some truly surprising twists. We learn some things about some of the characters and Sam and Callie are in a fight for their lives. It was a roller coaster from start to finish.

We are introduced to some unique characters with this one. We get to meet some of the old ones and meet some vampire royalty. We also get to see more of The Sheriff, which I loved because is such an intriguing character. Thoroughly enjoyable edition to the series and I want more!!

David Loving read this well and was clear and concise, I did feel like there was something missing from this performance though. I can't pinpoint it but he wasn't as good reading this one as he was the previous one.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Entertaining!!

This was a surprisingly good read. The plot was unique, entertaining and was well written and developed. It centers around a number of families who live on an Island that's surrounded by fog. Each family has a child that is 12 or very close to it, which in itself is very odd! But things are happening to the kids and the adults aren't saying anything. It's not till the curious kids start questioning if the fog is really there to protect them, or to hide things from them, and they "plug" the hole where the fog seems to be coming from, that they get some answers and their lives are changed forever.

I loved the world building in this. We find out about the world along with the kids and while it does unfold a little slowly, it still held my attention till the end. The world the kids grow up in is nothing but grey, according to them anyway! It's an island that has no modern items or amenities. It's surrounded by fog and none of the kids have ever seen the sun or sky. They've heard about the world from their parents and what happened. They think that the adults might be lying to them and the world is fine. Plus the things that are happening to them, makes them a lot more curious than normal!

The characters were all well written and were easy to like. The changes the kids are going through wee fascinating and I loved trying to see which thing they were turning into. It was an imaginative part of the book and the bit my son loved the most. He had fun figuring things out!!

In all, this was a fun, intriguing, if a some what slow burner, read. It held my attention and more importantly, it held my sons attention till the end. He is really looking forward to the next one to see what happens.

The narrator took a long while to get used to. He had plenty of tones and voices for the characters, but his voices for the females and some of the kids was really hard to listen to. He had a some what nasally tone for some of them, and had a very "falsetto" tone for other female characters. I found it a slog to get through the audio with him. I think I'll read the next one rather than listen to it!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Creepy!

Mike doesn't want to end up like his father, and tries his best with his girls and his wife. But it's hard when money is so tight! That's why he couldn't believe his luck when he found an amazing doll house in a second hand store and brings it home to his girls. But strange things start happening and Mike needs to find out why before it's too late!

This is the first book I've read by this author and it definitely won't be my last!! It's a pretty short read, but it's also very fast paced and very creepy. The plot was intriguing and entertaining. I liked how we see how the doll house was built and how it sets the scene for what's to come. It helped add to the tension. I also loved how we have a certain timeline and as it's being counted down, it made me read quicker to see what happens!!

It was so easy to like Mike and his family. I felt for Mike! His own childhood was horrible and all he wanted was to be a good father and husband, but he doubts himself all the time. When he sees the dollhouse, he is thrilled to be able to get something so beautiful for his girls. To see what his family goes through was heartbreaking.

In all, this was a great read and an even better introduction to this author. I will never look at a doll house the same again!

Joe Hempel is a masterful storyteller. When he is reading horror (or any other genre), he always manages to convey the creepy atmosphere perfectly and brings every book he reads to life. He is a narrator I always recommend and always will.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-18

Deliciously dark!

When Boyd gets a promotion, he has to rent a new place closer to work, they find a house they think is perfect for them, but things start turning bad pretty quickly! Food starts spoiling nearly as soon as it's brought into the house, Boyd starts feeling sick, and the rest of the family start acting weird. But it's when the ghosts start turning up that things take a descent into darkness.

The plot of this was good...ish. The first half of the book was intriguing, entertaining and had me hooked, but then things start going weird and that's why it's a 4 star and not a 5 star read. The author builds the tension nicely from the start, and I loved that! It made me eager to see what was going to happen next. I even liked it when the ghosts came and things started ramping up, but then Gina enters and things just go weird. Never the less, the plot was good and I liked it for the most part.

I liked Boyd and his family. They just want a nice place to live, but are thrown into something that shouldn't involve them. The most uncomfortable parts were to do with the daughter. It broke my heart and was tough to read!! One thing I've seen with this author is how he makes such great characters! They are easy to like and I was rooting for them all the way through.

In all, this was a good read. Even with it being so dark, it still had a lot of funny moments which added much needed levity to the overall story.

Joe Hempel is one of the best, especially when he reads Horror. He knows how to bring the atmosphere and tension to life. He has plenty of tones and voices for all the characters and was easy to listen to.

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