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Would you consider the audio edition of Wanderlust to be better than the print version?
I haven not read the print version. I do love audio books and this is my first dark audio. Audio books, in my opinion, heighten all reading experiences. By having the narrators read to you, I feel like you FEEL more. The passion, the drama, the intensity of everything is just MORE. After listening to Wanderlust, I don’t think I could have experienced it any other way. It just made my experience, like I just described, more, better, intense, consuming.
What other book might you compare Wanderlust to and why?
The dark kidnapping books that come to mind are the Duet series by C.J. Roberts and The Monsters in the Dark series by Pepper Winters. Both have kidnapping and both deal with a messed up and damaged Hero.
Have you listened to any of Lucy James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is my first book with Lucy James as the narrator. She was absolutely perfect for the book. She not only changed her voices for the Hero, but she also did it for the Heroine. I haven’t come across that. She made me believe she was Evie. She made me feel like she was the lost and a lonely girl. Her reading pace is on the slower side, but you do not miss anything. You can also speed the pace in the audio book too. Lucy’s voice is soft, sweet and very girlie. It’s the three qualities I like in listening to a female narrator.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
I liked the Niagara Falls references. Each chapter has a little quote or snippet of information relating towards Niagara Falls. In some ways those little snippets I read at the beginning of each chapter kind of set up the tone of the read. Sometimes it was hopeful and sometimes it was ominous. I enjoyed that. It really played on my emotions.
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Full Book Review:
Wanderlust is a standalone novel written by Skye Warren.
This is my second book by Skye Warren. It’s no secret that I love dark books. I have a high threshold in the dark department. I do not cringe during rape scenes. I do no turn my eye away from beatings or the Heroine crying her eyes out. All of that makes it more alluring and it completely consumes me. Does Wanderlust have any of that? Well, you will have to read it to see.
I will have to put this disclaimer out there. This is NOT a light-hearted book. This is for the dark junkies like me. I wouldn’t say its super dark, it’s not mild, but you will not cringe too badly. I didn’t.
Evie lives a shelter life. Her mom is super paranoid and therefore her mom lives in a bubble. Evie dreams of something more. She wants to explore the world, but with limited funds and no “real” life experience she is kind of stuck. After saving for a bit, she takes a leap and decides to go on a road trip.
Her destination is to visit Niagara Falls. On her way, Evie runs into Hunter.
Hunter is just like Evie, passing through. Hunter is a trucker with a huge chip on his shoulder. Evie doesn’t want anything to do with Hunter and tries to ignore his attempts.
Hunter is not willing to back down, in fact he doesn’t care if Evie wants him or not. He wants Evie, therefore, he will simply take her.
“You’re mine. I caught you, and I’m not giving you back”
The interaction between Hunter and Evie is dynamic, somewhat explosive. You feel bad for Evie. This poor girl just wants to visit the Falls and all of sudden she is held captive by this dark and mysterious guy. She doesn’t understand him and she isn’t sure if she wants to.
I love Evie’s inner monologue. I needed to understand the girl who doesn’t know anything about life. How does she feel towards Hunter? What does she want? Does she even want to escape? Evie’s struggles with what she wants and what she thinks she wants. She also has a past that slowly comes to light and it will make your heart break even more for her.
“He was my ship in a tempestuous sea. I was the talisman he kissed before a storm”
Hunter is a tricky character. You want to love the dark Hero, but we call them dark for a reason. I will be honest and say I absolutely loved Hunter from the start. I love a damaged and messed up Hero. Hunter presents himself as the bad guy. He’s just a strong alpha trucker with sex on the mind, but of course there is something deeper and darker within Hunter. I loved trying to figure out his past.
“There was a strange but addictive magic to sex. It tied a thin string from his soul to mine with everything joining…”
It’s a crazy story, but I enjoyed it very much. There’s a lot that goes on between Hunter and Evie and the book has some angst. There are some pull your hair out moments, but I kind of liked that. It added more drama and it really build-up the characters. The thing that really worked for me was the crazy dark chemistry between Evie and Hunter.
If you are a fan of dark books, you need to take a chance on this one.
An Audio copy was kindly provided
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Evie has lived a very sheltered life for 20 years. Her mother was overprotective and paranoid, and tried to keep Evie hid away from the dangers of the world, and dangers of men. When Evie turns 20 she leaves her mother's home to seek the life of freedom and independence she has always wanted. Her life is taken in a terrifying direction when she encounters a trucker named Hunter at the first motel on her journey. After she is taken by Hunter she starts to evaluate who she is an what she wants from her life.
This book was definitely confusing, but in a very intriguing way. This is not a typical anything, and there are a lot of times when it is unclear what to even want for these characters. This is a dark read, so readers looking for a classic romance may not be interested in this. I am someone who enjoys reading books that make me think and feel a variety of emotions, even if unpleasant at times. Evie is a character who is easy to sympathize with and cheer on. She's thoughtful and is trying to understand what her options, choices, and feelings are under some impossible circumstances. At times it is tough to decide what she should do, and I found myself thinking about options for her that defy real life logic and common sense. Hunter was a tough character to understand. My feelings about him were all over the place, and even when we get a lot more information about him and his situation I found it difficult to really make up my mind about all of it. That is one of the things i enjoyed about the book. I wasn't sure what was going to happen and my feelings about it were all over the place. I don't want to spoil any of the plot because one of the things I liked was wondering what was going to happen. There were a couple times when I felt like Evie's sheer bad luck in running into so many horrible people was a bit over the top, but overall I did enjoy the experience of this book and would read more by this author in the future.
The narrator was a good fit for the audio version of this book. She gave Evie's voice the innocence and youth that really provided a good understanding of that character. She also did a good job of not taking the listener out of the story. One of the best compliments I can give to a narrator is that I was not aware of the narrator as I listened to the story.
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