The Short Life of Sparrows

  • by Emm Cole
  • Narrated by Pamela Lorence
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Beneath the light of a full moon, the Nightbloods and Seers are dancing. They are dancing as they await another Awakening, a dream that defines every witch's destiny. It doesn't matter that the coven is cheering and anticipating her turn into womanhood, because Calli doesn't want any of it.
She doesn't want to see the face of the hired hand Isaiah, nor does she desire the pursuits of a very determined Nightblood as she runs from a future with the Ordinary help. She knows that regardless of whether she taps into forbidden magic or not, an Awakening is rumored to hold ultimate power over the Seer who dreams it.
While the other Seers her age are given to their parties, their enchantments, and the lust of Nightblood suitors, Calli must choose how she'll endure the worst of her visions. There may be a way to survive her sleep, but she's not sure she can defeat the truth that will find her when she's wide awake.
Does real love even stand a chance against the darkest of magic?


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a powerful, beautiful, and distinct story

The Short Life of Sparrows by Emm Cole follows the coming of age of Calli, a Seer. Apart from humans, women who are Seers live together. Starting from the age of 18, Seers have been cursed with dreams depicting real life evils things that humans do. Their men, Nightbloods, live separately and conduct their own related business. Calli, on the verge of her 18th birthday, is frustrated by the world around her and dreading her awakening, the first dream of the evil doing of humans that she has. Isaiah is an ordinary young man, an orphan, looking for a job. Despite everything that he’s heard about the Seers, he decides to apply for and take a job with Lil, Calli’s aunt. When Calli’s awakening dream reveals something about her own future and Isaiah’s involvement in it, Calli is livid and scared. While she works to subvert a dream that she knows will come to pass, Isaiah tries to focus on getting his job done and stay out of the lives of the Seers and Nightbloods.

What a magical story! There are so many moving pieces that work together to create a powerful, beautiful, and distinct story. It’s a story about love, romantic and among family, but also the love that develops among true friends. The story is peppered with darkness, romance, and prejudice. Calli is a headstrong and sometimes infuriating, but also endearing, woman. Isaiah is a stubborn and solemn man, but with a big heart. Each of the other characters in the village and among the Nightbloods, good and bad, are really unique. The story blends the developing, strengthening and changing relationships between Calli, Isaiah, and their friends and relatives, with the tragedy of the Seer and Nightblood lives. The end is powerful and memorable and brings tears to the eyes. I highly recommend!

The narration by Pamela Lorence was well done. The emotions and the personalities of the characters really came through in each voicing and I was engrossed in the story, a mark of a great narrator.  The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes beautiful depicted paranormal fantasies with a bit of darkness.

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Beautifully written and well narrated story

Have you listened to any of Pamela Lorence’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first, but I will listen to her again.

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The Short Life of Sparrows is beautifully written and is a breath of fresh air in the coming-of-age paranormal genre. I’m gonna list this out, because lists. Love the lists.Things I loved about The Short Life of Sparrows:1. How this book has a dual narration, but the narrators are not the couple. They both have their own coming of age and love story.2. How the romance between our heroine and the boy was slow; how they infuriated each other with their antics, but eventually came to admit their feelings and had to change their impressions of themselves and each other.3. The friendship between our two narrators, and how they told each other all their secrets even though they only just met earlier that summer. 4. The surprises that were revealed in the latter part of the book. Some of these I really didn’t see coming, and I enjoy a good twist or bombshell.5. How this story shows that people’s nature is what it is, and it cannot be changed. That you cannot change your destiny, even if other people meddle and manipulate your perceptions.6. The tragic beauty of the melancholy ending. The book has a HEA for our main couple, and yet, it comes on the heels of a tragedy I was not expecting, which cut deep.7. The book was beautifully written and very well narrated.I was provided a complimentary copy of this book via Audiobook Blast in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-11-2015
  • Publisher: Brianie A Gutierrez