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Real Rating = 3.5*
Source: I received this book free in return for an honest review.
Fade Into Me by Charity Bradford, read by Tia Sorensen, published Independently (2015) / Length: 6hrs
This book is standalone and no sequels are currently planned.
Some information about Ryanne's "secret" was given early in the book, and I really wanted to stop reading because of the callous way her "best friend" acted about it. But I kept reading, and I am not sorry I did.
The central romance was cute & sweet while, magical soulmates with extreme wealth aside, managing to not be too unrealistic.
More information about what happens to Ryanne comes at the end. I found it very devastating and won't be listening to any of the parts about it ever again.
Ryanne: She has some serious issues, which are totally understandable. But she manages to find her strength.
Caedan: I don't like his habit of manipulating human emotions for his own convenience; even if he doesn't believe he is causing any harm, it isn't right. I also don't like that he didn't respect her refusal to dance. However, he is not a typical bad boy jerk. He wants to make their relationship work, he just doesn't have a clue how to do that.
HIGHLIGHTS / CAUTIONS:
--I love the realistic emphasize on the fact that just because you find your soulmate doesn’t guarantee an instant HEA. It is made clear that any relationship requires work, care, and openness.
--And Caedan's mother calls him out for behavior that is all too typical in YA literature:
"All you've done is tell her what to do. What do you know about her as a person?"
CAUTIONS: As stated above, Ryanne's "secret" is devastating. The incident itself is never fully described; but nevertheless I was disturbed for days, especially by the final revelation. As the author relates, in the bonus interview, this was based on a friends real life experience, which only makes it worse. Anyone who might have sexual assault triggers should approach this book with care.
This audiobook has very long “chapters.” That can make it difficult to find something you are looking for. / Her voice is nice. She doesn’t do a lot of emoting or differentiating of voices, which doesn’t bother me but some people might be not like. A bit more problematic is the pacing of the non-dialogue parts which doesn’t vary much. / I listened on 1.25 speed (my usual)