Audiobook review

Audiobook review

So, I decided to try and audiobook to see if I like the idea of having a story read to me. The book I chose was a step in the dark by Donna Augustine which is part of a series of books about somebody called Olie Witt. The narrator is a woman she called Angel Clark.

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The first book is all about the discovery that she is something called a Shadow Walker. This has given her the ability to see things that she calls monsters and till she discovers that correct term is crawlers. She learns when she starts getting visits from what can only be described as recruiters looking for shadow walkers. The reason shadow walkers are so easy to find is that there is usually some form of explosion where there is only one survivor. The one survivor is the person the crawlers wanted to live. She has lived through one such disaster that killed her family. As a result, she has become something of a recluse that is afraid to look around her because she might see a crawler.

She allows one recruiting team to take her back to meet their employer because they told her that he could provide answers to what was going on around her. This is how she meets Caine who runs a building known as the underground. He explained about the creatures and warns her not to talk to them. She finds him arrogant and so she walks away.

Unfortunately, she does not heed that warning and her apartment building is blown up. Caine finds her and they return to the underground where she begins a whole new life of learning about creatures she once believe did not exist, such as vampires. Caine tells her that shadow walking with him as an anchor to the real world means that she will be able to collect certain spells. He tells her that he wants one spell in particular and promises that if she gets it he will make sure that she never sees another crawler.

The book is then basically outlining the journey she makes as she learns what she is doing and realises that she is the most powerful Walker in decades. The price is a high though, and the results nearly drive her insane.

Then she meets a man in the shadowland’s and he helps her in any way he can. Sadly, this seems to backfire when he suddenly appears in the real world.

That was the end of book 1, and so I was interested in starting to read book 2. By then I had got used to the narrator and really enjoyed her style of reading so I continued this series is with my second audiobook.

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The second book is all about her discovery that she wants to walk in the shadowland’s once more because she missed the ability of magic that she had. She returns to the underground where she had previously ran away after releasing the man of the shadowland’s because she did not know what else to do. Caine tells her that he does not want her to come back and work for him and she begins to feel abandoned.

Things have started to go missing and people are blaming her even though she had nothing to do with it. This leads to her being tortured before rescued by Caine. Then he finds out about the man from the shadowland’s and abducts him taking him back to the underground. She follows only to be told that if she stays she will be in Caine’s apartment.

At some point she allows herself to be bitten by a crawler within the shadowland’s and she later learns this means she has been shadow kissed. This has given her a gift of an unknown amount of magic that could simply be one spell or hundreds. Suddenly she finds herself with the power to escape individuals, or even kill them.

Everything is going well until Caine disappears and she realises she has to confront whatever it is she feels for him. She becomes desperate to find him and decides to find another anchor so she can go searching in the shadowland’s. She very nearly gets trapped there but makes it out in the end because Caine returns and somehow manages to find her.

The writing is extremely clever in both of these stories and I thoroughly enjoyed them. I even enjoyed the style of narration and I found that I would highly recommend anything read by this one. The series does continue but where it left it seemed like the perfect ending and so am not sure I will try and find any more in the series. However, Donna Augustine has written many books and I am very tempted to look some of them up.

If you enjoy paranormal stories with the slightest hint of romance then I would highly recommend these two books. In total, I would give them 4/5 stars.

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McKellen: Playing the Part (A review)

McKellen: Playing the Part (A review)

McKellen: Playing the Part

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I don’t often do a review of movies, but isn’t a movie. It is a documentary about a great actor and a very inspiring individual. I also saw the question and answer session hosted by Graham Norton which merely complemented the film.

Anyway, I have decided to say a few words about what I saw. Sir Ian McKellen is a great actor who began in theatre and eventually spilt over into the film and TV industries. In this documentary, he covers his entire life from growing up as a child. He said he did not think about becoming a professional actor even though when he looks back at his own life even he can see that the choice began a lot earlier than he first believed. As a child, he always loved performing, and love to dress up. However, he always thought that it would end up being a teacher.

In his first year at university decided the day was going to become a professional actor. The documentary is following his career at this point until he made a name for himself. Mind you, even though he knew himself that he was a homosexual he had not yet to come out to anyone. It remained a secret until the 1980s when AIDS was the big issue. Not only that, a law was proposed to prevent people discussing sexuality in case it was promoting homosexuality. It was then that Ian McKellen decided to come out and then with some main advocate for gay rights.

The documentary then focuses on the man himself and what he thinks about. He explained that as you get older, you start thinking about death and how it is going to come about. He also laments that he does not have a substantial other or any dependents.

I would highly recommend this as it is inspiring to watch how the phenomenon that is Ian McCallum came about. Anybody who is interested in acting or simply the man himself would be interested in watching this. It was very informative to watch the man himself discussing what went on in his own life. You can see when he discusses the death of his mother that it really affected him and probably still does. Then the death of his father when he realised that things he had blamed him for were not his fault. There is regret there that they did not be a better son.

The film makes for some very interesting viewing so get yourselves to a cinema and sit down and watch it.

Maybe I am biased because I am British, but I’m sure everyone can appreciate such a wonderful actor the man is. Nobody can deny what he has done for equal rights and is still doing to this very day.

Let’s hope it continues for some time to come.

Lucius: The fallen – Tara S. Wood

Lucius: The fallen – Tara S. Wood

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This was quite a strange story about a group of fallen angels. All of the angels have been left with some kind of curse like being blind, deaf, mute, or the other two which were not really explained. One had to cope with emotion by inflicting pain on himself, and the other one had indivisible wings. The explanation behind these two was sadly missing, and, as one of them was the main character, you are kind of left wondering what his curse actually was.

They come across a girl who has just discovered a child in some kind of prison where Demons were probably going to kill him. Whatever was special about this child is not explained either. However, the girl who found him turns out to be very special because she can be where ever she is needed as she is able to sense things other people might miss.

So, because the angels are supposed to protect the light which apparently surrounds her they take her home with them. Then you probably need to ignore the bit where she suddenly decides that even though she has only just met Lucius; she somehow belongs to him and would not dream of being with anyone else.

Her sister appears and finds herself attracted to 1 of the other angels, Jude. He is the one who needs to deal with emotion by inflicting pain. Unsurprisingly, he is trying to fight any emotion that he is feeling for her.

Another girl (who is actually a Demon) soon comes onto the scene and sets about trying to destroy anything good that is happening to the angels.

It is a very interesting story if you ignore the idea of someone saying that they belong to another person without actually having a conversation with them first. It is definitely a page turner because you are intrigued about what is going to happen to the characters.

However, because of the bit that I can’t really get my head past, (I don’t know you but I belong to you) I could only give this 3/5 stars.

Having said that, the next book in the series is about Jude and could prove to be more interesting because he is not likely to just turn round and accept somebody belonging to him. I could quite well find myself trying to find this book.

Book review: Relentless – Karen Lynch

Book review: Relentless – Karen Lynch

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This is a book that is about a girl called Sara Grey. Her mother left her at a very early age and her father is dead, so she is living with her uncle. She has always suspected that her father was murdered by vampires but has never been able to prove that fact. It may seem strange that a young girl would know all about what she calls the people (trolls, goblins, imps et cetera) but you find out quite early on that she has the power to heal animals and the people. Her powers do not work on human beings.

The book is all about her discovering who she is and it goes through various twists and turns as everything begins to fall into place. Everything she had thought was true was, in fact, a lie, as she has to come to terms with many of the facts.

There is, of course, the love interest, Nicholas. What I really like about this is that she is not instantly in love because he is very hot. In fact, she spends a lot of her time trying to avoid him because she is not sure what side he is on. It is not until right at the end of the book that she accepts him as some kind of protective being, but even then she is not the hopeless girl in love.

It is a very interesting read that makes everything abnormal seem completely normal and it is actually quite believable. There are so many twists that you keep reading simply out of interest. It is definitely a page turner.

The other thing I really liked about this book was that it is the first one in a series but it is able to work as a stand-alone. I am not sure if this is true for the rest of the series, but I am likely to read them just because the characters stood out to me so much.

The quality of writing is very high. I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the paranormal as it has a very high quantity of that. I gave this five out of five stars because, as far as I was concerned, it was flawless.

Book review: Caught by the Dragon – Mac Flynn

Book review: Caught by the Dragon – Mac Flynn

Caught By the Dragon: Maiden to the Dragon #1 (Alpha Dragon Shifter Romance) by [Flynn, Mac]

This is a story about a group of girls who get kidnapped and find themselves in a different realm entirely. They are told that they are to be maidens for dragon lords and that this is actually a great privilege. Obviously, they do not quite see it that way and just want nothing more than to return to their homes.

When they arrive, they are chosen by certain lords and then taken up to their new quarters. Once they are there they receive a branding to show which house they now belong to. Unable to believe the idea that they are in a different dimension and being kept by dragons one of them tries to run away.

This is when they first find out that the person has wings hidden behind them. Thinking that was just a figment of their imagination they try to disappear again the next day only to end up in the Lords bedroom. He knows exactly where she is hiding because of the mark on her shoulder. He shows her its wings and explains that there is a portal linking the dimensions but that she is unable to go back. He takes her there just so that she can see it or herself.

At the beginning, I thought this is going to be one of those stories where the kidnapping is completely forgotten and forgiven just because the man involved is hot. It is kind of like that but it is done in a better way where the girl accepts what she has become, as well as her new Dragon Lord.

It is part of a serious but the story is good enough to be stand-alone. I do like that in a series because I am not a fan of the to be continued type story.

I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys paranormal romance, or maybe anybody who enjoys the mediaeval fiction type world. It is very well written even though it is a bit fast moving in places making it feel rushed.

In the end, I gave this 3/5 stars.

Book review: The Scarlet Thread – DS Murphy

Book review: The Scarlet Thread – DS Murphy

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This book is the story of a young girl called Kaidance. At the very beginning you are showing her being chosen as a baby to carry a putative scarlet thread on her wrist. The story then fast forwards and the next time you see her she is in a mental institution. It turns out that sometimes when she touches people she can see their death if it is going to be a few months away. One day she saw a vision of her brother getting hit by a car. Despite her efforts to keep him safe that is exactly what happened, and now everybody blames her.

She ends up being discovered and being taken to in a new home where she learns about a supernatural war that she is now in the middle of. They know that she has a power but they have yet to work out what it is. Mind you, they do know that she can see people dying.

During her training she manages to upset a member of the family who attacks her. When she is being attacked she notices that she can see a golden thread and she reaches out to touch it. This harms her attacker and then she is told that she is connected to the fates and can see the threads of life. Once they find the Golden shears they hope that she will be their weapon to finish the war.

This is basically a story of Angels and Demons, but they used the Greek gods instead of Christian ones. When she makes an ‘angel’, (Hunter), fall she begins to doubt that she is on the right side.

The book is very well written and a definite page turner. It is book one in a series so it does finish on a bit of a cliffhanger, which is a bit of a shame as I would have preferred to have read a story that could serve as a stand-alone. Having said that, I am quite likely to get the next in line as I really enjoyed the story and the different characters within it.

I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the paranormal, or especially history like the Greek gods. It is something that if I knew more about them in mind to make more sense. I am not about to do research in order to be able to read a book, though.

Mainly for this reason I could only give this 4/5 stars.

Book review: human 76 – 14 various authors

Book review: human 76 – 14 various authors

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This is a very interesting idea because it is one story that has been written by different authors for each chapter. The main character is a girl who happens to have enhancements that give her certain abilities. She is searching for her sister who was not rescued at the same time that she was in the whole story is based on that search. She meets many other interesting people throughout her journey but even though the chapters were written by different people the character remains true and recognisable throughout.

It is all set in a post-apocalyptic world and makes for a very interesting read as you discover different abilities and mutations that exist in this world. The post-apocalyptic world is referred to as post blast, although what that blast was is never explained. Mind you, I am that these people do like to imagine things for myself so it was a very good read from my point of view.

I did not find any part of this a stumbling block in the way of flow which would have been expected with different authors taking on the same idea. I mean, if I was doing this I would have my own opinion on the main character and the people surrounding her or that I would want her to meet. This did not seem to happen within the book and I applaud the authors for the obvious amount of work they must have put into this.

The book itself is very enjoyable and I would recommend it to anyone who would like to read anything post-apocalyptic (or even something that has some aspect of fantasy)

I give this book 4/5 stars because I did really enjoy it and there was obviously a lot of work that had been pushed into it. The only reason I did not give this five out of five stars is because it is not something I would normally have picked up to read. However, it is certainly highly recommended.