Thursday, July 19, 2018

Audio Tour: The Culling

Author: Ramona Finn

Narrator: Stacey Glemboski

Length: 8 hours 39 minutes

Publisher: Relay Publishing

Released: Mar. 21, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction

In a solar system where The Authority decides who lives and who dies, only one of their own executioners can stop them.

Glade Io is a trained killer. Marked at a young age as an individual with violent tendencies, she was taken from her family and groomed to be a Datapoint—a biotech-enabled analyst who carries out the Culling. She is designed to identify and destroy any potential humans that threaten the colonies: those marked as lawbreakers, unproductive or sick. But when she’s kidnapped by rogue colonists known as the Ferrymen, everything Glade thinks she knows about the colonies, and The Authority that runs them, collapses into doubt.

Pulled between two opposing sides, and with her family’s lives hanging in the balance, Glade is unsure of who to trust—and time is running out.

Ramona Finn writes about courageous characters who fight to live in broken, dystopian worlds. She believes a person’s true characters is often revealed in times of crisis, and there is no greater crisis than the worlds that she drops her characters into!

She grew up sitting cross-legged on her town’s library floor–completely engrossed in science fiction books. It was always the futuristic world or the universe-on-the-brink-of-extinction plotlines that drew her in, but it was the brave characters who chose to fight back that kept her turning the pages.

Her books create deep, intricate worlds with bold characters determined to fight for their survival in their dystopian worlds–with a little help from their friends. And, of course, romance is never out of the question ;).

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Stacey is an accomplished audiobook narrator and voice actor who has recorded books for many best-selling authors. Many of her favorite books have been for kids and teens, but all genres of narration appeal to her. For Stacey, narration is about having fun breathing life into characters and getting as lost as possible in the story she’s telling. Outside the studio, Stacey is an avid tennis player and fitness enthusiast. She enjoys dog walks, paddle boarding, and most any outdoor activities.

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Okay, so after reading other YA Dystopians, I’m admit, yes so maybe it’s following the same format, yet I’m still drawn to this genre over and over, and each time, I end up enjoying the story, each told in a slightly different way. I loved Glade Io‘s character, and yes, I recommend other YA Dystopia fans pick up this series, why?

Because I love Ramona Finn‘s writing, and her characters are strong, independent, and oh so lovable (in a kick-ass kind of way!). The only problem I had with this book was that the descriptions are somewhat wordy, and repetitive in places, but this seems to be the norm for YA, and was something I quickly got used to and was easily overlooked.

I do think I enjoyed this one even more as an audiobook, as I read it when it was first published, and found it took me a while to finish, where as I flew through the audiobook and I loved listening to Stacey Glemboski’s interpenetration of Glade!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ramona Finn. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

What Are You Reading Wednesday? : July 18, 2018

What Are You Reading Wednesday was created by RhiannaMarissa, and Kendall. The idea is to create a space for book lovers to share, discuss, and recommend the books they are currently reading and loving. All you have to do is answer the questions about your current read and then head over to one of the host’s sites to link up your post! Have fun and don’t forget to check out everyone’s posts as well!


MY CURRENT READ

36502054Sea Witch

Everyone knows what happens in the end.
A mermaid, a prince, a true love’s kiss.
But before that young siren’s tale, there were three friends.
One feared, one royal, and one already dead.

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Ever since her best friend, Anna, drowned, Evie has been an outcast in her small fishing town. A freak. A curse. A witch.

A girl with an uncanny resemblance to Anna appears offshore and, though the girl denies it, Evie is convinced that her best friend actually survived. That her own magic wasn’t so powerless after all. And, as the two girls catch the eyes—and hearts—of two charming princes, Evie believes that she might finally have a chance at her own happily ever after.

But her new friend has secrets of her own. She can’t stay in Havnestad, or on two legs, unless Evie finds a way to help her. Now Evie will do anything to save her friend’s humanity, along with her prince’s heart—harnessing the power of her magic, her ocean, and her love until she discovers, too late, the truth of her bargain.

The rise of Hans Christian Andersen’s iconic villainess is a heart-wrenching story of friendship, betrayal, and a girl pushed beyond her limits—to become a monster.

 

1. Why did you decide to pick up this book–cover or content?

Content, I’m a big fan of classic fairy-tales, (especially those of Hans Christian Andersen and The Brother’s Grimm), and am also a fan to retellings.

2. Who is your favorite character so far, and why?

Hmm…I like Evie and Annamette, but I think I prefer Nik and Iker.

3. Will you finish this one?

Yes, but I’m not as impressed as I had hoped. I might still be surprised, but I’m thinking it will likely be a 3 star read…

4. This book reminds me of…

Hmm…For some reason Evie reminds me of Arsinoe, and maybe a little of Katharine from Three Dark Crowns.

5. What type of read is this one? (Slow but interesting, cannot put it down…)

Slow, but interesting. While it doesn’t have the ‘wow’ factor, and so far it doesn’t have any major twists or surprises, it’s a fun read, and I’m interested to see what happens.

WWW Wednesdays: 7/18/2018

Every Wednesday, we participate in a blog post known as ‘WWW Wednesdays.’ This was originally hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm before moving to Taking on a World of Words. 

You may be wondering what the three Ws stand for. The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

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What did you recently finish reading?

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What do you think you’ll read next?

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Waiting on Wednesday: July 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

30375937Escaping from Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3)

In this third installment in the #1 bestselling Stalking Jack the Ripper series, a luxurious ocean liner becomes a floating prison of scandal, madness, and horror when passengers are murdered one by one…with nowhere to run from the killer. .

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining the first-class passengers nightly.

But then, privileged young women begin to go missing without explanation, and a series of brutal slayings shocks the entire ship. The strange and disturbing influence of the Moonlight Carnival pervades the decks as the murders grow ever more freakish, with nowhere to escape except the unforgiving sea. It’s up to Audrey Rose and Thomas to piece together the gruesome investigation as even more passengers die before reaching their destination. But with clues to the next victim pointing to someone she loves, can Audrey Rose unravel the mystery before the killer’s horrifying finale?

 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Audio Tour: The Eden Conspiracy

Author: C.A. Gray

Narrator: Melissa Williams

Series: The Liberty Box series, Book 2

Length: 7 hours 19 minutes

Publisher: Wanderlust Publishing

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

The refugee caves have been destroyed, and most of the refugees are dead. The Potentate now knows of their existence and will stop at nothing to wipe them out completely. He suspects that terrorist Jackson MacNamera is among them, as well as reporter Kate Brandeis’s fiancé, hacker Will Anderson – and probably therefore Kate herself. Now that the Potentate is aware of security threats, most of the strategies the rebels used to get back onto the grid before now no longer work. The Potentate knows the rebels are on foot, and he knows they were at the caves not long ago. They can’t get far.

The remaining rebels, among them Jackson and Kate, have Kate’s fiancé Will to thank for their survival: he arrived back from the dead and in the nick of time, bearing classified information about the Potentate’s plans to expand his influence internationally. But the remaining rebels and the Council cannot agree on whether their top priority should be spreading truth far and wide and freeing as many citizens from government control as possible, knowing that they will likely die in the process, or escaping to New Estonia, in hopes that they might live out the rest of their days in peace.

Kate, meanwhile, finds herself torn between Jackson and the fiancé she thought she lost, and between the damsel-in-distress she once was, and the rebel she believes she has always been underneath. Whether the other hunters will support her or no, she knows she must use her influence over the people of the Republic to tell them the truth, no matter the cost. But is she strong enough to withstand the government’s lies?

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By day, C.A. Gray is a Naturopathic Medical Doctor (NMD) with a primary care practice in Tucson, AZ, and she writes medical books under her real name (Dr. Lauren Deville). She lives with her husband, with whom she maintains a facetiously contentious movie review blog, and travels as often as they can get away. When not writing or seeing patients, she does yoga, drinks red wine while eating dark chocolate, and consumes audiobooks like there’s no tomorrow!

 

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Melissa lives with her family, including two dogs and a cat, in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near Denver, Colorado.

After having a corporate job for most of her life, and as a self-proclaimed introvert, she decided to leave corporate America to work from home. Voice overs had always tugged at her heart as something she would like to explore, so she attended some classes and landed with a company that taught her how to break in to the industry.

Loving to read, she explored the fast growing world of audiobooks and fell in love with it. She has ten audiobooks under her belt and is currently working on the 11th. Understanding that she should always be learning how to improve her skills, she is currently working with Sean Pratt.

When not talking to herself in a padded room, she can be found walking her dog, singing or fishing the Arkansas River.

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While The Liberty Box sets the groundwork, The Eden Conspiracy ramps up the game by adding some much needed character growth, and a good measure of danger to keep everyone motivated! I love seeing Kate and Jackson as they try to stay alive, and help the other rebels survive. Now that the Potentate has caught wind of their existence, the rebels must fight even harder for their way of life. Kate also starts to really pull her weight, and realize that her laid-back, anti-confrontational attitude was largely due to the brainwashing, and she’s started to stand on her own two feet, and think for herself. This also makes her question her feeling for Will.

C.A. Gray is quickly becoming one of my favorite dystopian authors, and I’m so happy I discovered her work. On top of that Melissa Williams once again does a magnificent job with this story, and really relays the tension and developments that make the story. Plus, I love when the same narrator does a whole series, since after the first book, you have an idea of what to expect, and like I said, she is brilliant with the characters and events on the story!

 

 

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by C.A. Gray. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Giveaway

The Liberty Box Series Giveaway: $10 Amazon Gift Card

BOOK ONE

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