Friday, 24 November 2017

Audio Review: Sweet Haven - Shirlee McCoy

In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's irresistible handmade chocolates are a cherished tradition--and always a reason to celebrate. And now they're giving the three Lamont sisters, one by one, delicious chances to start again, make a change, and have their sweetest dreams come true...

Neighbors who care, a peaceful routine--accountant Adeline Lamont is glad some things about her beloved hometown never change. But when her grandfather is injured, she has to run the family store, Chocolate Haven, and make its legendary fudge. Trouble is, she can't get the recipe right to save her life--or Chocolate Haven. And she doesn't need her ornery new tenant, Sinclair Jefferson, stirring up the pot with his help--and daring Addie to taste her wild side…

Once Sinclair gets his hapless brother back on track, he's leaving Benevolence for good this time. He's made his life far away from his irresponsible family and their scandals. Trouble is, he can't quite stay away from Addie's optimism, enticing plus-size curves, and kindness to those who need it most. But they don't seem to have a thing in common--except that Addie's passion for chocolate, and for Benevolence, is just as contagious as Sinclair's passion for her. Maybe small-town life has its charms after all… 

Audio CD, 9 pages
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published February 23rd 2016)
Home Sweet Home #1
Contemprary romance/Romantic fiction
For review

My thoughts:
Please someone, give me some fudge! Or chocolate! All the times fudge and chocolate was mentioned. All the times she threw some in the trash cos it was not great, only good and I was all, I want to eat that trash! 

Addie has way too many things to do. Take care of her grandfather's Chocolate shop (and learn to make the best fudge in the world), get ready for a wedding. Take care of her puppy that has way too much energy. Find time for her actual job! Avoid her matchmaking mother and well the list goes on and on. Poor Addy, I get that she wants to please everyone but the woman needs to learn to say no. But that is why I liked her, she was so sweet.

Sinclair wanted away from this small town but now he is back. A successful businessowner. And I did like him, and I got why he was not always a fan of small towns, before he looked deeper and saw the beauty too. But he sure was judgey at times.

They meet, they keep running into each other. They like each other and they will slowly fall in love. All good things.

There is also a mystery involved, why are lights on in her grandad's flat?

Conclusion:
A very nice small town and a fun story.

Narrator Vanessa Daniels
One of her voices, one of a 90 year old man was just awesome. I so wanted to listen to his stories. I could even hear his false teeth. Lol.
But her other voices were pretty similar at times.
Still, she was good at what she did and had me enjoying this story.


Thursday, 23 November 2017

The Hidden Face - SC Flynn

A face without a face - an unmasking that leaves the mask.

Once every few hundred years the sun god, the Akhen, takes on human form and descends to earth. Each Unmasking of the Face of the Akhen ends one era and begins another; the last one created the Faustian Empire. Where and when will the Face next appear, and who will he - or she - be?

Dayraven, son of a great hero, returns to Faustia after years as a hostage of their rivals, the Magians. Those years have changed him, but Faustia has changed as well; the emperor Calvo now seems eccentric and is controlled by one of Dayraven's old enemies. Following the brutal murder of his old teacher, Dayraven is drawn, together with a female warrior named Sunniva, into the search for an ancient secret that would change the fate of empires.


ebook, First, 350 pages
Expected publication: November 25th 2017 by The Hive
The Fifth Unmasking #1
Fantasy
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.


My thoughts:
I reviewed his previous novel on audio, and do think this one might be better in audio than in print. The talking ones often are.

I did enjoy it at first. We meet Dayraven who has come back to his homeland after being sent away as pawn in  politics when young. I liked how their God comes to earth every 500 years and that country and culture blossoms. And how this country seems to be in decline now. Evil priest behind an aging king and all.

But then Sunniva showed up and it just got so talkey. Clues, clues, more clues, really more clues? And that is where it lost me, half way in. It started well enough but then it changed. Those eternal clues that they solved so fast. Evil people after them. No one bothering to talk about these things before...these things happen. Now that is just silly. 

Good start. Mediocre second half.


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Audio Review: Some boys - Patty Blount

Some boys go too far. Some boys will break your heart. But one boy can make you whole.

When Grace meets Ian she's afraid. Afraid he'll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After she accuses the town golden boy of rape, everyone turns against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But...Ian doesn't. He's funny and kind with secrets of his own.

But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?

A gut-wrenching, powerful love story told from alternating points of view by the acclaimed author of Send. 

Audio CD, 8 pages
Expected publication: November 21st 2017 by Tantor Audio (first published August 5th 2014)
YA Fiction
For review

My thoughts:
Another  book with rape culture and slut shaming. Why do everyone always believe the boy! Ugh, i want to hit so many people in the face.
She was drinking
She was wearing revealing clothes.
They had dated before
Was she a stripper? Ehm, no, why even ask her that! 

It is a month later and Grace has lost all her friends and people call slut and liar after her. The boy who raped her is the school hero and no one believes he could do anything like that. While she has to be afraid, alone, deal with panic attacks and wish someone would take her side.

The book is told from two POVS. Hers and Ian's. The boy she has to spend time with, the boy who is Zach's bestie. And yes obviously this is a romance too. That is actually something I could have been without. It felt like she fell too fast, yes she had been in love with him, but after something like that I just feel it should take more time to even think about kissing a boy. But then I changed my mind, we need happiness too! This is a book after all. In real life no one would have believed her and that boy would have had a happy ending while she would have gone to therapy. Instead she will get a happy ending and hey, I needed that. We all need that.

But there was still the issue with Ian. But, there is the but again, he is a teen. Why would he believe that of the friend who he has known for years, who has helped him, who is awesome? To believe the word of a girl who does like, but....he is a teen, so yes he is a coward, yes even spineless at time, but no one else was there. There is no evidence after all. I did want to kick him at times, but do not worry he gets it in the end and I liked him for it.

Conclusion:
'A tough emotional book.

Narrators.
Em Elridge  and Joe Hempel
I liked that they had Em doing Grace's POV and Joe Ian's. They both did a good job, I do think Joe was the better one though cos he had a good range. While women do not always make men sound that manly...or too manly ;)
It was great listening too and it sure made me want to go there and scream at people.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

TMST: Thankful


Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post on Rainy Day Ramblings where Rainy discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.

 November 21st: What are you thankful for?

I am thankful this year for my beautiful baby girl. She is six months now :)


I am thankful for a speedy recovery, always a good thing.

I am thankful for books (duh), I am thankful for my audiobooks. They have been awesome these last 6 months.

I am thankful for all of you. You all make blogging great :D Blogging would not be fun without all of you!


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