Matched to a Billionaire

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Matched to a Billionaire by Mio Takai
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This manga was great. Kat Cantrell had a very interesting story-line. I loved how the characters were portrayed. The art for this manga was great. Mio Takai did an excellent job. Now having said that let me be honest. My only issue is I felt there could have been more detail not only with the story-line but also with the artwork. IT felt like the art work was based on just a general idea of the story not the full story from the book. I felt like Mio Takai had no working knowledge of the original story before she made the art for this manga. I understand that this book was downsized from the original format for this manga but sometimes you can downsize to much and I feel like that happened with this manga.

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The Sabbides Secret Baby (Kindle Edition) by Jacqueline Baird, Keiko Yamada

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I received this book free of charge from NetGalley for a review.
The Sabbides Secret Baby was great. The Sabbides Secret Baby is about a part-time hotel receptionist Phoebe and Greek multimillionaire Jed. They seemed to have everything going for them until Phoebe gets pregnant. After Phoebe has a miscarriage she leaves Jed and moves away. Four years later they are reunited and Jed’s whole world changes.

Jacqueline Baird’s writing style caught my attention and kept it all the way through the book. Very well thought out and written. Jacqueline Baird made a great story.

Keiko Yamada did a great job in illustrating Jacqueline Baird’s book The Sabbides Secret Baby. Keiko Yamada’s art made the characters come alive.

Goldfisch Volume 1 Manga (English)

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Title: Golfisch

Volume: 1

Author: Nana Yaa

Publisher: TokyoPop

Genre: Manga

Release Date:  Jan. 16, 2018

My Review:   3 Stars

I received this book free of charge from NetGalley in exchange of an honest and unbiased review.

Goldfisch is about a boy who has gotten a hold of King Midas’ golden touch.

I don’t want to go into more detail because that can lead to spoilers which is never a good thing in my opinion. So let’s take this review another way.

Nana Yaa has a great idea for this series. I can see a lot of potential. The plot line is interesting and fun to read. The artwork is great and makes the adventure wonderful. My only issue is where the book was stopped. Yes I know that isn’t the authors fault and I’m not blaming Nana Yaa. I just felt that the original publishing company should have put a little more into the 1st volume before closing it. The ending left me a little disappointed. I look forward to continuing this series in the future.

Goddess Of Troy

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Title: Goddess Of Troy

Author: P. C. Cast

Narrator: Caitlin Davies

Series: The Goddess Summoning Series: Book 6

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genres: Audiobook / Fiction / Romance

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 11 hrs 9 mins / 10 CDs

My Review: 4.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free of charge for an honest and unbiased review.

The Goddess Of Troy by P. C. Cast is about Goddesses Hera, Athena, and Venus have had enough here with the Trojan War. The Goddesses find that the worst of the bunch is Achilles. If they stop him it would end the war. The three goddesses decide to seize their chance when Kat and her best friend, Jackie, perish in a car crash in modern day Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Goddesses shift the friends’ souls into the bodies of a recently killed Trojan princess and her handmaiden. The Goddesses then present them to Achilles with the hope that Kat will catch Achilles’ attention and distract him long enough for the war to end.

P. C. Cast wrote a great book. I will admit I have been a P. C. Cast fan especially of her House of Night Series. I believe I read the first book in this series and got distracted by the House of Night series to finish this one. After listening to this audiobook. I’m planning on reading or listening to the other books in this series starting from the beginning. P. C. Cast has a great way of making a new story around an old mythological one. I love how P. C. Cast blended her story in with the Trojan War. I was well written and a great listen.

The narrator Caitlin Davies did a wonderful job. While listening to this audiobook it seemed to me that Caitlin Davies was enjoying the story also. Caitlin Davies made each character distinctive. No variance in diction which always makes for an awesome listening experience. I plan to look for more books narrated by Caitlin Davies.

Blackstone Audio did a great job in the production of this story. So having said that I’m going to come off the fence and say I’m really starting to like Blackstone Audio. The production for this audiobook is exactly what listeners expect and want. With no fluctuation in sound and set at the right tempo. It made this audiobook a great listening experience.

Now the bug question would I recommend this book? Yes but not for listening in public. There are a few parts that parents might not want their children to hear.

Death Overdue

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Title: Death Overdue

Author: Allison Brook

Narrator: Mia Gaskin

Series: A Haunted Library Mystery, book 1

Publisher: Blackstone Audio

Genres: Audiobook / Fiction / Mystery & Detective

Format: UNABRIDGED

Time: 9.5 hrs / 8 CDs

My Review: 5.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free of charge for an honest and unbiased review.

Allison Brook’s audiobook Death Overdue is based around Carrie Singleton. Carrie was just offered the job as head of programs and events for the local library. Carrie finds out fast that the library is haunted by the ghost of a former helper. While in the process of of her first event, Carrie’s guest speaker is killed. After that Carrie tries to find out who did it and why which leads her back to the case the speaker was going to discuss before his death.

Allison Brook has a nice writing style. Death Overdue was easy to follow with no extravagant use of vocabulary. This book is listed for adults but from the writing style and how it’s written in the simplest format I feel like this book would be good for teenagers also. Allison Brook is new to me but from this book I might have to stick around and listen or read more of Allison Brook’s Haunted Library Mystery series. I love the fact that Allison Brook doesn’t use violence or gore to sell this story. Death Overdue has a nice plot that was also interesting which in mystery for me is always a plus.

Mia Gaskin was the narrator for this book. Mia Gaskin does a great job. Mia Gaskin grabbed my attention and kept it all through the book. Mia made Death Overdue come alive for me. I actually found my self lost in the story from time to time. In my opinion Allison Brook did a great job writing Death Overdue but Mia Gaskin made it come alive.

Blackstone Audio was the production house for Death Overdue. I think Blackstone Audio has a winner with this title. The production for Death Overdue was excellent. No timing problems or sound fluctuations. If you’ve read any of my other reviews involving Blackstone Audio you will find I think Blackstone Audio keeps teetering between good and bad. Death Overdue by Allison Brook would have to be placed on the good side so I won’t be holding this title against them.

Now for the big question. “Would I recommend this book?” I would have to say YES! This book was great. Death Overdue is a cozy fun mystery without gore. I listened to it while working and didn’t have to worry about anyone being offended. When I can listen to audiobook around children and young adults without worrying that is always a great thing and a big sell for me.

The Healer’s Apprentice (Hagenheim #1)

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TITLE: The Healer’s Apprentice

AUTHOR: Melanie Dickerson

NARRATOR: Jude Mason

PUBLISHER: Dreamscape

GENRES: Audiobook / Christian / Historical / Romance / Young Adult Fiction

FORMAT: UNABRIDGED

TIME: 8 hours 39 minutes / 7 CDs

My Review: 4.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.

The Healer’s Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson is about a girl named Rose and Lord Hamlin, a future duke. Rose is the woodcutter’s daughter who has been honored with the position of healer’s apprentice. Lord Hamlin, the future duke is betrothed to a mysterious young woman in hiding. Lord Hamlin finds himself falling in love with Rose but still tries to honor his betrothal. While Rose tries to do everything she can to try and forget Lord Hamlin and the love she also feels for him. They both soon discover not every thing is as it seems.

This book has been in my to read pile for a while. Honestly I forgot I had the eBook edition of this book but I’m even happier I now have the audiobook edition.  Melanie Dickerson has a great writing style. I  have never read any books by Melanie Dickerson before I was surprised. She made the setting and time period for this book come alive. Very well written and easy to follow. Very well thought out and planned. I think I’ll have to look into a few more books that Melanie Dickerson has written in the near future.

Now for narration. Jude Mason was a great choice for narrator. Jude Mason make each character come alive in their own way. Jude Mason has such a great voice I found myself being pulled into my imagination, where Jude’s voice made the story come alive. Jude Mason made Melanie Dickerson’s book The Healer’s Apprentice an one of a kind experience.

Really I do try my best to not pay attention to the production houses until after I listen to the story and have started my reviews. Yet for some reason the way Dreamscape produces the audiobooks it makes it easy for me to tell. Maybe it’s just because I’m becoming a fan but in my opinion Dreamscape Media has done it again. They have produced a audiobook that is a great listening experience. It’s not to fast and not to slow but at the correct pace to make it a worth wild experience.

Now for main question. Would I recommend this book? Yes! Now keep in mind this is clearly Christian Fiction. God is mentioned a lot. There is a lot of praying and even Bible verses quoted. Yet none of this takes away from the story it actually just made it better. So yes I would recommend this book.

MindWar (MindWar #1)

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TITLE: MindWar

AUTHOR: Andrew Klavan

NARRATOR: Andrew Kanies

SERIES:  MindWar

PUBLISHER: Dreamscape

GENRES: Audiobook / Action and Adventure / Christian / Young Adult Fiction

FORMAT: UNABRIDGED

TIME: 8 hrs / 7 CDs

My Review:  4.0 Stars

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free of charge for a honest and unbiased review.

Mindwar by Andrew Klavan is about Rick Dial whom having been crippled by a horrible traffic accident turns to video games. After becoming great at certain games Rick Dial is asked to help the government. Rick Dial is asked to stop an enemy who has created a virtual world called “The Realm”.  In “The Realm” the enemy is able to attack different countries with them completely unaware and unable to defend against the attack unless they enter the game. That’s what the government has asked of Rick Dial.

Andrew Klavan did a great job. I’ve read a lot of different type of books over the years but I find science fiction is one of my favorite. Well science fiction is at least neck in neck with romance. Sorry but no romance in this book. Yet still worth the read. Very well written. Interesting plot with plenty of imagination. Which in Science Fiction books is always a plus. Another thing I really enjoyed about this book is no graphic violence. Yes this is a Christian fiction book but I have come across a few Christian Fiction books in the years that are anything but what they claimed. Yes there is mention of God, religion and the main character even prays once or twice. So if the genre Christian Fiction turns you off. Try this book any ways it really is worth a read.

Andrew Kanies does a great job as the narrator of this book. He has a nice voice which makes listening to wonderful. His distinction between characters is good. Andrew Kanies’s voice is soft which makes you think you’re listening to a teenager. Since MindWar is written from the point of view of the main character who is still a teen, Andrew Kanies voice was the perfect choice for this audiobook.

Dreamscape Media did an excellent job on the production of this audiobook. Dreamscape Media is becoming a favorite production house for me and is quickly creeping to the top on my list of favorites.

Now for the big question would I recommend this book? Yes! This book is great not just for young adults. Which is whom Andrew Klavan was appealing but for adults also. It was a great book to be able to listen to while at work. I didn’t have to worry that it would offend or upset anyone. So all in all a great book.