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This story is getting ridiculously good

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Reviewed: 23-08-2020

The author is doing literally everything right, as is the audible narrator. I'm too spent from the overwhelming creativity/up and down roller coaster ride/plot twists/brilliant horror/and love and laughter with the characters to write a decent, half-assed review. Regardless to say I would sell my soul, my family's souls, YOUR soul, YOUR family's souls, and the kitchen sink if it meant this fandom took off across the internet and we got a TV series or movie series out of this. I originally hopped on board because of queer rep, urban fantasy, and tarot references. But omg, this story has so much more HEART than just that! This is now in my top two favourite series of all time so far.

Help me

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Reviewed: 23-06-2020

That was the most traumatic yet comforting reading experience I've ever had. It was like a big warm hug and yet THIS is the book that teaches me that reading PTSD is probably a thing! The Audible narration was amazing and really brought it up yet another level. The characters were so real and distinct. I ranted and raved to my dogs at one point during this. I told them "How DARE this fucking author open me up just to rip me asunder like this! If she doesn't fix this I'm rating it low! I do not care how good the writing is!" I was unhappy, my dogs were unhappy, I was way too emotional but I kept reading. I was fully prepared to rate this 2 stars out of spite! But you nursed the reader and the characters back to a sane, loving, rational hug . So good for you, you get 5 stars for putting one of the most brilliantly written books in my collection, breaking me down and remaking me, and teaching me what good writing can do. Just don't ever do that again, OK? But as you're probably going to do it again, I'll be back for the next damn book! D<

This story is psychologically carthetic

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Reviewed: 15-06-2020

This story helped me realise that the things we really prize about our humanity - love, kindness, connection - they are universal, eternal, and will never snuffed out no matter what. This story will also help your existential crisis that may keep you up half an hour before bed at midnight. At least, I have that problem, and this story feels like it's helped me. It's got some juicy plot twists, too. Finally, it would be a truly melancholy book except that it's not, because it's pumped full of love, family, community and the best of humanity. The romance feels so genuine and organic, too, it doesn't override or offend the story at all. One more thing: the narrator is a GREAT voice actor and really makes the emotionally tense parts come to life! She's also great at different voices, and captures the 'love' of the book in her general narration, too. This is not a depressing book to get through - I didn't know I could feel so warm, fuzzy, and hopeful after a book about an apocalypse but here we are! Thank you so much the author for writing this and the narrator for putting in that great effort!

So much imagination

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Reviewed: 20-05-2020

At first I thought this was written too young for me. But then it drew me in work great characters and engulfing imagination. I want more - I'll be back for the next book!

The narrator is amazing

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Reviewed: 08-03-2020

The book is really well written but the narrator adds a whole extra layer of good voice acting and feeling to it. 10/10. I'm crying but I love it.

Not my usual read but I loved it so much!

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Reviewed: 18-04-2019

I loved this so much! The fact that it wasn't based on sci-fi and fantasy but I still enjoyed it so much means 5 stars. The prose was written so well at times - great evening read to listen to, the descriptive rhythm lulled my anxiety to a gentle sway. I love Cath and Levi so much! I'd date either of them I'm crushing so hard - but in the end they are perfect for each other. I love Reagan so much too! She's a no shits given bad ass with a warm heart. I warmed up to Wren at the end and I thought Art was the perfect blend between 'cool-dad' and 'not-a-Gary-Stu'. I could go on but honestly Rainbow did a brilliant job of making you feel exactly about the characters as you should. The scenes that pulled the heartstrings feel real - both good and bad ones. The potentially mushy scenes were romantic without being an eyerolling cliché. The read was kinda slow but I think it was a character driven story so that's ok. It wasn't painful slow. I saw a lot of myself in the characters and learnt alongside Cath in her experiences. The narration of this audiobook (I put down the actual book to listen to it halfway through - eyes sore from the flu) was actually really nice and the right mix of calm while still keeping the emotions. I love it, thank you so much to Rainbow and the narrator.