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Great ending to an enjoyable series to listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 16-03-2020

LOVED!!!! What a great final instalment The Rising was to this series, overall such an enjoyable series to listen to. I enjoyed the constantly changing POV's, the build up over the series to 'the rising', the final battle, the love, happiness and sadness. Ugh, the sad was SO SAD.

Once again, this author does an AMAZING epilogue - touching base with all the favourites, showing that life must go on. I really hope the reader gets to revisit this world again, this authors fantasy series are some of my favourite books/audios from her.

story = 4 1/2 stars

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-2020

I found the storyline of The Plan Commences much easier to follow than The Beginning of Everything. I'm more familiar with all the couples, other characters, and locations. As with the first in the series, this was a really enjoyable performance to listen to from the full cast of narrators.

Silence & Mars, Cassius & Elena, True and Farah, and Aramus & Ha-Lah. The relationships all have issues early on in this instalment due to misunderstandings and lack of communication - but being typical KA alphas, the men all have strong, dominant personalities, and WHEN they fall in love, they fall hard.

I so badly wanted more from Ha-Lah's POV - she is such a fascinating character, and each time a chapter finished, I would be hoping that the next would be one from Ha-Lah. Hopefully we get more from her in The Dawn of the End. Once again there are some pretty brutal scenes that made me cringe a little, but overall The Plan Commences was a VERY addictive audio to listen to. I listened for 11 1/2 hours yesterday! I was enjoying the relationship progression of all the main couples, and yes - I really wanted more Ha-Lah and who knew when her next chapter would arrive?? Great ending - glad I waited until all 4 had been released to binge listen after that particular cliffhanger.

Moving straight onto the 4th and final instalment

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-03-2020

I'm really enjoying listening to The Rising audiobooks - I'm finding them super addictive. The constantly changing POV's of the many characters makes it hard to stop listening - that anticipation for when another chapter is going to come around for a favourite character. I haven't been keeping track of how many chapters the characters from the 4 main couples have, but it feels like Aramus and Ha-Lah have the least so far. I'm really wanting more of them, so hopefully I get to listen to their POV's a little more in the final instalment.

Serena has been a very interesting character - she really isn't a very likeable character to begin with, but she learns a hard lesson. I like that she didn't just fade away quietly, she continues on her own path and begins to make amends for her past actions. I'm starting to like her character.

There are some minor (and enjoyable) appearances from the couples of KA's other fantasy series across The Rising - I LOVED The Fantasyland series, so I'm loving that these characters have shown up again.

The actual Beast itself was not quite what I was expecting, but it appears that there is reason for everyone to fear it so much. Moving straight onto the 4th and final instalment, The Rising.

Wonderful Narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-2020

I've been waiting for all 4 of the audios to release so I could listen to The Rising series all close together. I'll be honest, I had to concentrate really hard for the first few hours of The Beginning of Everything. SO many different characters on top of the 4 main couples, the different narrators, the different accents. Some very graphic scenes as well.

I enjoyed the second half of The Beginning of Everything more than the first, from the perspective that I was more able to understand what was happening, I was getting to know all the different characters and the couples were starting to come together more. There was more of Elena & Cassius, and Mars & Silence than the other 2 main couples so I was enjoying listening to their relationship development. I'm wanting to see lots more of these couples falling for each other. Especially Mars - I want him to fall HARD, after what he told Silence towards the end!

There are multiple narrators, so it was a really good performance to listen to....... even more so once I figured out what was going on story wise.

An array of emotions!

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-03-2020

Hate Notes was a great read. It had lots of fun, LOL moments, but there were also sad, emotional moments as well. Some pages I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!

Charlotte is a fun loving, quirky lady. She gets super drunk and devises a plan to meet Reed, the author of the super sweet note she found in a bridal gown. However he is most definitely not the sweet guy she was expecting, quite the opposite. Charlotte lucks out when she unexpectedly meets Iris and her life takes a turn for the better.

Charlotte is determined not to let Reed get the better of her, and it results in much amusement for the reader. Love all the back and forth banter, and the sizzling chemistry between these 2. Reed is determined to keep Charlotte at arms length for reasons he doesn't intend on sharing. The second half of the story was definitely more emotional than the first, but Charlotte kept me smiling throughout with her optimism.

Love the narrators, Sebastian York is a favourite, first audio I've listened to with Lynn Barrington and I really enjoyed her performance as well

second chance romance

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 28-02-2020

I love a good second chance romance. Getting Schooled is a mainly light hearted, at times funny read. There are a few poignant moments in the story as well.

Callie's parents were hilarious. The reason for their accident that had her rushing back home to help take care of them made me LOL. Garrett and Callie were teenage sweethearts, and even though they hadn't seen each other in years, the feelings and chemistry between them hadn't faded in the slightest.

Rather than single one student out, I'm just going to refer to them as a collective - I loved them! All their characters in the story, the individual personalities and problematic ( for some ) daily life issues really added to the overall story.

With Zachary Webber and Andi Arndt as the narrators, a good performance of the story is guaranteed. They are both so enjoyable to listen to.

An Easy, fun listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-02-2020

Ha! The first meeting between the 2 main characters in A Favor for a Favor couldn't be anymore awkward. Stevie has had a really bad day already, and it did not improve upon meeting Bishop, her new next door neighbour. Poor Stevie, talk about a crap day.

Bishop was my favourite character in this story. He is so grumpy, says whatever he is thinking, and really doesn't give a crap about what others think of him (except Stevie and his brother Nolan). BUT underneath the moody exterior he is a good guy, he cares so much about his brother, and then Stevie as they slowly get to know each other. Some of his teammates seem to always think the worst of him, as he sees no reason to explain himself or his actions to them. Especially with Rookie, these 2 didn't see eye to eye on or off the ice.

I really wished Stevie would stand up for herself more - it drove me a little crazy by the end with her ex and brother that she didn't set them straight at times. Especially the Ex, he was such a douche. But overall I did enjoy the slow burn relationship development between Bishop and Stevie, it was very low on angst.

Love listening to the 2 narrators that perform A Favor for a Favor. An easy, fun listen.

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Enjoyed Blane's POV

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-02-2020

Really enjoyed listening to Blane's Turn, a retelling of No Turning Back (first book in the series) but from Blane's POV. The story didn't feel repetitive at all, and loved all the background information included on Blane and Kade and how the brothers relationship developed.

I didn't mind the narrators performance when he was telling the story, but the differing voices for Blane, Kade and Kathleen I felt didn't match their characters at all. For example, Blane sounded more like an old man at times rather than the imposing, very attractive man he is supposed to be. I almost switched back to reading the ebook, but I adjusted more to the characters voices throughout the performance.

love finding a completed series to binge

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 23-02-2020

Really enjoyed the storyline and all of the characters in No Turning Back. Intrigue, suspense and murder, with a lot of action thrown in as well. Kathleen finds herself caught up in all of the action after the murder of her friend and neighbour. She's determined to get to the truth of what exactly happened, and she constantly finds herself in danger due to her endeavour to get justice for her friend Sheila.

Blane and Kade - I am already a fan of both of these guys, cannot wait for the drama that I know is coming in the series as to who will win Kathleen's heart.

Angela Dawe's performance was as good as I was expecting - she did a great job performing all the different character voices.

so enjoyable to listen to

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-02-2020

I've been looking forward to the audio of The Best Thing releasing since I finished reading the ebook, and it was worth the wait. I really enjoyed the performances of both narrators, Calum Gittins especially - I love listening to characters that have accents, I only wish Jonah had more lines so there was more of him to listen to!

Lenny's relationship with Grandpa Gus was the best. They have such an amazing bond, and the way they bantered with each other had me smiling constantly. It was sweet and funny, and Grandpa Gus held awesome grudges when it was required.

I'm not going to say much on Lenny and Jonah, as the way the story unfolds should be read without spoilers. I just REALLY REALLY hope that at some stage the author releases a few bonus scenes from Jonah's POV because that would be so amazing.