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Benjamin Russell

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Incredibly Entertaining and Relatable

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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: 04-07-2018

This book was a joy to listen to. The narration was perfection and the whole coming out journey was incredibly similar to my own. For such a small story, it was done perfectly. A great read for everyone, particularly teenagers.

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Wholesome and Heartwarming Sequel

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

Reviewed: 27-06-2018

Now this was an interesting formula for a sequel. It peeled back all of the chaos from the first book and injected the story with more stability and romance.

It was a treat to read and had me engrossed. I finished it in 3 days.

If you enjoyed the first book then you’ll love this one.

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Entertaining, Thrilling, but Flawed

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

Reviewed: 23-06-2018

I really enjoyed the characters of Zayne and Tye. Their banter was fun and heartwarming.

The murderer plot wasn’t executed very well, though at times it was a thrill ride. The murderer was obvious which left me disappointed in the climax.

The narrator was hard to listen to at first with his monotone voice and questionable female impressions, but once I got used to it I really came to like his style. It just takes some time.

Overall this is a book worth reading if you love LGBT romance novels. I’d say this is one of the better novels I’ve read in that category. 3.5/5.

A Nice Ending to a Terrific Series

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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: 30-05-2018

The book was marvellous throughout, but the ending didn’t tie up all the loose ends for characters we care about. This series could have gone on from here. I’m sad it’s ended.

This book was more thrilling and mysterious than many of the others. I would have given it 5 stars if only more time was taken to flesh the final chapter out and end the story properly.

Another Good Entry In the Series

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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: 27-05-2018

While unremarkable, I still thoroughly enjoyed Deadlocked. I dread reading the next book. It’ll hurt to finish this wonderful series.

This was another book for tying up characters for the series to end, but I found the mysteries interesting anyway. I don’t know where they’ll go from here.

Narration was phenomenal as always. It’s definitely worth buying!

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A Big Step Up from the previous Two Books!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-2018

After seeing the series get progressively worse, I found Dead Reckoning to be a truly pleasant surprise. The new information it offered was fascinating, the conflicts were incredibly thrilling, and the story progressed to new and interesting heights. It has left me dying for more and not knowing what will happen next. It’s not one of the best books, but still a great read!

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Boring Story, But Comforting

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

Reviewed: 20-05-2018

I’ve reached a point with this series where simply listening to the characters existing in this world is comforting and entertaining. That’s the only reason I rate this 4 stars overall. I still enjoyed the book.

However, this story felt lacklustre. Eric’s maker storyline was boring, the mysteries had no real development and the stakes were incredibly low. I’ve no idea where they’ll go from here.

Basically, Dead in the Family lacked anything extraordinary. That’s what separates it from the other books, and that’s what makes it the weakest so far.

The Worst of the Series so far, but still worth buying.

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

Reviewed: 16-05-2018

Dead and Gone was utterly painful to get through during the first couple of hours. It felt like nothing was happening and it was going nowhere.

Thankfully the story eventually picks up and it becomes more suspenseful than any of the other books in the series. My heart was racing terribly sometimes. There were some great moments.

While I enjoyed most of the book, it’s never a good sign when you feel like it’s a chore to get through huge chunks of a story. I’d give it a 7/10.

The worst of 8 books, but still Entertaining

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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: 12-05-2018

From Dead to Worse strayed from the formula of the other books in a huge way. Usually there is one big storyline we follow and a few interesting sub plots along the way.

This book was nothing but sub plots that seemed to do nothing but push characters along in their development whilst rapping up some loose ends before moving onto a hopefully bigger story.

These sub plots were interesting and entertaining though. Although this is the weakest entry in the series thus far, I still think it was a fun and worthy addition. I’d give it a 7.5/10.

Another Exciting Entry In the Series

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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: 08-05-2018

All Together Dead currently holds the award for most exciting sequence of events in a Sookie Stackhouse book. The last few chapters thrilled me to the core!

Of course, as with some of the other books, it’s a bit slow to start. I also found Quinn as a romance to be rather boring and safe too. But once the story moves along to The Vampire Summit, it becomes rather outstanding.

Arguably one of the best, but definitely not the best.

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