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Another great book but the ending killed me

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

Reviewed: 03-06-2020

This was another great instalment in this series. Nina was a little up and down towards the end, but I liked the development in her character. I always lean towards romance books, so O'Donnell featuring in the book as a key secondary character was a let down for me, although I really like Shooter's part. Nina and Mikey is what drew me into this series so it killed me that they spent yet another book apart and having nothing to do with each other even though there was plenty of page turning events through the story. I really hope the direction for this story line changes in Odium VII, otherwise I'm not sure where this book leaves me because I don't know if I can't take another book where Mikey and Nina are split figuratively and literally. The narration continued to be strong and I can't wait for the next one.

A great, if somewhat frustrating read

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

Reviewed: 13-05-2020

* Some spoilers below * Let me start by saying that even though things didn't go how I wanted them to, I still really enjoyed this book. It had all of the customary twists and turns I've come to expect from this series. I really liked Nina's development in this book and found her less prone to tantrums and ridiculous behaviour (it was still there, just not as bad as she normally is). There were some great new secondary characters, particularly Shooter, the president of the MC where Nina is. The narration was great as always. Now, for what I wasn't as fussed on (still loved it, though!) and here come spoilers. Nina and Mikey are still not reunited. There are love interests on the radar for both of them and this broke my heart, especially when it became physical. I fell in love with this series because of Nina and Mikey being together so while I loved the plot, I want them together and for at least some of the story to focus on them. They almost appeared to have forgotten about each other. A good chunk of the story is told from O'Donnell's point of view which was a good take, but again, not who I want. I love her character, but I don't want her with Mikey. Anyway, hopefully there'll be more Nina and Mikey in the next book. It was still a great read and I can't wait to start the next one.

A different flavour, but still a cracker!

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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: 17-04-2020

This was another great novel in the Odium series. Since a lot of the book was from Mikey's point of view, it had a bit of a different feel than its predecessors, but still kept all the things I've loved about the series. This is a difficult book to review without spoilers but suffice to say, there's plenty of twists and turns with the author keeping you guessing at where the story is heading next. There's new trouble on the horizon, the usual suspects causing trouble and an ending that makes me glad I can go straight onto the next book (which I absolutely will be). Chuck in some killer wild dogs, an abandoned circus, a serious Hansel and Gretel vibe that had me both loving and hating the author (stop doing this to me, Ms Riley!) and a new bunch of great secondary characters and I couldn't stop listening. I'll admit that I had difficulty with the change in narrator for the last book but this recording was really smooth for me. I can't wait to sink my teeth into Book 5.

A new refuge

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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: 14-03-2020

Nina, Mikey and Emily are once again on the run after suffering under the Forgotten. Mikey is battling his own demons and is determined to keep Nina safe. While at the end of their tether, they come across a refuge of sorts. When Nina is selected to go scavenging, things take a turn for the worse, affecting her and Mikey's life for the worse. As with its predecessor, it's difficult to outline the story without revealing too many spoilers. Life continues to be a battle and just when things seem to be on the up, the author throws everything into a tailspin. Mikey continues to be delicious and Emily a bit naive but developing as a character. The only slightly negative thing I had with this book was that I found Nina pretty nasty and selfish at times, especially towards Mikey. I get she's been through a lot, but hello, get in line. The narration of this continued to be solid and if you liked Book One, you'll like this one, too. There's a few chapters where the point of view is given from two random characters. This makes sense towards the end and the plot takes another twist. I really enjoyed it and will definitely be continuing with the next book in the series.

A great second chance, feel good story

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

Reviewed: 04-03-2020

When I started this book, I thought I was going to hate it. I found the narrator difficult to follow and it started with the main character in High School and then jumped to what seemed to be her pretty unfulfilling life surrounded by a lot of unpleasant people. While this sounds dismal, I'm so glad I stuck with it because after 20 minutes or so, I couldn't stop listening. The narrator was fantastic (I just had to get my head around the accent) and I loved Georgina and Lukas. Georgina was a bright student and she and Lukas fell in love at school when they were paired up in English. They began a covert relationship until at a school event, it seemed to end. You're not given the reason, just that they never saw each other again. Georgina's beloved father passes away, she drops out of college and moves from one rotten job to the next with few prospects and has a boyfriend that she catches banging another woman. When she does a one-off event for her brother-in-law at a newly reopened pub, she's reunited with Lukas who doesn't seem to remember her. I found some of this book frustrating and sad. Everyone is down on Georgina and she can't seem to catch a break to the point I was wondering if anything was actually going to happen. However, it was a story about living an ordinary life that was realistic, filled with humour and some great secondary characters. Lukas and his brother Devlin in particular were brilliant as were their accents. While it seems all doom and gloom, it's a great story of the heroine finding herself in a life that has a lot of downs and being okay with who she's become despite her past and present and faults as a person. It finished on a happy, feel good note and I was sad to hear the end of it after using every spare moment to listen to this book. It was wonderful and I'll definitely be listening to this author (and this book) again.

Grumpy heir falls for the girl

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

Reviewed: 26-02-2020

This was an enjoyable, if somewhat angsty, read. Gia is low on funds after spending most of the advance she received for a book she's writing on her summer rental and other expenses. After covering for a friend at a bar one night, she places herself in crosshairs of its grumpy but crazy hot owner, Rush. While he's not interested in dating an employee, they can't deny the attraction they feel for each other and both start falling hard. Rush isn't your typical heir as he wasn't raised with money and is disliked by prominent members of his much wealthier family. After deciding he's all in, Rush and Gia take a chance on each other. * Spoiler below * While I enjoyed the romance in this book, it was definitely an angsty read with the character falling into predictable, well-worn patterns. Rush was the bad boy (apparently - he was gruff, but sweet and thoughtful) with money to burn. I found Gia pretty whiney at times and prone to mini episodes that came close to hissy fits. I will warn listeners that there's a surprise baby in the book and that it's not Rush's. While I don't like revealing a major plot line, I will here because I wish I'd known as it's a trope I would normally avoid and it might tick some listeners off. The book also ends on a cliffhanger. The narration was mostly great. I found the male vocals a bit monotonous at times (but still good) but Maxine Mitchell was 5/5 as her portrayal of Rush was dynamite. This book kept me entertained throughout and I'll probably read the next book if I get in the mood for more over the top angst and drama.

Romance between a reluctant Valkyrie and Vampire

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

Reviewed: 08-02-2020

I really enjoyed the unique take on a paranormal romance. The author did a solid job of world building and having never read a book with Valkyries in it before, this was a great addition for me. I rated 4 stars instead of 5 because, although I'm a big fan of steamy scenes, I found this story had more of those than actual plot development. I enjoy a bit more of a story line, especially when there's such an exciting and fiesty couple. I really liked the narrator but like a couple of other reviewers found his female voices a bit strange, especially when doing Myst's voice during an intimate scene. I found her gasps and some of the phrases, etc. from female characters a bit wispy and comical at times. I loved Nikolai's voice and accent though. It wasnt too much of long of a story and I'd listen to this author and narrator again.