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Seraph Black, Book 1
Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
Series: Seraph Black, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"You see, there is safety in simplicity...in a life of simple peace, where the electricity doesn't dance across the backs of my eyelids, and the sparks don't slither over my consciousness. Only asinine peace, where my paintings don't seem to paint themselves, leaving me with terrible feelings of premonition and a chill beneath my fingernails."

Seraph Black used to think that she was prepared for anything. She could last days without eating and she always walked away from the violent altercations with her father relatively unharmed. She survived working at the club and the drive to school every day in her mother's rust-bucket of a car...but it all changed when Noah and Cabe came bulldozing into her life, careless of the precious secrets they picked apart in their quest to take over her world. She was even less prepared for the mysterious Miro and Silas, and nothing could have prepared her for the bond. The connection. The reason for it all.

Someone wanted her to stay away from her new friends, but she wasn't willing to do that.

Everyone had secrets.

She wanted to know theirs. They wanted to own hers.

And the stalker?

He seemed to know everything already.

©2015 Jane Washington (P)2017 Jane Washington

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  • Dim
  • 06-09-2018

Not sure

As others have said, it's a bit of a slow start. I think I'll have to listen to it again just make sense of all the characters. I think the narrator makes it a hard book to understand. She tends to rush words and end each sentence on an outward breath, hence making the words hard to hear. I found this really distracting. She does the different voices well enough however. There's Zero steamy scenes but maybe later on in the series? I'll continue reading as the story line has got my attention. There is also an issue with sentences being repeated which is an audio fault I think.

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  • Uma
  • 27-04-2017

ehhh nahh

This story was meant to intrigue me, but the large amount of secrets eventually just annoyed me and made the story hard to follow. The complicated love pentagon surprisingly didnt bother me, but with all the secrets involved got pretty confusing. The moment the "love at first sight"/ "soulmates" concept was introduced, I have to admit I rolled my eyes. The reader was a little quick and the tone of her voice kept rising at the end of every sentence, but once i got used to it an it was fine.

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  • DebraP
  • Australia. Burringbar.
  • 22-08-2018

Original Wonder

Excellent story line. Loved the whole adventure. The narrator does a wonderful job, she is the reason I bought this book.
I'm really looking forward to the second book now.
I dont really enjoy teanage stories any more but this one has dragged me into apprecuating the authors story.
I would definitely recommend

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  • Yvonne
  • Kerang Victoria Australia
  • 11-01-2018

this series rock's

I've listened to this series several times it's so good. Can not wait to see what else she writes in the future

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Great book

Very very very slow start but wait for it. Well worth it. This book opens up like a flower and with it the characters grow. Fantastic

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  • andrea
  • 03-06-2017

Odd

Beautiful artwork for book cover, good steady narration. World building and story pace was good and the characters likable. the story took an odd turn towards the end when our 19 yr old heroine (a baby in my eyes) was revealed to have have a predestined romantic relationship with four men. The focus of the novel was about the forming of the bond the heroine had with her men and finding out more about the supernatural world. there was only kissing between characters-- even liking most elements of this story I doubt I'll get the next novel in this series as I'd probably be uncomfortable with it

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  • Stephanie Laporta
  • 28-07-2017

too slow moving and confusing.

I spent most of the book confused. Also the narrator had a monotone and choppy way of reading that almost made me feel anxious. Not a terrible story, just wish it had been better executed.

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  • Squiggs
  • 13-03-2018

Ruined it for me

I didn't have a problem with anything but the way she read. Why on earth do you have so much breath at the end of your words? Like everything is read so ridiculously dramatic that I can't even pay attention to the book! No, it's fine I'll read it on my own. I wasted money on this.

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  • Heather
  • 06-04-2017

interesting and compelling.

My Kindle kept telling me to read/listen to this, I kept putting it off bc I thought it would be another teen angst book.
I was shockingly and happily surprised that it was a book with maturity in the characters and a wonderful, vibrant story line.
Even though there wasn't really any thing sexual in the book other than a few kisses and the mention of sex, some of the subject matters really are for older teens/adults.
I'm glad I finally listened after months of Kindle suggesting it lol.

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  • Karegina
  • 27-04-2018

need new reader

i wasn't able to get through the first chapter due to the reader. she was very halting and it made every 5 words or so seem like it was a new sentence.

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  • Jill
  • 15-05-2019

Poor Narration

This book was not my cup of tea. I didn't care for the characters or the writing. I'll get to the narration in a bit. There were more questions than answers, too many continuity issues and things that didn't make sense. I'm still confused. The heroine was pretty much mindless. She was strong in caring for her brother and paying the bills but the rest of the areas of her life she was weak and spineless. And even though she had these special powers and was supposed to be with these guys, they wouldn't tell her anything and every time she was like, "okay" rather than demanding they tell her what was happening. She has a crazy person after her and the guys were like, let's move away but your brother can't come, "okay". Oh there is something you don't know but we will tell you in a year, "okay". We will be bonded together but we refuse to complete the bond and won't tell you why, "okay". We are going to make all the decisions for you, "okay". Seriously, it was ridiculous. And the fact that the book ends in a cliffhanger, Meh. There was so little actually shared in this book that I don't even care to continue on. It's not like any little tid-bits were provided to hook me and make me need to get more. This book was basically all filler. I'm actually a little annoyed about it seeing how literally nothing was accomplished or explained in 340 pages.

One thing that was extremely strange was the chapter headings. The writing was all pretty juvenile and geared toward a young adult audience, but then the chapters were titled things like:
"Peircing Insecurities of Parting Inferences" and "The Dichotomy of Unwilling Want"
What the actual F!?!

Oh as for the RH aspect, there were a couple quick kisses in this story. That's it. Most of the book was the guys putting off bonding with Seraph.

I don't recommend this book but I really caution you against the audiobook.

Audible: I added the whispersync audible narration to this kindle book. It was a HUGE mistake. I learned my lesson, I will listen to the samples from now on. Don't make the same mistake I did and waste your money. The narration was horrific and choppy. The narrator had an awful cadence that sounded like every line she read was it's own paragraph and every comma was actually a period. It sounded like she was in a weird 5 word monotone rhythm for her reading. Then to top it off, she was super breathy, especially at the end of sentences. The pacing was also really off. She spoke fast normally but then would speed up to super speed and then back to her normal. I think the oddest thing is that I actually felt anxious listening to her speak. Weird.

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  • Hope
  • 17-10-2017

Narration is terrible

I cannot review the story itself, as I have not finished it yet. I will, however, finish it on my Kindle. The narrator's performance of this was one of the worst I've experienced. There was no inflection to her tone, her sentences ended in a breathy "whoopf" that made each sentence sound like a question. I couldn't make it past chapter 2.

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  • NorthSouth
  • 09-07-2018

Chipmunk speed

The story was potentially interesting, but impossible to listen to at regular speed as it sped up to chipmunk chatter irrationally and repeatedly. Slogged through it at .75, not really worth it that way.

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  • MichiokoXIII
  • 02-06-2018

I guess it isn't awful..

Well the narrator was fantastic. I really loved how fluid her voice was. I am also a HUGE menage/ reverse harem junkie. Those kinds of books are my bread and butter.... Sadly thats where the positives end. Seraph is the most unlikeable character I have ever had the displeasure of reading about. I think because she was abused that means shes supposed to be terrified and usless but I can't get behind that when shes supposed to be super powerful. She is a wet blanket and lets these boys walk all ove her. She basically has WELCOME tattooed on her forehead. I wanted to love this book because its my favorite genre but I am having to force myself to even finish it. A couple specific examples - Who just ditches their little sibling? Nope. No way. I dont care what adolescent bull she may be going through you can't make it out that she is this devoted big sister in the beginning of the book risking her safety at a bar just to feed her baby brother and then turn around and completely change her. She just ditches him. First she bails and leaves him with his ABUSIVE father and then she just... moves away? WTF? Also I'm reading a book of constant inner monologue. Is her mouth broken? Does she have a spine? She never says anything important and just believes some rando guys are her savoirs. Its a new millennium! Girls can save themselves and not take orders from a man. I like the little S&M bit where teacher guy says he is gonna punish her but even in BDSM you're allowed to be a person. I dunno. I doubt I can force myself to finish this book. I know I wont be reading the second. I wish authors understood that you can have a submissive main character without her being a silent mouse with no personality. If you are looking for a menage romance or reverse harem just google a list and you'll find some great ones on Audible.

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  • Ari
  • 09-04-2019

Narrator

The narrator has a weird breathy cadence to her voice but you eventually get use to it.

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  • griffin
  • 22-11-2017

good

its ok but theres too many guys that u cant get to know one better and the narrator just sounded out of breath or scared

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-02-2019

Narration was all wrong for me

This review is not a reflection on the book. I have never returned a book after one chapter but the intonation of the narrator was grating. Very sorry to the author but I downloaded the book in kindle.