Narrator: Renée Raudman

Joint Review: Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Posted July 25, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , , | 6 Comments

I received this book for free from Edelweiss, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Joint Review: Wildfire by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by Avon on July 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 384
Format: eARC
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five-stars
two-half-flames

Just when Nevada Baylor has finally come to accept the depths of her magical powers, she also realizes she’s fallen in love. Connor “Mad” Rogan is in many ways her equal when it comes to magic, but she’s completely out of her elements when it comes to her feelings for him. To make matters more complicated, an old flame comes back into Rogan’s life…

Rogan knows there’s nothing between him and his ex-fiance, Rynda Sherwood. But as Nevada begins to learn more about her past, her power, and her potential future, he knows she will be faced with choices she never dreamed of and the promise of a life spent without him.

As Nevada and Rogan race to discover the whereabouts of Rynda’s kidnapped husband and are forced to confront Nevada’s grandmother, who may or may not have evil motives, these two people must decide if they can trust in each other or allow everything to go up in smoke.

            

All the stars! I have been wondering how I could even write a review. I realized it is simple.

It’s everything.

I was reading within minutes of receiving the eARC and I keep rereading it! This morning I wanted to wail and cry like Catalina’s hardened, badass mercenaries when I had to leave for work.

Nevada is so strong, smart, and compassionate. She puts her whole self into her work and family.  I am so impressed with her. Will she learn even more about her skills and get more training as others do from childhood?  The characters have me intensely invested. of course, Nevada and Rogan, but so MANY others. The supporting cast is so detailed and interesting. I care about Catalina and Arabella and Leon and Grandma Frida and Bug. What about Rogan’s mother? I want to know her. Cornelius and Matilda have me wondering how they will go forward. Who is Cesear?

The world building is stellar. I love learning about the Primes and the different magics, its types and uses. I want to know so much more in this world, even if other characters than Nevada and Rogan are in the primary role. I honestly hope for more in this Hidden Legacy series. After reading all three, I asked the authors on Twitter (horrible, rude thing to do – I mean only 1 of the 3 books was published *head desk*) but they actually answered and said maybe. Please understand it wasn’t meant to be rude or demanding, only expressing my love and interest in purchasing more books in this world.

Wildfire is a masterpiece with an epilogue which is a jeweled crown on its king.  I am lucky enough to have access to a great many wonderful books of high quality and enormous enjoyment, but it’s not just my favorite book this month or year.  Wildfire owns my heart, mind and soul. It’s a favorite of a lifetime.

 

Giggle-worthy quote:

(There’s another one I wanted, but it’s too spoilery. But there are many humorous parts.)

“They will do what I say,” Mom ground out. “I’m their mother.”

Grandma Frida squinted at her. “Aha. And how did that work out for me?”

Mom opened her mouth and clicked it shut.

 

Book 1 :  Burn for Me            Book 2:  White Hot

 


Jennifer’s Audio Review

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Joint Review: Wildfire by Ilona AndrewsWildfire by Ilona Andrews
Series: Hidden Legacy #3
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Published by HarperAudio on 07-25-17
Format: Audiobook
Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
Source: Publisher
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five-stars
four-flames

As Anne said, Wildfire is EVERYTHING. I know when I listen to a story written by the author duo of Ilona Andrews I will be highly entertained. They manage to transport me to a world of magic and family. All their books have strong characters with a family at the center. The plot lines are complex yet still easy to follow.

I went into Wildfire with the belief it was the last book in the Hidden Legacy series but by the end it’s clear there could be more and I’m hoping we get more. Possibly from the younger characters with Nevada and Rogan as supporting characters. I would love more from this world however the authors want to present it.

Wildfire is classic Andrews. It has action, romance and tons of laughs with a touch of darkness. Renee Raudman is a master has bring all these emotions to life in her narration.

About Renée Raudman

Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she has earned a number of AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for The Last Secret by Mary McGarry Morris and Wesley the Owl by Stacey O’Brien, as well as a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award for Joe Schreiber’s Chasing the Dead. She has also performed on film, TV, radio, and stage, including the recurring roles of Jordon on ABC’s One Life To Live, Phyllis on NBC’s Passions, and guest-starring roles on prime-time TV. She has been heard in cartoons (The Simpsons, Billy & Mandy), videogames, and on the E! channel. Her narration of Homer’s Odyssey by Gwen Cooper was selected by Library Journal as one of the best audiobooks of 2009, and her reading of Marthe Jocelyn’s Would You was selected by the ALA as one of the best young adult audiobooks of 2009.

About Ilona Andrews

“Ilona Andrews” is the pseudonym for a husband-and-wife writing team. Ilona is a native-born Russian and Gordon is a former communications sergeant in the U.S. Army. Contrary to popular belief, Gordon was never an intelligence officer with a license to kill, and Ilona was never the mysterious Russian spy who seduced him. They met in college, in English Composition 101, where Ilona got a better grade. (Gordon is still sore about that.)

Gordon and Ilona currently reside in Texas with their two children and many dogs and cats.

They have co-authored two NYT and USAT bestselling series, the urban fantasy of Kate Daniels and romantic urban fantasy of The Edge and working on the next volumes for both.

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White Hot by Ilona Andrews

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Posted July 15, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

read it, track reviews are a way  to track books for my reading challenges and they will be super short The same reasons that made Burn for Me great (Ilona Andrews wrote it, Great Characters and Renée Raudman narrated it) are true for White Hot. White Hot picks up a couple of months after Burn for Me. The larger plot thread continues and as all Andrews’ series, the characters and plot become more complex. While the danger for now is wrapped up by the end of the novel the overall series danger is still there waiting for Nevada and Rogan. The budding romance between the hero and heroine grows as well. If you have not tried an Ilona Andrews novel I would recommend the Hidden Legacy series […]


Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Posted April 17, 2016 by Jennifer in Book Review | 4 Comments

    Read It, Track It Is A Way For Me To Track Books For My Reading Challenges And The Reviews Will Be Super Short. I love the team of Ilona Andrews whether I read their words or listen to Renée Raudman bring them to life for me. Renée Raudman did an outstanding job with the narration. I especially loved her performance for the Nuans, the fox-like creatures. Her voice for them paired with Andrews’ description made them so adorable. I also enjoyed Raudman’s voice for Orro, his over-dramatic personality shined through Raudman’s narration. I can’t wait for the next story in the Innkeeper Chronicles series by Andrews. Check out Anne’s review. About Renée Raudman Renée Raudman is a multi-award-winning audiobook narrator. A multiple Audie Award nominee, she […]


Audio Review | Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Audio Review | Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews

Posted September 7, 2015 by Jennifer in Book Review | 7 Comments

  If you’re not up to date on the Kate Daniels series there might be spoilers ahead for the series but none for Magic Shifts. You can take Beast Lord out of the Pack but you can’t keep the Pack away from the Beast Lord or the Consort. I love how Kate and Curran can’t get away from the Pack even by moving to the suburbs. Pack members keep popping up when Kate least expects them and how she reacts is priceless. For most of the series, Kate has been trying to learn the rules of being part of the Pack and living with them. Now that she and Curran are no longer living in the Keep, it’s Curran’s turn to learn what it means to […]


Another Hit from the Golden Team! Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Another Hit from the Golden Team! Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

Posted November 1, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 8 Comments

    There was little doubt that I would enjoy BURN FOR ME. Why? Let me count the reasons. 1. Ilona Andrews wrote it. Team of Ilona and Gordon Andrews writes some of the best Urban Fantasy out there! Their writing is imaginative with complex world building, strong heroines and yummy alpha males. And just plain fun to get lost in. 2. Renée Raudman is the narrator. Renée narrates all of Andrews’ books (so far) and she’s the reason I didn’t read the eARC. I had to wait for the audio. Renée is the cherry on top of the hot, gooey goodness that is Andrews’ writing.   3. Great Characters Like I said above, the heroines and heroes are always fun within an Ilona Andrews’ world. But they […]


So Much Build Up… Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

So Much Build Up… Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Posted September 12, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 12 Comments

 3.5 stars? Yeah. I went into MAGIC BREAKS thinking it was going to be an adrenaline filled, bloody fast pace ride. But…I’ve never listened to a book in the Kate Daniels series where I wanted to speed it up because I thought a scene or two was really slow. The part where Kate was misplaced for a time. I thought it went on too long. I was bored. All that build up But other than that really slow moment in time and what I talked about in the above spoiler the book was great. But because of those to issues I had to give it a 3.5 rating instead of a 4. My favorite parts of the book was when Since MAGIC BREAKS reads as the […]


Renée Raudman the Voice Behind Ilona Andrews, Lisa Kleypas & More

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Posted June 13, 2014 by Jennifer in JIAM, Narrator Interviews | 10 Comments

When Renée Raudman is not bring Kate and Curran to life in the awesome Kate Daniels, Urban Fantasy series by Ilona Andrews to life she is bring sexy men like Lisa Kleypas’ Hardy Cates in Blue-Eyed Devil to our ear buds. I am please to welcome one of the best in business to The Book Nympho today. Can you walk us through your prep work for a narration project? Do you prepare any notes to help decide the tone and voice to give a character when there’s not a clear description of their voice in the novel (when they do not have a distinct accent)? Hi Jennifer, Thanks so much for thinking of me for this interview!  I so enjoy your ‘blog’ and am very flattered you […]


Ilona Andrews + Renée Raudman = Urban Fantasy Gold! Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews

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Posted June 13, 2014 by Jennifer in Book Review | 6 Comments

Clean Sweep was originally released on Andrew’s blog in pieces. I’m not one for reading books in parts so I decided to wait until it was all done and released as a finished product. Then I found out it was going to be produced on audio so I waited for it. And I’m so glad I did. All the Ilona Andrews’ books I’ve experienced has been on audio and narrated by Renee Raudman so I’ve come to expect high quality and I’ve never been let down. You can’t go wrong with a team like Ilona Andrews and Renee Raudman! Seriously, Raudman brings the writing of Andrews to life, like no one else could and Clean Sweep was a pure delight on audio. If you are […]