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Audio: The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost

Posted September 9, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 5 Comments

Audio:  The Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene FrostThe Sweetest Burn by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny #2
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on June 27,2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Format: Audiobook
Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
Source: Library
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two-stars
one-half-flames

Conquering a supernatural realm turned out to be easier than getting over a broken heart. But her initial victory has made Ivy a target for revenge, forcing her to reunite with the dangerous—and dangerously sexy—Adrian. Ivy isn't sure which will be harder: finding the hallowed weapon that will repair the crumbling walls between the demon and human realms, or resisting Adrian, who's decided that come hell or high water, he will make Ivy his.

At first, Adrian tried to resist his feelings for Ivy. Now, determined to break the curse that dooms their love, he's vowed to save her and to have her. If only he can persuade her to forgive his past sins. But defying destiny—and surrendering to the smoldering desire between them—will bring consequences and sacrifices they never imagined…

 

 

                     

I listened to The Beautiful Ashes as a “reread” right before getting The Sweetest Burn.  I was able to get both in digital audio from the library.

I was excited to see how they progressed with finding the second artifact. I expected Ivy and Adrian to learn and grow in their pursuit and to further their relationship as they worked together to save the world. These things sort of happened.

Neither Ivy or Adrian seemed to learn or grow very much. Ivy’s whining about everything at Zach and her internal rambling were annoying. Adrian at least spent his time preparing Brutus for their mission. Both of them are so childish in their actions and seem to lack skills or guts to communicate with each other in an honest, mature way. Ivy’s attachment to Adrian seems stubborn and rather fickle. The relationship progresses, though.

The other characters, Zach, Jasmine, and Kosta are barely developed. They revolve around Ivy and Adrian with limited impact. We do learn more about both Ivy and Adrian’s backgrounds. The aspects of the world are changed and unfolded, too.  When Ivy fights, it feels more like panic and desperation, rather than courage and fortitude. With her limited experience, this is realistic but I’d at least like to see some faith and strength.  Adrian has more confidence, experience and skill in battle.

Tavia Gilbert is Ivy’s voice to me. She felt right and comfortable in this role. Adrian seemed to have a sort of Russian accent and not the sound the same as he did in The Beautiful Ashes which was awkward. The others were fine, but not prominent enough in the story to matter.

The search and save the world part of the plot went slowly and not as smart as I prefer, but had interesting aspects. I was just so annoyed by the main characters and their personal relationship here.  The last book in the Broken Destiny series is The Brightest Embers, projected for November 28, 2017. I’m sure I will read or listen to it, with hopes that it will improve the trilogy.

 

 

Listen to a clip here.

About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert (SAG-AFTRA) is an award-winning narrator with more than 150 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs. Click here for examples and reviews.

Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.

Tavia is also a producer with nine years experience. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2001, she studied audio documentary production at the Salt Institute. With 11 years of paralegal experience, Tavia has a clear understanding and appreciation for the business side of her world, including contractual language and legal strategy. Her creative eye, vivid personality, and experience and contacts help her cast the highest caliber of artists, including actors, musicians, videographers, and other talent. Her clients hire her again and again, recognizing her exceptional work and the advantage they have in someone with both a creative and business mind.

Tavia’s presence is realistic and compelling without being melodramatic; her voice is ideally suited to professional and corporate voiceover work. In addition, she is an accomplished actress and singer. Her warmth, breadth, and range offer countless possibilities for producers.

About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the upcoming Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

For information on Jeaniene’s books, reading the first 20% of each book free, book trailers, deleted scenes, creature mythology, and more, please visit: www.jeanienefrost.com

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
two-half-stars
Characters
one-half-stars
Narration (Audio)
three-stars
Overall: two-stars

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