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Audio: Rivers of Hell by Marina Finlayson

Posted August 5, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

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.

Audio: Rivers of Hell by Marina FinlaysonRivers of Hell by Marina Finlayson
Series: Shadows of the Immortals #3
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Published by Tantor Audio on July 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hours
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars
half-flame

Rescuing a god? Check. Escaping to the underworld? Also check.

But despite her successes, things aren’t going so well for Lexi and her friends—which is why they’re hiding out in the underworld. The god they rescued has been magically collared, unable to access his power. Worse still, Lexi’s best friend is similarly shackled, blocking her shape-shifting abilities.

Since they have precisely zero collar-opening keys, they need to make one—except the only person who can help them, the god of metalshaping, is dead. The good news? Lexi’s already in the underworld, so she can try to find him. The bad news? The underworld isn’t exactly a meadow full of butterflies, and venturing even deeper into it may be the quickest way to join the ranks of the dead herself.

But for her best friend, Lexi would journey through hell and back. Just as well, because that’s exactly what she must do to save her friend and their allies.

 

               

I discovered the Shadows of the Immortals series as it came out this year on audio. It was a pleasant surprise containing many elements I enjoy. There is magic, many types of paranormal beings in this fascinating world. After three books, I don’t know if I understand very much about how the world works.

Hollie Jackson continues to do a fine job with the narration. She is Lexi to me. There were many new and interesting characters in the underworld for her to give voices. She made it all come to life and allowed me to focus on the story.

Lexi, providing our view of everything, doesn’t know much about her family or how she got her skills, which are not typical. Many of her long held beliefs, as far as who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, have been challenged. In Rivers of Hell, she finally seems to have decided and is actively trying to help her friends. Unfortunately, she makes some decisions which border on TSTL and doesn’t handle some things well. Her relationship with Jake did not have much sexual tension or romance but they are beginning to trust and support each other.

It’s frustrating to take a step forward and then a step back. This is a transition without enough learning or character development for me.  It ended on quite the cliffhanger and the next book isn’t out yet! There is a blog post from February indicating a plan for two more books which might be out this year.  I look forward to moving forward and learning more about these characters and filling in details about this world.

 

Listen to a clip here.

 

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
three-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

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Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

Audio Review: Watch Your Back by Karen Rose

Posted June 9, 2017 by Jonetta in Book Review | 7 Comments

    After Stevie Mazetti learned of her former partner’s corruption, it became her mission to seek out those who had been unfairly incarcerated because of him, beyond what he had acknowledged prior to his death. Her investigating has made her a target and attempts are now being made on her life and her daughter, Cordelia’s. Clay Maynard is pretty much glued to her side as protection and because he still holds out hope for a much more personal relationship.   One of the things we don’t have to guess about here is who’s trying to kill Stevie. The mastermind behind the attempts is identified early on and I liked that we got his point of view throughout. That allowed me to just fully immerse […]


Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Audio: Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Posted May 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

              I listened to this recommendation from an Ace Roc Star friend.  It’s one of her favorites. It’s also fantasy, which isn’t always the easiest for me to assimilate, so I got the audio from the library. The tale goes from childhood to manhood of Fitz, the bastard son of the prince, who many wish to control or kill. He has special skills and works to learn more in support of the King, his grandfather. The characters, the story are widely varying and memorable. It may be long but it kept me intensely engaged. I wanted to know more, know everything and I felt deeply. Fitz, even in his situation, and at a very young age,  has a moral integrity and […]


Audio:  Fallout by Sara Paretsky

Audio: Fallout by Sara Paretsky

Posted April 25, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

                I have read and loved the V.I. Warshawski  series for a looooong time, since it started in 1982!  I’ve read and loved them all and Fallout is number 18. The last few I have enjoyed the audio so when I got the chance to review I went for it. Vic is the original and the best for me. The normal setting is in Chicago but in this she goes out of town for her missing persons case. Susan Ericksen is a wonderful narrator and she is Vic for me now. She handles the inner thoughts and feelings of Vic and the dialogue and accents of all the various characters very well. I’m not knowledgeable enough to know if […]


Audio review: The Dead Seekers by Barb and JC Hendee

Audio review: The Dead Seekers by Barb and JC Hendee

Posted April 6, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

            This new Dead Seekers series is related to the Noble Dead Saga series,  (actually 3 series with a total of 14 books), which I have not read.  I have read this author before, a husband and wife writing team, and liked them, so when the opportunity came up for this audio I got it. This is slightly against my OCD of doing everything in order but I’m dealing with it. I have a bit of an aversion to historical and fantasy and horror, but I am finding that with the right story and / or right narrator, I love it. I am unable to determine, as yet, why some work for me and some do not. This one works, so […]


Audio: Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Audio: Thrill Ride by Julie Ann Walker

Posted January 29, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 2 Comments

                     This is the fourth in The Black Knights Inc. series  and the third I’ve listened to audio.  I continue to enjoy Abby Craden’s narration. For Rock, she did a bayou accent with French intermingled. I don’t know if it was authentic but it was fun. The men all sound different but to me, the women sound mostly the same. It doesn’t bother me though. Thrill Ride was suspenseful and the mystery and action was more exciting to me than the romance. The Black Knights used more tech in this one which pleased me. I like seeing all the guys working together, planning strategies and using their talents. Rock has some mad skills in staying lost. Rock and […]