I'm Melanie and I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. I will read contemporary romance on occasion, but not often. I will occasionally throw in a biography, usually autobiographies of people that I find interesting. Listening to autobiographies that are narrated by the author have been great in my experience.

Audiobook Review: Forest of Ruin (Age of Legends, #3) by Kelley Armstrong

Forest of Ruin: Age of Legends Trilogy - Kelley Armstrong, Harper Audio, Therese Plummer

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Young Adult Fantasy Well Written


I’ve been struggling with reading books lately. My attention span is very low for some reason. I can’t really sit down and read for more than an hour before I start finding something to distract myself. So, I decided to try the last book in the Age of Legends series on audio instead of reading, like I did with the previous two books. This worked out really great. I was able to finally finish this trilogy without having to sit down and read in little bits.


If you’re not familiar with this series, it is a fun one. It is set in a world that does have magics and spirits, among other things. The stories are told from the point of view of sixteen-year-old twin sisters, Moria and Ashen. They have the abilities to calm spirits and even banish them. Moria is known as the Keeper. She helps protect the empire from angry spirits. She also has a bond-beast that is a wildcat named Daigo. Bond-beasts are warriors that have died and come back to help the Seeker and the Keeper. Ashen is the Seeker. He has a hound for her bond-beast, named Tova. Moria is the one that has always been more outgoing and popular with the people. Ashen has always been a little more introverted. The two girls have been separated for a long time now as they try to solve the issue of Shadowstalkers and find the missing children from their town.


There are also three guys who’ve been part of the story from the beginning, or almost the beginning. The first one that we met in the first book is Ronan. He is a fugitive from the empire. He is also castless, which is very important in this world. It also makes him keep his distance from Ashen, even though he has quite the crush on her. He doesn’t feel that he’s good enough. He also uses little brother and sister as an excuse to keep his distance. He is responsible for them, since they have no one else. But at the same time, he feels he needs to protect Ashen.


There is also Gavril. He is quite the magician, though not as strong as his father. He has also been branded a traitor. His father is not a good man has done many horrible things (I won’t go into details to avoid spoilers). There are several times where you can’t tell which side Gavril is on. He and Moria have become very close friends. She has even been branded a traitor because of her ties to him in friendship.


Lastly, there is Tyrus. He is the emperor’s bastard son. He is also the emperor’s favorite child. He has also been branded a traitor because of events that happened in the second book (once again, I won’t give further details). He has been traveling with Gavril and Moria.


This story continues where the second book left off. We go back and forth between Ashen and Moria telling their tale. Both are witness to horrors along the way. You can really see the two girls, and also the boys, all grow up and leave childhood behind as they face things that even humans shouldn’t have to face. There is betrayal from family members, witnessing the aftermath of horrible murders (truly, these murders were awful. The kids didn’t witness it, but they came across the bodies and even that was bad enough), dealing with the zombie-like shadowstalkers. They even had to deal with the idea of raising dragons from a magical induced sleep. Yep, you read that right, dragons have made an appearance (and no, neither of the girls went into a bonfire with eggs LOL).


I’m a huge fan of Kelley Armstrong. I think she writes amazing characters. Now this series is one that isn’t as fast paced as some of her other stories, but the characters and the world she has built is still pretty great. I like how she kept me intrigued with trying to figure out who is betraying whom and never knowing what type of horrors the girls would come to next. I will say that end the end, I enjoyed the overall series, more than I enjoyed each book. I think part of that is that Armstrong ended the first two books with cliffhangers (grrr), but this being the final book, that didn’t happen here. I thought the story wrapped up pretty well. I liked how the people whose names were cleared were able to convince the emperor of their loyalty without having the emperor lose face. I will say that there is a bit of a love triangle, but not a strong one. Moria had always knew the choice she wanted, though she did second guess herself from time to time. If you like high-fantasy YA stories, this was a fun trilogy.


I think this was my first time listening to Therese Plummer. I know I recognized her name. I would’ve sworn I had listened to her before, but I can’t find anything that could’ve been the book. Anyway, I thought she did a great job with narration. I loved how she was able to make the kids sound like the teenagers they were and the adults sound like adults. I thought she did a great job with the male and female voices and that you could really feel the horror some of the kids experienced through their voices. If you haven’t tried Therese Plummer, I highly recommend her. I will looking for more books by her.


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Review: Big, Bad Red (Fairy True #2) by Avery Flynn

Big, Bad Red (Fairy True Book 2) - Avery Flynn

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Paranormal Howling Good Romance


This is a very fun story with a new look at favorite fairy tale characters, “the Big, Bad Wolf” and “Little Red Riding Hood”. The wolf is Liam MacTire, He’s a werewolf, but his family has quite the curse. If he doesn’t find his family’s sword in the next 28 days, he will stop being a werewolf and just be a plain old wolf. He goes to Granny’s Pub in Dublin, New York to see if the owner, Red, knows anything. While in the front, Red is just a bar owner and bartender. In the back, though, she has quite a lucrative business in selling stolen, magical merchandise. While Red has the sword, it is stolen again, but not before it wreaks havoc. So, Red and Liam have to go on the hunt to get the sword back and they are on a deadline.


This is a really fun and quick read. It is a story that I wish was longer for two reasons. 1) I loved the characters and wanted to spend more time with them. 2) I thought the ending was rushed and that there were things left unanswered. If nothing else, I would’ve liked to have had an epilogue. I’ve really enjoyed the two books in this series. I wish Ms. Flynn would write more of them. They are short, but complete stories. And so much fun. If you’re looking for something really fun and just want a quick read, the two books in this series are for you.

“Who’s going to fuck with a six-foot-six ripped dude in black leather pants, tats covering both arms and a perma-snarl?”

“If you don’t hear from me in a few days, send a team down here to sniff out the body.”
“What are best friends for if not to pick up your mangled remains?” Max asked.

He hadn’t been looking for forever when he’d walked into Granny’s Pub, but he’d found it anyway. He sure as hell wasn’t going to let it go now.


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Review: Lonen's War (Sorcerous Moons, #1) by Jeffe Kennedy

Lonen's War: Sorcerous Moons - Book 1 - Louisa Gallie, Deborah Nemeth, Jeffe Kennedy

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Magical Fantasy Great Writing


This is the first of a new fantasy series by Jeffe Kennedy. I’ve been reading her Twelve Kingdoms series, which I love, so I was very excited to have the chance to try this new series. In this book, we have two different groups of people who are at war.

Destrye are a more barbarian group of people. They have no magical ability. The story starts off with them attacking one of the Bara cities.


The Bara are a magical group that has a society based on magic. They go through young life to achieve hwil, it is kinda like a state of zen (or that is the best I can describe it). Once you achieve hwil, you can then rise in the ranks as a sorcerer/sorceress. Once they are the sorceress, they can get their masks (really creepy golden masks that don’t have holes for the eyes). They also look for their perfect partner. Their relationships are symbiotic. The sorceresses are able to help fuel more magic to the sorcerers.


So, this story is told from the POV’s of Lonen, third son of the king of the Destrye, and Oria, young princess, not yet sorceress, of the Barrans. I love that we get both sides of the story, so we know more than the other half o the characters know. That being said, that doesn’t mean we know everything. We only know what those two characters know, and seeing as they are both not yet in positions of real power, they are missing a lot. This is especially true of Oria. She has not yet achieved hwil, and so a lot of information is not given until this goal is complete.


Oria is a very interesting character. She lives in a tower, mostly secluded from other people in her walled city. Most of her company is her mother, Queen Rhianna and her familiar, a small dragon-like creature, named Chuffta. He rides on her arm or shoulder. His touch helps her to deal with excess emotions that she picked up from other people. He is also a great guide for her. He has a good head, even though he is very young too.

“You’re right. I apologize to both of you,”she added to her mother.
“What is Chuffta right about?” her mother asked.
“That I’m afraid of the Destrys without knowing any, so my logic is bad. Though there are plenty of stories and illustrations to inform that opinion.”

This is a very fun start to a series. Jeffe Kennedy did a great job worldbuilding and I love the characters. There are some characters, I didn’t like, but they weren’t supposed to be likable. This is also a great start to a story. I see a lot in store for Oria and Lonen. I’m very interested into diving into the second book in this series, Oria’s Gambit. If you haven’t tried Jeffe Kennedy, this is a great time to start.


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**Book was provided to me by the author. This review is my opinion and was not requested or provoked in anyway by the author.


Audiobook Review: Risk (A Mageri World Novel) by Dannika Dark

Risk - Tantor Audio, Dannika Dark, Nicole Poole

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I listened to the Mageri series when it was first released on audio back in 2014. I really enjoyed it. Simon was one of my favorite characters in that series, so when I heard Simon was getting his own book, I was really excited. So now I get to learn more about Simon Hunt, who is part of the Mageri Halo organization and a great strategist. He has always been a ladies’ man. I should point out at this series is UF, so the main character in the original five books takes a while to find her love. Here, Simon does it in one book.


So a council member asks Simon for a favor. It’s a big one. Novis, the council member, asks Simon to train a Learner of another council member. One that Simon can’t stand named Hannah. So, Simon shows up to talk to Hannah about it, he learns that Ella is deaf. She was at a party that was attacked and the injury isn’t able to healed because of something that was used during the battle. Hannah is embarrassed that her learner is “defective”. She isn’t progressing like she should be. Hannah will either have to live with the fact that she will have to take care of Ella for the rest of her life or “put her down”.


Simon agrees to help Hannah. One, Hannah is paying him a lot money. Two, a very powerful council member, in Novis, would own him a favor. He quickly learns that Ella isn’t nearly as “defective” as Hannah thinks she is. Once Simon starts to train her, her progress grows really quickly. Hannah is very protective of Ella and there is a reason for that (I won’t say why, so no spoilers). She has kept her sheltered since the accident and Ella is feeling suffocated. Once Simon is around, he takes her outside and out into the world.


Both Simon and Ella have a pretty brutal past. That past has both taken them to where they are now and it has brought plenty of baggage with it. This past has helped to bring Simon and Ella together. While training, Simon learns that someone is following them. He works with someone from the Chitah race to help track down who is following them. Chitah are a species that have animalistic qualities, but they aren’t shifters. They will grow claws and teeth, but that’s it.


This story is a nice paranormal romance with a ton of suspense. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend it. I really enjoyed it. You can read this book without having read the Mageri series, but there are spoilers in this book for the previous five books, so it is really best if you read/listen to them first.



Nicole Poole narrated the first five books in the Mageri series, and continues to do well with this book. I really enjoyed her narration. She does a great job with both male and female voices. Also, Simon is British, so she had to do his accent, which I thought was pretty good. I really thought she added to the story.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Hunting Season (The Gathering #1) by Shelly Laurenston

Hunting Season: Gathering Series, Book 1 - Alexandra Shawnee, Tantor Audio, Shelly Laurenston

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Hunting Season has been on my TBR list for a long time. Needless to say that books that aren’t on audio tend to take me longer to get to. I have so much more time to listen than read. So, when I saw that this was coming out on audio, I jumped at the chance to review it. This book was written in 2009 and there doesn’t appear to be any more book in this series coming. In my opinion, it is because she chose to take this world to Call of the Crows. Now, the author says this is not the case, you can check out her FAQ to read more.


This book is full of Norse mythology. It has a group of humans, who’ve died and been resurrected by Skuld. They become crows, and though they don’t completely shapeshift, they do have wings that they can use at will. All crows are women that Skuld deem worthy. Then there’s the ravens. They are all male. They are born ravens and are loyal to Odin. The crows are quite the party animals. The ravens being much more tame. They also look down on the crows because of their human side. Ravens also have their own wings that they can use when needed.


Neecy Lawrence is the second-in-command of the crows. She had a pretty hard life as a human. She grew up in foster homes, then she join a gang. Needless to say, she did some things she really isn’t proud of while in the gang. She was killed when she tried to leave and that is when Skuld came to her and offered her to be reborn of sorts as a crow. Neecy lives for being a crow. She is trying so hard to make up for past wrongs. She’s also a history professor with a PhD in history. Neecy also has the ability to call crows to her. That does have some funny moments.

Two more crows dived at Mike, freaking the poor kid out.
Then six more.
“Then what the…”
Tye sipped his coffee as Mike did his best to keep the birds away from him. “It’s not Neecy,” he offered casually. “It’s that meat and bird seed I put in his pockets.”
Delia covered her mouth in surprise, but she couldn’t stifle the laughter. Yager shook his head.
They watched as Mike ran to the doors, trying to get in. But, apparently, Tye locked them and seemed in no rush to unlock them.
“He knows why.”
Mike slammed his fist against the thick glass and pointed at Tye while the growing number of birds steadily attacked his coat and therefore him.
“You motherfucker!”
“See?” Tye took another sip of his coffee. “Told you he knows why.”

Wilhelm Yager is the leader of the New York-New Jersey Ravens. He’s also a computer geek (definitely can’t fault him for that. I love a computer geek.). He’s had a thing for Neecy for a while, but she doesn’t give him the time of day. That is until he convinces her to spend 24 hours with him.


While, I really enjoyed the characters in this book, I wasn’t a huge fan of the plot. I liked the crows and ravens. I wasn’t real big on the “hunting season” where a pack of wolf-shifters try to kill all the crows. It just wasn’t the best plot. They weren’t a good villain.


Trying to write the review for this book is difficult for me. Part of me is wanted to just compare it to the Call of the Crows books, but I know not everyone has read them. There is also part of me who is very disappointed in this book. I’ll admit that I went into this book without having read the blurb. I do that frequently with favorite authors. I like to go into books blind. I find that I enjoy them more most of the time because I’m surprised about everything. That was not the case here. I was very disappointed with this story being so similar to a series I’ve already two book in. It was a good book, just not up the standards that I’m used to by Shelly Laurenston (or her other pen name, G.A. Aiken).



I didn’t think I had listened to anything by Alexandra Shawnee before I started this book. It didn’t take 2 minutes in and I knew that I head listened to a book by her, just under a different name. She is a narrator that I’ve really enjoyed with those other books that I listened to. That being said, I don’t think she was the best choice for this book. She doesn’t bring out the humor that Shelly Laurenston has in her books. I just don’t think she brought out that snark that Laurenston is known for. I will say she does a great job with male and female voices. Not to mention the sex and fight scenes were wonderfully done. If you happen across something by her, I would recommend it.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Made For Sin by Stacia Kane

Made for Sin - Aiden Snow, Tantor Audio, Stacia Kane

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve been a huge fan of Stacia Kane for several years now. I started off reading her Megan Chase series and then really fell in love with her after starting theDownside Ghosts series (Downside is especially good on audio). It has been since since 2012 that I’ve gotten a full length book from Ms. Kane. Needless to say, I was pretty excited.


Made for Sin is a story that, of course, is set in Sin City itself, Las Vegas. The story is told by E. L. Speare (don’t ask him his first name), a PI with a dark side. He has a demon inside him. He must commit a sin everyday or the demon takes over, only to leave Speare waking up to carnage. It can be any of the mortal sins, but the bigger, the longer the demon will let him go before he has to commit the next sin. Shoplifting is one of the smaller sins we see him commit to pacify his demon.


When a body start to turn up with a piece missing, as in a whole arm taken from the shoulder, Speare is on the case to help look for what is going on. Then even more bodies with missing pieces start to turn up. There is also a demon sword involved. Speare decides the best place to start looking is for someone who just got their hands on the demon sword. He recruits a thief, in Ardeth Coyle, who also dealer in occult artifacts.


This was a good story. It has all the things you expect from a solid Urban Fantasy book. The world that Kane built in Vegas does it proud. Add in the magic and it is a solid location that any UF fan would enjoy. Speare is a great tortured hero, who is working hard to be “good”. Ardeth is a solid heroine who isn’t trying nearly as hard to be good. The suspense and action are all there. All in all, this is a solid story. That being said, I didn’t love it as much as I expected to. I think this book might have suffered from “too high of expectations” and “over anticipation”. As much as I loved Kane’s first two series, I think I expected this one to blow me out of the water and it just didn’t do that. Kane mentions on her blog, that this book could be a stand alone or possibly a start to a new series. If there is a book two, I will definitely give it a go. I know that it is often that the first book of a series is okay, but get way better with more stories. I’m sure Kane could do that, as I’ve loved her other series. I really hope that there is a book two.



This is my first book with Aiden Snow as narrator. I really liked him. I thought he did a great job with our tortured hero. I also liked his women’s voices. The pace was great. I thought he really brought the darker side to the story. He is definitely a narrator that I will be on the look out for in the future.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished (Heartstrikers, #3) by Rachel Aaron

No Good Dragon Goes Unpunished: Heartstrikers, Book 3 - Audible Studios, Vikas Adam, Rachel Aaron

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I was very excited to get my hands on the third installment of the Heartstriker series by Rachel Aaron. I stumbled upon this series last year and it has been a favorite of mine since listening to book one, Nice Dragons Finish Last. This is a story about a fairly young dragon, about twenty years old, who is a bit of an outcast from dragonkind because he is too nice. Dragons are pretty ambitious creatures who think mostly for themselves. He is part of the largest clan in the world, lead by his mother, Bethesda Heartstriker, who some call the “broodmare” because of the number of hatchlings she has. She names each group of offspring by starting all their names the same, starting with the first group of A’s, then B’s, then C’s and so forth. They also judge each member not only by the letter, but where they are within that letter, who hatches first or last, etc. Julius, isn’t only the most regroup of J’s, he was also the last one to hatch, so that makes him the youngest.


In the first book, Julius hooks up with a human mage named Marci. They’ve become really close friends and have been together since they met. She has a spirit named Ghost, that takes the form of a cat. Ghost has been building in power and becoming a larger force. Marci is getting more powerful and knowledgeable too. There’s also been an extremely slow build towards what might become a relationship between the two of them.


This story picks up where One Good Dragon Deserves Another, ends. Julius is trying to set up his council. Two of his older brothers are trying to come up with votes. There is also some who don’t want to see the council even form. Because of the formation of this council, this story is taking place in Heartstriker Mountain in Arizona. Bethesda has called all of her children home for this vote, so we start to meet a lot more of the Heartstrikers. The big thing here is we meet the F’s. The F’s are all sealed, which means they can’t turn into their dragons. They are also forced to stay at the mountain and work for Bethesda. No one really seems understand why Bethesda decided to make the F’s do this.


While Julius is dealing with council business, Marci goes into the town to meet up with her mage idol that works for the UN, Sir Myron Rolands. Along with him there, is an augmented human warrior woman who has a raven who is a spirit. General Emily Jackson is head of the UN’s Magical Disaster Response Force. They take Marci back to Detroit, where magic is more plentiful, to feel Ghost her spirit. They are wanting Marci to help with humans as they learn more and more about magic. They also believe Marci to be the first Merlin since magic came back to Earth.


We have a ton of new characters that we meet, like David, one of the Heartstriker D’s and a senator. Not only do we have Bob, Julius’s oldest brother and seer of the Heartstriker clan in this story, but there are many of the characters I’ve come to love, Amelia, Chelsie (we learn a ton of about Chelsie), Justin, Ian and even some of the dragons from the Daughters of the Three Sisters clan. Algonquin, the extremely powerful lady of the lakes in Detroit, makes an appearance too.


There is so much that happens in this book. Murder plots, kidnapping, more secrets than you can count. We learn a lot about Chelsie, the prologue is even about her when she was much younger. We learn more about magic and what is going on, though there is still a lot missing here. We learn more about Algonquin. There are several questions that are answered, but I think more questions are brought up before the end of the story. This story has quite the cliffhanger ending, but with some hints thrown in for good measure. The last hour of the book had me glued to my earbuds. I wish I was like Bob and could see what is going to happen in the future.


If you haven’t tried the Heartstriker series, I highly recommend it. Each book is better than the last. As with most Urban Fantasy stories, I highly recommend you start with book one and work your way chronologically through the series. Each story builds on the previous book. If you’re at all interested in audiobooks, I can’t recommend the audio enough. Vikas Adam really nails it.



Vikas Adam has continued to amaze me with his narration of this series. There are a ton of characters with many different personalities and he nails them all. He does an amazing job with the flamboyant Amelia, the voice of Bob, who’s crazy with all of his prophecies in his head, David the politician, Bethesda and her tyranny, Cheslie, Justin, Julius and Marci are all great. Add in the spirit Ghost, not to mention Algonquin and I can’t ask for anything better. He does a great job with both the men and the women voices. He really brings out the tones needed for each scene. If you haven’t tried him yet, I highly recommend him.


Audiobook Review: Wild Embrace (A Psy-Changeling Anthology) by Nalini Singh

Wild Embrace: A Psy-Changeling Anthology - Tantor Audio, Nalini Singh, Angela Dawe

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


While I’m not a huge fan of anthologies, I love when when an author does one entirely for a single series, as Singh has done here with Psy-Changeling series. I love that peak into the lives of lesser known (or not known at all) or the look into a deeper look into the lives we already know. We get a little of both in this book.


Echo’s of Silence
Stefan Berg & Tazia Nerif
This is the story of a Psy and a human who spend most of their time on Alaris the deep sea station, which has been mentioned in several books. Stefan is also a TK Psy who’s been mentioned in several stories, but I’m pretty sure, he hasn’t had any pagetime himself. This story takes place before the fall of Silence, so it is very irregular for Stefan to not be completely silent, but he has a bit of PTSD which prevents him from shutting down his feelings. He is quite fascinated with Tazia, the human engineer, who is on the Alaris with him. When they both go topside for the mandatory break from the deep sea, he takes her with him to help with the clean up from a massive earthquake. This is a pretty romantic story, especially for early Psy who could be “rehabilitated” for not following silence.


Dorian (many different glimpses in his life)
Dorian had a tough childhood. He was a leopard who was born latent, he wasn’t able to shift. I really liked seeing back to Dorian as a child. I also loved to see how his family and alpha gave him so much love and hope to make him the man he becomes in the stories where we met him. How he was taught that he could be a valuable member of the pack, even if he did have this disability of not shifting. We see him as a boy, a teenager, and as adult when his mate finally helps him to shift. It was a very fun story.


Partners in Persuasion
Felix Grady & Dezi
This is a fun story about a submissive male from Snow Dancer wolf pack and a dominate female in the Dark River leopard pack. Felix was a model and then became a horticulturist. He’s also a very submissive wolf. He’s tried dating a dominate before and it didn’t end well. He is very hesitant to try it again. Dezi is a soldier working her way up in the pack. She has really liked Felix, but didn’t really know about how to approach him. She is very concerned about dominating him and that isn’t what she wants in a relationship. It is a great story. Although, I don’t think we’ve ever met either of these characters before, we do see some favorites.


Flirtation of Fate
Kenji & Garnet
Kenji and Garnet are both wolves. They’ve dated in the past, but had a fairly bad breakup. They now each run remote dens for Snow Dancer. When Kenji visits Garnet’s den for a meeting, there is a murder of one of their own. Kenji must work not only with his ex, Garnet, but also with her current lover Rev. They are all able to put aside their past (and current) romances to work together to try to solve the murder. During that time, Kenji and Garnet are drawn to each other (don’t worry, no cheating). The only downside here is the trope of “I’m going to leave you for your own good”, which is not something that I’m a huge fan of. Well, truthfully, I’m not a big fan of second chance loves, but there are a few I enjoy, and this is one of them.


These are four really fun stories. This is a must read/listen for any Psy-Changeling fan. Each story is different, but all exciting in their own way. I loved meeting new characters and spending time with ones I know. If you’ve not read this series, I don’t recommend this as your introduction. I also don’t think you need to be fully caught up in the series to read this one. I think if you’ve read Dorian’s story, Hostage to Pleasure, you would be good to read this one.



I love Angela Dawe’s narration of this series. I’m always willing to turn down an book in order to listen to her narrate this series. I think she does such a great job with the shifters and the Psy. You can really feel the warmth of the changelings and the coldness of the Psy who are still in Silence. I like her male and female voices. There are so many voices in this series, as you can imagine with a PNR series that has 13 full-length novels in it, plus novellas of even more characters. She does a great job with the different variations. If you haven’t tried her narrations, I highly recommend them.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Insidious - Audible Studios, Aleatha Romig, Savannah Richards

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve had this book on audio for a while and just never put it high up on my priority list (no idea why and is something that I regret now). After listening to the Into the Light, the first book by Aleatha Roming’s The Light series, I decided I had to move this book up to the top of my TBR priority. I’m really glad that I finally got my but into gear and listened to this book. This is the only stand alone story by this author at this time. So it was great to jump in and have a fully complete story in one book.


Let me start by saying that this is a very dark erotic thriller. It is not a book that everyone will enjoy. There are things in this book that will have you cringing. Things that in real life would make you very sick and angry. This story is a work of fiction and nowhere is this written like this is something that should be allowed to happen without consequences in the real world. There are a lot of bad people in this story. Actually, there are very good people in this story. But the characters are excellent and the story amazing. I was on the edge of my seat needing to know what happens next throughout the story.


The story goes back in forth in time when Victoria Conway is eighteen and present day, ten years later. I really liked seeing how “Tori” was different as a full adult versus her as an eighteen year old trying to figure out the situation she was put into by her parents. Her stepfather has a huge gambling problem. He ran up some very large debts. Mr. Stewart Harrington offered to take care of those debts if only the eldest daughter would marry him. She is offered two contracts, both with a non-disclosure statement. She could walk away and let her father figure out his own debts and get $50,000 or she could agree to marry him, take care of her father’s debts and use Mr. Harrington’s wealth anyway she wished. Thing is, she didn’t realize exactly what she was signing up for.


I can’t really go into much more than that without giving away spoilers. There are tons of spoilery things in this book. Everything you think you know, only to find out that you were completely wrong. This story is told from Tori’s POV, so we only know what she knows. There are even things that she knows that we don’t find out too quickly.


This is a story of a girl who thought she was getting a fairytale, even if she arrived to it in an unconventional way. But the thing is, fairy tales weren’t always so friendly. Before Disney got their hands on them, fairy tales were much darker in the original format by the Grimm Brothers. This story isn’t for the faint of heart. Ms. Roming held no punches with this story. I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I picked up this audio. I loved every minute of it.

“That was years ago. I’ve learned my lessons well and played my role. No longer willing to be a victim, today I’m insidious.”


This is my first audio with Savannah Richards as the narrator. I will have to say. I’m very happy with her narration. I thought she did a great job. There are a lot of men in this story, more men than women, and she handles them like a pro. I think she does a wonderful job with the differences in Tori at 18 versus Tori at 28.


Audiobook Review: White Tiger (Shifters Unbound #8) by Jennifer Ashley

White Tiger: Shifters Unbound, Book 8 - Tantor Audio,  Jennifer Ashley, Cris Dukehart

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve spent the last year getting caught up on this series. Up until now, I’ve been listening to the books just for fun (requested my library to get the entire series on audio and they did it for me. YAY!) and haven’t been reviewing them. I’ve really been enjoying them. When I got caught up on all the audios that had been released, I jumped on the chance to review this one.


If you’re not familiar with this series. This is the eighth book, but there are several novellas that are also available on audio and a lot of fun. You can just do the full length books without having read the novellas, but I recommend them because they are just as much fun. In this series, there are shifters who are “out”, so humans know they exist. They are easy to pick out from humans because shifters are required to wear magical collars designed by the fae. The collars are supposed to protect humans from the violent side of shifters. Shifters are also treated like second class citizens. They are forced to live in “Shifter Towns” that house just shifters. They aren’t allowed to own businesses, have smart phones, or even cable. However, shifters have figured out how to get around all of these issues. They have more money than the humans know. There is a lot that they’ve kept from humans.


In this story, we have Kendrick, he’s a very rare white tiger. He is rare in many ways. One, he doesn’t wear a collar. He and several other shifters who followed him, hid from the humans and have been hiding out for 20 years since humans learned about shifters. He has become their de facto alpha. This is also very rare because he is also a Guardian, which are generally never alphas. Guardians are kinda outside the hierarchy in that they are special. They carry a special fae sword that they use when a shifter dies to send their souls off to the Summerlands (shifter afterworld). If he didn’t have enough on his plate, he has three cubs to take care of. He has his own two young white tiger cubs, Brett and Zane. He lost his mate bringing the twins into the world. He’s also adopted an older wolf cub, Robbie, who lost both of his parents.


Addison Price is a human waitress at a diner in a town where Kendrick and his three sons are hiding. They have become regulars, but she knows almost nothing about them. She’s learned the children’s names, but not the very quiet man. They always come and and she serves them pie. Things are tame until one night someone starts to shoot up the diner. Kendrick leaves the kids with her while he goes to deal with the men with guns. Kendrick wants to part ways (to dangerous to have a human on the run with them. He needs to put the safety other, Addison and the kids, before his wants). That is until cops take her in for questioning about shooting at the diner. He comes in as her lawyer and gets her out. She insists on going with him for her own protection and the protection of the boys. She even offers to serve as a nanny for them in exchange.


This is a fun story as we watch these two come together while Kenrick tries to learn how many of his pack has turned traitor. They settle in a old dude ranch, which is no longer really running. It is just the owner, Charlie, who lives there now. He has no problems with Kenrick and the boys being shifters. There are also several people from Kendrick’s pack that we met in Bear Attraction. There are also several characters from the Austin Shifter Town that we’ve seen a lot in this series.


I’ve really enjoyed listening to this series. It has everything that I enjoy in a good paranormal romance. It has romance, suspense and action. In this series especially, it has great cubs in the book. I really liked spending time with Brett, Zane and Robbie. There is another shifter cub that isn’t in this book, but has been prominent in the series, a polar bear cub named Olaf. The kids really help make this series and that is not normal for me. But these shifter cubs are a lot of fun.

“And yet, he knew if Addison didn’t come with him, Kendrick would forever be looking for her-around every corner, waiting to hear her voice, see her face. He’d been forced to sever many ties over the years-this one wasn’t even a knot yet-but he didn’t want to cut it loose.”

“Dad,” Zane asked Kendrick in their motel room well south of the I-10. “Is Addie going to be our new mom?”

“Dad,” Zane said in his small but surprisingly strong voice. “Addie is going to be our new mom, isn’t she?”

Zane started yowling again, and Brett morphed to a human and threw his fists in the air. “Yesss! I told you she was going to be our new mom!”



the first book or some of the later novellas, but does all the others). So, I’ve been listening to her narrate this series for a while. I’ve really enjoyed her narration of this very large cast of characters. I think she does a great job with the many different voices that have spanned across this series. I feel like she does a really good job with the male and female voices. She does an amazing job with the cubs voices (those quotes I listed above were done so well. You could really hear the uncertainty in the Zane in the beginning and the excitement in the last one). I think she’s done a miraculous job bringing this series to life.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. 


Audiobook Review: Unraveled (Elemental Assassin, #15) by Jennifer Estep

Unraveled - Audible Studios, Jennifer Estep, Lauren Fortgang

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


This is the fifteenth book in the Elemental Assassins series by Jennifer Estep. You would think that fifteen books in, things would start to get boring. That is not the case here. In this book, Gin and her sister go with their men down to Bullet Pointe to see what Mama Dee left to her boy. So with Gin, Owen, Finn and Bria decided to make a vacation of it (if you’ve been following the series, you know how that worked out last time).


Gin is one of those people you can’t take her anywhere without her getting into trouble. That has not changed here. As they spend their time in Bullet Pointe at the upscale resort and theme park with a Wild West, things start to go on their head. See the original owner of the park, Sweet Sally Sue, left behind some very high value jewels. When Mama Dee buys the park and decides the park isn’t making enough money, she hid the jewels in the park and whoever finds them, gets to keep them. She did this to try to drum up more business. It worked too. However, after Mama Dee died, no one knew were the jewels were.


Mama Dee also brought in new management, Roxy and Brody. They are not a friendly group. Roxy is quite the talented shooter with her revolvers. She isn’t only the manager, but also part of the show with her trick shooting. It is nothing that Gin hasn’t seen before. However, Roxy has a few tricks up her sleeve.


Since this story takes place outside of Ashland, we have a smaller cast that are familiar, but that didn’t make the story any less entertaining. I really enjoyed my time with Gin, Bria, Finn and Owen. Silvio isn’t absent either, though most of his part is on the phone. A few others make the trip to Bullet Pointe before the story is over too. We also learn about a new villain that will probably be around for a bit, The Circle. We learned some here, but I know there is more to know.


We also get some flashbacks from Gin, back when her mom was still alive. Her father is even mentioned (I think this is the first we’ve heard of him). While, I love seeing the past with Gin, it is a little difficult to believe how she conveniently remembers all these pieces of information right when she needs in. (I know, I’m questioning believability about a story of about a girl who can read stones and create ice out of thin air, but there you have it). This isn’t a new theme, Gin has flashback in every book. Like I said, I do love the looks back into the past. The timing is just all too convenient every time.


As per usual, this book is another fun installment in the Elemental Assassins series. If you haven’t tried this series, I highly recommend you give it a shot. Gin is a strong woman who stands on her own. She is even getting better about accepting help from her friends.



If you like audios, then this is a series you should pick up on audio. Lauren Fortgang does an amazing job with this series. She brings in a great Southern accent to these North Carolinians. In this story, we get even more Southern accents from the workers at Bullet Pointe. I loved the addition of Roxy’s voice who sounded a bit like Dolly Parton to me. It worked really well with the Wild West theme of the park. I love her male voices as much as the female voices. She has great pacing in how she reads. I will not read these books if they are available on audio.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles, #1) by Eve Langlais

Pirate (Space Gypsy Chronicles) - Eve Langlais, Chandra Skyye

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


Pirate is the first book in a new series by Eve Langlais called Space Gypsy Chronicles. She is an author that I love. I’ve read, and listened to, a ton of her works and I’m still not caught up yet. Langlais is one of my go-to authors if I need a pick-me-up and some humor in my day. I know that Eve will always make me laugh out loud and this book was no exception.


The story starts off with Emma delivering packages to a trailer out in the middle of nowhere. Her and Rafe have a bit of a history as she’s been delivering packages there a lot and for a while. She never knew exactly what she was delivering and where he was keeping it because his trailer just wasn’t that big. Hell, he didn’t even know her name because the tag on her coveralls was Stan. “And she most definitely didn’t look like a Stan.” So he called her “wench”, since he refused to call her “Stan”. Well, after a little bit of banter between the two, bounty hunters attack. Rafe forces her onto his spaceship and whisks her off Earth for her own safety.


We then go on to learn much more about this vast world that Langlais has created, complete with other worlds and an array of different types of aliens. It takes a while for Emma to come to terms with, not only aliens and the that people live on other worlds, but also in how to interact with these aliens. Needless to say, these aliens might be better at technology, but they are really behind when it comes to feminism. Women are not equal and many are slaves.


This wouldn’t be an Eve Langlais book without her trademark humor. She brought that out in a unique way in this story. Rafe’s spaceship is called Annabelle. Annabelle has come complete with artificial intelligence that helps him run the entire ship without any other crew. However, Annabelle has a bit of a defect, she talks back and that shouldn’t be happening.

“Annabelle is the artificial intelligence running my computer who thinks she’s a smartass.”
The melodic female voice held not a hint of humor as it replied, “I don’t know what you are speaking of, Captain. While I am programmed for intelligence, I have no physical form, either in the buttock version or of the Earth donkey variety.”
“You’re doing this on purpose to vex me, Annabelle.”
“I am incapable of such an act, Captain.”

“You’re a pig.”
“No, wench, I am a randy pirate. You must be referring to the Piorcuma species. They are true swine.”
“I really think you should talk to your doctor about prescribing new meds. I don’t think the ones you’re taking are strong enough.”


Once again Chandra Skyye did a good job with the narration of this book. She has been narrating quite a few books for Eve Langlais and she has really grown on me as a narrator. I really enjoyed her portrayal of this story. She does a good job with male and female voices. She also does a good job with the snark that comes in an Eve Langlais book.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: Into the Light (The Light, #1) by Aleatha Romig

Into the Light - Erin deWard, Audible Studios, Aleatha Romig, Noah Michael Levine, Kevin T. Collins

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


I’ve been wanting to read Aleatha Romig for a while. Ever since I listened to her on a panel at RT15. I knew she wrote some Dark Romance type stories. When I read the review for her newest book, Into the Light, on Caffeinated Book Reviewer, I knew I had to start with this book. This was so, not what I was expecting. Not only did meet my expectations, it exceeded them. This book is a suspense book with some romance elements to it.


So this story is told mostly from three POVs. We have Stella Montgomery, who is an investigative journalist in Detroit. Her main case right now is looking for her best friend who is missing. We have Sara Adams, who wakes up in a hospital room of a cult from an apparent truck wreck, but she doesn’t remember anything from before the wreck. Lastly, our last main POV is Jacob Adams, Sara’s husband, he is a member of the cult and very high up in the hierarchy. The cult is located in rural Alaska.


I’m going to start by talking about Sara. She feels something is off about the situation that she is in. As she goes through retraining to relearn all the rules and teachings of Father Gabriel, the leader of The Light, she just feels like it isn’t right. Her husband and her friends in the cult continue to tell her that this is the life that she’s been living. They have her eyes bandaged from the wreck and her leg is in a cast, so she is very dependent on others. Slowly the remove the full leg cast for a walking cast and then eventually remove the bandages on her eyes. She’s frustrated because she can’t even remember what color her hair is, much less who she is. Her husband teaches her that her actions and words have consequences. It is his responsibility to guide her and correct her when needed. She should not question his wisdom or any men for that matter.


We learn a lot more about the cult and how things are run there from Jacob’s POV. He is fairly high up in the leadership and part of the Assembly, which affords him a lot more respect and responsibility. As a pilot for the cult, he is also privy to things others don’t know. He is charged with picking up supplies for the remove Alaska group. He also has to take Father Gabriel to the other locations, another remote one in the west of the lower 48 (I can’t remember the exact location) and one in Detroit (where they get most of their recruits).


Lastly, there is Stella. She is the best investigative journalist for her boss’s station. However, she has been really sidetracked by the loss of her best friend. Her boss has given her a lot of freedom to research the loss, but he also needs his best journalist back. While going to view a dead body at the morgue, someone who was potentially her friend, Molly, she learns that several women are turning up dead. The problem is trying to tie all the deaths together. Nothing about the dead girls are similar. Different ages, races, socially, where they fall on societal ladder, they are all completely different. The cause of deaths are all different too. Some appear to be accidents and some not as much. It is really dumbfounding. Her detective boyfriend is trying to keep her out of some of the dangerous parts of town, but she is determined to learn more about these deaths and see if there is a link to Molly.


There is so much that happens in this story, but I don’t want to go into any more detail so as not to give away any spoilers. I really loved how this story is told so we have more information than any one of the characters. Even having all of this information, we are still in the dark about many things.


There are a ton of twists and turns in this story. I was glued to my earbuds. I didn’t want to stop listening. When the POV changed between Sara/Jacob in Alaska and Stella in Detroit, was disappointed in that I wanted to continue to know what was going to happen. Then less than a minute later, I was just as intrigued by the other person’s POV. Both the story that was going on in Detroit and the story that was going on in Alaska were phenomenal. I didn’t want to leave either, even to go back to the other story that I loved also. I did love how the story was told. I don’t want to make it sound like I was any way disappointed in how the story was told, I’m just trying to get out there how much I was into each part of the story. They were both exceptional.


I will say that this story ends with a whopper of a cliffhanger. Luckily, the next book, Away from the Dark, comes out in October, so I don’t have to wait too long. This series is a duet, so the next book will conclude the series. I’m really excited to see what happens to Sara, Jacob, Stella and everyone in The Light.


So this book has three narrators, Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, and Noah Michael Levine. Kevin T. Collins narrates the parts that are told in Jacob’s POV. Erin deWard narrates the parts that are told from Sara and Stella’s POV. Noah Michael Levine has a very small part in this book and does the POV of the boss. I’m assuming that he will have more POV time in the next book and they wanted the narrators to stay the same (book two isn’t up for preorder yet on audio, so I’m just assuming and hoping). I really enjoyed the narration of all three narrators. Collins did a great job with both the male and female voices. I thought he really brought out Jacob’s assertiveness and personality. deWard did a great job with both Stella and Sara. You could really tell the differences between the two women from her narration. Stella being more assertive, while Sara was very submissive, but yet not really wanting to be. She also did a great job with showing Sara’s unease at filling this role in The Light that she wasn’t quite sure how to play. Levine’s part was very small, so it was hard to get a good read on him. The little bit we got was good though. I look forward to getting into the next book. I’m hoping that they stick with the same group.

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Audiobook Review: The Golden Dynasty (Fantasyland #2) by Kristen Ashley

The Golden Dynasty - Audible Studios, Kristen Ashley, Tillie Hooper

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This book is a revisit for me. I read it few years ago from the recommendation of Jessica at Rabid Reads. I really enjoyed it (read it without having read book one first). I always meant to go back and finish the series, but I never got around to it. Now that they are coming out on audio, I thought it was a perfect time to revisit. I started with the first books Wildest Dreams and now I’m finally getting to revisit the book that made me want to finish the entire series.


This is a series where you have a heroine who is from the world as we know it and changes places with an identical twin from a parallel universe. In the first book, the girl from our world knew she was making the move, but that is not the case in this book. Circe Quinn goes to sleep in her bed and wakes up in a corral of other women, most of which don’t speak her language. She doesn’t know what is going on. She eventually learns that she is to be part of the “Wife Hunt” that happens with the warriors of The Korwahk Horde. Many of the Korwahk volunteer to be part of the Wife Hunt, it is a great way to find a noble warrior husband, versus just finding a husband who doesn’t have that kind of rank. There are also women who are captured and forced into the wife hunt.


Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk. He has never participated in the wife hunts. That is until he sees Circe. She is completely different from the other women from his land. The Korwahk people are described as dark skinned and dark hair. Circe is pale with blonde hair, so she stood out amongst the other women.

Once the wife hunt starts, is it pretty traumatic for Circe. She is chased by several men and men are literally fighting to the death in front of her, just for the right to have her as their bride. The king, also known as the Dax, finally wins his bride and consummates the marriage (though the ceremony is later and nothing like what we think of as a wedding). He takes her back to their camp.


While Lahn speaks several languages, English isn’t one of them. So there is a large communication gap between them in the beginning. They do find another woman who does speak both languages and she acts as a translator (can you imagine how uncomfortable that could be at times). They both work to learn each other’s languages, not to mention cultures and personally. It is not an easy road, especially if she is to be queen.


This is a great story. I loved it just as much the second time around as I did the first. I will give you one word of caution about it. The wife hunt, it is what it is. That the culture of these people. It starts Lahn and Circe’s relationship off to bad. It isn’t pretty. I will say that it doesn’t stay that way for long. I would compare Korwahks to the Dothraki in Game of Thrones. It isn’t a lot different with how Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen come together. That wasn’t a pretty beginning either, but it ends up as a wonderful relationship.


This is a really fun story. I loved watching how Crice learns this new culture. I love how she sees things that need to be changed and works to make things better. How she went from a small business office manager to queen of a group of fierce warriors. Now, she doesn’t have dragons like Daenerys, but she does have a really cool white tiger. She makes some pretty good friends along the way. If you think you can get through the beginning of the book and the wife hunt, then I highly recommend this book to you. I am aware that some of what goes on during the wife hunt is harsh. I know that not everyone will want to read it. I completely understand that. For me, this was a great romance. I really liked the characters. I liked watching Circe improve the lives of these women.

I was in love. Perhaps not with the man of my dreams, but with a man that was more man than any I’d ever encountered.

Then I whispered, “I love you, my Lahn,” and heard the swift hiss of his intake of breath.
Then he buried his face in my neck and whispered back, “Loot kay hansahnalay na, my Circe.” And I love you, my Circe.


Tillie Hooper continued to do an amazing job with this book. I just love her narration. I loved how she could put the embarrassment into the voices of some of the characters when the story called for it. There is a scene where a warrior is trying to be better to his wife and he’s trying to ask Circe about it. The man sounded so embarrassed to be asking these questions to a woman, his queen no less. I loved how she was able to make him sound so much like that. She also nailed the language of the Korwahk people, which is used a lot in this book. If you haven’t tried Tillie Hooper, I highly recommend her.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


Audiobook Review: The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10) by Darynda Jones

The Curse of Tenth Grave: A Novel - Darynda Jones, -Macmillan Audio-, Lorelei King

My review and an extended sample of the audiobook are posted at


After we spent all of The Dirt on the Ninth Grave in Sleepy Hollow, in The Curse of the Tenth Grave, we are back in Albuquerque. Charley has her memory back and has learned a lot of new things that she didn’t know before she got amnesia. Some of these things weigh heavily on her shoulders, but as per usual Charley, she doesn’t let them get her down.


The case in this book is brought to Charley by a prosecutor who knows someone who is arrested for murder. The case against him is solid as solid could be. However, he didn’t do it. Oh, and there is no body, just a car with lots and lots of the victims blood. Charley has been brought in because she is the only one who can solve this case. It takes her a while, but she does figure it out as always and it was a surprise to find out what happened.


Also, there is a young girl who hangs out not far from the restaurant and Charley’s office. She is a homeless runaway and Charley sees that she is taking food from a guy down the street, who isn’t known for being a nice guy. When Charley starts to talk to her, she learns that the girl ran away from a foster house where many kids have died over the years. She is convinced that the house is cursed and that she is next. Charley decides she needs to take up this case as well.


On top of all of that, Reyes has pulled away from Charley and they are having some communication issues. Charley even moves in with Cookie and UB for a little bit. Add in the loss of Beep and this makes things a little stressful for our grim reaper. Oh, should I mention that we learn a lot more about Rocket and his names?


I don’t want to say anymore. There are several things that could be spoilers to some people. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I continue to love the humor in this series. I love watching the cases that Charley and Cookie work on and see them solve in amazing ways. I love that Cookie does some amazing investigative work, even though she has no super power. I am a little frustrated that Charley and Reyes continue to have these communication issues. They spelled out a lot of their secrets in this story. I hope they don’t start to build up again.


If you’re looking for a fun paranormal series with a TON of humor, some great sleuthing, a super hot hero and a heroine that doesn’t always need a hero to come to her rescue, but is great at getting herself into trouble, Charley Davidson is a great series for you. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it.

“Let me get this straight. You have no intention of telling me what’s wrong. You don’t want to talk about whatever is wrong. And you’re going to let me continue to believe I’ve done something horrible before you’ll open up. Even if, say, I restrain you? Force it out of you?”
“The only thing you are going to force out of me under the confinement of restraints is an orgasm.”
Finally! “So, you’d be open to my restraining you for my own sexual pleasure?”
“Wide open.”
“And, it would be something you’d enjoy?”
“Who wouldn’t?”


This is a series that I started out on audio. I knew that I liked Lorelei King from listening to the Mercy Thompson series. So when I saw that my library had First Grave on the Right, I gave it a try several years ago. I’m so glad that I did. I’ve only ever listened to this series and I will continue to do so as long as Lorelei King continues to narrate it. She does an amazing job of bringing out the humor of the series. I love her voices for all the different characters, both men and women. She is able to make me laugh and cry with the characters. If you’ve never given Ms. King a try, I can’t recommend her narration enough.


**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.


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