Friday, September 19, 2014

Mini Audiobook Review: Breathe by Abbi Glines and Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews

Series: Sea Breeze #1
Unabridged
8 hrs. 6 min.
Narrators: Kirby Heyborne and Shayna Thibodeaux
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Audio
Published: 6/4/13
Source: Won/ tbr pile
Sadie White's summer job is at the beach, but she won't be working as a lifeguard. Since her mom is pregnant and refuses to work, Sadie will be taking over as a domestic servant for a wealthy family on a nearby island. 
When the family arrives at their summer getaway, Sadie is surprised to learn that the owner of the house is Jax Stone, one of the hottest teen rockers in the world. If Sadie were normal--if she hadn't spent her life raising her mother and taking care of the house--maybe she'd be excited about working for a rock star. But she's not. 
Even though Sadie isn't impressed by Jax's fame, he is drawn to her. Everything about Sadie fascinates Jax, but he fights his attraction: Relationships never work in his world, and as badly as he wants Sadie, he believes she deserves more. Yet as the summer stretches on, Jax's passion leaves him breathless--and Sadie feels like the only source of oxygen. 
Can their love overcome the disparity in their lifestyles? One breath at a time, they're going to find out...
My thoughts:
I rarely do NA contemporary romance books but I thought I'd give this one a try since I won a audiobook narrated by Kirby Heyborne. While Kirby's narrations were very good and flowed well, I'd have to say I didn't like Shayna's as much. Her characters were good, but the stuff inbetween was a bit flat.

I just couldn't get into the story. While I could get behind a innocent character, I just couldn't believe that Sadie was naive. Her mother's actions and neglect alone wouldn't allow her to stay naive. In the end I had to dnf the audiobook because I just couldn't get past all the clichés of innocent girl and bad boy boyfriend. However I would recommend it to those that enjoy NA contemporary romance. It just wasn't for me.


Series: Kate Daniels #1
Unabridged
9 hrs. 6 min.
Narrator: Renée Raudman
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Published: 1/12/09
Source: Library/Hoopla

Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren't for the magic. When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake. 
Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings - and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league - but she wouldn't have it any other way.
My thoughts:
I'm trying to catch up to the numerous UF books I have wanted to try. I decided to finally start the Kate Daniels series. I enjoyed Renée Raudman's narration and now have her firmly in my head for Kate. I will also do the next one on audio because of her narration.

I did have some problems sorting out all the world building. In this way it might have been better to read than have it on audio. Still, I wasn't too lost to not be able to enjoy the book and I think that my understanding of this world will come as the series progresses. I enjoyed the characters and really liked Kate. I'm also intrigued by Curran. I know he will become more important as the series progresses. It is the characters that will have me reading more in this series. I give this one 3 stars and recommend it to those that enjoy UF.

20 comments:

  1. Ah it's too bad for the first one. I love the Ilona series and you'll see each book is better than the last one. I hope it will improve for you as well. But I'm glad you started it.

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    1. I think it is already improving for me. I'm on the second book now. :)

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  2. A shame that neither of these were all that you had hoped they'd be.

    I often have problems with world building in novels as I often find they are too descriptive for my tastes.

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    1. The second one wasn't bad and I still liked it. :)

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  3. I didn't love Magic Bites either when I first listened to it because of the world building, but like Melliane said, it only gets better from here! Soon you'll be buying anything and everything with Renée Raudman's name on it.

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    1. I did like it. :) So far the second one is better. I do like Renée's voice.

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  4. I didn't finish the Abbi Glines, either. Passed it on. And, yeah, there are SO many UF series that I need to start/read/catch up on. (YAY and OMG at the same time). There is A LOT of worldbuilding in the first Kate Daniels. Keep going. Please. I second the girls above -- It's so worth it.

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    1. Would love to be able to pass it on, but it was an audible win. :( One bad thing about digital audio. I'm continuing with Kate!

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  5. The Kate Daniels series takes a while to build btu the characters are so well written it's worth it.

    I didn't like Breathe either :-(

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I did like the characters and that is a WIN for me. :)

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  6. I hear ya, I am totally burned out again on NA and I am shelving it for awhile. I have Kate Daniels audios slated for November, I hope I love them. I will keep in mind to be patient with the world buildling.

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    1. I just started rolling my eyes every time I start the audio. Not a good sign. I think you will enjoy the audios. I really like her narration.

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  7. The Kate series just gets better, book 1 was not as good as the rest

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  8. I've only ever read one Abbi Glines book and it unfortunetly wasn't for me. NA is hard for me since i'm extremely picky with it and since it so new i feel like most NA's sound the same *sigh*
    I'm sorry neither of these two audio's worked (I still haven't given audio books a try) and hope your next read is better!

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  9. Here Kitty, Kitty. Heh I love the Beast Lord. It's really an awesome series. I wasn't really wow-ed by the first book but enjoyed it (gave it a 3 as well--years ago) but oh my word it really turns into a fantastic series. Hope you enjoy book 2!

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  10. I'm not a fan of Abbi Glines myself but I will say that Kate Daniels improves significantly so stay with it. ;)

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  11. I'm so glad you started the Kate Daniels series-in my opinion it's the BEST UF series out there :D The first book is the weakest one in the series, and it gets so much better! And Curran...mmmmmmm ;)

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  12. Kate definitely improves - I remember being flummoxed by the wordbuilding and I read it slowly. :-) And I've never been able to get into Abbi Glines but I know she's super popular. Maybe one day one of her books will appeal to me. Great minis!

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  13. I read one Abbi Glines book and it really wasn't for me. I started Magic Bites years ago and I think someone told me they get much better. A lot of people love them. If I didn't have the series already I might consider listening to them instead. Actually, maybe I will anyway!

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  14. I need to finish up reading Abbi Glines books. There are so many.

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