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{Audiobook Mini Reviews} Carnival of Souls, Wicked Nights, & Pushing the Limits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Wicked Nights

Overview:

Leader of the most powerful army in the heavens, Zacharel has been deemed nearly too dangerous, too ruthless—and if he isn’t careful, he’ll lose his wings. But this warrior with a heart of ice will not be deterred from his missions at any cost until a vulnerable human tempts him with a carnal pleasure he’s never known before.

Accused of a crime she did not commit, Annabelle Miller has spent four years in an institution for the criminally insane. Demons track her every move, and their king will stop at nothing to have her. Zacharel is her only hope for survival, but is the brutal angel with a touch as hot as hell her salvation—or her ultimate damnation?

 

 

 

 

 Mini Review:

 

It’s Gena Showalter, need I say more? Wicked Nights is a hot, steamy, pushing-the-carnal-limits new series for the author. Once again, I am immediately in love with her characters. When the story opens and we are introduced to Annabelle, and her eyes are burning as if they’d been dipped in acid, I knew Showalter was about to take me on another whirlwind adventure. And let me say, she did not disappoint (not that I doubted her genius anyway).

 

With the unlikeliest man and woman falling head-over-heels into a powerful couple, Wicked Nights is a wickedly fabulous thrill ride, and show-stopping escapade! Showalter has a gift for making each of her couples unique, relatable, and fun, and Zacharel and Annabelle are no exception. They have the right amount of smoking-hot chemistry to make the coldest bitter heart swoon with anticipation every single time they touch. Their love affair was exacerbated by the undeniable tension and sheer amount of obstacles they had to overcome. I found myself many times screaming into my headphones for the two to just get it on already. But, as you know, Showalter likes to build, build, and build until her readers can’t take it anymore. It works. It always works. Moreover, in this story of angles vs. demons, it works times ten!

 

Overall, if you are new to Gena, well…I suggest you get on her train right now. She’s an author that knows how to tell a compelling story and make her characters come to life. I highly recommend Wicked Nights, and if demons and other paranormal creatures are your thing, you should also nab her Lords of the Underworld series too!

 

My Rating


5 out of 5 Controllers


rate 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carnival of Souls

Overview:

In a city of daimons, rigid class lines separate the powerful from the power-hungry. And at the heart of The City is the Carnival of Souls, where both murder and pleasure are offered up for sale. Once in a generation, the carnival hosts a deadly competition that allows every daimon a chance to join the ruling elite. Without the competition, Aya and Kaleb would both face bleak futures–if for different reasons. For each of them, fighting to the death is the only way to try to live.

All Mallory knows of The City is that her father–and every other witch there–fled it for a life in exile in the human world. Instead of a typical teenage life full of friends and maybe even a little romance, Mallory scans quiet streets for threats, hides herself away, and trains to be lethal. She knows it’s only a matter of time until a daimon finds her and her father, so she readies herself for the inevitable. While Mallory possesses little knowledge of The City, every inhabitant of The City knows of her. There are plans for Mallory, and soon she, too, will be drawn into the decadence and danger that is the Carnival of Souls.

From Melissa Marr, bestselling author of the Wicked Lovely series and Graveminder, comes a brand-new tale of lush secrets, dark love, and the struggle to forge one’s own destiny.

 

 

 

 

 Mini Review:

 

Written in multiple points of view, Carnival of Souls began as a hard listen for me. At first, I wasn’t really into the narrator. And anyone who listens to audiobooks knows, despite if a books is awesome or not, a narrator can make or break the story. However, I am thankful I decided to stick with this insanely fun novel! After around chapter five, I got lost in this wicked tale of daimons and witches, good and evil, killers and thieves.

 

Though Mallory is the supposed focal point of this story, I think the true heart of Carnival of Souls lies with Aya and the other side characters that actually live in The City. Any time we jumped to the human world and to Mallory’s hidden life, I was wishing, hoping, and praying we’d get back to kick-A$$ Aya or the honorable Kaleb. Aya is one touch woman. Born into the privileged ruling class, she is determined not to be thought of as just another child-baring woman. Not only is she fighting in the competition to prove that women should be in control of their own destinies, she’s fighting for the right not to be controlled by a man. She’s willing to do, kill, steal, and trick whoever to ensure she wins. I loved how ruthless she was. Normally we see male characters take on these types of roles but not in this story. This time we get to see a woman be just as coldblooded as any man. It fit her character well and it gave this story its WOW factor.

 

Kaleb on the other hand, is from the lowest class in The City. He is fighting simply to earn respect from other members of society. His story was complex, deeply saddening, but at the same time strong and endearing. The twists and turns, ups and downs, Marr creates for her characters is almost unbelievable and unbearable. And once you get to the end and experience that MASSIVE jaw-dropping ending, let’s just say your jaw, mouth, face and other limbs will need picking up off the floor.  Overall, if you love stories with non-stop action, fighting, strong female leads, risky violence, and heart-breaking storylines, then grab Carnival of Souls.

 

 

My Rating


4 out of 5 Controllers


rate 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pushing the Limits

Overview:

No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with “freaky” scars on her arms. Even Echo can’t remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo’s world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.

Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she’ll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.

 

 

 

 

 

 Mini Review:

 

Typically Contemporary Romances are NOT my thing. I usually need a little magic or paranormal to get me interested in a story, at least to keep me reading some three to four hundred pages. However, that was then…and this is now. Pushing the Limits blew my mind and rocked my Contemporary Socks Off! I highly recommend this delectable treat to everyone who loves a dangerous romance, secrets, and characters that can – and will – stand the test of time. It’s the right combination of swoon worthy characters and a heartbreaking story to keep even the coldest heart fluttering wildly.

 

As soon as the audio began, I melted over these characters. Echo is a tough, sassy, do-the-right-thing kind of character. A girl with a hidden past she can’t remember, and who doesn’t question the things that happen to her without good reason. That is until she begins to tutor the hunky bad boy Noah Hutchins. When these two characters meet, an uncontrollable – forbidden- attraction develops, one that neither of them can deny. The way the two complement each other is outstanding. They are like night and day, sunshine and rain. Perfect and imperfect. I love them, can’t get enough of them, and wish I had more of their edgy love affair.

 

Overall, get this book! Pushing the Limits should be on everyone’s shelf!

 

 

 

My Rating


5 out of 5 Controllers


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rate 5

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