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Audiobook Round Up ReviewsTrying To Live With The Dead by B.L. Brunnemer
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Series: The Veil Diaries #1
Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC
Narrator: Carla Mercer-Meyer, Kris Koschecki
Also in this series: When the Dead Come A Knockin'
Also by this author: When the Dead Come A Knockin'
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Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge

Hi, I’m Alexis Delaney. I’m your average 17-year-old girl. Except I can see the dead. And talk to the dead. And push them away and, well, help them move on. So..okay, I’m not your average 17-year-old girl. For years I’ve been struggling to survive the souls still roaming around. The shitheads always seem to find me. Moving from town to town every few months never helped either. More dead just always find me. But things are changing for me now. I’m moving in with my uncle Rory and cousin Tara. I’m finally going to be able to do normal teenage stuff I’ve been missing out on. Right?

Well, if this one bitch of a ghost could leave me alone on campus that would be great. Especially since I haven’t told my new friends about my abilities. Can you believe this? Five good looking guys practically adopt me on my first day of school, and I still think they’re a bit nuts for it. Now if I can only just keep my life with the dead from mixing with my normal life, everything would be great. Yeah...I don’t see that happening either. But I’m going to give it a shot. Who knows? It might work.

I really enjoy reverse harem stories and paranormal stories, so this book seemed like a great fit. However, its not an RH story in this book at all. Literally, nothing happens with the boys. In fact, all of them show interest in other girls. So, the ‘romance’ part of the story is pretty much non-existent at this point.

Alexis sees and communicates with the dead. Some ghosts are nice and she helps them cross over. Some ghosts are ‘bitch ghosts’ who want to possess her body. All her encounters cause her great physical pain and damage. She keeps the ability from the boys for as long as possible, but after a particularly bad attack, she can’t keep it a secret.

I liked all the characters and the budding friendships between the guys and Alexis. The plot has a lot of potential. Alexis’ ability as a necromancer is interesting and its well written. While I was a little disappointed at the lack of romance with ANY of the guys (and they eventually get girlfriends!), I do plan to continue with the series and hope that the romance blossoms!

This book is so very similar to CL Stone’s The Academy series. If you enjoy those books, you will probably like this book. There is even a chapter at the end in the POV of 1 of the guys, just the The A report in the Academy books.

The narrator for the book was AWESOME. She did a phenomenal job.

Audiobook Round Up ReviewsClam Jam by R.C. Boldt
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Genres: Romantic Comedy
Source: ARC
Narrator: Elizabeth Hart, Jeremy York
Also by this author: Wildest Dream, Hard To Handle, Out of the Ashes, Blue Balls
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Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge

Clam Jam Definition: the female equivalent of a cock block. Example: You re chatting with a guy you re interested in and your friend comes along and lays claim to him. Maggie That s my life except it s worse. My friend who keeps jamming me is my gay roommate, and if that isn t a W.T.F. moment, I m not sure what is. Fact: He went home with three yes, three of the guys I had been so sure were into me. Fact: He s really pissing me off. I mean, hello? I m trying to get back in the saddle, but I ll never manage to get a boyfriend before the age of fifty if he keeps this up. Fact: Secretly, I wonder what it would be like if he weren t gay. Why do all the hot, sweet, tender-hearted guys have to be gay? Fact: My gay-dar needs a serious tune-up. Ry The day I interviewed for the room to rent, everything changed. I knew I had met the girl, except there was one small problem: she didn t want anything to do with men. I recognized a top-notch force field when I saw one. She d been burned badly and didn t want to deal with a heterosexual guy as a roommate. I could ve turned around and found another place to live, but I wanted to live there with her. So I had to go undercover. Fact: I m in love with my roommate. Fact: I m a likely candidate for carpal tunnel surgery since all the action I ve had for the past year has been my hand. Fact: She s going to hate me if I come clean now. Fact: I m not giving up. Which means I ll just have to continue to run defense until I figure out a way to get Maggie to see the real me. The me that loves her. The me that would never do her wrong. Until then, I ll keep running off every guy who shows any interest. Until then, I ll continue to Clam Jam. "

I have such mixed feelings….I loved the idea of this book. But the fact that he pretended to be gay for over a year…dude. No.
And even when they started having SEX she still wasn’t sure if he was gay or bi or what? No.  And his lame ass attempt to explain WHY he never told her? Hell no.

I think if the book had been shorter and the lie hadn’t drug on for so long I would have found it an enjoyable read. But for over a year he convinced her he was gay? WT actual F?

I oddly had the complete opposite reaction to the narrators. In the beginning I didn’t really care for either of them. I though both had voices that were a bit higher pitched than I imagined. However, the longer I listened, the more enjoyable they became. It was like a weird independent relationship to the plot: the less I liked the plot, the more I liked the narrators. Weird right? What can you do?

Audiobook Round Up ReviewsMake Me Stay by Sidney Halston
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Series: The Panic #2
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Source: ARC
Narrator: Joe Arden, Aletha George
Also in this series: Pull Me Close, Make Me Stay
Also by this author: Laid Out (Worth the Fight, #4), Fighting Dirty, Stacked Up, Pull Me Close, Kiss Marry Kill, Make Me Stay
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Reading Challenges: #RockMyTBR Reading Challenge

April: Walking away from Matt Moreno was the hardest thing I've ever done. Lying to him was a close second, but for his safety, I had no other choice. I was undercover, working to put some nasty people behind bars. But when Matt nearly recognizes me on Lincoln Road a year later, all those very real feelings come rushing back. Now that my assignment's almost over, will he understand why I lied? Why I had to leave? Most important, can he ever forgive me? Matt: I was madly in love with June Simpson . . . or, at least, with the woman I thought was June. Then she just disappeared while my family's nightclub went through hell. And after months of searching, when I think I've finally found that sexy, raspy voice and those exquisite blue eyes, she slips away once more. Turns out, �June� is actually Detective April White. She's been playing me the whole time. And she's about to rock my world all over again.

So, I reviewed the book a few weeks ago, and you can check out my review HERE. But, I want to add my thoughts about the audio narrators. If you haven’t listened to these two before, you really should. They are amazing! While this specific book wasn’t a favorite of mine, Joe Arden and Aletha George are wonderful!

Samantha
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