Blog Tour, Fantasy, Reviews

“Visions of Zarua” Audiobook Review

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all doing well. I’m still on vacation in Germany that’s why I haven’t been on my blog, posting reviews, but today I’m part of a blog tour about a book that I have read and reviewed in November of last year.

Visions of Zarua“, written by Suzanne Rogerson, is a fantasy novel published on 16th November 2015, and now it’s also available in audiobook format.

And that is why I’m here, to give my review of the audiobook.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Suzanne Rogerson for the Audiobook of this book, and for allowing me to join in the fun and being a part of the blog tour with my honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Blurb

Visions ISBN 978-1518802393 Visions of Zarua coverTwo wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

Purchase Link – Amazon | Audible | iTunes


Author Bio

Visions author photo 2018 (2)Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

Social Media Links – Website | Twitter | Facebook | Amazon | Goodreads


Narrator Bio

Guy or the Big G as he is known to his friends is a London/ Brighton based actor and singer songwriter and producer.

He has recently completed his first leading role in the film Typo out next year and played the role of Alvin Turner in American film Holly Turner also out next year.

Guy only started narrating audiobooks last year and Visions of Zarua is his 2nd. He will be narrating 2 classics this year, Bram Stoker‘s Dracula and HG Wells The Time Machine.

In his spare time Guy is a passionate biker and cigar aficionado and he’ll not say no to a Sierra Nevada beer or two!


My Review

I have had already the pleasure of reading this book last year, and when given the opportunity of listening to the Audiobook and give a review, I had to jump in. I like to listen to audiobooks, especially when I’m working on other stuff (at the gym, doing some cleaning, before going to bed, …) and I used this one during my training at the gym.

I won’t tell you my opinion of the story, because it hasn’t changed since I read the book last year. I still love the storyline and the characters and what I have to say is that this narrator made me as curious about the characters as when I read it. I knew what was going to happen, and I knew about the characters, so it was an interesting experience and it gave me a different perspective about the all book, that’s why I was still curious to listen to each chapter.

The narrator had a type of voice that grabbed my attention, and following all the POVs and all the characters was even more fun, especially when I would close my eyes and imagine what was being narrated. It allowed my imagination to run wild by just listening, which I find exciting, especially when I have a headache and reading isn’t possible.

The story was easy to follow, and although I have read the story last year, some details were lost and by listening to the audiobook I was able to go back to this world and relearn the story and be more attentive to information and details that I may have not seen before. This was all thanks to the wonderful job of the narrator that made it a smooth adventure, with his clear voice.

Overall, if you are someone that enjoys Audiobooks, you should definitely check this book out.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, to see the reviews of this audiobook.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books. And I’m open to debate and exchange opinions, so let’s talk.

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Jess

Fantasy, Reviews

“The Emissary” Review

Hello Friends!

I haven’t done a lot of reviews on audiobooks, although I love them, I end up reading the book as well. But when I got the chance to listen to this audiobook and reviewed it, I had too.

The Emissary“, written by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio, is the first book in the One Great Year series, published on October 9, 2018. A Fantasy novel that is also an audiobook narrated by both authors.

I received a complimentary audiocopy of this book thanks to Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.


Synopsis

P1070193When the world collapses from a Golden Age into one of chaos and strife, mankind’s salvation lies in the hands of eternal Emissaries― guardians chosen to protect the secrets of a sacred, ancient civilization and to guide humanity back to enlightenment even as its darkest hour approaches.

A timeless tale of love reborn through the ages.

Marcus and Theron are two lovers bound by an eternal and unshakable bond. As a series of catastrophic events nearly destroys their world, the two along with a chosen few become Emissaries destined, over the course of 13,000 years and through many reincarnations, to lead humanity into an era of peace and prosperity as foretold by the Elders of their race. But the forces of evil have taken possession of one man, Helghul, who relentlessly pursues Marcus and Theron through time, determined to destroy them and ruin all hope for salvation. The Emissary tracks Marcus’s epic adventure across centuries of human civilization to present day, where envoys of darkness gather threatening to bury the life-giving secrets of Atitala forever.

Good and evil come to blows and the future of mankind hangs in the balance.

Purchase Links – Amazon | Book Depository


Authors Bio

Rene DeFazio and Tamara Veitch are a husband and wife writing team. Rene is an actor, producer and author. Tamara studied English,History and General Arts at Simon Fraser University.

Rene DeFazio was born and raised in Canada and currently resides in the Vancouver area with his wife and writing partner Tamara Veitch. Rene is an actor and producer with numerous film and television roles to his credit. A world traveler and lifelong adventurer, Rene has called upon his unusual and exciting experiences in co-creating The One Great Year novel series. His tireless research and first hand knowledge of exotic locations, customs, sights, and smells help to bring this epic story to life.

Tamara Veitch is a writer, mural artist, and mother of three. She grew up in Canada and attended Simon Fraser University, studying English, psychology, history and General Arts. Tamara has had a lifelong interest in spiritual wisdom and has carefully researched ancient teachings from many traditions to ensure historical accuracy throughout The One Great Year Series.

Tamara and Rene have completed Book I and II in The One Great Year Series and are currently working on Book III. To maintain a dynamic and authentic presentation of the ancient secrets at the core of their writing, they travel to exotic locations in search of esoteric knowledge and cultural insights that will inspire readers everywhere.

In 2012 they received Honorable mention from the New York Book Festival and The London Book Festival. In 2014 they were each awarded an Empowered Writers Award at the World International Peace festival In Vancouver BC, Canada.

Social Media Links – Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook


My Review

P1070225I haven’t reviewed many audiobooks before, but this one, just from the synopsis, I knew that it would be an amazing fantasy novel that I really wanted to know more about, no matter if it was by listening to the authors narrate it or by reading it. I didn’t care, I just wanted to be a part of the adventure, and that’s what happened.

I could tell you all about the world that the authors created but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I will leave it in the air, let’s just say that this world is complex, although not enough that you would be confused. Like life itself, it has many aspects, many characters that are connected, twists and turns, action and good and evil battling out.

P1070204I loved that I got to discover all the peculiarities about this world and about the emissaries by listening to the authors narrate the story. I listen to it during workout at the gym and at some points, I was running and I could almost feel like I was there with the characters and was running around. It was perfect for me and I loved that, I loved that the authors not only captivated me with the storytelling and the amazing characters and world, but they also captivated me with how they narrated the story.

I almost don’t know what to say or think. I want to know more about the characters and I want to know if good wins and the future of mankind is safe. I felt like I was on a rollercoaster, thanks to all the emotions, adrenaline, curiosity and concentration I had during the multiple times I listen to the audiobook.

P1070217I didn’t listen to it in one sitting because I wanted to savor every moment and understand the world to it’s fullest. Yet I was still wondering and looking for all the answers and trying to figure out what was going to happen next. Since it’s a storytelling about rebirth and love, as much as it is about saving mankind, in this fantasy world, my heart was fully in.

Overall, it’s an amazing start of a series and I can’t wait to know more and read and listen to more of their books in this series. Do I recommend it? Of course! If the synopsis and my review haven’t sold the book yet, I do hope you still give it a try, just look at the cover and it’s awesome design.


Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

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I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

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Love,

Jess

Blog Tour, Reviews

“The Start of Something Wonderful” Review

Hello Friends!

Today I bring you two reviews, and the first one is a review of a audiobook that I had the pleasure of listening while doing some painting. Amazing ten hours, listen throughout a couple of days. But I will tell you guys more about this experience in a sec.

The Start of Something Wonderful“, written by Jane Lambert, narrated also by the author, and published by HQ, Harper Collins.

I want to thank Rachel, at Rachel’s Random Resources, and Jane Lambert for the Audiobook file of this book and for allowing me to join in the fun and by being a part of the blog tour. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

The Start of Something Wonderful


Synopsis

The Start of Something Wonderful CoverIt’s never too late to follow your dreams….

Forty-year-old air stewardess Emily Forsyth thought she had everything a woman could wish for: a glamorous, jet-set lifestyle, a designer wardrobe and a dishy pilot boyfriend. Until he breaks up with her…

Catapulted into a midlife crisis she wishes she’d had earlier, she decides to turn her life upside down, quitting her job and instead beginning to chase her long-held dreams of becoming an actress!

Leaving the skies behind her, Emily heads for the bright lights of London’s West End – but is it too late to reach for the stars?

Purchase Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US


Author Bio

Jane taught English in Vienna then travelled the world as cabin crew, before making the life-changing decision to become an actor and voiceover artist in her mid-thirties. She has appeared in “Calendar Girls”, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time”, “Deathtrap”,  and most recently “True West” in London’s West End.  She has recorded audiobooks for BBC AudioGo, Isis Publishing and HarperCollins. She is currently adapting “The Start of Something Wonderful” into a 6-part comedy drama for TV.

Social Media Links – Twitter


My Review

I love audiobooks. I find them very useful, specially since I’m always looking for something to have as a companion during some tasks; in this case, I found that I quite enjoyed listening to this particular novel while making some painting in wooden. It was a fun story to listen too and not hard to follow.

In this novel, we follow Emily Forsythe, a forty-year-old air stewardess, as she goes on a self-discovery journey provoked by unexpected  and heartbroken changes in her life. And that’s life for you guys! Sometimes things happen and we have to decide what we are going to do next. That’s what we follow in this novel. We get to see how Emily, the main character, deals with all that is going on and find explore the freedom she has now gained.

I loved the interactions between Emily and all the people she encounters in this new adventure while following her dreams. Many strong, funny, colorful personalities, with different background stories and aspirations that make us connect with them as much as we do with Emily.

It was also interesting to listen to the narrator – in this case, the author herself – go through the different accents and tones that made each character feel real in my mind. Actually, I felt like I was there and was just at the corner of the room, watching and listening. Because, although I didn’t felt as I was part of that world, I still felt like I was listening to someone tell me her story, letting me know all the interactions she had and all the good and bad moments in her life.

Overall, I really wanted her to be happy. My mom is in her late forties and I want her to do whatever she wants and that makes her happy. And I felt hat kind of connection with Emily, because I was listening to a woman’s voice narrating the novel, I felt like I was listening to Emily herself and that made me think of all the women in my life that are in her forties and every women that isn’t by has suffer a major change in her life… So I honestly wanted her to have a good time and accomplish her goals.

Accomplishing or goals, never giving up, discover ourselves everyday… I loved all of that. And I do believe we can be, and we are, resilient and we will get up and try again, even if it’s something entirely different from what we have been doing for the past years. So that’s a good message.

About recommending this book… Listening to audiobooks is always a different kind of experience and I know not many people enjoy it, so I recommend it to those that love listening to audiobooks.


Don’t forget to check out all the other bloggers that given their contribute in this Blog Tour, from reviews and basic promo/spotlight posts.

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Don’t forget to comment, don’t be stranger. If you have any book recommendation you can leave a message using the form on my Contact Me page.

If you are an author and want me to do a review of your book you can go check out my Request Review page.

I always welcome new books to add to my list and I’m always excited to do reviews and read books.

And if you would like to join me as a guest on my blog, check out the Guests Post page to know more and contact me so we can start planing your visit.

Love,

Jess