#ThrowbackThursday ~ Morrighan (The Remnant Chronicles 0.5) by Mary E Pearson #YA #PostApocalyptic

Morrighan by Mary Pearson is my Throwback Thursday choice this week. An audiobook narrated by Julia Whelan and MacLeod Andrews, two of my favourites, and released in 2016.

My Thoughts

Although this is a prequel it can be read as a standalone novella. I haven’t yet read any of the Remnant Chronicles so I’m not sure of the connection to the series. From what I can gather the characters in this don’t feature in the main storyline and are, perhaps, ancestors. 

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Of Blood and Bone (Chronicles of The One, Book 2) by Nora Roberts ~ Dystopian Fantasy @NoraRobertsFans #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Nora Roberts

Performed by Julia Whelan

Published by Brilliance Audio December 2018

Category: Dystopian, Fantasy, Post Apocalyptic, Audiobook Review

They look like an everyday family living an ordinary life. But beyond the edges of this peaceful farm, unimaginable forces of light and dark have been unleashed.

Of Blood and Bone picks up the story over a decade after the Doom decimated the population and gave rise to the dark in Year One.  Fallon Swift’s thirteenth birthday is approaching fast.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Visitant (A Venetian Ghost Story) by Megan Chance #HistoricalFiction

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting an audiobook narrated by the brilliant Julia Whelan. It was released in September 2015 by Brilliance Audio.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos #Audiobook Psychological Thriller @michael_kardos

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week I’m revisiting Before He Finds Her. The audiobook was released in November 2015.

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The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger #Audiobook @lisaunger #Thriller

  • Author: Lisa Unger
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: April 2017 by Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Category: Thriller, Audiobook, Review, Crime, Suspense

What is the difference between justice and revenge? In this buzzworthy new standalone thriller by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger, two wronged women on very different paths find themselves in the same dark place…

Initially the characters, their stories and the differing timelines seem unrelated – until the threads of the intricately woven plot begin to come together. The story opens with an unknown protagonist, told in the first person as she confronts someone from her past.

Claudia Bishop was looking for a fresh start when her marriage failed. She moved to the country with her daughter, Raven, and began renovating an old, run down property in the country.  Her life had never been the same after a violent assault in her own home, the struggle to regain some semblance of normality and the recovery process was chronicled in her popular blog, which morphed into an ongoing account of her renovation project. Continue reading

First Light by Bill Rancic & Barbara Keel #AudiobookReview A Story of Survival @BillRancic #SundayBlogShare

A father from Chicago takes a road trip to the city of Whitehorse, in Yukon Territory, with his wife and son. During the car ride, they reveal to the boy their harrowing experience surviving a horrific plane crash in the wilderness ten years before, which is how the boy, in fact, came to be born.

When the invitation arrived to attend a ceremony about to be held in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, honouring the victims and survivors of the plane crash that almost cost the lives of his family, he decided it was time. His son deserved to know what happened to his parents. The trip will take several days by car, neither he nor Kerry would get on a plane again. They can use the time to tell Jackson the whole story. Continue reading

In Twenty Years by Allison Winn Scott ~ Contemporary #Fiction #Audiobook #TuesdayBookBlog

Twenty years ago, six Penn students shared a house, naively certain that their friendships would endure—until the death of their ringleader and dear friend Bea splintered the group for good. Now, mostly estranged from one another, the remaining five reluctantly gather at that same house on the eve of what would have been Bea’s fortieth birthday.

It’s almost twenty years since six students, Bea, Lindy, Catherine, Annie, Owen and Colin, spent their last night together at Pennsylvania University. The proposed reunion and time capsule was Bea’s idea, the letters they wrote to their forty year old selves cataloguing hopes for the future; where they’ll be, what they want to achieve. They were all going their separate ways the next day, Catherine and Owen to married bliss, Lindy and Annie to New York and Colin to medical school. Bea wanted be certain they’d always be close, a family. Continue reading

Morrighan (The Remnant Chronicles 0.5) by Mary E Pearson #TuesdayBookBlog #YA #PostApocalyptic

Before borders were drawn, before treaties were signed, before wars were waged anew, before the great kingdoms of the Remnant were even born and the world of old was only a hazy slate of memory told in story and legend, a girl and her family fought to survive. 

Although this is a prequel it can be read as a standalone novella. I haven’t yet read any of the Remnant Chronicles so I’m not sure of the connection to the series. From what I can gather the characters in this don’t feature in the main storyline and are, perhaps, ancestors.  Continue reading

A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock #Audiobook Set in 1920s New York #histfic #SundayBlogShare

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  • Author: Amber Brock
  • Performed by Julia Whelan
  • Released: May 2016 by Random House Audio
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Romance
  • three-half-stars

Set in the glamorous 1920s, A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world, flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruin.

Vera’s story begins in 1913 while studying art at Vassar, where she meets spirited and uninhibited Bea Stillman and forms her first real friendship. As the narrative unfolds the chapters alternate between Vera’s time at Vassar and her life ten years later in New York, where Vera is trapped in a loveless marriage to Arthur Bellington. She lives in luxury but lacks any sort of personal freedom, her duty is to conform. Her life as a society wife is empty and meaningless. Arthur is never home, her mother, Lorna Longacre, is cold and domineering, concerned only with social standing and reputation. Appearance is everything. Vera’s life is a continuous round of vacuous socializing with the other couples who live in the prestigious apartment building, The Angelus, designed and built by her husband.  Continue reading

Most Wanted by Lisa Scottoline ~ #TuesdayBookBlog ~ Contemporary #Fiction #audiobookreview

Lisa Scottoline delivers another searing, powerful blockbuster novel that explores hot-button issues within the framework of an intricately plotted thriller. When a woman and her husband, desperate for a baby, find themselves unable to conceive, they decide to take further steps.

Christine and Marcus Nilsson are unable to begin the family they so desperately want due to Marcus’ infertility, so decide to use donor sperm. All is going well until, one day, Christine sees a news report on the TV showing the arrest of a suspected serial killer. The man closely resembles the photograph she has of her donor. Christine panics and the situation is further compounded by Marcus’ growing ‘all about me’ attitude. Cracks begin to appear in their relationship and Christine, despite Marcus’ objections, has to know the truth since Homestead, the sperm donor facility, will neither confirm or deny the identity of their donor. Continue reading