Audiobook Review: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith

Audiobook Review: The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith & Susan Griffith

The Greyfriar by Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
Series: Vampire Empire #1
Narrator: James Marsters
Published by Buzzy Multimedia on April 10, 2012
Duration: 10 hrs, 39 mins
Genres: Adventure, Alternate History, Horror, Paranormal, Romance, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
three-half-stars

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1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron. The year now is 2020. The Equatorian Empire, descendant of the British Empire, stretches from Alexandria to Cape Town. Princess Adele, quick witted, combat trained and heir to throne is set to wed the scion of the American Republic, a man she has never met. Their marriage will cement an alliance between the nations and set the stage for war against the vampires in an attempt to retake the north. Prepared to do her duty she finds herself caught in a web of political intrigue and physical danger.

The Greyfriar, a legendary vampire hunter from the north, appears ready to rescue the Princess and return her home—but he harbors secrets of his own. As the power struggle between the vampires and humans increase Adele and The Greyfriar are caught in the middle, on the run, being hunted, and fighting for not just their own lives, but for future of humanity.

The Greyfriar came to me highly recommended by my friends who read adult fantasy stuff. Plus, hello, James Marsters narrates the audio, which means that I bought these because I need this in my life. Though not quite as amazing in some respects as I expected, The Greyfriar was a totally awesome listen and I am definitely not regretting my purchase. There’s tons of adventure and really nifty world building and did I mention James Marsters’ voice?

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April 2015: Month in Review

What I’ve Been Up To:

This section is where you find out about changes in my blog and my life.

Blogging:

It’s been my first full month of fully reviewing only the books where I feel motivated to, and so far I think it’s really helping. There are some changes to support this. You’ll find both DNFs and some brief thoughts (not official reviews) of the books I read down below.

I’m hoping to motivate myself enough to film a vlog before BEA, so hold me to it!

Shenanigans:

Though I don’t talk about my personal life much on here, I’m going to take a moment for that. My boyfriend, Sung, and I celebrated our first anniversary, which is kind of a big deal. I’ve never been in a relationship longer than a couple of months (and not many of those either), so yeah I’m kind of impressed. He’s a great guy. He took me to Fogo de Chao and ate ridiculously delicious food. All the pics are on his phone though so oops.

It was also my bestie Jordan’s birthday, so we (Jordan, Emily (her girlfriend), Sung, me) went to a Decemberists concert. The Decemberists are almost as great as Jordan are, which means the concert was fantastic (even though the weather was shitty, parking was absurdly expensive, and the opener was meh). Fun fact: my blog name was inspired by a lyric in a Decemberists song. Once again the pics are in someone else’s possession.

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Review: Play On by Michelle Smith

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Play On by Michelle Smith

Play On by Michelle Smith
Series: Lewis Creek #1
Published by Spencer Hill on April 21, 2015
Pages: 258
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Format: ARC
Source: Author
four-stars

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In the small town of Lewis Creek, baseball is everything. Especially for all-star pitcher Austin Braxton, who has a one-way ticket out of town with his scholarship to a top university. All that stands between him and a new start is one final season. But when Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship.

Enter Marisa Marlowe, the new girl in town who gets a job at his momma's flower shop. Not only is Marisa some home-schooled super-genius; she's also a baseball fanatic and more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there's something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek -- he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her, one that she ran all the way to South Carolina to escape.

As Austin starts to peel back the layers of Marisa’s pain, it forces him to look beyond the façade of himself and everyone he thought he knew in his town. What he sees instead is that in a small town like Lewis Creek, maybe baseball isn’t everything—maybe it is just the thing that ties them all together.

Dahlia Adler (author of Under the Lights among others) recommended Play On to me, and, after a string of successful recommendations, I trusted her implicitly. She even went so far as to help hook me up with an ARC, which was super sweet of her and the author. To be honest, though, I feared for a few chapters that this would be one of those awkward times where I have to confess that the book just was not my slice of fresh baked apple pie. At the outset, I struggled with the dialect, but ultimately the wonderful messages and adorable romances made Play On a book that I’ll happily endeavor to push on all of you.

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Cover Snark (145): Just Snarking

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Welcome to Cover Snark, where the people are snarky and the covers quiver in fear. Since I don’t write many snarky book reviews here on A Reader of Fictions, Cover Snark is my outlet. If you click on the title of the book, where possible, I’ve linked to Goodreads. Clicking on the cover itself will show you the cover in a larger size, in most cases. Feel free to love covers I hate and vice versa. Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Shiny and New:

1. Just Visiting – Dahlia Adler
Just Visiting - Dahlia Adler
Thoughts: I SHIP IT. (But before you get your hopes up, I’m pretty sure they’re not the ship.)

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Blog Tour Review: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Blog Tour Review: The Truth Commission by Susan Juby

The Truth Commission by Susan Juby
Published by Viking Juvenile on April 14, 2015
Pages: 320
Genres: Contemporary, Humor
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher
four-stars

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Open secrets are the heart of gossip—the things that no one is brave or clueless enough to ask. That is, except for Normandy Pale and her friends Dusk and Neil. They are juniors at Green Pastures Academy of Art and Applied Design, and they have no fear.

They are the Truth Commission.

Then, one of their truth targets says to Normandy: "If you want to know about the truth, you might want to look a little closer to home." And that means facing Keira, Normandy's brilliant older sister, the creator of a bestselling graphic novel series, who has left college and come home under mysterious circumstances, and in complete silence.

Even for a Truth Commissioner, there are some lines that cannot be crossed.

This dryly funny, knife-sharp novel, written as "narrative nonfiction" by Normandy herself, features footnotes, illustrations, and a combination mystery/love story that will capture readers from the first page.

Don’t let the lackluster cover hold you back. I almost passed on The Truth Commission because, here’s one of my truths, I’m very easily swayed by a book cover. The fact that I’d read and enjoyed a prior Juby novel ages ago (Home to Woefield) swayed me to look deeper. This, friends, was a good choice. Susan Juby’s The Truth Commission is a funny, wry, and thought-provoking look at truth, family, and art school.

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