Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

Friday Focus

How can you know if Kindle Unlimited is right for you?

  • Do you read more than 3 or 4 books each month?
  • Are you open to reading debut books from unknown/debut authors?
  • Are you willing to read more than just best-sellers?
  • Do you read multiple genres?
  • Are you interested in having access to more than a million books and audiobooks?

If you answered yes to 3 or 4 of these questions, and you have an extra $100, then Kindle Unlimited (KU) may be a really good choice for you. If you answered no to 3 or 4 of these, then it may not be worth your money.

How much do you read?

I read a lot. I always have. When I was in middle school I fell in love with John Steinbeck’s books (from the high school side of my school library – you can read about that here). Before I retired I was a library media specialist. I always have at least one book with me, if not 3 or 4, and I am usually reading at least 2 books, sometimes as many as 5 at one time. Yeah, I read a lot!

So, what about you? Do your reading habits go back a long way or have you just started reading or reading more? If you pretty much always have a book at your fingertips (either print or eBook), then you might want to look at what KU has to offer.

What do you read?

OK. How about debut books and debut authors? Let me be perfectly honest here: Ten years ago I would have said “No way!” I was what I called a reading snob. I liked certain authors and I was very hesitant to try out new authors or new genres. Why? Because books were/are expensive and if I got one that I didn’t like, I had not yet developed an ability to stop reading it, no matter if it came from the library and I hadn’t paid for it.

Do you have to finish every book?

I have overcome that, however. I generally give a book 50 pages. If I have not gotten into it by then, I probably won’t, so I put it down, almost guilt free. (Almost, not completely!) But if that book is from KU, I don’t feel as guilty about it. Nothing gained, nothing lost. Since this new ability has presented itself to me, I have been much more willing to venture out into other genres and I have found some that I really like.

Do your books have to be best-sellers?

Best-sellers are great. However, there are a few best-selling authors that I just don’t like. Some that I think are hyped by their publishers even though their books are, in my opinion, not good. So while I do check best-seller lists, I don’t let them determine my entire reading list.

That being said, if you keep a check on KU, you’ll find that quite a few best-sellers can be borrowed through KU for a limited time and once it is in your KU library you are free to read it at your leisure. (Many also can be purchased for less than $5 as an eBook for a limited time.)

As I said above, I now read different genres, with the exception of horror and erotica. And yes, having upwards of 90,000 (if you take out the two genres I don’t read) books at my disposal for a once a year fee is worth it to me.

I started my Kindle Unlimited subscription on a trial basis for $9.99 for 3 months. Before I subscribed, I had not really checked out all that it had to offer. Now that I know and have been using it since December or 2017, I love it.

So much to read

There really are over a million titles available on KU. While quite a few of these are debut books, if I don’t like them, I just return them and pick something else. You can have 10 KU books in your library at any time. This works really well for me when I am in a place without access to wi-fi. Yes, those places still exist in my world! No matter, I still have 10 extra books on my Kindle Paperwhite (see my review of that here).

No overdue books.

There are no due dates. Seriously. You can keep a title for as short or as long a time as you wish. No overdues, no late fees. So if one of your grandbabies is visiting and you don’t have time to read much, no worries. The books will be there waiting for you.

Audible Narration

One of the more awesome things I discovered after I downloaded a couple of books, I picked one out and it also had an audiobook available through Audible. To my surprise and delight, the audiobook was also downloaded. Yep, if there is an audiobook of a KU title, you get that as part of your subscription at no extra cost. How cool is that?!

Not only that, but as long as you can connect to wi-fi for less than 30 seconds, you can switch from the eBook to the audiobook and never have to find your place in either one.

So, if you can…

If you can wrap your mind around not carrying around a heavy print book but rather a Kindle or a device with the free Kindle app downloaded to it, and you like to try out new authors with no risk, then Kindle Unlimited is right up your alley.

One Two last things…

There are another couple of things that I have found that I love about reading eBooks: The ability to highlight key phrases or pieces of information and being able to search the book by keyword or phrase. I have always written down quotes that I like from books, and this makes it very easy to highlight great text and then go back to it when I wish.

I am not one to dog-ear pages, that is just a no-no, but I do highlight and underline in them and put post-it notes on those pages so they are easily found, and eBooks just amp this up a notch.

So, what do you think?

Are you more interested in Kindle Unlimited than you were before? Think you might try it out? If you do, I think you’ll find that you like it and use it more than you ever thought you would.

Hope I’ve helped answer some questions about Kindle UnlimitedIf you have more, please don’t hesitate to post them in the comments section and I will answer to the best of my knowledge.

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Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

Friday Focus

Coming Soon – A few mystery books that are due out in the next few weeks that I have my sights set on.

The Outsider Stephen King, Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

The Outsiders by Stephen King (May 22, 2018) A young boy is found murdered and a little league coach is arrested. But this is Stephen King. You know there is a twist! Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook

 

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware. Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (May 29, 2018) A tarot card reader by trade, Hal has the gift of cold-reading down pat. When she erroneously receives a letter about an inheritance, she thinks she knows a way to claim the money but attending the funeral makes her believe something is seriously amiss. Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts. Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts (May 29, 2018) After a mass shooting at a mall in Portland, Maine the survivors try to rebuild their lives, but another incident may prove there is nowhere safe to hide. Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook

Bring Me Back by BA Paris. Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris (June 19, 2018) Ten years ago Finn and Layla, young and in love were on vacation when Layla disappeared. Now Finn is engaged to Layla’s sister Ellen whom he came to know and love through their mutual grief. But now things are beginning to feel strange and reports are coming in that Layla may actually be alive.  Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand. Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

The Perfect Couple by Elin Hilderbrand (June 19, 2018) A lavish wedding in Nantucket promises to be an event to remember, especially when a body turns up in the water just before the ceremony. Everyone is a suspect from the wedding guests, to the family and even the happy couple.  Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook

Liar, Liar by Lisa Jackson. Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

LIar, Liar by Lisa Jackson (June 26, 2018) Remmi’s mom, DIdi, has terrible secrets to keep, but when someone ends up dead dressed as Didi, Remmi knows it isn’t really her. Remmi wants to get to the bottom of the story, but someone is willing to kill to keep it hidden. Hardcover, Kindle, Audiobook

Do any of these sound good to you? Are there others you have heard about? Let me know in the comments.

 

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The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

“Did you know there are a hundred ways to die in Alaska?” Leni asked

Lenora (Leni) Allbright has not had an easy life. While her dad was in Vietnam, first fighting and then as a POW, she and her mom, Cora did the best they could. Now that Ernt is home, life is much harder. Ernt is damaged. He is moody and volatile. He has nightmares and near blackout fits of rage and he hates what he sees happening in the US in 1974.

So when they get the chance to move to Alaska, Ernt sees it as a new beginning. Fourteen-year-old Leni sees it as a hundred ways to die.

As if moving to Kaneq, off the Kenai Peninsula and near Homer, Alaska where less than 30 people live, wasn’t enough, the Allbrights are woefully unprepared for what living off the grid would actually entail.

A voracious reader, Leni wanted friends, but most of all she wanted her dad to be better. She wanted the kind, loving man that her mom said he was “Before.”

At first, things are great and Ernt is so much better, but as winter forces its way into Kaneq and the sun gives way to sixteen hours of darkness, unease settles back into Ernt and Leni knows they will never survive, but it may not be Alaska that kills them.

But in Kaneq, a land of strong men and even stronger women, neighbors keep each other alive and safe and Leni and Cora have friends who would kill or be killed to protect them and they meld into life as Alaskans, through and through.

Leni begs her mom to leave Ernt, but even though Ernt is the way he is, Cora is convinced that he will get better. In her heart and mind, Leni knows he won’t and Leni could never leave her mother alone with him. “Dad blew his temper and Mama somehow encouraged it. Like maybe she needed to know how much he loved her all the time.”

No matter how good Alaska had been for them, the darkness seemed to damage Ernt’s fragile mind even more – to the point where Leni came to know that there more than a hundred ways to die in Alaska, and not all of them from the outside.

This is an absolutely beautiful story from Kristin Hannah, the author of The Nightingale,  about hope, but also about despair. It is about love and how close love can be to hate. It is the story of survival and also about letting go. It is a story of sacrifice and giving everything you can to keep your family safe and stable, loved and cared for, and most assuredly living a life that is meaningful.

This story is both haunting and amazingly cathartic about the perils of the Allbright family from both the wilderness of Alaska and of a man who loves his family but is too damaged to see that he is putting them squarely in the path of danger.

This story portrays the love of a woman and her unadulterated need to bring back the man she loved before he was broken by war. It shows how their daughter is shaped by their choices and their actions into a young woman who has to shoulder much more than any teenager should. It is also a fascinating story of the taming of a small part of Alaska if such a place ever really could be tamed.

Covering a span from 1974 – 1986 Hannah shows with brilliance what Cora and Leni did to not only survive, but thrive in a world that is both breathtakingly beautiful and inherently ugly at the same time.

This is one of the most wonderfully written novels I have read in a very long time. I found myself rereading phrases time after time and highlighting them so that I could return to them again later. While the subject matter is quite dark, there is also somewhat of a light-heartedness, not in a disrespectful way, but rather filled with a sense of love and acceptance through most of the characters.

I very rarely reread books, actually, I pretty much never reread books, as I have never understood why anyone would reread a book when there are so many new ones. But I already want to reread this one. There are hundreds of small nuances and so many metaphorical thoughts that I want to explore again. Such as “Without any mirrors in the house (Dad had broken them all over the years), she couldn’t assess how she looked. Leni had gotten used to seeing herself in shards of glass. Herself in pieces.” Oh, the psychology behind that statement!

I know I write this often, but I REALLY want everyone to read this book! The insights I gained were numerous, the tears I shed were cleansing, and the desire to see Cora and Leni survive was so real for me. I truly hated to come to the last page of this novel.

 

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5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Friday Focus

Over the past year I have gone to the Book of the Month website several times and almost signed up. However, I already have Amazon Prime and a Kindle Unlimited subscription, so I never took the plunge.

My daughter suggested it to her dad as a Christmas present, but he already had something else planned. (A month at the beach this summer, YAY us!) So for my birthday my daughter decided to charge ahead and paid for a 6-month subscription for me. I was extremely surprised and very excited!

Friday Focus. A Propensity to Discuss post.

I went online and chose my first book (which I will be reviewing here later), but it also gives the option of choosing one or two extra books for $9.99 per book. What a deal! And yes, I did order another one that the first month; one that had been on my TBR list for a while.

This month I decided to figure up the cost/savings and I ended up ordering two extras. Here is how it works out: The cost of the 6-month plan is $79.00 which is $13.33 per month. The other two books cost me $9.99 each, saving me $8.40 on one and $8.28 on the other. That is a savings of $33.38 for me – I did not count the cost of the plan, as I did not pay for it. If I had paid for the plan, it would still be a savings of $20.04 for 3 hardcover books. What a deal!

I had also worried that the choices would not be that great, but the monthly picks so far have been really good and you have a choice out of 5 books. Each time there has been at least 2 that I have been anticipating and wanting to read. Plus there are a good number of bestsellers available for $9.99, several of which I have had my eye on for a while.

So while I do still love my Kindle Unlimited subscription, I also love getting these hardcover books in the mail! Let’s just say that I am certainly stocking up for my month of fun in the sun being a beach bum and reading on the sandy shore. A win-win any way you focus on it!

Happy Friday!

The Gender Game Series. A Propensity to Discuss review.

The Gender Game Series by Bella Forrest

I have been in a severe reading slump lately. I just could not find any books that really held my attention or made me want to put everything aside so that I could consume them. That is until a great friend told me about Bella Forrest’s  Gender Game Series. To say that I was obsessed with this series would not be an understatement.

Talk about getting out of my reading slump! I began the first (of 7) books in the series and I could not put it down. I even stopped reading/listening to all other books and concentrated only on these. I absolutely LOVE these books! I love the characters and the rich detail of who they are and who they become.

I have always loved dystopian novels and to me this series is a new twist on the genre, bringing gender to the forefront as the dividing factor of two different nations. I considered writing a review for each of the 7 books in the series, but these books build so much on each other that I would have to post way too many spoilers to do 7 reviews. Instead, I decided to do a series review and a brief synopsis of each book. Please note that by reading all the notes you will be getting some spoilers, but not the big stuff…

I absolutely LOVE these books! I love the characters and the rich detail of who they are and who they grow to become. Yes, there are 7 books. Yes, they seem very long (all are over 400 pages). But they are very easy to read and once I started, I could not put them down! There were a couple (4 and 5) that were somewhat gruesome (I’m ok with that) and a very long sequence in book 6 for carrying out one of their plans, again I’m ok with that.

These characters actually think for themselves. The “good guys” do not always see eye-to-eye, (what group of people living in chaos would?) but they work out their issues. The character development is very thorough but does not bog down the story. There are quite a few characters that I liked at one point and could not stand later, as well as a few that I didn’t really like who turned out to be some of my favorites by the end.

There is no love triangle, thank goodness! That is not the case with a good many dystopian books, but in this series the characters are not hormone controlled people who cannot make a choice about whom they love. There are love interests in the books, but they are endearing and are not flopping from one love interest to the other. YAY! I mean, seriously, how many people do you know that can’t decide which person they want to be with?

There are also quite a few plot twists that come at you when you least expect it and a few that you may see coming. Amid very mixed reviews of the series that can be found online, I highly encourage everyone to read this series for yourself. I think you’ll find it extremely well worth your time.

The Gender Game (Book 1). A Propensity to Discuss review.

Book 1: The Gender Game

The premise of the story is that there are two countries: one is a matriarchal society and one is patriarchal (Matrus and Patrus). There are issues in each society that make it difficult for everyone to be successful.

In Matrus, which is ruled by Queen Rina, men can work, but they generally cannot hold any position of authority so women hold all of the power. While grown men are not treated poorly in Matrus, all young boys are tested to determine their aggressiveness and ability to conform to a matriarchal society. If they fail the test, they are sent to the northern part of the country to work in the mines and are never seen again.

Violet Bates has taken care of her younger brother Tim since their mom passed away. When the story opens she is trying to get him across the toxic Veil River and into Patrus with the help of her cousin Cad who lives in Patrus, because he failed the aggressiveness test. When they are caught in the act, Tim is sent to the mines and Violet is sent to prison.

Violet is not really great at keeping her temper in check and after her third major run-in with the law, she believes she is going to be executed. Instead, she is given an option: Go on a very secret mission into Patrus to retrieve something that the Patrians stole from Matrus.

Of course, there is a catch. Not only is Patrus male-dominated and ruled, but women are not allowed any rights there. They are either the property of their father or their husband so Violet will have to marry her contact and partner, Lee Bertrand. She, like the other women of Patrus, can never be outside of her house alone, as this is illegal, so while Lee is working he sets her up with Viggo Croft, whom they are setting up to take the fall for their crimes.

The Gender Secret (Book 2). A Propensity to Discuss review.

Book 2: The Gender Secret 

Perilously flying over The Green in a motorcycle turned airplane, Violet, unsure of how the thing really works, is also completely unsure how someone she trusted could have betrayed her (not to mention betraying the people of Matrus) so shockingly.

Then there is the question of what in the world is in the egg-like case she is carrying and why it is so important to both countries.

Knowing that she has lost all hope of finding her brother and that she allowed Lee to frame Viggo, Violet is completely alone in the world once again. How will she ever survive since she is now wanted for murder in both countries?

Add to that the fact that Viggo, furious at being betrayed by Violet, has promised King Maxen that he will find her and return her to Patrus to be held accountable and Violet’s chances of survival are basically non-existent.

The Gender Game (Book 1). A Propensity to Discuss review.

Book 3: The Gender Lie

Violet is not a trusting person at heart, so when she meets a group of dissidents from both Matrus and Patrus she is not quick to join them. But Viggo’s life is on the line and she will do whatever it takes to save him, even if it means a very risky excursion into Patrus.

The woman who leads the group is honest and open to a fault with Violet (which is not something Violet is used to) so she has no reason not to trust her and her group of Liberators.

In addition, she has found her brother and the reunion is much more difficult than she ever imagined and she knows she has to find a way to help him. So she has everything to gain by joining with them, especially when she begins to realize just how far both countries have gone to cover up the lies that keep them running.

The Gender War (Book 4). A Propensity to Discuss review.

Book 4: The Gender War

The gig is up. The truth is out in the open and Queen Elena is playing for keeps. She and her very evil sister, Tabitha, will stop at nothing to ensure they get what they want, and that includes killing Violet.

The new group of Liberators who want to stop the war the sisters have planned are doing everything they can to bring down the Queen and her band of merry murderers. But they are using the boys and Violet and Viggo refuse to hurt purposely any of them because they are completely innocent and are being controlled by Desmond and Elena.

The Gender Fall (Book 5). A Propensity to Discuss review.

Book 5: The Gender Fall

Even with one major threat eliminated, Viggo is still at wit’s end with worry over Violet’s recovery. Not to mention having to tell her that Tim hasn’t been seen since they were all at the palace.

As if that was not enough, the team makes a startling discovery about where the men of Patrus have been taken and also meet one of their most despised enemies face-to-face. They have come to realize that they must let the rest of the people of Patrus know what is actually being planned by Queen Elena.

The Gender Plan (Book 6). A Propensity to Discuss review.

Book 6: The Gender Plan

Getting the proof of Queen Elena’s sinister plan out to the people of Patrus is not, obviously, without risks and repercussions. But the inhumane way that the Matrians respond brought the Liberators to the dire understanding that Queen Elena will do anything to gain control of Patrus, even if it means killing everyone there. With that realization came the awareness that she would probably go for the fastest, most sure-fire way to control the population: the water treatment plant.

In the biggest fight of their lives the Liberators, along with several other rebel groups, move to take out the threat. They fear that many will give their lives for this, but know that they must give it everything they’ve got.

The Gender End (Book 7). A Propensity to Discuss review.

Book 7: The Gender End

Having lost many in battle, the Liberators and the rebels know that their fight is not yet over. Elena will stop at nothing until she has what she craves – domination over Matrus and Patrus, the egg, and making sure that all of the Liberators dead.

With one final crusade the Liberators must rid the nations of the threats posed by Queen Elena if any of them are to ever be free. But doing so means putting themselves in Elena’s direct path on her turf. Violet’s final act of rebellion takes her back to where it all began in order to end it one way or another. In the end, only one group can be successful and not everyone who goes in will come out alive.

Seriously…read these books!

5 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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Book Blogs, Reviews, and Reading. A Propensity to Discuss post.

Book Blogs, Reviews, and Reading

For a while now I have been following quite a few other book blogs and I have found so many new titles to read by reading the reviews on these sites. I love seeing what others are reading and their opinions as well as the other fun “bookish” stuff that these blogs post.

So with that in mind, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite book blogs with you so that you may find something new to read or to check out some of the things that others think about certain books or find some bookish fun.

Beyond the Bookends

Books, gifts for readers, book lists for readers and moms who want to inspire a love of reading in their kids. You can read more about the blog’s author’s Jackie and Kristen here. They review children’s and adult books, as well as things to do with your kids. You can see their book choices on Instagram, also.

Book Bum

Written by 21-year-old Zuky from the UK who reads thrillers, mysteries, suspense, and psychological thrillers, as well as some horror and historical fiction. She also hosts The Book Bum Book Club on Goodreads.

Bookmark That

Another 20-something UK reader who wants to get her generation reading and plans to review pretty much every genre on her blog. That’s a big task! You can see her current reads on Instagram.

Clues and Reviews

One of my go-to blogs to find new things to read when I’m in a reading slump. Sam is a teacher who says she is a “little bit obsessed with the mystery/thriller genre,” but likes horror, contemporary romance, and chick-lit, as well.

Jenn’s Book Vibes

A girl after my own heart, she reads thrillers, suspense, women’s fiction, dystopian, and historical fiction books. Yep. Right up my alley! She also has a huge TBR pile, as do I, and has recently started a column on the blog called Little Book Vibes for children’s books. Her currents can be seen here: Instagram

Keeper of Pages

Janel loves crime fiction, mystery and thriller novels, but occasionally will review other genres. I have found many books to read based on her blog and Instagram account.

Novel Deelights 

From Belgium, Eva mostly reads crime fiction, psychological thrillers, and police procedurals with some historical fiction or women’s literature for good measure. And when I say read, I mean READ! She reads circles around pretty much everyone. Seven books last week (on top of being sick) and a post pretty much every day. Yep, she is busy and I really like her reviews and suggestions!

She Reads With Cats

Janelle, no, a different one, from northern California who reads mystery, thriller, literary fiction, dystopian, and historical fiction. Great blog with tons of really good reviews and an Instagram account to keep up with current reads.

The Suspense Is Thrilling Me

Chelsea started with Nancy Drew and her love for mysteries has only grown from there. Mary and Dennis also review thrillers here between the three of them, you are certain to find new books to read! Chelsea’s Instagram. Mary on Twitter. Dennis on Instagram.

We Booking Love It

YA Fantasy is the go-to genre for these UK sisters, Star and Fleur. Not only are the reviews wonderful, but so is their book photography!

So I hope you will visit these blogs and find something you like from them. These are heavy on the mystery-thriller genre, but that is my go-to genre, so these are the blogs I read the most. Are there any book review blogs that you like or go to often? Let me know what they are, I’d love to have more suggestions!

Tell the Truth by Katherine Howell. A Propensity to Discuss review.

Tell The Truth by Katherine Howell

Paramedic Rowan Wylie is heading into his granddaughter Amelia’s favorite play place when he notices a car that belongs to his friend and fellow paramedic Stacey Durham. When he can’t seem to find her anywhere he checks her car more closely and realizes the seat is covered in what looks like blood. When her husband arrives and they realize that it is in fact blood, they call the police.

When detectives Ella Marconi and Murray Shakespeare arrive and question everyone Ella is immediately suspicious of Stacey’s husband James but thinks there is also something off about Rowan’s answers as well. Murray doesn’t have as much suspicion of James and tells Ella several times that it isn’t always the husband. Not to mention, everyone has told them how much Stacey and James love each other and how happy they are together.

As the days progress and Ella and Murray chase one lead after another, both get somewhat frustrated. Ella because they seem to be getting nowhere fast and Murray because he’s worried that it will rain on his upcoming weekend wedding. Yep, Murray’s getting married. Meanwhile, Ella and Callum seem to be getting along very well, even with his mother’s antics to break them up and Aunt Adelina’s nosy and brash behavior.

On the paramedic’s side of the story, Stacey’s niece, Paris, is 6 weeks into the job and having a tough time getting things right. The fact that Rowan is her training partner and her Aunt Stacey’s good friend should help, but Paris has something bordering on panic attacks when she gets to a scene.

Paris’ mother, Marie, Stacey’s sister, is absolutely no help to Paris, is somewhat jealous of the close relationship Paris has with Stacey and is basically a very miserable person. Not to mention that Ella and Murray can’t seem to go to James’ house without Marie being there. Could there possibly be something going on between them?

The detectives are very anxious to find Stacey, hopefully alive, but with so much blood loss, that may not be possible. The only thing they know for certain is that someone is blaming James and sending texts that say that James needs to “Tell the truth” in order to keep Stacey alive.

I really enjoyed this book, just as I have all the books in this series: (you can see my reviews of the other books by clicking these links: reviewreview, review) and I was very saddened to hear at the end of the audiobook that Katherine Howell is putting aside her writing for a while and this may be the last of the series. When I heard that I felt like I was saying goodbye to a very good friend. I really have enjoyed the recurring characters and have loved listening to Caroline Lee’s narration. She is one of my 2 favorite narrators.

If you haven’t read any of the books in this series, I highly encourage you to do so. If you have, this is another great story in what you probably already know is a really great series.

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Note: I was only able to find the audio version of this book on Amazon. I did find a couple of paperback copies on Alibris and Booktopia but I am not sure if they are still available. I will say, though that Caroline Lee is an amazing narrator and I listen when I am cleaning house, crafting, or driving. If you haven’t tried an audiobook, now may be just the time.

Have any of you read this series? What do you think about it?

Books in the Ella Marconi Series:

  1. Frantic
  2. The Darkest Hour
  3. Cold Justice
  4. Violent Exposure
  5. Silent Fear
  6. Web of Deceit
  7. Deserving Death
  8. Tell the Truth

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4 Stars. A Propensity to Discuss Review.

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