My Favorite Audiobooks with Demons in Them

Lovely Audiobooks recommendations and mini-reviews of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance series with demons.

Mini reviews: 4 Audiobook Series with demons

Werewolves and vampires are probably the most popular fantastic creatures.

But personally, I’ve always found demons more interesting. I hope this doesn’t say anything about me ๐Ÿ˜› [... read more]

RecomMondaytion: City of Lust – Half-Breed book 5

The Romance Audiobook RecomMondaytion

Welcome back to the RecomMondaytion, the last one of 2018!

Every Monday I tell you about a new release that I’m really excited about.ย  Since these aren’t usually deals, they aren’t yet introduced in the Friday posts.
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Spotlight: The Morning Star

My undying love for the Imp Series

The last part of my favourite audiobook series of all times just came out! “The Morning Star” is part 10 in the Imp series by Debra Dunbar. Whenever someone asks me about my favourite book, I answer “The Imp Series!!!111111” with this kind of excitement, haha. Sometimes I hold back when I am 100% certain the person asking can absolutely not be won over. But give me just the slightest chance, and I’ll tell you all about how amazing this series is!

So…. let me tell you how amazing this series is ๐Ÿ˜€ No, this isn’t a review, so I’ll pace myself. Plus, a lot of what’s so awesome are kind of spoilers.
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Mini reviews: Kindle Unlimited Fantasy audiobooks

Lovely Audiobooks Mini Reviews

The Fantasy series edition

Today’s theme for the mini reviews is: Series I listened to in Kindle Unlimited that are a little bit different from my usual reads.

 

Servants of Fate

What is it about? Set in a dystopian future, we get to know various humans, some normal, some with the secret job to ferry the dead into the Afterlife, and the Kere, who mark people for death. It’s in so far a typical Romance format as we see two people fall in love in each book. But there’s also an ongoing story arc in the world, making each part a bit more dramatic and the stakes higher than in the previous.

What’s special about it? I found the dystopian setting very intriguing and well done. And yet, it also has the elements of a real Romance: The hopefulness and the sex. There’s a lot of creativity in the world building and Sarah Fine is an absolute go-to author when looking for new and different SF/F concepts. She has more books in Kindle Unlimited. I’ve listened to the Reliquary of Souls** series and the Guards of the Shadowlands** series and can absolutely recommend those as well. They are both a bit less romantic and also less smutty than this one, but just as unique and captivating.

All three parts of this series are “read and listen for free” in Kindle Unlimited:
Servants of Fate**

(Amazon Affiliate links)

 

Harmony Black

What is it about?ย Harmony Black is a witch and an FBI agent and joins a black ops team for supernatural investigations.

What’s special about it? This series is all around entertaining. If you like Urban Fantasy and crime stories you should definitely give it a go. There’s also a whole lot of conspiracy going on. At times it was a little too creepy for my taste, but I’m a real wimp in that regard. I particularly liked Harmony’s FBI partner, Jessie Temple, who’s a lesbian werewolf and often feels like the main character. This might be an insanely unpopular opinion (at least it’s unpopular with me), but I could identify so much better with Jessie who was written by a male author than with many other lesbian characters written by women. I felt she thought like me and she often made me smirk. Maybe my little review will inspire one of my lesbian readers to check this series and tell me what you think of it. I want to know!

By the way, this is a spin-off to the Daniel Faust** series and contains major spoilers.

All four parts of this series are “read and listen for free” in Kindle Unlimited:
Harmony Black**

(Amazon Affiliate links)

 

Rogues of the Republic

What is it about? This is a Fantasy series I’ve recommended to many people I used to game with. It’s a very typical fantasy set-up with a party on a quest. More specifically, you’ve got your rogue, mage, tinker, warrior, death priestess and a talking warhammer on a heist.

What’s so special about it? There are a lot of twists and tweaks to it that make this a very modern, relevant series. For one, the party leader is a woman of color. And her skin color and that of her friend are a topic many times. And, as far as I can tell, the problems people of color face are portrayed pretty well here, even though the author is white. Going by his Twitter feed, he’s very outspoken about diversity.

Secondly, even though the series is a few years old, you would think it’s a commentary on the current political scene. The way the political system works and the politicians act is pretty blatant criticism. But in its contrast to all the jokes and the lighter tones the series gains so much depth and relevance. “Remember, everyone. It’s your republic. Stay informed!”

It’s an insanely entertaining series that does pretty much everything right while being absolutely funny and charming.

Now, a word of warning. When I forced my husband to listen to this, he had the same issue I had. The first chapters drag and the narrator doesn’t sound very likeable. In retrospect, they are good and necessary the way they are. But when you fist start with this series, you might be tempted to give up on it again. We both found it difficult to get into it, understand the world and find the main character likeable. DON’T GIVE UP!

My husband believed me and once he was further into book 1 he told me he started to like it a lot. A little while later, he loved the series as much as I did, and as much as I told him he would. Anyone who enjoys Fantasy, anyone who ever did RPG’s of any kind, will love this series. IT IS AWESOME! Please give it a chance. And remember to push your way through the first couple of chapters. They’re very bleak, but they are necessary to set the scene and you will love this series later on. I promise.

All three parts of this series are “read and listen for free” in Kindle Unlimited:
Rogues of the Republic**

(Amazon Affiliate links)

 

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Trickery: Five Alphas are five times hotter!

Trickery Curse of the Gods by Jane Washington and Jaymin Eve. A Fantasy Reverse Harem.

Review: Trickery (Curse of the Gods 1)

by Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington
narrated by Vanessa Moyen

Pick it up on Amazon**

This book was not at all what I expected. It was so much better! It instantly became one of those series that I recommend to everyone, whether they asked for it or not.

Based on the publisher’s summary I expected a pushover silly girl and some cruel slave driver alphas. Silly me!

I have listened to Jaymin Eve’s “Supernatural Prison” series**, so I could have known better. But hey, I like being positively surprised. It beats getting disappointed.

After tagging this book on Goodreads I found out that we call this obscure Romance subgenre “Reverse Harem”. Sounds good, right? That’s what I thought. Originally I had expected that we pair one of our five Abcurse brothers off in each of the five books. Instead, the story is entirely focussed on our heroine Willa who simply gets ALL the Abcurses! Whuuut??

The story takes place in a full fantasy setting, in the land of Minatsol, where we have three groups of beings: the dwellers, lowly servants without any special abilities; the sols, magical beings hoping to ascend; and the gods who live in Topia. Now, Willa is just a dweller, and a particularly bad one at that. She seems to be cursed by the gods. And she stumbles and falls through life causing chaos and accidents wherever she goes. However, she is not at all a pushover or silly. She actually holds her head high and accepts herself the way she is, not caring much at all what anyone else thinks, even if it’s sols or gods. She meets anyone head-on. I believe the right words to describe her are: “She does everything with panache”.

With my background of High Fantasy, I admit, I was at first unsure how to feel about a full fantasy setting with modern language. I was wondering if at some point it would feel too sci-fi or the language would seem silly. But it all worked seamlessly and I was fully immersed in the story after a few minutes already. This is, I’m sure at least partly, due to Vanessa Moyen filling Willa with so much life. I could picture her strutting through her village, stumbling over something, righting herself and just strutting on, head held high! The narration is so fitting in portraying Willa as someone who remains light-hearted despite her serious and dangerous life as part of the slave/servant class. I also liked the male voices and the accents Vanessa Moyen uses for some characters. They seem fitting and it’s pretty easy to keep characters apart during dialogues.

This book made me a bit of a Vanessa Moyen fangirl and I will definitely pick up more books narrated by her.

One more thing I find noteworthy: In this first part Jaymin Eve and Jane Washington didn’t go for the usual Messiah story. There was no: “But you shouldn’t be able to do that!”. While I have only finished books 1 – 3 of the series, I get the impression that Willa gets nothing handed to her and has to work hard for everything she achieves (or… you know… trick herself there while going through a lot of physical pain and a little bit of embarrassment). She doesn’t seem to be a Messiah and is definitely not a Mary Sue.

So, if you at all like Fantasy, do pick this up! I will definitely finish this series and am very much looking forward to the last part coming out as an audiobook.

Publisher’s summary

Willa Knight: Dweller. Slave. Non-magical being.

In Minatsol, being a dweller means that you are literally no better than dirt. In fact, dirt might actually be more useful than Willa. Her life will be one of servitude to the sols, the magic-blessed beings who could one day be chosen to become gods.

At least her outer village is far removed from the cities of the sols, and she won’t ever be forced to present herself to them… Until one small mistake changes everything, and Willa is awarded a position to serve at Blesswood, the top sol academy in the world – a position that she definitely did not earn.

Under the sudden, watchful eye of the gods, she will be tasked to serve the Abcurse brothers, five sols built of arrogance, perfection, and power. They are almost gods themselves, and under their service, she is either going to end up sentenced to death, or else they are going to ruin her so badly that she will wish for it.

Either way, she is in trouble.

Oooh-Factor:

This is a tricky one (see what I did there? ๐Ÿ˜€ ). There is a lot of sexual tension, but no explicit scenes. It’s also at no point awkward that the five guys are brothers, don’t worry!

Audio-Factor:

Audiobook > Book
Vanessa Moyen is Willa!!

Pick it up here:

All 5 parts of this series are “read for free” with Kindle Unlimited:
Trickery**, Persuasion**, Seduction**, Strength**, and Pain**.
Books 1-4 are out on audio and they all have Whispersync deals. So you can pick up the audiobook cheaper when you get the ebook.
Currently, book 3 is in the Audible Romance Package**.

If this series alone doesn’t convince you, read my guide why you should definitely subscribe to Kindle Unlimited or the Audible Romance Package: HERE.