West {Audiobook} by Lizzy Ford

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I received this audiobook from AudioBookWorm for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

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The Synopsis:

WestIf you could change history, would you?

College graduate Josephine “Josie” Jackson answers “yes” to the question on a survey while visiting the Old West tourist town of Tombstone. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she’s given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history, and prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands over the next century, by convincing the man responsible for kindling the war between settlers and natives to stay home on the day he’s supposed to start the war.

But someone is hunting down time travelers and killing them. Three other women have been sent back to the same time period with Josie’s mission. When she stumbles upon what happened to them, she realizes the chances of her getting out of the past alive are not good.

To survive, she’ll have to trust the person who’s there to stop her from changing history, someone who has every reason to distrust her and only one reason to help her – to save her from the mysterious man who sent her back in time to start with.

Review:

Riveting and exciting, West is a fast paced novel that wastes no time pulling the reader in and whisking them away from reality and into the wild west with some twists. For fans of Dr. Who, this one is for you!

First, the way this is written is absolutely perfect! There is not a wasted word in any sentence and the story progresses at a good fast speed, so there weren’t any lagging spots. I loved the character development and the parts each of them had to play, it was just a very well plotted novel.

I do have to mention that there is some crude language, including the use of the f-word, as well as many sexual comments/thoughts, and even a fairly long sex scene. Which is unfortunate because aside from this, I fell in love with the story.

So, I am only going to be able to give West 3.5 stars out of 5 (3 stars on sites that don’t offer halves).

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3.5

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About the Author: Lizzy Ford

Photo_LizzyI breathe stories. I dream them. If it were possible, I’d eat them, too. (I’m pretty sure they’d taste like cotton candy.) I can’t escape them – they’re everywhere! Which is why I write! I was born to bring the crazy worlds and people in my mind to life, and I love sharing them with as many people as I can.

I’m also the bestselling, award winning, internationally acclaimed author of over sixty titles and counting. I write speculative fiction in multiple subgenres of romance and fantasy, contemporary fiction, books for both teens and adults, and just about anything else I feel like writing. If I can imagine it, I can write it!

I live in the desert of southern Arizona with a pack of spoiled dogs and Tubbs, the Godfather cat who rules them all.

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About the Narrator: Lillian Yves

Photo_narratorLillian Yves grew up in Oklahoma, went to school in NYC and now lives in Southern California. She considers herself from the East, West and somewhere in the middle. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC for Musical Theater. She adores acting and performing so much that she teaches an after school program for the local school system. She got her start working in audio books when she narrated her own novel, Yonder- A Southern Haunting and shortly after the release of Yonder she was contacted by Warren Adler (The War of the Roses) to narrate two novels for him and after entering the world of narration, she has never looked back. She performs on most weekends and does play readings through out the Los Angeles area. Her main hobbies include her husband and her cats. She loves to hear from listeners.

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Clash of Eagles by Alan Smale

I received this book via NetGalley for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own.

Synopsis:

It’s The Last of the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome in this exciting and inventive debut novel from Sidewise Award-winner, Alan Smale, that will thrill fans of alternate history, historical fiction, and military fiction.

In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a new place in this strange land.

Review:

Such a unique story with some pretty amazing characters! Alan’s writing style is just perfect, not overruling with details but clear enough that you could even smell everything that happened! (And can I just say how awesome the cover is?! Wow, just gorgeous!)

There were many issues that contradicted my morals however, and actually caused me to stop reading in the height of action, much to my dismay. From the very beginning, Clash of Eagles consists of the smaller cuss words and not very frequent, but the intensity of the cursing quickly escalated as the book went on, eventually using all cursing.

The gore and action is decently high, containing vivid scenes of maiming as well as killing in the war scenes. There is an unnecessary sex scene, that though it is not overly detailed, it is still disturbing.

So it hurts me to give a book that has as much potential as Clash of Eagles does, only 2 out of 5 stars because of all of the unnecessary content. However, the story line, writing, and characters are brilliant and I wanted to mention that again!

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