Reviews by Amanda G.
Nalia is a shy princess, more content with reading and exploring her father’s castle than making grand appearances. In every way she has been raised up to be a fine leader of her country one day as the sole heir. However, that all changes when her parents reveal that she is actually a decoy for the real princess. The real Nalia with a cursed prophecy on her head and was hidden away till after her 16th birthday. Now, the false princess is Sinda and she is sent to her only relative and her princess education is useless to her now. However, magic is afoot and the plot thickens as Sinda returns to the capitol. The voice actress for this audiobook speaks with a reserved and proper voice for Nalia/Sinda and easily brings other characters to life as she manipulates her voice.
“The narrator awakes in an unfamiliar room. She discovers that next to her is a strange, older man with graying hair and back hair. She cringes and looking around realizes that she must have left the bar with a married man. Out into the hallway she creeps onward to the bathroom. Then she reaches for the bar of soap and notices that something is amiss – the skin on her hand is wrinkled. This can’t be! She’s only in her early twenties! Christine Lucas suffers amnesia brought on by an accident. Each day she wakes up with no recollection of the previous day or of the past 20 some years. Christine’s life is seemingly straightforward with her mind erasing what she does each day. However, as Christine works with a doctor behind her devoted and doting husband’s back, she realizes that it is her husband she should be wary of. He’s lying to her – but to cover up what?”
“Meet Haven. She’s seventeen and lives with her controlling religious grandmother in a small town in Tennessee. She’s a social outcast because she has visions of her past lives. After being publically declared as being possessed by the Devil, Haven decides to run away to New York City. There she hopes to meet Ethan, her soul-mate from her past life visions. However, meeting Ethan in this new life as Iain does not necessarily mean happy ever after for this southern girl. Miller’s book is a page turner that breathes life into the mannerism and culture of small town America. Haven is just eccentric enough to keep her likable. However, the current YA trend of possessive and controlling teenage boys is overwrought no matter how destined the lovers are for each other.
“The author was a midwife in the Docklands in post-WWII London. She blends facts about the history of midwifery and medicine alongside her first hand observations of prenatal care amongst the Docklands tenants. Each chapter is either a slice of life about the nuns and midwives of the hospital or delves into the private homes of the nearby residents. Each character is drawn to breathing life whether they are the mother of seven children or the little boy who grew up to be a bodyguard of Princess Diana.”
”I enjoy books with strong heroines who make difficult choices to support their goal. I was unable to put this book down and sped through it in three days. Seraphina is a sixteen year old assistant to the court musician. She unwillingly is forced to leave her desired anonymity behind and gets dragged into courtly intrigue, politics, and trying to solve a royal murder, all while trying to protect her secret. For her secret will surely have her killed not only by humans, but by dragons. As the supreme general dragon arrives to mark the 40th anniversary of the peace treaty between themselves and the humans, Seraphina is forced to get involved. The longest night is coming, can she and the royal family survive the night?”