Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Audiobook Review - The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost @BlackstoneAudio

The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost
Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Broken Destiny #3
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication Date: November 28, 2017
Date Read: December 28, 2017
Length: 9 hours 8 minutes
Source: Publisher via Audiobook Jukebox
★★★☆☆
You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide....

Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she's determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave - there's probably no coming back from this one.

Adrian's dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their scintillating bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they've endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they'll face.
My Review

My feelings are a little mixed on this book.  I liked it but it didn't wow me in any way.  This is the third book in the Broken Destiny series which really does need to be read in order since each book builds on the events of the previous installments.  I thought that this book brought the series to a satisfactory conclusion and was a fairly quick listen.

Ivy and Adrian continue their quest for the hallowed weapons that they began at the start of the series.  They need to find the spear before anyone else can get their hands on it.  The problem is that should Ivy decide to use the item it will most likely kill her.  Ivy wants to do what is right and Adrian wants to protect Ivy.  Can they both achieve their goals?

Ivy got on my nerves in this installment a little more than I remember from previous books.  At times, it seemed that she was just trying to create drama.  In the last installment, Adrian and Ivy were in a good place in their relationship but of course that can't last.  It just seemed like unnecessary drama to me.  She also had such a hard time figuring out something that was painfully obvious to me that I had begun to doubt her intelligence.  She didn't drive me crazy throughout the whole book.  There were times that she seemed really strong and willing to sacrifice herself for the greater good.  It is just that when she annoyed me in this books she really annoyed me.

I thought that this book did some things really well.  There were a few surprising revelations that I did not see coming.  I really enjoyed the scenes with Brutus in the book.  He became my favorite character in the series because of a few of the scenes in this book.  I did feel that the ending of this story was a bit rushed and would have liked to see just a bit more to really help wrap the series up. 

Tavia Gilbert did a great job with the narration in this book.  She handles a variety of characters very well along with a wide range of emotions.  Her voice was very pleasant to listen to and I found myself able to stay focused on the story for hours at a time.  I would not hesitate to recommend her narration.

In the end, I thought this was a decent trilogy and I am glad that I read it.  I do prefer Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series but found this trilogy to be interesting and unique.  I look forward to reading more from this talented author.

I received a review copy of this audiobook from Blackstone Audio, Inc. via Audiobook Jukebox.
Broken Destiny Series
Book #1 -  The Beautiful Ashes - My Review
Book #2 - The Sweetest Burn - My Review
Book #3 - The Brightest Embers
About the Author

Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author whose works include the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, and the Broken Destiny series.  To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her. Jeaniene is represented by Nancy Yost at Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

25 comments:

  1. Too bad this book didn't wow you . . . I still have to try this trilogy, I'm afraid I'm quite behind with this author's books, I only read one in her Night Huntress series :( However, I truly enjoyed that one, so I plan on reading more!

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    1. I plan to re-read more of the Night Huntress series this year. Such a good group of books :)

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  2. well.. my question is why the guy can't be bothered to put on a shirt? Like... what is he doing?

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    1. He's busy finding hallowed weapons. He has no time for such frivolities as a shirt :)

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    2. Maybe we should all chip in and buy him a shirt?

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  3. Oh I get your issues with the heroine. It always annoys me when a heroine creates unnecessary drama. The one that leads her to be kidnapped or etc. haha.. anyway, it sounds Unitas you said. I hope you enjoy the next books in this series. Awesome review, Carole. ❤️😁

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    1. I think that this should be it for this series. I do look forward to more from the author.

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  4. I haven't started this series but I normally like her books.

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    1. This series was good but not nearly as good as The Night Huntress.

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  5. Awe, sorry to hear you had some mixed feelings about this. The trilogy sounds like something I would enjoy. ☺ I'm glad overall you like the trilogy.

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  6. LOL! Sorry, I shouldn't laugh, but the comment about 'when she annoyed me really annoyed me'. Been there.

    I want to read these eventually and I love Tavia Gilbert's narration work so that will be the way I go, for sure. Looking for the spear reminds me of The Librarians which I loved.

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    1. Tavia Gilbert does such a great job with the series.

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  7. I just love Tavia Gilbert, she does such a great job in her narrations. I do get annoyed when the ending is rushed though.

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    1. I do love Tavia Gilbert. I think she reads all of Jeaniene Frost's books.

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  8. I really hate unnecessary drama, with all the issues you've encountered, I'm glad that you were still able to enjoy it Carole :)

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  9. Not sure if I would love this one, but I keep good things about Halfway to the Grave. Same author, right? :)

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    1. It is the same author and I do love the Night Huntress series :)

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  10. I need to get back to her books and read more by her. I am sorry this one wasn't better.

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    1. I hope to re-read more of the Night Huntress series this year. I just love Cat and Bones.

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  11. Glad to hear it was good overall even if some obnoxious moments in this one. I like her other series but just never felt tempted on these for some reason.

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    1. This was a totally different kind of series. I am glad that I read it but it didn't compare to Cat and Bones for me.

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