Xe Sands was one of the first narrators that I followed on twitter. I found her through Juliet Blackwell’s Wishcraft series. I just loved how she brought to life the eclectic characters in the story. Then I continued following her because of her #GoingPublic project. She takes books in the public domain and records them just for the pure enjoyment of it. I love when I find out narrators really are readers. There is just something extra those narrators bring to the table: a pure enjoyment of the written word. My favorite from the #GoingPublic offerings is her reading Edger Allan Poe. I admit I relisten to Tell Tale Heart around Halloween every year. She really is just a great narrator and wonderful member of the audiobook community.
Listened/Read for Fun (Library/Physical Book)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.00
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 3.50 (not part of the overall rating)
Read It Rate It Reviews: I have had Beauty Dates the Beast since 2013—I am sad it took me so long to read as it was delightfully funny!
I am getting mushy these last 3 days so be prepared! Today I am counting my blessings because I belong to great bookclubs locally with great online presence: Fresh Fiction and Cover Girls!
I think it is no secret that I am a HUGE fan of Jonathan Maberry. Particularly this year marked the end of Rot & Ruin for me (*sad face* I put off reading the last one till this year) and another V-Wars Compilation (listen on audiobook–trust me). While V-Wars is really edited by Jonathan and written by a pluthera of FANTASTIC authors–I have to admit I probably would have steered clear if his name wasn’t on it. However the V-Wars, after this latest set of stories, is turning into a can’t miss for me. If you are new to Jonathan Maberry then I suggest starting with Dead of Night then Fall of Night which are two of my FAVORITE books by him. They kind of fall into the center of his Joe Ledger and Rot & Ruin series (they are all kind of connected) but will give you a taste of what to expect from him. I love Joe Ledger which is great for Fringe Thriller fans (another series you MUST hit up on audio as Ray Porter knocks it out of the park) and Rot & Ruin which is YA technically but the kids are old souls (brilliantly narrated by Brian Hutchinson). So basically I am saying go read Jonathan Maberry!
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: (ranged) 3.5 to 4.5
Character Rating: (ranged) 3.5 to 4.5
Audio Rating: 4.50 (not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: This is the second set of V-Wars stories that I have listened too and I am fascinated by them. This one particularly delved into the different types of “V’s” and that appealed to the history lover in me (great cultural and ethnic tie-ins).