April 25, 2014

Audiobook Review: Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy

Audiobook Review: Born in Blood by Alexandra IvySource: Audiobook Purchase, NetGalley EBook Review

Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy
Publisher: Zebra Books
Format: Audiobook
Genre: PNR, Romance
Number of Pages: 352
Narrator: Jim Frangione
Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
Series: The Sentinels #1
Read: 2014

Links to: Goodreads, Library Thing , and Author Website

Reading Challenges: 2014 Seriously Series
In a stunning new paranormal romance series—even edgier than her bestselling Guardians of Eternity books—New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Ivy lures readers into the dark, seductive world of the Sentinels—humans outcast by their hidden abilities, treading the line between life and death, good and evil, pleasure and pain…

Born In Blood

Sergeant Duncan O’Conner has seen it all before. A beautiful erotic dancer is found murdered in her home—no suspect, no motive. But there’s one clue: she’s missing her heart. It’s enough to make the hard-bitten Kansas City cop enlist the help of a necro—one of the dead-channeling freaks who live in the domed city of nearby Valhalla. It’s a long shot, but desperate crimes call for desperate measures.

Unlike the other “high-bloods” in Valhalla, Callie Brown considers her abilities a gift, not a curse. But when she reads the dancer’s final thoughts, she senses a powerful presence blocking her vision. This is no ordinary homicide. This is the work of a legendary necromancer who controls souls. A ravenous force that will put Callie’s skills to the test, O’Conner’s career at risk, and both their hearts on the line…literally.


Listened for Fun/Read for Review (Audible/NetGalley)
Overall Rating: 4.00
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 3.75

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not Part of the Overall Rating)

First Thoughts when Finished: Born in Blood was my first time reading Alexandra Ivy and it won’t be my last.

Story Thoughts: Incredible world building and an interesting mystery. I was really impressed by how much I enjoyed the case at the center of Born in Blood. It was well though out, executed well, and had me hooked from beginning to end. I wasn’t really invested in the romance part of the story though. I think that had more to do with the characters than the story though.

Character Thoughts: I am going to admit it took awhile for me to warm up to both Duncan and Callie. I didn’t dislike them but they didn’t make me want to root for them either. About 3/4 of the way through the book though I began to really start liking them. I did like the side characters though and can’t wait for the BF/Guardian story. That is a couple that I am already rooting for! :)

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Jim Frangione / Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins

Jim’s voice is sex on a stick! I love his male voices and his pacing is wonderful. It always takes me a minute to warm up to his female voices but once I do they flow really good too.

Final Thoughts: I am looking forward to book 2!


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Felicia S

Felicia S

Felicia is just your average gal from Texas that loves Audiobooks with a passion! She can wine them, dine them, and love them forever. Her favorite genres: Cozy Mysteries, Thrillers, Romance of all kinds, Zombies, Urban Fantasy, and the occasional Historical Fiction. You may also find her reading on her kindle when a book hasn't been released in audio form yet! In her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children named after book characters: Tonks a beautiful Lab/Pyr mix (Farm Rescue), Lizzie a beautiful cattle dog mix (Pound Pup), and Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix (Pound Pup). She also spends times with friends, family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.

In her non-reading time you can find her hanging with her rescue furr children both named after book characters: Tonks a beautiful Lab/Pyr mix and Cinder a beautiful Shep/Pitt mix.She also spends times with friends, family, attending conventions, watching movies/tv shows, rooting for the 49rs, and crocheting.

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14 Responses to Audiobook Review: Born in Blood by Alexandra Ivy

  1. Berls

    I’m reading a book narrated by Jim right now and I have to say I agree with you 100% on his narration. His male voices: sexy as hell. Female voices: seriously have to adjust because he’s a but off. I did though and it’s fine.
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  2. Yay! Glad you like Alexandra’s work. I’ve read all her Guardians of Eternity series and the Bayou Heat books she’s done with Laura Wright. They’re both good and offer something different.

    I have a feeling the BF/Guardian story is going to be explosive. At least that’s what I’m hoping for :-D

  3. Sex on a stick? LOL! I’ve been wanting to read this author, but haven’t just yet. Looks like I need to try it on audio. I mean… Sex on a stick! :D
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  4. Heidi says:

    “Jim’s voice is sex on a stick.” Now I a want to listen to this for that reason!
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  5. Jenny

    Too bad the romance wasn’t as strong as it could have been Felicia, but it sounds like the mystery element made up for it. And I love that you’re already looking forward to a future couple, that’s one of my favorite parts of reading a series. Meeting people in one book and then counting the days until it’s finally time for their story:)
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  6. Aurian

    I have this one on my wishlist, and her other series on my TBR. One day Felicia … but what would be do without a milelong TBR?
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  7. I have this one sitting on the iPad via Netgalley. I need to read it soon like all the other NG books.
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  8. blodeuedd says:

    It feels like I have read this before…eh, must just be sleepy
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