Audiobook Review: Candy Man by Amy Lane

Candy Man (Candy Man #1)

 

Adam Macias has been thrown a few curve balls in his life, but losing his VA grant because his car broke down and he missed a class was the one that struck him out. One relative away from homelessness, he’s taking the bus to Sacramento, where his cousin has offered a house-sitting job and a new start. He has one goal, and that’s to get his life back on track. Friends, pets, lovers? Need not apply.

Finn Stewart takes one look at Adam as he’s applying to Candy Heaven and decides he’s much too fascinating to leave alone. Finn is bright and shiny—and has never been hurt. Adam is wary of his attention from the very beginning—Finn is dangerous to every sort of peace Adam is forging, and Adam may just be too damaged to let him in at all.

But Finn is tenacious, and Adam’s new boss, Darrin, doesn’t take bullshit for an answer. Adam is going to have to ask himself which is harder—letting Finn in or living without him? With the holidays approaching it seems like an easy question, but Adam knows from experience that life is seldom simple, and the world seldom cooperates with hope, faith, or the plans of cats and men.

 

REVIEW

It was lovely. I listen to the audio version. It was my first experience with the author and the narrator and both have been great ones.

Even though I loved both, Adam and Finn. It was Finn how make me like this book so much. He was such a fun character. He gain my heart so fast. Adam was just as good character, a lot more complex, which is something I always like about a main character, but he lack some of the charm Finn had. The complement each other perfectly.

The plot was nice, sometimes a little bittersweet but not something unbearable or too much painful. I had a good time with it. It had the perfect length that I was looking for, not too long but not too short that the plot felt rushed. There was a really good character development and their relationship also felt realistic.

The narrator made a great job. He kept my attention the whole time, which is something I struggle with, when listening to audiobooks. It was easy to notice the change of characters and it was overall very enjoyable.

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Review: The Last Ticket (Murder Games) by O Gränd

The Last Ticket (Murder Games #6)

 

What are you going to do when several people need to die?

Vanessa knows the monthly challenges are coming to an end, but before anyone can call it the quits she’ll launch the End Game.

Derek and Jeremy has a plan of their own, but are there time to go through with it? Neil is going to win, no question about it, all he has to do is to be the quickest, smartest, best player in the group and victory will be his. Joshua has to do something about Vanessa, after the things she said about Mother he has to, but first, he’ll do the monthly challenge.

Five players, four plans, and too many bodies. Who will make it out alive?

Note: This is a 30-minute read

 

REVIEW

 

I loved this one. It was so intriguing to see how it all would end. I do admit that I’m not really convinced by the ending, there’s something about that I just didn’t liked. I did liked how some other events were. Looking back to it was a whole story, this has been fantastic. I have a great time reading it. I loved the dark of it and the emotion that was behind every player when they get the next task. I didn’t liked motived but the whole story was amazing.

Review: Hell Hath No Fury (Murder Games) by O Gränd

Hell Hath No Fury (Murder Games #5)

 

How many women do you have to bury before you’re free to do what you want?

Jeremy Rice is willing to do just about anything not to have to kill anyone this month. He dreads the day the envelope with the challenge will appear in his letterbox. When Derek shows up at his flat, claiming the challenge already has started, Jeremy has little choice but to get his mind in gear.

Vanessa will ruin him unless he completes the challenge, and to be able to, he needs a girl dressed in flashy colours. But where to find one in such short notice?

 

REVIEW

 

As the story keeps going, this is going better and better. They aren’t nice characters, none of them, but I guess if I have to choose one as a favorite, Jeremy it’s very much ahead from the rest of the group for me. I’m really amazed by how interested I am with the story considering I don’t like most of them, but It still have a great plot and that’s enough to keep me going to the next chapter with more interest than before. Since I read the third story, I just can’t stop reading. It’s been so exciting.

Review: A Perfect Murder (Murder Games) by O Gränd

A Perfect Murder (Murder Games #4)

 

What to do when your game pieces aren’t performing as you’d planned?

Vanessa Hope deserves the world, people not realising that drives her mad. When she put together a group of players to act out the murders she wanted to see she thought they’d at least appreciate her brilliance. Turns out they’re bunch of useless men who don’t have a clue how to whip up a perfect murder.

It is like they say, if you want something done well, you have to do it yourself. She’ll show them how a real murder is supposed to be executed, and she’ll do it without littering the ground with stray corpses or getting caught.

 

REVIEW

 

This a very short chapter but It was nice. Not the one that I’d enjoyed the most, maybe it had something to do with the unlikable character who was spotlight here. Even though I didn’t like her, which seem to be a pattern since I’m not loving the characters, I did loved where the plot is going. There’s so many interesting turns that I just can’t stop reading. I’m loving this so much.

Review: Murder in the Morning (Murder Games) by O Gränd

Murder in the Morning (Murder Games Book 3)

 

How much Jack Daniels do you have to drink to get through game night?

Derek Lynch knows he should find another hobby—murdering for points really is something more fitting for younger men. But, he doesn’t have a whole lot going on, and it’s nice to get out now and then.

When this month’s challenge arrives in the letterbox, he realises more than ever that he needs to quit the game. It’s getting too dangerous. Not only are all the players supposed to perform their murders at the same location, but people he knows shows up too.

Note: This is a 20-minute read

 

REVIEW

 

This is getting better and better. I’m loving the characters so far, not that are all likable, not everyone is, but there’s something about getting to know them that is just so fun. It has a great plot, considering not as separate chapters but as a whole thing.

This one has being my favorite yet, not because of their mission, but because of the events close to the end. There were a few things that I didn’t like, mostly one of the character’s reason to participate, but I’m still having a great time with this series, it is amazing. Derek was an ok character, maybe a little nicer than the previous two, but not a great one. I’m still missing a real connection to any of the characters. I think that’s what I need to really get to love this short series.

Review: Santa’s Little Helper (Hubert’s Christmas) by O Gränd

Santa's Little Helper (Hubert's Christmas Episode #4)

 

Hubert doesn’t recognise his elf which is strange since he recruited them. At first, he doesn’t think much about it, but there is something about the way she acts—she seems to know too much. And she reminds him of Dani.

A bit preoccupied with his thoughts as they enter the first house, Hubert doesn’t realise the lack of children until the door is locked. Why would someone want him to be Santa if there aren’t any children? And why are they locking the door?

Note: This is a (short) short story

 

REVIEW

 

I don’t know what’s with this little short stories but this turn of events are just marvelous. I loved this one as well. I’d had such a great time reading about Hubert’s Christmas. I couldn’t imagine how a vampire, Santa Clause and some cute little children would make a good story, but they manage to make a great one. I’m very impressed how it grew on me. I wasn’t liking it at the start but I read the last line with a big smile on me. Great short stories.

Review: The Quest of the Elves (Hubert’s Christmas) by O Gränd

The Quest of the Elves (Hubert's Christmas Episode #3)

 

Hubert has the best of ideas. It’s so brilliant no one will suspect a thing, not even Dani, their human ally. All over Gothenburg families are waiting for Santa to visit—and he will.

With Killian by his side and the air heavy with Christmas cheer he is ready to set the plan in motion. But then Killian goes and screws it all up by flashing his pearly whites to the wrong people. Unless Hubert manages to fix things his Christmas plans will be ruined.

Note: This is a (short) short story

 

REVIEW

 

I might had a rough start with this series, but I keep reading and the perseverance has paid a great price. I loved this one. As I keep reading more, I’m loving more and more this story. Sure, I still don’t like Hubert, and won’t like him ever, but his little partner in crime in fantastic. Killian made me laugh so much at this instalment. I loved him. I had the most interesting twist. It was impossible to see some things coming. I loved how the author surprised me, it was a great read.