Prince of Wolves by Quinn Loftis
Release Date: April 15, 2013 / Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
I think I would've had a slightly different experience had I read Prince of Wolves instead of listened to the audio edition. By that I mean I don't believe I would have finished this book if I had tried reading it. The characters were annoying, and the romance was cheesy. I'm actually surprised I managed to get through the audio. But I have to say it wasn't easy to do even that. I fell asleep many times out of boredom and had to force myself to keep going. The only reason I continued to listen was because I was able to tune it out sometimes and still follow what was going on for the most part. It had a fairly predictable storyline, so that must have been why.
The narrator of the story did a pretty good job. Her narrating voice, though, was way better than the voices she used for some characters. Take Fane, for example. His accented voice combined with his cringe-worthy lines had me laughing and gave me second-hand embarrassment. He was a young wolf, but he sounded like an old, creaky Dracula. I thought I would have gotten use to it by the end or that his voice would have gotten better later on... That wasn't the case though. What this whole experience made me realize is that audiobooks just may not be for me.
Relic by Heather Terrell
Release Date: October 29, 2013 / Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
In Relic, Eva decides to go through with the Testing in the place of her recently deceased brother. The Testing is a difficult and deadly ordeal where Testors use their skills and knowledge to find relics from the past in the Artic region. The whole point of it is to determine New North's next Chief Archon and to show the Aerie people how dangerous the world was back then. Sounds like the Testing would be scary and hard, right? With the way Eva flawlessly accomplishes everything, it actually seems like a walk in the park.
For the most part, this book wasn't as engaging as I had hoped. I wanted some heart-stopping action. But it was all pretty mellow. The journey to the Testing site had its moments; however, it went by rather quickly and ended up being anti-climatic. The actual Testing was the same way too. And I didn't find the whole thing with Eva and Elizabet to be interesting at all. The revelations near the end weren't surprising either, and Eva's situation with love interests Lukas and Jasper felt like the same old, same old.
While Relic may not have held my interest, it was an okay read that I was able to easily get through.