Dannika Dark returns to the blog today with the fourth title in the Crossbreed urban fantasy series, narration again provided by Nicole Poole. Please read on for my review of
I wanted to devour this when I first got it – but I put it off to listen to the first three in the series, it helped to build the excitement for the story, AND it’s a far better experience if you have the earlier titles in this series under your belt. Now, in the fourth book, I’ve hit my favorite of the series for many reasons: most of which center on the characters of Christian and Raven, and the new insight into them alone and together. Raven has always been a “roll your sleeves up and get on with it” sort of girl, even when she doesn’t know everything – and to this point, she’s found a niche that works for her, with some help from Christian and the others. At first, her own determination to gain a foothold with Keystone was based almost entirely in vengeance, and that did have a tendency to get her into trouble. Now with some ‘free time’ she’s searching the cases and decides that there is something she wants to explore. There is a vampire trafficking ring, and she’s determined to find the culprit. And then, she becomes the issue – or story, as a half-vampire herself, the snatching and turning of young men and women to later sell for profit, makes her a bit extraneous to the plan……
Oh the tension was palpable in this one: watching Christian direct (and work with) the Keystone crew with all of their different abilities and skills was highlighted in the fast-paced, race against the clock to find Raven and catch the ringleader non-stop action. I did guess a few times that THIS would be the moment when all is sorted, only to find another twist, another threat and more danger – I was on the edge of my seat, jumpy and anxious. Probably not as worried or nervous as Raven though, as there were revelations and stories –stories, history and feelings that I hoped would bring she and Christian closer, ONCE HE FOUND HER.
Nicole Poole narrates the story, as she’s done for them all – and her ability to bring listeners in as she becomes Raven, managing to incorporate her moments of doubt with a truly kick-ass determination and skills that have been hard won, a fact she doesn’t always take pride in like she should. Again all of her characters were easily distinguished, and the combination of tone, delivery and pacing allowed for instant recognition as good, bad, victim or culprit –or even a mix of all of those. Fast paced, she never lost the ability to present new and tense moments without over-reaching to caricature or cartoon-like exclamations, and the time just flew by. Yep – a favorite series for sure, and one that if you like complex Urban Fantasy with worlds that are just a bit different from everything else, yet still manage to feel familiar – this is the series for you.
Stars: 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Author: Dannika Dark
Series: Crossbreed #4
Also in this series: Keystone, Ravenheart, Deathtrap, Nevermore
Genre: Romantic Elements, Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Nicole Poole
Published by: Self-Published, Tantor Audio
Published on: 20 March, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 12 Hours: 35 minutes
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USA TODAY BESTSELLERRaven Black returns in another heart-pounding installment of the USA Today bestselling Crossbreed series.
Vampire trafficking is a sinister business, and nobody knows that better than Keystone. After Raven discovers hidden clues in a cold case, the group sets a trap in hopes of catching an elusive criminal. But when the plan backfires, Raven’s world is thrown into chaos, and Christian’s loyalty is put to the ultimate test.
Buried secrets come to light, and the only thing keeping Raven grounded is her insatiable thirst for vengeance. The stakes are high as they travel to a place where the landscapes are as treacherous as the immortals who live there. This time, there’s no room for mistakes.
Will Raven have the courage to tame the violence in her heart before it swallows her whole?
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.