Audio: The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost @taviagilbert ‏‏@BlackstoneAudio ‏@avonbooks

Posted January 24, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 5 Comments

Audio:  The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost @Jeaniene_Frost @taviagilbert ‏‏@BlackstoneAudio ‏@avonbooksThe Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Broken Destiny #3
Published by Blackstone Audiobooks on July 25, 2017
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Length: 9 hours, 8 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Library
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You can run from your destiny, but you can't hide ...Ivy thought that she and Adrian had conquered their fates. Yet with thousands of innocents still trapped in the demon realms, she's determined to locate the final hallowed weapon and harness its unparalleled power to free them. But the last relic nearly put Ivy in the grave--there's probably no coming back from this one.

Adrian's dark lineage has made him the most powerful of his kind, yet even his incredible abilities might not be enough now. Instead, the treacherous fate he has fought so hard to escape might be the only way he can save Ivy. Their scintillating bond has been tested before, but never with so much on the line. Now fate will come head-to-head against true love, and nothing they've endured can prepare Ivy and Adrian for the unthinkable choices they'll face


I listened to The Beautiful Ashes as a “reread” right before getting The Sweetest Burn.  I was able to get both in digital audio from the library. Now I was also able to finish the trilogy with The Brightest Embers, getting the audio at the library.

Ivy is a new adult. Somehow I expected her to be less whiny and at least, learn and grow throughout the series. I was excited to think she would build a team and they would work together to find the artifacts, while she and Adrian furthered their relationship as they worked together to save the world.  Both Ivy and Adrian progress somewhat but I still found them to be rather childish and annoying.  Their relationship continues with its ups, downs and protect each other through lies or omission behavior.

The other characters, Zach, Jasmine, and Kosta are barely developed. They revolve around Ivy and Adrian with limited impact. We do get the story about Ivy’s mother and how she came to leave Ivy.

Tavia Gilbert is Ivy’s voice to me. She felt right and comfortable in this role.  I’m still uncertain about Adrian’s sort of Russian accent but I’m used to the voice for it now. The others were good, even with the limited amount they were in the story.

The search and save the world part of the plot took the scenic route, but with more of a map this time. Ivy shows more courage and determination in this round, in addition to her passion for the oppressed. Overall, I just couldn’t connect enough to these characters.  Except Brutus, I love Brutus. I am glad to know this trilogy; I love this author, but I prefer some of her other series.


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About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert (SAG-AFTRA) is an award-winning narrator with more than 150 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs.

Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.

Tavia is also a producer with nine years experience. After moving to Portland, Maine in 2001, she studied audio documentary production at the Salt Institute. With 11 years of paralegal experience, Tavia has a clear understanding and appreciation for the business side of her world, including contractual language and legal strategy. Her creative eye, vivid personality, and experience and contacts help her cast the highest caliber of artists, including actors, musicians, videographers, and other talent. Her clients hire her again and again, recognizing her exceptional work and the advantage they have in someone with both a creative and business mind.

About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. Her works include the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series, the Broken Destiny series, and the new Night Rebel series. Jeaniene’s novels have also appeared on the Publishers Weekly, Wall Street Journal, ABA Indiebound, and international bestseller lists. Foreign rights for Jeaniene’s novels have sold to twenty different countries.

Jeaniene lives in Maryland with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. In addition to being a writer, Jeaniene also enjoys reading, writing, poetry, watching movies, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2018 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2018 Library-Love Challenge
  • COYER Winter Switch

Posted January 24, 2018 by Anne - Books of My Heart in Book Review / 5 Comments

5 responses to “Audio: The Brightest Embers by Jeaniene Frost

  1. Jen

    I listened to all of the Night Huntress Universe titles and I enjoyed Tavia Gilbert’s narration for the most part – it definitely grew on me over the course of a dozen (plus?) books. However, I realized that I don’t love the stories – especially the Vlad spinoff books, so I stayed away from this series. Nice review.

    • I loved the Night Huntress series SO much. It was one of the very first urban fantasy series I ever read. I own it in paperback and then added it in ebook. I have the Vlad books on audio and ebook but have not yet read or listened to them. And I loved Vlad in the Night Huntress series. I’m not sure why I haven’t. You may have made the right choice for your. Thanks Jen!

    • This is more New Adult than Young Adult as they have finished college but they do not always act mature.

  2. Melanie

    I was not a huge fan of this series. I listened to the first two books. I let this release just slip right past me. I’ll probably grab from the library at some point. I’m excited for Ian’s book.