Callie is a middle-class, Midwest American girl. And a wizard in training. She works for Roland, a member of the Vatican Shepherds – an elite group of twelve warrior priests who travel the world smiting whatever offends them or their Good Lord.
One problem. Callie isn’t a huge fan of churches… Not even a mino...more
A great new find to add to my series to follow list. A tough female protagonist with some good side kicks. There were, unfortunately, a couple of plot scenarios that the reader can see coming, but it is a rare occurance with any novel where there is a true twist so I can't say that this is a surprise.
I'm desperately waiting for book 2 and keeping an eye open for any fresh work from this author.
If you want an urban-fantasy that has a lot of action and excitement then Unchained is a great book for you to read. Unchained is about Callie and her friend, Claire. They work together to stop the end of the world as we know it. Callie is a fierce wizard with white hair. Callie uses mainly magical rods, but also uses fireballs and staves. When contrasting Callie and Nate Temple, the main character of the authors previous series, you could say that Callie is more self reliant, ...more
The premise is good: wounded little girl rescued from a vicious attack, but no details. Who attacked her, why when, etc. So now she's caught in extreme PTSD to the point of being helpless under stress. Again, no details: was she treated? Anyway, as far as I read it; it was like that. Constantly, irritatingly vague. Silvers seemed more interested in pacing than in creating a good story.
Nicole Poole provides us with some impressive audio narration. Her voices are varied, distinct, and well crafted. Her male voices are almost as good as the female ones are. Her vocal inflections are top notch, and her tempo shifts throughout are virtually perfect.
Also it was kind of obvious what Jonathon was, and I think the ending was too rushed. There was a lot of new info at once and it was hard to digest. I'm sure it goes into more detail in the next book though! Overall a great start to a new s ...more
I’m going to tell it as it happened.
Reading progress update: I’ve read 9%.
I’m gonna ignore my cranky old guy.
You know when you open a. graphic novel painted by an artist you like, one with a familiar style and a favourite palette and although the novel is abo ...more
This arthur has what it take to keep the reader reading so many other worldly creatures you name it this arthur brings them all to life in both series, i really enjoyed Callie and her story strong willed sassy but not overconfident gets as many knock as wins this book was none stop page turner of action i found myself laughing o ...more
Bodice ripping, insecure madden tale. No romance. No partnerbuilding.
What this could be-
Adventure heroine with ass kicking abilities just trying to do the best she can in a shit world (potential).
The friendships are what really make this story special. There are good examples of father/daughter relationships, male/female friendships, and soul sisters. For the ships and the great fight scenes, I give this a 4 star rating. It was an enjoyable read.
As always.... Good reading my ...more
I adore finding an author I have never read with an extensive backlist! I saw this book in my recommendations, took a bite and found a new writer to fill my queue. The writing is smooth and the characters intriguing, and even though this novel features faces seen in other book’s, this one can be read without previous experience (like me!) I’m going back now to see Nate’s beginnings, of I can hold off on Callie’s story, that is.
- Smoothly written.
- UF perfection.
- The meta plot is ob ...more
There were of course some things that annoyed me but I got past them.
I love how the heroine is growing with each chapter and how she interacts with her friends.
I will definitely continue with this series.
I enjoyed the book and the strong female lead. My only complaint is I still have questions on some aspects that were not explained. So maybe this just means I need to read book two? The narrator is great and embodies the character in her voice well.
They have information that a piece of the artifact they want will be up for bid at an auction open only to the very wealthy. Roland sends Callie, and she invites her best friend, Cl ...more
I've been looking for new authors in UFF and SF, and was fed this book via the usual Amazon teaser ads. The carefully crafted blurbs got me interested (yes, I'm a sucker for many of these stories), and having grown up in the town the setting takes place was a big hook. So I bit. About 1/3 of the way through the book I realized two things: One, there's zero depth a ...more
I'll be honest, I couldn't finish this. After all the great reviews, I had high hopes and expected decent writing and strong female lead. I'm not exactly sure what Silvers was trying to accomplish, but female characters are not his forte unless you're looking for inexplicable irrationality, weakness, and jealously. The plot was drab and predictable. The writing horrendous and repetitive.... We're taking the same point, explained multiple times, on the same page over and over again. I made it ...more
I'm not sure exactly what I said what I was expecting but I was really impressed with this first book of the series. Totally fun read that caught my interest early and now I can hardly wait to read the rest of the series . Read read read ! You won't regret buying this book !
But kinda in a hilarious way?
Not that the book in itself was funny. It tried really hard and failed at that. All the supposed whitty banter just felt forced and made me cringe. But it tried so hard.
This also went hand in hand with the general writing style, which was... not good. The author had a tendency of repeating the same word multiple times in one sentence, as if the reader di ...more
Some might call it unprofessional but I really love to hear the narrator smiling when reading funny paragraphs. Especially in the beginning, you can hear that she is really into the story herself.
She is not that good at doing many different distinct and recognizable voices but the genuine enjoyment makes it all up and engaged me much deeper than much more famous and professional ...more
Super entertaining, super realistic, and I'm super grateful it wasn't laced with ridiculous and unrealistic romance on every page. The book focuses on a bad ass female heroine that's forced into finding and owning her identity (magic!!) with only a small hint of her story focusing on her romantic life. Reading this as a woman (idk, maybe guys understand or read it differently), it was weird and gave off a slightly immature and perverted vibe when "b ...more
Narrated by Nicole Poole
Unchained is interesting in some parts and lacking essential details in others. Because the parts of the story that would make it unique are actually the vague parts, then your left thinking how much better this would have been if you knew what the heck was going on.
The main character works a long side a Holy Knight and has some unexplainable magical powers. There are hints that character has a secret past that is been hidden hidden from both the world a ...more
Now, let's talk about this specimen of a man named Shayne...
Shayne Silvers writes the "Nate Temple Series" which features a foul-mouthed, flawed, young wizard with a chip on his shoulder attempting to protec ...more