Libro.FM offered six audiobooks for March and I chose two very highly anticipated releases to download, listen to and review. Both titles were books I was very excited for; the third novel in the brilliant The Brown Sisters series by Talia Hibbert, Act your Age, Eve Brown and Aiden Thomas’s (author of Cemetery Boys) second novel, Lost in the Never Woods.
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Act your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert
Eve Brown is a certified hot mess. No matter how hard she strives to do right, her life always goes horribly wrong—so she’s given up trying. But when her personal brand of chaos ruins an expensive wedding (someone had to liberate those poor doves), her parents draw the line. It’s time for Eve to grow up and prove herself—even though she’s not entirely sure how…
Jacob Wayne is in control. Always. The bed and breakfast owner’s on a mission to dominate the hospitality industry—and he expects nothing less than perfection. So when a purple-haired tornado of a woman turns up out of the blue to interview for his open chef position, he tells her the brutal truth: not a chance in hell. Then she hits him with her car—supposedly by accident. Yeah, right.
Now his arm is broken, his B&B is understaffed, and the dangerously unpredictable Eve is fluttering around, trying to help. Before long, she’s infiltrated his work, his kitchen—and his spare bedroom. Jacob hates everything about it. Or rather, he should. Sunny, chaotic Eve is his natural-born nemesis, but the longer these two enemies spend in close quarters, the more their animosity turns into something else. Like Eve, the heat between them is impossible to ignore—and it’s melting Jacob’s frosty exterior.
Eve Brown stole my heart from the very first chapter of this book, I could relate with Eve so much as the spoilt younger sister trying to prove herself. Eve had a sweet naivety to her that her older sisters did not, she wasn’t independent or confident in herself but she was trying to be. Her attempts at helping to run the B&B were hilarious, Eve could be the funniest of the three sisters, she’s definitely my favourite! I love how slowly her romance with Jacob began, with a focus on friendship and trust. Eve’s self-discovery of being autistic was also incredible to watch unfold, Talia Hibbert’s inclusion of two very different autistic characters will hopefully help quash the typical stereotypes of autism readers might expect to come across. Talia Hibbert creates the most refreshingly real characters, I love them all! Each book in this series has got better and better. I now wish there were twelve Brown sisters, so the series didn’t have to end! The story was narrated perfectly with humour and compassion.
Lost in the Never Woods by Aiden Thomas
It’s been five years since Wendy and her two brothers went missing in the woods, but when the town’s children start to disappear, the questions surrounding her brothers’ mysterious circumstances are brought back into light. Attempting to flee her past, Wendy almost runs over an unconscious boy lying in the middle of the road, and gets pulled into the mystery haunting the town.
Peter, a boy she thought lived only in her stories, claims that if they don’t do something, the missing children will meet the same fate as her brothers. In order to find them and rescue the missing kids, Wendy must confront what’s waiting for her in the woods.
Lost in the Never Woods was one of my very highly anticipated 2021 releases, I hadn’t read a Peter Pan retelling so I was very intrigued to discover which elements of the story Aiden Thomas would be incorporating into this modern day thriller/murder mystery. One of the main themes of the novel was grief, Wendy’s grief over the loss of her brothers and her inability to cope with that grief even years later causing her to block out any memories from the time of their disappearance. I thought it was a brilliantly written story, with the fantastical elements of Peter Pan and Neverland cleverly woven into the plot. The story was perfectly paced and the audiobook was read by one of the best narrators I’ve listened to recently.
A huge thank you to Libro.FM for gifting these audiobooks to me, Firekeeper’s Daughter was my favourite but I’ve definitely discovered even more cherished reads through Libro this month too.
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