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Monday, September 17, 2012

Rift by Andrea Cremer: Book & Audiobook Review

AUDIOBOOK
Rift: A Nightshade Novel
UNABRIDGED
By Andrea Cremer
Narrated by Sile Bermingham
Series: Nightshade (Cremer), Book 0.5
Publisher:  Listening Library
Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
Release Date:08-07-12
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Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!

Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.

With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.
At a Glance:

Rift was amazing detailed, fantastically written, and full of action, adventure and romance.  I loved it even more than the Nightshade series!

The Audio:

This audiobook was awesome!  I absolutely loved the reader, Sile Bermingham, who, fake or real...I don't know, had a Scottish accent that totally sucked me into the book, the time, and setting.  I can't even imagine not having her read this book to me.  I think if I had read the book myself, I would have lost a lot of the feel, since I don't read with a Scottish accent.  She had many different tones, for the many different characters in the book, and I always knew who was speaking.  She read with feeling and intensity, and I just loved it!  Listen to a sample here.

A Prequel.....

Yes, this book is a prequel to the Nightshade series, however, you do NOT have to have read Nightshade to read this book.  In fact, I often forgot that this book had anything to do with that series, as it was so different in feel and subject.  It wasn't until the end that I was reminded, but even then, you would not be lost.  It would be like starting at the beginning of the story instead of the middle.  Just jump in now!  Those who have read the Nightshade series will love getting a glimpse into this world, and seeing just how the different groups came into being.  I can't wait to find out more!

So Much Setting:

One thing that I loved so much, which the audiobook really helped bring to life, was the setting of the book.  I felt like I was there, and I love this time period.  It was written with detail without being boring, and was described richly without being wordy.  I just really liked it.

Dueling Viewpoints:

Something I really liked, which I hadn't really seen before, was the duel viewpoint from the heroine and the developing "villain."  It was so interesting to read from both of these points of view.  I love it when a villain is fully developed, and we get insight into why she has become what she's become.  I also really loved Ember.  I have to say, I liked Rift more than I liked Nightshade, and I think the reason is Ember.  I just could never connect with Calla, but I love Ember.  She reminded me so much of Merida from Disney Pixar's BRAVE.  She was feisty, and determined, and just full of life, and I can't wait to see where her life goes from here.

Sigh...Romance:

Yes.  This is one of my FAVORITE types of romances.  If you read Grave Mercy, you'll know what I'm talking about.  The slow build.  The tension.  The uncertainty.  The mutual respect.  The mutual misunderstandings.  The complete and utter satisfaction when it all comes together.  LOVE. 

Book Doppelgangers:

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Content:
  • Profanity:  Minor
  • Sexual Content:  Moderate
  • Violence: Heavy
  • Other Notables:  Sorcery, Mythical Creatures

45 comments:

  1. I haven't listened to too many audio books, but the Scottish accent does sound yummy!! I'm wanting to get the book copy of Rift, but I think my sister (who frequently travels and LOVES her audio books) would really enjoy this for Christmas :)

    Ps - It's not TOO soon to start Christmas planning lol

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    1. YAY!! I hope she loves it! You should definitely give it a try too. You may find a new love! :D

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    2. LOL Yes, hopefully she'll share the audio ;D

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  2. UGH I'm so mad that I haven't found the time to read this yet. I loved the Nightshade series it is perfect for older more mature YA readers and I love those stories. The fact that you seemed to love the characters in this series more than the Nightshade series is amazing. Now I wish I would have read this when I got an arc from ALA instead of having it sit on my shelf and stare at me for the past two months.

    Thanks for the amazing review and I'm going to have to get this on audio since I drive so much now back and forth to a college campus that is further away than my old college campus. (I'm sure I'm rambling but you get the point...I hope)
    :)

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    1. Definitely get the audio! It's so fantastic! You'll have to let me know what you thought of the reader! :D Hope you love it too!

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  3. I haven't read Rift yet but I want to read and thanks for review, this make we want to read

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  4. Sounds rather interesting. I'm going to have to look into this book and the Nightshade series.

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  5. Great series but I like that you said it's not necessary to have read the rest of it. I've been trying to get more audio books too so this sounds like a great one to try. Thanks for the offer!

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  6. Great review! I'm dying to read this! I loved Grave Mercy and Shadow and Bone so this sounds like something I'd enjoy.

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  7. At first I didn't think I would read this book because I disliked Nightshade a lot but after reading so many raving reviews I think I'm going to give it a chance. Great review!

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  8. I haven't read the series yet,so its good to know you don't need to read those to read this.Great review.

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  9. I love audio books and wish my library had this in audio version. I can't wait to read this. I love this series.

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  10. I really want to read this, because it sounds absolutely amazing. And thanks to your review, I am even more excited! :)
    Thanks! Hanka Trskova

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  11. Lovely review! I haven't had a chance to listen an audiobook before! I'm really looking forward to read Rift soon!

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  12. sounds good, I do not listen to audio books, I need to read them myself, I absorb it better, and feel like in the book, if i listen, I start to tune it out, and feel the itch to pick up a book, just the way my brain is wired,I just can't pay attention to anything much I listen too, lol
    Glad you liked it, sounds like a book I would enjoy reading. Great review.

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  13. The book sounds amazing. I don't know whether I should read this one first (since it's a prequel) instead of Nightshade, which is on my wishlist for quite a long time now.

    Hope to read it soon :)

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  14. It's on my list! I love prequels and the insight it offers. Geat review!

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  15. I don't listen to audio books, but clearly this one seems interesting :) I love the fact that this prequel is one of it's own and that it's not entirely tied into the Nightshade series. I absolutely loved Nightshade series, and when I saw Rift in Chapters, I knew I had to read it straight away! Sound amazing and I cannot wait to read it! :)

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  16. I like the sound of the especially since it has action, adventure and romance.

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  17. OMG THIS SOUNDS AMAZING! I loved the Nightshade trilogy, and I can't wait to read this!

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  18. I'm very interested in reading this book, it sounds like one I would really enjoy. My daughter and I share books and I think she would enjoy it too.

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  19. I haven't read the Nightshade Trilogy yet and am wondering if I should read Rift first since it's the prequel? I always think the books should be read in the order they were written which means Nightshade first.

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    1. I asked Andrea, and she said you can start with either series and it's fine! I thought that was the case, but wanted to check and make sure there weren't going to be any spoilers in book 2. :D

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  20. This book sounds amazing! I love Andrea Cremer and was super excited when I first heard about this book. I generally don't listen to audiobooks, but you've convinced me to check this one out. I appreciate when the narrator enhances the story instead of just telling the story.

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  21. Really enjoyed the first 3. So glad she continued this story in a way. Really looking forward to reading this!

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  22. I can't wait to read this book and listening to it while I clean would be even better.
    tinyauthor at yahoo dot com

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  23. I loved the idea of a duel narrative. It reminds me of the Body Finder how we got to see inside the mind of the killer as well as the heroin.

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  24. Wow, this book sounds really good. I haven't read the Nightshade series yet. But I am really curious now. Thanks for sharing. I am thinking of getting the audio version to it.

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  25. It's good to know that this is a great audio. I have been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately and always looking for good ones. I loved the Nightshade series and have been wanting to read Rift. I think I might go with audio for this one!!

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  26. I like the idea of the dual viewpoint, especially since one of them is the villain. I've never tried an audiobook, not sure that I'd enjoy having someone else interpret the characters for me but maybe I should give it a shot. I might like it. Thanks for the review.

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  27. I love audio books and since I haven't read the Nightshade series yet this is great for me!

    Glad to know you loved it!
    Thanks so much!

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  28. Thank you for a great review. I am dying to read this one!

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  29. i have trouble focusing when listening to audio books. great review i cant wait to read this book

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  30. Thank you for the great review! This book sounds amazing and I can't wait to read it.

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  31. Thank you for the review so much! I still have to read Bloodrose in the trilogy but this honestly sounds great!
    BTW, I followed Novel Thoughts and entered the giveaway!

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  32. Oh, its a shame my english is not perfect and I get kinda lost with audiobooks, this one seems great!
    I hope that even though the book is not that much like the Nightshade series, it will be as good :D
    Omg, the book is from the villain's POV? That sounds really interesting o_o And the slow romance is another thing I like.
    Its definetly going up in my wishlist!
    Penny Pe

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  33. Ok so the Nightshade series is amazing! I fell in love with this series immediately and when I heard Andrea Cremer was doing this book I almost fainted (not literally but you understand). I honestly did not want this series to end and it just made my heart sing to know there would be more. Thank you Andrea and thank you guys for the giveaway.
    wendyrailey@yahoo.com

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  34. Would love to win a copy of Rift for our students. Sounds like a great book!

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  35. This sounds so good. I Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  36. I feel like I have to read this book because I only keep hearing great things about it and the Nightshade series (ashamed to admit I haven't read it yet...but I will!). Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  37. I love audiobooks when the person doing the narrator does an awesome job! I've had a few that just didn't sound right, or their voice got on my nerves after a bit, but this one sounds like a winner! I love a good Scottish accent, don't you? As much as I want to read this book, I now want even more to listen to the audiobook! Thanks for the awesome review:)

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  38. I just realized that it is prequel of Nightshade series. I haven't started it yet but I have heard so many good things about it and I am very curious.
    I loved your review!

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  39. I love the idea that I don't need to read the Nightshade series first to enjoy this! Thanks for sharing your review. It was very helpful.

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