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Audiobook Reviews #6: Impulse & Rebel Spring

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Sometimes you don’t wake up. But if you happen to, you know things will never be the same.

Three lives, three different paths to the same destination: Aspen Springs, a psychiatric hospital for those who have attempted the ultimate act — suicide.

Vanessa is beautiful and smart, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade.

Tony, after suffering a painful childhood, can only find peace through pills.

And Conner, outwardly, has the perfect life. But dig a little deeper and find a boy who is in constant battle with his parents, his life, himself.

In one instant each of these young people decided enough was enough. They grabbed the blade, the bottle, the gun — and tried to end it all. Now they have a second chance, and just maybe, with each other’s help, they can find their way to a better life — but only if they’re strong and can fight the demons that brought them here in the first place.

3/5

I’ve listened to quite a few audiobooks at this point, but this was by far the hardest one to follow. For the first half of the book, I barely knew who was talking between the two boys, because though there were different actors reading the parts, they sounded almost exactly the same. I figured it out eventually, but it was frustrating to start.

Hopkins tortures these kids throughout the books. Like, holy macaroni, Murphy’s law is strong with these ones. Everything goes wrong for them, and they have to fight to get anywhere. Which was fine, but it honestly got to the point where it wasn’t surprising when Hopkins tried to throw us for a loop. It’s was more just like ‘well, of course that happened, logical next step’. I think it would have been a more effective story if we’d been given some good moments or a bit of hope throughout the story.

All in all, not my favourite Hopkins book. It’s a good story, and the characters are interesting, but a bit too much for my tastes.

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The road to power… is paved with blood and magic.

Cleo is now a prisoner in her own palace, forced to be an ambassador for Mytica as the evil King Gaius lies to her people.
Magnus stands to eventually inherit the new kingdom but is still obsessed with his feelings for his adopted sister, Lucia.
Lucia is haunted by the outcome of the breathtaking display of magic that allowed her father to capture the kingdoms.
Jonas watched at the palace gates a troop of rebels behind him, waiting for him to tell them how he plans to overtake King Gaius.

After a bloody siege, Auranos has been defeated, its young queen orphaned and dethroned. The three kingdoms—Auranos, Limeros, and Paelsia—are now unwillingly united as one country called Mytica. But the allure of ancient, dangerous magic beckons still, and with it the chance to rule not just Mytica, but the whole world over…

At the heart of the fray are four brave young people grappling for that magic and the power it promises. For Cleo, the magic would enable her to reclaim her royal seat. In Jonas’s hands, it frees his nation, and in Lucia’s, it fulfills the ancient prophecy of her destiny. And if the magic were Magnus’s, he would finally prove his worth in the eyes of his cruel and scheming father, King Gaius, who rules Mytica with a punishing hand.

When Gaius begins to build a road into the Forbidden Mountains to physically link all of Mytica, he sparks a long-smoking fire in the hearts of the people that will forever change the face of this land. For Gaius’s road is paved with blood, and its construction will have cosmic consequences.

4/5

This book is completely insane. Every time you turn around, someone else is dying or someone is being smacked around by magic or someone is talking to someone who has some sort of crazy ulterior motive. The book takes off at a run and only speeds up from there, moving so quickly that you have to keep on it or you’ll fall behind and be completely lost.

Once again, this book does feel like it’s trying to be Game of Thrones without actually being Game of Thrones. But it is a great read, and a fun book to follow, if you can get past that particular point. The characters are a bit easier to follow thing time around, which was really nice, and we got a bit more of a concentrated look at all the different characters and places, which helped fill in the gap that the previous book had left behind.

Rhodes are a real talent for telling stories. Despite the lack of development I’ve found through these books, she keeps you hooked into the story and caring about the characters and what they’re going through. She’d written this series incredibly well, and with just a bit more development, I honestly think it could be the next Game of Thrones, just for a younger audience.

All in all, I enjoyed listening to Rebel Spring as I drove, and will likely see if I can pick up the next book as well.

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