Sunday, November 16, 2014

Book Review (Audio): Netherby Halls by Claudy Conn

Netherby Halls
By Claudy Conn

Blurb:
Sassy Winthrop has just turned twenty-one. But instead of being a time of fun, parties, and courting, it has been a time of loss, grief, and transitions. With the death of her beloved father, a kindly country vicar, Sassy is left not only without immediate family, but she must also leave the only home she has ever known to make room for the new vicar. And if that weren’t enough, she is also going through transition as her powers of light magic are completed.

When a friend of her late mother arranges for Sassy to become a tutor at Netherby Halls, a boarding school for genteel orphaned girls, it seems the perfect solution. But as she makes the journey to Netherby she meets the man who has been making love to her in her dreams…the irresistible Marquis of Dartmour. And that is only the beginning.

For finds things at Netherby are not what they seem, and neither is the handsome marquis. Unsure whom to trust, Sassy has to find her way through a maze of evil and magic.

**Note: this is an updated version of an earlier novel written as Claudette Williams. The updated versions of Claudy's Claudette Williams titles are more sexually explicit than the original versions.


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Viviana's Review:

This was an interesting read. A historical with PNR elements. Or is it a PNR set in historical times? Either way, I enjoyed it. 

I liked the interaction between Justin, Marquis of Dartmour and Sassy. Their banter was entertaining and added to the tension that was obvious between them. Some interesting things come to light regarding Justin as the story plays out. Sassy is naive and though it seems like she knows what's going on with her, at the same times, she doesn't really know. This is a tad bit confusing to the reader as one minute she is 100% full aware that things are occurring due to her abilities and she knows what they are and a few pages laters, something else occurs and she's wishing she knew more about her gifts.

I wish the author would have provided her readers with a bit more background information about Sassy's powers. Sassy is a White Witch, but she hardly uses her power throughout the book. There is talk of the powers, but no usage of it in a way that would assist to move the story along. There was this instant "connection" between the Hero and Heroine and the why that is is extremely interesting. I wish the author would have focused more on that and their courtship instead of making the 'mystery' and those causing the issue be more in the forefront.


Narrator Review: I "read" "Netherby Halls" as an audio book and while I enjoyed the story, I had a hard time following as the narrator didn't differentiate between characters or the narration.  This part of the reason I didn't fall in love with the story. I don't need to be entertained by the narrator and have them use different voices for each character, there does need to be some differences in order to be able to follow the story. Also, at times, she narrated without any punctuation marks. There were a few times where she missed a period or comma and it felt/sounded like a run-on sentence.


Overall, it was a quick read/listen and it had an interesting premise.

Rating: 3 Stars - I Liked It. 



Disclaimer: Audio Book provided by author in exchanged for an honest review.




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