Endless Knight Audiobook by Kresley Cole (REVIEWED by Melanie)

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Review of: Endless Knight Audiobook
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On March 18, 2016
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Endless Knight Audiobook

By: Kresley Cole

Narrated by: Emma Galvin

Published by: Simon&Schuster Audio 10/01/2013

Endless Knight Audiobook

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Arcana Chronicles Series # 2

10 hrs and 55 mins

YA Paranormal- Endless Knight Audiobook Genre

Endless Knight Audiobook Sample

Endless Knight Audiobook

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I started this series a little late. I picked up book one last year just before the third book came out. Then several people read it and talked about a cliffhanger at the end of it, so I decided not to get in any kind of hurry to get through this series. I wanted to be caught up about the time book four came out. Well, book four is expected to come out in May (though no title or cover yet, so hmmm??). I thought it was time to start working my way towards that goal.

I’m not a huge fan of YA, but I seem to do better with dystopian YA series. I think it is because they are outside of the school settings. Plus, the teenagers are forced to grow up a little quicker than they would if they were just “normal” teenagers. Could also be that the YAs that I’ve tried have come highly recommended, like this series. Plus, I love Kresley Cole. I listen to both her Immortals After Dark series and her Game Maker series.

If you’re not familiar with this series, it starts off “normal” in book one. Then there is The Flash that changes everything. The climate isn’t the same and plants don’t want to grow. There are now “bagmen” who are like zombies. Lastly, our main character, Evie, has changed. She now has powers. She’s not the only one. There are different “cards”, others players in this game who all represent different tarot cards. Evie is the Empress. They will all have to fight and kill each other until there is one left standing. This isn’t like The Hunger Games, more like The Highlander, “there can be only one”. This “game” has been played several times in the past. Only a few select cards have memory of the past games.

In this story, Evie, has a lot going on. Not only is she still trying to figure out who is friend and who is foe, she also has some romance going on. Jackson Deveaux, a Cajun boy that she’s known she before The Flash. While he is a “normal” he has deemed himself her protector and pushes himself into this game that he really has no part in. Then there is Death, one of the players in the game who does remember the past games. He also has a quite the love/hate relationship with Evie. She has betrayed him in past games. But, she is also the only woman that he can touch without killing.

A lot happens on their journey in this story. This story is also pretty gruesome, especially for a YA story, much darker than either of Kresley Cole’s adult series that I’ve read. Evie and her group have to fight with a group of cannibals and some of the things that these cannibals have done are very much cringe worthy, even for a horror reader like myself.

There is also a sex scene in this story. There was very close to a second one. This is something that I’ve read in some YA series, but it is generally missing in most. I will commend Ms. Cole for pushing the importance of contraception even during this time where things like condoms would be hard to come by. In adult stories, I’m a little indifferent to whether or not they are mentioned, but I do think it is important for books that are targeting a group of people who are just starting to go down the road of exploring this part of their life.

I’ve really enjoyed this series so far. I almost didn’t pick it up because my pickiness with YA series. I’m really glad that it came so highly recommended by several of my friends. This is not a standard YA series. It is a lot darker than I expected. It is a very complex world with extremely well developed characters. They all have very hard choices to make to survive this new world that they live in. You can bet that I will be picking up the next book very soon.

Endless Knight Audiobook Narration

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This is the first series that I’ve listened to with Emma Galvin. I think she has done a great job with the narration of this series so far. There are several different characters that she has had to voice in some pretty tough situations and I thought she did a flawless job. The scene in the pantry of the cannibals in one that stands out with me. One with a guy named Tad who had been in the pantry for a while. That scene is very moving.

Author Kresley Cole

Author Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.

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Narrator: Emma Galvin

Emma Galvin has been acting professionally for two years, and non-professionally her whole life. She has been a part of community and regional theatre since the age of eight. She has had featured roles in the full length films My Suicidal Sweetheart, A Perfect Fit, and The Big Bad Swim. She has also starred in the NYU Graduate short film Twitch. She was also featured of IFC’s miniseries Film School.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

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  1. I have yet to read the third one. I’m not a fan of YA and dystopia but Cole won me over with this.

    And Death?! Oh gosh, I disliked him in the first book but I found myself rooting for him here. Brilliant!

    • Normally, a love triangle would make me want to bail on a series. This series though, I’m hooked. I’m not a fan of YA, but I am a fan of dystopians. I like Death, but I think I’m still rooting for the Cajun. I mostly feel sorry for Death. That could change in the next book. I haven’t started it yet.

  2. So far I’ve loved everything that Cole has written (that’s I’ve read). Her IAD series, this one and the Master series. I have the 1st book in her historical trilogy and I plan on reading it after I get caught up on a few series.

    In her newsletter this week, she announced there will be a novella this summer in this series. Can’t wait to read that one.

    • I don’t know that I’m ready to venture into historicals yet. I will stick with the other three. I haven’t heard anything about the most recent Game Maker (or Masters) series book coming out on audio. Have you?

  3. Oooh I keep wanting to try these out, I’m pretty sure my library has the audios *goes to check now* Hope you have a good weekend Melanie!

    • I hope they have it for you. It has been a fun series. It was a series that started very hesitantly. I’m still avoiding YA a lot, though I’m starting to pick up more and more from authors that I love.

  4. I tend to do better with YA Dystopian and fantasy. This sounds like one I would enjoy πŸ™‚

    • This is a good one Kimberly and I’m really picky about YA. Carmel and Jennifer at The Book Nympho really pushed me to listen to and I’m really glad that I did.

  5. I do love a good YA series now and then, although I haven’t read a lot of Ya lately. It often also depends on the actual series and what I am in the mood for. Sometimes YA just feels too angsty and then those genres that focus less on the school setting can help indeed.

    I like the sound of how this series starts of normal, usually in dystopia books we never know how it was before the big change, we only see how it is now. So seeing that change sounds interesting. The cards thing sounds a bit weird, but I am sure it makes more sense when you actually read the book and it sounds original!

    Your comment about how it is gruesome and even cringe worthy for you makes me think I probably would have trouble with that. Great review!

    • I will say that the cringe worthy scene isn’t detailed, it is just the idea of what happens to this person. I just couldn’t imagine having to go through that kind of torture. Drop me a DM if you want me to tell you what it is, so you’re forewarned. I would hate to scare you away from this series. It is a great series.

  6. I’ve been wanting to read this series… and I am glad someone who prefers older writing has enjoyed it. I think I’d like Evie! And I want to meet Jackson… I might have to track this one down at the library!

    • It took both Jennifer and Carmel to convince me to try it. I’m really glad that they did. I’m really enjoying it. I bet your library will have it. It is a pretty popular series.

  7. Well, at least you’re on book 2. LOL I haven’t started it yet. I have been avoiding YA for some time and finding out that I’m enjoying it more now. So, maybe this will be a good one to start soon. Thanks for the reminder and great review! I think I’ll be going with the audio as well.

    • I’ve been avoiding YA for a while too. I got really burnt out for a while. I’m slowly starting to read more of it. I’m either reading authors I already know I love, Jenna Black, Kresley Cole, Jennifer Estep; or I’m reading books that come highly recommended to me from bloggers I trust. When I picked up this series a year or more ago, it took quite a bit of convincing from Carmel and Jennifer to try it. I hope you try it soon Angela.

  8. I haven’t read this series at all, Melanie, but I think it’s one I’d enjoy. I love dystopain settings, and there seems to be a lot going on here. I don’t think I’ve read any of Ms. Cole’s YA series, but I love her adult series! Maybe I should give this a try πŸ™‚

    • I love her adult stuff too. I was surprised with how much I loved her YA stuff. I hope you get a chance to try this one.

  9. I love that you always include samplers of the audiobooks with your reviews – it’s a great way to ‘test’ whether you want to pick it up for yourself or not. I have the first book of this series sitting on my shelf, and have for ages. I’ve never gotten around to it, but I must at some point. I haven’t heard that much love for it so I guess I’ve been put off…

    • I have books that I’ve done the same thing with. So many books, so little time. I’m glad you enjoy the samples.

  10. I read the first book in this series when it came out and I was not impressed so I havent’ continued the series. I was put off by the whole focus on high school and unnecessary drama. It got really good at the end, but the cliffhanger annoyed me as well. Glad that you are liking the series. I have listened to books narrated by Emma and I think she is fantastic.

    • The second book has no schooling in it all. I’m not fan of YA books in a school setting either. I wasn’t a huge fan of the first half of the first book for that reason, but the second half was really good. The same with this one. I’m not fan of cliffhangers, but if I skipped every book that had them, then I don’t know how many I would be reading.

  11. I LOVE that this isn’t the typical “soft” YA book! When I talked to several teens when I was at the library, some were already reading adult UF and looking towards Stephen King and other authors of the sort. It’s a tough age to write for because of the different maturity levels!

    I didn’t pick this up b/c of the hype but I might have to change my mind and add it to my watch list on Amazon. I’m not a big dystopian fan so that’s why I’m not automatically buying it πŸ˜‰ Love my Kresley Cole, though!!!!!!!!!

    • I tend to avoid hyped up YA stories as well. I didn’t pick this one up until Carmel and Jennifer (The Book Nympo) really pushed me to do so. I am a fan of dystopians, especially with YA. I think because it makes the kids grow up faster. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  12. It’s been a while since I read one of her books but the ones I did read, I loved.

    • I really like Kresley Cole and she has something for everyone. She has this YA series. She has her PNR series (my favorite), a contemporary series and a historical series (which I haven’t tried).

  13. I have the first book for a while but I still need to read it! soon!!!

    • I got way behind on this series too. I want to be caught up before the fourth book comes out.

  14. I have less problems than you do with YA so I don’t think I’ll have a problem. I have been wanting to start this series and I do think you moved it up my want list! πŸ˜€

    • I’ve really enjoyed this series. I hope you enjoy it. I’m getting to where I read more YA. I’m just being more picky about how I pick the books. I’m at least willing to take recommendations now. I quit doing that for a while.

    • I thought the same thing. Makes me want to listen to a Dresden Files book. Spike (James Marsters) narrates those books. *sigh*

  15. I just picked up book one and I hope that it doesn’t disappoint since I heard that Endless Knight has somewhat of a love triangle. Your review gives me some hope that maybe I should listen to Endless Knight and maybe book 1 in audio. Thanks for your thoughts

    • It does have a bit of a love triangle, which isn’t my thing either. But the rest of the story is good enough that I will give it a pass on that. If the story wasn’t as good as it is, I would totally abandon because I’m not a love triangle person either. This one, at least so far, isn’t written badly either. I don’t know what will happen in the next book. I hope I don’t have to eat my words.

  16. Love the Spike look-a-like on the cover. That cracks me up. This one does sound interesting. I’ve kind of gotten out of reading Cole’s Immortals After Dark series because the heroes in those made me want to break something. I’m tempted to give this YA series by her a shot to see if I like it better.

    • I thought he looked like Spike too. Makes me want to listen to another Dresden Files book (narrated by James Marsters who was the actor who played Spike, though he doesn’t use the British accent for the books). πŸ™‚

      I do agree that some of the men in IAD need a good head knocking. Luckily, the women in those books are pretty good at giving out those knocks. Maybe the YA books will be better for you.

  17. Love her books but I’ve still not tried this series. I think I have book one somewhere. It sounds pretty dang good!

    • It really is. I need to get to book three before the fourth one is ready for review.

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