Dead of Winter Audiobook by Kresley Cole (REVIEW)

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Review of: Dead of Winter Audiobook
Kresley Cole

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On July 5, 2016
Last modified:July 5, 2016


Dead of Winter Audiobook

By: Kresley Cole

Narrated by: Emma Galvin

Published by: Simon&Schuster Audio 01/06/15

Dead of Winter Audiobook by Kresley Cole

Rating: 3 hearts

Arcana Chronicles Series #3

9 hrs and 58 mins mins

Genre: YA Paranormal

Dead of Winter Audiobook Sample

Dead of Winter Audiobook

3 Hearts

I’ve really enjoyed this series since I started listening to Poison Princess two years ago (I was late to the party, but that ended up working in my favor). This has been an exciting dystopian following Evie and the other Arcana as they learn more about their powers and play the game until there is only one left (I feel like I should see Christopher Lambert or Adrian Paul saying “There can be only one.” many times in this series. LOL).

This story picks up pretty much where the previous book ends. Evie is going after Jack, she is going to save him from The Lovers before their torture drives him mad. She snuck away in the night from Aric (Death). When she gets back to the camp, she learns he has made quite the name for himself. Several of the Arcana are getting along quite well there, thanks to Matthew.

Here’s where the story goes all wrong and finally starts to read like the YA story that it is. Aric shows up and Evie can’t decide who she is in love with, Jack or Aric. Yep, the dreaded love triangle of YA has reared its ugly head. The majority of this story is the three of them on a mission to save The Archer from The Lovers. OMG, the angst. It is big in this one. Evie goes back and forth several times. Jack and Aric are at each other’s throats. It is everything I hate about YA. Yeah.

All of that being said, I still have enjoyed this series. We did learn more about other Arcana. There is still some good action. We even get to meet some new Arcana. It was just such a small amount and was overshadowed by the love triangle that it makes me very disappointed in this story. Oh, and to top all of that, it ends on a big ol’ cliffhanger (hence why I waited so long to listen to this book. I waited until we got close to the next book’s release. See why coming late to this party worked in my favor.). I do plan to listen to book four when it is released, however, if it doesn’t go back to more of the first two book storyline and less love triangle type angst, I’m done.

Dead of Winter Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Emma Galvin continues to do a bang up job with the narration of this series. I love her voice of Matthew, who is hard to follow with his weird incoherent babble. I thought she did a great job voicing Jack with his Cajun accent. I loved her voice of Aric too. I think she is one of the main reasons I was able to finish this story. If I were just reading the book, I probably would’ve set it down and walked away.

Author Kresley Cole

Author Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Darkparanormal 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.

Her IAD books have been translated into twenty foreign languages, garnered three RITA awards, a Hall of Fame induction, and consistently appear on the bestseller lists, in the U.S. and abroad.

Cole lives in Florida with her family and “far too many animals.”

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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.


  1. Now I’m torn, I want to listen or read this series but that desire was only ignited off the hope that a love triangle wouldn’t surface and that the storyline of the series would be unique to other YA series. Maybe my dislike of love triangles will ebb and I’ll start liking them (highly unlikely) and would want to pick up this series. Great review

    • I’m hoping that the love triangle issue will be resolved in the next book. The first two books were wonderful. If the next book drops the love triangle angst, and gets back to the actual story, it is worth the read. The next book comes out later this year. I’ll let you know how it goes.

  2. Ah yet another author on my to try list, but I will stick with her adult offerings. A YA you might like is J Barton Mitchell’s Conquered Earth trilogy, books 1 Midnight City and book 2 The Severed Tower are both offered on audible. Sorry word press won’t let me share the link

    • I’ll have to check them out. I do like some YA stories and I really enjoyed the first two for this series. I’m hoping that book four goes back to more like those.

  3. My library has these and I’ve been eye balling them. Wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy since I’m ehhh on dystopian sometimes. I think I’ll go ahead and give it a try. Thanks for reviewing 😀

    • I love dystopians, though there are too many YA ones out I think. I really loved the first two books. I’m hoping that book four picks back up.

  4. Not sure how this happened but I have yet to read this author…lol. 🙂 I see her books everywhere but never picked one up.

    • I love her Immortals After Dark series. It has a favorite narrator of mine in Robert Petkoff. She also has a contemporary BDSM series that I love too that is based on Russian brothers. This is probably my least favorite of hers that I’ve tried, but that is not surprising because it is YA. I still enjoy it quite a bit though, even with this book being my least favorite story.

  5. I haven’t read this myself. Maybe it’s best if I wait for book 4 and just read it back to back. Cliffies are hard!

    • That is one reason why I waited so long to read this one. I think the next book comes out in a few months. I don’t mind waiting a couple of months. More than a year would’ve been tough.

  6. I keep forgetting about this series. LOL, being behind the power curve does work out great when there are cliffies. I get annoyed by angsty love triangles, too, but hopefully it won’t be a long-term plot element.

    I need to read these and Darynda Jones’ YA books.

    • I tried the first Darynda Jones YA and didn’t like it. Jenna Black and Jennifer Estep have great YA.

  7. I have book 1, one day I’ll have to try it but it’s too bad to see that this one isn’t a bit more.

    • Yeah, I was a bit disappointed too, and I even knew going into it. I’m hoping that book four will pick back up. 🙂

  8. I have looked at this series many times, but I’m YA shy. I feel like eventually those tropes get worked in. I love this author though which is why I’ve been so torn.

    • I’ll let you know how book four goes. If it gets back to a less angsty trope, then I would say give it a try. When Carmel recommended me to start this series it was right before this book came out. She apologized after reading this book. LOL

  9. I also started this series last year. The good thing about it was we didn’t have to wait for the next books to be released lol. I love this series except for the love triangle aspect. Kresley Cole is one of my favorite paranormal authors so I love the creativity and action of the Arcana series. I’ve listened to all of the books and Emma does a great performance. She really brings the story to life. I can’t wait for the next book!

    • I agree. This would be a perfect series if not for the love triangle. I hope that it has come to an end. I guess we will find out in the next book. Not much longer to wait. 🙂

  10. I don’t mind love-triangles whn done well, but it is getting kind of old how they’re always in YA. Especially this genre. Hope the next book gets back to the good stuff.

    • I have read a few love triangles that I didn’t hate. This is not one of those. I think it has tainted this series a bit, but I still really enjoy it.

  11. Hm… this sounds like NA angst which I usually detest. For some reason I can handle a bit more (not a lot) in YA I think because they haven’t had a lot of growth yet… so angst. Hm… not sure if this one is for me, and I know I’ve not read these, but it sounds so familiar. That actually makes me more curious. LOL

    • Aside from the love triangle, this has been a great series. If the next book does move away from that, it would be a series that I would recommend.

  12. Aaah yeah if triangles make ya twitch that would be hard. I have the early ones in print but still need to get them read.

    • The first two books were wonderful, some of my favorite YA books. This one spent too much time on the love triangle and not enough on the rest of the story. I’m really hoping that the next book drops the triangle aspect.

  13. No thank you triangles, however this is an author I have yet to try and would like to Great review my friend 🙂

    • The first two books were great and then came the love triangle. I really hope that the next book drops that. It implies that it will. We will see. I do love Cole. She has many great series.

  14. I’ve read her Immortals After Dark and absolutely love the series. I haven’t started this series yet because I’ve been on the fence about it but it sounds interesting.

    • I’ll let you know what I think of book four when it comes out. I do love IAD. Her Gamemaker series is good too, if you like BDSM and erotica.

    • The first two books were amazing. The love triangle and angst really brought this one down. I hope that the next book gets to be more like the first two.


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