Shine Audiobook by Dannika Dark (Review)

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Review of: Shine Audiobook
Danika Dark

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On November 7, 2014
Last modified:October 26, 2015


Shine Audiobook

By: Danika Dark

Narrated by: Nicole Poole

Published by:  Tantor Audio 08/12/2014

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In the short span of a year, Silver has gone from becoming a Mage to discovering the truth about her unique genetics. Logan Cross went from being her mortal enemy to becoming her immortal lover, but a threat is fast approaching like an inevitable storm. Attacks are under way against the Mageri, and one man is behind it – an elusive foe who is an unstoppable force. Nero is not Silver’s only concern, as someone close to her has been arrested for treason. In the midst of chaos, Silver discovers that she cannot protect everyone from the wrath of fate, including her own Ghuardian.

Justus finally opens his heart, but an unexpected turn of events could darken his soul forever. Secrets are revealed that will leave listeners reeling from one twist to the next. Would you sacrifice everything for love?

©2014 Dannika Dark (P)2014 Tantor



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Mageri Series # 5

14 hrs and 7 mins

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Shine Audiobook Sample


My Thoughts

Shine is the fifth and final book in Mageri series. The entire series only covers about a year in time. At the beginning of the story, Zoe is pretty much a normal human. By the end, she isn’t only a mage, she is an extremely powerful one.

This story not only wraps up the overall story of the series, there is also a story to be told within this book. We have a surprise from Page, which ends up being a large part of the story. We also have a new character who has a surprising background as well.

Logan and Silver stand together when times get tough. Silver really starts to show her strength. To me for much of the series, Silver has relied on the men around her to help her out and I felt in this book, she finally stands on her own two feet to prove she doesn’t need the men to help her.

Many of the secondary characters stories wrap up well. We have Finn, Sunny, Page and Simon all have a part to play in this book. Even Adam has finally figured out what we wants to do with his life after his difficulties.

Christian is the character who got the short end of the stick. I really felt sorry for him. He was one of my favorite characters and really was there for Silver when she needed him. I always felt bad for him, because he was always on the outside as her guard.

Overall, I really enjoyed this series. It was a great Urban Fantasy, with lots of action, but not much sex when you compare it to some others in the genre. The world was fascinating and the characters were a loveable.

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My review

Nicole Poole did a terrific job narrating this entire series. I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t already been said from previous reviews about her narration. I would love to find more of her work.

She continued to bring forth the emotions of the characters, of which there are many in this story. Great job with both men and women.

The Author

Author Dannika Dark

Author Dannika Dark

Dannika Dark was born on a military base in the U.S. and had traveled the world before she was nine. Now she is rooted in the south, but her head is planted firmly in the clouds. When Danni is not writing, she enjoys a great sci-fi or fantasy movie, heaps of chocolate, and unleashing her dark side.


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The Narrator

Narrator Nicole Poole

Narrator Nicole Poole

Nicole Poole is a classically trained actor with equal passions for literature and improvisation. She has toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company, has been a member of the critically acclaimed Walter Thompson Orchestra for over fifteen years, and recently became a member of the Parisian groups SPOUMJ and Anitya. She is honored to have been recognized for her narration by an AudioFile Earphones Award, a Publisher’s Weekly Listen-Up Award, and nomination for an Audie Award.


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I like to thank Tantor Audio for providing me with a copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. I loved the Mageri series, too, Melanie, and I was sad when it was over. Good thing Ms. Dark has continued to write UF 🙂
    I really enjoy the narrator’s voice – thank you for including a sound sample. I have the first or the two first audios for this series as well. Loved it so much I figured a re-read could be done by listening.
    Have a fantastic Friday!

    • I do that all the time, use listening to do re-reads. That was actually how I started audios. Now many, I go straight to audios. 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

      • I feel less strange about my audio habits 🙂

  2. LOL oh wow that was quite the first line in the audio sample. ::snort:: Sounds like it really was a great series. I’ve got it on the tbr pile for one day 🙂

    • I know how that goes, the add to the pile for one day. I have many series that I see. I wish I had more time to read to get to all the series that I’m interested in.

  3. I like when UF doesn’t have too much sex, the focus is usually more on the action and plot.

    • This series has almost no sex, so it might be right up your alley. I’m really indifferent to the amount of sex in a book, if the book is good. I hope you get a chance to try this and enjoy.

  4. It’s always nice to have a good UF series. Each time I see this author on this blog I remember that I really need to try her as well! great review!

    • Thanks. This is the last book in the series, so no more reminders. 🙂 I hope you enjoy.

  5. I giggled when you said not much sex. Since I started listening to the sample first and had to mute open with he ran his finger down my thigh. My hubby is sitting at the kitchen table and his head whipped around. :snort:

    • I said not much, not none at all. LOL.

  6. Good to know you weren’t disappointed with the ending, it can be tricky sometimes. I think I’ve forgotten who Logan is and whatever happened to Justus (?) did he die?

    • Logan is the Chitah who was seeing Silver. Justus is her Ghuardian. He doesn’t die, though there is a hard death in this series.

  7. All 5 books only span a year? Interesting. I like that she moved away from depending on men. I’ll have to read this series, especially since I’ve kind been on a UF/PNR kick lately.

    • I hope you enjoyed it. It is a different world from many of the PNR/UF that I’ve read. It was nice to get into something different. Yes, there are still vampires and shifters, but they are in the background. It’s the mages that steal the show here.

  8. Why haven’t I seen this series before? It sounds great. I am glad that everything wrapped up well and that you enjoyed it, even without as much sex 🙂

    • This author isn’t as well known as some of the others. This is the first series that I’ve done with her. I really enjoyed it. Jennifer (The Book Nympho), just started listening to book one of Dark’s newest series now with the same narrator. I’m really interested to see how she likes it.

  9. UF series with mages- sounds interesting. I keep seeing books from this author on GR all the time. Glad the final book was satisfying,too. I’ll check it out, thanks for sharing!

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