Wraith: Hawaiian Shadows Audiobook by Edie Claire (Review)

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Review of: Wraith: Hawaiian Shadows Audiobook
Edie Clare

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On May 5, 2014
Last modified:November 10, 2015


Wraith: Hawaiian Shadows Audiobook

By: Edie Claire

Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert

Published by: Edie Claire 02/05/14

Wraith: Hawiian Shadows audiobook


4.5 stars rating

Hawaiian Shadows series # 1

8 hrs and 36 mins

YA Contemporary Paranormal

Wraith: Hawaiian Shadows Audiobook Sample

My thougts

Wraith: Hawain Shadows Audiobook Narration

In this impressive performance, narrator Tavia Gilbert showcases her ability to transcend not on only genres, but also the character’s age.

In a well suited voice for a seventeen year-old, Tavia Gilbert brings Kali’s character to life in a very authentic way, realistically conveying her bubbly, sweet and determined personality.

I loved her interpretation of Zane! I’m very demanding when it comes to male voices portrayed by female narrators, but Kudos to Ms. Gilbert! If I didn’t know this was a solo narration I could have sworn the contrary. Her male voice is not only realistic, effortless and credible, but her tone is right on target to deliver a super enjoyable performance of Zane’s character.

She also does a terrific job with every single character in the book, all females and males alike.

Her approach, pace, emotions, and overall tone of this story are flawless. With competent ease, you are transported to the setting and for the duration of the book Ms. Gilbert takes you Hawaii and lets you experience the characters and their emotions in a very real way.

All in all, this is an excellent performance that paired with the beautifully written words of Edie Claire deliver a fantastic YA listen.

The plot

This is the first opportunity I had to listen/read anything by Edie Claire, but definitely won’t be my last.

Wraith is the impressive first book in the YA series Hawaiian Shadows, a debut in this genre by this author.

This is the story of 17 year old Kali, a girl that has been cursed or gifted (as we learn in this book) with the ability to see shadows.
This experience has been mostly a curse for the best part of her life. It has not been easy for Kali to see these ghosts-like figures everywhere she goes, despite the fact that she never had to interact with them – but everything will change when she and her family visit Hawaii on spring break in anticipation to her military father’s shipment to that state.

Kali’s dream to live in a Hawaii has come true, and just like any normal seventeen year old, she hopes to find new friends that will fill her summer with fun and adventure, but what she never expected was to find love.

Meeting the perfect boy is a great time for any young girl, especially a boy that possesses all the qualities a girl can wantAh, but things are never easy or simple.

Zane happens to be that perfect boy, but he is a shadow, one that for the first time in her life, has the ability to see her back and communicate with her.

In Kali’s point of view, we get taken through a beautiful and flawless written story with characters the jump off the pages to grab your attention and heart.

Wraith is a nice blend of  paranormal mystery, love and friendship that reminded me of the innocence of YA romance. The writing style is very vivid – the author not only puts you there emotionally, but also physically in a way that makes you feel the warm ocean breeze of a Hawaiian’ spring, a welcome treat this past winter.

Despite my inclination to listen to stories intended for a more mature audience, I found myself lost and totally engrossed in Kali and Zane’s story.

I listened to this audiobook straight through enjoying every minute of it. My only complaint is that now I have to wait for the next book, Empath, to be release on audio to learn how the story continues. I can only hope that it’s soon.

I have lived in various states in the South and Midwest and have worked at more jobs (paid and unpaid) than I can count, including veterinarian, childbirth educator, medical/technical writer, corporate communications writer, freelance copyeditor, camp counselor, CASA (court-appointed special advocate for abused/neglected children), church administrative council leader, community theater diva, birthparent mentor, hospital volunteer, mother of three, wife, laundress, housekeeper (although I stink at that one), pet collector, coordinator of child sponsorship for a Christian mission in Kenya, choir member (I was pretty marginal at that, too), and last but not least–I once spent an entire summer cleaning toilets at a ranch in New Mexico.

Author Eddie Claire

Eddie Claire

When I’m not doing the above, I write novels and plays. And I really hope that you enjoy them!



Narrator Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert

Classically trained in voice and theater, Tavia attended the University of Washington and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Original Works in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. She has been singing in choirs since she was 12 years old and has been working full time as a voice actor since 2006.




I would like to thank the Author, Edie Claire for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for honest review.

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  1. I’ll admit, you’re slowly getting me to try out more audiobooks. I tried one a year or so ago and didn’t like it due to the narrator. So I think I’m also picky on females doing male voices. Glad to see this one worked out nicely.

    • Bummer! I wish your first would’ve been a good one, and you’re right! A bad narration can ruin the best book.
      This is not even the kind of book I normally choose to listen to, but it was so well performed that I really got caught up in this innocent but exciting story.

  2. Oh sure, all the good ones are either married, gay, or shadows. lol. Seriously, this does sound interesting.

    • Hahaha! You made me laugh, but I’m afraid you’re right..LOL
      I didn’t think I would like this one, I like my books a little naughtier..LOL, but a well written story nicely narrated will almost always do the trick.

  3. I am not one for audiobooks. No matter how good they are, I do prefer reading them myself. However, I might just pick up the book! 🙂

    • I totally understand, I use to be like that before I became a total audio junkie..LOL
      This is really intended for a very YA audience, and I was really surprised when I found myself enjoying it a lot. There’s something to be said for a well written story that will get a naughty reader/listener like me hooked.

  4. This sounds like a lot of fun, and since I’m already a pretty big YA fan, I’ll be sure to check it out. I don’t usually go for this type of doomed-to-fail romance, but sometimes YA can surprise with a good ending that isn’t completely unbelievable. Sounds like this could be one of them 😉

    • Well, I think you know my taste a little bit, I love dark, very dark..LOL I love having my limits tested, and I really didn’t know that until I read/listened to the Siren..LOL So I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed it, even though I was never the kind the audience that this book is intended for.

  5. I love the setting, the mystery and paranormal aspects. Tavia Gilbert sounds fantastic. I will watch for this on audio. 🙂

    • I really enjoyed the characters and the plot.. haha. That’s the whole book..lol, what I’m trying to say is that they are both very well written, the mystery weaved into the story works very well, and I can’t think of anyone better to bring to life than Tavia.

  6. ooh great review and even this not quite a YA fan wants it.

    • Aww! Thank you Debbie. I listen to my share of YA, mostly so I don’t tilt too much to the dark side..LOL

  7. Oh I’m liking the sounds of this Loupe! I tend to go more mature too but it’s nice sometimes to have a little break and check out something different. Thanks for the intro. And woot! Yay for her rocking the male voices. That’s been my trouble with the couple I’ve picked up. They were just too feminine for me. Glad to hear you enjoyed it 🙂

    • I was very surprise Anna, not that enjoy it (I do listen to my share YA), but at the level of my enjoyment. You never know 🙂
      And yes, Tavia Gilbert did a great job. Great male voices.

  8. Oh it sounds nice to have a narrator like that, it must be really interesting to listen to that. The plot is intriguing as well, I’ll have to check out this one. Thanks for the nice review.

    • Thank you Melliane 🙂 It’s really a treat to find a good book well narrated. I really enjoy it.

  9. I love reads set in Hawaii! Just looking at the cover I wouldn’t have known this was YA PNR-mystery, and the narrator sounds good. Mahalo for your review, Loupe!

    • To be honest, I would never have picked up this book by just looking at the cover. I think they needed to do a cover more representative of the book, IMHO.
      And thank you Grace 🙂

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