House of Royals Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Every town has its history and skeletons, but Silent Bend, Mississippi's are darker than most. Ruled from the shadows by the House - the immortal born and their aging, enslaved bitten - everyone knows not to go out after dark and that the police will never look into crimes involving blood.
Alivia Ryan didn't know the man who claims to be her father through a will even existed until she inherits the Conrath plantation. Instead of the sleepy house she expects, she finds a mansion and a staff who look at her with fear in their eyes.
Ian Ward tried to kill Alivia the first time they met and then insisted he train her to defend herself against the House, who he claims will try to manipulate and take her in for their own political reasons. And the growing attraction between them will threaten their lives - Ian is a sworn enemy of the House.
In Silent Bend, people disappear, the threat of a demented king and the legend of his resurrecting queen hang over everyone's heads, proving loyalty means far more than blood. You'd better watch who you trust in this town....
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|Listening Length||6 hours and 29 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 02, 2015|
|Publisher||Keary Taylor Book, INC|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #190,478 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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The main character, Alivia Ryan, is thrown into a world she knows nothing about after the passing of a father she never knew. She moves to a town she knows nothing about and notices the fear in the townspeople whenever they see her. She is warned not to be out after dark but thinks this is only a protective warning. She quickly learns that the town has a vampire problem and the townspeople tend to steer clear of the vampires whenever possible. Once news travels that Alivia is in town, Rath, her father's best friend and administrator of the estate sends Alivia to stay with Ian who has taken it upon himself to rid the town of vampires. Jasmine, the self proclaimed leader of the house contacts Alivia and lets it be known that she alone has been responsible for the house for fifteen years and will continue to be responsible. Alivia's father never wanted her to be burdened with the politics of the house but with the pressure from Jasmine and the feelings Alivia has towards Ian forces her to make a decision. She can only hope she makes the right one.
I don't feel any chemistry with the main leads, and I felt like their relationship moved way too fast. All they did was train and then all of a sudden they would talk about their deep feelings for each other. Or like when the heroine, like halfway through the books, says she's done being afraid, and I'm just like, when was she EVER afraid?? She seemed fine with everything and was taking everything pretty well, and NEVER seemed scared or even told or showed the reader she was scared. It's just so much telling and no showing, and I have literally no clue what anyone's feelings are until they tell someone, so zero emotional impact.
I was also bored almost the entire book, so much so that I started to skim without realizing what I was doing. Despite the book being overall decently written, any and all events were pretty bland and I just didn't care for any of it. I will be continuing on to see if it gets any better, but not at all impressed yet.
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The plot involves a young woman whose life is uprooted when she finds out her father was actually a rich southern man who left her a mansion in Mississippi. Upon arrival at her new home she discovers her father was in fact a powerful vampire and that she will become a vampire too when she dies. To make matters worse a local faction of vampires need her to lead their 'house' since she is a member of their royal family.
Naturally, she is bold and independent, and naturally, despite being perfect for the leadership role, she wants none of it.
What follows is her struggles with the house leader and her destiny as well as a developing romance with the classic star crossed lovers element as the guy happens to be a vampire hunter who hates all vampires.
The book drew me in from the start with some vivid descriptions and settings and was enjoyable and fast paced. However it was quite a light read in the sense that there wasn't too much emotional depth. In fact the way the main character just accepted all these massive revelations and life changes so quickly was a bit annoying and I would have liked if the writing had gone deeper to explore her thoughts more. Also the romance was a touch predictable and the twist at the end was seen from a mile off.
At the end I was left wanting more, partly because the book was an easy enjoyable read about vampires which I love, but also partly because ao much detail was missing from the first book. It felt a bit rushed and would have benefitted from being longer, I think, because at the end I felt that I only barely cared what happened to alivia as a result of how she had been written. The story deals with deep topics but on a shallow level, possibly because of its slightly awkwardly aged protagonist which makes it neither young adult nor full adult in tone, but I hope the second book takes more time over the characters' development.
I love Alivia’s strong female character and how doesn’t allow the target on her back to stop her from living her life or getting the man she wants. She doesn’t allow the house to manipulate her, she knows what she wants and she goes for it. No matter the danger.
For me I think my favourite part of the book has to be the ending it was so tense and full of suspense, there is a great cliffhanger which I’m sure has left many with a book hangover. It made me super excited to start the next book, eager to know what happened.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and have given it a five-star rating. I have also already begun recommending it to other people. This book is full of politics and vampire hierarchy and takes you on a great journey of a new vampire world. If you enjoy young adult and vampire then this book is definitely for you.
It's Not your typical vampire Romance. It's better. I don't want to give away any spoilers but Alivia is a pretty laid back girl thrown into a world she never knew exists and does it with class. I found it a little slow to begin with but once you get into it you get hooked. And the last few chapters go really quickly. Some parts really had me on edge trying to read quicker to get to the part I wanted to hear about. I was completely enthralled. When it ended I really wanted the 2nd one straight away. I want to hear more about the royals and would have liked to see one in this book however I know it's all to come in the next one. And that I will defiantly be reading. Totally worth the read. 😄