My Little Pocketbooks: Quicky Reviews #10: The First, The Choice and The Sparrow   

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Quicky Reviews #10: The First, The Choice and The Sparrow

Welcome back to Quicky Reviews.  I know it has been a long time since I did one of these mini reviews.  But like I've been saying all month long...Better late than never.
This is were I review short stories and audiobooks less than 2 hours long or children books.  The quick stuff!
I have three new audiobooks I want to review that aren't really going to count toward any of my reading challenges since they are really short. Here are just a few sentences on these short (about 2 hours or less) stories. 
There are other Quicky Reviews for you to check out too and don't fret there will be more to come.  (I hope) I like short stories because most of them are FREE and I can get in and out of one in no time.
Below are the links to the other Quicky Reviews this year.
Author: Jason Mott
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Audiobook: 33 minutes
Narrator: Victor Bevine
Source: Free from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
In Jason Mott's haunting and unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, an impossible miracle is occurring all across the globe. Read how it all begins in this short story, The First.
It's been just over a year since Edmund Blithe died, and just over a month since his fiancée, Emily, stopped wearing her engagement ring. Emily has finally begun to move on… Until Edmund mysteriously and inexplicably returns, sending the world—and Emily—into a tailspin.
Edmund is only just the beginning. Around the world, people's loved ones are returning from beyond, seeking only to reenter the lives they left behind. As the world dives deep into uncertainty, Emily and Edmund are determined to find their way back to one another…even if it means risking everything.
The reappearances continue in The Sparrow, and look for The Returned from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family given a second chance at life and a world where nothing—not even death—is certain.
My Thoughts 
I really enjoyed this audiobook.  It was a quick in and out story that gave you a good sense of the clear writing style of the writer and the direction the novel will be going in.

Author: Jason Mott
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Audiobook: 40 minutes
Narrator: Therese Plummer
Source: Free from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, one determined couple seeks to reunite a young girl with the father who thought he had lost her forever…
When Heather and Matt Campbell find ten-year-old Tatiana Rusesa on the side of the highway, she is thousands of miles away from her village in Sierra Leone. She hasn't seen her family in almost two decades, not since she and her mother were killed by rebel soldiers. Now Tatiana has inexplicably returned, a lost orphan with no place to call home.
As the world dives deeper into uncertainty and chaos, Heather is determined to save Tatiana and help her find her way back to her family. But how much is she willing to lose to protect a girl she doesn't even know?
Learn how the mysterious reappearances begin in The First, and don't miss Jason Mott's unforgettable debut novel, The Returned, from Harlequin MIRA, a moving tale of a family navigating this unusual new reality and given a second chance at life.
My Thoughts
Again another love!  This one has more of a heart pulling feel to it than the first one.  I think having it centered around a child does that to you.  
Author: Jason Mott
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Audible, Inc.
Audiobook: 40 minutes
Narrator: David Ledoux
Source: Free from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
In this short story by Jason Mott, author of The Returned, a man is forced to choose between the life he has now, and the one he thought was gone forever…
Peter Galvin was just seventeen when Tracy Whitland—the love of his life—vanished without a trace. In the years after her death, he had finally moved on, gotten married, started a family. He is content with his life now—happy, even…. Until Tracy suddenly and inexplicably returns.
For weeks, Peter and his wife, Samantha, have been watching mysterious reports of people's loved ones returning from beyond, the world spinning into uncertainty and chaos. But they never imagined it would happen to them. With Tracy's unusual homecoming, Peter and Samantha must decide where they can possibly go from here, and whether their family can survive….
Read more stories of the Returned in The First and The Sparrow. And don't miss Jason Mott's haunting debut novel, The Returned, a story of one family given an extraordinary second chance.

My Thoughts
Something about this one did not resonate as strongly as the others.  I didn't really feel invested into the characters as much.  I think it was because no one was really likeable.
Overall I really liked the prequels.  The stories are unique and I love that the most. 

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