An enchanting cross-genre tale

4 out of 5 stars

I called this a cross-genre tale because it’s part fantasy but also part Post-Apocalyptic and a little dystopian too.  There were elements in this that people who enjoy any of those stories would enjoy.  Sure, there were times that it was deeply fantasy related, but at that point, I was so invested in the book that it didn’t bother me at all (I’m not a huge fantasy fan).

The pacing of this book was what really did it for me.  Nickolaisen could have tried to pull this book into a much longer format, but it didn’t need to be.  All the details needed to read and understand the story were already here and it flowed really nicely.

Honestly, the main character was easily my favorite part of this book.  She was feisty and a little reckless.  It’s fun to read a character that you’re really not sure what she’s going to do next.  I always felt like I had to be on my toes while reading this book.

Keys and Needles was a really interesting book filled with lots to enjoy and I’m glad that I took the time to read it.  Nickolaisen can really write and I’m definitely intrigued to see what else she comes out with.

The narration was done by Ulka S. Mohanty who I thought did a really nice job.  She had one of those voices that allowed you to believe that she was the same age as the character she was reading.  I already mentioned the pacing of the book and how much I enjoyed that, but Mohanty definitely helped with this — keeping the book going from scene to scene and giving this book life.

Book Description:

Audiobook: Keys and Needles by Michelle Nickolaisen (Narrated by Ulka S. Mohanty)four-stars
Keys and Needles by Michelle Nickolaisen
Narrator: Ulka S. Mohanty
Series: Worldslip #1
Published by Bombchelle Industries on April 25, 2017
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy
Pages: 167
Format: Audiobook
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Tania was just another coddled teenager, until the Slip changed everything. When supernatural forces invaded our world, she found herself with unbelievable abilities that left her ostracized, hated, and Marked. Years later, living on the fringes of society, Tania and her exiled elf roommate Logan are happy to be left alone. But her foreboding dreams have other plans…

In her nightmares, she sees a mysterious hooded figure ripping children from their families. When her dreams start coming true, Tania and Logan must set out on a dangerous mission. One that could take them beyond anything they've ever imagined. One that could get them killed.

Keys and Needles is the first installment in a dystopian urban fantasy series that asks how things would change if the world of folklore collided with ours. If you like snappy dialogue and fast-paced plots, then you'll love Nickolaisen's intriguing world. Buy Keys and Needles to start the dark and enchanting series today!

I received this book for free. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About the Author:

Michelle is a freelance writer who alternates between writing about business, freelancing, and productivity and writing fantastical fiction with as much snarky dialogue as she can manage.

When she’s not doing that, you can find her training jiu-jitsu, listening to music (probably the Clash), consuming dark chocolate, coffee, or tacos, and/or watching something involving sci-fi or superheroes.


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