SCARLET AND THE KEEPERS OF LIGHT by Brandon Charles West – AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

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SCARLET AND THE KEEPER’S OF LIGHT: The Scarlet Hopewell Series Book One

Author: Brandon Charles West

Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged

Narrator: Harriet Stevens

Length: 7 hours, 32 minutes

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Release Date: December 31, 2014

Publisher: Manor Minor Press

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐

* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

This is the first book in a young adult fantasy series. The main character is a fourteen year old girl named Scarlet Hopewell.

Scarlet has experienced vivid dreams for as long as she can remember. She dreams of a magical land populated by fairy-like creatures and when she awakes she often turns these dreams into short stories.

When Scarlet’s father discovers a small puppy abandoned in the woods near their home he decides to bring the dog home with him. At that moment he has no idea just how significant that small act of kindness will end up being. They name the puppy Dakota.

When three beautiful but terrifying figures appear at the Hopewell’s home Scarlet and her family must run for their lives.

They run straight from their home and into an entirely new world. A world of fairies and other magical beings.

It is in this new and magically protected world that Scarlet discovers that she is the center of a prophecy in an epic battle between good and evil. It is up to her to save both the magical world and her own world from being conquered by an evil mastermind.

The narrator has a lovely English accent. This accent is perfect for 95% of the book which takes place in a magical realm. But it definitely threw me off at the beginning of the book when it stated that it was set in the state of Virginia in the United States. Hearing the narrator, plus every member of Scarlet’s family and the Principal of her school all speaking with English accents seemed exceedingly strange to me. The only other accent that is used is that of a teacher whose voice was spoken with an African accent. I realize that there are many people living in the United States that speak with English accents, but I found it disconcerting. It definitely did not give me a sense of place, however since the characters are only physically located in the United States for the beginning few minutes of the audiobook it can be overlooked. The narrator’s lilting voice is perfect for the magical realm. As the story continued I found myself enjoying the narrator’s voice more and more.

This story will appeal to fantasy lovers of all ages, from Middle Grade to Young Adult and to Adults.

The fact that this book ends on a cliffhanger is frustrating. There was no natural ending point and it felt like it finished at the end of a chapter rather than at the end of a book. It is for this reason that I cannot rate this book higher than 4 out of 5 stars.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
(Description From Goodreads)

Brandon was born in Virginia and as the son of an Army Officer spent much of his childhood living in Germany, Korea and several US states.
He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where he majored in Government and Psychology.
Brandon is a firefighter, former Army officer, father, husband, movie buff and avid reader.
Brandon is the author of several novels including the young adult Scarlet Hopewell series as well as Wake Me When I’m Gone, Wounded Eagle, and Mimic the Devil.

For more information about the author visit http://www.brandoncharleswest.com

ABOUT THE NARRATOR:

Narrator Harriet Stevens

Harriet Stevens is a British voice over artist with her own studio. For more information visit http://www.talkingfishaudio.com

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