Night Rebels! Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost [Book + Audiobook Review]

Posted November 23, 2018 by Zeee in Reviews2 Comments

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I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Audiobook copy purchased by me.

Night Rebels! Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost [Book + Audiobook Review]
Title: Shades of Wicked
Written by Jeaniene Frost
Read by Tavia Gilbert
Series: Night Rebel #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 370
Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
Format: ARC, Audiobook
Source: Purchased, the Publisher
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Flame Rating: three-half-flames


In this thrilling new Night Rebel series set in New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, sexy and ruthless vampire Ian finally meets his match!

The Rule Breaker

Master vampire Ian is unrepentant, shameless…and every shade of wicked. He’s made one too many enemies in his two centuries of existence, including Dagon, a demon who now lays claim to his soul. Ian’s only chance to escape Dagon is to join forces with a Law Guardian, but he’s never been able to abide by the rules for long.

The Law Maker

Veritas’ normal role is police, judge and jury to reprobates like Ian. But she has her own ax to grind with Dagon, so if she can use Ian as bait…well, all’s fair in law and war. As they scour supernatural hotspots to perfect their trap, Veritas soon realizes Ian’s devil-may-care, roguish image hides something much more powerful. And Ian discovers that Veritas has shocking secrets of her own. As they’re drawn to each other with a passion as intense as their peril, either love or justice will prevail. But each will have devastating consequences…


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My Thoughts

Shades of Wicked is one of my most anticipated books for this year and it did not disappoint! I was intrigued with Ian since he appeared in that first scene from One Foot in the Grave. Also, he was a stand-out and one of my favorite characters in Into the Fire!

I did not know what to expect when I started Shades of Wicked, but this was not it! I love Veritas so much! She was an amazing and strong heroine, but still, she had the naivete that was very endearing. I admit to being intrigued by Veritas when she appeared in the other books in the series. She just felt like a mysterious and somewhat evil, law guardian! But Shades of Wicked changed all that.

When I think about Shades of Wicked, I don’t think of it as Ian’s book, even though he is on the cover. Shades of Wicked is Veritas’ story. In fact, it’s written in her own POV and it is in first-person as well. We definitely get to know her backstory and also delve in a little bit about Ian.

As always, our favorite characters make cameos in this book. Vlad’s voice (ha!), Spade, Mencheres, and of course, Cat and Bones! I really love how Ian’s sensitivity is shown when he accuses Bones of betraying him, a reference to what went down in One Foot in the Grave. Also, Ian is Bones’ cousin? Apparently, it’s explained in the novella Home for the Holidays, which I have read but for the life of me, I can’t remember HOW they are related? I guess this calls for a reread!

As a warning, Shades of Wicked ends in a sort of cliffhanger! The epilogue is in Ian’s POV and since I won’t spoil anything for you, this cliffhanger just makes me want to read more. Correction, I WANT BOOK 2 NOW!

If you are wondering if you have to read all the other books in this world, the answer is no. However, I highly recommend doing so because some of the things mentioned in Shades of Wicked are spoilers of the previous books. But that said, you don’t have to read all of them to appreciate the amazingness that is Shades of Wicked. But, it does give you an insight into why Ian is such a popular antihero!

If you are interested in reading the whole Night Huntress World, Jeaniene Frost has the reading order on her website, and it is also on the Night Huntress World link on Goodreads.

I also listened to the audiobook version of Shades of Wicked and it is still read by the amazing Tavia Gilbert! I can’t say enough good things about her, but she is an amazing narrator and she uses a lot of voices.

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Rereadability
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Cover
One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 4

 

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About Tavia Gilbert

Tavia Gilbert is a Brooklyn- and Maine-based award-winning narrator with nearly 300 audiobooks under her belt. Contemporary and literary fiction, biography and memoir, fantasy, romance, children’s literature, science, religion…Tavia’s range of genres is a direct result of her intuitive interpretation, clever diction and pacing, and sensitivity to each author’s or publisher’s needs.

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 and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Non-fiction from Vermont College of Fine 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.

About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Broken Destiny series. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.


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2 responses to “Night Rebels! Shades of Wicked by Jeaniene Frost [Book + Audiobook Review]

  1. I am so glad that you loved this book, and I will get to it soon. But I read the ending, so I am still not super excited since I like the whole HEA and its a ending you see with her Cat and Bones series and I think I was expecting an ending more like with Vlad and Leila’s books. So I just gotta get up the courage.
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    • Yes, I know! I first read the Night Huntress series when all the books were out already so it didn’t matter at the time. But now, yeah… I want to read the second book now!