Review: Lupine

  • Title:
    • Lupine
  • Author:
    • Hanleigh Bradley
  • Release:
    • October 28, 2020
  • Format:
    • Audiobook
  • Narrator:
    • Joanna Wild
  • Series:
    • Spell Library, Book 3
    • Silver Springs Library

Much like my previous review of the story Candela, Lupine is a standalone book in a series. I bring this up because they’re apparently part of the same literary universe, with numerous different authors. It’s an interesting concept for sure and now that I’m aware of it, I can see the similarities.

Lupine was more story than smut and that was a bit of a disappointment. While I enjoyed the story, I really felt like I was reading several chapters into a novel. I was able to understand what was going on, but I felt as if I was missing a lot of details and the story ended as soon as it got exciting. This being the third book in the series, this makes total sense.

The biggest thing that annoys me about Lupine, Candela, and the whole literary universe is that not every book seems to get the audiobook treatment. There are 21 books listed in the Spell Library series on Audible and only six of them have audiobooks. But it’s not the first six. I’d like to get the full story and listen to them in order, but I can’t and I’m not a fan of reading/listening to books in multiple formats. Even if I stick to the Lupine novels (of which there appear to be 4), only the first 2 have audiobooks and I have no way of telling if the other 2 will receive the same treatment.

While on the topic of the audio narration, the audio recording features numerous examples of repeated dialogue. The narrator did an excellent job.

I realize this review might sound a little all over the place. But so are my feelings for this novel. I enjoyed it, sure. But the abrupt ending and feeling like I’m left in the middle of a novel are a bit annoying. I think if you’re considering this story, you should consider looking into all 4 Lupine novels or don’t bother.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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