• Once Bitten

  • Shadow Guild: The Rebel, Book One
  • By: Linsey Hall
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (171 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

My idea of a party is hanging out with a mini box of wine and a raccoon. So yeah, I need a life.

When I’m accused of murder, things get wild. One, I learn that I have magic. Two, there’s a secret magical city hidden right in London itself. And three, the only one who can help me is a vampire who’s sexy as sin and scary as the devil himself. He's called the Devil of Darkvale and he all but owns Guild City.

My life is on the line if I don’t solve the murder, which means surviving in this new world of witch parties, magical guilds, and a vampire with a tortured past. He drives me insane, but if I want to save my own life, he’s also my only hope.

©2020 Linsey Hall (P)2020 Linsey Hall

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Cool premise, kinda skimpy reading

The idea is interesting but the reading felt simple and missing something. New best friends a bit too easy. I personally am a little icked out by a vampire bite as practically orgasmic. At least in the now infamous Twilight series, the good vampires stuck with animal blood and it was properly considered a predator/prey scenario.
I’m guessing author is young since ridiculous drinking games and drinking in general kinda prominent.
I was interested enough to find out what happened in the end though to read the whole thing, so that’s saying something for the story. Not sure continue though. I get more hooked if conversations are entertaining.
Narrator had a cool accent. It was British with some other accent flavoring it. She did an okay job.

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Great start to series but the audio voice didn’t fit and got annoying tbh

Enjoyed the characters, the story was a good start to a series but couldn’t stand the audio voice unfortunately I gave up on the audio and read the ebook myself. Hopefully the next book is a better read :)

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Narrator gave me a headache. Storyline was good.

The story was nice and flowed well but it was extremely hard for me to get through this book due to the narration. She has some kind of strange cadence to her style that got on my nerves. It was strangely monotone with a rising lilt at the end of each sentence. No emotion at all. I had to make sure I had the same narrator based off of the positive reviews bc I figured there was NO WAY we were listening to the same person. But Based on the epilogue it seems like it may be a little better in the next book but I am not going to waste a credit to find out.

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love this book

loved it keeps you wondering what's going to happen next can't wait to start the next one

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Brilliant Start to a Fascinating Series! Great🎧📚🎧

This is one entertaining and fascinating book and I loved every word of it. I enjoyed Linsey Hall’s writing style and the imaginative storylines, characters and world dynamic she created. I was swept right into the story and it captivated my attention from start to end. I found it all enthralling and did not want to put the book down beaus I needed to know what happens next. This book takes you into a world hidden in the shadows of the world we know, it is a magical world filled with different types of paranormal beings. Carrow lived her life not quite fitting in, her best friend was a raccoon who lived in the alley next to her apartment. She always had a special power to see things and when she if found at the scene of a murder, she is arrested as the prime suspect. One of he officers believes she is innocent and gives her the opportunity to prove it and she finds herself on the run and runs straight into a hidden world looking for someone she saw at the scene of the crime. She makes a friend, Mac, and then learns things about herself, her friendly raccoon too. There is never a dull moment in this book, the story is brilliantly plotted with plenty of drama, action, twists and turns, mystery, some heartfelt and emotional moment and even the start of a diabolical romance. Linsey Hall, thank you for this wonderfully fascinating story, I am looking forward to what comes next for these amazing characters. Carrow is such a bad@ass, love her new friends, even liking the mysterious Devil of Darkville.

Laurel Schroeder is a fantastic narrator and voice artist. She does an awesome job portraying, bringing them to life, giving each their own voice and personality. Her take on Carrow was perfection, she grasped her persona with perfection, she handled all the secondary character perfectly too including her take on the Devil, which was spot on too. She is a talented and entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another awesome listen🎧

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Yay!! Love these books!!

Cool beginning! Fun magical adventure! Love these books because they have tough women characters, fun side characters, and I know there will be some awesome action and adventure! Also, I’m loving the romance elements in this one between Carrow and Devil; excited to read more about that development. I listened to the audio version on Audible, and the narrator did awesome. The story takes place in London, so she has an accent, which was fun. She fit the characters and story well. A fun listen!

This one starts with a murder, and Carrow is suspected because she’s found over the body. Not exactly the smartest choice for her, but she can’t help but try to stop the murder after having a vision of it. Carrow has visions when she touches things, so she keeps trying to help even though it looks really bad. She had a friend who was killed, and this murder looks the same as her friends; on top of being arrested for murder, Carrow definitely needs to solve this murder. Also, there’s a mysterious man with gray eyes and fangs that she sees in her visions; despite him being in the vision of the murder, she can’t help but be drawn to him. Carrow is going to find a whole world she had no idea of; she’s off on a magical adventure! Love all the action! Books by this author always make me happy; they are lots of fun! Looking forward to the next book!!

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Felt shallow

The book was just ok. Felt shallow, didn’t feel connected to any of the characters or their relationships.

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Narrator took a little bit to get used to

Once I got used to the narrators voice, I was able to enjoy the book. Fun, quick, book.

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Looking forward to the rest of the series

narration voice was a bit annoying but I kinda got used to it towards the end. Great storyline. eager to read the rest of the series.

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Good listen

A very fun book to listen to with many chuckles from solo or character interactions along the way!

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  • Abigale Wilson
  • 06-14-22

Awful Narration!

I think this is meant to be told in a English accent however the South African sounding narrator make listening painful, I couldn't get past the first chapter. It's a shame as the story sounded intriguing but I cannot listen to the butchering of my native tongue.

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  • Emmy G
  • 06-16-21

Awful Narration ruins the story

For a book based in the UK the language is completely off but using the narrators true accent would overcome some of this.

I believe the narrator is Canadian but putting on the most awful English and Scottish accents, often staying in ‘Scottish’ mode long after that character’s stopped speaking.

It really is some of the most atrocious narration I have ever heard.

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  • Miss V Durie
  • 12-08-20

great story awful narrator

loved the story seriously dislike the narrator the reading was stilted and she goes up at the end of ever sentence rather not listen to anything she narrates again

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  • Ellinah C
  • 08-03-20

Once bitten

I enjoyed this book though it took me a long time to finish as l was trying audible for the first time. Thanks Laurel great reading, l am intrigued by the devil and Coral looking forward to hearing more, love the dark broody vampire types lol though he doesn’t hold a candle to Ares whom l love ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ thanks Linds!!!