Audiobook Review: Variant Lost (The Evelyn Maynard Trilogy, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Variant Lost by Kaydence Snow

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Evelyn Maynard receives a scholarship to the exclusive Bradford Hills Institute, she’s determined to make a fresh start. The Institute is world renowned for educating and training Variants – the 18% of the population fortunate enough to have superhuman abilities. As a human, she’s lucky to be admitted. 

She’s done with fake identities, running and lying but once again she finds herself surrounded by secrets. 

Some she’s been keeping her whole life. 

Some have been kept from her. 

Some she finds herself dragged into… 

Ethan, Josh, Tyler and Alec have some of the rarest Variant abilities Evelyn has ever seen. They fascinate, intrigue and attract her, but is it their abilities, their own secrets or something more that Evelyn can’t seem to stay away from? The secrets they keep could drag Evelyn so deep into their dangerous and exciting world that she’ll never be the same. 

And the answers she finds could get them all killed.

Variant Lost

I love stories about people with powers!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Narration: 🎧🎧🎧
Romance: ❤️💙💜💛❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📙📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎🌍
Character development: 🤨☺️🙃😎🥰

The heroine: Eve – She grew up with her single mother, they moved from place to place changing names each time. They were running from someone but her mother will never tell her who or why or anything really. After her mother dies in a plane crash, Eve is invited to be a student at the Bradford Hills Institute. She is a human but has an interest in science, especially having to do with Variant DNA and abilities.

The Hero(es): Tyler (a.k.a. Gabe) – He is an administrator at the Institute, very handsome and all the women want him. He is a Variant and his power is reading minds.
Ethan (a.k.a. Kid) – He is a student at the Institute, a Variant with the power of fire.
Alec (a.k.a. Master of Pain) – He works for a mysterious organization that rescued Eve from the ocean after the plane crash in which only she and the Variant Co-pilot survived. He is a Variant and his power is causing pain. Almost everyone gives him a wide berth due to the fact that sometimes his power leaks from him and gives people nearby headaches.
Josh – Kid’s friend who grew up with the other guys. He is a Variant with the power of Telekinesis.

The Love Story: Eve is enjoying the institute and having a home where before she moved from place to place. The four guys seem extremely interested in her from the start. All four guys grew up together and went through some things when they were young. The four guys live together. They are all Variants (which another word for people with DNA that gives them special abilities).

The audio/narration on this one was very odd. The female narrator was perfect for this one. The character of Eve is 18 years old and the narrator’s voice reminded me of a Emma Roberts at about that age, so it was perfect. Though the male narrator reminded me of a movie trailer narrator, the voices for the 4 guys sounded way too old and had the inflection like he was narrating movie trailers “In a world…”.

Though one thing I really liked about the narration on this book was that even though it was told in Eve’s POV, the male narrator did the male voices. In all the audiobooks I have listened to, when it is the female POV, the female does the male voices and when it is the male POV the male does the female voices. I always thought it should be this way. Though I would have liked it to be multiple POV. I like to hear the Heroes POV.

The story was great. Though as far as romance, it is a slow burn. The reverse harem aspect is coming along though there isn’t a lot of intimate contact between the main characters as of yet. That is fine though as it is more realistic than a bunch of people jumping into bed together or the heroine jumping in and out of each of the men’s beds. The Variant storyline is extremely interesting and the secrets are even more so. I am completely enjoying this so far.


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