Author: Xela Culletto
Narrator: Tonia Blake
Length: 7 hours 2 minutes
Publisher: Xela Culletto
Released: May 21, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction; Young Adult
Before the Vela invasion, Rhyan's biggest concern was getting through a day of school. But when she is thrust into the madness of a kill-or-be-killed world, her true strength emerges and a deadly warrior is unleashed.
Stumbling through the new morals of a post-apocalyptic world, she learns to depend only on herself. As she gets closer to discovering what the aliens actually want, her lethality becomes unmatched, and she soon learns the extent she'll go to in order to survive.
Xela is a working mother of three, living in the Utah. Currently in her ninth year of teaching secondary education, she decided that after talking to students about achieving their dreams, she would take her own advice and complete a lifelong goal of writing a novel. When not playing Legos with her sons, or sorting through the endless laundry, you’ll find her watching The Walking Dead, horseback riding, or working on her next book.
Growing up, Tonia told stories at sleepovers and sang in competitive chorale groups. Storytelling and songs eventually gave way to the competing interests of science and veterinary medicine, but she continued to indulge a reading addiction so fierce it led to a recurrent and rather jaunty facial tic under one eye. Audiobooks to the rescue!
Her stethoscope now lives in her sock drawer, and she’s delighted to be telling stories once again, this time narrating audiobooks from her at-home studio in mid-coast Maine. When she’s not in her vocal booth, she enjoys spending time with her family, fur-babies, and on her yoga mat.
I live for a good YA story. I love a kick-ass heroine. I appreciate a story that makes me think while holding on to the edge of my seat. Girl VS has all that and more. Quite frankly, Girl VS caught me by surprise. I am not a huge fan of sci-fi and alien apocalype stories are not my usual go-to for summer kicks. But something about this story sounded intriguing and I am so very thankful I took a gamble. The story is sharp, writing is strong, action intense and emotions spot on. The reader takes to Rhyan right away - but not in a pitying way. She has lost everything and continues to lose what little she acquires along the way and she fights - fights for life, for her friends, for humanity. Xela Culletto - I am waiting for the next installment because I know you are not done with Rhyan by far!
Tonia Blake is an amazing narrator. She delivers a strong performance as the voice of a powerful young woman and her supporting cast of characters. There were no cringe-worthy moments of mispronounced words. The story flowed, the action swelled and the awkward social skills of a hardened loner girl were given aural life. This was one of my favorite narrated books this summer.
RATING Four and a half Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries! (It was pretty near to perfect for me!)
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Xela Culletto. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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