Author: Tara Lain
Narrator: Kale Williams
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Run Time: 6 hours and 45 minutes
Category: Fairy Tale, New Adult, Fantasy
At a Glance: Driven Snow starts off a bit slow, but Williams’ narration kept my interest up until the story got to the part where the action picked up.
Reviewed By: Kim
Blurb: Young Snowden “Snow” Reynaldi is brilliant, beautiful, and alone. Though he’s shy, weird, and tolerated by the NorCal University students because he’s a renowned whiz at chess and helps put the school on the map, that doesn’t keep him from dreaming of the object of his desires: Riley Prince, championship quarterback.
When Riley needs a physics tutor, Snow jumps at the chance, and their relationship heats up – but Riley has to come out of the jock closet to get anywhere. Meanwhile, Snow’s one true friend and mentor, Professor Kingsley, marries a woman who secretly wants the chess tournament glory and money for herself. Soon after, the professor collapses and Snow finds himself underwater – literally. In a car!
Seven frat brothers from Grimm College rescue Snow just in time for his life to get even worse, and Snow discovers the one relationship he always wanted slipping away. With evil looming at every turn, Snow must survive if only to prove he’s the fairest of them all and regain the trust of his handsome prince.
Review: I must say I thoroughly enjoyed the audio presentation of Driven Snow much better than reading the print version. Then again, I had no problem selecting this audio when I noticed who was doing the narrating. I’ve experienced Kale Williams’ performance of Sinders and Ash, and enjoyed that one as well. He has a very pleasant voice worth listening to, and he does a fine job at pacing his narration. I loved how he gave each of his character their own voice, and I’m looking forward to listening to his future Pennymaker Tales narrations.
Driven Snow starts off a bit slow, but Williams’ narration kept my interest up until the story got to the part where the action picked up—with the Professor collapsing. Just as the blurb says, it becomes much worse for Snow, as one thing after another starts to snowball and then go downhill. I enjoy the geeky types who have a hidden depth to them, and even though things went so horribly wrong with Snow and Riley, Snow didn’t give in. He used his noggin and worked to solve the problem. Of course, it helped to have his very own Mr. Pennymaker standing in the wings with words of encouragement, and the seven very hunky frat brothers there to save the day.
As for Riley, well, he had a little growing up to do, but when he wasn’t jumping to conclusions and allowed himself to really think about the situation he found himself in, he proved that he wasn’t just another dumb jock with a pretty face. Which turned out to be good, because I really wanted to dropkick his butt when he first turned against Snow.
Driven Snow is cute, suspenseful (as in angsty), and there was even a moral to the story. I love how Tara Lain has taken this fairytale theme and turned it into a wonderful contemporary fantasy romance.
When it comes to another reread, the audio version wins!
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