Audiobook Review of Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark

November 28, 2017 4 Bullet Rating, Audio Book Review, Book Review 3 ★★★★

Audiobook Review of Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika DarkKeystone by Dannika Dark
Series: Crossbreed #1
Also in this series: Deathtrap
Published by Tantor Audio Narrator: Nicole Poole
Length: 10 Hours 18 Minutes
on January 31, 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Source: Personally Purchased via
AmazoniBooks four-stars
Raven Black hunts evildoers for fun, but her vigilante justice isn’t the only reason she’s hiding from the law. Half Vampire, half Mage, she’s spent years living as a rogue to stay alive. When a Russian Shifter offers her a job in his covert organization hunting outlaws, dignity and a respectable career are finally within her grasp. The catch? Her new partner is Christian Poe - a smug, handsome Vampire whom she’d rather stake than go on a stakeout with.

They're hot on the trail of a human killer who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. One misstep during her probationary period could jeopardize Raven’s chance at redemption, and her partner would love nothing more than to see her fail. Will Raven find the courage to succeed, or will she give in to her dark nature?

Dark secrets, unexpected twists, and a blurred line between good and evil will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Keystone by Dannika Dark is the first book in her Crossbreed series. Dannika Dark is a new-to-me author and I was pleasantly surprised by the Keystone audiobook.

Finding a new Urban Fantasy seems impossible at times. Out of all of the genres I read, I tend to DNF these the most often. Maybe since it is my favorite and go-to genre, I tend to me more on the rigid side and certain things easily grate on my nerves. I picked up Keystone on audible and found myself instantly intrigued by the story line and characters.

The main character, Raven Black, is relatable and flawed. She is alone and doesn’t fit into the world she lives in. After a certain group pulls her in, her internal conflict becomes one of her largest hurdles. Her baggage weighs her down and she fights to not let it pull her under. The members of the group could all stand on their own. Unique and diverse characters made the world multidimensional and added so much to my overall enjoyment of Keystone.

A few inconsistencies and a little lack of depth in this first book are the only snags. I am hoping the following installments grow on this foundation and build the story a bit more.  As a whole, this is a book a would recommend and plan on picking up the next audiobook soon!

Narration: Nicole Poole narrated Keystone. Keystone had a variety of characters from different places and backgrounds, which didn’t seem to slow Poole down a bit. I enjoyed all of the accents and tones used for male and female characters. Poole truly made Keystone come to life.

3 Responses to “Audiobook Review of Keystone (Crossbreed #1) by Dannika Dark”

  1. Tanya @ Rantings of a Reading Addict

    I’ve just started the Mageri series by Dark. Supposed to be the one before spinning off into Crossbreed. I’m a bit nuts about trying to read in order. Anyway, I had a tougher time with the first book of the Mageri, and I even though I’m into book 2 am still trying to adjust to Poole’s male voices. Funny that we just start Dark at the same time! LOL

  2. Katie

    I just started this series too, and agree about the lack of depth in some of the character’s backstories and world building. I hadn’t realized it was set in the same world as an earlier series until about halfway through. I kept reading books 2 and 3, and am really glad I stuck with it!

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