Audiobook Review: Rendered by Samantha Jacobey

16 Dec


How do you survive, when the only life you’ve ever known disappears in a single night?

With more friends than she could count and the daughter of two wealthy attorneys, Bailey Dewitt had a life most kids dream about. A cheerleader, the auburn haired beauty lived in a large house, where she could afford to be and do whatever she wanted. Residing in a smaller community outside of Chicago, she attended high school, getting ready for college and the fabulous career that would one day be hers. And in a single night, she lost it all; the night her parents died.

Dragged away from the only home she has ever known and forced into the care of her renegade uncle, Bailey must learn to play by a new set of rules. Faced with tough choices, she soon learns that nothing will ever be the same. When she meets Caleb Cross, she realizes her life in Illinois had been a lie. For the first time in her life, she has the chance to be truly happy. That is, if she can earn her place among the people in the tiny prepper community of Lawson…



My Review

I chose to listen to this audiobook after receiving a free copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

Rendered is a young adult novel about Bailey, a 16-year-old whose parents are killed in an accident. She and her twin brothers are taken to a new home by their uncle. Something seems off, though, but Bailey isn’t sure what it is. 

Bailey and her uncle get off on the wrong foot and at first, her attitude annoyed me but the more I read, the more I realized that she’s 16 and she just lost her parents, her home, her friends, and her perfect life. She really has a right to be upset with her uncle who is great to the twins but isn’t so nice to her. She’s not even given time to mourn.

I expected more from this story. Hailey and her brothers end up in a community with their uncle. The people in this community believe that there’s going to be a world catastrophe probably sooner than later and they’re prepared for it. The community members don’t think Bailey will fit in but she really tries and does a good job of it. She works hard and makes friends, especially with 21-year-old Caleb. But can she change the minds of everyone in the community?

Samantha Jacobey is a good storyteller and this was a quick and easy read. The one thing that stood out was the use of “the girl” in place of Bailey’s name or the pronoun “she.” I would have preferred Bailey or “she.” The narrator, Sarah Rogers, did a good job enunciating and made it easy to listen to Rendered. The pauses were appropriate and I could differentiate between voices.

This was a good start to a series but not really a stand alone book. I’m looking forward to reading the next book and finding out what happens.


About the Author

2016-12-16_10-35-30Anyone who knows me could tell you, I am a friendly kind of person, never met a stranger and take up conversations any where at any time. I work hard, and my mind never seems to shut down, as I wake up often in the middle of the night with ideas pouring out and demanding to be dealt with. Of course that means much of my books were written in the middle of the night.

I grew up and still live in the great state of Texas where everything is bigger, where we have warm weather and a central location. I love my state, my town, and my family, which includes my four sons, my significant other, and many friends as well.

I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the books that are currently available and hope you will enjoy reading them just as much. And of course, there will be many more stories to come.


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