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Sapphira is a ticking time bomb. Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory. In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master h Sapphira is a ticking time bomb. Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory. In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master her abilities to save the ones she loves or will she fall victim to the enemy that seeks to take what is rightfully hers?


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Sapphira is a ticking time bomb. Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory. In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master h Sapphira is a ticking time bomb. Two years ago, she lost control of the unstable energies within her and caused a horrific supernatural incident. Since then, she and her family have lived in constant fear of another—and her freedom seems only a distant memory. In Huskers Grove, Iowa, a darkness looms. A great and faceless evil. An evil that wants Sapphira. Can she master her abilities to save the ones she loves or will she fall victim to the enemy that seeks to take what is rightfully hers?

30 review for Live Wire

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andy

    3.5/5 I read this on a whim and because I needed something short and sweet. This turned out to be pretty good! I was hit with a little deja vu as the character develops amnesia and I just read Box of Frogs which also has an amnesiac character. Sapphira is a girl with fantastical powers, she's essentially a nuclear bomb and she's had a hard time dealing with her power and the aftermath of a catastrophe that she unintentionally caused. She manages to convince her brothers to bring her on their newe 3.5/5 I read this on a whim and because I needed something short and sweet. This turned out to be pretty good! I was hit with a little deja vu as the character develops amnesia and I just read Box of Frogs which also has an amnesiac character. Sapphira is a girl with fantastical powers, she's essentially a nuclear bomb and she's had a hard time dealing with her power and the aftermath of a catastrophe that she unintentionally caused. She manages to convince her brothers to bring her on their newest work mission and that's where things go wrong. Sapphira ends up trapped on a farm with no memories of who she is or how she got there. Luckily, there's a sexy farm boy to the rescue. The middle of this book was interesting since Phira goes around trying to remember things and helping around the farm. There's also several mysterious near death experiences for her. I did enjoy seeing Phira regain her memories and skills over this time period. What I was not fond of was the out of context and blatant sex shaming Phira did to herself. There's nothing wrong with having sex even as a woman. And she just had a complete meltdown about it and kept going on about how she wasn't "pure" or some ridiculous shit. That part definitely bothered me. I am curious to see what will happen next though.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Feminista

    A win for urban fantasy. Authors that make me fall in love with this genre all over again.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheyenne

    I am dnf'ing this. I'm sorry. A lot of people seemed to enjoy this book but if I have to read one other page where Sapphira is talking about how she's allowed to be a slut and a bitch because her life is "oh so hard", I am putting my head down the toilet and flush until my brain is cleansed.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I wasn't sure what to expect with this series, as it is a spin-off of the Caged series. I absolutely love the Caged series: Ruby, Sean, Scarlet, and the boys. It's hard for me to read a spin-off to a series I love because what if I don't love the new one? What if I don't like the characters or the way the story lines are used? It's a lot of what ifs and unknowns and sometimes it can be scary. So, Sapphira is the daughter of two very powerful supernaturals, and when you find out who they are, wow I wasn't sure what to expect with this series, as it is a spin-off of the Caged series. I absolutely love the Caged series: Ruby, Sean, Scarlet, and the boys. It's hard for me to read a spin-off to a series I love because what if I don't love the new one? What if I don't like the characters or the way the story lines are used? It's a lot of what ifs and unknowns and sometimes it can be scary. So, Sapphira is the daughter of two very powerful supernaturals, and when you find out who they are, wow! The pressure that this woman has on her shoulders is huge! She can't control her powers and her family can't trust her. She hates her life and lashes out at anyone and everyone to show her frustration. This is a supernatural, fantasy story but has a romantic element to it. During some of the story in Iowa, I was wondering why Amber Lynn Natusch doesn't have many contemporary romances in her repertoire. She has some amazing skill at writing these characters that have attraction but have such complicated issues going on that it almost makes it impossible to have a relationship. She doesn't write "love at first sight" type stories; they have depth, complexity, ups, downs, attraction, and steam. I am someone who doesn't like to read many romance novels, however I love the romantic aspects of her stories, especially this one. Bottom line, if you love the Caged series (how could you not?), then get this book. If you love romance with a little supernatural bad-a$$ery thrown in, then get this book. You might want to read the Caged series first, but you don't have to. But!! Don't read this first and then read the Caged series. Huge spoilers abound in here!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Sapphira, or Phira, is having some anger issues to say the least. She is under constant monitoring since a supernatural incident that left a town destroyed. The constant babysitting doesn’t help her rage issues either. While she always has her twin brothers, Nico and Alek, or The Specialist, TS, with her at all times she feels lonely. Everyone around her feels her wrath because she has no choice in what she can do with her life and she can’t soothe the anger she feels. Circumstances are set in m Sapphira, or Phira, is having some anger issues to say the least. She is under constant monitoring since a supernatural incident that left a town destroyed. The constant babysitting doesn’t help her rage issues either. While she always has her twin brothers, Nico and Alek, or The Specialist, TS, with her at all times she feels lonely. Everyone around her feels her wrath because she has no choice in what she can do with her life and she can’t soothe the anger she feels. Circumstances are set in motion for Phira to find her true self. Live Wire grabs your imagination and holds it to the very end. It is the perfect blend of action, mystery, and suspense to keep you glued to the story. There is even a little romance throw in there that is perfectly done. My heart ached for Phira during this story as she found true self. This book is part of the Caged World. You DO NOT have to read Caged to understand this book. This series stands on its own. If you liked or loved Live Wire like I did, check out the check out the completed Caged Series. I need the next book, Kill Switch, like now.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rosanna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoiler Alert!! She's done it again!! Where to begin?? This woman is Midas when she writes!! This book has all kinds of kick ass action, love and the right amount of magic! It was fun to get to see Sean again. Missed that guy

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    There are a lot of things that I want to like about this book but they're not quite enough to overpower some of the things I really did not like. I almost gave up after the first chapter but I wasn't quite put off enough to stop reading. So the good things—the main character, Sapphira, is really intriguing. When we meet her, she's having sex with a stranger to help take the edge off her powers, which seem to be even a mystery to her. I love when authors "remix" established stories—in this case it There are a lot of things that I want to like about this book but they're not quite enough to overpower some of the things I really did not like. I almost gave up after the first chapter but I wasn't quite put off enough to stop reading. So the good things—the main character, Sapphira, is really intriguing. When we meet her, she's having sex with a stranger to help take the edge off her powers, which seem to be even a mystery to her. I love when authors "remix" established stories—in this case it's Greek and Roman mythology mixed with some additional supernatural beings—and I wish there'd been more of that world in the story. But there were a lot of things that just bothered me. The not so great things.(view spoiler)[ Dear god the self-incriminating slut-shaming. It's explained over and over again that she's doing this because it helps her retain control over whatever her powers are, but is held essentially captive by the men in her life who won't let her try to find other ways to control it. But they also jump on her case about having sex with strangers. So we get her internalized "Oh god I'm a horrible person" monologue and then, for fun, we get it in external diatribes from her brothers, 2/3 of the men keeping her down. And yes, that all goes away when she's stripped of her powers, until she gets a flashback in her amnesiac state and all of a sudden she's all "I'm horrible" again. UNTIL Love Interest is like "no wait you get to choose how you are" and suddenly she's all "yeah I do, everything's cool and kosher." You don't get over that kind of self-loathing that fast. I can suspend my disbelief for a lot of things but not that. This, like many other parts of the story, felt super rushed and unearned. By the end of the book, we still have no idea what Sapphira's powers really are or how to control them, only that now that she's basically agreed to host another being? part of her self? no idea, but this Other helps her control her powers. Whatever they might be. So once again, her entire life is dependent not on Sapphira, but on this other being that controls her power. I guess I just wish there'd been more badass heroine coming into her own and less confused, downtrodden woman who only flourishes when she has no sense of her self. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 5 out of 5

    Desdemona Van Tent

    wow.... Having sex with with many men makes you "a dirty whore" "disgusting" and a "Bad Person" Slut shaming much? She "Had" to have sex with many men though, so that makes it a bit forgivable Seriously? Having sex with many guys not make you a "Whore" there is nothing wrong with fucking a lot of people. It doesn't make you bad, impure or disgusting. Trying to Finish the book, but already now halfway through I'm tired of this misogynistic shaming bullshit. It's too bad, cause the story seems like it wow.... Having sex with with many men makes you "a dirty whore" "disgusting" and a "Bad Person" Slut shaming much? She "Had" to have sex with many men though, so that makes it a bit forgivable Seriously? Having sex with many guys not make you a "Whore" there is nothing wrong with fucking a lot of people. It doesn't make you bad, impure or disgusting. Trying to Finish the book, but already now halfway through I'm tired of this misogynistic shaming bullshit. It's too bad, cause the story seems like it could be somewhat interesting, but this shit is distracting as fuck

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sabrina

    Mind blowing! What a great start to what I'm sure will be an amazing series! I was so happy to jump into The Caged world again! I was sad to see Ruby's series end, but thankfully we get to catch up with her children in this heart stopping Urban Fantasy! I can't wait to see what happens next

  10. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    I did like this story. For me it started out great(ish), not exactly the greatest fan of her coping mechanisms, the middle was wah, wah, wah for me, then it all came together at the end. I liked the characters, the story was unusual and I enjoyed it, and I did emotionally connect with a few of the characters. Overall nice way to spend my time.

  11. 5 out of 5

    JoeK

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The strong points of this story out-weight the week ones, but only just. Saphira, as introduced at the start of the novel is a most unlikable character. Profane, promiscuous and combative, there is no reason for the reader to like her. Very quickly she loses her memory and we are left with a new, much more likeable protagonist who spends most of the story trying to get her memory back. By the end of the book we end up with a third character (and sort of a fourth that coexists with her. There were The strong points of this story out-weight the week ones, but only just. Saphira, as introduced at the start of the novel is a most unlikable character. Profane, promiscuous and combative, there is no reason for the reader to like her. Very quickly she loses her memory and we are left with a new, much more likeable protagonist who spends most of the story trying to get her memory back. By the end of the book we end up with a third character (and sort of a fourth that coexists with her. There were editing problems where the story seems to skip, almost as though a few connecting paragraphs were missing. The author seems to have a hard time visualizing the scene she describes at times. In one instance, Phira is halfway up the stairs when she notices Gabe's mother watching her. This seems improbable as I would think that her back would be to the room and using crutches to navigate would make twisting in the middle of a staircase difficult if not dangerous. The story did bog down during Phira's stay at the farm. I was almost ready to put the book down when the pace finally began to pick up again. Phira's defeat of the Anemoi was so quick and perfunctory that it was almost anticlimactic. Not sure if I'd read any more of the series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeannie Jones

    I enjoyed this. It was short and sweet, but still enjoyed it. It did read like a romance novel for the majority of the book, but I guess I like that sort of thing. I guess the only thing I didn't like was the possible? love triangle. Because the last love triangle in the Caged series had me on the wrong team. Not that I didn't enjoy the ride. Anyways. All I can say is team TS. Gabe was nice and all, but I'm not loving him. I don't know, something was missing and that could be the point. I hope the I enjoyed this. It was short and sweet, but still enjoyed it. It did read like a romance novel for the majority of the book, but I guess I like that sort of thing. I guess the only thing I didn't like was the possible? love triangle. Because the last love triangle in the Caged series had me on the wrong team. Not that I didn't enjoy the ride. Anyways. All I can say is team TS. Gabe was nice and all, but I'm not loving him. I don't know, something was missing and that could be the point. I hope the next one goes somewhere good. I would hate it to be a repeat of the Caged arc. I want Phira to be differentiated from Ruby. Her inner monologues are almost the same voice though. Still looking forward to the next one.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Carroll

    Set in the world of Caged series Meet Sapphira, the daughter of Sean and Ruby from the caged series. I loved the caged series and I'm so happy this is sort of a continuation of that series. Don't think this book is about characters from the caged series, because it is all about Sapphira and what powers she has and how they impact her life along with the people in her life.Some characters from caged make small appearances, but that's it and I happy to get to know other characters set in this world Set in the world of Caged series Meet Sapphira, the daughter of Sean and Ruby from the caged series. I loved the caged series and I'm so happy this is sort of a continuation of that series. Don't think this book is about characters from the caged series, because it is all about Sapphira and what powers she has and how they impact her life along with the people in her life.Some characters from caged make small appearances, but that's it and I happy to get to know other characters set in this world. Get set for an interesting read full of action, adventure , and mystery.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alison Motherwell

    A complex story of humanity and the supernatural This was an author I had heard good things about but hadn't had a chance to explore yet. I can't say I'm disappointed. The building of characters and the intricate weave of the story was brilliant. We were able to see how a shattered life can be put back together with a little self belief.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cate

    It's a miss for me on this book... I felt like this was just a rambling narrative. It's like the author didn't know where she was going with this story or what type of story line she really wanted, but kept typing to meet an end. I've read her books in the past and enjoyed them. This one...not so much.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Awesome Character Development!!! For one I am SO Happy that the Caged series continued with the children and the development of each character and their super natural power. So far it has just added to the overall experience for me and I am in Live with Gabe and Phire she is totally kick ass and I can’t wait to see what happens next with her!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katy Rose

    Good read I took a chance on a different genera and different subject with the end result being meh. I didn't love this book but I didn't hate it. It's VERY well written, just not my preference!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Belinda Thompson

    I really needed a Shaun and Ruby fix and their daughter's story did not disappoint. A riveting story that pulled me in from the first word to the last. I will be binge reading every book in this series....I recommend you follow my lead.

  19. 5 out of 5

    April Pawless

    Great Read I really enjoyed reading this book. The characters are really well written and engaging. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Murlin

    Great I really enjoyed reading this book. It has such a unique storyline and wonderful characters. I can't wait to read the next one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tamara Tabor

    superb! I couldn't get enough of Phira! just overall really good and fun read! I didn't want this book (or the second one) to end! i can not wait for the third book!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christina Ps

    2.5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Clara

    Great spin off Caged series Amber Natusch has that writing style that is so easy to read and enjoyable. This is a great “spin off” or continuation of her caged series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Burget

    You won't regret the read. :) This was a very good read. I would recommend this book to anyone who has read the caged series first. Its simple to follow and very entertaining

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    New and different I really enjoyed this, it didn’t shy away from being dark. This is a new and different world and I really liking it. On to book 2...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Heltsley

    Pure awesome! Such a unique twist on mythology. This is a book that you can love and it won’t be like the last book you just read with supernaturals. Highly recommend! Five glittery stars!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Erin Hennesay

    A good read. Different storyline than the usual. Pulls you along well. Not a nail-biter, or one you can't put down, but unique look.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

    (RabidReads.com)Caged, by this author, is one of my favorite series. It ended, as all good things do, over a year and a half ago, and it was hard to say goodbye to all my favorite characters. Sean and Ruby were the main ones, and now they have an adult daughter named, Sapphira. And yes, this is a spin-off of Caged, and Sapphira is now the heroine. I was extremely pleased to receive this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Sapphira(Phira)has a very dark energy inside her (RabidReads.com)Caged, by this author, is one of my favorite series. It ended, as all good things do, over a year and a half ago, and it was hard to say goodbye to all my favorite characters. Sean and Ruby were the main ones, and now they have an adult daughter named, Sapphira. And yes, this is a spin-off of Caged, and Sapphira is now the heroine. I was extremely pleased to receive this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. Sapphira(Phira)has a very dark energy inside her body. She has no control over it during any kind of strong emotion. A town in Colorado was razed to the ground along with all it’s residents the last time she lost control, so now she is not trusted by her family to do anything outside her home by herself. She lives with her two brothers, Nico and Alek, and she also has a bodyguard named, TS, who follows her everywhere. They are all members of the PC, a group that polices supernaturals by using immortal warriors. When the group gets sent to check out a town with a supernatural problem, Phira talks them into letting her go. Events happen and Phira ends up by herself on a farm in a rural area. There, she is taken in by Gabe, the owner of the farm. Due to spoilers, I am going to leave it at that. I liked Sapphira as a character, and she is completely different from any other of the author’s characters from her other series. The darkness inside of her has caused her to do anything she can to keep it at bay, including having multiple sexual partners. Sex and playing her piano are the only things that keep her sane, and keeps everyone safe while around her. She is non-apologetic about it and doesn’t(?) care what her family thinks about her because it’s her only hope to keep everyone from getting hurt by her. It’s a major struggle for her, one that her family isn’t aware of. On top of that, she is full of snark and is generally a not nice person to be around. All since the incident in Colorado. Once in Iowa, by necessity, that all changes. Again, enough said. Gabe is a young farmer that is about ready to lose his farm. It doesn’t take him long to become pretty smitten with Phira, and actually, her with him as well. Gabe was perfect as a man who while wonderful to Phira, is also confused by her as well. I really liked his character and enjoyed seeing him fall for her. Phira’s father, Sean, shows up in this installment, and I will be waiting impatiently to see Ruby show up in future books. While there is a romance, I consider this an urban fantasy. It remains to be seen what’s going to happen with Sapphira in the long run, and Amber adding TS into the mix as another possible love interest for Phira, only added to the story. Love triangle? Not yet, but who knows as we are just getting started with this series. The author has employed a great deal of creativity in developing a new type of villain for Phira to face. Extremely scary, this new creature has a big arsenal of creative ways to mess with Phira at it’s disposal. And it certainly doesn’t shy away. Phira, as the product of two different sorts of supernatural characters, gave the author license to come up with a whole new entity in Phira. A non-stop, less than one day read for me, this book blew me away with it’s new sort of supernatural main character, and the new kind of paranormal villain as well. I enjoyed the romance between Phira and Gabe, but the book was also full of suspense, and plenty of fast paced action as well. I found it to be very creative and well written, and because it was written by Amber, that didn’t shock me in the slightest. I thought it was an awesome start to a new series and loved the whole thing. I highly recommend this to adult urban fantasy fans, ones that don’t mind a romance in their reads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristy

    Wow! This one has left me with a book hangover! I literally read the whole thing without putting my iPad down. I even convinced my husband to go and pick the kids up from school because I couldn't bear to put the story down for half an hour. Live Wire is centred around Sapphira, who is the daughter of two characters from the Caged series. I would say you don't need to read that series first, but if you like this book, then you'll enjoy that series too, so don't deprive yourself of that! Sapphira Wow! This one has left me with a book hangover! I literally read the whole thing without putting my iPad down. I even convinced my husband to go and pick the kids up from school because I couldn't bear to put the story down for half an hour. Live Wire is centred around Sapphira, who is the daughter of two characters from the Caged series. I would say you don't need to read that series first, but if you like this book, then you'll enjoy that series too, so don't deprive yourself of that! Sapphira is one messed up, and extremely powerful supernatural. She's snarky, argumentative and really...sad and lonely. She almost broke me heart – she dealt with so much pain and anger! This book is an awakening of sorts for her, and we have the privilege of getting to know her, as she better gets to know herself. The pace of the book is great. There is enough action to keep things moving, but at the same time we get to know the characters who will no doubt be staples throughout the series (at least I seriously hope so). There is just so much to like about this book! Original ideas, fast-paced story lines and fantastic supernatural characters. This series is going to be a cracker! Merged review: Wow! This one has left me with a book hangover! I literally read the whole thing without putting my iPad down. I even convinced my husband to go and pick the kids up from school because I couldn't bear to put the story down for half an hour. Live Wire is centred around Sapphira, who is the daughter of two characters from the Caged series. I would say you don't need to read that series first, but if you like this book, then you'll enjoy that series too, so don't deprive yourself of that! Sapphira is one messed up, and extremely powerful supernatural. She's snarky, argumentative and really...sad and lonely. She almost broke me heart – she dealt with so much pain and anger! This book is an awakening of sorts for her, and we have the privilege of getting to know her, as she better gets to know herself. The pace of the book is great. There is enough action to keep things moving, but at the same time we get to know the characters who will no doubt be staples throughout the series (at least I seriously hope so). There is just so much to like about this book! Original ideas, fast-paced story lines and fantastic supernatural characters. This series is going to be a cracker!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara Oxton

    Live Wire by Amber Lynn Natusch is the first book in the Blue-Eyed bomb series, and Wow what a kick start this book gives it!! I for one can’t wait for book two Kill Switch If its half as good as this book then It will be an amazing read like this was, I literally had to wait hours in hospital today and I was so into this book I didn’t realise that the time had passed and was quiet gutted when they called my name as I was at such a cliff hanger I almost told them to wait!! This series is a spin Live Wire by Amber Lynn Natusch is the first book in the Blue-Eyed bomb series, and Wow what a kick start this book gives it!! I for one can’t wait for book two Kill Switch If its half as good as this book then It will be an amazing read like this was, I literally had to wait hours in hospital today and I was so into this book I didn’t realise that the time had passed and was quiet gutted when they called my name as I was at such a cliff hanger I almost told them to wait!! This series is a spin off from the Caged and unborn series and is set in the same world with some of the same characters The book is based around Sapphira or Phira for short, she is a part of the PC (Patronus Ceteri) along with her two brothers they are triplets that have come from a great heritage, that is a great twist in the story. It starts with Phira fearing for herself and everyone around her after two years previously she wiped out a small-town Little Church and all the inhabitants. Something she hates herself for and still can’t properly admit to herself why she did it. She is shadowed by The Specialist (TS for short) who has several comical names given to him by Phira such as Ajax, Mr Clean or my personal favourite Captain scrubbing bubbles, as he is sent to clean up the mess that Phira made in Little Church and is now her personal bodyguard sent by her over protective farther who also happens to be head of the PC. TS has a way of keeping her calm and safe when she needs it most usually. Just is life is starting to get settled and Phira is staring to get taken along on PC business, when tragedy strikes and a Major storm leading to a plane crash and amnesia mean that Phira gets a do over, and then realises that she may have a lot more family traits than she realises as well as another complication in the tall drink of farming water that is Gabe adds to the complications. A great Five star read and Amber Lynn Natusch pulls it out of the bag again. She is a great author and I for one can’t wait for the second book Kill Switch to drop.

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