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Reviewed by Justine Reyes for Readers' Favorite
Private Ivy is the second installment in Steven Cortinas's The Legacy Series. We follow the story of Ivy Virtue, a spunky, savvy, and spirited girl detective who tackles the underbelly of her city in 1939 head-on. Despite this, Ivy has few friends. Her father has turned to the bottle because her mother has become terminally ill. With that said, if you are a fan of the show Veronica Mars or the Nancy Drew franchise, you will, without a doubt, enjoy Steven Cortinas's Private Ivy.
Steven Cortinas is both the author of the story and the director of the audiobook. Cortinas did a fantastic job on both fronts, from the writing to the casting to the overall cinematic feel of the audiobook. When you sit down and listen to Private Ivy, it feels like you're listening to an old-fashioned radio drama or the more modern podcast dramas of today. It is filled with the right amount of comedic dialogue and hardboiled noir to keep the listener hooked. The performances of all the voice actors were delightful and charming. It is the type of experience that one would want to share with their friends and family.
Katie Fuleki is the lead voice actor and main narrator in Private Ivy. Ms. Fuleki is a versatile performer. She has done film, stage, and voice work on the first installment of The Legacy Series. Her voice work on Private Ivy is lively and energetic. Fuleki's comedic tone, accents, and timing keep you wrapped up in the narrative. She truly makes the audiobook a blast.