Yes, I expected the whiny heroine. I can actually accept them as I read quite a bit of YA novels. I'm hope she matures throughout the series. The author handled some delicate subject matter well and the story kept my interest.
My biggest problem was with the narration. It felt like the librarian reading to a room of years olds - too much exaggerated melodrama and strange inflection. Also, since the book was written in first person, it didn't seem right to hear an older more mature voice. It just felt like a 40 year old pretending to be a teenager.
Picky about books and narration. Favorite genre by far is fantasy.
Writing is immature and weak, I didn't even make it two hours in and will not be finishing it. Curses, which I am ok with if used tastefully but every few sentences seemed more like a stab at rebellion and I found grating and irritating. The description of the outfits and the character dialog, the whole thing was extremely juvenile. A prepubescent could write above this level, don't waste your credit.
Even if I'm not totally happy with a book, I usually stick it out to see how it ends. Listening to this book made me feel angry, anxious, and frustrated. I finally quit half way through.
The culture of the shifter world in this book is fairly oppressive to women. The main character has run away from home multiple times looking for freedom and privacy, and the men (father, brothers, pack members) find her, drag her back, jail her, and guard her 24 hours a day. They finally let her go to college. Now they've dragged her back home again.
The main character is whiny, argumentative, and immature - even after going to college, getting her bachelors degree, and moving on to more college. She gets into trouble. The men punish her. They push her around and treat her like a little girl at 23. She wants to be treated like the men, but acts like a child. It's a dysfunctional and frustrating cycle.
The description for future books in the series hint at her becoming an "enforcer" for the pack. I was holding out for that thinking the story would improve, but I couldn't make it.
Yuck. I'm glad I bought this book on sale. Not even worth the $4.95.
This is the first book in this series, and while I agree that the heroine is sometimes a whiny, selfish brat, as the series progresses, she grows up. I'm not a huge fan of the narrator. I stopped listening to the Kitty Norville series because I coudn't stand listening to this particular narrator. She sounds way too old to be the characters in the books she is reading. Her voice reminds me of the actress Wendy Malick when she is being comically dramatic and can be extremely distracting from the story. I had to get past that because I actually liked the storyline of the book. The ones I have purchased in the series so far are good stories.
Ok, so I had a few issues with this book. The first was the narrator. The way she speaks make everything sound snotty and kinda uppity. The writing was good, but sometimes I had to stop and rewind because the author liked to throw a lot of explanations in the middle of a conversation. I would forget what the last character said, and would have to go back. Maybe it was my fault, since I listen to books while working, but I've never had this much of a problem before. I do agree that the main character is really immature for her age. At one point she is dumb founded that her father wanted to teach her responsibility. She just can't seem to believe it. Really? Personally, I wouldn't leave the main character in charge of my rock collection. Probably won't go for the second book in the series.
I have nothing against sex but there was just too much almost and angst about the heroine getting laid to make for a good read.
I read medicine bottle labels in the restroom if there is nothing else so for me to gat turned off on this one it was way over the top.
I have listened to the entire series and loved each one more than the last. The first one took me a few chapter to get into after Tru Blood, but it keeps getting better. Definitely worth listening. The narrator is one of my favorites. Really keeps you into the storyline. I hope another volume comes out soon. I would buy it immediately!
I had to start this one over to understand what was going on. My fault I am sure. Lots of excitement and good action. Wish the main character wouldn't whine so much. I will buy the second one to see it she gets better. It is another take on wereanimals. Still a pretty good listen though.
I live to ride my bike.
It follows the usual story: the heir apparent does not want the job. She fights tooth and nails against being forced to take the job. Of course puts her life (and others) in danger and the man that she hates to love must save her yad yad...
Good for light entertainment if you get it on sale price.
I spent half this book going crazy with the pure arrogance and selfishness of the little spoiled brat. Her stupidity is mind goggling. I just don't know what to say. I am still reading the next one though. Shhh don't tell anyone.