I am a over the road truck driver for the past several years. Which gives me a lot of time to listen to audio books.
The narration is excellent. The character develop well and the world feels full and dynamic with enough real world to help the fantasy come to life. The problems Rachal gets herself in seem daunting and with no way to go back and no desire to do so she finds her self and her two closest friends with only one choice. Stand or die. This holds fast thru out the entire series and only gets better as the depth of the world and personalities works its way out. If you like fantasy and magick in a mostly modern era. If you like demons witches and vampires. You will enjoy this series. I am a guy and wile there is a great deal of lover interpersonal relationship emotional involvement in this series it did not degrade in to a "sappy love story with spells and fangs". As a guy i prefer action but a listener looking for quality emotion that enhances the story more than becoming the story will most likely come away satisfied.
I picked up this book (and the second in the series) during an Audible sale when I needed some distraction from life's heavier demands. I didn't know what to expect because this isn't my typical genre.
I'm so glad I got it. While the roles of witch/vampire/pixie/elf, etc. play an important part of the series, it's really the personalities of the characters that make the book enjoyable. Rachel (main character) is a bit fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, Ivy is a brooding, heavy handed vampire and Jenks is a mix of serious and off-the-wall. The three of them open up a business together and things go from there. It's not overly heavy and it's not entirely brainless reading, either - it's a good mix.
For me, this was exactly what I was looking for in my next audible listen. I was never bored, I laughed out loud a few times and definitely grinned in even more places. I ended up getting some of the other books in the series on Kindle and it's interesting to see some of the highlights made by other readers. There are some nuggets of knowledge/wisdom in there that have really rung true for me and I suppose might for anyone who has loved/lost.
It's just... entertaining. And entertaining enough that I'm now on book 7 out of 11 in the series. I was wary of reading a book that seemed sort of... how shall I put it... trampy vampy? I mean, the covers aren't something that make me want to pick it up. But I got over it quickly with how entertained I was and, like I said, on book 7 now so that says it all. I gave it 4 out of 5 purely because I reserve the 5 stars for being blown away.
Tip: If you're a Kindle owner and happen to buy the books on Kindle (cheaper than the price of a credit), you'll see that you can also pick up the Audible version for a discount price. (A few were just $3.49 or so!) It's nice with the whisper sync because I can put the book down and then walk the dog, listening to the story where I left off.
Even if this isn't your typical genre, I'd give it a try. One credit that might lead to really enjoying a full series. I'm glad I did.
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This is a great book. I love the story, the characters, and especially the narrator. Marguerite does an awesome job. She talks a little fast but its not hard to follow once you get used to it. But back to the book...Awesome from start to finish! Plenty of action and humor to keep you interested. This is a must for anyone who enjoys books like Sookie, BDB, twilight, etc. You won't regret it!!
I missed the point of most of this book. The pacing would slow when describing some little detail, and then gloss over the main points of the book. I found transitions awkward, and frequently found myself how we got from one place to another and what the significance of a particular character was. The story didn't flow for me.
Donna M Thomas
Honestly. I have no idea what people see in this book. The main character isn't even likeable. In fact, she's down right irritating.
I only finished it hoping I would find some redeeming value.
No such luck.
I have two rescue dogs. One Scottish born husband. And a love of books that goes back to childhood and bookmobiles!
With such a title and summary, you hope for a fun, sassy ride. The joy is, you get it! Well, I sure did. I'm glad my friends who love this genre sucked me into it!
I couldn't get beyond the first few chapters. I just didn't care for the writing style or the narration. I really tried to like it.
I don't know... but I had the books in this series in my wish list. I will have to remove them.
I thought her voice sounded too old for the part.
I couldn't get through much of the book, so I couldn't say.
It seemed like this would have been something I would have enjoyed. I like other books in this type of genre, but the writing style and the performance were grating. I just couldn't listen beyond the first couple of chapters.
This is my first audiobook from Audible and my first foray into "urban fantasy." Now I'm hooked! I loved how complex the lives of these characters are, and how sanitized. The vampire, Ivy, is truly dangerous because vampires ARE dangerous, not pouting over-aged teens who whine about their existence or promote some weird anti-woman agenda. Our anti-hero is brave and impulsive and prone to make mistakes. But she also learns from her mistakes and listens to what the folks around her say. And the resident pixie is a brand new archetype to me. I'm looking forward to following the adventures of this family by choice.
I'm addicted to Audible. May need an intervention!
I am now listening to the 11th book in this series and have enjoyed it very much. Based on other reviews, I did skip the 6th book (The Outlaw Demon Wails) and read it instead of listening. I can't imagine anyone other than Marguerite Gavin narrating the books. Her voices for Rachel, Ivy, Jenks and all the characters are perfect.
Ok, I got sucked into this book, thinking I could really get into a good series.
This book and series has had lots of acclaim- how could I go wrong?
For the first third of the book, absolutely nothing happens.
Just kept plugging along, thinking it would change. How could so many people love this book, right?
Then by the time something did happen, I was totally uninvested with the characters, and I thought "Who cares?"
How this series has found so much fame is really beyond me. I found it to drag, and I also found it poorly written. Perhaps it gets better with the other books, but I won't be wasting me time, or my credit to find out.