Books are great and Rachel is an incredible stron female character. Make sure you start with the 1st book though.
The story was entertaining but the narration has gotten much worse than in the first book. The narrator, Marguerite Gavin, slurs words and even mis-speaks. For example, she says FBI instead of FIB. The worst is the slurring. The book would have gotten 4 stars except for this issue. I thought her speaking manner would grow on me after the first book of Kim Harrison's, and another book by Lois McMaster Bujold (which made it my least favorite of hers), but this book has possibly put me over the edge for this narrator.
I love this series. I'm not sure what rock I've been hiding under all these years but I'm glad I've come out. These have all been fabulous. I'm not disappointed.
I like the style in which the author writes. It’s humorous and suspenseful and interesting. I will listen to more books in this series.
I enjoyed the first book in the series and wanted to like this one too, but it was too gruesome, not lighthearted enough, and the main character became more and more annoying. Having the heroine continually make wrong assumptions and bad decisions didn't work for me. Character flaws can invigorate a story, but this time they didn't.
I'm a fan of Sci-fi, fantasy and suspense. I like books that keep me guessing till the end.
This series is just a fun listen. It is not for those of you looking for the depths of The Mists of Avalon. What it does give you is a fun ride, with surprisingly interesting characters that begin to really grow on you. It's mind candy at it's finest, just remember to brush afterwards!
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I loved the first book in the series so much but this one really let me down. It fell into the trap that a lot of female-centric fantasy books do which is soft-core porn. I'm glad that Rachel and her boyfriend have a lively sex life, but the unimaginative details are too common for the genre. I'm still not sure why she's dating this guy, anyway. He put her in debt to a demon in the first book. That's not leaving the cap off the toothpaste, that's putting her soul in danger when she begged him not to. Also, the excuses that she makes for her room mate, who attacks her over and over, makes her sound like a delusional battered wife. "It's my fault, she needs me, I'm special, I'll be careful next time, I'm worried about her." blah-blah-blah. So annoying! That said, I thought the second book in the Dresden Files series was horrible for many of the same reasons. I'm willing to give the next book a try after a break.
I found the characters confusing and was bored by the fact that a lot of it was just chit chat. I like vampires, and I like adventure but this book was just plain boring.
I tenatively downloaded this book, as I was hedging my bets that it would be better then the first. That's a bet I lost. Rachel is the most annoying main character I have EVER had to bear. She never learns from her past mistakes, ever.
I don't want to give anything away from the story, but the writer makes no attempt to come up with a half way decent story to deal with the bad guys in the story. Time and time again Rachel delves head long into something that just completely makes you shake your head. She then gets burned, talks at length about why not to do something like that, to turn around and do it again and again.
The relationship between her and her roommate Ivy had not changed at all. The problem they had from the last book continued throughout this entire book. Two full books of the same stupid dialogue between the two main characters was absolute torture. How any editor allowed this into the book is beyond me. It was barely tolerable in the first book, but just atrotious in the second.
At this moment, I'm going to take a break from this series. It has moments and some characters I really like, but then the author does something that just totally ruins the whole story. The author has setup a lot of great elements to this world, that she will finally utilize correctly, but the main character is so terribly annoying that I just can't pull myself to listen to this anymore at this moment.
If you're a fan of this genre like Charlaine Harris's books, or Laurel K. Hamilton, this series is not anywhere close to those. Maybe the later books are much better, but I can't recommend this story to anyone for any reason