I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
I actually got very bored with the book, I only got it because of the 3 books for 2 credits, and I'm totally surprised because her highlander series and the new Dani O'Malley series are fantastic and this was very lack luster. I'm kinda shocked on how bad it was, not sure of it was totally the narrator, but she didn't help any ( I actually lived in the south for 6 years and YOUNG Sothern Belles did not sound like that) I'll eventually get through the other 2 books because it took up my credits....but if it doesn't pick up...I'll be disappointed.
Very imaginative and interesting however I would have liked to see more passion. I also do not like the writer addressing the reader in her book. I feel it takes something away from the story.
Just a book fool.
I think the story is solid but I couldn't get past the narrator. Her fake "southern" accent sounds like she is just out of breath the entire time and is distracting BEYOND belief. I wish I would have read this one myself since I am so fed up with it I can't even finish the series. The characters are all annoying and I know its not the authors fault. Maybe after some time I will be able to get the narrator out of my head and pick the series back up.
I would! She is a solid storyteller.
I love series books but the narrator sounded like she was 50 instead of a 20-something year old. And the main character was so dopey, and the story kept repeating the character's angst, it just became annoying. I did not buy the next book.
Someone that sounded younger
Yes left me hanging, finally got intersting at the end.
Say something about yourself!
Bought on Audible
What I Loved: This is going to sound odd but this book was nothing like I expected. The story is interestingly twisty and while I could understand what was going on, I never could get ahead of the story. I really enjoyed that aspect of not knowing was coming. Mac is a strong female lead but not overbearingly so. She makes mistakes, she is scared, and she seems very much like a 22 yr old thrown into a situation that she had very little control over. At first when she was described as a 22 yr old barbie looking type of gal, I was set to hate her. By midway through the book, I was rooting for her.
What I Liked: Mac and Jericho's very complicated sarcastic relationship. Jericho is still a character that I am warming up too as I can't quite figure out exactly how he fits in with everything. I don't know if I trust him or not. That being said he was great to read. Vlane wasn't in the story enough but his effect on Mac was astonishing *blush*.
Complaints: None that I won't address in the Audio Review
Audio specific review: The narrator took some getting used too. She made Mac sound older and Jericho sound very grouchy. As I got used to her reading though, I noticed that the pacing was fantastic and the nuances were dead on. So stick with it past the first couple of chapters, you will get used to the voice and tone she uses.
Why I gave it a 4: I would listen/read this book again. This is a great launch to the series and can't wait to read the next one.
Who I would recommend it too: This is an Urban Fantasy novel through and through. There isn't an HEA but you kind of get the idea that someone that has been introduced might be her HEA. I think PNR readers will like it too because of the paranormal aspect.
I'm an avid reader, and a newly avid listener. I work alot of hours and books are my escape, whether on paper or audio!!
Yes, I would listen again. Having finished the series now, I would like to listen again to pick up details that perhaps I wasn't so attuned to upon first listening.
It gets better. Initially, I hated the main character. I thought she was whiny and had no backbone, and a part of me was desperately praying for her to get killed off in the first book. She develops as the series progresses, and I found myself cheering her on. I am not a fan of Joyce Bean as a narrator. Her male voices leave much to be desired, and as a born and bred Southern girl, I find her Southern accent annoying. The narration improves later in the series. Once they added Phil Gigante (I think book 4), I am pretty sure that I purred. :)Honestly, I recommend you give this series a listen. The storyline is good, and the world Moning creates is very detailed. If you've read the
Wow. This is a review of the entire series, more than just this book.
Story wise, I would have thought from descriptions of the plot that I would hate it. Seriously, she gets away with some awful cliches. She pulled them off. I bought 'em. I LOVED them. And her language is lush, and her characters are larger than life but still manage to be human, too. I loved the overall message of shades of grey. We have sympathy for characters who are beyond redemption, we have a male love interest who is actually quite monstrous, and we have a heroine who is, honestly, insufferable at the beginning transformed into a serious bad-ass by the ending. I honestly could not stop listening until the end, even staying up until 4 am once I got into the final book.
It has flaws, but the overall story and the terrific narration makes them bearable. Totally worth the money I spent devouring these audiobooks! The abrupt switch in narrators for books 4 and 5 was weird at first, but I thought both female narrators did an excellent job, and the addition of Phil Gigante bumped this audio production from really good to absolutely superb. He has a truly swoonworthy voice, and doesn't stint in using it.
Honestly, Mac improves as a character over time. She is pretty awful in book 1 and 2, and even at the end she has some real face-palming moments, but overall she improves as she grows. Barrons...well, never really mellows even as he opens up, so if you hate him in the first book you probably will find him just as abrasive in the last one.
If you love a good, sexy urban fantasy, check this series out. I am also a fan of Kim Harrison, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, and Jim Butcher, and I have to say my love of this series is about equal. If you're curious about the level of sex, there are only three drawn-out actual sex scenes in the whole series. There are a few other sexy encounters here and there, but without actual intercourse. Mostly the story is plot-driven, dripping with unrequited attraction, just how I like it.
This book is the first of in a series, MacKayla Lane gets a call that her sister is was murdered and goes to Ireland to find out who did it where she meets Jerricho Barons and... well read for a mystery, paranormal,chemisty, fairies, twisits and much more! As it is a series of 5 books (if I remember right and only two published as now) if you want that "traditional romance" you may want to look else where, this book sets up much of the story. But if you just want a really really great read, one that you will can't wait till the next installment, this is the book! Oh the next installment is the Bloodfever which is just as good, but the one after that isnt due out until September. I am counting the days. All in all, I totally recommend ALL Karen Monings books. They are all my favorite!
I can't get around the voice of the narrator .She sounds closer to 50 years old ,its very distracting .I am going to read the hard copy.
It's too bad, she's a good narrator just wrong for this by a mile [or thirty ?]
I read the book version and enjoyed the audio versions of books 4 and 5, but this narrator sounds way too old to portray a 22 year old. It's distracting. She's not a bad reader, but not suited to this book--miscast.
This book actually isn't a romance, but a paranormal thriller/mystery. I guess because Moning's previous work were romances, the Fever series got lumped in with that category.