I didn't care for book 0 of this series, but Blood Engines was much better. Solid writing, which unfortunately is kind of scarce in the fantasy genre. Solid plot, although the bdsm party scene got a little gratuitous. Excellent narration. I haven't figured out if I actually like Marla yet but I think she's written that way. Will be buying the next in the series.
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I loved the story but the narrator could have made the characters have a little more depth.
I tried. I really wanted to like this book, I gave it several goes, but I just couldn't finish it. Problem is, I don't like Marla. Yeah, she is advertised as bitchy and bad-ass, but to me, it just seemed … forced. Over the top. Plus, the overly obvious McGuffin irked me, because (as far as I've listened) there is no explanation as to why it will help her defeat her enemy, even though they talk about the thing repeatedly. So she needs the Cornerstone and that's why she's in SanFran – that's her problem, not mine and as long as no one tells me what the Cornerstone is (other than "a powerful magical artifact") and how she expects to use it against whom, I'm not making it my problem and thus, I'm not invested. Same goes for her old, dead friend; if I don't get at least some of their back story (emphasis on *their*, not just his, not just hers, but theirs. I wanna know why he is important to her), then he doesn't feel like a character, he feels like a plot device. I need more than names and superficial facts to get into a story.
I liked it when Marla and Rondeau went to Finch's party
Only the books in this storyline. This was the first one.
No, at first I didn't know if I liked Marla at all, and that was a bit of a deterrent. Once it got maybe 1/3 of the way in I couldn't put it down.
At first I found the character of Marla Mason very unlikable. She seemed very self absorbed and rude, but I stuck with it anyway since the story was gaining speed and I wanted to know what happens. By the end, even though I still thought she was a bit mean I also thought she made a good character and got the next book.
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Kick Butt Sorcerer!
Well the x-rated party was pretty crazy!
Marla is a very complex character. In any given chapter you find yourself loving, admiring, hating, or being disappointed in her. Her heart is in the right place, for the most part, though. Her love for her city is inspiring. And she can do some cool tricks!
This is the first of TA Pratt's Marla Mason Series. I started this after hearing a Marla Mason Story on Podcastle, and I'm so glad I bought this book. I guess the genre is urban sorcery, set in a fictional modern city in North America. The characters are flawed and interesting, particularly Marla. If you like the Harry Dresden books, I think you'd like this series. The reading is well done.
I really enjoyed the way the story didn't follow all the old cliches - this writer is super original!
What I liked best is that the main character is completely unlikeable, as well as the twists and turns in the story.
The narration was excellent - Jessica Almasy has a great sense of timing and delivery.
When Rondo discovers just what kind of party Marla has brought him to - that made me laugh out loud.
Brilliant! I've just bought the next two in the series.
First, the narrator sounds like a very young girl...it is very disconcerting for Marla's voice, let alone for the male voices. It is a shame. It is not so bad that i couldn't get through the story.
There are a number of 'fill-in-the-blank'omancers...you know, technomancer, etc. When we got to pornomancer I was so disappointed - really, it came across as a cheesy way to throw in a big orgy with b&d and s&m scenes filled with things I stopped giggling at in my twenties. Throw in a twisted necrophilia and rape as revenge scene and I was truly disgusted. Disgusted that an otherwise interesting writer stooped to something so cheap and cheesy. Really, you had to go there?
Get past that part and you find a story that will keep you occupied for a few hours.
Love fantasy books, usually with a strong female character. I also enjoyed just about anything from J.D Robb I am a fan of mysteries as well. I also enjoy funny and quirky novels anything from Molly Harper is a winner in my book. Since listening to audio books is important to me while I travel I also follow certain narrators as well.
The story was different then any other I have ever read. I choose this book because I had a credit on my account and the book was cheap. It wasn't horrible but really really weird.
The story was so strange and the magic described somewhat sadistic and sexually explicit in some cases.
Jessica was one of the rudest women characters I have ever read about I know that was the authors intention but it was difficult to read and understand why in every encounter she was sarcastic self centered and rude.
I would say the narrator did the best they could and the voice quality and performance may have been the only thing that kept me going.
You have to enjoy superficial and self centered characters to really enjoy this book, I believe their is a target audience for the story line it does not include me however.