I love the story and setting. The characters are awesome and fun, lots of laugh out loud moments and the story moves right along.
The main character, Eugenie. If you read the VA books, she's like Rose, a total badass...with a good heart, snarky attitude, potty mouth...only older...and um, a bit promiscuous. Dorian is completely awesome. I also love Jasmine, she made me laugh a lot.
At first, I was surprised at how mature she sounds for a character of this age, but I got used to it. She does a good job with the other world characters. Some of the accents were thicker than I had them in my head [I always read a book before I buy it on audible.com...I only buy my favorites, that I will listen to over and over, on audio.] but overall, she was good.
There's a lot more sex in this book than I was prepared for, having only read Richelle's VA books. I can only imagine the Succubus books are way worse. Not saying the sex is written badly...it's not. But it is, um...often and a bit dirty. I would have read them anyway, but it would have been nice to be warned.
This author is amazing, she has a way of making fast intense scenes seem like just that. I think she creates characters well many lead rolls are strong independent women.
The narrator is okay...but not for this book. She doesn't portray the characters well. Its not her voice its her tones.
Overall good book...cant wait for more of her books. This book is nothing like her previous series but the action scenes rock!
this is a nice book a bit cliché and but written well. the heroine is a little annoying but not as bad as some in this genre I loved both of her main love interests so that helps. the reader is amazing as always. if you love urban fantasy then give it a try its a few hours of sexy fun it won't change your world but it's fluffy and light like sometimes it's good to read
I born a long time ago and grew up to be who I am today.
I'm a fan of other Richelle Mead books but this one would make a for a "good" Kim Harrison novel and I'm not exactly a fan of Harrison's storytelling. So "bad" Richelle Mead is "good" Kim Harrison? This reads like an extended prologue and by the end of it Eugenie has so much raw power and personal influence that it makes you wonder why we even bothered being introduced to her shared home life and her "day job".
As I said, I'm already a fan. I just feel this series is already off on the wrong start. Normally Mead's characters (Kinkaid and Rose) are far more balanced. Eugenie is about the biggest Mary Sue I've seen. If not for Mead then for someone. Her power is unrivaled for the most part and this is the START of the story? It's like introducing Luke Skywalker with the power of Darth Vader and the Emperor combined then hinting that he has the potential to grow stronger.
Her performance is decent for the material. I wouldn't mind listening to her read better written works.
There actually WAS a plot twist, and it has the best personification of Persephone (the Iron Queen) I've seen in modern literature thus far. Too many people have painted her in a light that betrays the awesomeness that is the Queen of the Dead.
I'm still not sure what the point of this story was. It's almost like an entire series of books (akin to the Hallows series as a whole) was condensed and shoved into one book that leaves almost no room for real growth OR this was simply the published back story for the character Mead wanted to put in the books that follows this. Either way, the execution is off.
2 hours a day in the car gives me a lot of time to listen to a good book.
The story line was pretty well written, but the narrator ruined it for me. It was like listening to a female version of William Shatner. Everything... Was... Just... Too... Intense!!!!
I quit after the woman, I forget her name, goes home with this guy from a bar and has uninhibited sex...the descriptions goes on and on and on and on. So she's attracted to him. I don't care if he uses a scarlet condom, how stupid can she be to pick up a stranger and take him home? I figured something bad was going to come of it, but apparently this jerk becomes her partner.
Also a lot of vocabulary for otherworldly forms and weapons used against them is unfamiliar. Better to read those words than hear them. I've no idea how to spell them.
The narrator isn't bad, I just am so uninterested in the book.
Enjoy the adventure
Recently, I watched the movie “This is the End”. At first, I was laughing and enjoying the movie. But soon I was asking “why did I think this would be fun?” I had the same experience with this book.
At first it’s about a woman who gives rouge paranormals serious beat downs. Suddenly it’s a romance story where everyone is worried about their hair, clothes and do I love this guy or that one. Why did I think this would be fun and I may have caught a serious case of cooties.
OK, I never write a bad review, however, I had to force myself to do it. Sorry :( First off, let me say that I love this author and the book is an interesting start to a new series. However, the casual sex was a bit too much for me. The big kicker, however, was the reading style of the narrator. I think she has a great voice. But, she chose to pause in the middle of sentences and completely ignored the punctuation marks all together. I found myself cringing after only one chapter and I actually stopped listening several times to listen to other books just to give myself a break. I always listen to the sample before purchasing any audio book, however, I feel like the sample did not give the listener enough time to understand the cadence of this narrator's voice. I would not have purchased if I'd be able to listen a bit longer and realized how annoying I found it. Maybe it's just me?
The reader was horrible.
Use a different narrarator. I couldn't even finish the book because I couldn't stomach her voice any longer.
If it was a different person altogether.. she sounded nothing like my idea of a YOUNG, sexy butt-kicking warrior heroine.
I don't usually do reviews, but I felt compelled to forwarn others about this one. Wished I would have listened to the sample
Not sure, I can't imagine.
I normally love her books but this first book in the series I cannot even listen to it's so dull.
Awful. There was hardly any voice changes between characters. I found her voice made me feel bored and sleepy.