i read the other reviews before i decided to buy this so i was fully warned but did it anyways. i loved her academy series, couldn't put it down, it was wonderful but this one doesnt seem like it's written by the same person. first off the narrator put me to sleep, her voice has no excitement to it and is very mellow all the time. the story didnt keep my interest and had way too much sex in it for my liking. i havnt even finished the book yet because i keep falling asleep or losing interest and having to rewind. the plot is very predictable. i'm going to try and push through and finish this book because i am a fan of her work but so far i am extremely dissapointed and felt i should share. this might be a better book if you go out and buy a $5 paperback copy and read it yourself.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
Unique, Interesting, Entertaining
The main character is my favorite. She is strong and is on top of everything, but maybe someone could give her a day off in the near future?
Love Jennifer, one of my favorites.
Storm Born would be a good name and making this into a movie would be great.
If you like paranormal or urban, give this a shot. There is a little romance, but not much. More story and who/what done it than who is trying to sleep with who. Its an enjoyable 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.
I could not get into this book...I stopped listening half way through and will not continue on with the series.
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!!!!
Love the surprise around every corner. The supernatural is once again brought to life in a great tale.
Great self sacrifice.
I am addicted to audio books, mostly fantasy. I have alwayz loved to read but could never find the time. This way I keep my mind occupied with wonderful stories and don't get caught up in life's stresses. I'm so glad I found this site.
I really liked this book. Vampire Academy was amazing so when I saw Richelle had written this series I had to listen. The main character is a great heroin and I enjoyed this book very much. Excited to read book 2.
Like the romance, but love the action involved to get there!
The world was interesting, but kind of felt like the Fever series in the way that you didn't know who was good and who was bad and it was obviously set up for sequels...some steamy scenes, but overall just, an "eh" book. I don't plan on getting the next one.
I love sci-fi/fantasy. This was a good story. I liked the characters.
Odelle. She is strong and I enjoyed watching her grow through out the book.
I like how she changes her voice for different characters.
Other world, take cover.
I loved this series. The first book was the hardest to get through. I'm the same age as Eugenie and it was hard to wrap my head around Jennifer Van Dyck's much older voice. Still, I'm glad I stuck with it because the book was a lot of fun.
Right off the bat Eugenie meets Kiyo, a rather unique magical being. Their instant attraction is hot and realistic. Still, I've always been more partial to Dorian, the sexy fey king, who pushes Eugenie to embrace her destiny. And frequently ties her up.
Usually love triangles make me want to claw my eyes out, but this book does it right. I think it's a combination of Kiyo's lack of total commitment and Dorian's lack of possessiveness that make it so that Eugenia can kinda test the waters with both instead of spending the book locked in turmoil over who to be with.
There's a pretty good plot, too. If you read the entire book and it appeals to you then you may as well save your credits because each book will make you compelled to buy the next.