The story was good, so if I continue with the series it will be via Kindle, the narration was bad, just bad.
Wow, I did NOT realize what I was in for when I got this. I should have looked at the other stuff the author had written. Seriously, this book at tons of extremely explicit sex scenes, and they are... awkward and descriptive. If I'd known it was a Danielle Steele novel in disguise I wouldn't have read it.
Loved the 'Succubus series" and this looks to be another. Has that hint of a triangle, and frustrating love life, that keeps you reading from one book to the next.
I really enjoyed the dual world concept of this book. You have the mundane problems of the human world and the exciting nature of the "other world". Faeries are usually not my thing, but the way this book is written you feel like they are just magically "human".
I would recommend this book with one huge disclaimer:
The plot is really exciting, but the sex angle is a bit too much for me. I am not a prude, but the constant threat of rape mixed with explicit rough sex scenes made it hard for me.
I love Richelle Mead's stories and that is why I powered through those scenes.
Narrator: Amazing job! I enjoyed her performance, especially with the male characters. Not distracting at all and you know who is speaking at all times.
I will check out part 2 definitely.
New grandpa. Married 35 great years. Drink Batch 19,Tsing Tao, and Bohemia. Read Card, King, Hobb, Sawyer, Sci-Fi, Historical Fiction.
As a long time fan of fantasy/sci-fi, I have tried to get into this new paranormal romance stuff. I have read Briggs, Moning and a couple of others. This one I have liked the best so far. The story is creative, easy to follow and fun at times. It started as a good statement on bigotry without rubbing it in our faces. I thought the sex scenes were good and I feel sorry for those who do not believe that sex is a part of life and therefore should be included in more writings. I still am not a fan of this genre, but I may try another RM series.
Was unsure what to expect but this is great. In a similar thread to the Dresden Files books while being distinctly different to be it's own story.
This book is a lot like other Mead books in may ways (for better or worse... mostly better I think). She mixes mystery, romance, and urban fantasy with a considerable amount of witticism and endearing/sexy characters to weave yet another hard to put down yarn.
Here, Mead takes on yet another urban fantasy sub-genre: The modern faery-tale.
I wish I could give this first book 3.5 stars. It's a good book. Totally love the series after reading Thorn Queen, and I bet you will too. But it lost stars for starting off really (really) dull and the narrator.
1) It took me several attempts to get into this book (especially since I am a HUGE Richelle Mead fan and very biased this is saying a lot).
2) The narrator, who is a competent reader, doesn't fit the book in my opinion. She sounds like a middle aged woman with frizzy hair and owl like features enhanced by really round glasses and thick lenses... (where I get these things, I don't know, but the image really such with me and interfered with my picture of the character... a lot). The character is a slim athletic young woman in her early to mid twenties with red head with Liz Taylor eyes and the bad-ass-ness of Jean Reno in the professional (with a fantasy twist, and 0 age inappropriate romances).
Like all Read books, the mystery is totally solvable as soon as you know what the mystery is. (well, there are a couple of books with not totally predictable story arcs... but most really, lets be frank, these plots are just to get the characters moving about and taking in the world she built).
If you can get passed the discrepency of voice and written word, and make it past the first few chapters, this series looks like it will pan out to be up to SB and VA snuff.
I love all Richelle Meads books so far. I think this is a start to a great series. I did not care much for the narrorator though, and I thought she read it a little differently than I would have.
Reader, of course. Painter. Newspaper columnist. Nurse. Humane Society. Lake life. Walker. Happily remarried - was a widow.
I read this because I have read others from Richelle Mead and tried this new series. I was happy with the style, content and story. Not disappointed. Plan to continue reading in this series. Main character is well drawn and believable even though she does some of her detective work in fairy land! As it turns out, her amazing skills have a magical basis. She lives with a foot in the other world and a foot in ours and author makes it feel normal. I liked the story and characters. Recommend it.
The actual plot and storyline for this book could have been read in less than a hour. The rest of the book is just explicit descriptions of sexual acts, exhibitionism and other trash. The author could have made the sexual aspect of the story clear and the intent of the people involved without the graphic detail. This type of writing is an attempt to cover up a lack of talent. On top of everything else the story is not that creative.