This was actually a good story. It was well plotted, strong character development, and quick pacing. The narrator does a good job giving life to the characters and with Bones's accent. What I didn't like about the book was the romance angel. Although the romantic relationship between the two characters developed nicely, it took over the plot . I would have preferred more action.
Ok I know my profile says "you write it, I read it!" I do draw the line somewhere though. I DON'T READ ROMANCE NOVELS. Ok once, but that was on a bet (I try not to lose bets, especially ones that have payment for a huge expensive dinner date involved). This is about as close to a romance novel as I get (unless there is money involved or something worth reading a romance novel for, and yes that includes another date). I'm a huge vampire freak (and no I don't consider Twilight a legitimate vampire story), and so I was instantly drawn to this series when it came up on my recommended list. Little did I know that about one quarter of this book is a romance novel. Of course being the typical "guys guy" that I am, I rolled my eyes, muttered "You have got to be kidding me", and continued listening when the first hints of the romance part of this book showed up. By the time the action got hot and heavy I was trying really hard to turn off the book. I mean really I was, for some reason I couldn't get my pause button to work and I had to sit and endure listening to that feminine hormone enduced passage rot away my brain cells. If that wasn't bad enough Jeaniene Frost just sort of slips it in here and there, so I am really enjoying the story only to have hot stuff find her way into my listening pleasure. I mean really what self respecting guy doesn't turn it off? Like I said I was having technical issues, so I really didn't have a choice. It's a conspiracy really, because the pause button worked just fine at every other point in the book (I complained but Audible said the problem was on my end, yea right). So even though I had to listen to some of this book under duress it really is pretty good. You know except for the steamy romantic sections. Still have my man card intact (I think, you guys bought those excuses right?)! *Cough* Oh look a flying elephant!
Tavia Gilbert does a great job with this book. Really makes it come to life, or is that half living if the book is about a half vampire? Anyway, good book, great narrator, give it a listen!
I loved this! The plot has unexpected twists, the characters have depth and are believable. They grow and change as they learn about themselves and each other. I have not liked vampire stories before, but this is a lot of fun. I enjoyed the narrator, she is able to give each character their own voice with unique qualities that reflect their personalities.
I like the audible versions because it is easy to picture the characters in your mind.
She brings the characters to life. Wasn't fond of the voice of bones, but by book 6 I fell in love with Bones.
I laughed out loud and cheered the Red Reeper, Bones, and the other vamps on to defeat the enemies.
Look forward to additionl books with all the characters from the Night Huntress series.
No, unless they were young and liked posh English accents, ie main hero couldn't pronounce most of his 't's and 'th', sounded like a girl, not a sexy manly vampire.
Yes but with different hero voice
I was looking for something to scratch the itch that Karen Marie Moning's books leave and this seemed to be a great contender. I hate the heroine, two hours in, which is as far as I got. I am sad to see that she's not victimized by a raging vampire by the end of the book, given there are a number of other books in this series.
Kat is so awkward in her own body, it seems she should be 13 and not an adult. The blushing, the discomfort brought about every time a hint of sexuality whiffs by her, I was hard pressed not to see the overly done lip biting thing made so infamous by Bella and Anastasia in Twilight and Grey series.
...I can't even mention the HORRIFIC narration, particularly of the part of Bones. I was repeatedly smashed in the face and yanked out of any semblance of suspension of disbelief by the narration of this book. Coupled with the bulky, adverb riddled horror story of a novel, save your credits for something, ANYTHING else. That...or be ever thankful for Audible's return policy, as I am.
I gave Tavia Gilbert, the narrator, a fairly low rating for this book, but after listening to the whole series, I have to say that she improved dramatically very quickly over the next couple of volumes. Most of my criticism was for the mispronunciation of english (British English) words, and it seems that she's had some coaching.I haven't looked in the print books, but it's also possible that the author mis-spelled them, leading to the errors, in the same way that the early books referred to Bones being imprisoned in 'South Wales' whereas the later books referred to the place correctly as New South Wales. My later reviews of her performance gave her 5 stars.
I found the series to be well worth the time to listen, to the extent that I've also purchased and enjoyed the spin-off series, and I eagerly look forward to the next one.
I loved reading about King Arthur and Knights of the round table when I was a wee lad. Now I am older and love Game of Thrones!
I would have added more character development and added or extended the ending chapters. I didn't care for the male lead-"Bones" name in general, or his aussie accent. I would call this a paranormal romance novel filled with sexy repoire, but overall it's pretty good. I would have had the duo hunt more vampires in this book.
Cat's mother was very annoying and a totally unneeded to fill pages in the book.
Tavia did a very good job with charactors voices, and tone and inflection. I didn't really care that much for the aussie "Bones" voice , but hated the voice of Cat's mother. I am undecided if I want to read any more of the series.
Got the first three books in a bargain here at Audible and boy I'm glad I took them! The heroin Cat is a clever, witty girl, stubborn and snarky. I love female characters with a strong voice. She develops from mindlessly hating and hunting all vampires to seeing the shades of grey after being introduced into the world of vampires, ghouls and ghosts.
The story is well woven and kept my attention to a point where I couldn't go to sleep - I just had to finish it in one go. The scenes between Cat and Bones are sexy as hell but never embarrassing (at least for an European girl...)
A lot of the reviews mentioned that Bones reminds of Spike, yet Bones has his own facinating character traits and habits and is far from being a "copycat". A lot of the typical vampiric themes are present too, but mixed and adjusted to an unique new blend.
Tavia Gilbert is a fantastic narrator. She creates distinctive voices for all characters and especially Bones with his British accent is expertly done. I hope she will keep the voices over the following volumes since I will go on reading - like, you know, just now...
I absolutely loved this book! It is in the top 5 of all audio books I have listened too!
Bones was my favorite character. He is sweet and dangerous, everything a girl can ask for in a vampire! I am thrilled that there are more books so I can see what happens next with him and Kat!
I really liked her change in Voices for all the characters. I thought she did a great job.
It took me a little bit to finish the book but not because I didn't want to! It was a very exciting story with lots of action and great romance. I highly recommend this book and I can't wait to start the next book in the series.