I enjoy mysteries, wrapped with violence and sprinkled with romance.
Like with all new series, books 2-4 are better than #1, but 1 is still good. I do not care for the slow pace of narration and many of the character voices are annoying. I enjoyed reading the book more.
Reader of all things science fiction, fantasy, mystery and paranormal.
It's hard to even know what to say with the awful, plodding narration getting in the way. Mary Robinette Kowal's reading of the book is lifeless, populated with one horrible accent after another, and littered with awkward pauses and inflections. Despite the narration, there was some real potential in the characters and mythology. Once we get past October's lengthy backstory and into the current mystery, events are paced well, and the characters are interesting. I can only hope that the publisher finds a more competant narrator for future installments.
Excellent series introduction.
Meeting Lilly. There is something very appealing about that character. Someone I'd want to be friends with.
Great way to get to know the world of October Daye... the descriptions sometimes drag, but for the most part the story moves forward. Some of the voices didn't seem quite right for the character, but I appreciated how clearly you could tell who was speaking by the way MRK changed the tones and speech.
This is a decent urban fantasy novel, but it's almost unlistenable due to the inept, amateurish narration. It's so distracting when the reader places the emphasis on random weird words in almost every sentence or adopts a tone that clashes with what's actually going on in the book. And in this case, she's also got an awe-shucks, Midwestern voice that doesn't match the tough, worldly character.
Publishers: an incompetent or incompatible narrator is worse than no audiobook at all, so if you're going to go to all the trouble to record an audiobook, pick someone who knows what they're doing! Good readers for this genre include Marguerite Gavin, Jessica Almasy, Johanna Parker, Mia Barron, and others. But how hard can it be, really, to find an actor who can at least read English sentences in a fluent, comfortable manner?
I absolutely love this series, I have read them all. That's why this audio version was so disappointing. The reader did her very best to destroy the book. Her reading of Toby was the opposite of what I imagined the character to be, and she didn't do much better with the rest of the characters. I never read Toby as incompetent and whiney but that was the way she came off. I'm going to try the next audio book to see if it gets better but I have this whole series a solid 5 stars in book version and this version barely got 3. If you didn't enjoy the audio book then try the real thing. Without this reader makes a huge difference.
I bought this one after reading and loving the Incryptid books, thinking I'd get more of the same, but was mostly disappointed.
Our heroine spends most of the book being injured and/or defeated, and seems unable to accomplish much on her own. I kept expecting October to somehow pull herself together and surprise her various attackers, but no, she just kept getting her ass kicked again and again and again and again and...
The ending was the same, and that made it the most disappointing part. There were some interesting side characters and relationships, but they were just too many, and I found myself constantly getting them mixed up.
The reader barely pronounced consonants, and sometimes her voice trails off at the second half of a word, which made it hard to hear whenever there was a little background noise.
If you want humour and a strong female protagonist, don't pick this book.
The story was pretty good, but the narrator is quite limited with her character variations. Has she ever even heard a Hispanic accent before? Otherwise, the story has me intrigued enough to download the next one in the series.
Set in the modern-day San Francisco Bay area, October ‘Toby’ Daye is a PI who investigates the normal, but also the supernatural. Being half-fae herself, she has quite a few tricks up her sleeves when it comes to detecting the truth. Toby Daye is also a mother and a fiancé. But then a case goes tits up and Toby is turned into a fish in Lily’s garden for the next 12 or 14 years. Afterward, she doesn’t want to live a fae life and she’s doing her best to cut all her fae connections away. The death of a friend pulls her back into the world with a binding curse.
Toby is awesome, for a lot of reasons. She has this whole backstory that we only get pieces of in this book and that past definitely affects the choices she makes. She isn’t perfect and sometimes she willingly lies to herself in an attempt to capture a few moments of happiness. She’s flawed and interesting, courageous and humble, clever and distrusting. All this makes her a great lead character.
When Countess Evening Winterose is murdered, a curse is set upon Toby to find her killer. She also has to keep an unusual and powerful item safe. In attempting to do both these things without being killed herself, she has to reconnect with her old fae life. She once swore fealty to the Duke of Shadowed Hills, who has tried to welcome her back since her fishy experience ended, only to be politely rebuffed by Toby. Then there is her old flame Devin of Home, who has a variety of unwanted half fae kids hanging around running odd jobs for him. Tybalt of the Court of Cats has stayed in her life, whether she likes it our not. Lily only has sway in her garden but has made it clear Toby is always welcome there. With this curse upon her, Toby must reconnect with all these fae characters and more to solve the case.
Toby isn’t the only one with an interesting past. The Duke’s wife and daughter also underwent an ordeal about the same time Toby was gone. It obviously changed them but we only find out enough to entice us to learn more. I loved Luna’s rose garden because it’s beautiful and a bit eerie. I love the amount of mythology pulled into the tale. It’s a great mix of the San Francisco that exists today and these bits of mythology. The story has a solid murder mystery feel to it also, taking itself seriously. There is definitely a price to be paid to find the answers Toby seeks. The story has a great mix of fae magic and detective seriousness. I’m looking forward to reading Book 2.
The Narration: Mary Robinette Kowal did a pretty good job, and was spot on for Toby herself. She had distinct voices for all the characters, though her Spanish accent was a bit forced. It became smoother as the story went on. I loved her gruff voice for the taxi driver and Tybalt’s pissed off voice.