While by no means high literature, this is a really fun book. It's witty and outrageous and will make you laugh out loud. I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a light, enjoyable read.
I've never read or even been introduced to Steampunk before this and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I liked the twist to history, the add in of the paranormal and yes, the romance. But what I loved the most was that I KNEW the author was having fun writing this and it just made all the difference in the world!! I have the books, and intend to have all the audio files as well. Well done Miss. Carriger!!
I was absolutely enchanted to find a gem in this book. I thought to find the typical cumbersome bawdy tale of a hapless female thrown into lust driven adventure overwrought by danger at every turn. I did not expect to find a well written, witty, tale that sucked me in and almost kept me up for the whole night!
A thoroughly fun confection of a listen. Spot on narration by Emily Gray brings Ms. Carriger's story to life with lively precision. Romance, adventure, comedy, and fantasy in flawless harmony. Brava!
Enjoyed all parts: story , characters and narrator. A really good time and I look forward to the next book in this ongoing adventure.
I thought it was a good story, with a fun mixture of werewolves vampires and a new kind of Soulless type of 'creature'. It was fairly light on the steam punk theme although we did have some gadgets here and there and also an automaton. The near eater was excellent, one of the best I've heard, definitely in my top five narrators.
On the downside, this is yet another steam punk novel where the author thinks that the prudishness of Victorian England needs to include long sections of the novel dedicated to sex. It just doesn't make sense. In one part of the story, The woman is kidnapped, held a prisoner in an underground dungeon, while her best friend is being tortured. And guess what... The same scene continues with her getting sexually active with the person she 'moons' over. It's so absurd that it really ruins the story. There are several areas in the story that have sex...including one chapter almost entirely dedicated to it but this one cannot be excused except to label it as just absurd. I almost stopped reading the story at this point, but continued on. Overall if you can get by the sex parts which are nothing but gratuitous and do nothing really to add to the story, it's not a bad storyline and a different type of story. The author did a great job on character development in short periods of time. Without the narrator though, I really wonder how I would rate the book. The narrator did a great job and without her, I wonder if I would actually give a low rating of the novel.
Characters and general plot was okay. This didn't line up well with her other books and was obviously enamored with the nudity of werewolves and sex. Disappointing that it had to devote the last third of the book to that instead of plot.
Well performed though. Good narrator.