I really loved this book. Once I finished, I started over again. Just found this author...hopefully Audible will add more of her!! Just started "Half way to the grave" and loving it!
I am not sure why the author believed the weakest and least interesting character deserved her own story. Spade and Denise were not worthy of a separate book. Denise was defined as the quintessential "best friend" and frankly that was more than she deserved in the main series. Her back story and the premise for creating this book was very, very, very weak. I found her character whiny and annoying even through the "emotional growth" in the book. The author failed to bring depth to the character and even bringing in the cavalry failed to make the story interesting. It was the talents of the narrator that kept me listening until the last word.
The Spade character did have a rich background but there wasn't enough focus on it to give it a deep bite. I would think a 257 year old vamp would have quite the back story but the author only teased with bits here and there about his past.
I hope the other tangential stories are more interesting and provide character development.
I feel like I'm being critical by saying this, but I had a hard time getting past Tavia Gilbert's narration. She has a very clipped way of talking that is annoying and overrode the entertainment of her character voices - enough so that I am not sure I can listen to another book by her. I also found Denise's character to be eye-rolling whiny at times...but despite these flaws the book was still entertaining.
Didn't read the print version.
The passion of the relationship.
British accent needs a lot of work.
I found it hard to turn it off and finished it in 2 days.
Just as good if not better than the Cat and Bones story.
This book did not sound as if it would work well as a stand alone. Early in the book, we had Spade recalling a Christmas dinner with Cat and Bones. Denise also suffers many flashbacks of what had happened in Book 4 of the Night Huntress series. I also disliked the awkward info dump via Denise. Having "read" the books in the Night Huntress series, it only had me rolling me eyes. This was not the first time.
None of the characters really stood out or resonated with me. I felt so apathetic and bored that even the sex scenes left me, for the most part, unmoved. There seemed to be a lot less humor. Unlike Halfway to the Grave where I had been laughing nearly the entirety of the book, I was just like, "Ehhhh...". I also did not feel as if the author did not handle Denise's PTSD very well, but I don't know whether this was because when the narrator said "PTSD", it just stood out so much that it felt as if the word was just tossed about in a somewhat cavalier manner.
And the narrator. I had really enjoyed her narration (well, mostly) for Cat and Bones, especially in the first few books in the series. I felt her enjoyment of the book and the characters through her voice. But this narration fell completely flat. I did not feel enthusiasm or passion from her narration. While I was fine with her voices and accents for Spade, Denise, Cat, Bones, Ian, and Spade's French buddies, she did a really poor job with a lot of the other minor male characters. The men all sounded like little boys (e.g. Nathaniel, at first, until the narrator got the hang of the voice she was going to do for him, and Oliver) - or women (e.g. Bootleg).
All in all, I found this book to be the worst of the Night Huntress books so far. It was a real disappointment.
Review partially cross-posted from Goodreads.
This isn't the most exciting book, and it takes a while to get a hang on the mythology, but it was a decent read.
I was really excited about this second spin off series. I do like this book, but I am not a huge fan of Denise. I do like the backstory and being able to find out about Spade and his life, but still I felt this book was lacking in some areas. A decent read and I do recommend it, but don't have 'CAT and BONES' expectations.
I've been hooked on Jeaniene Frosts Night huntress series since two weeks ago when I listened to the first Night huntress novel and since then I've listened to all the series, so I recommend you read those first so you can fully appreciate the night huntress world series better. This book was amazing and I couldn't stop listening to it. Definitely a must read.
I have read several of the well-known vampire series and enjoyed them very much. Having exhausted all of those, I was hoping to find another author and series to latch on to. This book left me a little empty, only half full. Like being ravenous and only getting a granola bar to hold you over. The story line was okay, a little shallow. And the reader was only okay as well, something I rarely find with Audible books. She reads way too fast and almost sounds a bit whiney at times. I will probably read others by the author, but I will not have high expectations.
I have listened to !! I listened to this book three times and enjoyed it every time. Narrator was great!!