Jeaniene Frost has a remarkable talent and I really love her books!! She can't write them fast enough! This is one of my favorite series. I like Cat and Bones better, but the World books are very interesting as well, giving the readers a glimpse into the lives of the other characters.
I love books! Audiobooks take stories to the next level. I'm obsessed with Audible and will try to rate all of my books. Happy Listening! ;)
This is a spinoff from the Night Huntress series so I highly recommend you listen to at least the first three books of that series before turning to this one. This is as interesting and engaging as the NH series. Great story and romance but not nearly as hot as Bones and Cat stories. In this series you get vampires, demons and shape shifters a la True Blood.
Narration: Tavia Gilbert is an ok narrator. In the Night Huntress series my issue was the voice she used for Bones. In this series her characterization of Spade is a gazillion times better but Denisse (our heroine) sounds like a fifteen year old from the deep South (a la Sookie). All in all this series feels like a mild version of True Blood, still enjoyable but less intense.
I agree with some of the other reviewers here who commented that the character of Denise was not as involving or interesting as Cat. And although I really liked Tavia Gilbert's narration, I agree with other reviewers that at times the male characters sounded female. So these are the only reasons I gave it four instead of five stars.
One other comment is sometimes Audible doesn't clearly indicate the correct order of books in a series. Often it will be a reviewer who will explain the order the books should be read. I would sincerely appreciate this information.
But I really enjoy this series and I certainly will listen to more.
I adore Frost's writing and have read each of her Nighthuntress offerings more than once. . .and was consequently thrilled to purchase the audio version on Audible. It was so disappointing to hear the narrator choice, I decided to submit my very first "customer review". All I can say is Wrong, wrong, wrong, for both Bones voice in the first book (the cockney high toned voice makes me actually cringe) as well as Denise in FDOC (is the reader TRYING to make her sound blonde and clueless)??? One only has to compare narrator's within this same genre to understand how critical the choice of narrator is to the successful presentation of a truly terrific series such as this one. Nalini Singh's Archangel audiobooks have accomplished that perfect match of writing/voice. . ."Cat and Bones" deserve the same chance when listening to their stories. . .
I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)
This story is almost as good as the Night Huntress books 1 and 2. It is set in the same world, with overlapping characters, and the story is independent of the others in this world, but... I think you'd enjoy this a bit more if you were already familiar with the characters. Denise is not quite as interesting as Cat, she's a lot "weaker", and her "torment" is a bit on the lame side (i.e. get over it already sweetheart).
But the bad guy here is different and interesting, and the plot is pleasantly complex for this type of story. There is some detailed sex which is okay, not great (like Cat and Bones) but won't make you roll your eyes either.
I'm pleased with it, overall, and am waiting for the release of another book set in this world, by this author... Hopefully with a better narrator though (this one isn't bad - she just doesn't seem to have a mature enough voice to carry off the male characters to their full potential).
This is my first book by Jeaniene Frost and I am not really sure what I think coming out of it. My overall impression is that the story is generally good, interesting premise and the action moves along. There were a few things, however, that grated on me and make me question the overall experience.
I will start with the narrator as I think that may have had the greatest negative impact on me. I was not impressed with Tavia Gilbert at all. I gather from her accent and some of the slang in the book that Jeaninene Frost is British. That is not a negative in any way, but I was irritated by Tavia's accents. The heroine, Denise had a very Southern US accent for no real reason which drove me nuts. The worst, however, was the hero, Spade, who's high pitched British accent made him sound girly and totally not like a desirable hero. The narrator also frequently spoke so slowly and deliberately I often thought... just get on with it would you.
Then the book, as I said, overall I liked the story, however, I did not like Denise. She was just way too stubborn, screaming and running and carrying on like a baby half the time. If I were Spade I would have ditched her. I understand she went through a very traumatic experience, but that does not excuse her constant, and I mean every single time, misinterpretation and jumping to conclusions about everything Spade did. I just wanted to smack her constantly. The only other real thing I disliked about the book was Spade's name...I mean just yuck! I understand where it came from but it was not a good name for a hero...I think the author could have come up with something else.
In conclusion, I think I probably would not have had the reactions I did to this book if I had read it in print. I tend to be pretty generous with my stars, leaving 1 and 2 stars for really bad books so I give this an overall 4 for story but 3 for narrator...she was decent just not for this story. I will look to read in print some of the author's other books but will likely avoid the audiobooks with this author.
Great side story to the Night Huntress series. Love Spade as a character and it was great to see a happy ending for Denise. Highly recommend finding where this fits in between Night Huntress series and reading this.
The story is wonderful, amazing, terrific, but when Cath sgiws up is very funny
Everthing is perfect, is impossible choose only one moment
All of them.
No, nto very extreme. I laugh, but was a normal reaction.
This book is very good. I didn't know the previous series, but after I listen this one, I get very excited to to know what happen is "Night Huntress Series"