There is actually a storyline.... a "little bit" of sex but not too graphic... a lot of people don't like the Narrator but I think she does a good job... She doesn't have a huge variety of voices but you have no trouble knowing whose speaking. The story line isn't too young with most of the characters being in their late twenties early thirties .... I liked all the series and recommend them all.
Combine the dialog and values of a social climbing, boy crazy, fashion conscious middle school girl (who is constantly denying is she is social climbing, boy crazy, and fashion conscious) with fantasies about being a bad-ass 27 year old vampire who wears big girl tight pants; add some pink cupcakes; and voila...you have this story. I got through it, but have no desire to follow the series.
This is a great series. So far i've listened to them all. Chloe neil does a good job with the character development. There is some romance but it's not graphic which is a nice change. Cynthia Holloway is a good narator. I enjoyed it.
This is a great story with a dynamic plot. The author, however, is the queen of adverbs sometimes sprinkling two or three in one sentence. This is sometimes distracting and seems to me to be sophmoric in writing mecahnics. The narrator - what can I say? If Thurston Howell III and Lovey from Gilligan's Island has a daughter - it would be this narrator. Her inflections are highbrow and wrong. She also mis-pronouces words from time to time.
I've never had to give up on an audiobook until this one. The narrarator is terrible. Seriously, couldn't follow it. It was so bad. She was very monotone.
So sad, because the book is good. The story is fun and funny.
The variety of paranormals and their relationships with humans is handled in a structured hierarchy. Watching Merit navigate the pecking order of Chicagoland residents offers excitement. You see Merit, a graduate student turned vampire struggle through her new life and powers. Intelligent thought she is, happy about being a vamp she is not. So a new vamp is given a sword and when she talks all vamps listen. As a reader, you are left wondering why everyone feels she has such potential. Read this just to get to book 2.
This book is smart enough to be entertaining, but there are a lot of parts that are mostly exposition and don't advance the plot much, so it drags a bit at times. I might listen to the rest of the series if I decide I can stomach the narrator. It's very rare that I find a narrator so bad that I am distracted from the story, but if I had realized that this is the same narrator who made me abandon the Morganville Vampires series, I probably wouldn't have downloaded it in the first place. I had assumed that she would never narrate anything but YA books due to the high pitch and nasal quality of her voice. None of the character voices are even tolerably good. Also, she needs to learn how to pronounce words like "mirror" (hint: phonetically).
People who can accept less than adequate writing and a horrible rushed plot.
The beginning of the book is horribly rushed and you don't get to truly meet the main character. Also the writing was a MAJOR let down. Bad writing can distract away from even the best of stories.
I would not have scrapped anything but in the beginning I would have added scenes of before she was turned into a vampire so you could actually get to know the character.
To be honest I couldn't get past chapter 6 I was so disappointed, I just couldn't read anymore and the writing was so juvenile sounding it was torture. It is a shame I couldn't return this because I would, what a waste of a credit!
Say something about yourself!
This is a new series for me! We have vampires along with other supernatural beings. Which I hope she will touch more on as I get into the series. This first book takes us through how Merritt becomes a vamp and what her roll will be within the vampire world. This takes up most of the book however there is an underline mystery to solve which affects Merritt very personally. I was unable to predict the ending although looking back I prob should have. It was fun and kept me entertained. I would have liked to see more romance. There is a bit of sexual tension but I am one who likes the full show.
It also helps that I recognize the area that the book is base. Being from IL makes the story a bit more "real".
If you like vampires and a light read. This is for you! However if you really want the romance perhaps a different series is more for you. I plan on reading the next couple books. See if anything comes of that tension.
I liked the book. The premise was interesting with a few changes from the regular 'vampire' mythos and I liked the characters. I would have enjoyed seeing a little more of the material Merit was studying as a grad student but that's just personal preference. I didn't guess who the bad guy was until the very end and I'm looking forward to listening to the next book. I always enjoy listening to Cynthia Holloway as a narrator.