I enjoyed this book - loved the narration, enjoyed the characters, even laughed in a couple places. It is a complicated merging of The Historian and Twilight. Wonderful language and a story that builds - and then just stops, and I think - Huh? Are we being set up for a sequel and couldn't that have been suggested in the title? I felt very let down to the point of anger. So - if this is volume one, I recommend it. If it is not, be ready for an abrupt finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It made my long commute to work not only enjoyable but I found myself looking forward to it. The characters were interesting and I really wish I could have gotten to know Sarah and Emily better. Some parts were a little predictable but overall I couldn’t wait to hear what happens next. You know it’s a good book when you find yourself dreaming about the characters. I am very much looking forward to the next installment in this series.
I was a little nervous about this book after reading some of the reviews, but I am very glad I gave it a chance. I found it to be an incredibly interesting story! The narration was also great. I would certainly recommend it!
I was a little hesitant about ordering the book after reading some of the reviews. It seemed that people either loved it or hated it. There was not much middle of the road comments. But the story line intrigued me. I am so glad that I got the book. I loved it from the start. The narrator did a great job with all the voices and different accents. I found it very enjoyable. I can not wait for the story to continue. My friend who also listened to it agreed with me and we are eagerly waitng for more.
Yes, it's a romance! Yes, it's reminiscent of Twilight with a more mature set of characters. Yes, it's a little contrived. Yes, I thought about the characters Harkness so richly described long after I stopped listening at the end of my daily commute. Yes, the narrator deserves an Audie for her performance. Yes, in my opinon, it is well worth the single credt for hours of listening enjoyment.
I will say up front I enjoyed the book, great read and a great narrator. The narrator completely had me hooked and had beautiful accents; she made a long book enjoyable to listen too. I liked the twilight saga, true blood, and a couple other series that this reminded me of but I expected a little more adult areas than what the twilight saga gave. I expected a more adult read. My expectations where not met. While I give the author credit for a good read I didn’t want a tweeny style book. If I am going to read about witches, vampires and demons can we get something to give the adults some fun? Not much mystery but what is there is at least entertaining. The author added some curve balls and they made the story fun but I am hoping her second book brings her out of her shell more and gives the adult audience more to read and the mystery more intense.
I'm no snob, I read si-fi and fantasy and crime... but this is just terrible.
Why has it been on the best seller's list at all?
Best thing about it, it could put me to sleep.
This is literally the only audiobook I've never finished. The plot was contrived at best, and I absolutely couldn't stand Diana during most parts of this novel. There were many instances where the author went on and on in excruciating detail about a rug or a style of architecture that really had no relevance. I wouldn't recommend this at all.
I was drawn into this book despite my vehement dislike of the current fad for vampire stories. Can't stand 'em, can't understand the obsession so many seem to have. But I'm glad I perservered with this after realizing its main characters were a witch and a vampire. The history-mystery aspect attracted me, and when that part of the story was occasionally eclipsed by the characters' development (and that of their romance), that was fine because their story drew me in; I cared more about these characters (can one call a witch and a vampire people?) than I have about any fictional characters in a while. That said, the book has flaws--there are parts of the book during which the plot proceeds very slowly, and the mystery's progress is halted for quite a while. Not all the rules of the creatures' behavior and world are clear or seemingly consistent; perhaps later books in the (trilogy?) will explain. Still, I can't wait til the next book comes out so I can find out more. As for the reading, the narrator is a good actor and pleasant to listen to, and if her accents weren't always perfect, they were always reasonably believable--and there were a lot to master (Australian, Irish, Scots, English, American...have I missed any?). Till the next volume comes out I'll be reading up on the historical background to the mystery--that's how compelling it all is.
At first I thought this was going to be a mystery and a good one at that but then it turned to romance which surprised me and was not all together believable. The middle section of the book, the main character changes from intelligent and willful to dependent on her man. I got interested in the book again when the pace picked up and was more focused on an outcome rather than a semi believable romance. The book ends just as it was getting really good, even though I was irritated it took so long to be as good as it promised to be in the beginning, I will listen to the next in the series.