If you have listened to Lords of the Underworld you'll want to listen to this. You have met some of the characters before and it's good to have a new storyline that isn't too foreign.
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You will not be disappointed :-))
This is yet another great book from Gena Showalter.
All I can say is keep them coming :-))
I would have enjoyed it more if the narrator acted out the words versus just reading them plus he could have changed the pitch in his voice to distinguish between characters. although he has a nice voice I was dissatisfied.
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I like HEA when both parties are battling their own demons.
Yes ... I enjoy his performances very much!
When Annabelle starts trying to protect her Z ... I found I could resonate with her feelings.
Truly, there were quite a few occasions where I actually laughed out loud. The storyline could have had potential, but it was just so weak in the unfolding. The narration was strong for the male part, but made the female role seem ridiculous. I don't know if my annoyance with Annabelle was fully the insubstantial character development or the comical voice she was attributed by the narrator! I listened to the end, of course. I mean, I did pay for it! However, I often realized I was rolling my eyes or laughing (not in a good way), rather than being drawn in by the plot or relationships. Zacharel's reverence for Annabelle was also far-fetched and over-the-top, so as to become boring and tedious. Do not waste a credit. If you own the book in print, it could be a good choice for read-alouds with your partner and gain some giggles I suppose.
1. Insist on male and female narration or a female narrator who can do a strong, deep male voice. (That could help to soften the blow of such poor character and plot development.)2. Take more time to think about how to round out the full story and make the characters more endearing to the reader. I started out really liking Anabelle, but by the end I thought the Deity should have banished them both to Earth as mortals and be done with it! The romantic events were trite and disengaging. I often stopped listening or wished to fast-forward through those episodes, which defeats the intention of a romance. Absolutely, no magic!
His variation of tonality for the male parts was very appealing. He had good pacing and inflection.
The first chapter had my attention. I thought the heroin would evolve with greater conviction.Too bad she didn't. Zacharel's character seemed wishy-washy in places and his neediness of Anabelle distracted from his strength. There are ways to do this that can be more appealing, as it has been convincingly done in many, many top romance stories (both movies and novels) with great success. He can need her deeply without sacrificing his strength of character.
Gena Showalter has some good material in other stories she has done. This one just felt like a poor attempt to wrap up another novel.
A middle-aged romantic who grew up reading Heinlen, Louis L'Amour and Richard Hooker. Expect and honest opinion, even if it's not PC.
Mixing Mythology with Christianity is a non-starter. I really wish I had been warned that this was more of a modern retelling of Greek legends than a book about angels and humans. The heroine was a good character - surrounded by such a bad story.
I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)
This was a great story. I loved Annabelle and Zacharel and totally enjoyed their story. It was very engaging and I couldn't stop until it was done (and then was disappointed it was over). Hard to believe, but this is the first book I've read by Showalter. Of course I've been meaning to try her "Lords of the Underworld" series for a while but hadn't gotten around to it. I bought this audiobook when it was on special last year through Audible.com and finally got around to listening to it now. My only regret is that I took so long to get around to listening to it!
Annabelle's life changed drastically when she turned 18 years old. Before her birthday she was a sweet and carefree young lady. On her 18th birthday, something happens to Annabelle that changes her so she can see demons...right before a demon kills her parents in front of her eyes. Unfortunately for Annabelle, the police don't believe her claims of a monster killing her parents and she's blamed for the murders (even though there's no way the forensic evidence would indicate she's to blame...the one point in the book I felt I had to suspend disbelief but maybe she just had a really bad lawyer). Annabelle gets thrown in a mental institution for the criminally insane and kept drugged and locked up. For 4 years she has to put up with despicable treatment by the guards and doctors (and even some of the other patients) and to make it all worse, demons keep showing up and trying to hurt her and she has to fight them...problem is that no one can see them but her.
Zacharel is an angel and leads an army of angels that hunt and kill demons. Zacharel and his army aren't in very high favor because of their disregard for human life, frequently allowing collateral damage (killing humans) while fighting demons. They have a years to shape up or they will all get thrown out of heaven. Zacharel is a rather cold angel (both literally and emotionally). He had a twin that died years before but because of how he died, Zacharel blames himself for not being able to save him. When Zacharel lost his brother he gave up his feelings as well and became very cold and unfeeling.
Annabelle is locked up in the institution when Zacharel and his army are given the task of killing all the demons that are surrounding it. The demons come in to try to hurt Annabelle but only 1 or 2 at a time and the rest are flooding the area outside waiting. When Zacharel sees all the demons he wants to know why they are there but not going inside. He does some investigating and finds Annabelle. When Zacharel meets Annabelle it's not an insta-love situation...probably because Zacharel is so closed up in the emotions area. Zacharel is curious about Annabelle but at first he has no plans to free Annabelle. However when he tries to leave he finds that he has trouble leaving her behind and decides to free her. Annabelle was almost afraid to hope for freedom and didn't think it was going to happen. When Zacharel offers to free her, Annabelle just wants to be set free but Zacharel wont have that. He decides that she wont be able to survive on her own with the humans and demons hunting her. He tells her she'll have to stay with him if she wants free and she eventually agrees. It's actually kind of funny to see because Zacharel's emotions are just starting to peak out and he's almost like a little boy, kind of cutely stubborn as he bends logic to fit his wants (her staying with him). Zacharel takes Annabelle to his "cloud" (a home in the heavens made of clouds) where she'll be safe. Annabelle becomes sick the first couple days she's free (due to withdraws from all the drugs they kept her on) and Zacharel ends up nursing her and becomes very worried about her. He considers giving her to someone else to nurse back to health but decides against it because he wouldn't be able to see her when he wanted to and he'd worry about her so he can't bring himself to do it. Fortunately, Annabelle recovers and Zacharel doesn't have to stress about it too long but even once she's better he can't stop wanting to be near her.
Zacharel and Annabelle's relationship is kind of slow going at first. Zacharel has never even desired another woman so he has no clue how to proceed and Annabelle dated a bit before the demon attack but she's also been subjected to abuse by all the men she's encountered since so she's leery of getting too close. Zacharel does manage to get her to agree to kiss him when she feels the need which almost causes some major problems between them but eventually ends up helping them become most comfortable with each other physically and they slowly start exploring each other as they become closer emotionally. During this time they also are trying to figure out what happened to Annabelle that demons seem to be drawn to her and also what her connection is with Zacharel (she has a glow that seems to indicate they have a special connection). There's also the issue that the demon's don't stop chasing her once she's free and Zacharel has to protect her numerous times as demons attack and try to take her. I really liked how things played out...there was a great balance between the action plot and the budding romance between Annabelle and Zacharel. I loved seeing Zacharel and Annabelle get closer and beginning to care about each other while getting some good action as the story progressed. I have to admit I was a bit surprised by who big bad demon ended up being. In the end, there's some major drama as the demon tries to make his move to take out Annabelle and Zacharel. Annabelle ends up being tougher than expected in the final conflict and Zacharel has to deal with some heartache before things are concluded but things do work out. I was very happy with the way things turned out for Zacharel and Annabelle and loved seeing them get their HEA.
This was such a great story. Both Zacharel and Annabelle are great and I loved their banter and how they got along...there's just such a great dynamic between the two. The secondary characters seemed interesting and I'm planning to trying the next book in the series. There were also some cameos in this book of characters from the Lords of the Underworld series which has me wanting to read that series even more. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D