Oh the spoilers
Xe Sands did a great job of narrating this BS, but I still feel gross for having listened to it.
I didn't listen to this book until months after I'd purchased it, so I no longer remember why I got it. The description of this book makes the events that take place sound very different than the way they actually unfold. Asia is not a willing visitor to Julian's planet. He takes pride in saying that he never lies to her, but he withholds information and generally takes advantage of his ignorance of his planet.
Asia is Julian's kindra, some sort of mystical soulmate who, when joined with Julian, has an ability to generate a huge amount of the energy that the people of Julian's world need to survive. This isn't bad. What sucks is that Asia is mistreated by just about everybody she encounters on the world that she never chose to go to. Julian and her own sister call her selfish for not immediately giving up everything she has ever known or wanted in order to nourish the people of the dimension TO WHICH SHE WAS KIDNAPPED. What the everloving hell is wrong with these people?
Why are do so many of the characters, including Asia, buy into the idea that she's selfish for not immediately falling into line with what her kidnapper, his people, and his kool-aid drinking people want from her? There are suffering people everywhere, but if somebody kidnapped me and used this as an excuse, I'd still be pretty pissed off about the whole thing.
He didn't even give her a real apology until 75% of the way into the book. AND it was only because she hurt his feelings. HIS FEELINGS. Also, the author somehow fanwanks her own book and makes the kidnapping Asia's fault? Oh my god I can't even
Asia...I swear there was nothing likable about her. She kept saying "she's not the one" and I believed her. We were giving absolutely nothing by which to like her. At one point, I wondered why Julian didn't just run off with her sister: she's beautiful, big hearted, kind, and compassionate. And maybe Julian would have been likable if the narrator didn't make him sound like he was on the verge of tears all the time, even when he was suppose to be yelling and angry. Overall, I got through 3/4 of the book and just couldn't finish it. Very disappointing.
No. This isn't my first audible by her. She's monotone and misses conveying the emotion in the text. I used the audible to fall asleep one night when I was staying in a hotel and couldn't get to sleep. That's when I knew that I wouldn't be able to finish the book. Her voice put me into a state of narcalepsy.
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
If I can change anything I would have made the heroine substantially less - um - combative?
Yes, I think I would try another one but I would be hesitant. I absolutely loved the premise just not the execution.
narrator was fine.
I actually think this would make a better movie than audiobook so I might.
Great new story! I am ready for book 2. I love how the author made a whole new world with such a different culture. This is no ordinary romance and I had a hard time going to sleep since I wanted to listen to the whole thing. This book is not the 5 hour length it says it is. The book is about 8-9 hours long so well worth a credit. Not a hot steamy romance but I believe if it were, it would have taken away from the story. There are moments of passion but it is just the right amount. This is one I will listen to again.
Loving my life and hanging out with my four grandchildren!
Yes, I'd recommend this book. I'd also say buy you a hard copy. This is one I'd read over and over again.
I liked finding out that Julian had never had sex with any of the girls he's taken. It was the one surprise I didn't see coming.
She does a wonderful job with the male voices! I like that she makes you "see" them as well as feel and hear them.
This whole series made me rethink how I see other's who are "different" from me. If you let your mind go...you can read between the lines and see how we are all prejudice and bias toward other races, creed, colors and classes.
An interesting Paranormal Romance title. I would be interested in continuing the series.
Black Dagger Brotherhood or Lords of the Underworld, but with hot aliens.
I liked that the narrator conveyed emotions convincingly. You could really feel rage and the tremor in a character's voice.
The narrator sounded too feminine for the male voices, but that is alright because her timing was impeccable as well as her tone.
I got a bit flustered and almost teared up at times.
This is a surprisingly satisfying and interesting first book of a series. No stone was left unturned and I finished it with an immense sense of achievement and satisfaction. The protagonist is a strong, independent woman and I love books like these.
This is an interesting leap into a new paranormal realm. The environment built for this story is clever and challenging. This is not a typical underworld or otherworld. The female lead Asia is a strong and interesting character and despite her troubled past and she manages to give the hero a run for his money. Julian for all of his honor does need to loosen up and that's what makes the relationship between the two spark. It is that spark that carries you through the story. There is the hot and steamy romance between the two that will keep you inthralled. If you enjoyed the NightWalker series than you will enjoy the start of this new series. Yes I think it is worth a credit.
If you like scifi romance, you will like this book. It is the first in its series and sets up the ground work for the following books. Although the plot is a little predictable, the author takes you on a journey of vivid imagery with her descriptions.
The author is excellent in her description of the "Beneath" world; homes, attire, belongings, etc.
I can't say I have a favorite scene. The witty dialog between the characters is my favorite aspect. The love scenes are steamy, but not vulgar.
I got a good chuckle from the banter back and forth between characters.
I really enjoyed this book so chances are good I’ll listen to it again at some point. It makes me want to listen to Stealing Katherine, the second book in this series.
Several things appealed to me. The setting was very fresh and nightmarishly vivid, and there were paranormal elements which gave this book a unique spin. The narrator did a terrific job portraying the characters, who were both endearing and exasperating at times. Both romance and humor interspersed with the darker subplots in this book was refreshing.
She did a great job with all the different voices and the narration.
Not really. It took me a few days to listen to it. But it wasn't boring. I was invested throughout
I'm glad I downloaded this book. It's worth a credit.
Great start to another great series by Jacquelyn Frank
I'm not sure you can compare franks books, they're in a class all their own
Hard to say they were all good but i guess id choose Julian
In a realm far far away....