I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.
I'm not quite through with it but it's the narrator. I just can't get past her. This series is just not her deal, which detracts so much from the story line.
I would recommend this book series but not this book. This book is weak in comparison of the books before. Maybe it was just a weak spot and the next one will improve upon this.
I love Jonah and any scene with him in it. I am sad there was so little of him in this installment of the series.
Yes , there should be a follow up but only if it can improve upon this installment. Enough of Ethan and his wishy-washy behavior. Bring more of Morgan and Jonah back and either get rid of Mallory or return her to her former stronger glory. Also, move past Merit being a new vampire. She isn't that new anymore and we all know she is the sentinel of the house.
I wanted to love this book a lot more than i did. The characters are not growing in a logical or linear fashion. The dialogue is slowing things down. It may that this is a transition book in the series and was needed for shifting the series but if so, i expect the next one to be stronger. If you really love the series, you will probably be able to tolerate the book if only to be ready for the next one. However, if you were only luke warm about the series to begin with, it may be too hard to tolerate this book. I personally found it a bit hard to get through at certain points but the ending implies that the next book may be more interesting.
The only thing I did not like is that they changed the narrator for the sixth book. After listening to the first five I got used to the voices for all the characters and couldn't view them the same way as the first five books.
I get that when listening to a series on audiobook that there is bound to be a change in narrator. Normally I can see the strengths in both so its no big deal, and I normally just roll my eyes at the reviews that claim the world is ending because of the different narrator. In this case though, Sophie Eastlake sounds as if her voice is just a computer generated voice. I'm sure she may be great at some of her other stories but she has slotted in and completely changed the pace of the book and character to the point where I stopped listening after 4 minutes. I actually couldn't keep listening, which is a real shame seeing as 1. I paid for it and 2. I have been waiting for this book to be released before I started listening to the series.
I really don't know how or why Chloe Neill would have ok'd this narrator, but hopefully it gets fixed up for the next book onwards.
If they like the unexpected
The Rachel Morgan series
That is an unfair question on this book, as all the previous books were read by Cynthia Holloway. You associate a voice with a character, when that voice changed this late in the series it's hard to connect with the character the same way. If she had read all the books
she would have been great. It was just hard on this one especially the voice of Ethan.
I thought this was one of the better books in the series, you don't want to miss it.
Can't wait for the next one!
First, let me say that the new narrator is just fine. I hadn't even known there was a new narrator. The only thing I thought about the narrator this time was: finally the narrator has learned to pronounce the words correctly. Second, the story this time was tedious at best and eye rolling long. Infact, I couldn't even finish the book. Since I purchased this book I have stopped it 7 times to listen to other books all the way through (I never stop a book midway through to listen to something else). Every time I have finished a book I would return to this one and had to start a new book almost imediately. Somehow, the main character Merit has turned into a insecure, whiney, self centered, wimp, who couldn't hold a candle to her previous self in earlier books. I don't know what happen to the author this time around, but boy did she miss the mark. I say skip this book, it is disappointing.
The stength of the previous stories was the combination of the story moving forward, and the wonderful narrator. The addition of the new narrator while adding too many changes didn't create a congruent transition between the two.
It is always understandable that a new Narrator will bring slight changes, but the Names, and titles of characters names changes enough to make it hard to follow. It was painful, and I believe a Narrator should make their own forage into the book but at the expense of irritating the returning customers just makes things difficult. I believe this could have been averted with just a little effort, or training on the new Narrator's behalf.
Which isn't to say she was a horrible narrator. I enjoyed her voice. There were just too many times that the broken congruency as difficul and required re-winding and re-listening to figure out what the new Narrator whas covering.
All in all it would have been better suited as a spin off.
I was disapointed in the narration and the lack of furthering the long list of story lines that made next to no advancements.
What is going on between Jeff and his honey.
What is going on with the Wizards. I don't buy that they believe their story that he would be what brings it down, but that I believ they knew he would slow the progression over what every experiment he forsaw. I believe that is the real reason he was kicked to the curb.
I enjoyed the addition of the Archive and her ability to think strongly and her new relationship with the Librarian. I want MORE!
Go to original narrator, when you spin off use the new Narrator because she is well verced in the art and it wouldn't be so difficul if it was another character because that would allow the subtle shift in a new character that otherwise just bugs the dickins out of same characters.
I want more of the pack. I like them.
I want more of her grandfather, and I want his department to be infused to all the non humans, creating a new Non human and trans human police force. Between the Merit Police pressure and the Merit Billion I think this would work out well. I am in no way ready to give up,but I have reached the nervous area. I want to see it pull it all out.
Live the New Cadigan House, which I hope will ne re-named Sulivan house since it is under re-birth. Eventually, Merit house funded by daddy, and supported by Sullivan house... entirely OUTSIDE the Gp would be the way to go. I want the GP to show up and see the groups of houses standing strong, together and ready to say... No taxation without representation GP. So we, the Vampires of the house of the US have devided that you no longer have the best interested in our well being. You have no business but the status quo, and today and life is evolving too quickly. We move fast,we will survive. I think Cadigan, grey and jerk hole's house would be best to make allergience to the new Mayer as soon as the psycho is out of office and degailr they are CHICAGO vampires. Here to protect Vampires, and if they re-iinstitute the Umbuds office as a checks and balance and center they could endear themselves to all but the undecided, and the jerk holes.
The Super Natureal Swat team. They would train with the local Police office. Helping eachother, being called in on tough jobs and seen as a dependable resource headed by a trusted Merit, slightly paid by the Merrit family.. because daddy dearest owes some serious buck to make up for a slight part of his distruction of the life she believed she loved. Perhaps she now has a life she felt she was born to, but she has always missed what she was working so hard. Daddy dearest need another talking to.
I bought "Biting Cold" as soon as I knew it was out. I love this series. First I listened to the second part of the previous book to refresh my memory about the characters and details. Then I started "Biting Cold." What happened!!? What a disappointment! Where was Merit, Ethan...?
Although the Chicagoland Vampires stories are really, really fun, Cynthia Holloway's reading brings them to a level quite beyond many other series. And its her characters whom I love reading about. The only other time I had that reaction to a reader was when Kelly Lintz read "Immortal Beloved."
Sophie Eastlake is a good reader, but listening was like asking Mary Poppins to step in for Lady Gaga! The edginess was gone from all of the characters! They became bland. The sarcastic quips were lost! The totally fun tension between Merit and Ethan didn't exist. Catcher sounded like a total idiot.
For once I had to write a review rather than just rate the book. Sophie is a good reader. There are series I will never listen to again because the reader is so bad. And I will not listen to any other series they read. I'd listen to Sophie in another series where her voice is cast correctly, not in Chicagoland Vampires.
The story for me was fun and the loose ends another reviewer referred to leave the field wide open for more books. I'm giving it 5 stars. It might not be as good as a couple of the previous books, but it was good enough to keep me listening, even though it was painful. If Cynthia Holloway does not read the next book, if I buy it, I'll buy it as one of my reading books. I won't listen again.
If you can get past the narrator, then the book is good. I tried, but she was just that bad.
I really don't understand why the narrator would change in the middle of the series, but I couldn’t listen past the first 10 minutes. Her Merit wasn't that bad, but as soon as I heard what was supposed to be Ethan, I couldn't keep listening. I really tried because I wanted to find out what happens, but I will just read it myself.
I am so disappointed in this book. I followed the series thinking that the plot was moving along and the character "merit" was growing. Then in the last book they bring Ethan back from the dead. Ok, I can try to go along with that, then, Ethan is back, but he has issues so he pushes Merit away again. Same story different book. Seth Tate's character and plot line jumps around way too many times.
Young adults may enjoy this, but it's way to juvenile for me.