Love this author. I've read all of the October Daye books at least twice, and I'm delighted that she's publishing another series (although I hope there is more Toby to come!) Since my favorite genre is Urban Fantasy, I've got a lot of practice with "suspending disbelief" and I needed those skills for this book.... The premise is fun and different, the overall story is great, but the details kind of poked at the edges of what I'm willing to swallow. I guess I found the lead characters just a bit too perfect. It almost seems like an earlier effort that was written before the author had fully developed her style, and is just now getting published. You know that anything titled "book 1" the hero is not going to die, but the whole time there never seemed the slightest possibility of anything other than falling in love and beating the bad guys. There is, however, some really good stuff unexpected stuff here (the dragon! the mice! love them!)
I'm afraid I never did warm up to the narrator. The writing makes up for what I found as an annoying voice and other folks seem to like Ms. Bauer just fine. I'm in for Book 2 regardless but would be pleased to see a switch in the narrator choice.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
Discount Armageddon was a blast. The heroine was so refreshingly different - she's a ballroom dancer but extremely kickass! I also loved the book was set in NYC (very few Urban Fantasy books are set here and it's such a good city for Monsters!)
Anyway, the plot was fast, quirky and fun - a bit out there but fun nevertheless. It was a bit difficult to keep track of all the cryptids (most of them weren't the usual vampires and werewolves) and I'm not sure Verity should have trusted Dominic with other people's lives so soon but the book had so many other good points that I just went with the premise. Those quotes at the beginning of chapters were hilarious and the mice were the best supporting character EVER! I laughed a lot with their antics.
I was really surprised by how different this book was from the author's other series. This was so light and humorous (the other is sort of dark and depressing) so now I'm keen in reading other things by her.
The narration was very well done so I'm definitely continuing in audio.
The author works hard to come up with reasons why the heroine doesn't just shoot deadly monsters and her ability to fight increases and decreases based on the plot and is not logical.
Narrator was good. She has the right voice and inflection to make the story interesting.
It is a fun listen if you don't have a really good book to listen to or read.
The author tries to weaving a variety of interesting skills into the main character... ballroom dancing, parkour, zoology, hand to hand combat... but to me as a reader I question if the author actually know much about any of these topics even in the "stage-fighting" logic of tv shows, movies, and books
For one thing the main character keeps bragging about how lethal she is because of how many hidden weapons she has on her in addition to her gun (making them sound like earring and other accessories)... then is beaten MULTIPLE times while at the same time failing to use most of her weapons - even worse runs out of bullets for her gun. She has the tactical mind of a hamster and is routinely unable to deal with any opponent that does not doesn't step forward, announced a challenge, and attack head-on in a 1-on-1 style duel.
When cornered and incredibly outnumbered by several bigger and stronger opponents and you worried about survival... why would anyone try hand to hand combat instead of using their gun until they are almost utterly defeated?
School of Good and Evil
Narrator did a decent enough job with the dialogue she was given.
I love the genre, but this fell flat. Attempts at humor with chapter title/sayings weren't clever or funny. Overall just a weak story.
Performance - really? A narrator who can't pronounce 'wan' or 'curarae'?
It was about as expected.
When she was hanging upside down on the rooftop
No not really
Surprising, enjoyed it in a pulpy kind of read. Nothing too substantial a good book to kill time with
There are a lot of romance fantasies out there, many of which take place in modern times. Most of them revolve around angels, vampires, or werewolves, and the main character who is a strong, independent woman who's mind inexplicably clouds at the sight of them. Fighting her better judgement, she just can't help but love the guy, and he's too stiff to admit that he loves her back. Then they kill some monsters, get intimate, and profess their undying, destined love, and manage to fundamentally change the rules of society in the name of true love.
I would rank this book as an above average sample of this sub-par genre.
Don't get me wrong, there were a lot interesting and unique elements to this book. But, they were set against a generic romance plot that has been done a thousand times over. I found it enjoyable, as I needed a light distraction, but my tolerance for finding this sort of book while browsing the Fantasy section is getting real low.
If you think you might enjoy this sort of pulp fiction, or are a fan of the genre already, I would definitely recommend this book. Otherwise, don't bother buying it. I'm sure your local library has at least five audiobooks just like this one, and once you've read one, you've read them all.