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.
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.
The narration in this is adequate and she does show emotion. But there were a few times when she would confuse the voices of the characters. This made it difficult to follow during conversations.
I can forgive the reader having a voice that isn't right for the character, but the story wasn't believable. I couldn't even finish...
The reader's voice sounded like a fairy, not a strong female human.
No, I'm rarely unable to finish a book.
Far exceeded my expectations. The story kept me riveted the entire time.
It was quite difficult not to continue listening during my brakes at work.
Lots of lilt and not so lilt amusing things in the story
The narrator didn't amazing job.
I bought the second book before i was half finished with the first. Very happy that there are many to go
I am always looking for a good urban fantasy. So, I thought I would give this a try even though it looked like it might be formulaic. Well, it did follow the urban fantasy formula, but in all the right ways! There was a quirky, smart-talking heroine; inventive takes on standard mythical creatures and plenty of great action scenes. I'll be moving on to the second book right away. I'm anxious to see if the author can keep up the thoroughly fun and engrossing world of ballroom dancing cryptic hunters.
I liked this book so much that I've already bought the next in the series
Verity is a likable protagonist and there was plenty of humor and action. It's an easy, fluffy listen that kept me thoroughly engaged.
I wasn't being careful and accidentally bought this thinking it was another book in another series. However, I'm actually very glad that I did. It's not anything special, but it is good solid storytelling. Good way to spend a few hours.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
This audiobook is well done. A good story with interesting characters. The story develops well. There is drama, humor, and sad parts. The supporting characters enhance the story without taking over. This audiobook had two firsts for me. It is the first book by the author and reader I have encountered. Emily Bauer's reading enhanced my enjoyment. Her voice fit the main character well. A fun book.