There are books that make me want to hit my head against the wall from frustration. Repeatedly. This one could have been such a good book. Alas, the heroine was the opposite of what would you call a heroine. She was stupid, scared cry baby that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't like her, therefore I couldn't enjoy the story that could have been truly awesome. Concept is very cool. Aliens came and conquered but they are not exactly bad, although maybe they are but we don't really know it. There is a potential for great action, intriguing conspiracy, heroism and fascinating characters. Instead, we get Mia. Sigh. At least for people who like steamy sex, those scenes were okay. The reader was a bit annoying because her male and female characters sounded the same.
I was skeptical to buy this one because the alien/sci-fi species wasn't really my type of book, but decided to go for because I had some credits built up.
I was very surprised when I started listening - I got interested very fast and enjoyed the story.
The narrator could have given more pause between each character, but I got over that eventually.
The male is definitely domineering and in real life, would be a totally unhealthy relationship. But let's all face the facts, in our romance books, we like a little domineering in our men! I found the book very sexy with the exception of Mia and how childish she was at points. I connected with some things she felt as I am similar to her description of being a petite brunette woman, but her reactions were a bit annoying.
If you have the credits and don't mind risking 1 - I say go for it and check it out! It's sexy enough to keep you interested for most of it. I think the last hour is when I chimed out and really already knew the outcome.
Worth a shot...
What to say about this one. Well, It has a lot of cliches, but I loved the science fiction alien elements. So I have a few warnings, but I'm definitely picking up the next book.
First with the cliches. This is a story of some studious average looking virgin girl who is swept off her feet by a some alpha overly controlling rich gorgeous man with a giant man part. And what do you know, he buys her a new wardrobe and she transforms into a beauty. Also, she kind of hates him, but he's irresistible and he won't let her go, so she accepts her fate. Or does she!? I won't give anything away (not that it's a super secret), but in the midst of the intrigue that develops, our heroine fails to ask a few obviously important questions, and is oddly naive and trusting. Personally, I prefer a more savvy leading lady, and I couldn't stomach her lack of common sense. I was rolling my eyes at her all over the place. Perhaps if more explanation of her thought process was given, I wouldn't have been so bothered, but you'd think as a psychology major, she'd have more insight into explaining behaviors or motives. And last but not least, I got seriously tired about hearing about what the characters ate, and the reader was meh (if you like the sample, that's about as good as it gets). End rant.
Okay, I'm done complaining. Now for the good part. The Aliens!! They are like some advanced race of vampire-like humanoid creature. I loved hearing about their culture, planet, technology, etc. The author did a great job of creating the alternate reality where we have some sexy aliens living along side the humans on Earth. This aspect of the story is really fresh and interesting. Although there wasn't a real cliffhanger at the end of this book, I am so curious about what happens next! I think this is the first published work by the author, so I'm sure the books will keep getting better and better. Overall, it was a fun listen, and I definitely think this book is worth a try.
Eh. I liked the overall idea of the world the author created and these not-vampire alien creatures, but I had a hard time connecting to the main character so I didn't feel as engaged as I would have liked. Mia is a 21 year-old college student who is terribly naive both emotionally and about the world in general. That would be fine, but after she makes some major rookie mistakes, Korum is just like, 'oh, it's okay because we have mad crazy chemistry but cuz you're young n dumb you just don't know so it's all good.' Huh? Really? I dunno. If you're going to have a young woman show a serious lack in judgment and common sense I guess I'd like to at least see her learn something from it. Maybe that's what's happening in the second part (it's not a cliffhanger but clearly their story continues in Book 2) but I'm not sure I really care to read anymore.
Probably not. I'd have to read the second book to see how it continues but right now I'm not feeling it.
Uneven. Acceptable. Appropriate? It sounds like the narrator is not a native English speaker so everyone has a slight accent. That's neither here nor there, just FYI. One little irk I had is that sometimes Godwin kind of runs into a sentence after finishing another and it makes the narration uneven, or off-tempo, sometimes putting the wrong inflection in the wrong word. Overall it was ok, if not a little cheesy at times. I can't really say if it was her performance, or the story itself, but it almost felt like she was reading to a young audience, using a 'story hour at the library' voice. If that makes any sense. With Mia's younger age, made the book sound more like YA than adult.
This book and this world definitely have potential, but I just have a hard time connecting to characters that show such a glaring lack of common sense, regardless of their age. I could see where this whole thing was going, more or less, pretty early on into the story, and it was obvious the entire plot hinged on her simple inability to really think things through. By the end it's all spelled out in alphabet block letters for her, but because there appears to be a second part to this story, I didn't feel like I really saw her learn from any of her mistakes. And since I didn't feel any connection to her, and as such wasn't connected to the love story, I doubt I will get the next book if it becomes available.
Don't read this if you don't like weak women. I just can't get into this with the story heroine like she is.
The opening of this book was intriguing enough; the earth has been invaded by technologically superior aliens, who did not blow everybody to smithereens, but just occupied the planet and let the party go more or less as it was, changing the bagel fillings and stuff.
The heroine is presented with skill enough to somehow allow a bond with the reader to form.
Then comes the alpha male incredible handsome alien. OK, the stereotype has been used to exhaustion, but I ride along to see what happens next.
The plot reveals the vampire angle. Crap, not another alpha male vampire novel! Said I to myself, and was sorely tempted to drop the effort of listening altogether, but well, since I was already on my commute, I plodded along a bit more.
Some sex scenes appear. I'm always open to good erotica, but here I was surprised to notice that the sex descriptions, albeit being very explicit and carefully done, left me absolutely cold. Maybe a personal fluke, I mean, I like sex as much as the next person, but this one didn't manage to incite in me anything but a bored sigh. Go figure.
Then the rest of the plot somehow comes along, the vampire angle is thankfully not emphasized, and a mildly interesting emotional conflict on human/alien love/hate master/slave perspective begins to unfold.
At this point my attention is already elsewhere. I might finish this book when I have nothing better to hear, while my next credit drops. I made the mistake of buying the second book, after hearing just the initial chapter, and since it was down-marked to a couple of bucks, but I would not have done it if I had waited enough.
On the technical audio side, the reader does a nice job. I liked her voice and she managed to read the sex passages gracefully, not always an easy task.
Yes. I almost gave up within the first couple of chapters but decided to hang in to see what the hype was about (both good and bad). Even though I was disappointed in a few aspects I thought the storyline was unique and wanted to find out more.
I would be willing to try the second installment of this series written by Ms. AZ only to find out if it gets better after the first book.
Voices all same.
I felt that Ms. Godwin was sincerely trying hard to do a good job with the voices but just fell really short especially those times when, I'm sure, Korum was speaking in a sexy, smoky voice and when there was any other exclamations or inflections needed.
I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.
I had just finished my 2nd reading of "the Host," and was looking for another alien-type book, when I found this on Amazon. I read it and it was promising, but then I read the 2nd book in the series and that was great! In fact, book 2 makes book 1 even better! So when I saw the first one here on Audible, I bought it with the discount.
Unfortunately, the reader is awful - she sounds like she's reading to 3rd graders. And her voice is too old for the main character, so as a listen, it was a disappointment. (It was so much sexier in my mind, and kind of BDSM sinister, which didn't come across in the audio version at all.)
I recommend reading this series instead, especially since book 2 is available at Amazon now, and you can always buy the Audible version at a discount later.
Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books
Loved this book. Great to listen to something different. Lot's of Hot Alien and sex. A Very fun and yummy read. :)
If they couldn't read it and it was the only way
The whole mystery in the story
If the reader didn't sound like a robot
Only at the end, I was like omg you stupid girl. Run!
I wish the writer did more for the reader to full in love with the main guy. She did do great with the girl though.... Wish the reader wouldn't have sounded like a robot reading. Didn't have the feeling behind it. But it is a very good story, will be better if you read it yourself though fyi