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.
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 am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
It all started with a walk in the park…..but things on earth were different now. It had been about 5 years since earth was peacefully invaded by the Krinar alien species, an advanced race from another planet. So, for Mia Stalis, a college student at NYU, what else could she possibly derive from a simple, yet somewhat awkward run-in at the park with one of the "K's"….a beautiful specimen of man named Koram who eyed her like a predator and left her with unsettled feelings. Well, Mia wasn't far off from her first impression, what might have been considered an innocuous walk in the park become the beginning of a life, destiny and epic romance she couldn't have begun to fathom. And, I could not have begun to fathom what an awesome series I stumbled onto with the Krinar Chronicles!!!
Wow! This book was on fire with passion, strong themes of capture, inner-conflicts and racy twists and turns at every corner. This is considered to be a dark, erotic romance, and certainly the way Koram initiates and fosters a relationship with Mia evokes a balance of chills, dread, and excitement. Throughout this book you will feel Mia's visceral response to Koram and his maddening need for her, and vice versa. For the sensibilities of a 21st century reader, well some of the themes are downright creepy, but never far from exciting.
In this book, the intelligent, decisive, gorgeously-masculine, Korum is still somewhat of a mystery. We will learn more about him and his motivations/life in the next few books. I really liked Mia's responses and the way she dealt with her situation as I thought it was realistic and honest. She's one of those sweet girls who is not aware of her attractiveness/beauty/intelligence and overall allure, and the effect she has on others. What can I say?-Mia is beautiful inside and out and Koram detected this the first nano-second he laid eyes on her..LOL…The ending was crazy-amazing and I was left automatically downloading the entire series.
Some of the really cool aspects was learning about this advanced world of the Krinar's that we only get a glimpse of in this book. Their technology, way of handling conflict, and culture is definitely interesting and keep you wanting to know more. Also, their mandated food diet and it's effects across the earth was also keenly interesting. I felt like eating more veggies and salads like ASAP…lol
Narrator: Kathleen Godwin was superb. I loved her voicing, cadence and inflections for Mia and Koram, alike. Her pacing was great and she made it an overall excellent audiobook experience.
Having listened to all the audiobooks in this series, it's like peeling an exotic, unknown fruit from Krina…..you want more and each peel is more and more revealing!!! LOVED IT!!!
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.
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
I don't mind books that have over the top sexual content. In fact, I quite enjoy them in most cases. However, I didn't care for 50 Shades of Grey because of the inequality of the hero and heroine in the relationship. Quite frankly, the relationship (not the sex) was rather creepy. Even more, I seriously dislike the copycat books that are coming out in droves (an author friend tells me it's what editors are demanding). Close Liaisons, unfortunately for me, is one of those books.
So if you liked 50 Shades of Grey, and don't mind hearing the same story told again with a few substitutions, you will like this book. If you didn't like 50 Shades and the subsequent copycats, you won't like it. I didn't particularly like either book, and I'm writing this review from that viewpoint. I don't intend to insult any of the legion of FSoG fans, but I do think that readers considering purchasing this book should know up front what they are getting. I didn't, and I regret it, but if you liked FSoG, (and millions did!) then what I say shouldn't hurt the sales of this book at all.
Mia is an innocent college student with a quirky roommate. Korum is an older, experienced alien who happens to see her, becomes obsessed with her and sets about tracking her down and seducing her. She consults her roommate, who comes up with a hair-brained idea or two. Eventually she caves to Korum's allure, but argues with herself as to why she is doing so. Sound familiar?
Another irritant was that I got lessons on how it is much better to leave meat out of your diet, and each time anyone has a meal, you get an in-depth description and on all the wonderful vegetable dishes they are consuming. Early on I got the feeling I was having an agenda pushed on me. Rarely have I read a book that discusses so thoroughly everything they put in their mouths. It all came off as being rather condescending to us mere mortal carnivores.
On a positive note, I thought the author did a rather good job with her world building, and from a devoted paranormal reader, that's no small thing. I loved her explanation of the aliens, how they came to be here and why. It was inspired. If the author ever tries to write something that is not intended to ride on the current FSoG hysteria's coat tails, I might try something she writes again. I have a feeling that she could be a very good paranormal writer if she added more action-adventure to the mix, stayed away from the tried and true FSoG storyline, and restrained herself from preaching an agenda. There are elements in this book that show some very creative and original thought. It's just a shame that the actual plot did not.
The narrator could have been better, but she did a reasonable adequate job with what she had. I would need to listen to her again with some better material to make a real judgement on her abilities.
For me it seemed to drag, skip and preach. I now have lots of reasons pointed out to me on why I should switch to a plant based diet. I didn't realize that was what I was buying. Bummer cause my husbands a butcher so that is soooooo not happening. I also didn't care for the reader.
For starters leaving out the constant preaching about eating only plants. Although I listened to the whole first half I didn't care about any of the characters.
I dont care.
disappointment! I thought it sounded like a really great story idea but I felt for me it was very poorly executed.
Keep your credit!
The narrator had a pleasant voice, not fast or flat. But most times I couldn't tell if she was speaking for the characters or just telling the story.
On the other hand, the story had potential but did not live up to it. If the reader/listener is okay with stories where the main female character is weak and pretty much agrees with everyone and follows their advice and orders without really thinking for herself and the male character has all the power and tells the main female character what to do and she does with what only can be called "token" protestation (and yes, I know this is a run on sentence. I am making a point.), this might be a book they want to listen to. For me,...no.
IF I COULD GET A REFUND I WOULD! LISTENED TO 3 CHAPTERSS AD TURNED AWAY.
WAIST OF $
The female character and the narrator....
Not too sure if I will listen to any more books from the author. I stop listing to this one by chapter 7 because of number of reasons, 1st the narrator, 2nd the female character came across weak and clueless, 3rd I couldn't understand how a 2000 years old guy was even attracted to her. For example, she tried to put him off by herself stink with sweat, ate garlic and onion, than she gets drunk and made out with him. The next day, she doesn't bother to take a shower or brush her teeth, but at least she decides to chew on gum and walk over to his place (I thinking by than she smelled even more sweaty) and has sex with him. Absolutely revolting, I thought she was disgusting. From that point on I just could not get into it. The narrator did not help either!!
Not again, she made the book sound boring, and I kept falling asleep. There was no excitement, enthusiasm or much emotion in her tone. Completely, annoying. That I could not decide it was the book that I dislike or the narrator. I guess, it was the narrator that made me dislike the book so much… completely annoying!!!!
Yes - not eat garlic and onion before a date!!
Waist of my money!!!