8 out of 10
She really brings the characters to life.
The weakest part of the book is the romance. There was such great potential for the love triangle. But t.he dragon is so perfect - boring I can't remember his name. Jake is the worlds worst bodyguard. Before they met he could psychically intuit when she was in trouble. After they met...not so much. Supposedly he couldn't be with her because he needs to be clear headed to guard her...but after they slept together a couple of times he not only couldn't sense when she was in trouble...but was never around her and never answered her phone call. I started wondering if after he got what he wanted he just wanted to be left alone so he could teach 5th graders piano.
I wouldn't rave about it...but if someone asked me about it I would say it was ok
I just don't feel super attached to any of the characters.
She did pretty good with all of the characters.
I might watch it on Netflix.
I liked it enough to look for book three, but I don't know if I will remember it by the time book three comes out. More than likely a year or two from now, I will be waiting for books from my favorite authors, desperately searching for something and find the book and not remember that I read it.
I just love Beast.
I haven't been to fond of any of the love interests. For the first time I really liked Bruiser. I love the things he does to court Jane. I loved when he met Beast for the first time.
Beast is best. For weeks after listening to one of these books I randomly hear variations of "Stupid Jane." In my mind. She is the best animal character that I have ever read. I love how she is growing and changing along with Jane and how they are starting to work together more.
"Dead things. Hungry things. Do not go back to den of dead hungry things."
Jane is awesome. She isn't perfect. She isn't whiney. She is funny. She doesn't sleep with every guy she sees and then emote endlessly about whether she should have a relationship with him. She isn't selfish or stupid or any of the things that heroines can fall into. I mainly read paranormal romance... I like the relationship aspect. That being said, this series is so engrossing that I don't feel cheated because this isn't a main focus. I love Eli and the kid and Molly and Angie baby and all of the guys. The bad guys are bad guys. Most of the supernatural community are self indulgent, hedonistic jerks. And there is Jane trying to do the right thing... which often means staking a bunch of vamps. I would start at the beginning of the series. Because you would lose a lot of fun and might be really confused if you started in this book. Besides you have 8 books of total awesomeness to read...
Maybe, if I could be sure that I wasn't going to skip through pages of being educated about dom/sub. Probably wouldn't listen to Gregory Salinas.
I was most interested in discovering the heroines big secret. It was the only thing that kept me reading. I was least interested in the ad nauseam discussion of dom/sub. I feel like If I am really into that (which I am not) incorporate it into the story in way that is sexy to people who like it. If I want to learn about it I will go read "Domination for Dummies," or something. If I am not into it...you are not going to convince me by pontificating about it in a romance novel.
cyborg reading "male-love-interest." I tend to avoid reading novels where a main character is a woman read by a man...It normally just doesn't work for me. Strangely in this novel I like him reading ALL of the characters (even the women) better than the main male love interest. I just hated it.
My additional comment is not specifically about this book in particular. I don't know where else to comment. Maybe audible will hear me. I can't be the only one who really wishes that they would start cleaning up the categories to make them easier to find what interests us. I choose romance because I am interested in the main focus being the relationship of the main couple and how they deal with whatever mystery, paranormal or other conflict that is going on. If I wanted pages and pages of push the envelope sex I would choose erotica or porn. If I wanted to learn how to participate in certain lifestyles I would buy how-to books. If I wanted to feel justified in my lifestyle I would buy essays or nonfiction. I am not into threesome, bdsm, bondage, or homosexuality... I don't care if audible has them. I just wish I could easily figure out whether these are a main focus of the book so that I can identify if this is something I would enjoy reading. I am tired of plowing through endless books and finding one that seems interesting only to realize at the last minute that it is about something that I don't care to read about. ..I would think that people who appreciate those things would like it too.... If not maybe they could add a category for minimal, tasteful, vanilla hetero sex when appropriate to an other wise well written story....
Yes it was entertaining. Good series as a whole. Didn't feel like I was reading porn. Major Good vs Evil Conflict with different baddies in the series. Mystery to solve, Romance. Interesting take on Angels/Demons..although the Angels seem worse than the Demons???????
I love Renee Raudman. She brings everything to life and is good at differentiating between characters. The only thing that was a little off to me was Sidney. The accent seemed to come and go...and sometimes it sounded like Aunt Bea. I had just listened to Ilona Andrews "Magic Rises." before I started this series. I was still sad that Aunt Bea had died. And suddenly I am thinking..wow Aunt Bea didn't die....she is going to offer them some baked goods...wait a minute..what is Aunt Bea doing as the love interest for Alyce...oops wrong book. So I kept picturing her love interest as a middle aged, female, Bouda... I don't know...it may have just been me. But I would let some time pass before I listen to this particular book after listening to the Ilona Andrews series or listen to this series first.
When his father told Simon he was proud.
I like the fact that all of the characters are SO different and the females don't follow a cookie cutter pattern. I like the fact that they aren't doormats or perfect. I also think that the life of Alyce before she met Simon could make a really creepy ring-like movie..with the waif in white sneaking up to kick some phantom but and then vanishing...really creepy...
I enjoyed the book..but would probably read it next time to see if it was better....it seemed only so so to me.
I enjoyed that it wasn't immediately revealed who she was running from. or why.
No. I tried really hard to find a way to describe what bugged me about the narrator. She sounded like a collage Sorority sophomore reading in class to her hunky, older professor who she is trying to impress.
Not listen to the other buy a narrator...
I don't know...
Nothing really jumps out at me.
The world had the potential to be an interesting take on the paranormal..but I don't feel especially emotionally connected to any of the characters. The ending was just flat for me...
Don't Know...never got around to reading it.
It is so hard to do without spoilers..but I enjoyed the book until the end. I just don't seem to enjoy Cassius as much as other people. I think he is cardboard and uninteresting (and when we get to see below the surface he is angsty and whiny...) I don't want any romance between them EVER unless we see them interact more and develop some chemistry between them. I think she has more chemistry with Gally. Sigh....
She is very talented.
Please don't ever sleep with Cassius.
The mediocre attempt at "Romance" dropped the book from a four to a three for me.
eight on a scale of one to ten.
Charlie, Gally, . I love the world that he has built. I love the alternative mythology.
She is very good at the voices. Although the Mafia guys are a little too cartoony for me...
When she shot Charlies
I do not understand why some reviews say that this book was somehow out of kilter from the first two. Parallel universe - Check! Evil Sorcerer gunning for Jace - Check! Comic book elements - check! Fighting bad guys - Check! I really enjoyed it and it filled in some blanks. I am not sure how the people who skipped three and didn't feel that they missed anything anything..KNOW that they didn't miss anything...after all...they skipped the book...I just finished four and I think four was off track. After three I couldn't wait until I could get my hands on four. After four I am not sure I want to listen to five. . Charlie wasn't there for most of the book...but that was vital to the storyline and made for some nice suspense. One the other hand - I really didn't like four and thought it was off base. No evil sorcerers. No comic books. No alternative universe travel...
As a side note. I tend to enjoy books with four elements. 1. bad guys/mystery to solve. 2. strong female character 3.Paranormal elements. 4.. Romantic relationship of the main character large focus.
I prefer series that focus on one character and am willing to overlook lack of one of those elements above if the rest are strong enough.
This book is NOT a romance book by any stretch of the imagination. Unless the series has a drastic shift the only "Romance" involves Jace having crushes on various men around her and every once in a while sleeping with one and then wondering if she should have a relationship with them.
The only books with time travel that I have ever enjoyed have been Lynn Kurland books and Diana Gabaldon books. As a general rule I HATE time travel/parallel universe stories.
My favorite books that have similarities to these books are the CE Murphy, Jeanine Frost, Carrie Vaughn, Patricia Briggs books.
Because of the lack of a good romantic element so far I would personally not rank this book as high as these. But there are more books..so I am hopeful....
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