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.
This is a bit of a different genre than my usual. Bought because I was intrigued but It was sitting around in my library for quite a while. Finally picked it up and I'm kicking myself for waiting, it was a darn good story with a fun cast of characters. I wouldn't know how to really classify it doesn't really fit with urban fantasy or sci fi, a little of both. maybe some streampunk and some history too?
The narrator pulls off that most difficult job of reading a story with an ensemble cast and doing distinct and appropriate and consistent voices for each so you can get lost in the story knowing exactly who is saying what and getting all the emotion and interplay between characters not really noticing that you're being read to. Good job! Fun group of voices, he must have had fun coming up with them. Definitely worth a listen.
I think this is a very original story with an interesting setting and characters. Maybe it is just the time of year or maybe just my mood, but I just found this too depressing to finish. For me that is saying a lot because I rarely abandon a book. Maybe it would get better, something good (or at least not so terrible) could possibly happen to one of the principle characters, but I had to quit while I could still move out from the black cloud of depression.
Okay, that's probably a bit of an exaggeration but I'm on to lighter fare. I might like this much better in the spring or summer when there is lots of sunlight and fresh air.
I really wanted to like this book. And I guess I did. I liked the subject, I liked all of the characters. I liked the way everything ended up. Problem is, everything was wonderful throughout the entire book. No drama? No conflict? No danger? Not even a hangnail and a run in her hose.
Some authors feel the need to have all sorts of horrible stuff happen to their characters. Sometimes way too much horrible stuff, (think anything written by Diana Gabaldon). This book was the complete opposite. Glad everything worked out so well but I just can't bring myself to blow another credit on the sequel.
Oh, Thea Harrison, what on earth were you thinking? I own every book and novella and short story in this series, and every time you release a new novel I start from the beginning and read them again. Fantastic series. But think of the wonderful strong women characters you've created: Pia, Carling, Niniane, and Grace? A now you give us this total spoiled ninny called Tess. I can't stand this woman! I'm eight hours into this book, I know the big event is coming to be followed by the happy ever after, but I'm not sure I can make it. Why oh why would an ancient, rich, ripped, sexy vampire want this selfish twit? Argh!!!
Okay seriously, if you are a fan of this series you'll absolutely want to get this book and you'll most likely enjoy it. I'm much intrigued by the story and the other characters as is usual but I have to skip over Tess's dialog. Much harder to do in audio than in print but it can be done. Looking forward to your next book Thea. I'm thinking you'll have this out of your system in time for the next story.
Love this series, especially love this character and his family. $5 is a bit much for such a short story but I think it is worth it if you're into Pia & Dragos and the rest of the Elder Races characters. Hopefully Thea Harrison will return to full-length novels. Hate to spend a credit on a novella but hate to miss any developments in the series.
Short or long, Thea's writing and Sohpie Eastlake's narration are consistently top-notch. 4 stars overall just to complain about the price/length ratio.
What a fun book. I don't like buying novellas because the cost to length ratio isn't very good. However, this is the third book starring Pia and Dragos, one of my favorite fictional couples. I've read enough series romances to get used to the one-book-per-couple format and it is nice to get a second and now third look at favorite characters. Liam the Peanut has to be one of the cutest kids ever! And switching POV between mom, dad, and the kid was very well done. I'm not sure what compels an author to wrap up a story at novella length vs flesh it out to novel length... it seems like there was enough interesting stuff happening that this could have been novel length with no problem. Definitely left me wanting more.
I really love this series. The setup for this series is the modern world with the addition of the "Elder Races", also known as "the stuff paranormal / urban fantasy addicts like best". I think Thea Harrison has created some of the best pairings in this genre such as Pia the unicorn & Dragos the dragon, and Grace the Oracle & Khalil the Djinn. Fabulous! Sexy and witty and a good adventure/mystery with well developed and likable characters.
This book started out good. The two main characters had potential but they went largely undeveloped while the author concentrated on the "kink". All I could think of as I read the story was "Oh no! Not another Anita Blake! Please no!" All the other books in this series had just the right amount of sex thrown in as spice to an already great story. It's not like Ms. Harrison couldn't think of an interesting plot -- this is a great story. It's not that she couldn't think up the characters -- these had appeared in earlier books and had lots of potential. When does fictional sex go from spice to spoiler? I can't say but I know it when I read it. I choose to believe that Thea Harrison won't go over the cliff as have other paranormal romance authors. Please.
I adore Kelley Armstrong's work. I've read all of the Women of the Otherworld series two or three times, and I have all of the YA books too, very enjoyable. So of course I jumped on this first in a new series as soon as I saw it.
Intriguing story. The performance is fine, but not outstanding. I'm giving this a 4 star overall because I just haven't warmed up to the heroine. I'd be willing to be that I'll be hooked soon enough. All of the groundwork for a great series is laid, and I'll snag the next as soon as it comes out. Sometimes it takes me a couple of books to get to know the characters, I guess.
Where do great authors get their ideas? Kelley Armstrong's got a doozy of an imagination, and I'm looking forward to finding out where this goes.
This is a very good read. Engaging story, interesting characters that catch you up right away. Also, if you're interested in history and/or academia at all this is a great read. I guess I'm giving the story four stars because of the flash backs to the Salem witch hysteria, that whole piece of American history just makes my skin crawl. You know things won't end well for that poor lady!
The author does a fine job tying the past to the future with a long string of "cunning women" who had the ability to use magic. They used the magic to make a living and to help their neighbors. They were often the only help around for sick people and animals. They could find lost property and kill the blight on your tomatoes. No demons needed!
I loved the choice of villain and the explanation for it. It's not super-hard to figure out but I don't want to ruin the fun with any spoilers. This book is a nice change of pace from the "fluffier" fiction I've been reading. I especially like the author's afterward explaining the genesis of the book -- a very rare occurrence for me, I usually skip that stuff. Definitely worth a credit.
Mr. Pinchot is absolutely perfect for this very original, very creative, very engrossing series. What a range of voices and characters! Never would have guessed he had it in him, back in the day when he was doing sitcoms.
I have all of Larry Correia's books that have been released on Audible and I've given 5 stars to all. He's a great writer. I love the paranormal genre and it seems that a good share of the books in this category are also romances. I have nothing against a good romance, but every once in a while it is great to read a manly man's book. These are a wonderful mix of paranormal and the old hard-boiled detective books.
Mr. Correia's other series, Monster Hunter, is just as good & highly recommended.
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