Amazing book! I love the way the story turned. The only downside was how whiny the heroine got. OMG I don't want this, I don't want that, I never wanted this. UGH I just wanted to smack her. And what strong woman puts up with the ridiculous love triangle between her, Kiyo and Maiwenn. It didn't detract much from the story however. I was riveted.
OMG!! I so wanted to vent about the ending. That was crazy. Did it occur to her he might have other magic stuff to do other than saving her sorry ass every 5 min. I'm totally OFFF this series. And her snarkiness is almost always borderline inappropriate and smacks of an immature selfcentered mind. Like a desperate "look how clever I am" cry for attention. i.e. people are dead or missing and she is cracking jokes in front of friends or family of said missing or dead people. Its not adorable or funny. Its stupid, tacky asshattery. Nevertheless I enjoyed the mundane mystery more than the supernatural stuff, which just seemed sideline and nonsensical. Her dad got forgiven way to easily. Her sister came around way too quickly, that should have played out over the next couple of books. Her actions at the end are unforgivable. I can't see how she comes back from that. However she does it, I wont be listening or reading.
Where to start. . . I had high expectations for this author, based on reviews etc. I purchased this title and the first book in the Immortals after dark series (A Hunger Like No Other). Both books featured the most cowardly, weak women in all of creation. No, not weak, completely craven. They are surrounded by other women who are supposed to love them, but treat them like shit; calling them wonderful names like "freakling". To make them seem even more hideously ineffectual, the narrator's reads them in that high fake falsetto that all men use to mock women. While they are both downtrodden losers, they are also incredibly selfish. Expecting the men to move heaven and earth for them while spurning them.
A Hunger Like No Other, was insanely boring and the growling, savage Scottish accent was overdone and unattractive. The girl, ridiculous and insipid.
I lasted a bit longer with Shadows Claim, but I couldn't finish it either. Almost the whole time, the stupid girl is chasing a man who doesn't want her and is renowned for his whoring. And just when all seemed to be coming together, the author throws in a unnecessary plot twist that does nothing but up the angst quotient (which was already sky high).
I am disgusted because I expected a paranormal romance. Instead, I got a good old fashion bodice ripper with supernatural window dressing. God save me from damsels in distress. Give me a Rachel Morgan or an Anita Blake (before the were-tiger nonsense) any day. I know there has to be room for character growth, but there is only soooooo much hand wringing a girl can take. I don't know if 2 books are enough rule out this author all together, but I will not be wasting valuable listening time with her dreadful rubbish ever again.
I don't understand the people complaining about plot. Have you ever heard about character development and back story? Geeeze! The woman just settled down with several very alpha males, she has new political clout and baby to beget. The first book put alot on Merry's plate and the second book is about sorting through all of that. I loved the interaction between the guards and Merry. The power plays between the men and between the men and Merry. It was wonderful to see her come into her own and realize that she would rule them and not the other way around.
We were given the barest introduction to the men in the first book. The second reveals more of them and tracks them as they are changed by Merrys affection. I liked that they were flawed, but still worth while. I loved the confrontation between Merry and Reese over Kito.
The story with Maeve was interesting. It does advance the plot line bringing the Seelie Court into play for the first time. We also get a stab at Merry's bitch of a mother; LOVED that. Not as much action in this story, but that was appropriate. As for the repetition of key facts, EVERY series does that. It is necessary for readers who jump in the middle of the series and to remind readers who read/listened to the previous stories some time ago.
Still a really good listen.
I really don't know where to start, but since I have very few criticisms I will start there. The narrator is VERY good! Her voice is breathy and thoughtful, nuanced. She really brings Merry to life. She does not do men very well, but one learns to live with it. It does start a little slow, but the beginning is still very well done. It eases the reader into the mythology and culture of the Fae.
The book is drenched in sex, but there is not that much actual intercourse. Rather there is ubiquitous sexual interaction. It fits the story of a race of people who are very sexual and a world where sex, flesh and blood are a kind of currency.
The heroine is soft and tough, smart and funny and very appealing. It is easy to view this wild and dangerous world through her eyes. I felt drawn into the story. Amazing story telling.
I have read alot of romance, I have read an infinite amount of fantasy and sci-fi. This book is a magnificent (and I don't use that word lightly or often) blending of the 3 with a bit of mystery thrown in. Very complex weaving of plot lines. I purchased the next 2 straight away. Do not be dissuaded by the nay-sayers. This story is well worth the credit.
This character was allllll over the place with her feelings. Every time she spent time with a guy she was sure he was the one. She is not a very sympathetic character, but she is not hateful either. It just seems like she makes the same slutty mistakes. She is a succubus. I get that. However, all her whining about a real relationship and love and children is just silly when her head turns any way the wind blows. Entertaining enough, but I don't need to read anymore in this series.
Standard serving of awesomeness! There was a point where the story got a bit confusing. Too many enemies out to get Atticus for even his paranoia to account for!! Hearne did a good job of weaving the plot back together though. I was concerned about how the end of Granuaile's apprenticeship was going to play out, but it wasn't horribly painful. I have to say I don't like her character. She is very flat, not much personality. There isn't any real chemistry between her and Atticus, no witty repartee. Very little spark to her dialogue or actions. Perhaps its just the way that Daniels performs this character. I don't think I will like the remaining books in the series if they focus more on her. Oberon is all the side kick that Atticus needs. Granuaile adds nothing to the story. Thank the LORD they don't get too much into the love interest part of their relationship.
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