I wanted to like this more. I really, really did. But at most, I could give it 3.5 stars.
At the core of the story is down on his luck wizard, Harry Dresden. He did something naughty in the past that has him on the wizard version of probation. He even has a magical probation officer following him around. To make ends meet (which he barely does), he's on retainer with the police as a consultant and at the start of Storm Front, he gets dragged into a murder investigation at the same time as a cagey woman shows up at his doorstep wanting him to help find her husband (who may or may not have been playing with magic.)
Harry seemed a likable enough character but I wasn't drawn to him. I don't know if it was James Marsters reading of him or what, but he just sounded bored to me all of the time. That put upon voice that was just resigned with everything, like "This again? Okay, whatever." Even parts of the action (mostly earlier in the book) were read with that same resigned voice and it didn't exactly draw me in.
Harry also didn't seem like much of a wizard. He kept getting jumped. He was constantly scared though apparently, he's very good at not showing it (eye rolling) and he seemed to get out of most situations more by luck than skill. There were a few bright spots when suddenly he would get angry and do something awesome, but these points were a bit far and few between in the character building sections.
Morale of this review - I didn't fall in love with our hero, Harry, and that makes it hard to fall in love with the books. I hear the series gets better later in the series and I'll probably read another book or two...eventually.
I'm teetering between 3.5 and 4 stars. I don't know if it really deserves 4 stars, but it's definitely not as low as a 3. 3.75????
When I started this book, I immediately started thinking about how much it reminded me of all the Stephen King I read when I was younger. I prefer Hill's writing a bit more because a lot of the side characters and the chapters that somewhat feel like excess at the start, become relevant at some point later in the book. I'll never forget when I read "It" and there were chapters upon chapters just describing the town and the woods, which is nice, but not necessary. That book could have definitely been trimmed of some unnecessary fat. Hill is equally guilty with NOS4A2. This book was looooong, so long, but I never felt bored. Never felt the need to fast forward to get back to the meat of the story.
I felt for our heroine Vic the whole time. That poor girl just couldn't seem to get a break. But it was nice to see her take charge of her life in the end and do what need to be done to stop Manx and rescue her son. I was a tiny bit disappointed in the ending. SPOILER ALERT: It was explosive for sure, but I was hoping for a bit more of a one on one with her and Manx. I also wish that there had been some more explanation of what the police/Feds saw from their side of their investigation at the end. Their explanations/rationalizations for how Vic was able to get from one side of the country to another in the blink of an eye. Not to mention they must have seen her disappear towards the end when she was in the woods, but they never really address that later. What they had to say when her son showed up and said that he was abducted by Manx as she had claimed. After all the suspicion of Vic, they never really clear her name, which would have been nice.
Audiobook review: I liked Kate Mulgrew's voice. I thought she had a nice throaty sound to her voice that did both the menacing Manx and jaded Vic justice.
I'm not sure if this deserves 5 stars. Maybe 4.5, but I'm rounding it up because I still feel all warm and fuzzy after finishing it. This book isn't perfect, but I found myself smiling so much when I was listening to it, I just fell in love with it.
I loved Phillip and Marianne and all of their teasing. I was on the verge of being annoyed with Marianne at times, but I could never hold onto it. Her naivety was understandable. At only 17, she had been completely sheltered her entire life. Her mother died a little over a year before and her father abruptly left in his grief, sending his twin daughters to stay with different relatives. Her twin sister embraced London and life in the city, but Marianne longed to go back to the country as she stayed in Bath with her curmudgeonly grandmother. There she learned absolutely nothing about men or the outside world, preferring to seek out nature instead of being a elegant young lady in search of a husband. So, for me, a lot of her confusion about Phillip and his intentions and the way she took absolutely everything everyone said at face value made sense. Not that it wasn't still frustrating, but it was believable.
Will definitely read this again someday!!!!
Audiobook review: From the start, that woman's voice annoyed me. She sounded like someone for whom English wasn't her first language, mimicking a British accent while speaking very slowly and deliberately in a fake falsetto. I loved the story so much that eventually it stopped grating on me, but it wasn't the best. Much preferred the voice of the woman who did the Blackmoore reading. Though I much preferred this book to Blackmoore, which was good, but a mega-downer.
I'm not 100% sure how I feel about this book. I felt alternately entertained and annoyed throughout most of it, but I can't exactly pinpoint why. I suspect some of it was the narrators voice. It didn't quite fit Grace IMO. In some situations, yes. But in others, no. I felt like Grace's character was kind of lopsided. She was supposed to be a little older and a little wiser and independent, and in other ways, she was so supposed to be unsure of herself and insecure. Despite the description for this book, there was very little about Grace that said insecure. She had next to no inhibitions and the whole "I used to be fat" thing didn't really compute. That girl was not shy about her body AT ALL.
Once Grace and the Brit started hooking up, I found the constant sex scenes got a little bit old. Their banter was cute, but frankly, it was starting to feel a little long for me and I was ready to be done with the whole business. I was glad there wasn't a traditional HEA, but that it also wasn't a super sad ending either. Clearly a set-up for the sequel, which (I'll be honest) I'm not in a super rush to read
Didn't care for this book. It annoyed me pretty much from the start for being overly cryptic. A boy wakes up alone in a box without a memory of anything and is pulled out by a bunch of boys who refuse to tell him anything even though they arrived in the same condition and were equally scared and freaked out. Instead it's, "stop asking questions and just do what your supposed to do." What??? I didn't really feel anything for the main character, Thomas, or anyone else for that matter. Newt was somewhat tolerable, but he couldn't save this story for me. Definitely won't be reading the other books in this trilogy. I hear they are making this into a movie. I think this is one of those cases where it will likely make a better movie than a book. I'll likely skip the movie too, so someone tell me how it is if you see it.
I'm usually not one for angst-y fiction, but I couldn't put this one down. It was kind of depressing but enthralling all at once. It helps that it was a bit of a mystery. The book follows our heroine, Kate, who has sworn off marriage and has convinced herself that her best option is to travel to India with her spinster aunt. But her mother will not consent. In a weird way, they come to an agreement that if she can secure 3 proposals that her mother will relent and let her go. Kate is full of confidence at first, but then as she sees the challenge of her task (mostly due to her mother, her elder sister and their poor reputation), she realizes that she has been almost set-up to the fail.
My issues with the book were that no one seemed to love Kate except for one person and it was pretty maddening that she didn't seem to think he loved her. How many signals does he need to send you, girl? He couldn't have been any more obvious if he'd tattooed "I love Kate" on his forehead. It also seemed like everyone was rejecting or insulting her at every turn and it was almost too much. Also, the villains in this book were downright revolting and there were a lot of them. No redeeming qualities for any of them. I pretty much hated everyone except for Kate, Henry and her aunt. There were a few other lovable characters but unfortunately, you don't see much of them.
It's a pretty predictable story and what keeps it going is the mystery of why Kate has sworn of marriage. In flashbacks and bits/pieces, you get a sense of what happened 2 years earlier. The ending was too short, but it was sweet and I loved it.
Not sure if it's going on my re-read list because of all of the angst and frustration leading up to the happy ending, but I did enjoy it very much
These books have promise, but I don't know if I'm 100% sold. The mystery was interesting enough, but I just wasn't sold on our heroine, Kathleen Turner. I know she's supposed to be young, but how anyone can be that naive, I have no idea. She blindly trusted everyone from the many men trying to get into her pants to her random neighborhood. And she was so hell bent on getting justice for her murder neighbor. I know she's your friend and all, but seriously, you are going to risk your life to find out who killed her? That type of loyalty is usually reserved for someone you know more than a couple of months and had a few cups of coffee with. She just made so many dumb mistakes and most of what she accomplished was from blind luck as opposed to any real intelligence or skill. And she was constantly being saved by someone else. I mean, constantly. I like my heroes (men or women) to be a little more self-sufficient. I had high hopes for this cop's daughter, but overall, she disappointed me, and after a while, the book started to feel a little long with her repeated antics.
I think I'll read one more book in the series to see if things improve, because they do have potential. But if the next one is anything like the first, then I think it'll be the last.
Audiobook review: The narrator's voice was semi-robotic. It was weird because her reading of the dialogue was pretty decent. With the exception of the men's voices, I thought she did a pretty good job. But reading everything else, oh my...
3.5 stars. This book was good, but annoying at times. Myfanwy (pronounced Miffany, rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas is a meek but capable administrator in an undercover government agency that deals with the supernatural, and somewhere along the way, she gets caught up in a conspiracy within her organization. At the beginning of the book, she awakens in a rain storm, surrounded by a bunch of passed out people in gloves. She's got two black eyes, bleeding lips and no memory of who she is or how she got there. Seems that she knew that she was going to lose her memory at some point (thanks to several random prophecies) and has prepared for this moment by leaving herself loads of letters and instructions. And it was those letters and instructions that were alternately helpful and annoying.
In the new Myfanwy's existence, there is a good bit of action. But that action was continually broken up by stopping at the end of a chapter with a cliffhanger and then switching over to the letters of the old Myfanway detailing some pointless meeting she had or a particular day where she sat down to detail how spineless she had been in certain situations. Thankfully, the new Myfanwy wasn't quite so spineless and managed to muddle her way through situations, sometimes with cunning and sometimes with luck. In the beginning the letters were helpful and interesting, but by the latter half of the book, that literary vehicle was getting very old. By the end, I was alternately smiling/laughing and rolling my eyes.
I'm also very glad I listened to this on audiobook. I'm fairly sure that had I read any of this, I would have been butchering every name/title. I'm fairly sure that I wouldn't have pronounced the "Checquy" or "Myfanwy" correctly at all.
Overall, I enjoyed the book, but I doubt that I will listen/read it again.
Definitely my favorite book of the series. But I'll admit that I"m oddly not really interested in reading the last book after devouring the last four. I guess my obsession with the Hathaways ended with Leo.
I'm not sure how I feel about this book. I guess I feel the same sort of conflicted that I did with the Dark Fever series, but in a different way. I liked Dani more than I liked Mac. I always found Mac a bit fluffy and useless. Mac was more lucky than anything else and Barrons was the more interesting character. Now we have resourceful, strong and super fast Dani who is used to looking out for herself, but then, she also can't seem to keep herself out of trouble.
I wish Moning had made her a bit older. 14 is a bit young for a heroine in a non-YA novel surrounded by a bunch of immortals, particularly when half of the men in the book are pining after her like a bunch of horn dogs. We have Ryodan who is basically waiting for her to hit 18 before he jumps her bones while meanwhile, he's hooking up with anything else that moves. We've got Unseelie Prince in training, Christian, who makes no bones about how he feels about her, but who is also trying to control his urges for her until she's older. And then the more age appropriate and human Dancer who barely gets any time with her at all.
Throughout the book, I alternately loved and hated Dani. She was so (as she would say) fecking annoying and dense at times. But other times, she was sufficiently bad ass. I thought that the storyline with the Hoarfrost King was a bit weak and the book was too long, but overall, it was entertaining. And I'll admit - I will read the next one. I really want to see where Moning is going with Dani's storyline. I want to know why Ryodan is so obsessed with her. What happens to/with Christian. And I want to know more about Dancer, the fearless human among all of these scary immortals. There is clearly more to him than meets the eye. And I want to know which one she will ultimately end up with. It's weird - I like them all for entirely different reasons, and as of right now, I have absolutely no preference amongst them. I'm curious to see how they develop over the course of the next 2 planned books
This book was painful. So much unnecessary, whiny dialogue. The whole book, I just wanted the both of them to shut the f*** up. There were hints of what could have been a fun book, but there was far too little action and far too much talk. You know you're in trouble when the sex scenes are so bad that you're rolling your eyes and hoping for it all to be over as soon as possible. I'm actually surprised I finished this one. It was that bad.
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