I honestly believe this book really establishes Melissa Marr on the "scene" - already desperate for the next installment!!
I checked out her website and found a "mini-movie" peek into the world of the Carnival of Souls - interesting- definitely worth seeing...
These days, I rarely buy a new book without reading others' reviews. I had hopes for the book after reading the reviews and I must say, I wasn't disappointed.
The story is simple, yet woven with undercurrents of complexity. The pace is fast, but not a 'race'. The characters are a mix of dark, gritty and normal folks.
The main characters are truly well developed (some comments about Cassie made me think she might come across as a blithering temperamental young adult) and instead, are true to their nature /age /disposition.
I honestly can't wait to get my hands on the sequel and might even go ahead and buy it in paperback format if audible doesn't have it in time!
High praise for both author and narrator, who made the experience quite enjoyable.
I found the heroine -Dolce -a bit retarded. One or two stupid moments are allowable in a heroine, but a number of stupid moments? Got too irritating....
An okay read overall, but not sure it's enough to propel me into the series.....the Barbie-looking cover picture may be more apt than I would have believed....
Story has potential to be really good, but the narrator is simply too awful! I've had to listen at 1.5x narration speed, just to get the pace at a normal reading speed. Her inflections are terrible and the cadence of her reading is just plain awful - makes it difficult to figure out punctuation and whether she is at the start or end of a sentence!
Such a bad narrator makes it really difficult to follow what really is a good storyline - too jarring. Would consider buying the book as an ebook, just to be able to read and enjoy the book.
I really enjoyed book 1 of the series and really looked forward to this 2nd book. However, I found a good portion of it unnecessarily wordy. Halfway through and towards the end, I kept wondering: how many ways will one sentence or emotion be spun on and on! It seems several paragraphs were used to describe what half a sentence would usually do. I actually got annoyed and irritated a few times. Towards the end, I just wanted it to finish.
However, it is still a good book, while not as enchanting as the first one.
I read 'redemption in indigo' sometime back and was captivated by Lord's writing style and Miles's narration. So when I came across this book, I was really looking forward to listening and even bought the book before I read the reviews. After reading some of the reviews, I must admit to being put off, but, I went back and listened to redemption in indigo, to remind myself why I liked Lord's unique narrative style and vivid imagination and plucked the courage to dive into this one.
Let's just say - wow! Definitely ranks in with the "unputdowenable"s" for me.
The world created for her characters, the style, the depiction, the mental stimulation - just does it for me. While I do enjoy all manner of romance, sci-fi, fantasy etc, I really enjoyed this unique take on romance that doesn't have to get bawdy (although nothing against a good dash of bawdiness!) and yet, delivers more with a look and a touch, that convey so much more! The narrator (Miles) did a really bang up job of portraying the characters truly.
I wouldn't be surprised to find out Lord herself is a descendant of some "Tishune" herself!
Really masterful story crafting and weaving. Can't wait for her next one!
I just finished listening to the book and i must say - oh wow!!
At first, it was quite slow and a bit...mundane? then the pace picked up and the storyline got more interesting. The last few chapters were 'unputdownable' for me (so much so, i skipped a cocktail party just to stay in and finish!)
The characters were a bit confusing at first and perhaps even a little staid, but as the story gained momentum, they sparked to life, and had you waiting to see what the next twist would be - kept getting a curveball!
I definitely recommend the book - it's romantic without being too sweet, has alot of fun moments (I especially like the character of Irvine - boy witch genius). It's a light read without being fluffy and puts a warm glow in your heart (without being syrupy mind you!).
The narrator was great and I loved the different voices she portrayed for the various characters. definitely moving on to book 2 now....
when i first started reading the series, i was always looking forward to the next installment, but now, it is starting to get a bit......predictable i guess. one gets the feeling there is ALWAYS going to be a next installment!
Despite being a fan of sagas etc, i realise this series might be over for me, especially when i strated getting confused about characters' names and how they are relevant to the current tale - way too many characters!
K.B.Stanford's voice is another issue - quite annoying to be honest - but it's saying something when i tell you it's not the worst i've come across on audible - to put it bluntly, it's bad, but not so bad you need to talk yourself into having the courage to continue with the book.
All in all, still a good read.
I've just converted to the Jim Bernheimer religion!! the book is funny, fast-paced and a breath of fresh air.
I took a gamble some months back and decided to read "confessions of a d-list supervillain" (Another book by Jim Bernheimer) and was amzazed at how much i liked it. i decided to read another one - although i purchased 'pennies for the ferryman', i still havent read it (in fact, i forgot it was in my library until a few minutes ago when i tried to purchase it!!)
i ended up getting the 'skinwalker conspiracies' some days ago, because of the reviews i read about it. all i can say is "a big fat thank you" to those who reviewed it, seeing as it was defintely worth the sleepless night and the loud (crazy woman) sudden bursts of laughter at the office today!
I certainly can't way to acquaint myself with the first book!!
any ideas when book 3 might be coming out? I'll take a day off work, just so i can read it!!
I'm not particularly a fan of this genre (drama??), but once in a while, i let myself get out of my reading comfort-zone, so i took a gamble with this book.
The blurb hooked me into buying the book (I must confess I didn't actually read the reviews, just saw the ratings) and at first, i was really dubious about being able to finish the whole book!
the best comparison i have for this book is: it's like slow-braised lamb - takes hours and hours to really get cooking, but well worth the wait. If you're a fan of flash-in-the-pan stirfry sizzle, it might not be your cup of tea, but as i said at the start, well-worth the wait...
Martha Lee (narrator) ruined the book for me.what would have been quite a good read, turned into an exercise in patience! her overly dramatized voice and the way she emphacizes and pauses dramatically at inappropriate times, made me regret purchasing this book.
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