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I think they are both excellent. I read the book many years ago and it stayed with me because it was an example of how powerful an anthology can be. I love how each consecutive author builds on the world of the previous one. It tells of a single monumental event just after World War II that changes the entire future of mankind. It's unique though because it is told from the individual accounts of those who lived through it. Poignant and powerful storytelling. The audio book does an excellent job of bringing the story to life. I don't think it makes it better, but it does keep the integrity of the original.
Since each short story is a personal account of the new world after the Wild Card is released, each is important and impacting in its own right. But, if I have to pick, I am always moved by the story of Jet Boy and how the whole thing happened. I love Dr. Tachyon too and how he tried to stop it but our own politics and greed stopped him from succeeding.
Too many to count. Each section is a short story unto itself so each contributes to the world building and tone of the one to follow. But since it's a different author for each one, the voice, feel and emphasis is completely new with every chapter.
Yes. These are not all happy endings and the impact of each transformation is as varied as the title suggests so some stories lift you up, while others, particularly those of the jokers, break your heart. Others are horrific or terrifying but the way they intertwine is amazing.
I wish there had been more than one narrator since it can be difficult in the audio version to know when you are switching voices. Also these must be listened to in order as each story builds off the one before it.
I loved the unique twists on the traditional Fantasy format. The book had several aspects that separated it from the flock. First, it combined genres. All the fantasy elements we expect were present like; Swords and sorcery, feudal systems, usurpers to the crown, hidden heirs and complex world building. However there were two deviations from the norm. One, was the creepy and dark, emotionally complex ghostly characters that continue to play roles throughout the tale. The other was the gender twist on the main protagonist Since the boy prince was actually a girl hidden in her brother's skin through some horrible magic. These aspects made this far more than a simple tale and led me to love the whole series.
Since it crosses so many genres I would have to say it is a mix of Raymond Feist's Riftwar saga (at least in feel and tone) and Anne Rice with dashes of Poe mixed in.
Ki and Lehl were my two favorite characters though Arkonio grew on me as well.
YES! I could not sleep. I had to keep reading and figure out what happened. This author does not spare characters and kills them off occasionally so you never know what will happen. I really enjoyed the relationships between many of the characters. I found them heartwarming and genuine.
The narration was excellent. An all around wonderful read. This is a trilogy and this is the first book. Due to the nature of the story they must be read in order.
I would in some ways. The narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, does a remarkable job of personifying the characters in tone and nationality which makes it feel more intense and realistic. I still love the written word but I also love this in audio format because of the rich portrayal.
Honestly this is a stand alone series. There are touches of other familiar elements but the historical detail, scholarly approach and the unique aspects of these paranormal creatures makes this difficult to compare with other series.
This was my first and I loved it.
A distinctly unique and romantic walk through a history you only thought you knew. A novel of forbidden love and a destiny trying to be fulfilled.
A wonderful read and a spectacular listen. You will be transported.
High. I love this series and was curious about where the story was going after the pervious book. JR Ward and Jim Frangione did an excellent job with Vishous's journey and some of his history is just gruesome. V is another tortured character who channels his demons in some unique ways but he is forced to go in a direction he would never choose with his life and fights it with all his might. I really felt for Vishous and wanted him to find his joy.
Vishous's evolution and his conflicting feelings for both Butch and Jane. I loved learning his back story even though it was very painful to listen to and broke my heart. It also made me all kinds of angry and I enjoyed getting my inner rage on against the Scribe Virgin and the Bloodletter.
When V is recovering from the gunshot and is in the room with Jane. The interplay and building romantic tension was awesome.
Both. I laugh myself silly at some of the antics of the brothers but V's story really made me cry.
Read the series in order.
High. I was surprised by this novel for several reasons. I didn't think I would like it since the main character was one that I was not invested in initially from his portrayal in earlier books in the series. That changed dramatically as the book progressed. This book is different from the others and yet has that intensity that JR Ward is know for.
Actually, while I learned to love Butch, Vishous was my favorite. His friendship with Butch is so intense and powerful that it changed my attitude towards both of them.
When V finds Butch after the Lessers had him is such a powerful scene. V's determination to save him at all costs just floored me. He acts so selfless and he faces the overwhelming odds with such ruthless cunning yet at the same time underneath it all he is so fragile. It really moved me.
What if everything you knew about yourself was based on a lie and it took everything you had to find it... would you? Even at the risk of your own life? Butch is going to find out... and find love along the way.
Read the series in order.
Heartbreaking, Powerful, Redemption
Zsadist! He was this tortured creature.. barely recognizable as capable of human emotions and then he is unwillingly forced to face his past and seek something better. His journey is some of the most powerful and emotional writing I have encountered and it is my favorite book in the series, hands down.
Zsadist because it is such a hard character to portray. It could have felt uncomfortable if not performed so brilliantly.
I could barely stop. I listen on the road for work and I hated having to go into my appointments and stop listening. This is also the first book I listened to at home. I just didn't sleep until it was finished. Then I started it over.
This is a pivotal book in the series and it must be read in order.
Very high! The reality is that I have hundreds and hundreds of titles and yet I have listened to this many times. Why? Because it is an emotional roller coaster with characters that I love! Mary's plight is heartbreaking and Rhage is so much more than meets the eye. Spectacular book.
I don't want to give it away but the moment Rhage finally commits. It is a powerful scene and when the reality of the choice hits you.... well its intense.
Actually the scene when Mary tames Rhages beast.... it was more the reactions of everyone else that make it so awesome!
Mary facing her horrible illness just broke my heart. Also the introduction of John Matthew. Wow.
This series must be read in order. Some characters develop through each book and as a result the series must be read sequentially.
I have several times and will come back to it often. The story is heartfelt and sexy with great dialog and a wonderful narrator.
Wrath because he is this tortured character who finds something he wants and stops at nothing to get her!
He captures the pain and the longing that is inherent to Wrath's character while keeping the intense masculinity of the man. At the same time Beth is real and doesn't sound forced or false which is even harder for a male narrator to accomplish.
Both! Often! This is a tough character who lives this brutal existence yet is surrounded by these intense characters. Some of whom are quite funny and some who just break your heart.
This is one of my favorite series. If you love paranormal romance then this is the series for you!
Lorelei King is one of my favorite narrators for a reason and she brings a favorite series to life! Definitely in my top ten!
Don't get me wrong, I love Charley, but Cookie is the perfect foil! She is actually my favorite!
I still love Cookie! She cracks me up and is the perfect compliment to Charley!
Being the Grim Reaper is one tough job but managing to be a Private Investigator at the same time is just plain nuts! Add in a very complicated love life and you have a fun and compelling story that you can't put down!
Lorelei King is a brilliant narrator! Enjoy!
The sly humor that was captured by Amanda Ronconi perfectly! You hear every ounce of sarcasm and wit with perfect clarity.
The excellent delivery of some delicious snark combined with interesting and entertaining characters. The plot is set at a good pace and the author does not hesitate to add drama and mess with characters you care about.
Its hard to name just one. Any conversation Mo has with Cooper or Evie is a winner but I also love the scene when Mo meets Maggie!
What happens when a desperate to get away from home southern belle moves to Alaska and encounters the world of the supernatural all in one shot! Funny and Charming with a great plot!
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