A better handling of major plot points. A well thought out plot progress. Not relying on cop outs to tell the story. Strong characters make strong choices, and choices cost. Cremer didn't allow her characters to make choices in this novel. Everything happened TO them.
No. Of course not. I am a UF/YA fanatic, I write it, I read it, it would take much more than a few poorly made choices to make me turn my back. I will probably not even stop reading Cremer, who I liked before this novel, but it will take me a while to trust again. Sigh. I've been hurt badly in this relationship - I gave my trust, my faith, my love...
Decent. Competent. Uninspired.
Shay - Shay SHAY. Ugh. Hated him from the beginning. But was willing to deal with him. This book turned him into a whiney twit with an overbearing overprotective misogynistic streak a mile wide. I'd have punched him in the face and bitten him on the butt if I'd been a character in Bloodrose.
Yes. I enjoy Tavia Gilbert's narration. Her accents might not be authentic, but they are consistent and enjoyable. The way she handles dialogue is great, and I enjoy listening to her read.
Depends. If they were UF and/or vamp fans, yes, probably, at least more than the earlier books, but mostly, these books are my guilty pleasure. Kind of like audible crack, I want to stop, I know they aren't good for me, but I am completely enthralled and addicted. Someone looking for good clean (not really - they are actually quite naughty) without much brain power, these are a fun ride.
Her use of accents isn't exactly necessary. But it isn't offensive.
I know there are to be a few more books in this series and I will listen to these.
I liked the main character a lot. The narrator was completely miscast.
Well, obviously, Buffy (though not a book), Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (humor). This is a light, fun, and somewhat forgettable book. But I have picked up the rest of the series and enjoy them.
The reader sounded too "old" to be Val. The failure of the narration on this one was not her fault - she was miscast.
There are two follow up books, and I think the series just gets better. I really wish they would release them as audiobooks - Fang need a voice!
Length and plot. Too long for the action that takes place.
Not the sequel to this book. I really wanted to like this one. But even the moments that were supposed to rip your heart out fell flat to me. I just didn't end up caring about any of the characters.
She wouldn't top my list, though in fairness, she didn't have much to work with. Nothing here was going to twist my heart, even if she'd given an Academy Award winning performance.
Nope. If the words weren't interesting, how are the pictures going to be? If you can't draw me a word picture, I am not giving you two hours of my time in the theater to try again. I didn't care about any of the characters enough to want to see a film based on this book.
That said, I am not a huge fan of movies based on books I liked.
Creeptastically Original Book
Toss up between Mackie's best friend, Roswell and his sister. The portrayal of unconditional love and acceptance was well done and believable.
I liked Tate and the twins as well.
The beings from Mayhem were interesting to me, and I thought Yovanoff did a great job with them.
Probably my least favorite character (and only because I liked everyone else so much - not because I disliked him - there was no character I found distasteful or unlikable) was Mackie himself.
I thought Yovanoff really showed family in a good light. Both of Mackie's families love him, all of the people around him support him, even if they are damaged.
This is an interesting, dark novel, and I enjoyed both the written and narrated version.
I know the Morganville books are not technically "good" books, but I always enjoy my time in Morganville. The clip along, the characters are enjoyable, the plots decent. Caine has a good niche here, and I'll follow her as long as she wants to take me there.
Most enjoyable to me is probably the quick and fun pace, these stories are an afternoon, a moment, a good meal - a fun night with your friends. They aren't War & Peace, they don't try to be, but they give you a fun ride while you're there.
Yes, though I much prefer her YA to she "adult" novels.
Any scene with Myrnin, particularly behind the wheel of a car is my favorite.
I always laugh out loud with Caine. Especially when Myrnin or Shane has a particularly wonderful piece of dialogue.
Yes. Like most of Clare's books, you won't find much original in the plots, but the characters and dialogue sparkle. They are witty and enjoyable. Listening to her books is always a fun place to escape.
Jennifer Ehle's narration makes this one something special. More than the written words would have been.
Her interpretation of the dialogue is wonderful and inspired. I laughed out loud very often. Her Will and Magnus were spot on. Her Jem sympathetic. Loved listening to her. Listened more than once back to back just because I enjoyed her reading so much. I wish I could read aloud like her.
I have listened to all of Clare's books. This is my favorite. Not necessarily because of the plot, though I do like the Infernal Devices novels more than I like The Mortal Instruments, but really, it was the narration that nailed this one for me.
Yes, yes, yes.
If you enjoy UF or Steampunk, I think it one is worth your time. It clips along and the characters are a lot of fun. There is nothing new here in terms of completely original plot or characters, but still a very fun ride.
Absolutely everything. The plot was non-existent, repetitive and boring. The narration was terrible and in places racist. The characters were horrid. The product placement irritating. The writing juvenile and obnoxious, the dialogue unrealistic.
Wow. I have to choose one? Okay - the most disappointing thing about the story is that there wasn't one.
The narrator could have decided not to use the most racist "voice" ever for the African American character. That would have gone a long way toward making this one merely awful instead of just offensive.
Anger. Lots of Anger. I wasn't disappointed, I knew it wouldn't be good, I had been thinking about giving up on the series for a couple of the last installments - this one sealed the deal. UGH! It was TERRIBLE.
Nope. Avoid it. Don't waste a credit or your cash. Try a Morganville Vampires novel if you want good, silly, vampire fun.
I listen to a LOT of audiobooks, and usually the books I choose to listen to instead of read, are on the more soap opera-y/series end of the spectrum. That said, Moon Called was one of the better books I've listened to in its genre.
Sure, I'd recommend it, as long as the listener is an Urban Fantasy fan. Within its genre, it is a good read. Strong characters, decent plot, and a lead you can root for.
I don't believe I have listened to her before. She did a good job.
I would have listened to it in one sitting, if I'd had the opportunity. The story was engaging enough for that.
I didn't like the "Scooby Doo" wrap up ending that took up about the last 15 minutes of this one. If an author has to spend a certain amount of the book explaining the plot and what happened, and how it happened - they didn't do a good enough job telling the tale along the way, or they aren't confident that they did.
I loved Mercy. I thought most of the writing was intelligent and witty. I found Adam an appealing love interest, and his daughter, Jessie was a great addition. The characters really saved this one for me.
I will listen to others in this series.
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