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Laura Anne Gilman has created a wonderful new leading lady, Bonnie Torres. While most readers/listeners will not be able to relate to her affluence, everyone can relate to her immaturity and free acceptance of love in all its glorious shapes, colors, and smells. Bonnie is truly a flawed heroine that we can all enthusiastically support. Romy Nordlinger does a great job bringing this novel to life.
This is a great series, and Luke Daniels does a wonderful job bring the stories to life, but this book has a different format from the others. In this book, we get points of view (POVs) from more characters than just Atticus. I didn't care for the change in POVs. I am not sure if my dislike is because the change in POVs was so unexpected that I was unable to adapt to it or if it actually lessened the quality of the story. It was almost as if Hearne was going for A Song of Ice and Fire format but didn't capture the essence of smooth POV transitions completely. I would not suggest skipping this installment as I did for the novella but be warned about the new format. Oberon is back and still the best canine character out there. It is almost always worth the read/listen just to find out what Oberon is going to say next.
Rachel and crew are back to save the world again. Even though this is the 12th book in a series, it doesn't have an overdone feeling. Instead, Kim Harrison finds ways to make the plot seem new each time while developing the main characters in a manner that seems believable. Taken together, these elements leave the reader/listener feeling like he/she is curling up to check in on the exciting adventures of some old friends. The only part of the world Kim Harrison has built that sometimes forces a disconnection between the reader/listener and the story is as follows: Kim Harrison sometimes forgets to explain specifics about the Midwest; so, if the reader/listener isn't from the Midwest, he/she may get a little confused. An example from this book is that Kim Harrison forgets to explain to the reader/listener just how close Cincinnati is to Columbus. Also, Marguerite Gavin is one of my favorite narrators. Thanks to the publisher for keeping her employed.
I can't believe I missed the release of this book. Luckily, I have caught up! Cassie blunders around again and FINALLY starts to understand that she is an adult and in control of her own powers and actions and only accountable to her own ethics and morality. Why does she waste any time with the vampires? Pritikin is awesome. I can't wait for the next book.
I was really excited when the authors of the Kate Daniels series started a new project. This is a fun read, and if you like Kate Daniels and want to listen to something almost exactly the same, you will enjoy this book. I was a little disappointed, because it was more of the same domineering men and spirited women clash in a rural, paranormal fantasy. I was hoping for something new.
The Walker Papers are back (FINALLY). Even though it was a long wait, it was worth it. C. E. Murphy delivers an action-packed and hilarious emotional roller coaster through time. Joanne goes back home and ends up saving the world (again). This is a great listen, and Gabra Zackman is brilliant, as always.
This really is a must listen series. The series never gets old even if you binge listen to three books in a row. In this installment, the summer and winter ladies are out to save the world--or are they? Harry reunites with his posse and saves the world while introducing us to new foe. James Marsters rocks as always. Thank goodness he is back.
The Dresden series is a wonderful series. It is well written, well thought out, and interesting. Even though Jim Butcher has written 15 books in this series since 2000, the series isn't tired and isn't rehashing the same old storyline. This book is a fantastic edition to the series. But it is also probably my favorite book in the series, because Butters goes through an amazing transformation, and I got to cheer loudly for him. James Marsters is back and perfect as the narrator. This is a great listen.
In this installment, Gin reminds us just how bad ass she is. When her family is threatened, she takes no prisoners and gives no mercy. She does anything that needs to be done to protect the people she loves even if she has to protect them from themselves.
Gin and her family are back in an action-filled story about obsession, love, and loss. It seems that all fire elementals are psychopaths, and who is M.M. Monroe? This is a good installment full of more flashbacks from Gin’s childhood.
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