Tooele, UT, United States | Member Since 2008
I was recently introduced to the fairy-focused Wicked Lovely series and have now listened to the first four books. I can honestly say that Ink Exchange, which is the second book in the Wicked Lovely series, is the best book in this series. Ink Exchange delves into the inner working of the dark fairy court. Melissa Marr creates a rich background for both Niall and Irial while highlighting the dark court. In the process of creating a background for Niall and Irial, Marr creates the two strongest characters in this series. Niall and Irial are fantastic because they have lived life but are not broken by it (hopefully). Ink Exchange, and the Wicked Lovely series as a whole, does deal with more mature topics than the age group recommended for this book. I AM NOT suggesting that preteens and teens stay away from the books in this series. I AM suggesting that parents might enjoy reading these books with their kids and discussing the characters and the choices they make.
While book five was a departure from the series's writing style, book 6 is not. Atticus is back and almost in his full glory. Oberon is back and almost in his full glory. Granuielle is back and fierce. This book is good in that it ties up many loose ends from book 5, but I just don't like the trajectory the series has taken. The love story has come to the forefront and seems to have tainted all the characters by somehow making them more two dimensional. Luke Daniels does try to compensate for the lackluster character development and is brilliant again.
I have to agree with many of the other reviewers. This book is just not as good as the rest of the series. We heard a lot from Oberon but somehow his comments were not as cute or endearing as they were in other installments in this series. BUT this installment is still entertaining and represents a change in the trajectory of the writing by sharing Granuaile's point of view. I was not excited about this change, but it became necessary as the plot unfolded. The outcome of the book is wonderful, and Luke Daniels is fantastic again.
This series is a fun diversion. Unfortunately, it isn't as good as the Kate Daniel's series, but it is still entertaining. George and Jack are front and center in this installment which makes the story worth the listen. Renee Raudman is excellent again.
The plot summary makes this book sound boring, but it isn't. Kate and Curran are never boring. In addition to the Kate and Curran show, we get to hear a lot more about Barrabas. This was a fantastic surprise for me, because he is one of my favorite character's in this series. Renee Raudman is brilliant again.
Atticus and the crew are back in this short novella. Not a lot happens in this installment, and I don't really recommend listening to it. I do not think skipping it will detract from the next book in the series. As always, Luke Daniels is great.
Gunmetal Magic is a fun journey. Andrea Nash is hired to investigate some pack deaths. To investigate the murders, Nash must interact with Raphael. Some of the truly great characters in this series such as Barabas, Roman, and Aunt B also return. If you like other books by these writers, you will like this book, but I do not suggest starting the series with this book. You should read the Kate Daniel's series first to get full enjoyment out of this book. Renée Raudman is still great.
In the sequel to ???Bitter Seeds???, Raybould Marsh and associated frienemies confront an increasingly aggressive Soviet Russia. Soviet spies empowered with supernatural skills have infiltrated Britain to destroy the UK???s link to demon defenses, and it looks like it might be an inside job! Once again, Ian Tregillis captures the essence of an era, but in this case, it is the Cold War. Tregillis does an amazing job rebuilding the political views and fears that existed before the fall of the Berlin Wall. I enjoyed listening to this step back to the Cold War. I am glad I came to this series a little late, because I got to listen to both books back to back. And I am bitter that I have to wait for the next book. I hope it comes out soon, because I can???t get enough of this quality writing.
'Bitter Seeds??? takes us to an alternative World War II in which the Allied forces are developing demon weapons and defenses, and the Axis Forces are developing paranormal weapons and defenses. While this type of arms race is not new in literature, Ian Tregillis??? version reads more like a thrilling history book than fiction. Tregillis really has done his homework, and this story has the gravity and intrigue found in the real-life arms race to create an atomic bomb. This is an amazing book that captures the excitement and dread of an era that still shapes our view of the world today. I highly recommend it.
I am a fan of Glen Duncan. I loved ???The Last Werewolf??? and ???I, Lucifer???; so, I was really excited about this book. ???Tallula Rising??? starts less than a year after ???The Last Werewolf??? ends; so, Tallula is still grieving for Jake and about to give birth to Jake???s offspring. After giving birth, Tallula???s child is kidnapped, and the reader is taken on the journey to recover said child. Seems interesting, right? It isn't. Most of this book is spent describing the newborn. Plot development is slow and Duncan continues to have Tallula use British slang instead of American slang even though she is supposed to be American. Because of these constant cultural errors, it is impossible to get lost in the story. Ultimately, Glen Duncan is too male and too British to channel a female American. This is not Duncan???s best work. The narrator also doesn???t help. She keeps dropping accents in the middle of dialogue and confusing accents between characters. If you want to read this book, I suggest buying the text, because as an audio production, it is awful.
I suppose I should start by announcing loudly that I AM A HUGE FAN OF CHRISTOPHER MOORE. I love the absurdity of his characters, but more than that, I love the overt hilarious associated with how he finds epiphanies in barefaced observations. I also enjoy the eccentric perfection of his descriptive passages. In Sacre Bleu, Lucien Lessard and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec set out to solve the mysterious death of their friend and fellow painter Vincent van Gogh. This is a book about emotions and all the gorgeous life excesses which are associated with them. It brilliantly melds feeling with impracticality in what can only be described as vividly insane. I love it. Euan Morton does a great job narrating a book which is meant to be heard to achieve full enjoyment.
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