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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.
I am a huge fan of Gail Carriger. She has truly created a world that answers the question, 'What would society be like if humans were mixed with other beings?' She doesn't assume a tired annihilate humans storyline. She imagines how society might grow and adapt with the supernatural to create an atmosphere where vampires and werewolves could become pedestrian. She sets her society in a steampunk Victorian United Kingdom, and she colors it with quintessential, dry, sarcastic observations. This is her second series in a steampunk Victorian UK, and it focuses on mischievous preteens at finishing school. It is as good as the rest of her books. The narrator is excellent.
This is a wonderful coming of age story. The main character develops from unsure and out of place to confident in a compelling, relatable, and believable fashion. Though not novel, this story is still an interesting take on dystopia.
This is a fantastic primer on communication. It is so easy to walk away from a conversation but that isn't a solution. Crucial Conversations gives you the skills to engage in communication and find solutions. I have listened to this book several times. It is wonderful.
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.
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.
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