Loved this book but wish the vamps would act more vampy. They keep getting caught unaware even though they know what's coming. How can an army sneak up on 55 vampires. The author has populated her story with 55 vampires, but only 4 or 5 have anything to do. How about using the other 50 to guard the town?
I found myself really rooting for Glory - she is an awesome original character. Hope she's given more to do in subsequent books.
Sex scenes are a bit short -- so if your expecting steamy romance, you won't really find it here. I will say that what there is is good, not awkward, and I expect this author will eventually find her way in that department.
Amy McFadden did a good job with voices. Enjoyed her reading very much.
Hmmmm. I love Holter Graham. And because I love him, I listened to way more of this book than I would have if he hadn't been the one to read it.
The first half is torture -- the hero is tortured, abused, beaten, raped and betrayed -- repeatedly, and from a very young age. It was pretty grim. I got 3/4's through the book before I realized he wasn't going to be redeemed, rescued or in some way made stronger by having been through the first half. He continued to be insecure and damaged, and that just bummed me out.
Why? Sherrilyn Kenyon could have written anything she wanted -- why did she write this book?
I guess the last quarter of the book might have offered something uplifting, but by that point I was looking for something else to read.
I won't be continuing with the series. I'm asking for my money back.
I love vampire stories, especially when they offer a different spin. This one is set in London and Cambridge shortly after the end of WWI, and the setting and era are quintesentially British. It's also an era we don't often see outside of a "cozy." (Think Downton Abbey.)
This, however, is a monster cozy, if I can coin a phrase. All the drawing room, stiff upper lippi-ness one expects from a British mystery, only the mystery is about vampires. Our hero is a world weary vamp who's fallen in love with a human woman, and this results in a tangle involving her family, and his family of monsters. What's clever is that the characters are dignified and properly attired while their world unravels. Of course, this doesn't prevent them from serving tea, or even brandy, if the day has been very, very trying.
And there is a complex villain who gave me the willies. I loved it!
Freda Warrington has created a cool mythology that is very different from what we're used to. Oh, the fanged ones still drink blood, but they also exist part-time in a parallel reality, (the description of which is amazing).
Jane Copland did a great job bringing everyone to life, and she's an important reason I'm continuing on with the series. She sets the perfect tone.
Note: This is not a book I listened to from cover to cover. I found I had to be in the mood for it. But when I was in the mood, it was awesome.
What a wonderful ending to the trilogy! I was blown away and cannot wait to start the whole thing over again in a year or two. Wow!
I could try to describe the story, but it's futile. The books are so much deeper than anything I could say. In fact, it's amazing to me how the descriptions of all three books simply do not do them justice, even though they are factually correct.
Nicola Barber is brilliant as the reader. Her characterizations are spot on and swept me away into the story.
If you love fantasy, you have to read these books. If you have kids over the age of 14, they must read this story. Books like these are why I'm a reader and if I'd read this in school, I would probably have become a writer. The prose is so beautiful, the relationships so real, the problems faced by the characters so compelling that I was captivated from the first book to the last. I'm sad it's over, but excited to see what Kassy Tayler writes next. She has a lifelong fan, and a vocal cheerleader in me.
Do not miss this beautiful adventure, no matter how old you are!
After Mystery Man, which I loved, I was expecting great things from this second book in the series. I was vastly disappointed.
I can't fault the reader -- she did what she could with the material. It was the endless stream of consciousness narrating on the part of the h that brought me out of the story at the midway point. And it was narrating. Repetitious non-stop inner monologue narrating. If a real person's thought processes worked this way, they would be completely unable to function, and would be left deaf, dumb and blind to the verbal and physical cues that are a necessity when it comes to negotiating real life. (Girlie Aspergers? If so, it's a severe case.)
I'm giving it 3 stars for the many great touches that made me chuckle and also made me wish for a better book to go with them.
This was a great read/listen. Lissa Beth Workman is a dumpy, sobbing drunk in a local bar when two vampire walk in and take an interest. They make a wager and proceed to turn her just so they can time the turn. Then they planned to make her dead dead.
What happens next makes for one action packed adventure that takes place all over the supernatural world.
Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
Don't miss this one. Can't wait for more.
I dont' know if this is a good book or not. Romy Nordinger's reading was so distracting that I couldn't focus on the story. She reminded me of one of my aunts' who always thought she was so sexy, but with her smoker's voice, she sounded old and kind of nasty.
I loved this series when I read it on my Kindle and couldn't wait for it to come out on Audible.
Then I bought it. What the heck has happened to Dina Pearlman? Her reading of this is so awful that it's un-listenable. Normally I enjoy her performances in series like Anna Strong and Vampire Moon, but in this one she flops spectacularly.
Why make a character like Beatrice, a young, sheltered academic, sound like a coarse ranch hand with boundary issues? What reads as simple curiosity in the material, Pearlman turns into a suspicious interrogation in her interpretation. She usually doesn't have a tin ear for nuance, but her accents for a Welshman and an Italian are so horrific it sounds like she has square marbles in her mouth. Her voice also sounds overworked and aging. I almost wonder if she's been ill.
What a bummer. I guess I'll clear the whole series off my iPod and reread it on my kindle.
What a shame.
This was so much fun that I couldn't put it down, even to get to sleep at a decent hour! Kate Russell elevated the material with a snappy performance that left me breathless and giggling by turns. I loved both leads equally, which is really unusual -- one is always weaker -- but not here. Kristen Ashley has a new devoted fan and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
Right now, I am waiting for the third book in this series due out next month, (April 15th), and debating whether or not to listen right away, or wait a while and then start the series from the beginning. Hmmmmm. Decisions, decisions.
I don't think I can wait. The first two were that good.
I really loved the phenomenal performance by Therese Plummer. She really brought this series to life. I wish she read more of my favorite books. She's perfection.
Short but hot and sweet story, with a reader who is pure sex on a stick. Loved this one!
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