The world the author builds at first seems interesting and it is a different take on vampirism. Though this different interpretation quickly shows itself to be severely flawed.
Main premise of the world: vampires are all bad and give in to blood lust -- the immortal guardians protect "innocent" humans from the vampires.
The 'altruistic guardians' and 'evil vampires' are flimsy, predictable (and not in a good way) and completely unbelievable. (The guardians even all look alike -- black hair and brown eyes -- how boring!)
The author has the guardians and vampires only killing "bad" humans. (There must be a lot of pedophiles in this author's world. I myself have never known one, but they seem to be ubiquitous and abundant in this book. Whenever someone needs to feed, there just happens to be a pedophile nearby. So convenient.)
The book has numerous plot holes. This is not surprising for a new author, but can be distracting nonetheless. ie - in the opening scene, the heroine rescues the hero then takes him to her house just a hundred yards away. She left the "bad guys" knocked out just outside. The hero and heroine promptly fall asleep in her house and stay there all day. Now, wouldn't any half intelligent person think that the "bad guys" might follow the copious trail of blood they left leading to her house?! This possibility wasn't even mentioned, let alone explained why the most logical thing didn't happen. There is another major plot hole at the end, but it would be a spoiler so I won't detail it.
The final irritation -- and main reason why I won't read more by this author -- is her preachy attitude. From the opening scene to the closing scene, she constantly preaches about organic food and cleaners. If you don't believe in these things (which I happen to support, but don't appreciate lectures about) then you will be made to feel like a bad human deserving of being food for a vampire.
The author also seems to be very sure of herself in claiming innocence or sin in a person. Most of her protagonists can tell just by looking at someone if they are "innocent."
Well...there is no such thing as "innocence" and the author acting as jury, judge and executioner, through her characters, is highly annoying.
There are several references to the christian bible -- as if the bible really is true in this paranormal world and even predicted the alien guardians. (That was creepy.)
Every time I read a new author that disappoints me, I tell myself I won't do that again, but that never sticks and a few weeks later...there I am reading another new author. So, this time, I won't bother saying it. I guess I'd never be delighted by a new author if I didn't keep trying.
This author might do it for some, but not for me. Hope this review helps you. Happy reading!
This is the first post apocalyptic book I have read - for that reason, it was interesting and very different for me. I thought the pace was good, the writing very good and the performance was excellent, but the story....
If I spend time reading fiction, I want a HEA ending. If I want reality, I turn on the news read a paper, read non-fiction, or look out my front door - I do not want to pay money for someone else's fabricated unhappy ending.
If it had a different ending, then I would have given it 4-5 stars, the rest of it was that good.
I love everything that ML writes, and this one was no exception. He makes these difficult to understand topics understandable and interesting. He weaves in personal narratives that make the technical parts interesting.
An excellent read about a topic that every American should have a basic understanding of.
I bought the book without knowing who the real author was - I found out about half way through listening to it, and was surprised.
It was a very entertaining listen. A solid murder mystery that kept my attention and made me want to listen to more.
Some surprising twists and turns. I would recommend it to anyone that likes the private investigator/cop/murder type genre.
(And I always like a physically flawed protagonist who has honor.)
I confess that I couldn't make it to the end, or even halfway, so it may have improved.
If you are a child of the 70s, you will hear this book and see the movie in your mind. That was fun... for about 90 seconds, which is right about the time I figured out this was a LITERAL retelling of the story using a lot of "thee" "thou" and "therefore" and nothing else different. I'd rather spend my time just watching the Empire Strikes Back than listening to a 16th century retelling of the story.
The organization of these lectures was very good. The material was not new for me - if you have read Dan Ariely, Daniel Kahneman or Michael Schermer, etc. then the concepts will not be new - but it was a great reminder and I particularly liked the way the material flowed and was organized. Very logical.
The narration by the professor was excellent. Great diction and pace.
These are essential concepts that are good for me to remind myself of at least once a year.
I picked this book up and another (Lick) when they were on sale. Neither are books I would normally go for. I thought both were okay. This book had a bit more seriousness to it than the other. I'm not a big fan of tattoos and body piercings (especially in very sensitive places) but that's part of what made it different for me and it was okay.
I didn't love it -- it didn't make me think and it didn't teach me anything new, but it didn't offend and it was mildly entertaining.
It was just okay.
What I liked: it was a little different; well written; no real big gaps in logic (except the whole get married to a stranger while drunk thing, but if you can get past that...) and the characters were likeable.
Not the best: the whole get married to a stranger...; they were both too young; I find it hard to believe that this rock star who is used to partying as a way of life would just stop, no more women; and it was very short - not a lot of complicated relationships or intrigue going on.
I read the next 2 books in the series, instead of listening to them, and enjoyed them. The third (Lead) was really good - the best of the three I've read.
For me, once I'm into a series, the characters take on more meaning and I end up liking previous installments more and more so I like these characters - Dave and Evie - but mostly because I got to know them better in the subsequent installments.
Well crafted story with plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing right to the very end. I loved it. One of the best in the series.
I enjoyed this book mostly because of the characters -- they were real, with flaws and strengths. The writing was smart and I found myself really caring about what happened to the characters.
The story was also interesting - for me it was unique, having only read a few stories with Jin and Golems, so the world was still newish for me.
The pace was decent - a tad slow in parts - and the author's writing style is smart. She uses dialog between characters to build the story, which I think always makes for a better read.
I'm looking forward to the next installment (I hope there is one...)
Reminded me a little of Still Life with Crows, maybe because it featured Corrie. Preston & Child do an excellent job of weaving the story, making it fast-paced and exciting. I found the Doyle/Holmes angle different and interesting.
There were a couple of twists and turns that I did not expect! (As usual.)
I would have liked to have heard more about Constance and his son(s???) but that's a minor complaint.
I stayed up most of the night to finish it, it was that good. If you're a fan of the series you won't be disappointed. If you haven't read any in this series, I envy you! Start at the beginning and enjoy...
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