Not sure what the hype is about. It was a really detailed book with a lot of descriptions and some were really interesting, some not so much. It just ended up being OK. Not great, not wonderful. Not sure I would read it again though. And I found that disappointing. I think a circus setting is marvelous and the idea of magical people controlling it was interesting too but was never made into anything that wowed me. The storey disintegrated into a love story about two people we really didn't know much about personality wise and didn't care that much about. They were not the most interesting people at the circus but the interesting ones didn't get their stories told at all. Over all it was like a novel trying to pull in trends from other books that were big hits. Steampunk, wizards and magic, forbidden love, etc, etc. It was almost like the writer was trying so hard to hit all the trends that they forgot to write a good story. The descriptions of some of the stuff were interesting but descriptions of settings do not a good novel make unless they make the STORY more interesting. This just didn't grab me. But the narrator was great!
I honestly thought that the reviews regarding the narrator were exaggerated. I own hundreds of Audible books, have heard a lot of crappy narration and figured I could get beyond it. And maybe I could have if the story had been good. It wasn't. The central character was unlikeable. The other characters she befriended or bonded with had baffling accents,. The narrator had Drake use this sort of Count Chocula accent that I honestly don't even understand. It's terrible. And I have no idea why he bonds with the wretched main character. Makes no sense whatsoever. Not at all. There are a set of twins who, every time the narrator speaks in their voices, I immediately imaging punching in the face. The accents are so distractingly terrible I can't even focus on what they are saying because of how it's being said. It's quite possibly the worst accents I've ever heard on Audible. And again, I've heard a lot.
Terrible, terrible, terrible all around. Do not bother with this book. An utter waste of your credits. I will be asking for a refund.
I'm on book 2 and have yet to guffaw. I ready Carpe DiEmily by the same author and really enjoyed it but this is really disappointing. Full of tired old clichés. Whiney heroine.
I can't even explain how crappy this is. I'm SO disappointed. I was really hoping for a good laugh.
I wanted to like this book. I really did. Everything about it sounded awesome. But somehow maybe a third of the way in I started to feel dread about continuing the book. That is never a good sign for me. It has elements of things I absolutely love in a book and yet somehow I was bored. The narrator was excellent. Spellbinding, really. But the actual book seemed like there was no payoff. I just kept waiting for it to get good and that never happened. Some of the explanations about why the Fetch was after them didn't really make sense, why he was being compelled seemed like a weak reason, etc. There seemed to be long stretches of nothing happening, then a snippet of "now this guy appears and this is the reason"....then boring stretch and then " and now this guy is here because of this weak reason"...now boring stretch and on and on and on. I felt like it was 400 hours long and would never end and then suddenly it ended. And not very satisfyingly. I could have cared less at that point. I was just glad it was over.
The characters in the book had such potential to be interesting but in the end I only knew some little bits about each person and didn't really care about any of them.
The story was fine. Nothing new or exciting. Just average. The narrator is clearly talented in some respects but made this weird choice to use a breathy weird voice for the main character. Some of other character voices are less annoying. The other reviews that speak of the narrator have it spot on. I had to turn it off and take a break more than once because it was unbearable. I hate to say it but I will need to really want to hear a book badly before I will again purchase anything read by Xe Sands.
We've already heard much of his story. I think most of this book could have been intertwined into a book about any character we haven't had a book about yet. I found this long and quite dull. I barely got through it.
A terrible last book. I'm utterly disappointed. I didn't have any expectations about how this series should have ended, this just feels lame and too tidy. All the other criticisms were on the nose. A boring parade of characters from past books. With no good reason for them to be there. It's really too bad as this was a really good series to begin with that was dragged out for too long and ended pathetically. I'm really, really disappointed.
The story is good, engaging, sometimes funny but would it kill the author to use the word PURSE???? Seriously. These books weren't written in 1950, who called their purse their pocketbook in the 1990s when this was published??? And why is she constantly referring to her pocketbook and her grandmother's pocketbook, etc, etc, etc. It really, really got on the nerves. The narrator was great, good performance I thought other than the odd mispronounced word.
I'm sick of listening to one of the characters go on and on and on about wanting another baby. She can barely juggle work and the kids she already has and wants another one? I know it's just a moral dilemma to make the story interesting but honestly it took her way too long to come to a conclusion. There were WAY more interesting characters and stories that could have bulked up the book. This one was just ridiculous and tedious. I just didn't care anymore. As long as that story line ended I really didn't care what the conclusion to it was.
Somehow I thought there would be more story to the story. There was only the one major focus for the entire book and then, as a side plot, Sookie and Eric. I have to agree with others that a lot of this book seemed like filler fluff. Sookie runs errands. Sookie visits friends. Sookie has lunch. Sookie daydreams about this and that. But, again, little story. And the story that was the focus did nothing to further this book series. I guess that since the book series is supposed to be completed within another book or two, this wraps up some of the characters, but it just didn't further any of the major characters stories. It just took some of the smaller characters out of the picture. It was like a book designed to tidy up some loose ends and get them out of the way for the big finale. Hopefully the big finale is more satisfying than this was. The end was really just like someone quit typing at the end of their sentence without bothering to finish a paragraph.
I have listened to the previous books in the series and had liked the main Character in the past but am finding her to be less and less likeable. I can't put my finger on what it is. Naming her boobs "Danger" and "Will Robinson" is just moronic. Not funny at all. There were other things she was naming along the way which had the same effect. Made her sound like a dumb girl. I thought the point of these books was that she was supposed to be a sort of Kick butt female sleuth character. She seems to end up being injured or involved in things due to her stupidity more than anything. And the abrupt end was extremely unsatisfying. It felt like the writer just gave up and didn't bother to conclude anything. Obviously holding out for the next book in the series. I'm getting very tired of being strung along by Authors so they can sell more and more books. Tell me a good story. One that I can read and is concluded within the novel. If you wrote a series of novels that were better stand alone books, I wouldn't feel so annoyed, I think.
On the up side, the narrator was very good. As she has been in anything I've heard her read. Very talented lady.
Not sure I'll read the next book in the series. I feel like I'm reading schlock written to pay the bills instead of to entertain the reader. It's very disheartening.
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