This book is for people who love the quirky, fanciful type of heroine and can laugh with someone who happily owns her ADD personality. She is a private detective, with Cookie, the best side kick since Oberon, (see Kevin Hern). Darynda Jones writes with a superior wit, delivered to us by the excellent actor, Lorelei King. There is a mystery to be solved, family issues to be dealt with, and a very sexy love interest. Oh sure, there are other guys in her life, fun for her to interact with, but make no mistake, Reyes is the metal to her magnet and sparks fly! I like the idea of woman who may be beautiful, but it's really not remarked on much. Charlie certainly doesn't pay any attention to her looks, her older sister, Gema, is the pretty one. Her real beauty is from within and that's what the most beautiful man alive fell for, when she smiled at him, and he then waited centuries for her to be born. And of course the best part, you laugh from beginning to the end. I can't wait to read the next book...tomorrow....again.
I recently finished reading all the books for this series for the 2nd time. I decided to review them all together because I think of them as one long book, not to be read out of order. I've never finished a series of books, turned right around and started them over again, but that's how much I loved this story and the characters. I loved Joann and David as a couple, I love their steadfast love story, David is the man most women wished they had. They have a difficult time, go thru a roller coaster from hell, each book cranking up the OMG factor as far as inhumanly possible. But, Rachel Caine out does herself with this complicated story with so many well drawn, fantastic characters and a freaking crazy plot that is totally unique. There is a lot of humor added in to give my heart a rest from time to time, but damn....what a story!
Damn this was hard to read, but I couldn't put it down. Acheron has always been my favorite character in the Dark Hunter series and I looked forward to reading a book about his life, but I never thought it would be so heart wrenching, it was so difficult to read. But, at least the second half was positive and fun. I felt his romance with Tory was touching and believable and I was happy for him by the end of the book. But, good grief, I can't say that about poor Styxx. While I was reading Acheron, I though he would have done better without his "loving" sister Rissa. She was an idiot who cause him so much trouble. But I was really take aback by her truly horrendous treatment of Styxx. What a mean spirited harpy.
Ninety percent of this book was one long gut wrench that never let up. After wading thru hours and hours of his unending pain and suffering, the ending seemed too rushed, too short. Yes, it was interesting, the way everything came together, very clever. But, I needed more redemption and happiness than the bone Ms. Kenyon tossed us at the end. I'm glad I read it, but I won't read it again.
I remember when this series started, Anita was a bundle of problems, she could have kept a shrink in business for the rest of their life. Her ability to be competent at her necromancy job, and pretty darn good at helping the police with their paranormal murder mysteries, while still hanging on to her integrity, made for interesting books.
I loved the attraction between Anita and Jean Claude, it was scary and sexy at the same time. I even liked her love for Richard in the beginning, how she didn't want to sleep with him until she was ready, sure of their relationship. Her dilemma sorting out her feelings between the two men was exciting and believable It took 5 books before that issue was resolved. I remember when she and Jean Claude finally had sex, that was such an erotic scene, one of the best I've ever listened to. The way it was written, the music in the background, Kimberly Alexis made it something to remember. Then Micah came along and I thought, we'll, I can see how hard it was for her to resist him, he was something new, her animal to call and their attraction was very sweet. And now Micah is bi-sexual but only with Nathaniel, I guess this is so LKH can have a readily available Ménage à trois when needed. Really??
I also agree with a previous reviewer, because I have thought it myself, that LKH decided to make Anita like Merry Gentry. But, the premise for MG is that she is a fertility goddess, having sex with lots of guys was always part of the story, it wasn't for Anita, Anita has lost her way, probably about the time she started having sex with Nathaniel, yuck! She was supposed to be someone who offered him help and stability, but not as a sexual partner, he was just too damaged, to young mentally. That relationship has always felt wrong to me. Don't even get me started with the 16 year old she's recently added to her stable (whatever his name is). Double yuck!
And the arduour.... well, I could have accepted it thru a book or two, as long as it finally resolved itself, but we're still having to put up with this crap. I guess it's so LKH can roll out the screaming orgasm's, the oral sex with limp dicks, and multiple partners that Anita has no emotional commitment to, and neither do the readers.
Now, auto erotic asphyxiation is introduced as a new way to have sex. Really?? This dangerous practice has been around a while, causing death when men try having orgasms while partially hanging themselves. Showing it as couple sex is even worse, it's sick. This is not something the Anita Blake we used to admire would do, she was a smart girl, had some common sense, even with all her insecurities. I am real disappointed LKH went there. I have actually started skipping over the sex scenes, they aren't sexy anymore, just boring and/or disturbing.
Now for the positive, I was happy to find that the actual zombie story held my attention. I liked having Edward coming to her aid, his presence always cranks up the crazy fun. Too bad the story only gets a few lines and all that I don't like takes up so much space.
And finally, QUIT PREACHING to me, i'm an adult and don't need your views stuffed down my throat. If you to want to broaden your readers horizon, make it an interesting concept in the story, try being subtle, we aren't stupid. And find all these guys their own women, let Anita and Jean Claude be the hot couple, give the girl a rest!
I didn't actually read this book, just the .5 prequel and about 1/3 of the first book. But, when Audible was kind enough to refund the books I had bought in the series, they accidentally left this one in my library. I was glad because that gave me a chance to warn buyers, who love listening to urban fantasy like Kate Daniels, The Weather Warden, Kim Harrison, Rachel Morgan, Anita Blake (w/Kimberly Alexis) etc... books that are well written, and excellently narrated, to BEWARE, these books are not of the same caliber.
After reading the .5 prequel, it was so bad, I just had to log in to Audible to reread the reviews again, to make sure I didn't make a mistake ordering this series. I do a lot of research before buying audio books, because they ain't cheap, especially when you by the whole series, and yes, lots of people said they were great books. So, I thought I would give the first book a chance, try to withhold my judgement. But nope, it sucked just as bad as the prequel. The narration was awful, Max Bellmore has a nice voice, but his narration was boring, boring, boring. All the male characters sounded the same, all the women sounded pathetic, he does not do women voices well at all. The more I read, the more I felt like I was banging my head against the wall. The story was lame and the dialog was pure drivel. If you still want to give these books a try, just buy them one at a time so you don't waste your credits. What would make these books fun is if we could hear Mike and the robots, from Mystery Science Theatre, listening to the books and critiquing them like they did for all those bad B movies from the 50s and 60s. Then the stupid will become funny, because they are just that bad.
Just so I didn't forget anything, I finished listening to the first 4 books again while I was on vacation last week. Since I've been on pins and needles waiting for the latest book, I downloaded it as soon as I woke up at 5:00 am this morning, listened to it off and on at work today and just now (8:00 PM) finished it. The only complaint is that the books are so short. Darynda Jones packs a whole lot of story in such a short book but I want more and longer. Why such fanaticism from a grown woman? It's because I just love Charley Davidson. What a great female character, she's so funny, warm, and smart. I think she just the kind of woman who should get the most sexy, beautiful, reformed bad boy of the underworld. There is so much going on, so many plot twists and turns to keep us on the edge of our seats. But, underneath all the action, Reyes is the main focus of this book. We learn more about him as a man than as a supernatural being, although more is revealed about that as well. His relationship with Charley grows deeper and we get to see them more as a couple, lots of fun, very sexy!! This is hands down, my favorite series out there, and I can't wait until the next book. And how does Lorelei King do it?? She reads all the characters so well, each with their own sound and personality brought to life. And, she does sexy Reyes so well, I forget it's a woman reading the part, or...I just try not to ponder that too closely. :o) Thank you both, Darynda and Lorelei, another purrrfect installment. Just don't make me wait too long for the next book! Did I mention cliff hanger??
I just finished this book and bought the next one. It's not that the story is so bad, not near as good as the Guardian series, but entertaining enough. The problem is the the narration by Saskia Maarleveld, she reads these books with so little personality, unless you want to count irritable as a main emotion, that I find I don't even like Risa some of the time. I looked forward to her being an adult, she was such a vibrant child in the Guardian books, so much personality. And our sexy male lead? He sounds even less appealing than Risa, like a dull dimwit. And I don't understand all those pauses in the middle of sentences, they are just long enough to make hold my breath, waiting for her to pickup the reading, it's just awful. Did I mention she reads these books flat as a pancake? After using Angela Dawe for the Guardian series, I can't understand why she would allow this person to read and ruin the Dark Angel series. I will be downloading a ebook if the 5th book isn't the last book.
This book has an interesting premise, but falls short due to lack of character development and a lack of story building. You are just moved from one event to another without much emotional investment. The farther along I got in the book, the more I realized I was reading a book for preteens or young teenagers. I was soooo bored...and I bought all the books in the series...curses! The one bright spot was Khristine Hvam. She is an excellent narrator and saved this from being drivel. If you are over 14 and want to hear her read an exciting, well written series, check out the Jane Yellowrock books. If you want to read a well written YA series, read Vampire Academy.
As a 59 year old woman, who has never played video games, this book made me sorry I didn't. Some of the game references were familiar but most were an education. The story and narration put this in the top 10 books I've downloaded from Audible, and I've downloaded hundreds. I didn't even know Will Weaton narrated books but he was perfect. What a great story, so much information and imagination. If you like fantasy at all, don't pass this one up! There was never a dull moment and I know I will read this book again, it was just that exciting.
Yes. Witty writing, new premise for the vamp and wolf crowd, a sassy female lead, with interesting side kicks, and a good story. What more do you need?
It's hard to compare it to other books, it's just that different. But, if I had to pick something, I would say it reminds me of the Darynda Jones books because of the witty dialog. I just had fun listening to the entire book.
Yes, she narrates the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlene Harris. I like her a lot, but miss her southern accent. Witty and southern just go together, I'm prejudice that way, being from the South and all.
If I was that talented, I would be making more money.
Not much in the way of sex, but I do see romance in her future. As for the E Bay joke, you just have to read the book. It's been a long time since I laughed that long and had to wipe the tears away.
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