Although the story had potential, it was subpar. The descriptives of geography and environment were wonderful, as was the detail of the meals prepared. But the narrative just plodded along until some well written exciting events occured. My biggest criticism is that the book had a tremendous religious/Christian bent. This should have been part of the description because i would not have purchased it if I had known. If I had heard the phrase "I touched my fingertips to the Godstone..." one more time, I was going to scream. The author did tease nicely developing the "love interests" but in the end seriously disappointed the reader.
I liked the implication of magic or sorcery, and the history of the region.
No. I couldn't get past the obsession with praying constantly, but this was likely the author's intention: pray and pray more and your prayers will generally go unanswered while you suffer incredible pain and loss. Then maybe if you make it through all that, there will be an answer that you never would have considered.
ok, but diappointing. Jennifer Ikeda was phenomenal in Discovery of Witches series. She is bland and does not use her extraordinary verbal talent, accents, tone, character, etc. Very disappointed with this one.
Audible - please provide better categories or descriptions of books.
Unfortunately, the book was not worth the credit. Fortunately Audible's policy of returns will keep me coming back. The book starts out (seriously, the first sentence in the book!) with a graphic, dirty sex scene that you later discover is a "day-dream" of the lead character/vampire, Sampson. I like steam, but it was a turn-off rather than a turn-on, and just stupid. Then, the helpless human heroine gets hauled into a mansion of sex and blood starved vamps only to cause angst and remorse in our sexually dysfunctional "hero." The first 2 - 3 chapters proved the book would be too cliche and unoriginal to continue. If you are interested in chic-lit, erotica, bloodsucking, it may be for you. The narrator, Kevin Foley, was unable to pull off a good female voice, and even Sampson's voice was overacted.
I continue to compare the vampire-based stories in the selection of books available - both serious and historical to snarky, steamy and tame - to the exemplary writing of Deborah Harkness's "Discovery of Witches" novels. And its narrator, Jennifer Ikeda, is by far the stand-out narrator that has performed any reading of the ~50 Audible books I have listened to. Forget this one and use your credit for "Discovery" trilogy.
Wow - a Molly melodrama full of humor and fun..for free? No brainer. NIce to have a short one, but love her stories and keep waiting for more.
The tie in with the food is great. The heroine is a chef and what fun she has with tastes and smells throughout the story and of course with the 'blood cook-off!"
Wierd question. So I guess I will say it did.
The sexy vamp stays in the cellar during the deadly daylight hours. When she starts at seeing him 'asleep' and then spills candle wax on him, well it is a nice blend of passion and humor at which Harper is an expert.
It really doesn't make sense to write a book review on this one. The story got too far-fetched even for "fantasy." The sample available prior to purchase gives an uneven look at the writing. The story starts to decline into the tawdry, and Davidson increases the use of unnecesssarily lude (aka dirty) language. The story would have held its own, but this was a big turn-off for me. The story followed a typical dumb blonde turned vampire, yet it is written with a fair amount of humor which is not always easy to do. But Davidson tries to create something new on a very saturated market, and does not hit the mark. I like a little smut and strut, but the author couldn't pull it off and relied too heavily on shock and some 'gross factor'. Where is Molly Harper when you need her?
Davidson's next story in the series was in my wish list. It isn't any more. I'll be listening to Kim Harrison's spunky vamp series, or perhaps Jeaniene Frosts "Grave" series.
Ms. Wu was just ok. She did not have enough delineation between character's voices. Not bad, but just not great.
Oh, brother. (mini-spoiler, but you can see it coming) Definitely would have rewritten the under-water sex scene. Had potential for more heat and sexiness than the resulting stupid and voyeristic animalistic act. The fact that our male "hero" (??) stands out on the pool deck naked for his kingly speach - just dumb. And enough with the shoes and verbose description of every outfit and scene and event!
In this book, we meet characters already near and dear to our hearts from the "Nice Girls" series. A few familiar encounters catch you off guard which is a good ear to ear grin since you feel like you're in on a secret. This story is another work of narrative art by Ronconi, like an old (beautiful) shoe that fits so comfortably while you listen.
I just loved waiting for the inevitable to happen to our heroine. Collin starts out as such a self-centered dork that one wonders how it will possbile for him to change meaningfully in such a short book. He is quite arrogant and not very likeable that it gets on the listener's nerves. So, Harper does a pretty good job leading us through his growth, if somewhat implausible.
The Bat Mobile pink-boobed and all going over the ravine is hilarious and such a good tease to make us wonder, "what next for our two wayward travelers?" I would be remiss if I didn't mention the root cellar, especially the tears - quite moving.
Absolutely since it is a quick, funny listen.
More, more, more.....
I love how much wit and humor and sharp sarcasam Harper brings to the story. She stays true to the series with this closing work. I love just about all of the characters, and even when you thought you had someone nailed like the member of the Council for the Undead, Harper pulls a fast one on you with some tweaks and suprises.
The theme of the wedding that runs through the work is hilarious. I think the true pain of all bridesmaids is brought out and spanked with the way Jane treats her 'maids to be -- I wont spoil it for you!
She brings the characters alive and puts just the right amount of snark, arrogance, and sassy youth and prude into each one. I have to say, though, my single criticism is the somewhat whimpy voice of Gabriel. I hoped that it would mature from book one into a more dashing and sexy vamp voice.
I wanted this book to go on and on, just to listen to Ranconi and laugh a little longer!
So glad I found the series, the author and the narrarator! Thanks for a fine read, that I will go back to time and time again. Love, love love it!
Readers interested in Scottish history with plenty of time on their hands will be able to wade through the extraordinarily long and drawn out narrative.The book is VERY long, over 30 hours, and one is left with the feeling that it could have been told with the same history, action, romance and humor in 2 "Parts" instead of 4. Unfortunately one has to wait toward the end of Part 3 before the book picks up. The first half is excrutiatingly slow, and I dropped it 3 times, considering whether to ask for a refund.I am in agreement with the other reviews that caution against violence. The reader needs to be prepared for pretty graphic scenes of brutality, especially against women, and most significantly, an extensive, detailed, belabored and awful scene at the very end of the book between 2 men. The point could have been made with far fewer wasted pages (or minutes).
See Elise's review 1/22/13 - she's right on.
"Genre" - hmmm. I don't know that it fits what it is billed to be. Other than Claire accidentally transporting to a different time, there is no other fantasy or SciFi. The author actually succeeds in blending the remainder of the story with history. Therefore, I will say, no, I still enjoy the genre, just not the author. The publisher's summary says that she is "torn between past and present, passion and love." I must disagree. Claire seems to forget her new husband fairly immediately, and the confusion between lust and love begs the question of what is love...?
Yes, Porter differentiates the characters well because of the minute, excrutiating detail the author provided. She is able to develop accents well and makes the transition easily between them. I found her British accent a bit too breathy, but I would certainly listen to another of her performances.
Frustration and disappointment and boredom. I really wanted to like the book, to move on to the next in the series, but will not. Perhaps the written work is preferable because one could scan the pages to bypass the wordy fluff and the torture scenes. It made it far too difficult to believe in the relationship that blooms between Jamie and Claire.
Make no mistake, this is in no way similar to the Stephanie Meyer books or even close in content and likeability of Deborah Harkness' Discovery of Witches trilogy (cannot wait for number 3 to come out!)
Snarky humor as good as in her Nice Girls series. Since this is a "related" book, I would have expected no less. This book plays off Nice Girls with a character (Iris) that lives in same town, and knows of Jane, the main character of those books. The narration is fabulous as usual by Ronconi. She makes the characters come alive.
When a teenage hunk is hit by a speeding black car, Iris reacts emotionally with care, confusion and compassion.
I have listened to the Nice Girls series and it is just as good. Just perfect!
Just laugh out loud and giggles at times. Some touching points, but no crying- it's really not that type of book. I have to say though that I was not a huge fan of Cal. His character was a little hard to believe (for make believe), but little by little he crept into my heart.
I would love more from the Hallows/Jane Jameson style sagas.
The author tries to impart the British hyper- uptight era by constantly using proper names of most characters, espcially "Miss Tarabotti." While this is certainly understandable during the passages in which the characters are conversing, it becomes plain annoying and tiresome throughout the entire novel since it is written in the third person.I think Alexia could have used a bit more exploration and character development.
Pretty much expected it and was not disappointed. Fun twist in the characters ultimate "celebration."
The British accent was grating.
Not unless there is some unresolved issue about her "soulless" state and whether it changes given her new, romantic situation.
Although the topic is important and the theory good, it was too religious for my taste and it plodded along. Understandably, others may enjoy it.
Oh so slow, boring. Needed to move along; too much verbose narration.
Possibly. Out of 4 of the books, I returned one, liked two and didnt even finish this one.
Not bad, but were there other characters? He just goes on and on with Harry's ramblings.
Um, most of it?
Hope they get better. I have listeded to Dead Rites - not bad. It got me into the others. Proven Guilty is playing right now and I like that one and would recommend it.
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