East Coast, Canada | Member Since 2012
I almost really liked this book. Almost. It starts off very strong - great concept, great idea, excellent take on zombiehood and a feeling that it was going to be a highly original story.
Then the halfway point came and... it stopped. The story just got hung up on... well, I'm not sure what, exactly... it just stopped moving forward.
That, and some of the characters just stopped acting "normally"... i.e. the main characters are nearly assassinated (and the world knows this is the case) and yet they putter around for another SIX WEEKS looking for "evidence" and when they finally find it (how come they weren't assassinated in that 6 weeks?), the person who they want to share it with won't listen (guess he forgot about the assassination attempt?) so they return home (no need to worry that the "bad guy" might, I dunno, try to kill them?) and are... GASP... attacked!
The end was a let-down. There was a bit of a twist, which I liked, but after the denouement, it dragged on for another 30 minutes... with nothing happening but more yappy-yappy.
Oh, so close to being excellent, it needed about 1/5 of its length chopped out... I did, however, get the next in the series because I really like the concept.
The narration was good.
I read this book before even being aware that it was also a TV show. I have since watched the show on Netflix. The two are completely and absolutely unrelated. The book is a serious look at the experiences Piper had while in prison, and is billed as a memoire, which it is. The TV show is a dramatization loosely based on the premise of the memoire - a woman going to prison unexpectedly - but that is where the similarity ends. The TV show is billed as a comedy. A dark comedy, probably, but still a comedy.
It was an interesting look at prison from the point of view of a non-traditional inmate. Did Piper `learn her lesson` ? Maybe, maybe not, but the story had nothing to do with lessons-learned. It was a glimpse into a world that most wealthy, educated and non-drug addicted women don't experience. I quite enjoyed it, and found that I was surprised at some things (how helpful other inmates were, and how race within prison didn't seem to be a big deal in Piper's experience), and not so surprised at others (funding issues for programs in prison).
Overall it was an interesting "peep behind the curtains" of what goes on behind prison walls - from the point of view of a very non-traditional (and privileged) inmate.
The narration is good. There isn't any detailed sex or violence and only minimal swearing.
Well, it was my least favorite of the three so far. By quite a bit, actually. I`m not exactly sure where it went wrong, but... it might be that Rowland tried to create a suspenseful atmosphere of conspiracy and 'THE MAN' trying to control people when, really, this is a zombie book. Don't be trying to mix politics and political change movements with the animated dead... we can't take it seriously. Because... it isn't serious. It is about zombies for heaven's sake.
And I think Rowland was trying to show Angel's emotional growth, but I am not sure this was believable. When there needed to be angst, it was created by Angel suddenly becoming weak. She spent a lot of time paying lip-service to female independence all while she accepted bad behaviour from her father and her boyfriend. Please be consistent... if the main character is going to be a strong woman, let her be a strong woman, don't have her talk about it, but then go ahead and act like a victim. It belittles all women when this happens.
So, was the story okay? Yeah, sure... if you can accept that it was a bit farther-fetched than even zombies are. Book one was great, book two was good, this one was average.
The narration is good.
Ahhh... I left the review too long after finishing the book. I don't recall the details of the story, but I do recall that I enjoyed it well enough that I bought the next book in the series for full price on Audible.
Angel, however, is unique enough a character that I can recall the premise of the book... this is unlike most zombie and urban fantasy books where the protagonists all seem to have the same voice and the same problems. And, yes, this book is an urban fantasy more than it is a zombie book, even though it contains zombies.
It is a different take on the zombie story, and, while maybe not so much a different take on the female protagonist out to solve the "issue", it will not immediately fall into the "yes, just another urban fantasy pile of books mishmash" in your head.
The narration is good. It is not gory, and not really about zombies.
Excellent action packed and violent pseudo-military novel. Lots of violence, lots of guns, lots of bad guys getting their just desserts. Actually, it is one of the best, non-moralizing, trashy action books I've read in a long while. There is no deep dark plot, not much nuance, and not much cheesy romance...
The story is told from 2 different points of view (Lorenzo and Valentine) and, surprisingly, they are different enough that they really do feel like different characters (perhaps each author wrote one of the main characters?) ... neither are quite bad enough that you dislike them, but they are not the typical "good guys" either.
The romantic components are relatively well done (i.e. not cheesy or over done). The bad guys (one set of them anyway) are pretty extreme, but hey, it isn't meant to be true-to-life. For its genre, it is not as sexist or gun-porny as some, and there is not much "judgement" regarding who is a bad guy and who is not, though there is a steady theme of anti-terrorist and American military "black ops" secrecy throughout the novel.
The narrator is okay, but it seems that at some points - in particular when he is describing gun and body/armour interactions - he slows right down to emphasize... almost like the action is occurring in slow-mo. The segments are all subtitled (i.e "Valentine, Morocco, April 14th") so you always know which point of view we are seeing, even though I don't think you would know the difference between the two main characters by the narration.
There is lots of non-gory violence, lots of swearing and no detailed sex. As soon as I finished this book, I bought the next one on Audible at full price...
It is the weakest of the three books so far in the series. The romantic angst is weak, and, well, forced at the best of times. Actually, the whole book felt a bit forced. It starts with Rose's brothers tagging along on an adult mission - and while the characters constantly repeat how young they are, and how dangerous it is for them, they ultimately are treated like, and act like, full adults. Either make them adults, or don't... don't talk-talk how young they are, then have them behave like minature adults.
And the angst between Kaldar and Audrey was non-existant. There were some words spent trying to build up tension and excitement in the romance boat, but it just sank. And the consumation of their romance was sudden, fast, and inappropriately played out. It felt like the romance was just there because it was expected, but it wasn't believable, and, frankly, we don't care. And when and how it happens is a let down.
If this had been the first in the series, I would not have continued reading them. It isn't bad enough that I would skip Andrews' books in the future, but it is bad enough that I wouldn't pay full price for them.
The narration is fine. It is not gory or graphic. There is a relatively tame/short sex scene and minimal swearing.
Ummmm... I couldn't finish it.
I suppose it is meant to be funny, or maybe there is some hidden 'message' in it... but I didn't see the humor, or get the message.
It was a series of incrementally dumber 'monster' contacts where people get squished or burnt, or whatever, in comical ways, and then recover from whatever the mutilation was. It is very childish... and some scenes are just plain dumb. Like the winged horse scene that eventually develops into the main character being sucked into a giant worm - it has absolutely no purpose but to allow the author to let his imagination flow, and add some potentially icky scenes (I say "potentially icky" because in my world, it is really only children who are amused by slime in the way this author seems to be).
Nearer the end there seems to be some over-arching storyline that, maybe, is meant to explain all the foolishness. But, sorry, the lame stereotype old witch and a 'universe in a stone' was just too much for me.
And, no, it is not urban fantasy; urban fantasy is supposed to be mature, and possibly a bit on the dark side. This book is a comic fantasy... in the manner that you would expect a story in a children's/comic book to be.
The narration is okay. There is nothing graphic in the book, and I don't think there is much swearing.
It's a moderately hard sci-fi... not much time is spent developing relationships or on character development. In fact, so little time is spent on characterization that it is very difficult to tell most of the main male characters apart. (There is only one female character so nobody to get her mixed up with, but she isn't even very different from the males...)
There are some alien life-forms, but they aren't really explored very much, other than brief interjections when they are the stimulant to cause the humans to do something... when their interventions are needed to motivate a character, they appear, then they conveniently drop out of the story until next time they are needed.
I didn't like the story very much, nor the characters, and even the sci-fi part of it wasn't very engaging or original. And some parts seemed choppy, almost like the book was abridged - occasionally the transitions were sudden and unexpected. I won't be reading any more in this series, and it is unlikely I'd read more by this author... his writing just isn't distinct enough to choose over all the other books out there.
The narration is okay. It is non-graphic and I don't think there is any swearing.
Firstly... I didn't realize this book, while book 2 in the series, has nothing to do with book one. It is set in the same world, and there are a couple references to the characters in book one, but the story follows a new couple, who have a new set of concerns and problems. There is no Rose or Declan here.
Otherwise, it is pretty much the same quality storyline, plot and pacing. I'm not sure the romance is quite as good and the sex scene (only one) is not as graphic as in the first book. There are some interesting characters here though, and the world is more fully explained - mostly the Edge and the Weird, not much time is spent in the Broken.
I think the "bad guys" are a bit too extreme though, and almost feel cartoonish. I don't mind fantasy components, but would prefer it remain mature and not devolve into the "monster under the bed" type horror. Overall, however, I liked it, and ended up buying the next book in the series as soon as I finished this one.
The narration is the same as book one. She is fine, but not the best reader I've heard. There is minimal swearing, and nothing very graphic. I did buy the next book from Audible, but there is no cliff hanger, so you don't have to.
I never... well... almost never, now... read a book after seeing the movie. In this case, I bought this book and then forgot about it. Then went to see the movie one day, on a lark. Several weeks later I saw this book again and realized I had just watched the movie (yeah, slow on the uptake sometimes).
I actually quite enjoyed it, even after having seen the movie. I would say it was close to the story line of the movie, but since it was the novelization of the movie, I guess this is a no-brainer. The part I did like about the book was the insight to what was going on in the characters' minds - in the movie we don't get to hear their thoughts, so have to determine from posture and words what is going on in their heads. There are a couple significant scenes where what was in their heads according to the novel was not the same as what I had seen on the screen... a sign of the actor's abilities no doubt.
It is a fast and not overly deep read... if you like the series, you`ll probably like this book. The narration is very good. There is nothing graphic or gory in it.
I got this book a couple years ago and just got around to reading it last week. I read the reviews before I started it and didn't really have high expectations, based on those reviews.
Hmmm... I don't know what those others are reading that made them think this book is less than a 4 for its genre. It is an urban fantasy with a female protagonist who is not weak and whiny - that in itself makes this book exceptional. The fact that there was also a story, some character development and some believable romantic angst just bumps it upward.
There isn't much sex, but what there is was well-done and believable. The story was reasonable, and, while maybe the bad guy scenes were a bit over-long, they were okay too. The only thing I would note as a drawback to the story was how William felt very much like an 'add-on' - and his role in the story as it relates to Rose was way more 'weighty' than it should have been, given how little time passes.
But, ultimately, as soon as I finished this book (yesterday), I bought the next in the series from Audible and am starting it today. The narration is good - she does seem to over emphasize sometimes, but overall she does a good job. There is no graphic violence, a little bit of somewhat detailed (but short) sex and minimal swearing.
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