La Grande, OR, United States | Member Since 2009
This was such an emotional story, very strong and powerful not only for the main protagonists but also the side characters. The authors really don't let anything become weak or incidental, but never obvious. I have to confess at one point I had tears running down my face, it definitely has its tear jerker moment and one knew it was coming from the direction from previous books. It was well written and compelling and somehow, in spite of how it had to end, the authors left us with hope and continuation. Well narrated, and overall story enjoyable and hard to put down. Long live Korval!
I'm having serious love of this series. Blood prophet, shapeshifter and elemental Others that are truly monstrous when they set their minds to it. This story is about going after the Controller and saving Jean. The human struggle seemed really true of the modern condition and rang some bells giving it strong reality and understanding for the reader to tie into. I'm still not having great love for the narrator (sounds too young) but the voice is consistent and I can still enjoy the story (though the same words should be pronounced the same from version to version)
This is a direct continuation from the first book that was outstanding, Written in Red. It's only been about 6 weeks later approximately where the last book left off. Still have continued love for all the Other characters and Meg. Not enough elemental pony time, in fact this book seemed just a little rushed and possibly (gasp) maybe an interim piece? It didn't seem as fleshed out as the it's predecessor and the villains didn't seem to be well defined and it bounced back and forth between baddies of HFL and the Controller and the FIN - Donkey and Nicholas Scratch. Though we resolved some of the evil, much of it was not and left hanging. Almost like it was cut off and left for the next book? It didn't overly distract, but that is why I only gave it 4 stars as it has a HUGE measuring stick with the first book.
Meg and Simon are just adorable and again, I'm so happy to see this relationship building slowly and watching them both struggle with figuring out what they are feeling and what they should do about it. Considering where they are both coming from jumping too fast into any kind of romance wouldn't be right. AB is handing this right. Simon needing to cuddle is so adorable. Seriously, I know he is a viscous monster that eats people, but I want one. I would feed it wolf cookies and provide a wolf bed. My corgis would love him and play tug, as long as he promised that they were not edible.
Flavored wolf cookies? Arrrroooo! The funny gags in the story had me laughing out loud a lot. I still miss the ponies though.....
It was a terrific and entertaining read. I'm eagerly waiting for book three. I hope this series goes on forever, I don't think I will ever get bored.
I absolutely adored this book. This is my first exposure to this author and all I can say is that I'm just blown away. The book covers are gorgeous and I can be lured in by beautiful graphics. I'm a book slut that way.
I didn't enjoy the narrator as much. I much prefer deeper voices and the voice seemed too young adult. However the voice was consistent and smooth. I could get past those slight annoyance and enjoy the story.
The premise of the story, based on a person who cut themselves (because they were a blood prophet), didn't appeal to me when I first learned of it and even though I had several recommendations by book friends, I resisted until now.
Finally in desperate need of a good book and looking for new authors I took the leap. Talk about rock my world. The best way I can describe this is an alternate reality story that is similar to our own world, but imagine instead that humans were the minority. Think of white man coming to America and finding indigenous natives that could and would readily eat you. It took a while but human finally negotiated a foot hold with bartering with the Others. Then after several hundred years as what rings strongly with our own society, humans forget what they should be grateful for and how they should be beholden too and starts creating trouble. They should let sleeping wolves lie as if they rouse they can not only eat you, but crush entire cities.
The main protagonist, Meg (who is the blood prophet), is actually an escaped slave who gets a job with the Others, and unknowingly starts changing the world of Others and Humans in her efforts to learn to be human and learn to coexist with the Others. She is not the strong fighter, and in fact scared a lot but she is brave in her own way. I didn't find this annoying because she wasn't whimpy/whiny. Even though the story is dark and violent as all the best Urban Fantasies are, there is so much charm and humor and the relationships and points of view of the different story lines are intriguing (other than one I didn't enjoy to much). I adored the elemental ponies, 'wolf' beds and cookies and Simon in his gruff/rough way was seriously too cute. Major hugs and scritches to Sam too.
Don't expect romance or sex - in fact I found it refreshing to see the development of relationships without it. (Reminds me of the lovely slow/strong relationship building of Kate and Curran over many books in the Magic series by Ilona Andrews) This story is NOT regular tame shifters that are just fury people. These are truly MONSTERS and the world building is just awesome.
My only little grumble was not liking the point of view of female baddie - she was just too annoying for me, rather than scary or worrisome.
As soon as I finished this I jumped on the next "Murder of Crows". I"m already jonsing for book 3.
Hollows fans will not be disappointed. The narration was awesome and the story just rocked.
OMG just doesn't cover the awesomeness of this story. I feel like after almost a decade of fandom I received the ultimate reward for staying loyal to a series.
It is so sad to think of a series coming to it's end with only one more book after this, with each book just keeps getting better and topping the last (when you thought the last was simply the best yet).
Rachel had less Too Stupid TO LIVE moments (thought I do love her dearly - I want to strangle her at times) and is truly - gasp - growing up!!! All the characters simply shined (especially my favorite elf). They evolved and grew but stayed true to themselves. Good feelings abounded, shock and sadness prevailed. It was the Hollows at it's best (or worst in this case) which means surprising turns and plot twists, some expected still didn't happen how you thought they might. Many questions answered and more so to be answered. I'm holding myself to not being spoilery other than I LOVE the cover of the book and it doesn't disappoint.
OMG - now I can't wait for 2015. How will all this end???
Tavia Gilbert is an AWESOME narrator. Her delivery was just spot on all the way through. Kudos to her and the producers. I really enjoyed the story. My only critics would be that any foreshadowing - I'd think, this will happen next- and it did. So not sure if I became suddenly clairvoyant or the hinting was too much and the book was not as twisty/turny as her usuals. The Tate dynamic at the end was a little weird. Otherwise this was a rocking good listen and so glad that if this is the end, then it ended on such a good strong note!
Let me first say that the performance and editing was top notch. The story, I felt, not so much.
** spoiler alert ** I expected so much more for this book, it could have been so much more. It seemed like just an interim or filler book over all after anticipating this story for years. I'm sorry to say it was a little bit of a letdown. It was fun to see what young Carpathians are capable of, and some of the conversations were snappy and fun - but the most of the story and dialog was not edited well and the communication between Dimitri and Skyler was forced and not natural. Periods were stilted, overflowing and overblown. Constant battle scenes do not create tension, especially with long dialogs which is actually greatly annoying especially when something dramatic/traumatic was going to happen (example: the shield was collapsing) and they kept having these long winded discussions about other things - then he's going to die, we need to heal him (again long discussions about what this means/ how/where and why and the guy has been bleeding out like forever???). Love scenes between centuries old male and teenage female was not terribly sexy. I wonder if it's time to break from a series as I'm obviously not appreciating it to its fullest.
Yes, I have enjoyed all the books and maybe they didn't always go in the direction I would have thought the best, but they have kept me engaged and entertained which is the reason I read them. I never really watched the TV show, so all the violence and author bashing seems really strange to me and quite sad really. I was satisfied with the ending, but I have never been rabid about Sookie's men, just enjoyed the stories for what they were. The narrator was awesome as always, I'm only sad this is the last of the series.
It is Nora Roberts. The story line is pretty much from formula. I did enjoy the protagonists - they were atypical. Our hero was not macho alpha and our heroine was more running the show. But it was written with nice balance and I loved Barbie (the dog). Was it a fantastic best ever? No. Did it absolutely stink? No. It was not my absolute favorite NR, but far from my least fav. I like male narrators and so I did enjoy the reading of this book. The main story line is from the male point of view. It was a good read/listen to be entertained but not rocking ones whole world. Select with care but no fear.
Looking at the ratings, I guess I'm swimming against the tide. I do love the author and I love the characters but this particular plot seemed to be pieced together and didn't arch or flow well for me. It seemed confusing, redundant in places and obviously predictable in others. In other words a wee bit frustrating. It just seemed to miss something as it rushed thru getting us to the next book. I didn't think it was a total fail, but just not the best I've read from this author. I do want to read the next book, and am hoping it will be worth the wait.
I like the narrator, but I do wonder if all the panting and gasping really necessary during the love scenes? Over the top dramatic bodice ripping not really needed - LOL!
It's an enjoyable read, but I'm looking forward to better Vlad and Leila in the future.
Now this is what Young Adult should be - fun and fast and witty! There is no triple love play, agonizing angst and long drawn out periods of self pity. Jump on board Carriger's air ship and have a great adventure!
I have loved the Mercy Thompson series from the beginning and can't decide which I enjoy more - Mercy and Adam or Charles and Anna better. This installment of Mercy's story is fast, heart warming, exciting and sometimes even funny. I enjoy how Mercy is developing and not always in the land of angst as she was at the beginning. People should never underestimate the cunning of the coyote! I can't wait for the next one.
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