I bought this book and the second during a sale. I have to say, this first book didn't really draw me in that much. I think there was a lot of building and set up of Daniels' world, which really is carefully crafted. The magical shift that occurs several decades earlier brings magic to the forefront, and magic tears down anything that's
These books are completely different than the following authors. I only compare the Kate Daniels series to these works simply for the storytelling and the way the books drew me in. If you like this series, you probably will also love Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thomas series, Kim Harrison's The Hollows series, and Nicole Peeler's Tempest series
My favorite characters were Kate, Curran, and Derek
One of the most emotional moments is when Kate's werewolf
I listened to this entire series on audio and the way Rodgers brings alive Mead's characters and world is incredible. This is one of those series that I just couldn't quit listening to because both author and performer so perfectly capture Georgina's emotional highs and lows, her history, her relationships. . .
And this last book in the series is no different, pulling at all your emotions, Mead leaves you with a bittersweet ending as you say hello and goodbye to so many things & people that the series brought forth.
I'm really somewhere around a 3.5 on this book. I don't know if it was a combination of the narrator's voice (she seems overly dramatic way too much of the time) or the main character, Kat, but I really wished I could reach into my ipod and just smack both. Kat is a 21/22 year-old half vampire, half human who stalks and kills evil vampires. She's an idealistic, immature little twit. Granted, she does grow through the book, particularly after she meets and partners with the vampire Bones, but she only begrudgingly grows (like knock her on the head with the truth, and she finally changes), and she really doesn't seem to take any sort of lessons/logic with her.
This factor is what makes me want to smack her, and, while I'm currently listening to the 2nd book in the series, set about 5 years later, Kat still suffers from the same problem. What I really love about his series is the character of Bones, and I have no clue why he puts up with Kat. Bones is an extremely self-confident, snarky, and sarcastic character who will do whatever serves his best interest. I really love this character because, despite the fact he has no qualms about killing people, you can't help but like him. This series is definitely worth checking out, definitely entertaining, but I have to say I've read/listened to a lot better series than this one.
I could not finish listening to this book because I hated the narrator so much. I believe others have mentioned that the phrase "the nightside" is repeated ad nauseum --I actually started counting at one point and came up with 13 repetitions of the phrase in a 10 minute window. Granted, the repetition is not the fault of the narrator, but my counting is because I just got so bored with the narrator's deadpan/ monotone voice. Nothing stirs up this narrator, not even an attack by unkillable, faceless, soul suckers. On top of that, the main character, if I remember right, is supposed to be around 30. This narrator is probably in his 50s, and doesn't seem to capture the main character at all. Things that should have come across as sarcastic, ironic, and comedic just fell flat. And yes, I know male/female narrators are not going to sound all that convincing portraying the opposite sex, but the voice he uses for the main female character kept bringing flashes of a very large, biker looking, male crossdresser. This image would be fine, if the character were a very large, biker looking, male crossdresser.
I really loved this book and can't wait to read/listen to more in the series. The story itself was very engaging, and I couldn't help but feel for the heroine, Georgina, as her story unfolded. She is a succubus, and must sleep with men to survive, but she doesn't want to hurt anyone who is good, so she seeks out "bad" men instead. This book works forward as Georgina tries to figure out who is attacking and killing supernatural creatures in the Seattle area and tries to avoid emotional commitments with 2 different men who are interested in her. In addition, the book also utilizes flashbacks, filling in Georgina's history, and just how she came to be a succubus in the first place. I gave the book a 4 out of 5 mainly because of the narrator who pauses like every 2-3 words and puts stresses on way too many syllables, which is fine if there's some high drama/intensity going on, but not through the whole book! Instead, the narrator becomes a bit annoying and distracting, which can detract from the plot itself.
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