I agree with all those reviews. I'm so glad I found this series, it's turning out to be one of my favorites. Great characters, cool plot, and very good writing with some poignant moments instead of everything turning out fine and happy.
I look forward to the continuing series. Oh, and the narrator, Elisabeth Rodgers, is excellent.
Things I enjoyed about this book were Piper's insights into peoples' character, her perspective on the judicial system, the many women she met during her stay, and the look inside a world I have known nothing about except from weird B movies about women's prisons.
The one thing I didn't care for was each story or each encounter really had no drama to it. It seemed everything ended fine and nothing really happened. I may not be explaining this clearly, but I kept expecting some big dramatic happening.
Cassandra Campbell is a terrific narrator who really made the story come alive.
I watched the first episode of Orange Is The New Black, but found it a little tedious after already hearing the book.
Like some other reviewers, I would really like to know what has happened to Piper since her release and her experiences with this book being published.
Very well done for the murder/thriller genre with a good flawed anti-hero. His backstory is nicely complex and realistically portrayed. I really liked that our hero is a writer and not a superhero or a McGiver.
I'm not sure how I feel about the first-person narrative which I found it a bit disconcerting. There seemed to be no real reason for it---no memoirs nor anyone telling the story to another. But other than that, the writing was top-notched and Mr. Levine's narration was excellent with lots of emotional qualities, including a really well-done drunk/drugged scene.
Lots of good supporting characters including the usual police detective who thinks our hero is guilty.
Very imaginative plot with excellent twists and turns that kept me guessing almost to the end, except there's a technique often used in films where the story continues even after the main plot is seemingly wrapped up. That's a dead giveaway that someone won't stay down. It's used here, but made the ending much more satisfying.
Such a terrific, well-written, thoroughly engaging series! I am so sorry it ended and I would beg for more.
Although I adored the first narrator, Damian Lynch did an excellent job at capturing Felix's wonderful sardonic yet compassionate nature.
This series is definitely one of my favorites.
What a gem this series is! Hooked as I was by the first book, this fourth installment has completely addicted me!
Just a note about the change of narrator: at first I was disappointed when hearing Damian Lynch as Felix, but as I listened, his narration totally grew on me and very soon I enjoyed his version. It will be very interesting to hear the difference with the next book.
The author beautifully defines the characters, giving us an enthralling scene of Felix's childhood and the memories of his life. Well defined and beautifully written, the plot moved at a good pace without sacrificing insights into characters.
Definitely a cut above most paranormal series and Felix Castor is irresistible.
What a cliffhanger of an ending!
Some of the stories were better than others which is to be expected in an anthology, but on the whole this book was just average compared to Charlaine Harris and her Sookie world.
I agree with all the glowing reviews of this wonderful series. And Lorelei King's narration is so skilled and so perfect for all the characters. She's amazing in her talent to capture each character with a totally identifiable vocal quality.
I love Charley and Reyes with all their passion (lots more delicious sex in this book) and Osh (spelling?) and Uncle Bob and...you get the point.
Darynda Jones has a wonderful writing style and I can't wait for the next book that I hope she hurries up and writes before I have too much caffeine.
With a dash of Film Noir, this first book was so fun! Loved the talking heads and the witty repartee!
Loved the combination of the real world with magic and religion. Loved all the god, demons, heaven, hell, Lucifer descriptions.
I will definitely continue with the series and I adored the narrator. Lots of fun!
After reading all the other reviews, it's hard to come up with anything to say except I really love this series. So entertaining, so exciting and so well written, I don't want it to end. No, it's not heavy literature, but it is a wonderful mix of humor, action and poignancy,
And like other reviewers, Lorelei King IS Charlie Davidson. And, I might add, all the other characters. She is one fabulous narrator.
This is absolutely one of my top favorite urban paranormal series.
A very entertaining story, but too many times I had to suspend my disbelief. Too many times, I questioned "why?". Like: Why not tell the people what was going on? Why all the elaborate hidden surveillance? Why have them engage in ritual killings? I know there were rather weak reasons given for these things, but I really had to put all of it aside and just go with the story.
And if the mad scientist's purpose was to repopulate the Earth, then why wasn't there any emphasis of pregnancies? It seems they certainly had no qualms killing lots of people. Wouldn't they be concerned about the gene pool reduction?
Don't get me started, I just have to go with the flow.
Definitely better than the first because of more character development and nice plot twists, but my suspension of disbelief was wearing thin when I focused on the whole premise of the town and its creator.
I am a sci fi afficianado, but for me, there has to be a few less gigantic loopholes and a bit more reality.
But again, I did enjoy this sequel and I will get the third book.
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