I listened to the audiobook and Jim Dale did an EXCELLENT job. His voice was perfect for the novel and all the accents and inflections were spot on. I especially love that he did Po's voice with a Scottish accent. 5/5 stars for the narration.
The story itself was really lovely and magical and I enjoyed it all the more with Jim Dale's excellent performance. It has a very Harry Potter-ish feel to it, which I really like. But besides Po, the characters were too one-dimensional. 4/5 for the story.
I picked this book as my "book talk" book for an assignment for one of my library school classes. I did my book talk without reading the entire thing (which we're not supposed to do to) but was just not into it when I was listening/reading this book...
It was not because the book wasn't good, but I was just not in the mood for it. I think I'm just done with vampires and YA paranormal novels--not that I was that into them to begin with. It's a good story though--I can see a lot of teen readers really getting into it. Lots of action and fight scenes, a kick-ass heroine, good world building. It just want for me personally.
I gotta mention though that the narrator for the audiobook, Therese Plummer, was EXCELLENT. She really took on the persona of Allison, which is great because it's in first person POV. She also did a great job with the voices of the different characters and overall brought the story to life. I'll definitely look for more books she narrated. I'm giving 5/5 stars on her narration alone.
I wasn't a big fan of Lexi Maynard's narration but it grew on me. I thought she sounded too young (too YA-sounding for this type of novel) and she made all the female characters' voice too high and ditzy-ish.
I would've preferred Clarissa Knightly or Jill Redfield--from all the "more steamier" romances I've listened to so far, they do the best narration for these type of novels.
I've been wanting to check out this series because I heard great things about the author. But since menage and hardcore BDSM are not my cup of tea, I skipped the first 2 books in the series. When I heard this one featured a monogamous couple, I picked it up. It can be read as a standalone.
The book overall was a good read (or in this case, listen). I really liked Alyssa's character and how independent, self-sufficient and strong she was. As for Luc, his jealously, how he judged Alyssa because of her profession (she's a stripper) and his unwavering belief that Alyssa was having an affair with her bodyguard Tyler got old really fast. I was annoyed by him for most of the book and I wish he groveled more in the end.
As for the "mystery" part, I was easy to figure out early on. But, jeez, there were so many scums were after Alyssa! I felt really bad for her--the author really made her suffer in this novel with emotionally with Luc's judgmental words and actions and with all the bad men after her. There was an almost rape scene that was pretty graphic so be warned if you're the type to avoid books with that.
I'm considering getting the other book in the series with a monogamous couple, Mine to Hold, which is Tyler's book.
If someone else narrated.
Tara Sands spoke too slow (I had to speed up her voice) and she sucks with voices--she cannot do male voices and almost all of the female voices sounded ditzy blondes. When not doing voices, she spoke a like a robot.
None comes to mind. All the scenes moved the story.
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