This book was amazingly like a Molly Harper book in terms of the writing. I would put it as one her best...except it's (supposedly) not written by her. This is a wonderful story, original, and very entertaining. I was trudging my way through two other books and was excited to put them down (so to speak) to listen to this audiobook.
This book was witty and entertaining. It had enough high tech geek stuff in it to make me feel very old in my mid-thirties (in an amusing way).
As a newly single psychologist I was pretty turned off by books like The Rules and He's Just Not that into You as sources of relationship advice. These are books written by people who are totally untrained about psychology or relationships, and go very much against what is known about attraction and love. I had studied child attachment theory and knew it was well validated, but really had never learned anything about attachment applied to adults. I was floored at how well this theory explains relationship behavior and was so totally able to explain dating and relationship issues I had run into. Even the exact phrases I had an avoidant partner use with me. This book spured me to do some delving into the scientific literature, which agrees with what the authors present. The advice appears good, except I think not encouraging enough that anxious folks should try to change their behavior and thinking (which is dysfunctional and can create relationship problems even with a securely attached person or one who is even mildly avoidant). It does paint avoidant folks as fairly hopeless and as the bad guys, which I'm not sure is 100% the whole truth. Although I did get a take home message of avoiding avoidants because they are just more trouble than they are worth! The book also doesn’t consider mixed attachment types (avoidant-preoccupied/fearful). However, this book does an excellent job explaining adult attachment in a simple and entertaining way.
I had listened to Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs and didn't like it much. Found it unorginal and too similar to other series. I was hesitant to get this book, however, I thought this book was GREAT and I'm super happy I gave it a shot. Totally original and a very intertaining story. Once of the best listens for me in quite a while!
The book was good, not five stars, but in my opinion a "page turner". Not a bad way to spend 20+ hours. Then it ends very abruptly. I literally thought I had another part to download and was eager to hear what was about to happen. Nope, that was the end. It clearly will have a sequel, otherwise I would give it one star for just suddenly ending without any closure and lots of loose ends.
While I really enjoyed this book and the first in the series; however, it loses a star for me because the writer goes very far out of her way to never to use swear words and her characters never get further than 1st base despite everyone being very attractive, available, and interested in one another. It is too PG and too squiky clean, making the protagonist not human in ways other than being a supernatural being! It is the opposite of HBO or Showtime, where swearing and sex are gratuitous. This is a gratuitous lack of sex or swearing, to the point of being irritating. With this said I will listen to next in the series, but will have to steal myself against vicarious repression of animal insticts. It is like the Twilight series in this regard....but those are supposed to books for young teens. Is this?
I'm surprised so many other reviewers noted how much like the Stookie Stackhouse series this book is, but not many mention the Undead and Unwed series. For me, this was a cross between the two, more heavily borrowing from Undead and Unwed in style despite being set in the South and having many borrowed elements from the Sookie series. I would recommend sticking with either or both of the other series, both of which I really liked. This really was not as good as either other series and did "borrow" (steal) heavily from both, particularly the Undead and Unwed series.
Wonderfully written account of prions: the diseases associated with them; the nobel laureates who study them; people affected; and how the problem began, was discovered, and has spread. Like a PBS special and a novel rolled into one, you learn quite a bit while being thoroughly entertained. A page turner.
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