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This book started great. The mystery was multi-layered with a complex victim. Most of the time in mysteries/romantic suspense, murdered people are just bodies and the reader rarely gets to see them as real people with virtues and vices. Not in this one. The friends and family of the murdered Senator showed real grief at his passing and it was wonderful to see Nick, the hero, being overwhelmed by the murder of his best friend.
But around a third of the way in, the story became dragging and boring. At this point, the focus was on the investigation and we had to see every single interview Sam (the heroine) conducted and her pushing around all the witnesses. Worse, the relationship between her and Nick jumped from non-existent to her telling him (over and over and over) how they couldn't be together while she was on the case. It seemed unbelievable to me that a man in his position wouldn't understand the issues of a detective getting together with a material witness.
Then when it seemed as if there was some headway in the investigation, the focus switched to Sam's myriad issues. A stalking first husband, a couple of health problems, several work related controversies including a previous case gone horribly wrong plus her relationship with Nick. She should have been pulled off the case so fast but everybody kept giving her chances and chances. And the constants pats on the back!! Every two seconds somebody would mention what a great cop Sam was, how insightful, blah, blah, blah. It was maddening.
Her relationship with Nick was so sugary and maudlin. They confessed their love really fast and every other minute were giving declarations of undying love *roll eyes* or fighting because she felt she had to call all the shots.
At the end, the solution to the murder was rushed with several more bodies thrown in just for kicks - which btw, Sam didn't pay as much attention and she should have.
The narration was good but I had to speed it up at around 1/3 in. I don't blame the narration, just the slow pace of the story.
Even though I had problems with this book, I was considering checking out the rest of the series until I learned the rest of the books feature the same couple! I didn't like Sam enough to be in her head so much.
Shattered is definitely the worst book in this series. Instead of a cohesive story, we have almost 3 novellas told from different POVs: Granuaile, Atticus and Owen, with ocassional intervention by one another to tie the whole thing together. It just didn’t work. Granuiele has become a less interesting version of Atticus and the Arch Druid is a new character, so I didn’t care being so much in his head.
The plot is so disjointed that it’s not even worth to go into it. Things came together at the end reasonably well but you can tell this is just a filler book to set up future ones.
Atticus and Granuaile are the blandest couple in UF, bar none. They barely thought about one another during the whole book and they shared more feelings with their own dogs. I was shocked that Atticus would let her confront the issues with her father on her own…what kind of man is this? And don’t tell me that he’s supposed to trust she can take care of herself, blah, blah, blah. She’s a new Druid and she’s facing demons. And even if she was a hand at this, he’s supposed to be her man and she’s trying to save her freaking father! Don’t you think she could use some help? Or even somebody to share her worries? Couples are supposed to support each other, to share the good and the bad. But these two don’t feel like a couple at all but more like colleagues who work together and have to consult with each other now and then.
The sections with Owen were more interesting, as he has a funny way of looking at things. Unbelievably, we know more of the feelings of this primitive man (remember, he has been frozen for 2,000 years) than Atticus and Granuaile’s. At some point, Owen meets a woman he likes and he wonders if they could have a relationship, and there’s a touching scene where he realizes he could have been a better teacher to Atticus. It’s a great contrast with Atticus and Granuaile, which are an emotional black hole.
I really hope we don’t see multiple POVs in the series again. Granuaile has become so boring that her sections were painful. She’s now a watered down version of Atticus but with lots less experience: she’s a Druid, she talks to the Earth, she shapeshifts, she has a dog (who unlike Oberon is completely uninteresting). I’ve been wondering if Mr. Hearne is just planning to kill her off, because right now, I don’t see that she’s serving much of a purpose.
Luke Daniels continued to rock the narration - Owen's voice was particularly inspired. He sounded like such a curmudgeon!
I’ve been preordering the audiobooks in this series for a couple of years now but I think this will be my last preorder. I’ll probably continue the series, but I think I’ll wait and read reviews before continuing.
It took me a while to get into this audio - there was just too much info dumping at the beginning and I didn't get why John was so into Sig. But once I stopped comparing it to the Iron Druid Chronicles - there are a lot of similarities - I enjoyed it on its own. Yes, John Charming is a wise-ass who can kick ass with a sword but he's a lot more vulnerable, which I liked. I also enjoyed the world building, which managed to have a few new twists: Prince Charmings as Knight Templars fighting against supernaturals. When you've read as much UF as I have, you don't find many new things anymore.
Roger Wayne is a new narrator to watch - he reminded me a lot of Luke Daniels (the narrator of the Iron Druid Chronicles). Great pacing, delivery and different voices. As others have mentioned, sometimes I had a little trouble distinguishing when we were John's head vs. actual dialogue but that didn't happen too often to make it annoying.
I found the vampire villain a bit unbelievable and given how strong vampires are in this world, I thought somebody should have had her idea a long time ago. Still, this book is a good start to a series and with this narrator, I'll definitely be listening to #2.
I'm not very fond of characters that betray people that trust them (siblings or best friends) but when I accepted to review this book, I had recently read "Texas Destiny", which I really liked. On the surface, both books have the same trope - tortured Civil War veteran falls in love with his brother's fiancee - but the execution makes them different, so this one wasn't as enjoyable for me.
Evelyn has been engaged to her childhood friend for 4 years and she's months away from the wedding when his older brother shows up. Radford (our hero) and Kyle (the fiance) are having problems because Kyle felt her brother abandoned him. Radford's a veteran of the Civil War and has had problems adjusting, so he stayed away from his family. Now he's ready to come back but the relationship with his brother is not making things easy.
The attraction between Evelyn and Radford is immediate. They try to ignore their feelings - although there was a little too much touching for my liking - but instead, their feelings bloom. 3/4 of the book proceeds in this manner - them saying they cannot continue, with a few kisses and touches - and Evelyn's trying to work things out with Kyle. Evelyn has plenty of chances to break the engagement but the truth of her relationship with Radford comes out in the worst possible way. I wasn't a fan of Kyle - he was too much of a whiner about the situation with his brother - but they definitely didn't treat him very well.
The book has some very emotional parts, specially about Radford's recolections of the Civil War. I teared up when he finally confesses to Evelyn what he went through. I think my favorite character of the whole book is Evelyn's father.
The narration was slow, slow so I had to listen at 1.5 speed. Ms. Motyka tended towards over dramatization but the story was melodramatic in parts. I won't necessarily avoid her in the future but I'll listen to the sample first to see if she's sped up her narrations.
I'll probably try the second book in the series even though I'm not very fond of Kyle, because it's gotten lots of good reviews from my friends. I'll probably switch to print though.
*I received this audiobook from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
Hunted was a definite treat. Fast paced and incredibly exciting, it’s a great addition to the series.
The plot was very exciting, with several twists that were freaking unbelievable. I promise you’ll be at the edge of your seat while reading/listening. The beginning was one of the best in the whole series and I teared up by what happened at the beginning and around 1/3 in. I’m glad we were able to see some emotional pain from Atticus. Don’t get me wrong, I love that the series is lighthearted, but you cannot live 2000+ years without some pain and I’m glad we saw some of that.
I think the book had problems with pacing though. There was so much running around at the beginning – I was so tired on their behalf…I just kept thinking ‘can you please rest a bit?’ – that the end fell a bit flat. I did like it better than the last one because we saw some two very emotional scenes and I think that’s been missing from the series.
It was great to have Granuaile’s POV. It gave me a different perspective on Atticus’ character and it was interesting to see her take on being a Druid. Also, I loved how kick-ass she’s become! She’s definitely holding her own. One thing that bothered me about her character was her penchant to play the disapproving Mommy when men were making off-color jokes. None of the jokes were malicious so I didn’t like her role as ‘defender of womanhood.’ It made her seem like she had a stick up you know what.
As usual, Luke Daniels was awesome. He can do the accents, women’s voices, the serious parts, the funny ones. This is definitely one of the best series in audio out there. If you’ve never listened to an audiobook and are curious, please try this one out. You will thank me for the recommendation.
The first book in this series had serious similarities to Ward's BDB: the language, the two factions of warriors battling each other but with dragons instead of vampires, etc. Even though I wasn't crazy about reading a BDB clone, something about the characters pulled me and I decided to give Fury of Ice a chance, specially because I had read in previous reviews that the author became more herself. But I didn't find any such thing.
The book still has like a million POVs and lots of internal rambling about unnecessary things. Who cares if the villains are eating sandwiches or that one of them likes trucker lingo? I want time spent on the actual relationship - after all, this is a romance. But that was glossed over, specially the heroine's recovery after her kidnapping and abuse. Am I suppose to believe that a woman in her situation would be hooking up with a guy so soon? Give me a break!
Bejamin Darcie's narration was spot on even if his Scottish accent wasn't very attractive -sorry to say, he's no Robert Petkoff but I will definitely listen to another series narrated by him.
I liked most characters in the book - I applauded when the heroine realized that she was being very selfish by endagering the hero with her pursuit of revenge - but I just wished we would have spent more time on the main characters. I'm curious to see what's the deal with Wyck so maybe I'll continue listening. Can't say for sure right now.
Discount Armageddon was a blast. The heroine was so refreshingly different - she's a ballroom dancer but extremely kickass! I also loved the book was set in NYC (very few Urban Fantasy books are set here and it's such a good city for Monsters!)
Anyway, the plot was fast, quirky and fun - a bit out there but fun nevertheless. It was a bit difficult to keep track of all the cryptids (most of them weren't the usual vampires and werewolves) and I'm not sure Verity should have trusted Dominic with other people's lives so soon but the book had so many other good points that I just went with the premise. Those quotes at the beginning of chapters were hilarious and the mice were the best supporting character EVER! I laughed a lot with their antics.
I was really surprised by how different this book was from the author's other series. This was so light and humorous (the other is sort of dark and depressing) so now I'm keen in reading other things by her.
The narration was very well done so I'm definitely continuing in audio.
Desired was one of those books that would have been way better if it hadn't been chock full of unnecessary side plots. Both main characters needed at least 80 years to live everything that supposedly happened to them.
Owen is an American who had been in the Navy, fought against the British in some war, became a privateer, then an explorer, then fought FOR the British in the Napoleonic Wars once he inherited an impoverished Viscountcy. While all this was going on, he also found time to defend the heroine's sister against an evil husband.(!)
Tess is a "scandalous" widow, thrice married, who also fights for political causes with her pen. She has proposed to all her husbands (no explanation as to why) and her past involves drug abuse and gambling. She's also being blackmailed by a guy in one end and suspected of radicalism in the other while an exhibit of her naked paintings are the talk of town. She also has problems with intimacy. (!)
In addition to all this unnecessary non-sense, there were explanations as to what happened in previous books in the series (which I haven't read.) No wonder this book was so convoluted.
With that series name, I was expecting a raunchy listen but nothing of the sort. Encounters between Owen and Tess were on the sweet side and her problem with intimacy was resolved overnight. I really liked that that they got to know each other while they were courting so you could believe they had fallen in love. But I really disliked how Tess behaved so stupidly at times, with absolutely no thought for the consequences.
The narration was very well done and probably the reason why I finished the book. Not sure I recommend it though.
I had several problems with this book but my main issue was that I couldn't suspend disbelief. So the head of Homeland Security gets a note warning that something will happen to the President and he lets himself be convinced to do nothing? Worse, nobody takes the note seriously even after an assassination attempt? Please!
I liked DeMarco very much but I didn't like that he couldn't take care of business. Unlike Jack Reacher, John Rain or Jason Bourne, kicking ass wasn't his superpower so when he was confronted with really bad guys, he was horribly outmatched. When I read thrillers, I like to know the bad guys will be getting their comeuppance and the hero will be the one delivering it, not that he will be constantly praying, hoping to get out of their clutches.
I figured out early on the reason for the assassination attempt (classic Agatha Christie...look at what really happened not what it seemed it happened) so it was TOTALLY CRAZY for the villains to go that extent. There were probably like a million easier ways for them to get the same result.
The villain was so villainous that he was a caricature. Whatever evil deeds you can imagine, the evil guy did them. Am I to believe that after subjugating a community for 30 years and committing all sorts of attrocities, nobody thought to plug him in the back of the head? C'mon!
This is my first time listening to Scott Brick and he did a great job with the narration. DeMarco's New York accent was subtle but there, so that I knew after a few minutes of hearing him, where he came from.
Not continuing the series but I definitely hope to listen to another book by Scott Brick again.
I got this as an Audible freebie. The story was nothing special - very pedestrian and not as sexy as the title or cover implies but it was pleasant enough. The best part was discovering the narrator, who has a GREAT voice for male characters. I'm definitely looking forward to listening to another romance narrated by Savannah Richards.
I think the author had a good idea here but I just wished that she had stayed away of the plot points that were like BDB. Doesn't it make sense for dragons to actually like the sun instead of being repelled by it? Also, the business of the energy and the meridian was so freaking complicated that I had problems keeping things straight. I also didn't get why the women died during the birth and how Myst thought she could have helped Caroline.
But besides the plot holes, my main problem with the book were the looong internal monologues. Several characters would just go on and on and on about things that were unimportant while important plot points that could have created tension weren't even addressed. Worse, some things seemed to have been communicated by osmosis: when did Bastian told Myst that Gregor was one of them? One moment she didn't know and the next she did.
The narration was good but not outstanding. Lots of the men sounded alike and the women were just OK but hey, at least the men sounded manly.
I'm still in the fence as to whether to read the second book in the series because even though I had problems with this book, I think the author has something. Oh well, I'll decide later whether to continue or not.
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