I miss Cinder. I enjoyed Scarlet and Wolf, but I wanted more Cinder and Kai. I feel like these should have been sister series like Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega. My fear is that book 3, and 4 will add even more characters and I will see Cinder even less.
Ok now that I have whinned about that let me actually review the book. It continues right from where the other one ends. We get to meet new characters and learn more about the consiracey, and about how Cinder got to where she is. The new characters are good, and are based off another fairly tail Little Red Ridding Hood. I actually liked Wolf a lot. He is an interesting spin on the warewolf without all of the shape changing and how much it hurts.
I already was checking to see when the next book would be released. I just hope we don't get another fairy tail and have to keep up with 3 female leads. If that happens I want a bigger book.
I think about half of this book had the two main characters having sex. I listen to a lot of my audio books in public so a lot of sex tends to make me uncomfortable. I will say that because the author did not go into too much detail (which I know some readers think is taking the easy way out) in the sex scenes it made it easier to listen to in public.
Having said all of that I thought that it was a good listen. It has a different take on the supernatural. I liked the character development. I could have used a little more action.
I would be willing to the second book a try.
I saw this book while wasting time at Barnes and Nobles. I picked up two books to take a look at and start reading. One was Cinder (which was also a great book) the other was this one. I can not express how fantastic this book is. I have been reading a lot of fantasy books the last couple of years. Written in Red blows most of them out of the water. It is a new take on the same old stories.
First it is interesting how all of the "super natural" are banded together in this book. I also loved the idea that the humans were granted theier land and tolerated by the "others" as a means to new toys. The others distaste of the monkeys and willingness to use them as special meat without blinking was rather refreshing. No brooding vampire hating who he was and just wanting to be loved.
Meg was a nice mix of strength and nieveness. She was willing to stand up to the "others" and yet was unable to use the most simplest house hold item. Her strength and willingness to stand up to them made for some enjoyable/funny moments in the book. Perftect example is trying to take food away from a wolf. At first you think so what no big deal, but than you remember they take peoples hands for trying to steal a book from them. She also shows just how smart she is in the way she deals with some of the others. From finding ways to make friends with them, to finding ways to get what she wants like a simple pen.
I normally like single person views for a book, but this was rather enjoyable having all the different peoples perspectives. It head to understanding what these well written and engaging characters needed, wanted, and why they do what they do.
I thought it was also a very honest view when the police wanted to help the others. They weren't doing it to make friends or be heros. They were doing it to keep the humans safe from the others. Who in general left humans alone until they stepped over the lines written out for them by the others. The others also some what fit the punishment to the crime. You go over the fence as a young and dumb kid you get thrown back over scared and mostly undamaged. You come over the fence with a gun you are dinner. You steal a book you loose a hand. You do it again and you won't leave.
Anne also did a good job at making you like the scary monsters who just ate a human without a second thought. The love, caring, and frustration Simon and the others showed toward Sam made them endearing. It also made you understand why they dislike humans so much.
I got done listening and immedietly went back on line to find out when the next one comes out. Sad to say it just came out a month ago so I have a long wait a head of me. I will deffinetly have to check out more books by Anne Bishop in the mean time.
Mark has continued to make the human element the real story. From the love of a mother for her children, to friends, and brothers. He does well at showing how different people react to this new world they are in. I think the world he shows is honest. There will always be people who put their needs above others, people who give up, people who get by on the luck of finding the right people to hang with, and god willing people who try to do the right thing no matter what. Mike shows that the world may be crashing down around you, but you can still do the right thing not only for your friends and family but also for the people you come into contact with. He also made me want to call my nephew up and go over and play with his legos.
I will not say the moment but this is the first book I have ever praid for a hail mary. I normally hate when authors take an easy way. They want a catalist in thier book so they do something and then have to give the characters a hail mary to bring the story where they want. Example of this would be killing a character off and then cloning them to be the exact same person. It is a cheat, and normally takes away from the story for me.
Having said all of that Mark has made some of these characters so real for me that when something happened to one of my favorites I started wishing and hoping for the proverbial hail mary. Mark could have done anything he wanted to save this person and I would have just rolled along with it because I was wishing with all of my heart he survived.
He did a fantastic job as usual. I would deffiently be willing to listen to more books he has narrated
Yes I wanted someone to blow the head off of one of the companions. As you listen to this book I am sure you will be able to figure out which one it is. I also cried like a little girl while laughing and have no qualms about saying that.
Mark has come up with new and interesting/disgustingly disturbing ways to torture the survivors. You may never look at your own life the same way again
Funny endering real
He was one of the better narrattors I have listened to. He brings the Talbits to life for me.
Let me give you a little back ground on myself before I write this revies. I am an avid reader/listener. I have enjoyed everything from the potter series, the hollows, stephanie plum, morningstar, news flesh, Joe Ledger, allie beckstrom, jane jameson, and more. This is hands down one of my all time favorite series.
I laughed I cried and just enjoyed. I know some people will think his sense of humor is a little 12 year oldish. I on the other hand thought that it was just life. It has the fart jokes and all of the male stupidity that can throw some people off. I on the other hand looked at it as real life. It was real situations that a lot of us have been in, but in a zombie appocalipse. The sarcasm was perfect for me because I am a north easterner and that is really how we realate to each other. Mind you I am a new Yorker so I just have to say go Yankees.
Mark has made these characters so a live and relatable that it is hard not to love them a little bit. Yes there are times when I want to snap my fingers at Mike and say focus zombies, but that just makes it all the more believable, real, and endearing. He is right in the fact that you can only be so scared for so long with out going numb to it.
Mark also balances the life and death fight scenes well with the down time. I have read series that it is all action all the time and it takes away from the story. Yes we are reading a zombie book and there is going to be blood and guts, but we also need the human element. Mark has made the human element (family) the most improtant thing in these stories. He shows how a normal-ish (depending on how you grew up normal may be a stretch of the imagination, but I grew up with this kind of loving disfunction) family doing what they have to do to survive with out losing all that they were before hand.
I have recomended this book to every reader I know. Having said that if sarcasm is not your first language this book may not be for you. If you can't look by the bathroom jokes to the real life experience of being stuck in the house your family and friends and the awkward postions that arise probably not the book for you either.
I loved that even through all the pain and heartache of this book it never loses its sense of humor. It made me laugh and cry at the same time. That is not something you can say very often about a book (even more so a zoombie book).
That is a tie between Tommy and Mr. T. Because how can you not love Tommy. As for Mike who doesn't love a sarcastic twit
He always does a good job
Yes just like the last ones I couldn't stop listening. (which does not work out well when you have to be up at 5:30 for work)
This series is quickly becoming my all time favorite. I keep telling everyone I know about it.
I have not read the print version, but the narrator did a wonderful job. She did good accents and made the people sound different enough that you could tell them apart with out it getting too exagerated.
I really had an issue with all of this alpha business. It drove me nuts when Matthew just told Diana what to do. The worst part is the way she listened. Example would be when all of the "woman" folk were told to leave so the "men" folk could talk about war. I am not saying that Diana would have had a lot to add to that conversation (although she is a historian, I am sure she studied many wars, and battles), but jeese can they be more condesending to the woman.
No because it is way too long. My annoyance with Matthew also made me walk away a couple of times
Did they even have the narrator listen to any of the old books. If you are going to replace another person you should know how they did it. The names and magic words are so mispronounced from the last four. I some times have to stop and try and figure out what or who she is talking about. Then the way she makes jinks makes me think of Tinkerbell which I think is the exact opposite of what Kim Harrison wanted for him
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I tried really hard not to give anything away but I may have failed so I am going to put SPOILER up here just in case
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