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
I pretty much bought the book without really reading the discription. I did it because I love the Kate Daniels series. So I was expecting a book about a witch. So now comes the part that is probably said too much but here goes anyways. New twist on the vampire werewolf love triangle. The fact that they are not human hybrids but instead aliens was interesting and refreshing. It combines the two genres rather seamlessly. In some ways it makes more sense that vampires are aliens rather than a human with a disease.
I love the Inn and am completely jealous of it. I want my house to do what I tell it. Plus it kind of felt like its own character almost like a big dog.
Dina is not like Ilona's other main character Kate. She shows that she has a soft warm side from the begging. You learn about her tough as nails other side slowly. I could see myself being friends with her.
Sean on the other had does remind me a little of Curran. Which may be unavoidable with the whole Were thing. This is not a bad thing though. It is nice to see a guy give a crap. Plus it makes for some funny moments between Dina and him.
Renee does a great job once again of making the book come to life. Sometimes I have problems listening to a narrator who voices a series I have listened to voice a new one. Sometimes it can make it a little confusing. It actually knocks me out of the story when the voices sound too much like another character from a different book. I did not run into this with Clean Sweep. Renee did a great job.
I am hoping that this will become a series because I really enjoyed the characters I would love to get to know them better. I do hope that the triangle thing ends quickly I am not a huge fan of love triangles. By this review you can probably see which guy I hope she picks.
I really enjoyed this book. I am kind of hoping Seanan continues it and makes it into a series. Sloan is a great character. It is fun to have a character that can be mean and evil and yet still may have a good heart. Plus some of the put downs she uses for Henry are just frickin funny (and really mean sometimes). Henry herself is interesting because at first you don't really see the Snow White connection (other than the looks), but as the book continues she has to decide who she really is Henry or Snow White.
The whole premises of the story was interesting and not the same old same old. Fairy tails waning to be played out over and over. When reading fairy tales you never think of all the other people that get sucked into them. Sleeping beauty is a really good example of it. One person causing everyone else's lives to come to a stand still. I will admit that in the begging all of the codes for the different fairy tails can be a little confusing. Just stick with it though because Seanan does actually explain everything.
One other thing that should be noted is that this was originally a Kindle e-serial. It can make the flow of the story a little choppy. I do not feel like this took anything away from the story though Just keep it in mind.
I am an extensive reader of books. I easily go through 4 books a week. Yet this series has to be one of my favorites.
The whole premise twists the normal vampire/werewolf genre. The idea of the others is fantastic. I like that they are not sugar coated and more than willing to eat a human. In this book the changes Megs living with them are explored more. Anne does a good job in showing how the smallest thing can cause huge amounts of problems. Not teaching the others to use a note book to help them learn and all of the confusion and uncaring it can lead to was ingenious. Something so small having a possible huge effect.
The love story developing between Meg and Simon makes me mad that there is not another book out already. It is sweet, funny, and innocent. It also has moved at a great pace. It is keeping me interested, but still fits really well into the story and also in with the characters. It does not feel forced for the sake of the plot. It is also nice to see it from both sides. A lot of times you only see the main characters ideas, and thoughts about situations, but this book gives you a good sense of where everyone is coming from.
I do have one very big grip though. I miss Sam. I can understand why he is staying with the wolves instead of Simon, but that does not change the fact that I miss the interaction between him and Meg. Although Nathan and Meg together are quite amusing.
So I mainly read the Half Moon Hollow series because of Jane. They give me small doses of her. Sometimes it helps but mostly it just leaves me wanting more.
As for Amanda Ronconi I think she is one of my favorite narrators. She does a really good job with all of the voices. At the beginning of this book her voice for Nola really threw me off. Her accent didn't fit with an Irish accent at all. I finally realized it was not Irish but Boston. Which made way more sense. I will say that she did fall in and out of the accent a couple of times. She would skip an R in one word and a sentence or two later say the R. Having said that it still did not detract from the story.
I liked Nola she was funny and spunky. She fit well with the rest of the crazy snarky people we all love from Half Moon Hollow. The magic was a new addition to the series that worked well.
I read a lot of Sy Fy books. If I am honest a lot of the time I get into books and they remind me of another one I have already read. I thought that would be the case with this book, but was happy to find it was different. I liked Brain the demon. He was quite funny. Which is always important to me. Brian is very inventive with the way he tries to investigate things. He could be very irresponsible at times, but you can tell that he really cares about trying to protect his partner. Brenda kind of reminds me of a lot of people I know. Someone who is kind of bored with their life and has this crazy person come into it and offer her something meaningful to do with her life.
The one flaw I really found (which I didn't notice until thinking about it later) was that she was way to excepting of all the magic right from the beginning.
It was also nice that a Brian/Brenda romance was not shoved down our throats. Sometimes when reading books like this the authors seem to think all we want is romance. Instead she has planted seeds that maybe in future books there could maybe possibly be romance or a love hate relationship.
The book made me laugh. Lately that has been one of the big draws for me on books. At the end of the day it is probably chic-lit (I think that is the term I have heard lately), but it was a fun read. I will definitely check the next book out.
So Molly Harper can become slightly formulaic (might have made up a word there). First you start with a quirky fun girl, and then add a vampire. You know that the two will meet, there will be fighting, sexual tension, and then love.
Having said that this is my 7th book written by her and I still enjoy them very much. She keeps me interested in the characters and their trouble they get into. I think she came up with a really interesting way to cause trouble in this book. The idea of poisoning the vampire's food chain was interesting.
Most importantly she makes me laugh. There are very few other authors that make me laugh as often as I do with her (Mark Tufo, and R L Naquin are probably the only other ones). The only issue is the scene I laughed the hardest at was with Jane, Andrea, and Jolene. It made me realize just how much I missed Jane's insane personality. Don't get me wrong Iris and her sister have great funny, quirky, snarky, chemistry (reminds me of Gilmore girls). I just wish Molly would make another Jane book is all.
This series is just incredibly fun new and interesting. Who has ever heard of a pooka? I listened to the whole book in one day because it is just that good. Plus who needs to go to bed before 2:30 when they have to be up at 5:30 :)
This book picks up a couple months after where the last one left off. Once again Zoey is in over head and doing her best to keep every one safe. I like the interesting take on Leprechauns. The great thing about this series is it can go towards fluffy and whimsical. Naquin keeps it somewhat grounded by showing that there is still death and destruction in the world she built. She balances the fence well with keeping the story from going to dark or fluffy. It allows the reader to really get involved with the story and car about the characters.
So this was actually a whim buy for me. Audible had it on a list of recommended books for me. I can not tell you how happy I am to have started this series. I have now read/listened through book 3. I think it is now one of my favorite series. A lot of times when reading/writing reviews we say new and interesting idea. I can actually say that this is one of the most inventive books I have read in years. It is a fun paranormal book that is not the same old vampire/warewolf/kick butt heroines that all the books seem to center around. There is no love triangle either which is also a fantastic change.
How many time are you going to get to read about a lovable closet monster. It is a nice change of pace to read about random and different "monsters". I don't think that they even once mentioned vampires. Maurice the mothering hen closet monster, Iris the quiet flower loving Yeti, Bruce the pygmy dragon, and Milo the fennec fox made this book well worth the read all on their own.
To make it even better the main character kind of reminds me of Stephanie Plum and Jane Jamison. She is funny and quirky and in way over her head most of the time. Through help from new friends and old she seems to find a way to make it through. Plus whats not to love when a line like "what if everything Andrew was saying was a wheelbarrow full of manure from a flying circus elephant" There were a couple lines like that through out the book that not only cracked me up but stuck in my head.
I also like that there is romance in the book but it is not the main story line or even the secondary story line. It is interwoven in the story with out over taking it. Plus Riley's job makes it all even more interesting.
So I can understand the reasoning behind writing the book from Danaus's prespective but in the end it just made me miss Mira. I kept wanting to know what was going through her head during different scenes.
To make it harder for me to like this book I am not Danaus's biggest fan to start with. In the previous 3 books he has not grown much as a character. He was terrified in book 3 of being under a sleep spell and in Mira's "control" for that short period of time. Even though she had shown time and time again that she would protect him. Yet he has never had an issue with taking control over Mira when ever he feels the need.
My last issue with the book is the narrator. He actually has a great voice but he kept saying Femus (no idea how to spell it have only heard it) differently than the other narrator. This drives me nuts because it knocks me out of the story. Also in the same conversation he would say Mira 2 different ways. Which happened more than once. Having inconsistencies like that throws the listening experience off. Which is why I gave him 3 stars instead of the 4 or 5 I would have.
Having said that the story was good and I actually did enjoy it as you can see by my ratings. I liked seeing Mira fight back against being controlled. I also enjoyed Danaus FINALLY admitting at least to himself that Femus was wrong and Ryan had been using him for years. I liked Lilly a lot because she adds more humanity to the story line
I will warn you that it ends in a cliff hanger so be prepared to spend another credit.
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.
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