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I would listen to this book again because it was pure entertainment.
I would compare this book to Divergent.
She has a way of bringing the characters to life with creative and interesting accents that I don't think I wouldn't have come up with in my head.
The whole book came together so well it's difficult to pick out one thing. However, I will say it was pleasing to see the development and maturity of the characters as the book progressed.
This is a very good book and I am amazed that a first time writer could deliver this kind of product. I was really captured by the story and can't wait for the next installment. I highly recommend this book.
In the beginning I thought this book was interesting and well written. That interest began to fade due to the sexist overtones, that not only continued throughout the book but intensified.
There's an elite group consisting only of men based on their ruthlessness and tenacity, which women do not possess in this book. The female character comes from low origins, is impulsive, consistently loses control and is seen as a sex object one time too many. There's a secondary female character who has a bevy of male lovers who indulge her, allowing her to have her own realm in return for her sexual favors. One female is sexually abused in the book. Needless to say, the males in the book are smart, cunning, ruthless and fearless (whether or not they choose to use these traits for good or bad). I'm sure the females will evolve over time, but I'm not interested in reading three books to see this come about. I was also disappointed with the lack of worth placed on human life. I know its fiction but it still feels wrong to so freely sacrifice lives as a means to an end, and the ones that practice this are accepted and even revered within the society.
My frustration reached its peak when the book ended abruptly, so I have to buy the next book to find out what comes next. I prefer that each book stand alone. Although I have read and enjoyed books that do not, I do not enjoy books that are completely open-ended.
I was looking for a good vampire series and this one was highly rated (which I am at a loss to understand why), but what I got was a straight romance novel. Why she bothers making the men vampires was probably just to attract those who like the dark fantasy genre. Withstanding a few quirks they behaved like the average guy next door. The plot, the writing and the characters were extremely simplistic and that's being kind. The reasons behind the evil villainess' actions in the book would have made sense if she were a ten year old. The narrator's flat monotone voice was better suited for a sports commentator, and his tone for the female characters were all the same, AWFUL!
The huge preoccupation with sex throughout the book did not enhance the story, and after the 2nd one served no purpose. In my experience a book is truly bad if at the end of it you realize there was nothing redeemable about it. I'm going to have to get my credit back for this one!
I can't understand how this book managed to get anything other than one star. I finished this book hoping that it would get better, but it was bad from start to finish. Who wants to read about a fumbling bumbling detective that is not only incapable of solving a case, but doesn't even know when someone is making fun of him. The way the case was solved with the help of his household was not entertaining but ridiculous. I'm going to have to get my credit back for this one!
This series is rated so high that I thought I'd give it a chance. The storyline is interesting enough that you want to find out what happens, but the main character does go on and on. It's all about what he did and what he shouldn't have done and everything is his fault. He's kind of this pitiful guy that cries a lot and has no confidence in his abilities but always skates by. The narrator has a nice speaking voice, but he does every character in the same tone be it male or female. The book is readable but I wasn't as impressed as most of the other readers.
Every so often I like to read a good romance novel. I always thought Lisa Kleypas was a good writer whose novels were entertaining. However, this book was a huge disappointment. I only finished it because I was away from home and nothing else had been downloaded. The characters were drab and underdeveloped, the plot was one dimensional and cliche. I don't expect a great deal of depth in a romance novel but this had none. Out of no where she threw in a supernatural element, meanwhile she left all of the story lines open except the romance portion. There was a tiny mystery involving a tattoo and that was never revealed to us readers. Last but not least, the book ended abruptly. My advice is not to waste your time reading this book unless you're using it as a sedative.
I like all genres and was in the mood for a little romance. In the past I have read Lisa Kleypas and this book sounded good... Boy was I wrong. There is nothing interesting about this story. It is so cliche and boring and the characters are one dimensional, I couldn't relate to them on any level. I never stop reading a book in the middle but I just couldn't get through this book without torturing myself. When I came to the conclusion that I didn't care about finding out what happened to thes characters I just stopped reading. Lisa Kleypas has some decent books, but this isn't one of them.
Because of all of the positive reviews I expected this book to be good but it actually exceeded my expectations. I liked virtually everything about it from the complexity of the plot, to the abilities of the characters as well as the relationships between them. The only thing that was a little unrealistic was the psychological development and understanding of a person in his early teens, but this observation did not really take anything away from the story. The story is crazy creative and highly imaginative not to mention one of the most unique books I have ever read. For these reasons and the fact that it was well written, and perfectly executed the book deserved to be given five stars.
I didn't find the book confusing or difficult to follow, but I definitely had to pay attention. What was confusing was the narration, the characters started out with one voice for the first half of the book, and then it changied as the book progressed. You had different narrators for the characters changing every few chapters. The tones varied widely and didn't represent the characters at all. I can't imagine why this was done but it was the most unprofessional narrating I have ever heard.
With that said, I have never read an OSC book and after reading this one, I am looking forward to reading more. Even with the bad narration I highly recommend this book. It is refreshing in it's originality and makes for an interesting and entertaining read.
I thought the book was extremely cliche. It became boring because you knew how the book would end.
I've never listened to any books narrated by Tracy Anne Warren and I don't think I want to repeat the experience. Her voice was very monotone. She used the same voice for all the males and the same voice for all the females. It really wasn't convincing at all.
flat, unimaginative and boring.
Some twists and turns would have set it apart and made it not so predictable. Maybe some mystery and some humor... anything to set it apart! I had a hard time getting through it.
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