To be honest, I expected sex as the main plot-point in a book titled “Succubus Blues,” but this just goes to show you should NEVER judge a book by its cover! This fast-paced, supernatural thriller – chock full of witty dialogue and a bevy of intriguing paranormal beings – is mesmerizing reading indeed! Richelle Mead, well-known author of the Vampire Academy, really knows how to create a strong, sexy heroine with a heart of gold. Fans of Laurell Hamilton’s Anita Blake looking for a less intense version of the supernatural seductress should definitely check out this series!
Why I liked it: As always, Carolyn Haines delivers a puzzling mystery filled with complex characters, four-legged sidekicks, ghostly shenanigans and intriguing subplots. The mystery in this installment is twofold: Who killed the treasure hunter? And what in tarnations is wrong with Graf? With a big storm a’brewin and a slew of dark secrets about to bubble up from under the surface, our sassy Southern sleuth is in for a wild ride!
What really shines in this book is the foreshadowing, which is a key ingredient in a quality whodunit. As Sarah Booth navigates the rocky waters of her relationship with Graf, I couldn’t think of a more perfect setting than a beach town under the threat of a monster hurricane. At the risk of revealing any spoilers, I’ll leave it at that. But I will say that you’ll have a very strong opinion about him after she weathers the storm.
What irked me: Normally I love Jitty’s antics, but in this book she seemed to be tormenting Sarah Booth with her cryptic warnings. She’s known for popping up at random moments in outlandish outfits only to offer a few pieces of advice and puzzling riddles . This time, she’s appearing as iconic celebrities in mourning, hinting that death and despair is just around the corner. So while Graf is inexplicably withdrawing from Sarah Booth, Jitty is constantly torturing her with bad omens. Of course, they finally stopped dangling their carrots at the end of the book. But it just didn’t seem right for them to keep her in the dark for so long. There were many points in the story when I wanted to shake Graf and Jitty and scream, “Out with it already, you fools!”
The narrator: Kate Forbes is the perfect narrator for the Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries. She does a fantastic job performing each of the characters’ voices in a believable way, which can be rather tricky when you’re dealing with a broad range of personalities. Her pensive, somber tone was the perfect match for Sarah Booth and Jittie, who were both in the midst of exposing some serious life—and afterlife—revelations.
This review is kind of unfair because I didn't get past the first two chapters. The reason for this is because the narrator mucked it up with her muffled, thick English accent. I was in a constant state of confusion because I couldn't make out a lot of the words that all seemed to jumble together in a muffled mess. Bummer. I want my credit back. :(
I really wanted to like this book, but it was so dry and boring. The characters were all so stuffy and there were way too many of them to keep up with in this tiny little murder mystery. I couldn't get past the second hour of this novella.
Mesmerizing. Heart wrenching. Poetic. These are just a few words that tumble forth when I think of this book. There's a lot of really good women's fiction writers out there, but Joshilyn Jackson is in a league of her own. This is going to sound really dramatic, but it's almost magical how she describe thoughts, feelings and subtle gestures in a seamless lyrical flow. She's the kind of writer who immerses herself completely into her characters, bringing them to life in a very unique way. She did a stellar job creating a narrative for each of the three generations of women. I don't know how she managed to get inside the head of a stroke victim, describing the struggle to find words and memories. This book is nothing short of spectacular. The last chapter is sheer poetry. Well done, Miss Jackson!
As for the narrator, give this girl an award! Her genuine Southern accent, her variety of voices, her dramatic inflections - everything about her performance is spot on!
This is the last time I buy a book based on all the favorable customer reviews. I was hoping for some new insights on how to harness self-control, but all I got was a bunch of gobbledy gook mixed in with common sense and stuff I've already read in magazines. It's like he took a bunch of press releases about self-control studies and put them all together with useless anecdotal stories and boring drivel. I'm so sorry I wasted a credit on this.
Authors like Joshilyn Jackson are the reason why I love, love, love Southern fiction. Her books (typically involving crazy-ass mothers and emotionally scarred women) are gritty, powerful and downright gut-wrenching. After reading Backseat Saints, I needed to know more about Rose Mae Lolley’s backstory – and boy did this book deliver! Although Rose Mae is only a side character in this novel, I get to learn more about her psychotic high school sweetheart, and how he met his end. The story revolves around Arlene, a highly complex woman who promised God that she would never lie, have sex or return to her hometown in Alabama. But when her aunt pressures her to attend her uncle’s retirement party, she gives in and reluctantly brings her boyfriend, Burr, along for the ride. As Arlene reneges on her promises, her big, bad secret starts to creep out from under the kudzu. Woo doggie – this is one whirlwind of a ride! I’m so glad I listened to this on audio because the production is fan-freaking-tastic! The narrator fully embraced Arlene’s emotional turmoil – and the subtle music during the suspense scenes really added a nice touch. I’m not from the South, but I’m willing to bet my biscuits that the narrator’s Southern drawl is authentic.
I have yet to be disappointed by a Baily Wiggins mystery. The characters are great, the romance is steamy, and the mystery plots always throw me through a loop! It's kind of like Nancy Drew meets the Devil Wears Prada. Baily is a crackerjack journalist who never leaves a stone unturned. And the closer she gets to finding the killer, the more dangerous her situation becomes. The narrator does a bangup job capturing the voices of each character, and her tone really fits Baily's personality. Keep 'em coming, Kate White!
I don't know if it was the jerky storyline or the fast-pace narration, but I just could not get into this book. The characters, Gilly especially, are annoying, and my mind just kept drifting with every chapter. The narrator doesn't stop to take a breath, and I found myself getting lost in all the silly banter. I really wanted the book to transport me to Ireland, but the author didn't really take advantage of the setting.
Confession – dystopian fiction isn’t really my thing, but how could I pass up a $5 bestseller on Audible? I’ve read so many stellar reviews about Delirium, so I figured it would be quality entertainment. Let me tell ya, if you’re an audiobook fan – check this one out! The narrator is absolutely fantastic!!! Through her dramatic narration, I really felt Lena’s anguish as she struggled to not fall victim to the dreaded love virus. Go to Chick Lit Cafe for the full review!
Oh man, I really wanted to like this book, but just couldn't. It's boring, contrived - and worst of all - the main character is a real tool. This is the literary version of a really bad Lifetime movie. If you like really generic books by authors like Debbie Maccomber and Fern Michaels, this might be your cup of tea.
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