After the Lost Symbol, I was hesitant to read another one of Brown's books but I thought since there was a large gap of time between Symbol and this one, I decided that maybe I'd give it a shot.
Nope. Brown's writing falls flat for me; sad to say. I just could not get into it.
I don't know but Paul Michael was okay.
Not necessarily, no. That's a subjective question.
Reyes calling Charley out on many of her flaws that drive me nuts.
Yes. This series is better than Briggs' Mercy Thompson books. Not as many male characters.
Charley helping out Amber and Quentin.
Okay, don't get me wrong, I love this series. I think my biggest bone of contention with Charley is that she takes too much on at once and doesn't think things through. Gratefully, Reyes tells her as much in this book.
Actually, maybe Charley's having too much on her plate in one book isn't her fault but that of her author. She often puts too many side-plots in. For example, in this book you have 8 different things going on. I can't really call them sub-plots because a couple of them are solved quickly but still!
Metaphorically, this book was a big, gnarled knot of yarn that you have to carefully untangle until things get ironed out. While Jones does a good job of not leaving loose ends (unless you count cliff hangers) I just wish that she would hold back a few of the longer sub-plots for future books.
The other thing? While I love Charley's sense of humor and sarcasm? Sometimes, it was a bit too .. I don't know, contrived? Almost like Jones is trying a little too hard to keep the humor rolling?
I know these bones of contention make it sound like I don't like the book but these points stuck out like a sore thumb at me. I'm curious as to whether or not anyone else had the same issues.
Yes, I would because it's part of a series and Kate's issues aside? Interesting information comes to play in regards to the other characters.
Seeing and meeting Persephone.
She does a good job at females and a decent job of voicing the males.
Yes, we need to know what happens.
Kate needs to mature .. fast!
Hearing the perspectives from the major players' perspectives and not having to listen Kate's inner monologue.
Hades--even with the self-loathing--which is definitely understandable. He doesn't have the go that his brothers have.
The talk between Hades and Persephone. That's all I say in the interest of avoiding spoilers.
Yeah. It took me a day to complete.
Hera, Aphrodite, Persephone, Hermes and Hades
There are all Greek Gods that we are familiar with. However, the third book in the Goddess Test series does a pretty good job of fleshing them out. So good, in fact, that it made me muse what separates us mortals from the Gods, if they are just as prone to "human" emotions such as jealousy, loneliness, despair and hatred?
When I finished the previous book, Goddess Interrupted, I was torn between frustration at Aimee Carter for depicting the Greek Pantheon as petty, jealous Gods. Heck, part of the reason why I had to pull away from the Dark Hunter series is because my vision of Artemis was tainted. But no, Carter's depiction of Hera aka Calliope, makes Kenyon's Artemis look like a child throwing a tantrum when she doesn't get her way.
In Legacy, Carter gives us the four different POVs from each characters' perspectives. She gives us their motivation for their deeds in the events from Goddess Test up to Interrupted. She does a decent job of fleshing out their characters (without all the abuse and turmoil that the Dark Hunters series has) and shows that even though they are immortal, powerful, beings? They still have feelings.
Due to the way Persephone was depicted in Interrupted, I didn't like Carter's depiction of her. She appeared as petty, selfish and conniving. She's that girl in high school that you can't stand and want to slap so hard that she goes flying against the opposite wall. Yet, when we get her take on what happened, you can sympathize with her.
The only God I cannot reconcile with is Zeus. He's depicted as egotistical, possessive, over-bearing and shrewd. I don't care if he has good reasons for what he does, I just don't like him.
As for the writing? Carter does seem to improve with each book but man, Kate? She is annoying and sometimes dense. She seems incapable of viewing the big picture before she reacts. Which leads her to do REALLY stupid things!!!
My favorite character is Hades. I love how he doesn't speak using colloquialisms or contractions. He's very formal. He sort of reminds me of Vincent Valentine with the brooding, self-hatred thing he's got going on. Yet, he's the most rational out of all them. He has less of an ego and I like that.
Yes it was. While it starts off a little on the slow side, the reader soon realizes that they will be taken on a journey of the various character's internal thoughts and emotions regarding the other characters.
The hedge animals. That's all I'm going to say. Oh and Mr. Halloran was a very sympathetic character.
No, I haven't this is my first listening experience with him as a narrator.
Suspense is the best word for it. The fact that I was listening to this book during a Nor'easter here in NY did add to the ambience. The way King writes and the way Mr. Scott narrates the internal dialogue of the character, I felt I was truly inside the characters' heads.
While the book did feel slow moving, I encourage prospective listeners to hang in there because King is building a psychological/emotional foundation for the three members of the Torrance family .. .then when they move into the hotel, you start to feel it unravel.
Appearances are deceiving.
Henry was my favorite. I've seen another reviewer compare this book to Twilight and while I can see why they would say that, Henry is NO Edward. Henry has far more depth than Edward--who had the personality of a wet blanket. Carter takes a while to let us get to know Henry but once we see what's behind that guarded exterior, I liked him.
She has a pleasant voice and was able to differentiate between the characters.
I would give this book a chance. It's different from what's out there and it's an intriguing take on the Hades/Persephone myth.
He tells about where he started from and how he got to America. . how he inherited his love for dogs from his grandfather.
Getting to know him.
Hearing his story through his own lips rather than another narrator.
There were a few spots where the audio skipped or stuttered.
It was slow to get into and get interested with the characters. The second part is where it really picks up. I think what detracted me was how self-centered/self-involved both Amy and Nick were with each other.
It felt like they brought the characters to life; despite how despicable both characters were.
Not really no.
The end was a cop out on Nick's part, in my opinion. That's all I can say without spoiling it for prospective readers.
On a scale from 1-10, I'd give it a 5. I was rather disappointed in the plot and just how naive and headstrong Kitty can be. Has she not learned anything from her past experiences?
Believe or not, Rick. While he may seem laid back or lackadaisical, he's been around for quite awhile so he's had more than enough time to study human nature. I like a character that doesn't give away their true nature up front.
I don't know. I'm sure it can't be easy to bring a book to life but Ms. Gavin came off as very flippant and bored. . or at least that's how she made Kitty sound.
I may stop reading this series because of this book.
It wasn't the author that was the problem, it was the narrator. Kyrian shouldn't have a Russian accent.
I don't know, I didn't finish it.
Somewhat monotone, just off. Her Southern accent was either too strong or too weak.
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