I really, really enjoyed this one. I finished it in 2 days. That's like a record for me. It had plenty of humor and suspense to keep me interested. It was a great listen. Lots of fun. I was laughing out loud in my cubicle on some parts. I was disappointed when I did not see book 2. I guess I'll have to buy the print version because I really want to see what happened.
I enjoyed listening to this book, although I did find Chesses drug use a little bit grating at times. There were times that she really should have stayed clear headed but didn't. I was just waiting for her to get clean or at least try! Maybe later in the series. Despite that, the book wouldn't have been nearly as good if she wasn't an addict. She's got street smarts but she still makes bad decisions. I like that she is vulnerable but can still hold her own. She needs help sometimes but isn't helpless.
I also liked the gradual buildup of Chess and Terribles friendship. Their relationship started off shakey but kind of blossomed into this, cool, dyfunctional friendship. I look forward to seeing what will become of these two.
The narraration was fantastic. I love how she gave that downside street vernacular life. The voices all sounded different from one another. Very well done.
The series is usually pretty action packed and the stories are very well thought out and sculpted with a few twists and turns. For this book I felt like the story was a little stagnant. I felt like I was getting a lot of explainations and not a lot of story. Please stop explaining werewolf dominance. It's the fifth book. We get it already. She is still giving explanations for concepts that we already learned in previous books. Constant explanations about dominance is not interesting. By now I thought she would have delved a little more into Mercy and her power as a walker instead there's a lot of talk about dominance/submission. I'm waiting for Mercy to start kicking but and growing into her pack status. I would also love to see her walker power fully develop into something more powerful. Despite being annoyed by the dominance thing, I would still say listen to/read the book. There are some things about the fae that are interesting.
I would change the narrator.
She said Hor-sass one too many times. Who doesn't know how to pronounce horses? She was breathy for no reason. At first I thought maybe it was to emphsize the fear of the situation but then realized she wasn't going to stop using that ridiculous voice.
I would definitely recommend this book.
The most memorable moments was in the beginning when Kasey is saving her group from a swarm of 'dead heads' while blasting Metallica from her car stereo. Hard core zombie but kicking! Haha!
I have to say Kasey was my favorite character as far as narration. She had just enough country accent without it being annoying. I like how she tried to keep the accent authentic without being over the top.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. It wasn't predictable like I thought it would be. There were definitely some surprises thrown in there. I cared about what happened to these people. I was able to put myself in the situations and ask myself what I would do. I could visualize what was happening which made my palms sweat more than once. I would have liked to know some more back story of the characters. I haven't listend to book two yet so hopefully some of my questions will be answered as far as that.
I liked the fact that all of the voices sounded different. The accents were very believable as well. I always knew who was talking so to speak. Even the female voices were above average.
I listened at work at my desk mostly and for about an hour in the car but I could have easily listened to it in one sitting. Maybe two.
The story was very intriguing. It had me engaged from the start. I don't usually like mystery novels but this one had a little bit of everything I like. It had some sci fi, mystery, comedy. I laughed a lot actually. It was very witty. The timing in the humor was also very perfect.
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