I'm not sure, It's a dark book, and it's good, but it's gritty and makes you feel dirty listening or reading.
People have been comparing it to Gone Girl, but I haven't read it, so I can't compare it, but the twists and turns this story takes are really good, and entertaining in some dark twisted way.
No way, it's good, but it's too dark and after a while, I wanted a shower, and to talk to someone about it. It's gritty, violent and disturbing.
It's a solid dark, gritty thriller with lots of twists and turns. It has an interesting cast of characters, and the French translation is well and helped keep the story together and possible to understand.
I really liked the fact that this where Pendergast came into his own and he became the protagonist of the series. It was interesting to get more of the story on some of the other recurring characters in the series and a few sneak peaks as to what is to come. I think my least favorite part of this book was the narration and I think the dream sequence lasted a little too long.
Pendergast because we really got to see and experience how he works and comes to his conclusions.
Scott Brick or Rene Auberjonois. This guy used too monotone a voice to really deliver a good performance. He grew on me over the course of the story, but it still wasn't all that good.
A direct follow-up, no, but the series does continue on with more of Pendergast's adventures with his friends.
If you like the mysteries, this book stands on its own, and is a great starting point for the character, but it's a better read than audio book due to the narrator.
I've gotten through a fair amount of YA, but this is one of the worst. The only people who I can think might like this are die hard Twilight fans.
The writing is very juvenile. The cadence of the sentences is very choppy and makes for a difficult listen. Her constant use of similes to describe things becomes quite annoying and apparent when at one point i counted around 10 of them in just a few minutes. There are plenty of other ways to describe people, places, things.
The love triangle is really dumb. It's been played out. It doesn't help that most of the characters are flawed beyond belief. Tessa is conceited and only concerned with appearance. "I don't know why you would want to live so long if you looked like that" Seriously that's what we want to teach our kids? Doesn't society do that enough, why should our fictional characters that girls should look up to. Most of the rest of the characters are pretty boring as well. Flawed characters are great, but these characters are despicable.
I don't get how people running the institute are in their early 20's at most? That just doesn't make sense. These people are barely out of their teens and running a super secret organization. It's right out of an anime plot. Her use of the setting and proper Victorian England and proper etiquette, only seems to matter when she wants it to, otherwise it just becomes a backdrop for accents and language.
I do not like the way she reads this story. Her accents and tonality do not fit the story and characters. She has a range of accents, but it doesn't fit this story and characters. It sounds as if it's my Grandmother is reading to me, and that doesn't fit the voices of these characters.
There's a great setting here, Steampunk, London, and Demon Hunting, but Ms. Clare doesn't bring it to life.
I don't think this was a particularly great novel, nor do I think it was rubbish. It has the challenges of a writers first novel. I think that the writer weaves an interesting story, but the reader is not really give the opportunity to weave the answers. Too many things are hidden from us. A note, or a discovery that we don't get to see until after the fact. I liked the characters well enough. Patrik and Erica were good, but they weren't perfect. Erica was a little weak, but I do think there is enough to build upon, so I will give the series a second look. There are a few unresolved issues, that I would hope get resolved in the second book, otherwise, it's a big letdown, since it was made a pretty big conflict in the story.
Unexpected, Sweet, Fun
I still think all the characters are fantastic. They're all different, have their own unique personalities and each go to shape Jane's undead life in some way.
Ms. Ronconi's performance through the whole Jane Jameson series is top notch and it fits the characters, stories, and settings to a T. I'm not sure there's a better narrator out there for this series. She brings that Southern town to life.
No, but I will say, we spent an extra few minutes in the car to get to the end of a chapter a few times, because the book is a lot of fun.
I put unexpected above, not because there's a lot we don't see coming, but there's a good twist that amused my wife and I near the end that was pretty unexpected and I thought was a great fluff that we thought was great.
Like the rest of the books in the series, this is really light listening and there's nothing deep here, but Jane's snark and it's just a lot of fun to listen to. Some light romance, some light mysteries, some crazy friends and family and some sincere fun to be had with this series and this book was no different. Great end to a fun series.
I really didn't like this book. It started out really slowly, and stayed that way through most of the book. There were three different points-of-view in this story, and none of them really appealed to me. Tessia was the main POV, and she started off as a really likable character who was helping her father the local healer, until she comes to realize she's a naturally gifted magician through an assault from our main villain. Ok that's pretty neat, but as the story goes on and the war escalates between Corallia and Sachika, she begins to whine about how much she'd rather be a healer. We get it after it's beaten into our skulls more times than I can count. The relationship between her and Jayan wasn't really well developed and not at all surprising, so it fit the bill, but it wasn't anything special. I don't really understand how she went from a healers apprentice and a magician's apprentices to this all powerful magical healer with only knowing the basics, as that's what we were led to believe.
The second POV character is Hanara the evil Takado's slave. This character served as our view into what the villains were doing. I thought this could have been a really interesting character after how the first part when he gained freedom, but then his character just fell apart as he groveled through the last 2/3 of the story.
The final POV character is Stara a woman who gets sent back to her Sachakan father to be married and start a family. She started off boring and actually became the most interesting character towards the end, even though she was pretty selfish in her goal to become a magician and not be married/have children.
The story mostly follows the war between Sachaka and Corallia. It spends a lot of time following the magicians movements and there's three battles that feel more like skirmishes, because they don't capture the battle very well. I don't know if Ms. Canavan has a lot of experience writing battle scenes, but these were not as exciting and they didn't capture the war very well.
I don't know if this is because this is a prequel and I should have read the Magician's trilogy first, but I was unimpressed with most parts of the book. I thought it was too long and it didn't cover much. I was tired of Tessia wanting to just heal everyone. I get that she didn't want to kill, but she was a magician and the country was at war with the guy who wiped her village out and killed her parents and she didn't seem to care much, but HEAL everyone!!! I thought that her romance was rushed even though it was expected. we're both hurt, but I LOVE You and I love you too!! She's the main character, but we couldn't focus on her for the conclusion of the book other than to say she's about ready to give birth? The same goes with Dakon, we just get a passive sentence that oh, he was assassinated, but that didn't really matter.
Hanara was a pitiful character. He started off as a slave who was beaten nearly to death by his master, and then he was told he was free and he was enjoying working in the stables, but then the war comes and he crawls back to Takado. He grovels at his feet even though he gets no respect other than his master can draw power from him.
Stara thinks she's going back to Sachaka to help her father's trade, but he wants nothing to do with her and doesn't respect her. He wants her to marry and breed, but he reads her mind and finds out she's a magician and not a virgin, so he passes her off to a husband, who happens to be gay. She realizes this late in the story, but once war hits home, she gathers up her friends, some slaves and other "traitors" and they high tail it out to form a Sanctuary for Women. It's pretty interesting, but the don't want men, and if the women want to have kids, they should go to a local village and shack up with someone and then return to this Sanctuary.
I was initially interested in this world, but this story really turned me off to her Magician's trilogy and the follow-up traitor spy. I don't think I'll check out any more of Ms. Canavan's stories.
I really like how Fitz and Chade are portrayed. Even the father figure Burrish also is a very interesting character and one who gives a different perspective, since we're in Fitz's head the whole story, we get to see how Fitz's actions are received by a parental authority.
I like the book overall, but I do have some problems with it. It has one point of view character in Fitz, and while this is OK, it does cause for parts of the story to drag on a little, mostly during the beginning. It can be a little disorienting. The villain is pretty one dimensional, but the story is weaved quite well, that it isn't the big negative that it tends to be in weaker stories. There's a good variety of characters, but the villains are villains, and that is one of the biggest issues in this book. They're too one dimensional.
I think Ms. Hobb tells a unique story with cliche's that we've seen before, but she puts a good spin on them. I am looking forward to the next chapter in Fitz's story. I like the fact that this book could be read as both a stand alone and as part of a trilogy. It's a trait that we're not given a lot with too many stories ending on cliff-hangers.
I know I was pretty negative on the villains and it does bother me, but I am generally interested in the world that's been created and the characters that live there.
Yep, Molly's humor is great and Ms. Ronconi's narration is outstanding when it comes to that Southern hospitality and personality.
No, I'd recommend, because it's fun and light hearted and knows it's silly, without being over the top or getting full of itself, it's more of a wink to the audience.
She delivers a great performance and makes brings Jane and co. to life.
This is a good book, but it's the weakest on the first three books in the series. I will read the last, but this book felt rushed, the way Jane rebuilds relationships with some characters felt like a sitcom, and not what I would expect from a book. The conflict at the end also felt rushed and it's like OK, interesting and BOOM it's over. It'll be interesting to see where the last book in the series ends up, and I hope it's better and more flushed out than this one.
I enjoyed the banter that Jane has with her friends and family
She brings that soulful southern accent to every character and portrays that snarky attitude just fantastically.
It's a good follow-up to Nice Girls don't have Fangs, but it's not quite as good. I will say that I could never have Mama Ginger in the series again and be quite happy, she's a horrible woman. I'm entertained enough, so I will finish the series.
Probably not. Not because it's a bad book, but because there's too many other stories that I'd like to listen to.
It's a double edged sword, I like the Australian history and fables, but it doesn't really add too much to the story. It pads the length of the book out, but it's not critical for the story telling. Harry Hole is going to be an interesting character in his future stories, as this book give us a good bit of what makes him tick.
I really like his Australian accents, he gave a great voice to the setting and characters. I can't compare him to Robin Sachs, but Mr. Lee does a good job bringing the story to life.
If you like the Millennium trilogy, this is a great series to get involved with.
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