I read this book on my Ipad before downloading the audio version. I loved the book, but the audio seems to fall just a bit flat. It's improving toward the end (I'm not quite done) but at one point the characters seemed to be so unexcited in the script that I debated stopping.
Now, my memory of the book may be faulty. It's been quite a while since I read it last, but I've loved all of Mallory's other books and can't remember this one being so snooze worthy.
I bought it on sale somewhere between $5 - $7 and I recommend it for this price, but I don't think it's worth using a credit on.
As a rule I typically don't like zombie fics. I tried this one because it's a historical and referenced to some degree the black plague in the 14th century. The book doesn't really have much to do with the actual history of the plague but by the time I finished the first chapter I didn't care. I had forgotten that for the most part I don't like zombie fics and was enjoying this one to the fullest. It's funny and engaging and I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to anyone who can deal with the sometimes off-color humor. I couldn't stop laughing.
I've read all the other books in this series up to this one. It took a bit to get used to the Marla Mason character in the first book, but she grows on you and I enjoyed them all. Unfortunately this is the one that really killed her for me. I could go on a page long rant here but basically, I couldn't believe that someone could be so self-centered and selfish to actually do everything she did in this book. She was like a child. She was completely uncaring about all the deaths she caused and refused to take responsibility for any of it. If I hadn't known better I'd have a hard time believing that she was the heroine of this story.
As a positive, if you can call it that, if the story had been tweaked a little it could have been quite good. Like if Marla had been home defending her city from invasion instead of creating the opportunity for one because of her own selfish interests.
Hard to answer a question like this. How can you rate this against a romance, or any other style of story? Maybe the middle?
I liked the way that Genevive gave Z spiderman- mold superpowers.
Yes. I got my feet wet with the first one and this one was better. I had to drag myself away.
I thought this book was better than the first one and I think that T.A. Pratt has a better grasp of how to write Marla so that she isn't so one dimensional as she was in the start of the first book.
I liked it when Marla and Rondeau went to Finch's party
Only the books in this storyline. This was the first one.
No, at first I didn't know if I liked Marla at all, and that was a bit of a deterrent. Once it got maybe 1/3 of the way in I couldn't put it down.
At first I found the character of Marla Mason very unlikable. She seemed very self absorbed and rude, but I stuck with it anyway since the story was gaining speed and I wanted to know what happens. By the end, even though I still thought she was a bit mean I also thought she made a good character and got the next book.
this wasn't my favorite in the series (hence the 4 stars) but it's still worth reading since the books are all fantastic.
I can't exactly put a finger on what was wrong, but I really disliked this in audiobook. I love Gaelen Foley's other novels and even this one wasn't horrible on paper but I had to listen to it on double speed to get through.
It wasn't exactly the characters specifically as I liked both the prince and the heroine. It might have been more the heroine's wishy washy attitude on sleeping with the prince who she admits she loves. I couldn't buy the scared line after the first night since this was a women who dressed up as a highwayman (woman?) and robbed people. The prince on the other hand was a bit to willing to take it.
My final word on this one : It's not so horrible to never read, but definitely get it on discount.
This story started out in the usual way of a Books and Braun novel with the two of them starting an assignment. This time it was in America. Although I thought there was too much of Welly's car in the story, the interactions with America - dressed up a lot like the wild west with steampunk, was really good. All the way through it was as quality as any other of the Ministry novels but I think they really outdid themselves at the end. I won't give away any details except to say that you actually meet the Maestro and boy won't you be surprised. - Or maybe not, but I sure was.
So my suggestion on this one is : Yes Read It !! . . Read them in order for the best effect. You can read this one as a single, but you'll be missing parts of the story that help fill things out.
I loved, and I mean LOVED clockwork heart. I wished for a sequel even though I didn't expect one and had horribly high expectations. Maybe that's why I felt a bit disappointed in Clockwork Lies. Although Cristof and Taya are married now it seemed like there wasn't much in the story that had them working together. I got a real Taya = Lone Ranger feel, and although the most action centered around her in the last book, I felt she had a lot more help from friends and neighbors. Also, - and this will sound weird - I disliked the villain. I don't want to give away the surprise so I will say that the villain as a general idea was good, but the specific people didn't work for me.
That being said, its definitely worth a read, or listen whichever you prefer. This one says that it's book 2 so I'm hoping a book 3 will come along soon. I also loved what this book does with Captain Ancathra (sp?) and its worth a read for that alone.
I've always loved this book, but this version was hard to listen to. The narrator did a lousy job with the woman's voices, and they all sounded like they were 5 years old. I listened at 1.25 speed and it helped. The story is good enough to overlook any faults in narration.
I really love these books, so when I heard they were coming out in audio I couldn't wait to get them. Unfortunately the narrator is really bad. I mean really really bad. I had a hard time telling the difference between Gio and Carwyn by their voices. I also thought that Bea needed to sound more female and less like the actual narrator. The book isn't worth returning since I got it with the ebook and it was fairly cheap, but I don't recommend anyone spend any time or money listening. Buy the book instead. You'll be glad you did.
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