Corryton, TN, United States | Member Since 2008
This series is very good, but definitely don't read this one first. I would suggest going by book publication date, which is not the same as chronological by the story line. There are a lot of "a-ha!" moments, especially at the end of the series, as Ms. McCaffrey tells the same story from different people's viewpoints. All I can think of as a description is that it is a rich tapestry of a story.
I've read most of the books twice, and look forward to listening to them many times again.
I am not a fan of stories that jump back and forth between time frames, but I can handle 2, as in "before and after". This story has at least 6 time frames, and even with the date declared at the beginning of each section, I got very lost a few times. I just wanted the story to finish so I could move on to something else. The writing was excellent, and the narrator is very good, but the writing style just pulled it down.
This is written a lot like books 1 and 2, with a very good story and complicated monsters. The only thing that bothers me is his books are getting shorter! I like a good long story.
Most of the characters make an appearance, the underlying story of who the really big bad monster behind all of this becomes a little more clear, and lots and lots of crazy monsters pop out of every corner. Yes, even a dragon! Owen and the other hunters have to find out what the main monster is and how to kill it, while secret government agencies refuse to help, even though this monster may be the fault of one of those agencies. Franks show some surprising initiative. I think my favorite part might be all the complaining about the ice sculpture, though.
Unfortunately, Correia has gone back to having a major cliff hanger at the end, and since book 5 isn't out yet, I find myself having to be patient. I hope he writes fast. And makes the stories last a little longer!
I was surprised to find that Owen is barely mentioned in the entire book, and the premise is completely different, and even the style the author is writing in has changed. Never fear, the original style comes back in book 4. And even though I am ~not~ a fan of two stories told at once, alternating time and voice back and forth, it works pretty well here. Also, the narrator is just perfect, and I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who hears Christopher Walken in the Russian character (don't worry, it works very well too!)
Earl is such an old character with such control over MHI, it makes sense to me for him to have his own story, which happens to allow the author to explain a few things he's had to speed by before.
Figuring out the identity of the bad guy involves a lot of past history being explained, and it also is a wonderful setup for book 4. Underneath the blood and gore are some very fun characters and a rather well organized story. I'm hoping he keeps this series going for at least 15 or 20 books! Meanwhile, I'll see what his other series is like.
By the way, there is a LOT of blood and guts in this series, but mostly it avoids being gross. It is more like an animated cartoon than a slasher movie. I have a lot of respect for an author who can make me wince and say "ew!" in one bit, and then literally cry over a character going off to die in the next - and then laugh out loud a minute later. This is just fun to listen to!
With the main character named Kitty being a werewolf, this would appear to be a funny story. It isn't, really. There are a few funny parts, mostly it is Kitty's sense of humor about her life. The main plot is around Kitty going from being a doormat for most of the people around her, to being her own person. She is honest with herself about being able to give out advice but not being able to see the way out of her own troubles, and the people she asks advice from are quite unexpected.
The ending is not trite, and even though I am very happy that there are so many more books in this series to read!, this book stands on its own.
I was expecting a light read/listen, but that isn't what I got. This is a story about a girl who has a pretty bad turn of luck, and what she does about it. I enjoyed very much, anyway.
I really just like this series! I thought I would die laughing when I realized where Agent Franks got his name, and hearing Franks make jokes is just weird, but hysterical. This is a very complex story, told (and read) in a straightforward manner. I'm not familiar with guns but I can follow along fine. The snark is still alive and kicking, and even though I've listened to 2 other books since finishing this one, I keep remembering scenes from this book and laughing.
It starts feeling predictable in a few places, but that is just the author lulling you along so you don't see the wild left turn he takes until the last instant. Owen has to save the world, again, but along the way he reconnects with family and makes a few new friends. Existing characters are given more substance, and I like them even more than I did in book one.
The narrator is, again, solid and consistent. His voice matches what I think big, tough, gruff Owen should sound like, but he doesn't sound silly when portraying females.
Don't want to wait for book 4, but I'm trying to pace myself a little, since 5 won't be out for a while. At least there is the Grimnoir series! Looking forward to that, too.
This book is gory without making me sick, which is a neat trick. The main character, Owen, is a "big guy" with an apparently high pain tolerance, who drew "the short straw" when Fate handed out her destinies. His obsession with guns would normally make me not like him, but he's such a likable guy! He's almost a monster himself, big as he is, but he is a calm sort of warrior.
The constant barrage of guns and talk about guns was a little distracting, since most of it went over my head, but Correia kept it clear enough that I could sort of follow. His editor needed to spend a little more time with the book, cleaning out some minor repetitions, but that is the only fault with the story. Yes, it's a "B movie in a book", but in a good way. This was fun to listen to!
The other characters are easier to get to know than Owen. He seems to be a more subtle man. Julie says what she thinks, as does Holly, and putting those 2 women in with the relatively quiet and polite Trip and Lee makes for some humorous situations. Some of the plot is almost too obvious (see "B movie" comment), but there are just enough twists and turns to keep it interesting.
The narrator has his own style of reading, but he is clear and consistent, and is very good. It took a little bit of time for me to get used to him, but after a chapter or two, I realized his style matches the book just fine.
There is a nice teaser at the end, and there are a few loose threads within the story, allowing for tie-ins with future books, but this is not an incomplete story. I really enjoy Julie and Owen's interactions, and will likely listen to this story a couple more times to catch every bit of it. I'm really looking forward to the next book, which is downloading as I type.
There is a lot of sadness and pain in this story, but considering what has been going on in Charley's life, that was sort of necessary. There is also the expected snarkiness that has me laugh out loud, and the strength of family and friendship that holds this book together. It has a texture that is richer than the previous books, and I'm really pleased where Darynda is headed.
It has the feel of a book in the middle of a series, where the book doesn't really start, but just picks up, and doesn't really end, but just stops. However, this is not a bad thing. It's a bit like walking into a roomful of friends I haven't seen in a while. The end of this story could have been heartbreaking in several ways, but instead, a new mystery of how to cure cancer is thrown in, and Reyes actually starts answering questions. (Thank God.)
This is definitely a series that should be read in order, and an author that needs to write faster, as I'm already ready for book 5!! By the way, it's worth hearing a second time. In the 2nd hearing, I've already picked up some author snarkiness in chapter one. Silly Rabbit indeed.
First, Lorelei King does a wonderful job, as always, as narrator. I think I could listen to her read almost anything!
I really like the Charley Davidson series, and was curious as to how Darynda Jones would do in a book for younger readers. I was ~not~ disappointed! During the first chapter I was worried this book would be along the same story line as Charley's, but very quickly found out that she only took the same ideas of Death and the Grim Reaper and Angels, and wrote a very different story.
There is a lot of humor, some of it aimed at us no-longer-teenagers. The characters didn't get very well developed, but at the end of the book I had that awful and wonderful feeling of having just read the first chapter of a long story. "Awful" only because none of the next books have been written yet. There is plenty of time in the story ahead to get to know the characters better - that is the wonderful part. I'm just not very patient.
The one part I'm having trouble with is how a very old supernatural being can be mistaken for a high school student. This did not detract from the story while I was reading it, but after I was finished and trying to figure out where the story would go next, it occurred to me that the situation will get interesting. Knowing Darynda's style, I'm sure she will have a good answer for me in book 2.
Overall, this was very good entertainment and a well-written story. I look forward to the rest of the series, and would recommend this book to anyone who appreciates the YA genre.
There were too many characters to keep track of without concentrating, and they weren't all necessary. The last fourth of the book wandered about. The story is about a bunch of unhappy people, most of whom enjoy inflicting emotional and physical pain. I managed to finish the book, but it was an effort. The narrator did an excellent job, but the story is just lame and empty. It wasn't entertainment, it certainly has no life lessons, and it left me in a bad mood. I don't even like the heroes of the story. Pretty sad.
I bought all 3 books thinking it was a trilogy, but no, there are more. Well, there had better be more! It's a complicated love story that is not hard to follow, with a really nice twist at the end of book 3. It has literally "laugh out loud" sections, and a few sad places. There is a constant flow of sarcasm, which is how Charley deals with her life. There are family members that start out flat, but end up being very interesting. There are friends that I'd like to meet in person. The best and worst part, though, is even though I've started listening to another book, I can't quit thinking about this series.
This is a book about a woman learning about herself, understanding her talents, and figuring out what is important. The man who loves her is difficult for her to love back. She is stubborn and prone to sudden decisions, making it hard for her family and friends to protect her. I love this story!
Lorelei King is a truly talented narrator, and I hope she continues to read the series. As much as she has enjoyed the first 3, I expect she will find a way. Her timing is excellent, and she seems to understand the characters, so that it feels like a performance rather than just a reading.
I'm looking forward to listening to this book many more times.
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