Corryton, TN, United States | Member Since 2008
This is a very good "first" book for a series. Several scenes are set up for future books to play off. Although that is obvious, it's OK, since a few dozen are already written, and they aren't exactly cliff-hanger scenes. There are also cliche's, but I got this book as a "light read" and was very pleased with what I got. As long as the characters are filled out in future books, I'm sure I'll be happy with them, too.
I didn't do my homework by reading reviews, so I was a bit surprised at the romance part, but it never occurred to me to stop listening. I wanted to know if I was right in the "whodunnit" guess. I was. I'm hoping future books are a little less obvious, but I'm about to download book 2 and find out!
The story - is GREAT. I was not suspecting this plot at all, and the little hints the author dropped at the beginning got past me until I stopped for a while and thought, "now wait, what was that?" I also love how Marguerite is able to accept what has happened, and not be bitter. I'm not sure I could be so kind, but it is in the nature of this woman, as evidenced by all the previous stories, to react this way.
One thing I really like about this whole series is that even though bad things happen during the book, the story always ends with me smiling. Perfect escape from real life.
I read other comments about how this narrator "ruined" the book, and I must say she is difficult to listen to. She spends so much effort at "sounding sexy" (or something) that she looses continuity in reading. This will occasionally bring me out of a story enough to glare at my iPod and say "just read, woman!", but not enough for me to stop listening.
I decided to give it a try anyway as I really wanted to hear Marguerite's story, especially as the previous story was pretty much a set up for this one, and she is such an integral part of all the stories. I figured if it was too awful I would just return the book, but I was not disappointed in the story. The narrator is distracting but not horrible, and sounds like she does in all the other books she's read. She has a good control of her voice, so the different characters are easy to distinguish, she just needs to relearn breath control. Actually, when she is reading the lines as a character, she is wonderful. However, when she drops back to "narrator" mode, it's like a cheap vampire/sex goddess person took over. It's weird.
So I listened to another book in the series first, read by one of the male narrators so I wasn't already annoyed by this woman, and got through the book just fine. I just know I can't listen to 2 books in a row, read by Ms. McGee.
Also, I would like to emphasize this series really needs to be read in order.
I got the first book on a whim, and now I can't quit getting more. I just love this family. There is just something that draws me in.
"Vampires as regular people with a condition." This premise annoys some people but I believe Lynsay Sands pulls it off quite well. Each story is a love story, and each story has its own idea, some with a fun twist at the end. A vampire that faints at the sight of blood is a wonderful way to start. Give this series a try.
There are different narrators for each book. So far this hasn't been a problem for me, but I'm only on book 4.
I really like how the story ended. A couple of bits in the middle felt a little contrived, to the point that it pulled me out of the story, but it was so well wrapped up at the end, I forgave the author.
The narrator did a very good job and was easy to listen to. I would not mind listening to more from these two.
This is a very lightweight book, just perfect for letting me get away from minor anxiety at work. You know from the beginning how it will end, but that's OK, the fun in is the ride there. There isn't much room for a follow up book, but that's OK, too. I want Molly to get back to the Hollow, or Alaska, either is fine. This was just a vacation to the beach.
This is a good book to read to see if you like the Molly Harper style. Her other books have better characters and are set in a wonderful world I'd love to visit. This was just a fun visit "elsewhere". And the narrator is awesome, can't go wrong there!
Excellent writing, excellent narration. If you haven't read the other books, read them first, as this is a series that should be read in order. There are pretty good plot twists here and there, in a very complicated but well told story, but I'm a lot annoyed that I have to wait for the next book to find out where Larry Correia is leading us. If he reads these comments - Please sir, tie up a few of your loose ends before stringing out any more! Most of the ones from Las Vegas are still hanging, and I'm not patient.
Oliver Wyman outdid previous performances. He's amazing, and really brings the characters to life.
I really enjoyed watching Franks react to things he never thought would affect him, and I think it was well done. Maybe like watching a computer become self-aware. Pretty cool. I'm going to have to listen a couple more times to catch all the little things. Correia is good at hiding little details that just make the story better when you find them. I just wish he'd write a little faster. No, a lot faster!
I understand other comments about Lucy March seeming to be a lot like Molly Harper, but Molly usually doesn't make me cry... This is a story about a girl who thinks her life is normal and boring, but suddenly a strange woman shows up and everything changes. I liked that before I could be annoyed at figuring out the ending, I got caught up in the story and forgot - and then that was only a small part anyway. The characters, even the "bad" ones, are likeable. The story is sad in places, but plausible, and some of the quotes are laugh-out-loud.
The main character's self-deprecating humour is definitely similar to Molly Harper, and references to Tennessee are close to Kentucky, but this is not the same. This goes a little deeper, a little darker, and people die.
I think Betty is my favorite character. I want to be like her when I'm ancient like her. I also like that the story has room for the next book, but if I never read it, it's OK. No cliffhangers. But I do want to know what happens in the town of Nodaway, in the next book. If I could ask for anything, it would be more information on Tobias, as he is awfully enigmatic, with a totally mysterious past, but maybe in the next book? Same for Cain (Kane?)
Definite good things Lucy March did: all the names are very different, so no confusion there. Action scenes are clearly explained, strange things mentioned at the beginning are pretty well explained along the way. The main character was indecisive at times, and sometimes stupid!, but not whiny.
I just wonder what else we would have gotten if Lucy March had been allowed about 50 more pages. It feels like she cut it a little short, and didn't quite polish all the rough edges out.
I doubt I need to say it, but the narrator is AWESOME, as always. :-)
I have to admit the original primary appeal for me is that Wil Wheaton is the narrator, and he did not disappoint. He has the perfect voice for stories with aliens that can speak English. His voice is comfortably familiar without being intrusive.
The story is a little more complicated than it needed to be. There is laugh out loud humor as well as gory deaths, and several people die. There is also a fascinating viewpoint on religion. I'm going to have to listen to this at least one more time to really understand the details of the plot, but I think I will enjoy that.
There are two heros in this story, I think, and I'm glad the second one is allowed to live. Reminds me of Heinlein. Sharp tongued heroine included.
I would have given the story 5 stars except too many people with similar names got me very confused. I don't believe reading the names would have helped. Otherwise I really enjoyed this story.
I have just listened to this for the second time. So many things are buried in the first story that become important later!! I love it. It makes the whole story that much richer.
This series definitely needs to be heard/read in order. I really like the characters and wish some were more developed. Ms. Dodd took the time to actually finish this story, rather than just stop, which helped the main characters become a little more believable.
This series does improve in the following books. This isn't her best writing, but I still enjoyed the tumultuous love story, mystery, and family interactions. And I love how it ends, now that I know who the last character really is!
The same town, the same cast of characters, with 2 new ones that are different from any before. And I mean ~different~! I am having so much fun with Molly Harper's Half Moon Hollow, I hope it never ends. This book is sweet and sexy without being sappy or trite, with a plot that intrigues but doesn't confuse. It is carefully woven into the existing story, but it would still stand on its own. I just love it. I'm ready to listen to it again already!
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.
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