Poorly Planed. Poorly written. An an absolute wash! Roberts should be ashamed of herself for this one!
Raven cursed isn't my favorite Jane Yellowrock story. It is, however, a typical Yellowrock story.
I don't think I will get any angry arguments when I say that Jane isn't the brightest bulb in the box. She admits that fact to everyone. Her mistakes are legion and she manages to get a lot of people killed in nearly every story. Now, after saying that, you must realize that Faith Hunter writes the stories that way. And no, I don't know why she cripples her action heroine. Perhaps to those who much is given, much is taken away?
I have also wondered why Faith Hunter insists on using First Person for her stories. The obvious drawback to this form is that Jane seems at times to sit back and watch while the carnage takes place all around her. Since she is incapable of taking positive action while describing in detail the actions taking place, it makes her appear to do nothing while folks die. First person stories always have that drawback built in. The Jane Yellowrock series would have been better in third person with first person insights added as required. Also, what's with the "Fashion Comments" in the middle of action scenes. Are they really necessary to the story?
Faith Hunter made a lot of mistakes in this first book of the series. Jane Yellowrock should have died many times over in the story, from gross errors in judgement to completely ignoring her alter ego's identification of the opponent they were up against. The intrusion of the witches in chapter 25 was a monster of a mistake which nearly caused me to toss the book completely.
All in all, it was a poor beginning for an otherwise great series. I keep hoping that Jane will kill Leo "True Dead" but she doesn't seem to be inclined to do so anytime in the future. If the truth be known, I really dislike vampires, and stories about vampires. I'm also not too fond of blood servants. They can not be trusted any further than the vampires can.
I had one major problem with this book. It "Mentioned" that there were Vampires in the story, What it didn't say, "It was ALL about Vampires!"
If the truth be known, I hate stories about Vampires or Zombies. They are, in my opinion stupid beyond all belief. Any author can create any rule that he or she wants when dealing with the two subjects because there are no set rules to follow. The creatures are wide open for speculation and exploitation. In other words, anything goes. Not my idea of story line material. So, due to my personal prejudicial leanings, I can not recommend this series.
Robin Hood with a fantastic twist and lots of magic and fun. I'm not sure why I was the only one to see this as an old story updated, but it's there none the less. Justine Eyre did a very good job with the voices, and there were a lot of them to keep straight. Patrick Weekes wrote this fast paced update with flair and style and more fun and adventure than the original story ever had. All in all it was a pleasure to listen to.
This story has already been done, and done well by Nora Roberts in the trilogy Three Sisters Island. The book is Dance Upon the Air. With very minor differences it's the same story and follows the same lines and logic. I liked the Nora Roberts version better.
The Narration in this version of the story was less than stellar and the Irish accent was poorly done.
Zero Day was probably a decent story. I never made it past the music. One of the things that destroys an audio book for me, is the addition of music or sound effects.
If the story actually needs those elements to be affective, then the author more than likely needs to go back to the drawing board and rethink his creation. If the story is very good on the written page, then it does NOT need the addition of music or sound effects. Since I am rating this as a Audio Book, I can't give it more that two stars in any area. The studio destroyed the listening experience for me.
What to say about, "A Nomadic Witch?" I suppose there's one story that every author just has to write; if for no other reason than to clean up the soul and give wings to a loose end which refuses not stay tied. Perhaps this is one of those tales for Deborah Geary. I honestly have no clue. As for me, this is a story which I absolutely did NOT need to hear, see, or read. I was perfectly content with the existing loose ends - They gave the series a bit of mystery and a little extra class. Up to this point, I have loved every book in the "Modern Witch" series. This one I could have done without. You, on the other hand, might like it. Enough said.
I'm not sure what went wrong with this story. It might have been the deliberate lies or deceit among the main characters. It might have been the years of totally unnecessary secrets between mother and child. What ever is was, I felt absolutely nothing for any of the folks involved in the book. Even the ending left me cold. Needless to say, I have no desire to read another book in this series.
Burning Lamp is a fine story and a welcome addition to the Arcane Society series. Unfortunately, this audio book is the beginning of the end for narrator Anne Flosnik.
Somewhere along the line Ms. Flosnik decided that her performances were Shakespeare plays and that she must over pronounce her words by dragging out the endings of words in an overly dramatic stage voice. Nearly every one of her works after April of 2010 suffer from the same problem. Simply put, she destroyed herself with that process. I do believe that's one of the main reasons that Recorded Books picked up the Amanda Quick books. Of course, Barbara Rosenblat isn't that much of an improvement.
As usual, The Ladies of Lantern Street Series is excellent. The Mystery Woman story is well constructed and follows the standard Jayne Ann Krentz formula. The only problems I ever have with her books is her need to explain every mystery down to the last detail by having her villains confess to each criminal action or her by having her leading characters lay down every single fact. It gets very, very annoying. The other flaw in her otherwise great stories is her aversion to firearms of any kind. You will not find a single story by the author where guns are used to an advantage by any of her leading ladies or gentleman. She just flat won't allow it. Of course, in real life guns are used daily to both save lives and take them. It's an aspect of life that will never go away; except in Jayne Ann Krentz, Amanda Quick, or Jayne Castle stories. If you didn't already know, they are all the same person.
With these exceptions in mind, I highly recommend this paranormal series. They are outstanding stories!
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