ASHEVILLE, NC, United States | Member Since 2013
I've only listened to 3 so far, and this would rank as #2.
Most interesting- the emotions tied up in why people in Blad Slope act as they do. The psychology behind Margaret's actions is particularly interesting, and made her a more likable character. Least interesting might be Josie herself- she seemed more of a slate for the story to run itself on, rather than a focal point sometimes.
Brilliant narration! She gives the characters believable voices, doesn't over-act. Perfect, really.
When Margaret's former lover finally spoke to her again.
Something was lacking in this one for me. I adored Garden Spells, and wanted more of that magic. I found myself irritated with most of the characters in this book, especially the situation with Chloe. I didn't think there needed to be so much pressure for her to forgive a man who cheated on her- I think it was a poor message to see her give this person another chance. The characters were a bit weak in spirit and seemingly naive to life. I would have liked to see more of the tension unfold with the issue of Josie's fathers' affairs and his offspring from that, but the book ignores this issue quite a bit.
Overall, still a good story with an interesting twist near the end, but I don't think any of it was very unexpected. It's worth a listen, but take it as light entertainment.
So far as the Southern Gothic supernatural genre goes, this is by far the best I've listened to. At points I had criticisms of the way the plot seemed to be leaning, but was pleasantly surprised when things went drastically different from how I expected! Any complaints I had about seemingly vapid characters and useless influences wound up being cleverly tied up in the story and had a purpose in the end. The writing is nothing superbly spectacular, but it is above and beyond anything else I've read in this genre. J.D. Horn adds some dark, gritty elements to this story that are lacking in other series of the same ilk. As someone who considers Savannah, GA, home, I also may be biased in my love for this book. The author does a fantastic job of ensnaring the essence of Savannah, and I was so excited that he included so many real places that I am very familiar with. It made nearly every scene in the book come alive for me. I am shocked that the author is not actually a Savannah native!
Bailey Cates' Southern Bakery series, the Sookie Stackhouse series, Anita Blake, Charley Davidson...though on a higher caliber of plot development, I must say.
She did a great job of switching to distinctly different voices for many characters. I didn't like the complacent, whiny element she added to the main character though. It came across a little Valley Girl-esque at times and didn't seem to fit.
This is NOT cut-and-dry chick-lit fluff! It's much better, and much darker! Give it a chance!
Definitely! This is, by far, my favorite book by Neil Gaiman. The others I have read by him are often entertaining and the stories are interesting, but they lack a certain depth. Not so with this story. The tale is more introspective than anything else I have read by Gaiman, which is something I'm always left craving more of from his characters, it seems. So often he creates a character with interesting, quirky surface aspect, yet we never know much of their personal thoughts, motives, and emotional impetus. Gaiman weaves a subtle thread of magic throughout this tail which leaves you with questions at the end, but in this case, I believe the loose ends make it all the more memorable. My boyfriend and I listened to it while on a road trip and it enjoyed discussing it afterwards for a good while.
I can only think of The Giver, for some reason. It has that same sort of vaguely unsettling, delicate magic and mystery to it.
If you have been unimpressed with Gaiman in the past, give it a chance!
Sure! For me, it was a good mental break from the intense epics I've been listening to (Game of Thrones, Outlander, etc.). It wasn't life-altering, but it was fun, and a series I would like to see expand. Also, as someone who lived in Savannah, GA, for years it made me terribly homesick! But it was nice to listen and think, "I used to go to that place all the time!" The essence of Savannah was captured beautifully.
She read INCREDIBLY fast. So fast I felt like I was listening to an auctioneer. It was so terrible that I didn't think I was going to be able to listen to the book, until I tried slowing it down to half the original speed. That made it much more enjoyable!
If you were a fan of the Sookie Stackhouse series, it seems like this series might be a good way to recapture the magic those books had in the beginning.
For the most part, yes. I felt myself wanting the book to continue in more detail at certain points, yet other parts seemed very drawn out. It could have been much better if the storyline had not meandered quite like it did. It felt a bit rushed, and I wonder if it wouldn't have been better as several books- one for each era of Bess' life.
The fact that there was actually some hard-core Satanic worshipping going on was a bit shocking...most books about witches make it a point to avoid that subject. Bess' upbringing was probably the most interesting storyline to follow throughout the saga. The way the villain shows up eventually in every era became very redundant, and I would say that is the biggest flaw of this book.
I HATED the voice the narrator used for any male character. It was a terrible, drab, creepy sort of voice that didn't suit the author's intentions for some of the character's, I felt. It took away from Gideon's character a great deal, I felt. If I'd been reading the book to myself, he would have had a much more sultry, seductive voice, which would have made me understand his allure and power over Bess.
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