This one has great characters, and a fun premise, but the author's skill is almost eclipsed by the reader's hyper-pronunciation of each word. It seems she substitutes precise enunciation for emotion or acting ability.
The story itself is a new werewolf saga with an interesting heroine, a quest for a handsome hero, amusing and talented sidekicks, and an ancient prophesy. What else could you want?
I certainly didn't like this book, but it has stuck in my mind for the past week, and I had trouble stopping the audio while I was listening to it! Miramont Castle is open for tours, and it has a depressing, strange atmosphere, that certainly explains the inspiration for this novel. During the tour, the docent told of a maid that committed suicide in a little room on one of the upper floors, and retold many strange incidents that might indicate a haunting, so that was obviously the basis for the novel. The book also has a haunting, bleak atmosphere. If you are looking for a happy story, or one that has any uplifting or positive aspects, this is not a book for you! I read it because I have never been able to get the depressing atmosphere of Miramont out of my mind. Now I have a depressing book to add to that memory. Worth reading? Maybe...generally, it seemed to be well-written, and had complex characters. The portions that spoke of New Mexico and Colorado seemed to be a little like a travelogue - for example, I'm not certain why the story of the miraculous stairway at Loretto Chapel was included. I'm not certain that I recommend this one!
I really am enjoying this series. The lead characters have enough flaws to keep things interesting, and the plot has some great twists and turns. Well worth listening to. There are some problems with the narration - one glaring one is that the Platte River is pronounced "Plat" not "Plate". Fun to have a story based in Denver that is pretty geographically accurate - and gives realistic times for getting from one place to another. The descriptions of the beauty of Colorado are especially nicely done. Give this one a try!
I am so sorry I wasted a credit on this book - hackneyed plot, trite writing. You really don't expect great literature from the genre, but this is painful it's so bad. Give this one a pass.
Again, an entertaining book, enjoyable plot, interesting premise. But, really, why on earth would an FBI agent sound like Natasha from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show? If you can get past the, shall we say 'unique,' narration, this would be worth listening to, but I'm not wasting any more credits.
I love the hard-bitten urban cop type of story - and when you throw in a few vampires and witches it's even more fun - but really, the narrator used comic book voices for all but the main character and makes them just sound silly. Whoever produced this one needs to be sent to his room without supper - this should have been stopped before more than a chapter was recorded!
Would love to continue with the series - but a new narrator would sure help the experience!
Another wild installment in Rachel Morgan's adventures - and her adventures just get more unbelievable. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but once you accept a world where witches and demons travel back and forth from the underworld, and elves are involved with genetic manipulation and ketchup is considered dangerous, then little things like a goddess who loses pieces of herself, or catching a train at fifty miles an hour with the help of gargoyles seem almost logical. The characters are wonderful, even if I do miss bad guy Trent. Biz is coming into his own. And by Tink's pink *****, Jinks the pixie is one of my favorite characters ever!
I've listened to the whole series, so here I am back to review the first book! Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi go together like peanut butter and grape jelly! Molly Harper has a great ear for dialogue, and wonderful characters. I love the main characters, but the minor characters light up the story and really add depth! The dialogue is snarky, sarcastic, entertaining and fun. Give this series a try!
Merit's adventures as Sentinal of Cadogan House continue, with more monsters, more steel, a truly hot master vampire - if you have enjoyed the previous Chicagoland Vampires books, then this one will continue the fun. However, don't try to jump in here -- I really suggest that you start at the beginning of the series - the author doesn't waste a lot of time or ink filling in the back story, and there is a lot of back story for this one. Warning - this one has a cliffhanger ending - write fast, Chloe! I can't wait for the next one!
Nothing original, trite writing, wimpy foolish heroine. Really, when she decides that the male character, Hawk, must be a good guy because he can afford to buy her expensive shoes, I was about done with her! And a good editor could help - "I was feeling tired and frustrated. 'I'm feeling tired and frustrated,' I said." Hawk is lifted directly from another series - Puerto Rican security specialist with immense amounts of money - sound like Ranger to anyone else?
Shelly Laurenston has a fine pen for dialogue, and a talent for developing fun, lovable characters. What a shame to ruin this with a reader who has no differentiation between characters and the worst excuse for a southern accent ever.
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