Stacia Kane is a strong writer who weaves strong story lines with original material. Even though this is a series, one never gets the feeling that the author is dragging out the material - she paces her stories nicely.
Even though this is clearly fantasy material. Her characters are real on an emotional level. Her ideas original and interesting.
Narration is highly subjective, but I think Bahni does a superb job bringing the story to life.
The protagonist is someone I am rooting for. She is a highly flawed individual. She clearly is a destructive personality patching her emotional wounds with drugs. I cannot really relate to this and yet I enjoyed listening to the book. It is a bit hard to deal with her bad choices, but she rings true.
This listen is just OK. I have to agree with another reviewer who was irritated by main character's helplessness and abundant whining. I wanted to slap her. Also as much as I love to read, I did not get understand why vampires would have such an obsession about old books. I guess everyone needs a hobby.
This had all the right stuff to make an enjoyable quirky listen, but it never came together for me. There wasn't enough time spent on character development,and the relationships seemed shallow. The author also did not spend enough time developing the background world the story was set in.
I got terribly bored during what should have been the most exciting part of the book.
The narrator's voice was pleasing.
I always enjoy these books and this is another interesting story from the Old Kingdom world. It fills in some of the history. Really there is a lot Garth Nix could write yet about the Old Kingdom if he chooses to. The narrator while no Tim Curry is very good as well.
The main character is an independent smart young woman. This is series is really for young adults but I found it enjoyable. There was a lot of chaste romance but the writing is definitely not prudish. The books are funny and engaging. The author does an excellent job at writing interesting and appealing characters
This definitely would be a series I would recommend for adolescent female readers of paranormal fiction. One of the best things about this series is the independent spirit of the protagonist who while certainly interested in boys is not boy crazy. In fact I wish the author had the balls to have the main character dump both of her romantic interests in the end (she's only 16) but alas ... no. Still I think overall the story gives the message that young females can work towards their own life goals without reference to their romantic interests.
I am glad I listened to it once - it's not the sort of book I will listen too again though.
I liked the fact that that the story had traditional nasty vampires and the plot line was interesting. I do think the storyline could have been refined a little though, especially concerning the protagonist's employment story. Frankly I was rooting for the evil vampires during the entire book.
I was not a fan of the narration, but it wasn't horrible either.
Actually this could make a good horror movie but I don't know what the tag would be.
The character development was very interesting in this book. Frankly many of the paranormal fantasy books really don't have much depth to their characters. There is a maturity to this story that I found appealing. I would rank this story fairly highly.
Strangely enough I would compare it to Lois Bujold's Paladin of Souls in that both stories concern middle aged people who feel lives are played out due to past mistakes and fate. I like redemption stories.
I enjoyed her narration.
No, I enjoyed this book, its characters, its story line, its world development in its totality.
Although I'm not religious, I found the idea of Christian holy magic and demons interesting. The protagonist's notion that he was in some manner responsible for his sister's warped character - over protecting her and not allowing her to develop coping strategies for life's rough spots was interesting to me. It seemed to be a plausible explanation.
I would be interested in reading other books from this author.
I could listen to Stockard Channing's performance of Why I Live at the PO over and over again. It is wonderful. I enjoyed the other stories as well.
I can't really say if the story is any good because it was unlistenable for me. The woman narrating sounds like she is overdosing on valium. Really a horrible narration.
That it wasn't the same old clap trap.
That it was funny while not being silly. The story line was compelling.
She does a wonderful voice for the crazy Belgian in the tank. She is an excellent narrator.
Well, it isn't really that kind of book but I thought the protagonist's determination to succeed for sake of her old self was sort of touching.
I hope there is a sequel.
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