I enjoyed the mechanations of this story, but the ending is a bit too "tidy" and almost unfinished in a way. The couple winds up together, but the antagonist just goes away, not really dealt with at all.
I really enjoy Amanda Ronconi as a narrator. She brings life and depth to her characters that brings them to life for me. Even though I am hearing the story, she is able to make it feel like I am watching it. That is of course mostly the author, but I give credit to Ronconi for knowing how to infuse emotion into her voice when necessary, hesitation, uncertainty, passion, and excitement, all finding places in her reading of the story.
This is a lightweight story that doesn't really have a lot of negativity. Even though some bad things happen, it was apparent that it would have a happy ending - and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. :-)
I think some people did not like this story, but I found it really charming and sweet. It isn't high art and that needs to be remembered. It is a fun story about people falling in love. One aspect I found confusing though is that this is book 2 of the series, but it seemed like it took place before or at the same time as book 1. Which, if you have read book 1 of a series, it can be confusing for book 2 to unfold as though book 1 didn't happen. Regardless, this was a fun story that made me laugh out loud at times, plus I loved the underdog aspect of Bonnie's situation in the town.
I love Amanda Ronconi and she has drawn me to other authors. She is one of my favorite narrators. I just have to remember that her voices don't belong to certain characters. Men all sound like Zeb to me. :-)
Being a Civil War enthusiast and reenactor, I had to laugh at the reenactment portion of the story. The things they did are supreme "no nos" in the CW community, lol, but it was fun and of course I can suspend my personal knowledge for the sake of a fun story.
Being a fan of paranormal romance, I kept waiting for something really bad to happen, but no vampires, werewolves, or shape shifters popped out of the woodwork, lol. This is a sweet story with a happy ending, which is good for the soul every once in a while. :-)
The development of the story was a little slow. It didn't hook me right away and draw me in for more. I felt like there must have been another book before this one that explained all the details that seemed important to the story, but didn't make sense to me. I have read a lot of paranormal romance books, tons of vampire love stories, etc, but I was confused enough that I didn't finish it.
Yes, it had a good story, good twists and turns.
A little too much "back door action" for my taste, but it was still a sexy story!
I really liked the idea of the story when I read the publishers summary. However, I guess I expected some romance because Para-Romance is the majority of what I read and this was suggested "based on my library." This is not a romantic story. It's cute, but not romantic.
I bought the next book in the series but it's been in my library for a while and I've not been interested in it, based on this book. It is a cute idea but a little boring.
Cynthia Holloway has one voice for women, one voice for men, and her own voice - but they all sound the same. It was sometimes difficult to follow conversations because it was hard to tell who was speaking. She also said "sup" as in "sup dude?" And this was frequently in sentences that used "supernatural" shortly after. I think most audiences of para-romance know by now that "sup" in this context is pronounced "supe." Yes that is something to nitpick on because it was jarring every single time.
The story seemed a lot like sorority rush. If you are into that, you might like this book. Being a recovering sorority girl, it seemed a little shallow to me. A big ceremony to initiate the new members of the house? Ugh. It might be closer to young adult than anything else. There was very little romance involved.
No. She did nothing for the book.
There's a little too much dithering around and introspection at crucial moments of action. Yes, the heroine needs to examine her feelings and thoughts, but not during a life threatening struggle. Also, I got a little sick of her constant second guessing her abilities to shift. Last, can we just call it Mary Kay already? The make up companies are direct rip offs of real, existing companies and not even disguised very well.
No. As I said, a little too much of the heroine thinking about her past at moments of the story when she should be taking some action or other. Also, the "plot twist" was so obvious I figured it out within the first few chapters. Finally, there are some gratuitous uses of erotica terms that seem misplaced, to the point of being a little jarring. Maybe if I had read the book instead of listening it might have been better.
1. Smooth. A little too smooth. Nothing says erotic like a voice that is so smooth it lacks intonation and emotion.
2. Soothing. As in, it was easy to ignore and sometimes made me drowsy.
As a movie it might be good.
I plan on avoiding any more books narrated by Meredith Mitchell. She takes a potentially exciting story and distills it down to a fairy tale. She isn't able to give the various characters their own voice and I wondered at times if she had read the story herself before this job. Times that I would have emphasized emotion, she was completely flat. Times that needed energy, she was, well, completely flat. She just reads the story.
If you have made it to part 2, you know exactly what to expect.
No. The story is called A Girl's Guide to Vampires, but there is very little girl/vampire interaction. The only redeeming quality about this story was the sex.
As it turned out, I did. I don't really love her as a narrator.
It helped the bumper to bumper traffic stress, but otherwise it was not the best few hours of my time.
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