Kentwood, MI, United States | Member Since 2006
Another entertaining story. This is the first of the series that I actually enjoyed more listening to it than I did when I read it. I received some looks and shakes of the head from family members as I laughed out loud while listening.
Each book I think can't get any better and yet the next one proves me wrong. This one is no exception. If you've been listening to the series you'll be pleased with this installment. If you haven't started the series yet you owe it to yourself to get "Dead Witch Walking" and start listening now. Marguerite Gavin is an amazing performer. I love all of her work but especially the Rachel Morgan books. It is with both great expectation and much sadness that I await the final installment.
I loved "Shatter Me" which started this trilogy. The writing was great. The characters were interesting. The story was well developed. The pacing was good. While the writing, characters and story were still great in "Unravel Me" the pacing was a bit slow for much of the book in comparison to the first so it didn't keep me wanting to listen instead of doing other things. "Ignite Me" definitely does not have that problem. Juliette has gone from a scared girl in the first book to a confident young woman in this one. The listener's entire view of the world changes as hers does. As you try with her to catch up with this changing viewpoint the story sweeps you along to its climactic conclusion. All in all a satisfying ending to a great series.
I'd rank this as my second favorite series ending and my favorite of the Night Huntress books. The story is not just a gratuitous wrap up session as some series endings have been. It is filled with action and surprises, laughs and tears. Everything that has made this series great to listen to you'll find here. While it's sad to say goodbye to our beloved Kat and Bones I look forward to finding out what other stories Ms Frost has in store for us.
but I can't seem to believe the world Ms Roth has created. It constantly feels more like the world a 16 year old would imagine than a world that could actually exist. I kept trying to set that aside. It was easier to do in the first book which focused on the initiates, their training and the outbreak of war. Even then I couldn't help thinking that in a world that was being described war was a long time coming. This book focuses more on the factions. I can buy that these sorts of factions would exist within a larger society. But describe a world where the vast majority not only belong to one of them but even have a proclivity to a certain one and they no longer seem like people. It also doesn't help that Tris continually acts like a 16 year old and none of the adults around her point out to her the flaws in her logic or even tell her she's acting like a child. It's like the whole world is populated with adults no more mature than a 16 year old. The politics and the situations end up feeling far too contrived. This is far from the worst young adult fiction I've listened to but it doesn't rank with the best. But like I said, maybe it's just me.
This is just the sort of romance I'm interested in: light hearted with plenty of humor, strong characters, a bit of mystery and suspense, some heated moments, and a happy ending. I'd give it 5 stars but the main premise of the book is on the verge of unbelievable and, while part of the humor, begins to wear a bit thin towards the end Christina Traister did an acceptable job of narrating the story, never making me want to turn it off or wish I'd read it instead. Her performance lacks the polish of other narrators and many of the voices sounded the same. Worse they tended to slip into and out of accents so very few of them other than Meadow were consistent. A quick search of Audible shows this is the first book she did (at least at Audible). Her effort was good enough that I'd be willing to listen to some of her later work to see if she's improved. All in all 8 enjoyable hours spent listening
Rating the story was easy. It's arguably the best so far in the Bloodlines series. It furthers the development of the characters, their relationships, their background and the world of which they are a part. The final criteria for me to give it 5 stars is that I don't want to stop listening and look for excuses to turn it back on. It definitely met that criteria. I only wish the performance was as easily rated. Emily Shaffer has been doing a great job with her performances, first on the Vampire Academy series and then on Bloodlines. Sadly the person they chose (who Audible does not list) to perform the parts from Adrian's point of view is not nearly of her caliber. The various voices of the characters are virtually indistinguishable. The dialog is done fairly well other than that but the narration, while not completely flat it often lacks the full emotion for which the story seems to call. Moreover Emily has been portraying Adrian with a vaguely English/European accent for the entire time she has been performing him yet this reader is definitely all American and makes no attempt to match the tone or style previously set. If anything, Ms Shaffer seems to attempt to match his non-accented, flat rendition of Adrian which brings her performance down a notch both for deviating from the previous books and also for the fact that she sometimes manages it and sometimes falls back to the old, accented version. Final score? The story is simply too good and half the book is performed by Emily. Every time it switches to Adrian's point of view it required a readjustment but it never fell to the level where I wanted to stop listening and read it instead. A 3.5 would be fair but since I had to choose between 3 and 4 I felt 3 was too low. Final score: 4.
I agree with the other reviewers that the writing is well done and the characters are well developed. Unfortunately I thought they were perhaps a little too developed and I often found myself wishing we could get on with the investigation. There are times when a 20+ hour book is done way too soon. There are other times, like in this case, where I wish more editing had been done to trim a few hours and stay more focused on the main story. Steven Crossley has been praised for his work on this book but again it's not to my taste. His narration seems too meticulous and drawn out emphasizing even more all the extra dialog and description in the story. The next book in the series is about one of the other main characters in this book (from the description anyway) and a different narrator. I may try it but I need to listen to something else first.
For the first two to three hours I was afraid this book would be like the first in the series; focused primarily on the romance and only secondarily on the suspense. But from that point on the story returned to Ms Novak's characteristic blend of suspense with a big dose of romance added. Ms Dawe is more of a narrator than performer, at least in this book. She wasn't terrible, doing a passable job of giving different voice to the characters but ultimately the voices all ended up being very similar. Her dry delivery with longish pauses between sentences seemed to drag out the story lessening both the emotion of the dialog and the suspense of the narration. Ultimately I couldn't help but think that with a bit better performance the story could have been a solid 4 but as it is it was hard to tell and I kept wondering if the book would be better read than listened to.
I'm always a bit nervous when I start a book that has a lot of great press and reviews. If my expectations are too high it can mean being disappointed in a book when normally I wouldn't have been. Fortunately that was not the case with this book. The story grabbed my interest right from the start and never let go. I'm not a big dog lover but Maggie worked her way into my heart as she did the same with Scott. The mystery and suspense was good. All in all just what I like in this sort of book. MacLeod Andrews did a good job with the characterizations. While not quite rising to the level of the best of the best performances he still did an admirable job with this book.
This has all the great elements from the series without some of the more tedious parts. I confess that I sometimes grow tired of the never ending vampire power plays from some of the other books. While there is still some of that in this book it never gets so long and drawn out that you want to skip ahead. This book also introduces another great adversary for Anita who you can't wait to hear from again. In the first few books in the series I was not a fan of Ms Alexis but over the course of the series she has developed a real sense for Anita as well as the other characters in her universe. Sadly the producers of the books still insist on adding unneeded and overdone music and sound effects. At one point they actually drown out her performance.
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