Independence, MO, United States | Member Since 2005
I enjoyed the relationships between the characters. The sparing of great wit, acid barbs, and deadly spells make this book fun and exciting.
Yes, the plot was sparked in the first book and plays out nicely until the very end.
I loved Ivy, she really put some deepth into her character.
This book made me laugh, but I was sad and angry over Ivy's ordeal.
I've often wondered what it would be like to be a survivor if everything went to hell. Now maybe I might not want to be a survivor. The story had you at the edge of your seat.
The dichotomy of the young and the old survivors and the twist of the adults being the turned.
No I haven't listened to her before.
I was worried for the survivors, even the dogs. I felt sad when someone was killed. There were not very many laughs in the book.
I prefer audio books to reading, as long as it is unabridged. Mostly because listening to a book saves me time by allowing me to multitask. I used to be an avid reader, but as I aged, my eyesight became poorer. For me reading became more of a chore, than a pleasure. Having talented narrators bring a book alive is great. Having listened to all of the Harry Potter books in audio book form was extremely entertaining. So much so that I preferred listening to them over the movie.
Patricia Briggs novels of Mercy Thompson, are similar. The style of writing and type of heroin are similar also. Except Mercy is a weir and not a witch.
I love the way she portrays any of the demons, it just gives me chills.
Who can you trust more, a vampire, fairy, werewolf or demon? You make the call.
The only thing which I would have liked to have in this book was a date reference. I guess in the long run each tale didn't rely on a time frame, but still, I would have liked a placement of each. Also there were other tales referenced about the town's people which I would have liked to know about. This was the first book which I've read from Elizabeth Strout, so I'm not sure as to how she works her books, there might be another book which tells of other stories in the town.
The realism of the characters. They were neither bad nor good, neither sad or happy, they were like normal everyday people, each with their own flaws and perfections. Each story left you asking questions and wanting a bit more of the tales.
Sandra has a great reading voice and pace which makes the story stand out and become more visual. Each character was unique as played out in the book.
Well I would like to know more of Olive and the others in the book. As it is I feel a little unfinished with their stories.
This is a good piece of fiction and could easily be used in teaching writing in schools.
Oscar; Lily’s familiar. He is the most unusual of characters. He is always entertaining and intriguing. Lily does not know much about him, or even if he is HER familiar, or sent to spy on her. Each book she gets to know a bit more about him. In this book, she inquires about his age and instead of telling her, he just tells her that is a rude question.
I have only listened to Xe Sands's performances in Blackwell's books. I find her pace and characterization to be very easy to listen to and entertaining.
Mystery in a Mirror.
I really love this series tremendously. I can't wait to listen to the next one. Blackwell is one of my current favorites.
Next to the protagonist Lily Ivory, I think Oscar the pig/gremlin/gargoyle is the most charming and endearing.
Xe has a very natural and entertaining quality of reading, and is one of the best narrators out there.
Yes I want to rush into it as if it was one of my favorite flavors of ice cream, but another part wants to slow down and enjoy the ride.
I really enjoy Juliet Blackwell's series about a witch running a second hand clothing store. Her spells, charms and knowledge of all things occult, brings a sense of realness to her stories.
Her protagonist is a witch who isn't comfortable in her abilities and needs training, but despite this she continues on confronting the evil who endangers people. With each book her abilities grow as well as the circle of friends, both magical and human.
Yes. Xe does a fine job and make listening to the book a joy.
Oh yes. One gets drawn in quickly to the story line and the sense of danger and mystery excite you to finish.
If or when I listen to a sequel or prequel of this series, I would most likely listen to this again. To reacquaint myself with all of this Author's many charterers.
It answers the question as to what happen to Lear, the son of the witch. In Wicked, Lear had such a sad story. His story was almost sadder than the witch's story. He was raised with no praise or love, yet he is able to care (love) so much of others and be more empathetic. This books tale is more enjoyable, because unlike the witch's, Lear over comes his past and flaws.
I think he does a great job, and he is one of the few Authors who can.
"A Tale With a Wicked Beginning"
Secondhand Spirits offers the reader a story with a touch of realism and the paranormal. I would say it maybe one of my current top 20 books of fantasy and mystery.
This story is as interesting as a Mercy Thomson or Rachel Morgan book. Each with a different spin on the supernatural, and each with a smart brave antagonist. Looking forward to reading more of Lily Ivory's story.
The gremlin, her familiar, Oscar. This character was performed well and you enjoyed Xe's take on the different funny character.
Discover magical San Francisco.
Oh yes, I love Sue Grafton and Kinsey's books. If you love a good mystery set in the present (almost), this is a great series. W is one of her best books of late. Grafton does an excelent job of weaving 3 stories together into one. At first you haven't a clue as to how these story lines tie into each other, but you find yourself hooked to read more. As you do, you begin to think you may know how the tie in will be, but not so sure. It is not until the end of the book do you have the whole story and are satisfied with the ending. There are not many writers out there who can hook you into such a complexed story.
It is always Kinsey. I just love the way she thinks.
Judy brings all the characters alive and for a reader she makes you feel less guilty for listening to Grafton's books rather than reading them.
How Grafton brought you a new understanding of the Homeless people. Even Kinsey's mind and bias were changed.
Her characters and their relationships become more developed. The relationships between and the understanding of fae, vampire, werewolves, ghosts and skin walkers become more clear. A new paranormal element is added to the mix, demons. Mercy's love interests and friendships are very interesting. The demon is much more scary than all the other paranormals and I enjoyed that tremendously. Her 2nd book is better and one can't help but want to read more books in the series.
That vampires are not as romantic as other books tell it. I liked the ghosts in this book and how they leave clues only Mercy can pick up on.
Her accents for the vampires and some of the fae were spot on.
It made me laugh and left me wanting to sleep with my head under the covers too.
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