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Amanda Hocking turns everything you may have known about Trolls and reinvents a new world within our human world. Trolls are not what anyone has envisioned. They are beautiful and powerful. They are not the same big-footed short naive fellows. Not all are evil, but all hold humans as subservient. High-level Trolls switch their own babies with those of unsuspecting rich humans. When the troll child grows up, they bring them back into their fold and collect the fortunes from these same parents. This is a total new vision of those trolls' tales we grow up on as children.
This was my first Amanda Hocking book.
Therese Plummer always puts on a great performance.
The closeness Wendy (the hero) feels towards her human brother and that of the human she had replaced.
I did find it hard believing Wendy would fall so hard in love with Finn, seeing that she is just in High School.
The characters were 2 dimensional We knew they were gods, goddess, demi-gods, etc., and they all had names. Other than this there wasn't any substance. I didn't believe the heroin was tough, smart, or a fury. She sounded more like a self centered rich bitch from Beverly hills. "I'm hot, sexy, I can fly, I think I'm better than everyone else and I can play Texas Holdem". "Oh look at my eyes flame.", are we really going to be scared or intimidated by this? Not at all, especially if all the male characters are looking at her breasts. Only saving grace I found was in the playful hell hound and the setting of Las Vegas.
Something really worth my monthly credit, like a Steven King novel, the newest Evonovich novel or a recommended new series, such as March Violets by Phillip Kerr. I have over 300 books on my wish list, so there has to be something in there worth my credit. I have a few biographies on my wish list and I'd wager those people have much more depth than those in this book.
Christina Traister did a better job than the author did. Her pace, tone and individual character voice were fair. Traister didn't have much to draw from the novel, so I really can't suggest what she could have done to improve her performance.
Best redeeming qualities for me was that it helped me with my insomnia, and it was relatively short. I kept listening in hope it would get better. It was also my first paranormal novel involving gods and other mythological creatures. I won't hold this review as to not read another from another author.
I believe Barbra Traister,s sequel of this book, will do better than her first.
Where do I start raving about this book? The narrator, Bronson Pinchot (who you may remember him as Balki on Perfect Strangers) creates the best character voices I've ever listen to. Each main character (and there are many) he performs has their own cadence, tone and accent. He is just one of the best narrators I've ever listen too. So listening to this book again would be just as enjoyable as the first. Another reason to listen to this again would be the story and the wonderful and creative characters. Larry Correia's writing is far better than James Marsters' Dresden Files. That's just my opinion, sorry Marsters. I know we live in the same town and everything, I just could never get excited reading your books. But I am excited to listen or read any of Correia's books!
Correia story-lines, for each of his main characters, approaches (the ever present evil which threatens) from a different angle. They have their own unique magical ability, and they have their own reason to fight for their own cause, bad or good. The story showed how family can have apposing views and needs. Some may turn to evil and some to good, and it's not just their own up bringing or nurture which dictates it.
Who was my favorite performance? That is a toss up, it's either Fey or Mr. Jake Sullivan. Fey the 16 something, naive Traveler, but a power-house, Okey? Or the seemly dumb acting Heavy, who is secretly the most intelligent? Both are just amazing. You wanted so much for them to win, and not to die, it just kept you on the edge of your seat through out the whole book.
There are many good laughs in this books, especially due to the naive Okey's exuberance in her performance of her powers. Yes there are many tears and sadness due to the lose of lives in the book. I hate it when a character dies just when you begin to love them.
Get this book, you won't regret it. I'm now a huge Larry Correia fan!
Yes, I enjoy Stephen Kings books too much to not want to reminisce with his tales and characters.
Abra Stone was such a brave young little lady. You rooted for her from the beginning. Dan Torrance was heroic but scarred. His tale was very heavy. Seeing what happened to him since the Overlook made you look for a positive ending for Abra's tale.
Patton reads with such emotion, so just reading it you might miss this bit of life he breaths into it.
The True Knot
That is an easy question. Audio 9 out of 10 times is always better than a print version. Not just because my eye sight if failing, but the narrators do a great job breathing life into the characters, The print version is 2-D for me, especially if the writer is a bit wordy. The audio versions bring the story into the 3-D.
Several times I was on the edge of my seat worrying about Rachel and her friends having to go into the demonic ever after, and be stuck there. Or far worse be killed.
Gigi Bermingham's narration of jinx drove me a bit nuts. She made him sound like tiny squeaky mouse. He's a male and she made him sound more feminine then his daughters.
and you are about to enter the demon zone.
Any of Juliet Blackwell's books are worth reading if you enjoy lite paranormal tales with a bit or romance. With enough true knowledge of witchcraft, demons, ghosts and all other manor of the paranormal to make her writing makes you believe her tales. Their is always the humor, sarcasm and romance that is in her books to make her characters lovable. So far her villains have been evil, but sometimes you feel sympathetic.
Lily is always my favorite, but Oscar, her gob-goyle familiar often steals the show. Lily is bright and very likable. She can often be too trusting. For someone who is a powerful witch, she never can see it coming.
Xe Sands does a great pig/goblin/gargoyle. In this she also brings to life a few Germans and young girls planing a quinceañera.
Sailor's return, both to San Francisco, but also back into Lily's life.
Sure would. Even if they only read or know of one author in this book, it is a good was of finding more authors they may like.
I will always be a Charlaine Harris fan, so it has to be Pam. Huh, I bet you thought I was going to say Sookie.
Christopher did an excellent job on all the characters, and I cannot say that anyone stood out from the others.
More laughter than tears.
Yes I would, because there were many moments of her life I would have liked to revisit, only because I was thinking about the timeline and where I was at that time and what I was doing then.
Learning about Ian's childhood and family life.
There were many "favorites", most of them had to do with her explaining her life tie in with her songs.
I felt so bad for her when her apartment was broken into and her father's guitar was stolen.
The combination of Humor and Horror. It was like Stephen King and Robert Crias had a love child. Elvis Cole visits Derry Maine. I just loved it.
The séance at the haunted Aspinwall Mansion and the scene with Lisa playing the drums for Demitri.
I liked his Russian accent, so I'd have to say Poe or Rasputin.
Nothing is every normal
Both the story and the fine narration were excellent. One was glued to one's seat waiting and wondering what the next chapter would bring.
The story had you believing zombies were real.
Any of the scenes with the zombies. I loved the action, sounds and fear.
I was so sad for the lost of a main character.
I really enjoy listening to this audio edition of Once Upon Stilettos, because each character is brought to life by the narrator.
Thinking about how the roommates have boyfriends who were once frogs or thought they were a frog. It just cracks me up.
Each character was done well, but I love her gargoyle the best.
I felt bad for a character who has to use a illusion spell all the time, because he doesn't feel good about himself.
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