If a reader is looking for a love story that is also a solid, interesting piece of history, I recommend this book. I found myself considering the tedious research that obviously went into writing this story, because the details are impressive. Four stars, only because (at times) the details were lengthy, but certainly not to the point of distraction. I really enjoyed listening to this book.
I love Molly Harper's wit; her female characters are a nice blend of humorous feminine strength and her male characters are always a nice balance to that combination. This book offers everything I've come to love in her writing, but it wasn't my favorite. To be fair, I suspect that the flaw isn't because of a lacking storyline; on the contrary, I think it's because the story felt short. In other words, Molly Harper fans will be satisfied, but they may find themselves wanting more!
This book is worth downloading. It's original, appealing to both genders, intriguing and funny. I hope this is the beginning of a series, because I'm looking forward to more Legion stories.
Often when authors are compared to their well-known predecessors, readers/listeners are disappointed because they are expecting a specific product from the new author. For me, Darynda Jones and Janet Evanovich's work provide what I like to call, "dessert fiction." Sometimes I'm in the mood for a bold and cynical female lead who has a hilarious and familiar inner dialogue. Dessert fiction seldom features a mind-blowing, thought-provoking plot, and sometimes that is exactly what I'm seeking; a chance to escape into a world where the protagonist has bigger problems and crazier friends and family than those in my own world.
If you are in the mood for a laugh or a guilty pleasure, you'll enjoy any of Jones or Evanovich's books, and both are performed beautifully by Lorelei King.
If you are in the mood for something deep, you may want to put this on the shelf until you are craving whimsy.
With so many reviews, I'll simply add this: I've convinced a few of my friends to read this series and despite the wide span of genre preferences, they all truly enjoyed the series and marveled over Gabaldon's ability to blend a variety of genres, smoothly.
I would be willing to bet that Gail Carriger would get along with Janet Evanovich (Stephanie Plum Series) and Diana Gabaldon (Outlander Series). For lack of a better way to describe it (without giving too much away), I'll say this: Soulless has combined attributes that I admire in some of my favorite "strong female characters," and placed this combined character in a steam punk/fantasy genre. It's truly a unique idea.
There were a few spots where the description seemed a little wordy, but not enough to be bothersome. In fact, I should probably admit that I suspect that I'm in the minority of readers/listeners who prefer a minimum amount of description. Therefore, my complaint is possibly one that many wouldn't share.
My favorite character was the male protagonist (our female character's love-interest). He reminds me a great deal of Outlander's Jamie, but not to the point that I feel the character has been poached from Gabaldon; he has his own unique attributes.
If you're looking for something different in the romance/fantasy genre, I'd recommend this book.
The final installment of a story is always vulnerable to the wrath of distraught fans. I suspect that there is a psychological filter made of feelings of angst and abandonment that we, the readers, unconsciously wear like glasses as we read the end of something we have enjoyed. Of the three "Hunger Games" stories, I cared for "Mockingjay" the least, but I think my feelings are tainted by my sadness over this being the end.
I liked how Collins avoided the typical shiny ending. This isn't to say that the ending doesn't shine, but it was a story about people living in an aggressive, post-apocalyptic society...logically, the reader must suspect that it won't end with rainbows, unicorns and happiness as far as the eye can see!
My strongest complaint is the nagging suspicion that Collins was under the gun to finish the final chapters, and therefore crammed a bunch of ideas into a chapter or two at the end.
Having read the first two books in this trilogy, I'm glad that I bought this book. The best word I can come up with for the ending is anticlimactic; it was really good, but felt abandoned at the very end.
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