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glowbugs

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  • Silence: Queen of the Dead, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Alexandra Bailey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (306)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (275)

    It began in the graveyard.... Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night. During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was. For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death. But tonight was different. Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery. There were two others there - Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags.

    glowbugs says: "An imaginative new approach to a series"
    "An imaginative new approach to a series"
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    This wasn't a bad listen, a present day fantasy about ghosts, the living, magic and forces among the living. The plot felt slow in the beginning and rushed in the end, and if you can tolerate a main character who is a little whiny (she's had more than her share of tragedy) then this may be an audio book you will enjoy.

    Other reviewers mentioned the "f" word, and yes it's there. It seems to be the only curse word used, but it doesn't detract from the storyline. Mostly, the Characters seem to exclaim it when something doesn't go as planned.

    If you enjoyed Sagara's other series you may enjoy this one as well. There's a lot of creativity & imagination in her work that I always enjoy, although I wish she'd reach past the teen genre and go a little more in depth about things.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Wolfblade: Hythryn Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jennifer Fallon
    • Narrated By Maggie Mash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Marla Wolfblade of Hythria is determined to restore her family's great name, but conspirators surround her: The Sorcerers' Collective, the Patriots - even members of her own family. She must make sure her son Damin lives to be old enough to restore the Wolfblade name to its former glory. Elezaar the Dwarf is a small man with big secrets - but that doesn't matter to Marla Wolfblade. Her brother is the High Prince of Hythria, and, in this fiercely patriarchal society, her fate will be decided on his whim.

    Katherine says: "An epic political drama"
    "Mediocre at best"
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    There are several parts to a great epic fantasy novel that this book is clearly missing.

    1) This book has poor character development. The author is attempting to make her characters more than 2 dimensional and failing. And on top of poor development ---there are some characters in the book that are above and beyond "stupid."

    2) The plot is terribly predictable. I keep hoping that I'll be wrong and that I'll be surprised, but it hasn't happened yet.

    3) The author manages to draw out the most annoying parts of her book. Somehow no one guesses this "secret" that is terribly obvious and it draws out (if you get this book you'll see what I mean).

    With that being said, I like the narrator, no problems there.

    This is clearly a "lite" writing of fantasy and not a very good one at that. Overall I'd say if you can stand the annoying characters and predictable plot you may find this book to be mediocre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10956)
    Performance
    (9788)
    Story
    (9760)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Shallow and predictable"
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    I really didn't enjoy this book, one of the only good things about it was that it was short so I didn't have to waste more time listening to it.

    The reader did a good job, it's not his fault this audio just seemed to fall flat.

    That said, this book may actually appeal to some people, who like very "lite" fantasy, with poor character development ( 2 dimensional at best) and a predictable plot. There is a decent amount of humor in the book and some of it is actually funny. The world created for the Druid (modern day) and the conflicts ensuing as well as action scenes aren't terrible either.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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