I really enjoy her stories and her characters. These books are often on sale, only because I think they are shorter than most books. However they are little nuggets of enjoyment and the stories are quite complete, you are not left feeling as though there should be more to complete the thought. More of the supernatural fluff that I love for an afternoon of escapism. Only a few hours long so you still have time to clean out the garage. I find these feel a bit like the "first grave on the right" series if you want a flavor comparison.
This story moves right along with never a dull moment. From opening to ending children, of all ages will be afraid of the dark, and brave and triumph against evil. Some bits may be a bit too scary for younger bedtimes. But all in all, a ripping good story that does not dumb or talk down, with all the traditional bits- plus cats. The narration fits perfectly with the character.
This is a children's tale that should have been culturally updated before being done in audio book form. It contains thoughts and words that I am not comfortable hearing. I certainly would not recommend it for any child unless you want to spend a lot of time explaining some very unfortunate turns of phrase.
If you enjoy the Kim Harrison Hollow books, you will find the same flavor here. The story is another sexy vampire hunter story but done skillfully, with a narrator that fits the character well. The story moves along and you are not bored waiting for action. It is hard to come up with anything really new as there are soooooo many supernatural series out there now, but this one feels fresh and fun, not too heavy and sad even though it is loaded with death. I fully intend to purchase some more in this series. A good curl up on the couch read.
This was either a wonderful conclusion to the series or a really good book in I hope a continually ongoing series. Enola is growing up and in fact one thinks perhaps her two brilliant brothers may be as well.
Set in Victorian England all of these stories have been educational as well as entertaining, telling a bit about the harsh realities of life in that time. The social injustice and the extremes of poverty suffered by so many of that era.
Layered over it all is a cracking good tale with lots of danger and suspense. The narration is perfect for the character and it all blends so well it carries you along, until suddenly it is sadly over until the next book comes out.
So much is wrapped up in this one that you are tempted to fear there is no more to write for these characters, but the door is left open a crack. Could it be? oh I hope so.
For those following this fun series this book may or may not live up to expectations. I felt as though this time much of the book was taken up with factletts and details needed to explain how/why things could happen, but that did not make for the best story. The tale moved us along and hopefully the next book will return to concentrating on entertaining more than positioning characters to be in the right place and progressing the logic.
Still a good time. I mean two kick butt Druids and a mind talking dog. How could it fail to be fun. I will still look forward to and buy the next one.
The main character handles all sorts of very grave, difficult and scary tasks with a matter of fact 'well no one else is going to do it' attitude. Her charming but clueless parents are, like parents can be, so tied up in their adult lives and concerns that they are unaware of what their children are up too. In this case it is all kinds of intrigue: With mummies and crazy cults and curses galore. You just have to like her plucky spirit,her self confidence and her desire to do right even in the craziest situations.
The blending of actual historical information into a good story. The voice of Charlotte Parry was perfect for the character and made her come alive. Also lots of action.
Not sure if I have listened to any other stories narrated by this performer. But she was wonderful.
Mummies and Jackals and curses oh my!
Only that if you like this series you will probably also like the Enola Holmes stories. They have something of the same flavor, thought meant I think for young adults old enough not to be upset by some of the historical descriptions of 18th century London and the deplorable conditions of the poor there.
Brings 'it was a dark and stormy night' to a whole new level. Fun and fast moving
Harry and his inner dialog. It is rare to be able to follow the inner workings of a person of Spock-like reserve. To be a witness to the passion and compassion that forms his character, as well as enjoying the spooky side's version of Sherlockian logic. Add a dash of self deprecation aka humble self examination and you have yourself a real likable guy.
But I will say it is the byplay of the entire cast of characters that makes it all work.
I always love the big reveal, but the fact that it all just moves along so enticingly is due to the fact that each scene builds on the past and towards the finale with little or no downtime.
Yes and I have the red eyes and sleep deprivation to prove it.
I have liked every book in this series to date- not a dud in the bunch (although I will admit to loving this narrator above all others). I like that his characters stay in character and develop as they would according to their experiences through the stories. Can't wait for the next one.
Clever, fun, and intellegent
It is always satisfying when at the end of a mystery of any ilk the detective sums up 'how it were done' so to speak. The Enola Character is wonderfully like her famous older brother, yet like the Wicked series this is a fun look at things from another perspective. Very believable and with the right 'feel'. She lets you in on 'how it were done' with the same deductive reasoning we associate with Sherlock. Throw in the family drama and it all comes together as a fast and fun read.
I have read many of the titles in this series and they are all good. Sort of a Jane Eyre meets murder on the orient express. It avoids the kind of silly kid behavior of characters written for younger audiences that I have sometimes seen. Also it paints a historically accurate picture of the London of the day. Definitely a story written for the teen and tween audience but written with intelligence.
I have enjoyed the other series by Kim Harrison and assumed this was going to be similar and it is, if you are 13. This series is sweet but definitely a bore for adults. I think there should have been a symbol for series written with teens in mind. You don't get it from the brief sample and I was expecting more of the 'Hollows'. The cover art also indicated this was for an older audience. So I am listening but not really captivated.
No, but again I would like to be able to really tell if a series is meant for adults or kids.
Characters are nice, predictable and will appeal to the correct audience.
I happen to like the narrator for this series and the one who reads her other audio novels. The right voice really makes a difference. This one is a good match.
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