I had high hopes for this book, but there is something that rubs me the wrong way about the story. The politically correct, vegan, prius driving vampires just lack the intrigue that drives me to read/listen to that genre of book. The discussions about Tofurky, organic cheese and benefits of not putting processed foods in your body were totally off-putting. I want male heroes to be manly men and not worried about "is that organic goat cheese on that pizza?" Okay, I get that the author believes in this lifestyle, but really? Sorry, even if 100 authors write books with the bad guys driving prius', I'm not ever going to believe that isn't totally lame.
As with all of the BDB novels, the Shadows was well written giving enough backstory while not being bogged down in flashbacks. Finally! We find out why Rhev and the shadows have such a tie of loyalty!
There are elements to the story that will give you extreme reactions. Early in the story, there is a very disturbing scene, but I do believe that it was needed. (no spoilers here) The development of the relationship between Trez and Selena will bring you to tears as it reaches the end. But then again, I'm a weenie and it may be my own reaction. We've all been waiting for Selena and Trez to give in and admit that they were meant to be together.
I'm deeply surprised that Jim Frangione changed pronunciation of so many of the characters' names. Granted, he had probably changed how words were intended to be pronounced in earlier books, but continuity would have been nice. Havers was changed to Have-ers among others. I have listened to all of the books and the change now - after 12 previous installments - is jarring.
I'm not sure who would appreciate this book. Obviously it is part of a trilogy and that is a big turn off for me. I want complete stories. Don't leave me hanging and don't open with a lot of unanswered questions. If necessary, write a longer book. Granted - authors and editors want to make the most money possible from their work; but sometimes serializing a book just irritates the reader/listener. It is fully possible to write a trilogy that isn't repeating itself and still provides for a sense of fulfillment at the end of each book. However, that wasn't part of this story.
Normally I love this narrator. He does a great job with the material he's been given, but this time it seemed a bit flat and less interesting than is his typical performance. I don't think he was much impressed by the story line either.
I have enjoyed other work by this author and this narrator, so this should have been a slam dunk for me! I really did not connect with Jeannette at all. She was a whiny, petulant, "I know better than anyone else" kind of *girl* and she was a huge turn-off. A great book must have great characters that draw you in. The era of this book was a fairly brutal & difficult time to live in. People were often killed and life was generally hard but Jeannette seemed to take special offense that these things happened to her and her family. Malcolm was slightly simple and seemed to be entranced by this whiner. Yuck... can't say that I have much respect for that either. I want a strong male hero, not someone who is so moony over such a self-focused girl. I understand that her expectations of life were radically altered at some point, but sheesh.... get over yourself already!
The characters were seriously disappointing. A heroine with lactose intolerance? Mother Nature causing a tornado in Boston out of the blue? Psychotic vampire stalkers? There was so much going on and none of it really made the story any better for having been included.
The author really needed to have a group of individuals read this and ask for *honest* opinions. Frankly, the dialog was corny although I can see where the author was trying for campy. Reading the entire novel and asking some hard questions during the editing could have saved this book. Logically, the plot had some pretty big holes. Why take Brandee's memories of the kidnapping away when you already know that she is related to the girl who was kidnapped? Duh! Of course auntie is going to mention that Brandee was there at some point in the future! Do we need heroes who are that lacking in forethought? Forced conflict between the hero and heroine shouldn't be that blatant and silly.
The narrator was HORRIBLE. It wasn't bad enough that the story was intense, but the overdramatization just ruined the whole experience.
Read the dang story before you try to narrate it.
I wouldn't have wasted the credit if I had known she ruined a perfectly good story.
I love the fact that there is a whole new crop of friends in Half-Moon hollow but we aren't ditching those whom we already love! Nola is feisty and independent, which I love in my heroines, but she's also a bit vulnerable which keeps her relate-able. (Okay, that's not a word, but it accurately conveys my opinion!)
I love Molly Harper books! I just wish we had more of them or that they were released faster. Granted, she has to have time to write them, but I really enjoy the wit, snark, and fun that can always be found in her work. I am not a fan of my housecleaning days, but I really don't mind them when I have a Molly Harper audio book to keep me company while I wash floors and dust my living room. Even folding laundry isn't nearly as tedious when I can laugh over the antics of her characters!
Amanda Ronconi is a great narrator, but there was just something off with her rendition of Nola. The Bostonian/Irish didn't work for me. There were times when it was inconsistent and just annoying. It will grow on you, but you really have to listen for awhile before that happens. Until then - well, its just annoying. I would have preferred that she just not have an accent or adopt a regional dialect in this case. I would have enjoyed it more without the Bostonian/Irish lilt.
I would like to give this book a glowing review, however I detest cliff-hanger endings. If you can't resolve the storyline in one novel, let the reader know it will be serialized. Full Blooded can't even claim that the story was too big for a single novel. The first half was so drawn out and dull I seriously considered just not finishing the book. At the beginning of the second part, things got a little more interesting. This is when the romance started to creep in. This would not normally be a criticism, however, this was in the romance category so I have to hold this against the book. Reader (listener) beware! This is not a romance novel despite it being found under "ROMANCE". The little bit of romance found doesn't even rate as more than a blip on the romance radar!
The most interesting part of the book was discovering a werewolf finding a true mate in a cat shifter. (But we don't know what kind of cat shifter, because that's saved for a later novel) While this is a unique and refreshing change from typical were-creature books, the teaser aspect really ruined the novelty for me. Just spit out the information or its a wasted effort, because it won't hold my attention long enough to find and read (or listen) to the next installment.
Dull intonation and a lack of enthusiasm made listening a dry experience. I have hope that this narrator could be better with stronger material.
Unless you just want a fantasy with little to no romance - skip this one. Save your credit.
The writing and storyline is very well done. I am a fan of Sherrilyn Kenyon's work (mostly anyway) but this narrator just RUINS the audiobook! Yeah I saw others had the same opinion before I purchased the book, but frankly I am out of material and wanted something new. I just did not understand the depth of horror that was waiting for my ears! Please find a new narrator and re-publish! The narrator just had so much trouble with pronounciation and OVER dramatizing every little thing that it was distracting and difficult to follow. It was like watching a bad Mexican soap opera! All of the moaning and groaning and angsty breathy junk he infused into the story was just too much.
This is the best narrator ever! I am guaranteed to purchase a book if half interested in the story if Holter Graham is the narrator. He makes each character live!
Fang has always been one of my favorite characters from the Dark-Hunter series so yeah, the story was great too!
I was not expecting what I got when I ordered this book. However, that being said, the author did a magnificent job with weaving the story and bringing the reader into the emotions of the characters. I laughed, I cried and I ground my teeth over the nonsense going on. (sorry, no spoilers here!) I finished a couple of days ago and I'm not exactly sure yet why the storyline disturbed me so much. I'm okay with the bi-sexual stuff, I'm fine with the gay stuff, but there was something in there that left me feeling emotionally drained. Don't misunderstand me please! This book was an amazingly well written and complex piece of work! The fact that I'm still thinking about it and still discomfited by the storyline proves that! Megan Hart is very talented and I'm not disappointed that I spent a credit on the book. The sex scenes were HOT and the characters very well developed. It was worth the credit, if for nothing else than to get you to think about how you'd handle some of the situations that popped up. I'm giving it 4 stars because of the quality of the writing skill alone. I'm not sure yet where I'd put the rating based on the story itself, but maybe someday I'll figure it out.
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