I am a fan of Graham and the Krewe books, but this is probably my least favorite. Maybe because it was early in the series? Graham has a tried and true formula for this series; haunted place, skeptic and a single krewe member to fall in love and help said skeptic. Graham has a talent for writing because she never makes you feel like you are reading the same book over and over like some authors with long running series. If you can get it on sale, get it but don't waste the credit. Unless you need a Luke Daniels fix. He does a pretty good job here, but it almost sounds like even he gets bored with the story part way through. I think I'll stick with the krewe books with the second krewe in it.
This is one of the strangest books I've read in a long time. There really isn't anything to compare it to. The book synopsis hits all the high points and tells it like it is. Every once in a while you come across a book that you think people should read and yet, no matter how hard you try to describe it in a manner so that it will sound appealing, you just can't. That's this book. It's a little slow in the way that first in a series tends to be, giving background and starting to foreshadow. It's a good book. The narration is great, but then, I am a fan of Kellgren's. She seems to be one of those narrators that you either love or hate. If you a are a fan of weird and/or a fan of Kellgren's, get this book.
I like kid and young adult books a lot. This one kept me entertained, it was very Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Ready Player One for the younger, book reading set. The ending was sort of abrupt, I was left wanting a little more. Overall, it funny and worth the time and credit. The narration was good, you could hear the differences between characters and it wasn't overdone like it tends to be in some of the kid books.
I have said it before and I'll say it again- this series reminds me so much of the Alexia Tarabotti series, especially since the last in that series was set in Egypt. This is the second in the series. I liked the first but I loved this one! The story was interesting and the characters were so well written. My only complaint is that I missed Walter and Eleanor. Rosenblat does an amazing job. She truly is Amelia Peabody.
It's so much fun when one finds a new series to enjoy. I bought this on sale because it sounded interesting and I am so glad I did. The premise is an interesting one- historians going back in time to witness and chronicle actual events. Beware however, this book doesn't focus on history. History is a secondary character, it's the historians we're supposed to care about. And I did. The book is fast paced, well written and kept me interested throughout. I've already bought the next in the series. The narration is pretty good. Ramm did a spot on Max. She nailed her wit and sense of humor and brought so much to the story. If I were to nit pick, I would say that it was difficult to hear the differences in her voice character to character, especially with the male voices. Overall though it's a great book and I highly recommend.
I really liked this one. The story is good, solid Robb. There have been books in this series that talk from the point of view of the killer and they're good, but sometimes they're too much, too dramatic. I always like the Christmas ones because of the party and the gifts- always good humor. Susan Ericksen sounded a little plugged up- cold or allergies? It was a little distracting in the beginning but nothing you can't get over in time. All in all, great book and great narrator.
This is the first Plum book in a while that wasn't better than the one before it. That's not to say that this one was bad, because it wasn't. There weren't as many quirky FTA's as there normally are. Grandma didn't play a big part in this one, the bit with Joe's grandma is awesome but too short. Randy Briggs is pretty awesome, and the chihuahua's (ahem, minions) are great as well. It's a solid addition to the series but not as fun as the last few have been. Lorelei King is her normal, amazing self.
I got this book on sale a while back and just got around to listening to it. I am not a huge fan of books set in the past but there was something about this book. . . Amelia Peabody is a lot like Gail Carriger's Alexia Tarabotti. This is not like the Tarabotti books. Not steampunk. No werewolves or vampires to be found. However, the heroines in both series are so much alike that one can't help but draw parallels. The recording is old and at one point you can hear A LOT of background noises (they eventually go away). It's not awful, but it does take away from the story a bit- not so much that I won't listen to it again, just a little disconcerting. Rosenblat is awesomely dry and British sounding. I will be getting the next in the series for sure.
I think everyone should read this book, but it's hard to put into words why. This book defies explanation and the synopsis doesn't do it justice. Rainbow Rowell is one of those writers who has the ability to write tons of emotion in as few words as possible (that's praise, not criticism). She is similar to John Green in that they both write angsty but smart YA characters. Normally when the main character whines it really turns me off, and even though Cath's musings can be construed as whining, to me she seemed more confused and socially awkward than a true whiner. She's also relate-able because no one knows how to act their first few months of freshman year. The narration is great, I really liked how the Simon Snow thread had one narrator and the Cath thread had another. I would absolutely recommend this book.
I've been on the fence about this series since the beginning and the thing that keeps me coming back is Lorelei King. She's a wonderful narrator and I cannot say enough good things about her. There are a lot of cliffhangers in this book. There is nothing wrong with well written cliffhangers, but the sub plot with her father didn't feel like a cliffhanger as much as it felt like something that was going to go somewhere and then ended up getting edited out. I'm guessing there will be more about him in the next book? Charley's inner monologues also drive me nuts. They drive me nuts because in some of them she sounds smart and on the ball, while in others she sounds like an absolute idiot. I'm on the fence about the next one. I'm just not sure.
I was on the fence when this book came out but in the end, the fact that Johanna Parker was narrating and because some of the contributors are some of my favorite authors, I decided to give it a whirl. I'm glad I did. Let me point out that none of the stories are written by Charlaine Harris, so if they don't "sound" like her, it's because she didn't write them. They do, in my opinion, get pretty close. Also, Sookie only makes a brief cameo in a few of the stories. The stories are about other characters, some well known, some not so much. I'm a pretty big fan of the Sookie books and I really liked getting to see some of the other characters in a different light. Parker did a good job, I'm glad she read this one, it wouldn't be a Sookie book without her.
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