First, I just want to say that I love Khristine Hvam as a narrator. I have a hard time believing that all of those voices come from one woman. You can easily hear the difference between characters. The awesomeness of this series is the support characters. The books are written so that you want to know more about the others- the foundlings, Marcus, Nightshade and so on. The story is interesting. I enjoyed that it also kind of teaches a lesson- Kaylin starts to get over one of her prejudices.
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.
I get so excited when a new Harry Dresden book comes out. I force myself to wait as long as I can to start and try to pace myself so it lasts just a little longer. This book didn't disappoint, it's amazing! Harry is on loan from Mab to one of his enemies, Nicodemus Archleone. He's to take part in a plan to rob Hades, Lord of the Underworld's vault. There are a couple of people from Harry's past in this one, Binder and Anna Valmont. And some new ones altogether in the form of Goodman Grey and Hannah Asher. Butcher is thoughtful and articulate as always. Dresden is as funny and complex as usual. He's fighting the good fight and anytime he can reference Monty Python and Star Wars, why wouldn't he? James Marters is his usual amazing self. He is Harry Dresden. The sad thing about a new Harry Dresden book is that it's done too soon and now I'm stuck waiting for another year until the next one comes out, and with all of the foreshadowing in this book I can't wait! Good thing the new Iron Druid comes out soon. I have also just gotten through the first Alex Verus book and hope that the rest in that series will help pass the time as I wait.
I cannot say enough good things about this series! I envy Cressida Cowell because she is having a great time doing what she loves. These books are over the top silly and highly entertaining. David Tennant is the perfect narrator for these books.
With all of the comparisons to Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne I thought I'd give it a try. In the first few minutes of the book, it's hard not to compare Alex Verus to Dresden and to Atticus O'Sullivan. Jacka even writes in a cheeky reference to Harry Dresden. Verus owns and operates a magic shop, ran away from his evil mentor at a young age, is shunned by most other magical practitioners and by the end of the book has a young, female apprentice. He's also friends with an air elemental- think Toot Toot or Oberon. He's a mage who is hard but with a soft-ish heart. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, both Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne should be very flattered. I wanted to hate it after the first few minutes and pick on it for being a rip off, the narrator even sort of sounds like James Marsters as Spike, but the story is well written and it drew me in. If you are even remotely a fan of the Dresden Files or the Iron Druid, you should give this book a chance. I'm glad I did.
The premise of this book was too intriguing to pass up. Plus, who doesn't love Seanan McGuire? She takes the whole faerie tales are real idea to a new level in this book. This book had everything; action, adventure and romance along with evil step-sisters, princesses and frog princes. Mary Robinette Kowal does a great job narrating. If you like faerie tales, you'll like this. If you like Seanan McGuire, it's a no brainer- buy this book!
I believe that the next book will be the last in the series and it makes me a little sad. However, this is an awesome second to the last book. There is a lot of foreshadowing and by the end of the book you feel like you're creeping to the top of the hill on a massive roller coaster- lots of adrenaline, excitement and a little foreboding. The storyline is great- the undead asleep, magic going haywire and the chaos that goes along with it. The mystics are an interesting aspect and I hope they come into play in the next book (I kind of hope the series ends with Rachel becoming the Goddess). Al is one of my favorite characters and I hope that he's in the next book. I also hope the chrysalis survives. This has been one of my favorite series, the characters have always been interesting and the storylines never stale. I will be sad to see it end, but what a ride it's been.
Marguerite Gavin has been an awesome narrator- every voice discernible and every voice consistent throughout every book. Can't say enough good things about how talented she is!!
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