Pride and Prejudice meets Magic. I delayed reading this after I downloaded it, I should not have. This is a fantastic book for lovers of fantasy and the Regency error. Its easy to get lost in and not want to turn off, that is its only down side. I have to force myself to shut it off to sleep. Very anxious to hear the rest of the series.
I enjoyed the banter back and forth on this one more. I enjoyed the development of the story. The fact that it dealt with zombies, didn't overly amuse me ( I am not one for this whole zombie apocalypse deal) But it was still a good story. I got a little tired of how whiny and dense the main character was in this one, it was starting to get annoying. I am hoping as we go on in the story she will become less so.
If you are coming to these books from Molly Harper's books you will find them slightly disappointing, but they are a decent follow up, they just don't quite reach that level. Amanda Ronconi however is as excellent of a narrator in these as she is in Harper's and she does the voices differently so you don't feel you are listening to Jane while listening to these
Along the lines of Molly Harpers books, not quite as humorous but still entertaining. It delves more deeply into pagan beliefs and magic. and less on the vampire side. the give and take between the two main characters is interesting, and the protagonist is definitely one you just want to end up dead, she does a good job of making him annoying.
Amanda Ronconi, as always delivers a flawless performance and keeps you engaged and brings the characters to life.
There are some sound flaws in the editing but not bad enough to avoid the book.
typical fanciful romance. Billionaire falls for childhood friend. Makes mistakes gets forgiven. typical sappy unbelievable romance, most women wishes was real. That is what makes it a good one, the story you wish was real. The only thing wrong is the narrator, she could be good and the emotion and telling of the story is, she just has a very nasally voice that is slightly annoying.
Finally one of them that I enjoyed from start to finish. I have nothing bad to say about it. I love the involvement of the Fairies and their courts, the way the story was woven together to intermingle the various supernatural as well as Harry actually learning to work with people instead of blowing them all off. Well done.
So I adore Michio Kaku. he has a way of explaining physics that anyone can understand, and this book does that just as well as his others. the Narrator though not Kaku, makes me think / feel like I am listening to him at one of his lectures.
With in the material you find some good information about where we are and where we could be going in the future of physics and even some in the understanding of the human mind. some of this however is a repeat of what is in Physics of the Impossible. If you haven't read/listened to that I recommend it, but some will be a repeat of this, though it goes into greater details of the various civilizations break out.
As many have stated it is not the bible and it is not a biblical story. The references it has to stories that are in the Bible are also different. You have to be willing to accept that. By itself it is an excellent story that I greatly enjoyed. Being a christian I struggle some with the changes made to the parts that do have biblical tellings. If that won't phase you at all I think it will be and incredibly enjoyable book.
This is for the most part the story of Denhir. Her story is barely mentioned in the bible so the Author has taken her story and expanded into a narrative book. And it is an great story, very historical in nature fitting with what was appropriate for the time. The Begining of it where it address her parents and their lives is where you will vary in what the biblical telling of Rachel and Leah and Jacob.
The Narration of the entire book is EXCELLENT! I can recommend the narration, which is part of what makes any story great.
Okay even thought I figured it out about half way through, the story was still so amazingly written and told that it kept me hooked all the way through and there were definitely some twist in there that just aren't revealed until the end.
The basic premise is a youngish woman, who has faced horrible loss in her life and decides to escape the big city for the quite life in a small town in Colorado. But the small town idyllic life has some surprises. She makes a few friends (its hard to break into the life of a small town) and weird things start happening in her house, and other houses around the town. Something isn't right and no one really trust her instincts and at times those instincts do border on crazy. the odd relationship between her ex husband and his new wife throws a wrench of a different sort in there as she works to solve these strange happenings in this town and decide weather or not she would be better off just returning to LA.
Not what I expected. Story of a land and a family, and curse that follows them through out generations. At some points its confusing because it jumps back and forth between times, but the narrator does a good job of changes the voices that tell you there is a change. The narrator does a good job through out the whole book of the different characters male and female. the author does a good job of stringing you along leaving you with hints and wanting to know more, all the way to the end... and then end... NOT AT ALL what I was expecting, its a game changer to the whole story.
It is hard for me to pin point what it is about this series that I just fell in love with. Perhaps it is the minor references to imperial Russia, in some of the words and names. Perhaps its the unique take on the war between the darkness and the light, and it is unique and yet the same war. Perhaps its the fact that it holds you in tension right on the edge of the knife to cut it and not letting it slice through and you listen hoping it will break and scared of what will happen if it does. Perhaps its the twist and turns of various love triangles that never pan out in any direction and the curiosity of who will win that love or if anyone will, and what it will mean if they do.
There is so much about this series as a whole that grabs you and draws you in, though its set in a fictional world, there are hints here and there that make you think of our world, and you ride the balance between the two. I can not wait until the third releases.
Disclaimer this is completely my opinion: you may agree with it and want to stay away from this book, you may disagree with it and it will draw you to this book. I honestly believe your feelings on this will make or break this book for you.
This is a good story a very good story, well written out and well told. However, it is not the traditional story of Mary form the bible, and it is certainly not the traditional story of the Crucifixion from the bible, and these are the reasons I can not rate it as highly as a well written story should be. I enjoyed the first 3/4 of this book, completely and utterly. the last 1/4 of it ruined it for me.
This is the story of Mary, from her early years (which is the majority of this book). It is not until the last quarter of the book that becomes Mary as Jesus mother, which is skimmed over, as is her role as his mother growing up, focusing on the highlights of special scenes in the bible. And this is where I have issues. I believe Mary was a virgin when Christ was conceived and born. I believe however that Joseph did marry her. I also do not believe, and that story seemed to imply this, that Mary pushed Jesus into revealing himself before time and thus pushing him to the cross, that his death was her fault. I also believe that he died on that cross and was resurrected, not that he was given a potion to make him appear dead and then recused 3 days later from the tomb.
These last pieces at the end of the book destroyed everything about the book that I was enjoying. I know there are faiths that do believe these things and people of those faiths will probably enjoy the entirety of this book. But sometimes the ending can destroy what was an entirely good story and for me that is what happened. Still it was well written and well narrated so I can not rate it horribly, I just can not get behind it and support it due to my own personal beliefs.
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