The narrator. Haven't the publishers figured out by now that listeners don't like to have a narrator changed after a series has been started.
The change in voices that we have become use to was a complete distraction.
Biting Cold was worth the listening time, but I don't think it was her strongest book. There was far more emotion in the first 3 books and this one didn't spark the depth of feeling that I enjoyed when I first started the series. I also found myself irritated at the number of times the phrase, "I stand sentinal" popped up. Yah, we know that by now.
Overall, the story was a good listen, worth the time, but just rates a 3 star "I Liked It" rating. I found Ethan putting their relationship on hold again a poor thing to put in the story line because it felt like Ms. Neil was trying to recapture the stunned feeling we all felt in the earlier books. It worked once but made my eyes roll the second time around (I wouldn't have stuck around for a man who so easily stopped and started with the tides).
Maybe. I enjoyed reading about a new couple, but the characters have the same personality and verbal characteristics as the previous book, which leads to no distinctive characters from book to book. I want to enjoy new wording, sayings, personalities, not a repeat of what worked in the first book.
The plot was the most interesting part of the book and the main reason I finished it. I really didn't enjoy the same verbal banter and sarcastic remarks the second time around. I think the use of cartoon name calling might be a theme in the author's books...which leads me to feel like the characters are acting juvenile in a very adult situation. Having mentioned the author's weak point in her writing, I'll say that the plot was interesting and unpredictable. The narrator approached the characters the same as the first book which is why the characters of the first and second books sound so much alike. I think the narrator fits this series but she should work on making each character distinctive since the author is writing the books the way she is. Overall I rated the book in the middle--not bad but not great. The narrator helped by performing the book and not simply reading it.
I really liked the first two books, even though I've never met a guy that mature and responsible at that age. But, I was disappointed that the characters kept talking about the past. I really wanted to know what their married life was going to be, what they decided to do with their lives at such a young age and how they raised the boys. The only exciting and unique part of the story was at the end, the epilogue.
If you want to know more about what Will was thinking and why he did what he did, this is your book. It explains it all. Happy reading/listening.
The best part was the whole road trip idea with Trent and Rachael. The story was full of action and suspense (definate 4 star for this). It even triggered some of my emotions. What I liked least was the ending. It felt like the author had a target ending. By this I mean, the actions through out the book (where I wanted to throttle Trent) didn't feel right for the kiss at the end. It left me thinking 'How could they even be friends after all the manipulation?'
The story left me with a LOT of questions for the author. I also came away with a bitter taste in my mouth with reguard to a parent kidnapping their child from the other parent. I wouldn't promote that sort of action in my hero/champion no matter what.
Over all, this book was exciting and full of adventure, but unfortunately, the ending felt unjustified and wrong for the story. I simply can not read/listen about a character that I want to strangle throughout the book and then have warm fuzz feelings about him in the end. All the injuries at the end he righteously deserved (with interest). Rachael's character needs to find someone who shares her values, and I don't think Trent has shown any redeeming qualities, thus far, in this book.
I did finish it, and it did have some interesting moments...so, yah.
Sophie's Dagos voice sounded like a teenage boy's most of the time. Also, I did like how she read some of the lines. If I was reading the book, some of the lines she 'acted' wouldn't have been spoken that way in my head.
This is the second time I've listened to the story. I'm going back over my audiobooks and writing reviews I didn't at first or that audible lost. So here it goes.
Pia is blackmailed into stealing from Dragos' hord, he hunts her down. They spend time together on the 'road' and she ends up at his place, under his protection. They have some steamy moments, she has to prove herself to some of his men/women before they respect her, P and D argue several times over his attitude throughout the book, she gets kidnapped, she nearly dies while getting saved and they get engaged.
There are a couple of details that I left out, like what she changes into and why she leaves the building before she gets kidnapped, so I don't ruin some of the surprises.
All in all, I liked the book better the first time around. I see so many flaws this second time around... or maybe it's that I have listened to so many MORE books since then, that I have a broader base to rate it on.
First of all, I noticed Dragos' voice took on a sullen boyish tone when talking to Pia, and a spoiled brat tone when ordering everyone else around. This is where I mentioned that IF I had read the book the scenes wouldn't have seemed so bad. I did say a line or two in my head and found the scenes weren't bad, just 'acted' out poorly by the narrator.
Second, Pia talks to Dragos like a mother would to a child at times. How old is he??? Very old. Pia is the reasonable voice in the group that has to calm the beast having a temper tantrum over various things (his hord, Pia being hurt, Pia being touched, etc.) I know D is a dragon and not a man, but I had a hard time relating to his character when I wanted him to act more like a man than a boy.
Third, Pia has to teach him about relationships, which causes several fights. It was getting on my nerves close to the end of the book. I know that relationship are work, but the relationship has just started, they should be in the 'infatuation' stage, they shouldn't have to work this hard this early on. It doesn't give me the idea they are totally in love.
I do want to end on a positive note. I did enjoy the story. It was unpredictable in many spots. This is a definate read for the person who likes paranormal romance. The story focuses in on their relationship and doesn't get in the epic story realm. Very easy to follow.
Best...The plot was original. The last female vampire half breed, hidden from the vampires and is the mate to a lyken. Least...The abusive relationship. These weren't character flaws, but thought out lies and coerced/manipulated sexual acts on a woman.
The accents were good, but I didn't like the female voices very much. Over all it is hard for a man to sound like a woman, so I compared him to other men and scored from there.
The first half of the book deals with finding Emmaline and traveling. This is an abusive first half with alot of lying and manipulation (mentally and sexually). The second half, is set in the home of Locklain, where he continues to lie, 'buy' her gifts to win her over and even get her drunk to have sex with her. Everything a mother fears in a relationship for her daughter. I felt this book was more for the 'forced' fantasy reader. Where the woman wants to run and the man chases her down. Although there isn't rape in the story, I found that there wasn't complete complience and consent in the acts...which I struggled with. When a girl says 'no' it doesn't mean 'maybe'. This story may give some that impression.
This is definately for the Romance reader. The type of person who enjoys the relationship and sex in a book. I personally like some romance with a lot of action. Although the story has action, the story was about the romance and nothing more.
The plot was so simple and the mistakes the characters made were not mere character flaws, but huge relationship crushing mistakes. I was cringing while listening to certain scenes.
I forgot the story (listened awhile back), so I listened to it for a second time. Originally I rated it 4 stars. What was I thinking? I listen to this genre almost exclusively...all I can say, is that my tastes and opinions have refined throughout the years. I give the story 2 stars, under the category of "It was OK."
The story is about a beautiful woman, Miranda, forced into marriage by her father. She has the power to create fire but refuses to use it or tell anyone about it. She also has an identity in the underworld of London as Pan. This is where our main characters first meet. Ben hides behind a mask, like in the Phantom of the Opera, not letting anyone see him. They don't even have sex for the longest time because of it. Miranda said it the best...she was his partner but not his wife. So it is quite obvious that they both have trust issues to work through.
The weakest part of the book, for me, was the romance. It was easy to identify the systematic formula used to lead us into the passionate moments. Each time the characters came together they moved to a new base, until they finally reached home. I wanted to scream "About time!" Talk about being teased.
When we finally get to the unveiling of the mask, I didn't guess 100% correct, but I was on the right track. That was a neat twist and the solution to the problem took on two point of views. It was interesting to listen to Miranda's view and then take a moment to know what Ben was experiencing too.
I wasn't expecting the villan to be who I thought it would be...although, looking back, I didn't like the person in question, but I didn't know how they fit in to the over all mystery...all the clues lead to that person tho. I don't read alot of mysteries, but I think that is what a reader is suppose to do...keep guessing. And if you can guess who did it the author didn't do a very good job of writing. So good job!
The author gives some interesting twists in explaining her paranormal world while not being too over the top. The murder systery and romance had a nice balance that didn't leave me wanting more of one than the other.
My favorite scene, by far, has to be the coach ride.
Moira has a pleasant voice and does an excellent job of British/Scottish accents. Quite believable.
I liked this book a little better than the first (which is a rare for me). I suppose the main characters really came alive with their cheeky/independant personalities. It was heart wrenching to learn about M's abuse from her former husband, as well as the family history from I's previous marriage.
The part that just didn't do it for me was at the end, when M leaves I's bed to take matters into her own hands inorder to achieve immortality. I thought that was a BIG decision, that I wasn't convienced she had thought through, potentially, causing problems in the future that she might not know about (since she just learned about all these different creatures and herself recently). Simply, I hate it when characters jump into a decision feet first and don't ask for a second opinion from someone who knows more than they do. That's arrogance.
All in all, I thought it was a wonderful addition to the series. The ending was left open for the story of the third sister (the oldest of the three). Her husband left her after an attack on his person and him finding out about who she is. I could really feel her pain and loneliness in the short blurb at the very end. Can't wait for it to come out.
I really liked the idea of two virus' battling it out for supremacy. What an interesting concept. I did have to raise my eye brows that the 'Pire' bite had to be at the same site as the inital slash...inner thigh each time. *roll eyes*
My favorite character is Doc Pete/Tyir. Not so much Tyir but more Doc Pete. He's the man I'm rooting for. I love his personality, how he over came odds, looks out for Jace mentally and physically. He's also the family man and the self sacrificing hero. Go Doc go!
I tried so hard to listen to it in one setting, but life kept moving forward and insisted I be apart of it.
I picked up book #1 and #2...then read some reviews that said #3 got a little off track, so I took a chance and skipped #3. I thought if there was anything I didn't understand I would just go with it. Low and behold, I didn't get lost once. I read a bit of plot spoilers to #3 so when a reference came up I understood what was meant. I know this isn't much of a review but I wanted to let others know that if considering this series #1 and #2 are needed for background, #3 not so much (just a filler book that doesn't add too much to the series) and #4 that moves forward again in the information/romance department.
The plot was a great idea, however the execution was on the shaky side. I really got into the story and the 'who done it' mystery, except the sex scenes. The way the author led up to the scenes felt as tho she wrote them separately and shoved them into the book. Specifically, the personalities. One minute I'm listening to a normal, rational woman and the next I'm listening to a seductress. The two personalities didn't mesh to make a well rounded character, for me.
Probably not. I recommend very few books, unless I find them fantastic and rate them a 5 star. I mainly read/listen to this genre, so I rate harder than most and give 5 stars on rare occasions.
I really don't know what to say...there were interesting points that the author used in her story, such as the alternate plane of reality (where our two characters met) and the shadowland being the reverse to our light universe. But the idea of sex ed being taught to children was interesting and disturbing at the same time. As was the torture that was described in Trace's past as a POW and Ashla's from her family. I couldn't help but think about the book 'A Child Called It' when listening to Ashla's story. Again disturbing. Anyway, I gave the book a 3 star rating under the 'I liked it' category. I don't know if I'm drawn to listen to the next books. Only time will tell, but I am moving on to another author since I wasn't immediately sucked into the series like other books. Many other listeners seem to have liked it, it just didn't do it for me. Did I waste a credit? 50/50 Give it a try, you might disagree with me. Happy listening.
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