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I thought this was a fun listen. The plot was maybe a little bit thin, and the multiple love interests maybe a little much, but still fun. I really liked Elisabeth Rodger's personification of Georgina Kincaid, and I thought the wry bitterness of the heroine as a book-loving succubus that just wants to be loved really came through. Plus, I'm always a sucker for books about book-readers, authors and bookstores.
I'll probably listen to more of this series, and I've been meaning to check out another of Mead's series, Vampire Academy.
Even though this felt a little more rough around the edges than usual (especially in the beginning), I still liked this book and loved the series overall. The ending was what I expected it would be, and I thought it was absolutely the right choice for Sookie to make. Although I'll miss my annual foray into the life of Sookie Stackhouse, I'm glad that Harris chose to end the series rather than drag out a story she really isn't inspired to write anymore.
I read this book years ago and loved it, and decided to listen to the Audible version on my way home from my first Savannah vacation. Like many people, this book inspired my initial interest in Savannah, and it was a lot of fun to revisit it now that I've been there and am familiar with the locations referenced in the book. It was very well narrated by Jeff Woodman, so it was also a treat to listen to rather than read. Also, as I started listening to it with my husband on our drive home, I think it helped me convince him that we should move to Savannah in a few years. I've been trying to get back to the South for over 13 years, so much thanks to John Berendt for capturing and communicating the magic and beauty that is Savannah!
I don't agree with all of what Jillian Michaels says, but I like her philosophy overall. . Although it's nice that Jillian reads it herself, the lists, URLs and point system aren't really conducive to audio -- I think it would be more useful to read it (and then maybe listen to it as a supplement or reinforcement).
This series continues to keep me entertained -- I really like the growth of the characters and the central relationship.
I think this was, technically, a good book and I suspect I may have enjoyed it more if i had been reading rather than listening, but it wasn't really my thing overall. It's very grim and takes itself very seriously, but the premise is interesting and the writing enjoyable, often lovely. The narration is also very good, but it's a very convoluted plot line for listening.
I think the book would have felt a little more balanced if the protagonist had managed some happier lifetimes instead of being mostly brutalized over and over, but I supposed that would have made carrying on despite the futility of life just seem too easy. I did, however, appreciate the fact that there was quite a lot of cake.
If this book had been cut by about two-thirds I still wouldn't have loved it, but at least it would have been a little more interesting. The majority of the story just dragged, and while the last bit had some action, the whole thing was plagued by the saccharine (and often silly) over-drama that is teen romance. Also, this may have been exacerbated by the fact that I was listening to an audiobook, but the main character (and the other souls) came off as really robotic and therefore hard to sympathize with. They felt more like AIs than aliens. The best I can say is that I liked it more than Twilight.
I really enjoyed this. It was beautifully written and beautifully narrated by Clare Danes. I loved the way that Atwood plays with language and symbolism, and the way that the story unfolds, slowly giving you just little bits of information at a time, and letting you piece together the whole as you go.
It's hard for me to rate this book. I think it does a good job of taking a story that's very much about the sex and surrounding it with a decent storyline. If you're looking for lots of steam in your supernatural, this book is for you! However, if you're less interested in the sex and more interested in the story (and things like character development), you might want to skip this one. It's not bad -- I'd say it holds it's own in the supernatural genre, even, maybe at a B level -- but it's pretty cheesy in that super-sexy-romance sort of way and the characters are pretty shallow (but they're, you know, awfully busy).
I really enjoyed this. It felt pretty substantial -- especially for a young adult novel -- with interesting characters, decent writing and a story that had some depth. I was kept completely engrossed by Khristine Hvam's narration. I've already downloaded the next book and can't wait to listen!
This series has successfully hooked me. It might be partly because the main character works in a bookstore and dates an author (I'm definitely a sucker for the literary themes) but also because it's fun, and a little sexy, and the gray areas and somewhat complex relationships of the characters give it some substance. I'm hoping that substance continues to grow. Seth's character, and their romance, still feels a little flat but the dynamics are interesting. I also really like Elisabeth Rodgers' narration. Her voice feels very appropriate for Georgina.
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