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This is a solid start to the lengthy Anita Blake series. Anita is a multi talented, fiesty young woman with multiple resources to help her fight supernatural crime. An investigator by day and an animator by night, she is often called in by the local police department to assist with their otherworldly investigations. Her reputation for slaying vampires does not seem to deter the city's master vampire, Jean Claude, from pursuing her. This is a solid recipe for excitement, mystery, action, and paranormal intrigue.
Personally, i am 5 books into the series and planning to purchase more. I believe there are close to 20 novels in total. One of my favorite details in this series is that the story takes place in St. Louis, Missouri - my home town! Laurell Hamilton often incorporates various St. Louis neighborhoods in her writing. Imagining my city overrun with vampires, zombies, and ghouls is a unique listening experience!
I enjoyed this book and found the style to be unique and fun - storytelling through her blog, followed by "comments" offered by her blog readers. It fit well. I didn't expect much as i have read many zombie books and figured it couldn't have much of anything new to offer, but the story was different and the characters were fun - even the ones i hated along with Allison. Where many zombie books i have read focus on the action, this novel also paid enough attention to the small details that helped the setting feel more realistic (i.e how and where to dispose of their waste?, trying to track down an internet signal, or trying to invent their version of Molotov cocktails based on what she had seen in the movies)! Allison is a brave, inventive, ax-wielding female who proved she could take care of herself, but never had to do so alone. When the world has fallen to crap - friends are detrimental to one's survival. I would like to listen to this story again someday and would therefore rate this it 4****s.
I don't understand what all the hype is about. A whole book about how to identify a goal and work towards it? Isn't this largely common sense? I bought the book because it was selected in my book club. It sounded interesting, but I lost interest very quickly. I am in my 30s and I know how to set goals and work towards them. I do not need to follow someone else's plan. I was quickly disappointed with how basic the book's information was. I felt the author did not have anything of value to offer to me. I was very bored and could not finish the book. I doubt I will read anything else from this author.
This book has some creepy and interesting ideas, but it really fell short. The story did not pull me in and I lost interest rather quickly. Every once in a while, something interesting happened, but overall something was missing. I did not care what happened to the characters and could barely get myself to pay attention to the last chapter - no matter how many times I replayed it and tried to tune in. I love horror, but it must grip the reader and not let go! This book was a disappointment for me.
I was excited about this book as the description sounds fun and different. I was really suprised to find that i could not get into the story. I liked that the main character owned a gem shop as i love gemstones and jewelry and could totally relate. However, that is about it. I love this genre of books but there is something critical missing here. Around 5 hours into the book, i found that the book was just not keeping my interest at all! I was trying to concentrate on the story, but would constantly find myself lost and wondering what was going on. I must have played chapters 11-13 about 9 times before giving up and going on in attempt to get through it. Then i gave up entirely a couple chapters later. I hate it when i am counting down the time to get through a book just to be able to finish it. I don't want to waste anymore time on this book when there are much better titles in my library. Perhaps i will try this again some day...then again, perhaps not.
I liked this book because i love Post Apoc books, movies, stories, etc. However, i don't agree with the excellent/ astonishing/ fantastic reviews listed here. I did not find the story to be exciting, gripping, or even all that interesting. There weren't any characters that really stood out or were of that much interest to me - until about the last chapter.And even then, there was not enough focus on that character to get excited. I had to start the audio over about 10 times before i could make myself pay attention and get into it. So far, this is my least favorite post apoc book i have read. Still, It is not a bad book by any means. It just meanders along as it describes what the world would be like after a nuclear attack. It is much less imaginative than many other post apoc stories and i really do not understand the outstanding reviews here. In my opinion, it is an average tale. Perhaps my expectations were just too high after viewing the ratings and reviews listed here? I was really looking forward to reading this and now i am not sure why. I liked it well enough, but i doubt i will ever listen to it again. I liked PATRIOTS by James Wesley Rawles 100x better than this.
I love everything about this series and Requiem was another excellent book in the series! I truely hope that there are more to come..
I love the characters in this series, the moral delimmas that they must process, the excitement, and especially the naration - it is spot on! Sarah Drew is awesome!
I could not stop listening to this book. And when i was forced to put it down - to work or be productive - i could not stop thinking about the story! This is a definate favorite in my library! A must read for those who like dystopian or YA novels!
This series is different and exciting. This sequel to Variant could have gone in so many different ways - it really keeps you guessing on how it will turn out. I enjoyed the story quite a bit. This story is mysterious, suspenseful, emotional, and thrilling! Sometimes i caught myself yelling at the characters regarding what they were doing or needing to do! The characters exhibit loyalty, cowardice, betrayal, and bravery. Do you ever really know who you can and cannot trust? NO. The main character, Benson, is a likeable guy and we observe him dealing with a myriad of emotions regarding his escape efforts and his percieved responsibility for others.
I enjoyed the journey all the way to the end. This sequel eventually answers all the questions that came about after reading the first book in this Robinson Wells series, Variant. How exactly is this strange town connected to the school? What the Heck is really going on at that school? Who, if anyone, is in charge and running this operation? Variant really leaves the reader hanging in a hundred ways and if you are like me, you just need to know the answers! In this regard, this book does not dissapoint!
This book clearly portrayed the life, loyalty, and priorities of a poor, female youth growing up in the rural Ozarks. She learned many of life's lessons the hard way and kept pushing forward regardless of the toll it took on her. Life is brutal.
Winter's Bone is not a bad book by any means; it is just not something that i enjoyed. I completed the book anyway, which was not too unpleasant as the book is very short. I was glad when it was over, and i quickly moved on to another book without much afterthought for this one. I will not likely ever read this book again.
Witches, Vampires, Demons, and more...This book is right up my alley as a fan of anything paranormal. I really liked this book, quite a bit. I went with a 4* rating, b/c it felt a bit too lengthy and technical at times, making it more of a challenging listen than most paranormal novels I have read. In a way, this was a welcome change, less fluff, and more of a solid story. Still, i really feel that i need to listen to it again and pick up many details that were perhaps missed the first time, before i read the sequel. I do want to read this again, but i haven't yet as it feels a bit more of a chore than i had hoped. Still, i went and bought the sequel, SHADOW OF NIGHT, immediately upon completion of this book. I do want to know what happens next, but i don't feel the urgency to dive in immediately. I can understand how this novel has received mixed reviews. Overall, i do recommend, as long as the reader knows that this is not your typical easy to read paranormal romp.
I loved this book just as much as the first in this series, DELIRIUM. It is quite different since we now know the set up and characters. The main character, Lena, morns her losses while establishing a new life for herself in the Wilds. This novel (series) is so well written. I thourally enjoyed the journey. I still need to read the 3rd novel in this trillogy and i am eagerly waiting for it to come to audio format too. If you don't mind reading YA novels, and enjoy stories about dystopian societies, you too will love this book - i am sure of it!
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