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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 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!
FREEDOM is an exciting sequel to Daniel Suarez's first novel in the series, DAEMON. This is the final book in the series and it is jammed packet with excitement, action, corruption, and suspense. We delve deeper into the characters we met in DAEMON and learn more about their journeys since. This book wraps up unanswered questions from DAEMON and goes into much more detail. I found FREEDOM to be thrilling and full of twists. At times i was so suprised and i never knew who could and couldn't be trusted. This fast paced series is fully recommended for anyone who loves excitement and suspense!
An exciting technology thriller! This book packs so much action and intensity into its pages! I am not too into computers, but this story was easy enough to follow and understand. I believe that once being an online gamer of MMORPGs games really helped me to grasp much of the technical gamer talk. I may have been quite confused at times without this personal background! The story seemed limitless regarding how far technology could be pushed - making this a true thrill to read and enjoy. It was impossible to know what could happen next. The characters were engaging. There were people i loved and rooted for, as well as people i loved to hate. Upon finishing Daemon, i immediately downloaded the sequel "FREEDOM" to follow these characters and their experiences to the end! Don't get me wrong, Daemon is able to stand alone and feels complete in the end, but i didn't want my encounters with these characters to end. The second book gives more insight to some possible unanswered questions and is also well worth a read. Enjoy!
This story gives me a whole new perspective on Steven King's writing. It is not anything like the horror stories i am familiar with, but more of an epic tale set back in the time of kingdoms, peasants, large castles, and evil wizzards! I absolutely loved this book. It is my favorite Steven King book yet. The characters in this novel are believable and fully developed. Their thoughts and actions are so intricately described making them feel like someone the author knew rather than simply invented for a story.
The style in which this story was told was a refreshing change of pace. Instead of trying to keep the reader in suspense of what happened next, the narrator reported what was to happen upfront, then let the story unfold at it's own pace to reach the already known conclusion. This was quite different than what i am used to and at first i thought i did not like it. But the evolving story line was so enticing that i found i preferred this type of narration after all. It was not about "What was going to happen" but "How was it going to happen." This made the novel much more about the characters' journey than the novel's destination, which suits my style much better overall.
I could not put this book down. I had to know how the tale came about. I recommend this book without reserves and plan on reading it again myself sometime soon! Enjoy!
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