I agree with everyone else who said the narrator was horrible. She had absolutely no passion in her voice, as others said like a female William Shatner. I am always on the lookout for a good paranormal/ urban fantasy series to start and of course there is a general overlap in theme with so many books out there. But this character definitely lacks originaIity to the point I think plagarism. I have been listening to Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series. Besides the slow start to this book the first thing that struck me was how a like this character was to Rachel Morgan with a touch of Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake with the whole power over the dead standing over a grave thing. Rachel and Alex are both witches that turn out to be half breeds although it was a secret. They both start off broke and slightly whiny. They wind up with a sidekick. They even use the same abbreviation for a gov't agency: FIB. I give it 2 stars because if Kim Harrison hadn't been out for probably more than a dozen years, this story would have been enjoyable enough for 3 stars.
I would only recommend to someone who has followed this series as I have. Otherwise this book brings little to the series except for the babies finally being born.
The new narrator was horrible. At least ten times the fact that Merry is the first American born sidhe is mentioned. So the pseudo English/Irish? accent that waffled in and out in Merry's first person POV was distracting.
Laural Merlington narrated the other books in series and is very distinctive. Her characters do not blend together like this narrator does.
Jane Cramer has a very monotone way of speaking. Although I could tell the difference between the male and female characters, there was very little emotion in the telling.
If lighthearted fluff is what you are looking for this book might be okay.
This story has the depth of a kiddie pool. The MC is shallow and self-absorbed. There is the token gay best friend and the not so concerned with her feelings other friend, whom she steals the new guy from. Throughout the book none of her friends support her by ever saying her ex was in the wrong. It was always about the ex's feelings which struck me as odd. There was never any empathy for her or why she would have broken up with Mark, the ex. There is no chemistry evident in the writing. I kept wishing this was over.
no because the narrator's voice is much too old to be a 30 year old and it is annoying. The writing definitely makes it sound like an indy book. There are some odd turns of phrase that no real person would likely use.
If it was more age appropriate, although she is a bit over the top in her delivery of the material. Too emotive.
I would say it's middle of the road.
I wouldn't say there are any epic moments. When Jessica and Rourke realize they are mates it was definitely an aww moment. I guess when Jessica fought the imp, it was the first time she realized her power.
I have heard Casey on other books, BUT they were all teen related ones and I was able to deal with the stilted too slow narration. Since Jessica is supposed to be 26 it was very hard to enjoy the story read by a narrator that sounds about 15. Also her accent and voice for Rourke is very off-putting.
It was definitely something I could have listened to in one sitting if I had the time. Have to say again though, the book could have been read a lot quicker if they had used a different narrator.
It was a decent start to a series. There was a lack of depth to Jessica's transformation though, as if suddenly it's all cool that she can turn furry and there's no learning curve involved. And the wolf seems to really accept human logic as if she is not the Id most werewolves stories use the animal as. So far everything seems a tad bit too easy for Jessica. I would like to see some internal challenges in the future, instead of the external ones.
This book kept me entertained throughout the reading, and it was interesting. My main beef is using Lily Bask as a narrator. I know nothing about her, except that she sounds like a woman in her fifties which was very disconcerting when the character is 31. It made it hard to get into the story, the primness of her voice made it slightly more boring than the writing actually would have been if I had read the book myself and less fresh than if they had gone with a more youthful voice.
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