Queensland, Australia | Member Since 2008
A Charming Crime: A Magical Cures Mystery, Book 1 had great potential, sadly the book didn't live up to it.
Sadly it is a poorly written, badly paced tale that is hard to get involved in. It's a shame really as the idea behind the series is good but it urgently needs a decent editor, because who ever in doing it at present is not up to the job and letting this author down by letting this getting published as it stands.
And if anyone ate as many "Ding Dongs", which according to Wikipedia are some sort of chocolate cake about three inches in diameter and a little more than an inch high, they would be bloated before this short story finished. At first it was a nice little character trait but quickly it becomes over used.
I wish now i had not wasted the money on this book and can only hope in future books in this series her publisher uses a decent editor
The "heroine" causes 90% of the problems & deaths, in this book and I can't remember the last time i wished for a main character to die quickly, save lives and put us all out of our misery. She "never" appears to learn & she causes more pain and death to her friends because basically she appears to be too stupid to live. She even admits her stupidity several times during the book.
Amanda does a wonderful job with the narration but even she is hard put to save this book.
The plot has promise but Olivia Kiskey (the Heroine) is so clueless to reality she causes harm, damage and death all around her, supposedly in the guise of "doing the right thing", she is the kind of friend who makes it superfluous to have enemies
The story is listed under fantasy and as Steampunk, but would be better listed under erotica.
The excessive descriptions/use of sex, "colourful" language, drug taking, deviant sexual behavior and alcoholic binges, could be somewhat excused by the early life of the "heroine" but such things need not become most of the book. they could have be described once and then eluded to instead of becoming most of the books bulk and story.
The narrator is the only real saving grace and in-spite of the material does an excellent job.
I wont go into plot spoilers but instead would like to use this review as a warning for those who are looking for a Steampunk Fantasy rather than an erotic one, because i don't think you will like this book, which is a shame as decent Steampunk fantasies are few and far between especially in Audiobook format.
If however erotica, with heaps of helpings of drug and other abuse is your thing . . .enjoy
I don't consider myself a prude but I require a reasonable cohesive plot with such stories before they interest me in anyway and such devices should be used as a means to grow the characters and the world they inhabit or at least used with skill not as a bludgeon and constant shock or page fillers because after a short time such stories and devices have no real value other than to fill space.
This review is solely my own interpretation and will obviously not agree with that of others, I just hope it helps some in evaluating this book under the category it is listed as
I remember reading and enjoying this when it first went into print (a little while back in the 70's) so maybe I was expecting more, and whilst it's not bad it was not what i was exactly expecting. This maybe because due to reading the series several times in the past or the narrator.
Whilst the narrator is far from bad it took me a bit to get used to him, again this might be me and not a reflection on the narrator.
This series pretty much follows the standard fantasy formula but does it very well and does deviate from that formula in a witty and irreverent and you soon find yourself transported into a new world with its own rules and characters.
I would recommend this book and series to all who enjoy a good fantasy, this is also one of Dicksons better series at least in my opinion
Another winner for Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi a wonderful combination of the right Author and Narrator . . . once again Amanda's narration lends it's self perfectly to Molly Harper's characters and writing style to produce another great story. If there is one thing i had issue with was that this visit ended too soon, but like all her stories it will be revisited many times until the next installment
This is the 3rd is this series (sorry not vampires or werewolves in sight). I suggest you start with book one if you wish to enjoy and fully understand the rich interaction between the characters and their full back-stories. I normally prefer scfi or fantasy but have been known to wander into other genres if the author / narrator / or story grab my interest.
Well worth the price/credit and time
Thank you Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi for yet another wonderful escape.
It takes some time to get used to the narrator or at least it did for me . . . and the premise of different types of magic based on materials is not all that common for a magic based alternate world.
At times one wants to just instil some common sense, or some backbone and still other times cheer Ceony on.
The Author at times runs away with attention to such minute descriptive detail but it does not overly slow down the pacing.
There is a distinct lack of expletives which is heartening and refreshing.
I wont reveal the plot but you might want vet it first before recommending it to anyone who has a blood phobia, not that it is overly violent or even bloodthirsty (you have to read it to understand).
Whilst the book does not end on a cliff hanger it is nicely set up for the next one.
Some imaginative uses for Paper . . .
This is actually 3 novellas in one based on a common arc.
The description given for the book is actually for the first story in a series of 3 stories based on the common theme of the Chisholm brothers set in the same basic locale and with some of the same local characters/brothers appearing/mentioned in some of the stories to help tie them together.
Each story is based on a different brother and could be read alone, but are best read in the order presented anyway for continuity.
This is not your usual JF vampire novel as was voiced in the book when Ivy asked about Holy water & crosses and was told they are for vampires and the don't exist . . .
Tavia narration as usual is excellent and this new arc has promise, I enjoyed this book but I will withhold my comments on comparisons with JF's previous arc and and much loved Characters until at least the next book in the series.
I have read similar books on demons etc and found my interest waning after a few books at best . . . maybe this category is not my "bag" as much as Bones and Cat's arc was. Then again maybe Jeaniene and Tavia will win me over with this new series, only time will tell.
I would however highly recommend this book to any fantasy reader and JF fan, its well worth the listen
Just finished the audio book and whilst the narrator, who i like in other narrations and is a good narrator, i felt she does not quite fit this character, hers is the voice of a much more mature person and would have done justice to Arizona her self but she the handles different characters Male ans female with ease, maybe with future repeat listens she will grow on me in this book as she has in other stories she narrates.
The plot and book its self is a wonderful mix of Arcane, Harmony and Rain shadow and of course the formula, Jayne has created another yet another winner, thank you.
I wish Dust Bunnies were as real as they are in my imagination, i would dearly love such a companion (not a pet) . . .
If you have enjoyed previous Harmony, Arcane or Rainshadow arcs or just like fantasy then ti think you will love this book.
The choice of narrator does nothing to aid this book, after the first two books being read by the wonderful Amanda Ronconi they change narrators in this book.
I understand the book is mainly from Paul's point of view, however the other main characters are still present and unfortunately this narrator's style & treatment not only presents them differently but the voices are a total disconnect from the previous books.
Aside from the fact that I believe Amanda Ronconi has captured the characters and presented this series in the tone the Author meant it to be conveyed better than this narrator and his style, this book really gives the reader very little extra insight into the lead or any other characters. Its only redeeming factor in my opinion is the twist at the end
It's not a bad book as such and if the narration is ignored could be of interest to lovers of this author or series
I would say give it a miss for now and read it later but I don't know if the events portrayed end up being referred to in future novels, and even if they did I think it world only be in a minor way.
Thankfully Amanda Ronconi make a welcome return in the next book .
Disappointing sums up my reaction to this latest Amanda Quick (Jayne Ann Krentz) novel. I did not think i would ever rate one of these novels so low. I does not even feel like an Amanda Quick novel. I know this is a new series but it just does not grab me in any way nor did I find myself invested in the main character(s) which is unusual for this author.
The narrator is OK but nowhere near the normal standard of the Narrators used in any previous books done by Jayne Ann Krentz (who writes under many pseudonyms the main ones these days being Jayne Ann Krentz - present day, Amanda Quick - past and Jayne Castle - Future).
Maybe i was expecting too much and this reaction is mine alone (but a previous rating of 1 star - No review) make me sadly think otherwise.
I pre-ordered this when it first became available months ago based on my enjoyment of previous Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick novels.
The gimmick of a steel fan as a weapon is only effective if no one is aware it is made of steel and that as such it can be used as a weapon and i doubt in the era the book is set in that it would look very much like an ornament nor would it be very flexible or light. the materials and manufacturing processes were just not available then. This point is probably a bit picky on my part.
So sadly based on my experience I must give this book a 2.5 star rating, again this is my reaction on my first listen and it might grow on me over time, but if it does Audible does not give you the chance to update/edit a review. I never thought i would rate an Amanda Quick book so low.
Please if you enjoyed this novel then write a review to give others differing views
At times, to me anyway, it did not even flow like an Jayne Ann Krentz novel
Again i stress this review is made based on my impression after my first listen.
Sorry Jayne Ann Krentz - for you and the books sake I hope I'm in the minority
It's enough to make your dust bunny cry
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