Picking up a "Reacher", my brain begins the process of gearing for overdrive, a slow acceleration building to an finish both agonizing and justified. Not this one. As I listened I realized this one was different. The quest was methodical and having come from the area described in the story, I was hooked. I will listen to this one again.
It took a chapter or three to get into the book. Once I realized the plot was not only about Kip but the entire family I had a hard time turning it off. The characters were complex. Devious, tough and malevolent loyal, caring and uncertain. No one character was all good or all bad, so I was surprised with a few outcomes. The magic was never simple, it was involved, consequently I did not miss a word. Simon Vance is one of my favorite narrators, so I'm accustomed to his voice and he did not disappoint. There were a few laughable moments but for the most part this story was gritty, violent and very interesting.
Theo, unknowingly has PTSD. He has been traumatized. He hasn't begun to label what ever is going on with him, but he slogs through the day to day trying to cope with changes that had occurred in his life. Time goes by. Theo must relocate with an unsavory parent. He leaves all friends and familiar surroundings. Sad and lonely he again trys to cope with change. He becomes a teenage druggie and alchoholic. Here is where the reader gets a complete rundown of drugs, how to take, the conditions that would be favorable and what will kill you. That's when the philosophical drunken, drug induced monologues begin. Most remain the same into his 20's. Too long and tiresome. If it wasn't for the perfect narration of this book, it would have lost me immediately.
Having read a few YA books I can't say I was surprised when the story became predictable. There were moments when I was rooting for the main character. Although she was at odds with other characters, her survival skill were lacking. That just made her a putz. One or two times, ok, but all the time? Predictable.
On the whole the narrator was excellent. The story was climbed but never quite reached the top.
I have found that in the past, when a book has lots of sex in it, the reader gets a weak story.
This book is a perfect example. I was interested in the premise. Shape shifters, Navy Seals, intrigue, I couldn't wait. Should have waited. For every interesting event, sex, the description of sex and/or body parts attributing to sex introduced. All right, already. Get on with the story...
Kira sounded competent and determined. She lost her way, big time. The rest of the group were very disappointing.
If you like the "Bodice Ripper" scenarios, this book might be for you. Otherwise, don't waste your time.
If I were asked to describe this novel, I would have to say this is about an OCD Poly Sci professor who gives into his whiney nature who also is skilled in fighting because he is an ex-bouncer. Jake has a "thing" for Natalie. Jake's feelings for Natalie are akin to self-flagellation. Jake, looking for her, gets into a pickle. I picture Jake looking into the distance, being confounded at each turn. After seven hours, I give up. I don't want to know the end. I don't like Jake or Natalie. He is a total wuss and the only person I like is Jakes Secretary Mrs whateverhername is.
Katherine Kellgren is, without a doubt, the best performer/narrator I have had the pleasure of listening to in a very long time. Through her voice, Jacky comes alive with humor, passion and wonderful singing . All the character voices are right on the money and all different from one another.
Seems like Jacky can't stay out of trouble but she somehow manages to set most things right.
Time to reacquaint myself with Jacky. Downloading #3.
5 stars all.
I haven't enjoyed a story like this is a very long time. I'm a Jim Butcher fan. His story's are fast, energetic and crazy paced. This book is in constant motion pulling you along, chapter by chapter until the last word is spoken. Then you want more. Thank goodness there is a second book and hopefully there will be a third.
When is # 3 coming? I will listen to 1 & 2 again, hoping 3 is coming soon.
I love books and this book I do not love. The story sounded promising but the more I heard, the more disappointed I became. I've read stories when the heroine turns to Jello with just a brush of a kiss, well this heroine became a caricature of herself, and the hero is ridiculous. All posturing and nonsense words were spoken with the stuffiest attitude that I wondered if the narrator was trying to insert some semblance of a story. I felt that the author lost her way after chapter 3. I held on 3/4's of the way through. Couldn't handle anymore. This is the first book I turned off before finishing.
I was told "this is not the typical bodice ripper. It's a very good story". No, I'm afraid not. The premise of the story was promising, then it went away. If you're into to descriptive sex this book is for you. I wanted the story. It was a waste of a credit. I will not waste any more time on this.
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