Phoenix, AZ, United States | Member Since 2011
I adore Darling and absolutely love Maris. Even though this is Darling's main story, Maris is one of my favorites from this series, along with Callien and Chayden, and he was featured a lot in this book, for obvious reasons. The relationship between Darling and Maris never overshadows the relationship between Darling and Zarya, which was something I was worried about. Even though Maris's opinions and feelings are never in doubt, he never forces anything on anyone in the book. A true brother he is, regardless of the situation. Maris is the kind of man I'd want to endure hell with, or at the very least, have around when I was done with hell.
I liked Darling's character arc, even though it was hard to listen to, much like Acheron's. Even though we know he's had a very rough life, you constantly hope that someone protects him, but it doesn't happen until he's hit his breaking point and crashed into Crazyville. His unwavering commitment and love for his family is mirrored in Maris's care for him when he needs it, even though the care Darling needs is from a different character. As always, Ms. Kenyon rips out your heart but pieces it back together with a strong cast of characters that make you value the people you have in your life.
He is the best narrater on the planet. Enough said.
Too many to mention, but I cried when Darling tried to protect Zarya's ring that she gave to him, and it was brutally taken from him. I don't usually cry, but I did for Darling and Maris in several spots of this book.
Have a new box of kleenex with you when you listen to this one, and don't listen to it in public for the first time. You don't want to be in Starbucks and people think you're crazy because you burst into tears as you order your coffee with your earbuds in. Yep- that happened to me.
It's in the top ten. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's books, even if they have similar features. There's a body switching scene that's hilarious and every couple should have to go through. Illarion is my new favorite dragon.
How tender and sweet Cade is regardless of how lonely he is. The poetry he speaks is so pretty, I always stopped and gasped at his Aphrodite reference.
Everything. The accents were great and he sounded just like he did before his surgery. It's great to hear him again.
I'm not that creative so I'll let other people do that.
I was excited for this book because of the accents and Holter didn't disappoint. I love the Scottish accent, even if I have to listen to it over and over. There's something magical and sexy about it that not many readers get right.
I was happy to see Styxx bonding with Cade about how crappy their brothers could be. It's great to see Styxx again and actually see him happy after the last book and wrapping up that mess. But, it's these people's lives. It'll never be wrapped up until they're dead. I don't want to that happen ever.
Absolutely. Landon/Lucas broke my heart. He's such as sweet, fractured, complicated but simple, lost boy that I just wanted to hug and tell him it'd be ok. The narrator was great and emotional when he needed to be and the material really struck a cord with me.
When Jacqueline tells Lucas she Googled his mother. The air was sucked out of my lungs and I was crying a lot. That's really hard to do without air, btw.
The self-defense scenes at the end when Jacqueline and Erin are beating up Lucas and the instructor. Erin's the best wing woman ever and she's hilarious while she's doing it.
I don't know, without giving away the plot and what happened to Landon to turn him into Lucas.
Without giving too much away, this story focuses on the aftermath of a tragic event that split a father and son apart. It also focuses on how the son healed himself while taking care to make certain that horrific event didn't happen to another person he knew and cared about. I ended up loving Landon and Lucas about two paragraphs into the story and didn't fall out of love with either one of them. I'm so glad that Jacqueline was as deserving of Lucas and Landon as they were of her.
BTW- Landon and Lucas are the same character, but the event splits them into two different people. Landon is the boy and Lucas is the man, but they're still lost until Lucas meets Jacqueline.
Considering that I usually don't go into books like this, it's in the top 15. It broke my heart listening to how much pain these men, the husband and the step son were in. I understood how much they loved their wife/mother through their reactions to everyone and everything. But it's hard to listen to.
The step son. His reactions and emotions are so human it pulls you into the book and doesn't let you go.
Everything. He didn't stoically read it. He got into the whole book and I swear at one time, you could hear the emotion and tears in his voice.
I wouldn't rename it. It's perfect the way it is. There's no talking to a widower until they're ready.
Keep the Kleenex box handy.
I would listen to Styxx again. This book is an incredibly polarizing book within the fandom of Ms. Kenyon and her Dark Hunter world. Yeah, it's a lot of Ash's story, but that's a given, people. They're twins, they live in the same house, same sister, same father, same a-hole uncle who used them. Same tortured lives.
I get why some people are annoyed and swearing off Kenyon's books. She beats the crap out of the protagonist, but that's what makes them approachable. That's what makes these immortal bad asses accessable to people like me, who hesitate to kill that annoying fly that keeps buzzing around my Dr. Pepper. I get it. I also get why she write them like this. It'd be too easy if everything came well for them.
There definitely could've been less abuse, but for Styxx's character, it needed to be developed that way. There's going to be more stuff with him and Ash, there has to be. The way the book ended, there's no way that there can't be. It's not a happy ending with all the loose ends tied up, but that's how all her books are.
I love Beth. She kicks butt, enough said.
Definitely Bethany. She's the best heroine, besides Desi, that Kenyon's written.
Mr. Berman's a great narrator. He did a nice job. I'm so glad he didn't squeal when he did Simi's voice like he did in DwtD. That hurt my ears.
I did cry in several spots, so don't listen to this book for the first time in public. Again, I was embarrassed in Starbucks when I burst out in tears while ordering my hot chocolate. By now, they're used to my outbursts and just write me off as listening to another book. They often ask what's the newest book to listen to, so I've become the book reviewer for them.
Urian, damn bloody sod, made me cry a lot, just because he was so sweet to Styxx. Then, the twist at the end with Urian and Styxx... Gods below, that broke my heart.
Artemis and Apollymi deserve each other, bitches. Hopefully, they'll get killed off, but I don't know how. How great is that, an author can write characters who are so hated by her fandom that we all want to see them roast for their collected sins against other characters?
Ash and Styxx will work it out, eventually. I have to believe that.
The next book should be softer, I hope. There's only so much abuse I could handle until I had to listen to something else. I trust Kenyon, as these are her characters. Look at J.R. Ward's Brotherhood books. Everyone thought she was off track with Torh's book, but then Qhuinn's book was right back on track. Maybe Kenyon had to shred these characters to get them to a better place, like Ward did. Leap of faith, people. That's all these awesome writers need. Take it and if you don't like what happens in the next books, try someone else.
I know I'll get backlash from this review, but if you're on the fence about this one, try it first with an open mind. If you don't like it, you can blame me. It's all good. I'm used to it.
It's in the top ten. I love Maris, always have, but I think Sherrilyn was pushed to hurry up and get this one out before Hauk's book. That being said, I love love love the league books. Maris is the best ever, Safir rocked it and I can't wait to see more of him. Ture is just a doll and so sweet. Terek is going to be a handful, but I think Maris and Ture can handle him.
Any of the League books. I also think it's like the Marie Sexton books, although not as explicit.
Holter's always been my favorite narrator and he sounds great after his cancer treatment. Not everyone knows that he's been sick for a few months and he wasn't supposed to do any books, but he got this one out for listeners like me who adore him. You can tell he's pushing himself and in some spots it shows, but he's back and hopefully will be well enough to do Hauk's book.
Every hero had a past and a future if they're brave enough to take it.
I understand why some people aren't happy with this one, but as a writer myself, you have to trust what the author is doing and know that they know where the series is going. Sherrilyn has gotten a lot of backlash from her decisions on not putting Darling and Maris together, but I get it. It keeps the conflict part of the series going. I say, go with it. Trust her. She knows what she's doing. Look at all her #1's on the Best Seller lists.
And for everyone who's going to knock Holter's performance, remember, he's had cancer treatments recently. Check his blog, if you don't believe me. The guy's on the road to recovery and I feel lucky to have this one so soon after his treatments. Yeah, you can tell he's hurting, but he's a trooper and he pushed through it. It also lends support to the story line and helps add a depth to the characters that they've been hurt so much in the past that you can hear it when he's speaking for them.
Just listen to one chapter with your eyes closed in your favorite chair and see what you think.
Holy cowpies Batman!
Obviously the night that Breed and Grace met. Everything unraveled in Breed's life from there, poor guy.
He gives each character their own voice that matched their personalitlies.
When Grace finally found the man that killed her step mom.
The narrator wasn't as good as the others I"ve listened to and I give them a lot of room, as a studderer who hates public speaking. So, he was ok, but I probably should read the book. It sounded great from the parts that I paid attention to
I liked how Ann came out of her shell when confronted by Josha (Not a typo) and his family. It's nice to see her morph into a strong woman.
Probably not. I'm really picky and they have to live up to Holter Graham, Ray Porter, and Luke Daniels.
Duck when the Russian wolves attack.
It's the beginning of the Alpha and Omega series and explains a lot of the relationship between Charles and Anna. Holter Graham is the best narrator on the planet so that's another reason. Even though Anna's circumstances are awful in the beginning, it turns out ok in the end.
That Charles wasn't calm unless Anna was near him.
He's the best narrator on the planet. Nuff said.
Yes, but work, kids, and family keeps getting in the way!
It's in the top ten. Most of my top ten are wriitten by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark Hunter series or CoN series read by Holter Graham) or Jonathan Maberry (Joe Ledger series read by Ray Porter), but this one's in there! It's an interesting twist on the fallen angel concepts and the origin of vampires and Lycans.
In terms of originality, I'd compare it to Born of Shadows or Time Untime by Sherrilyn Kenyon. In terms of utilizing mythology, it compares to the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. I love all those series and they're all interesting and original in their own right. This one is completely original from all the other books I read or listened to. That's a rarity with romance or science fiction.
i have listened to Luke Daniels. Even though he's always going to be Atticus O'Sullivan to me, he's really stretching his talents by doing this one. He's done well differentiating characters from the narrator voice of the story. It's awesome to hear him develop his talent.
I wish they had Mr. Daniels narrate the other book. I only get the ones read by men, and even then, I only listen to a select few. Mr. Daniels is one of the few. The next book is read by a women, so I'll be buying it, but if you don't have those hang ups, I would definately get the next book.
I didn't read the print version. Honestly, I don't want to. The audio is amazing.
Seal Team Six, Lions of Kandahar, No Easy Day. They're all stories about what has happened in the many wars that have happened since the towers fell.
My favorite scene has to be when the guys "liberate" Morgan from the hospital. It's typical guys cracking on each other, even though they're one side step close to the grave and they don't even care. Their brother's down and they're going to get him better. The way they take care of him cracks me up.
This one didn't make me cry, like some of the other ones have. It had a lot of humor in it, that you'd expect from soldiers. All joking aside, this was a good one and well written. Not only that, it was well narrated. To all soldiers out there, thank you for your service.
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