Make no mistake: this is definitely a YA book. I've listened to quite a few YA books that were well crafted and enjoyable ("Firelight" by Sophie Jordan comes to mind), but between the attitude and the angst and unsophisticated storyline of "Croak", I probably will not be continuing with the series (unless it goes on sale maybe). It's not bad, just not engaging enough for my adult mind to latch on to.
After coming off a very enjoyable listen of Larry Correia's Grimnoir Chronicles, I hemmed and hawed about giving his other series a try. Boy, am I glad I did! I even bought extra credits because I couldn't wait until my next one came in!
The story is fun, adventurous, and would make the most amazing movie. Oliver Wyman does a fabulous and enthusiastic job reading this. I laughed out loud in the supermarket, was on the edge of my seat in the car, and couldn't wait to see what Owen shot up next!
Do yourself a favor and try this one out.
This was a cute, light-hearted book with some interesting characters. That said, the narration was pretty awful. I felt like I was listening to Maxwell Smart from the old "Get Smart" TV series instead of a girl-next-door trying to hide her accent in New York City.
The story itself felt very YA. The main character goes from being a nobody to an instant MVP in a job she's only had a week and supposedly super-powerful people hang on her every word and think her average ideas are pure genius. She's so "valuable" the bad guys (who turn out to be highly ineffectual and lame) target her but her new buddies are always there to save her. And of course, there's the love interest who is "so far out of her league" she dismisses it, but you won't buy it for a second longer than I did.
So if you don't want to think too hard or be dazzled by any big plot twists, you'll like this book. Every problem has a super convenient solution that just seems to fall into place like, say.... magic.
I am a huge fan of this series and have hung on every word with great delight and relish and I look forward to any new stroke of Kevin Hearne's pen.
That said, this book, while enjoyable, took too long to get started and while I think Owen and Granuile are wonderful in their own rights, their new viewpoints in this book are a big break from the previous installments and honestly, took over way too much of the story. I missed Atticus. It hardly felt like he was in the book at all. I'd totally read the Arch-Druid or the Apprentice spin-offs but wanted more of the Iron Druid I fell in love with.
Luke Daniels shines like the superstar he is.
I didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It's an uplifting book that gives insight into Africa, elephants, and introduces you to the amazing human being that was Lawrence Anthony.
If you love animals and/or are into conservation, this book will delight you as it takes on you a fantastic journey on the Thula Thula Reserve as they thwart poachers, interact with the indigenous people, battle spitting snakes, and best of all, provide safety and shelter to a herd of "rogue" elephants.
I mourn that I am at the end of all the currently written Jane Yellowrock books. I feel like a piece of me has grown silent. Empty.
As with all her other books, Faith Hunter does not disappoint in her gatherings of the JY short stories. Here you will get a better understanding and more background on all your favorite characters, from Jane to Molly to my favorite, Bruiser. It will fill in some of the gaps that you may have found yourself wondering about.
As a stand-alone, a reader who isn't familiar with this series, you'll still enjoy this one, but you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't start at the beginning.
Paw. Paw. Paw.
This kept popping up in my recommended column. After suffering through the god-awful Sookie Stackhouse series (first few books were good, the rest awful but i guess I'm a masochist and a sucker for something on sale), I figured this was another romance book disguised as fantasy. It was anything but. While it certainly has it's moments of sexual tension, it was super solid story, well researched, and interesting. The narrator is wonderful.
I've burned through the first three already and well into the fourth. Don't resist Jane and Beast. You'll love her. And maybe Bruiser too. ;)
I was a bit leery of getting this because it's classified as a YA novel. I've enjoyed some, but others are a bit angst-y for me. I thoroughly enjoyed this and half wondered if it was inspired by the TV show, "Supernatural."
The characters are well rounded and enjoyable. The story also was a decent adventure.
I hooked into this book through Audible's sale in series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and carried my iPod with me at all times so I could keep it going. The main character gets a little whiny at times, but its fun story with believable characters and even sets you to wonder what *you would do if you could "jump."
This series is truly a delight. There's magic, action, humor, mystery. It's such a pleasure to listen to Luke Daniels and I am super excited to get every installment.
This book was recommended to me via a podcast. It really hit a chord with me and has helped me immeasurably when the monkey in my head starts screaming about something. I go back to it again and again when I'm having a hard time letting something go. It's just something that happened; move on.
I hope you get as much out of it as I did.
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