I could not remember what the publisher's summary said about this book, so I was going into it somewhat blind...which I love to do. It was a mystery and a surprise - very nice ones at that. I found part one to be the weakest of the three parts, but all were fantastic and by the time part three came around I was looking for ways to continue listening. Narration was excellent as well.
Tavia Gilbert has a specific way of narrating and sometimes I like it. It sort of grates on my nerves others. At least Bones wasn't in it.
I feel like this story was not as strong as previous Night Prince books and that's saying something. The first book was great, second was good, this one is in 3rd place. I'm really struggling to write something, and I realize that it's because it's been about two weeks since I listened to it and I have forgotten most of what I liked or disliked. It just left me an overall impressing of being OK.
I gave this an overall 4 stars because I did read the whole thing and it wasn't horrible. But it didn't ever feel like a 4 star performance or a 4 star story. I'd really like to give it 3 1/2 stars in each category because it just needed something to give it a little push over into the 4 star zone.
The main character can be a little annoying with her indecisiveness and naiveté. She refuses to let Baird talk to her or explain things and her main objection to staying with him is solved in literally a paragraph at the end of the book - almost an afterthought. That being said, I listened to the whole thing and I might consider reading the next one. Maybe.
I like the idea of solving the murder of the ghosts, but the plot dragged on a little too long.
Most interesting aspect of the story was the interaction of the ghosts and solving the murders. Least interesting was the maybe going to be a romance/have to fix up my house plot that didn't seem to go anywhere. There just wasn't enough hook and I didn't finish this book.
It's more than three words but "All men sound like Zeb" pretty much describes it. She is an amazing narrator and I find books because of her, but yeah, it's kind of funny.
This is a dramatized narration, with sound effects and male and female voices switching between characters. I'm only a couple hours into it and I find it very distracting. Commodore James sounds more like a robot, he's just reading the words. I put more inflection into reading my kids a bedtime story. And his "performance" of a love scene was just stilted and uncomfortable. I think I'll switch to the kindle version because I'm interested in the story but ugh, these narrators are not good.
So far, the Tornians are pretty big jerks. For such an advanced species to have the capability to fly across the galaxy and educate their captives with some type of neurostimulating device, they are remarkably stupid in the ways of interacting with other species. You may excuse them as having been so steeped in their own traditions and customs that they don't realize other planets have different customs, but right in the first couple chapters they talk about how they have traveled the galaxy looking for women physically compatible with them. Seriously big plot hole.
I really enjoy Amanda Ronconi as a narrator. She brings life and depth to her characters that brings them to life for me. Even though I am hearing the story, she is able to make it feel like I am watching it. That is of course mostly the author, but I give credit to Ronconi for knowing how to infuse emotion into her voice when necessary, hesitation, uncertainty, passion, and excitement, all finding places in her reading of the story.
This is a lightweight story that doesn't really have a lot of negativity. Even though some bad things happen, it was apparent that it would have a happy ending - and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. :-)
I think some people did not like this story, but I found it really charming and sweet. It isn't high art and that needs to be remembered. It is a fun story about people falling in love. One aspect I found confusing though is that this is book 2 of the series, but it seemed like it took place before or at the same time as book 1. Which, if you have read book 1 of a series, it can be confusing for book 2 to unfold as though book 1 didn't happen. Regardless, this was a fun story that made me laugh out loud at times, plus I loved the underdog aspect of Bonnie's situation in the town.
I love Amanda Ronconi and she has drawn me to other authors. She is one of my favorite narrators. I just have to remember that her voices don't belong to certain characters. Men all sound like Zeb to me. :-)
Being a Civil War enthusiast and reenactor, I had to laugh at the reenactment portion of the story. The things they did are supreme "no nos" in the CW community, lol, but it was fun and of course I can suspend my personal knowledge for the sake of a fun story.
Being a fan of paranormal romance, I kept waiting for something really bad to happen, but no vampires, werewolves, or shape shifters popped out of the woodwork, lol. This is a sweet story with a happy ending, which is good for the soul every once in a while. :-)
The development of the story was a little slow. It didn't hook me right away and draw me in for more. I felt like there must have been another book before this one that explained all the details that seemed important to the story, but didn't make sense to me. I have read a lot of paranormal romance books, tons of vampire love stories, etc, but I was confused enough that I didn't finish it.
Yes, it had a good story, good twists and turns.
A little too much "back door action" for my taste, but it was still a sexy story!
I really liked the idea of the story when I read the publishers summary. However, I guess I expected some romance because Para-Romance is the majority of what I read and this was suggested "based on my library." This is not a romantic story. It's cute, but not romantic.
I bought the next book in the series but it's been in my library for a while and I've not been interested in it, based on this book. It is a cute idea but a little boring.
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