What a funny, clever idea! A software engineer, a "Second Life" type game, two people meet, fall in love, live happily ever after.
Except the story which could have been so simply told was convoluted and dragged along with no real interaction between the main characters. Oh, and the story has already been executed well by other authors, and even an Australian children's TV program. I could not get much past the first three or four chapters. Very disappointing.
Cynthia Holloway has one voice for women, one voice for men, and her own voice - but they all sound the same. It was sometimes difficult to follow conversations because it was hard to tell who was speaking. She also said "sup" as in "sup dude?" And this was frequently in sentences that used "supernatural" shortly after. I think most audiences of para-romance know by now that "sup" in this context is pronounced "supe." Yes that is something to nitpick on because it was jarring every single time.
The story seemed a lot like sorority rush. If you are into that, you might like this book. Being a recovering sorority girl, it seemed a little shallow to me. A big ceremony to initiate the new members of the house? Ugh. It might be closer to young adult than anything else. There was very little romance involved.
No. She did nothing for the book.
There's a little too much dithering around and introspection at crucial moments of action. Yes, the heroine needs to examine her feelings and thoughts, but not during a life threatening struggle. Also, I got a little sick of her constant second guessing her abilities to shift. Last, can we just call it Mary Kay already? The make up companies are direct rip offs of real, existing companies and not even disguised very well.
No. As I said, a little too much of the heroine thinking about her past at moments of the story when she should be taking some action or other. Also, the "plot twist" was so obvious I figured it out within the first few chapters. Finally, there are some gratuitous uses of erotica terms that seem misplaced, to the point of being a little jarring. Maybe if I had read the book instead of listening it might have been better.
1. Smooth. A little too smooth. Nothing says erotic like a voice that is so smooth it lacks intonation and emotion.
2. Soothing. As in, it was easy to ignore and sometimes made me drowsy.
As a movie it might be good.
I plan on avoiding any more books narrated by Meredith Mitchell. She takes a potentially exciting story and distills it down to a fairy tale. She isn't able to give the various characters their own voice and I wondered at times if she had read the story herself before this job. Times that I would have emphasized emotion, she was completely flat. Times that needed energy, she was, well, completely flat. She just reads the story.
If you have made it to part 2, you know exactly what to expect.
No. The story is called A Girl's Guide to Vampires, but there is very little girl/vampire interaction. The only redeeming quality about this story was the sex.
As it turned out, I did. I don't really love her as a narrator.
It helped the bumper to bumper traffic stress, but otherwise it was not the best few hours of my time.
I'm taking a break from MacAlister for a while. She finds a formula and goes with it, but after a few iterations of the formula it gets a little boring. I also really struggle with her "falling in love in a week" theme in every single book. Sure, they are supernatural beings and completely unrealistic, but even that fast of a romance is unrealistic.
I have heard this lady read other books and I need to remember that she sounds like she is holding her nose. It's not the best.
Next book, please!
Robert Petkoff is the reason I tried this book. He is an outstanding narrator who gives a true voice to each character without sounding like a man reading a woman's lines, make sense? I fell in love with him in the Kresley Cole books and wanted more.
I know nothing about the author of this book, but I will be reading more.
I don't think I'd recommend it. It's a little too shallow, and even though I finished it, I was frustrated several times over really idiotic story developments. Women's jousting? I had to google it just to see if it's real. Yes, it exists, but it's pretty niche. Also, MacAlister is famous for having her lead characters fall deeply, madly in love within the space of a couple days. How do you really get to know someone enough to LOVE them truly, within a couple days time? It's not possible, IMO, and I think she might try a story that develops over the course of a month next time.
Maybe; a screenwriter might change the cat to a dog.
A Renaissance fair is on the one hand, pretty far from an historical reenactment of the time period. On the other hand, many people who work at these things pride themselves on being historically accurate in their appearance and manner. Clearly, every character in the book didn't give a hoot about that. Whatever, I can forgive that.
Next, a cat? Really, that is among the dumber sidekicks I have read about in books.
My only complaint is that Charley is a little bit too naive at times and that takes away from the story when I am shouting at my iPod. Sure it can be argued that she isn't hearing the story develop from a different perspective, but she is better at connecting the dots than the rest of us. But, seriously, this is such a good series I can suspend my minor annoyances in favor of this great story.
This is basically soft core porn with a bit of a story thrown in for good measure. Don't kid yourself, just enjoy it. ;-)
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