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I really didn't like this book. It started out really slowly, and stayed that way through most of the book. There were three different points-of-view in this story, and none of them really appealed to me. Tessia was the main POV, and she started off as a really likable character who was helping her father the local healer, until she comes to realize she's a naturally gifted magician through an assault from our main villain. Ok that's pretty neat, but as the story goes on and the war escalates between Corallia and Sachika, she begins to whine about how much she'd rather be a healer. We get it after it's beaten into our skulls more times than I can count. The relationship between her and Jayan wasn't really well developed and not at all surprising, so it fit the bill, but it wasn't anything special. I don't really understand how she went from a healers apprentice and a magician's apprentices to this all powerful magical healer with only knowing the basics, as that's what we were led to believe.
The second POV character is Hanara the evil Takado's slave. This character served as our view into what the villains were doing. I thought this could have been a really interesting character after how the first part when he gained freedom, but then his character just fell apart as he groveled through the last 2/3 of the story.
The final POV character is Stara a woman who gets sent back to her Sachakan father to be married and start a family. She started off boring and actually became the most interesting character towards the end, even though she was pretty selfish in her goal to become a magician and not be married/have children.
The story mostly follows the war between Sachaka and Corallia. It spends a lot of time following the magicians movements and there's three battles that feel more like skirmishes, because they don't capture the battle very well. I don't know if Ms. Canavan has a lot of experience writing battle scenes, but these were not as exciting and they didn't capture the war very well.
I don't know if this is because this is a prequel and I should have read the Magician's trilogy first, but I was unimpressed with most parts of the book. I thought it was too long and it didn't cover much. I was tired of Tessia wanting to just heal everyone. I get that she didn't want to kill, but she was a magician and the country was at war with the guy who wiped her village out and killed her parents and she didn't seem to care much, but HEAL everyone!!! I thought that her romance was rushed even though it was expected. we're both hurt, but I LOVE You and I love you too!! She's the main character, but we couldn't focus on her for the conclusion of the book other than to say she's about ready to give birth? The same goes with Dakon, we just get a passive sentence that oh, he was assassinated, but that didn't really matter.
Hanara was a pitiful character. He started off as a slave who was beaten nearly to death by his master, and then he was told he was free and he was enjoying working in the stables, but then the war comes and he crawls back to Takado. He grovels at his feet even though he gets no respect other than his master can draw power from him.
Stara thinks she's going back to Sachaka to help her father's trade, but he wants nothing to do with her and doesn't respect her. He wants her to marry and breed, but he reads her mind and finds out she's a magician and not a virgin, so he passes her off to a husband, who happens to be gay. She realizes this late in the story, but once war hits home, she gathers up her friends, some slaves and other "traitors" and they high tail it out to form a Sanctuary for Women. It's pretty interesting, but the don't want men, and if the women want to have kids, they should go to a local village and shack up with someone and then return to this Sanctuary.
I was initially interested in this world, but this story really turned me off to her Magician's trilogy and the follow-up traitor spy. I don't think I'll check out any more of Ms. Canavan's stories.
This is a solid first book in the Mercy Thompson series. My wife and I really enjoyed it. The characters were good, the world was interesting and it kept moving. The book never slowed to a point where it got boring.
Mercy is just an auto mechanic specializing in older European cars VW, Audi, Porsche etc. She's also got the ability to turn into a coyote. She's friends with werewolves, some of the lesser fey and acquaintances with some vampires. She gets wrapped up in a mystery when a stray werewolf appears at her garage looking for work. Once the story gets going, it moves rather quickly.
Mercy's a pretty tough character, but Ms. Briggs doesn't turn her into a god. None of the characters are perfect and they all make mistakes. Mercy isn't swooning over every guys in the story and there's not much romance in this book. It's a solid urban fiction story not quite as good as the Dresden Files, but it's good nonetheless.
Lorelei King's narration is pretty solid, she doesn't knock it out of the park, but she doesn't hinder the story in any way either. It's a solid reading and I'd listen to her narrate other stories.
Overall, if you're looking for an Urban fantasy series that isn't the Dresden Files, then Mercy Thompson is a great place to go.
No, but that's because there's always new books to listen to and other media to consume, so I try to not replay any books
It's on par with "Can you Keep a Secret?" I think I like this book a little bit more, though it's not quite as laugh out loud funny, I think the characters are better.
She uses her voice and accents to bring the characters to life and makes them feel alive and more likable than just reading the words on a page
This is a great title, but since it's not Sam's number Poppy has, it's his assistant's. It's more of a "I've got your Mobile", since it involves more than phone calls.
This book was a lot of fun to listen to. It's got some good characters and they're not completely one dimensional. The plot doesn't slow down, the pacing is good and the book never feels like it drags.
This was a difficult review to write. I have mixed feelings on the book. It's not that the book is bad or the narrator was boring, it's more fluff than anything. I like the characters, and I think there's chemistry between the group, but the book feels very juvenile. There's at least one penis joke or mention of penis or vagina every minute or so it feels. I don't mind the raunchiness, but there's more ways to describe things and organs than repeated used of penis and vagina, some vulgar and some not.
This is the first book in a trilogy, but it holds its own as a completely stand alone novel. With that being said, I don't know if we'll continue with the rest of the series. This was sweet, but it's also a little empty. The humor was good, but it's raunchy, so if that's not your thing, stay away.
From a plot standpoint, the chemistry between Claire and Carter is spot on, and Gavin is great comic relief, There's some good embarrassing situations for Claire throughout the book and they work well for the most part, but if you're looking for some deeper romantic plot, this isn't it. It's fun and shallow and great for laughs. It's short and sweet which is great because it doesn't get the chance to stall and drag the plot along.
This book was quite a bit better than Fearless, the second book in the series. There are more consequences for Geary's actions, and not everything is met with the great success that it was in book 2. This made for a much more interesting book. There was always something happening and you can really start to see the toll it begins to take on the Captain. Book 4 should be pretty exciting to see how he deals with a fleet a bit shaken and as usual issues with resources.
Christian Rummel provides solid narration for the good cast of characters. His narration has been solid all series, but it isn't going to cause anyone to rethink the series.
The Magicians isn't a bad book, in fact it's got the makings of a pretty good book if it weren't for the fact that this book is boring.
Quinten and his friends aren't the best of people, but they are characters with flaws and that's pretty neat to see. However, I can see why lots of reviews say they're bad characters. Granted I don't think they're bad, but I do think they can only be taken in small doses. Powering through this book isn't the best way to listen. At least for me, I could only take so much wallowing in self-pity before I wanted to throw myself out of the car.
Some people say that this is a Harry Potter for adults, but it's not. There's an aspect of it, but it's not even half the book. I thought there were some interesting things that happened there, but it's not the end all be all. The story draws upon some similarities to some popular childhood fiction. For better or worse, I didn't find an issue with it. It did make me chuckle at times, but again, it's not the big part of the story.
I think the story is about growing up and accepting responsibility for your actions and their consequences. I think it also serves as a way for the author to break down popular fantasy and put his own spin on both popular fantasy fiction and say look at some of the tropes here's my take on them. I won't say they all work, but it's a good attempt and it didn't feel lazy.
As I mentioned, it's a boring book. There are events that happen, but it's so few and far between, that it was hard to hold my interest. We're still trying to figure out if we're going to listen to books 2 and 3 in the series. I think we will, but it's not on the top of the list.
There's some really good aspects in this book. It starts off looking for a secret and has some really neat planning and theft of a precious book, and well done scenes set on the water with sailing. Some treasure hunting and Gideon has a pretty well written female lead in Amy. There's some great chemistry early between Gideon and Amy. Then it falls off the rails hard when they reach land. Without spoiling the story, there's some big revelations that just made me roll my eyes. Characters fall apart and it's just laughable. This happens just hover halfway through and lasts through the end. That's not to say there aren't some cool and interesting things that happen after the book goes bad. I like some fantasy in my adventure novels, but takes some things to literal and it doesn't work. I'm a fan of Preston and Child and Gideon Crew stories, but this one didn't work.
The second entry in the Lost Fleet series fits the mold with book 1. It's got some good twists and turns, but it largely follows book 1 in terms of the journey. I don't know if there's enough substance to keep the series going for 6 books as they journey home. I know the battles are good and well written, but 1 large scale battle per book becomes very formulaic. I think there's some good likable characters, and I'd like to see the other fleet captains get more plots. I'm interested in book 3, but after that, there needs to be more in terms of plot, not a just new star system and a fleet battle.
This is a great novel Jason Matthews weaves together a great story of intrigue. Great characters on both sides of the US/Russian line. The main cast all get a good bit of screen time, but Dominika and Nathaniel are both good characters. Marble is another great character. The CIA players are all on their game and so are the SVR, though they are clearly the villains in this story and can come off a bit cartoonish. A lot of this reminds me of "The Americans" TV show. Both sides have a lot to play for and have spies everywhere. This is stellar spy thriller and the best book I've read or listened to this year. Matthews will be an author to watch.
Another series from Molly Harper narrated by the great Amanda Ronconi, sounds great! This has the makings of a great series, but my biggest turn-off was that this story was rushed. The first third was pretty fun with some good flirting and dialog. Then the story was in a hurry to get to the end.
The mysteries in these books aren't particularly deep and this was no exception, but it gets the job done. I wasn't surprised by who the villain was, but it wasn't telegraphed from the start either.
The romance between Mo and Cooper was cute and sweet, but it just didn't click in the same way as the Jane Jameson series. I think the characters would have been better served if the story was another 2 hours longer. It would have given more time for character development without the story getting dragged down.
Book two promises a new story with some different characters being featured. We'll give it a listen, but it's not at the top of the must listen list.
Laini Taylor weaves a wonderful story in the final piece of her Smoke and Bones Trilogy. This really should be a five-star book, but she introduces some important characters in this book, that should have had some pages dedicated to them in Days of Blood and Starlight. I won’t say it feels rushed, because it’s a long book and ample time is dedicated to all plots, but if these key people were introduced, it wouldn't have been so jarring. The hubby and I have really enjoyed it, but having these crucial characters introduced so late feels almost like a plot coupon because there wasn't enough plot with the characters introduced before to complete the story with who we had in the last book. I think she did the best she could without the story going completely off the rails or some ret conning.
We listened to the audio version and Khristine Hvam delivered another spectacular performance. She was right on the button with the usual suspects and all the new characters were also brought to life by the performance. I will say my only issue with the production was point-of-view changes during a chapter. There was no additional pause other than a normal paragraph pause. I don’t expect the break like between chapters, but there were more than a few times where it changes a point-of-view and it took a paragraph or so to understand whose point of view we were focused on. I won’t say it’s the end of the world, but it was distracting more than a few times especially early in the book.
I really can’t in good conscience not recommend this book. It’s got a lot of great pieces, but the additional important characters introduced in this book, feel a little cheap. If you’re read the first two books in the series, what are you waiting for? Read this! If you haven’t read the first two, this is a great place to start and it’s not the typical teen romance love triangle shtick that’s been making the rounds since Twilight made it big.
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