Having enjoyed so many books meant for teens/tweens (Riordan, Buckley, Rowlings), which have successfully bridged the generation gap and garnered significant adult followings, I gave this one a try. I can see where an 11-13 year old girl would enjoy the story, but it is so specifically tailored to it's intended audience that it gets carded at the gates to the older side of the gap and can't get in. However, if I were an 11-13 year old girl, this would be a complete rave.
I very much enjoyed READING the story, and I normally really like Katherine Kellgren. However, her Welsh accent in this one drove me crazy ~ too "sing-song" for my preferences.
Nice combination of fresh ideas with historical fiction, lush location, supernatural fantasy and romance. Although the characters were a bit predictable, as are their pairings, Roberts does a nice job giving a modern sensibility to the story, too. Kellgren, who generally does a good job, tends to yell when she does emotionally charged scenes (in all of her narrations). She yells a lot in this book, which gets a bit distracting.
I am a huge fan of Peter's Amelia Peabody series and love Rosenblat as both Peabody and Bliss (yes, she sounds a bit too old for Vicky, but I think she captures her attitude beautifully), but the Bliss series just doesn't seem to have the richness of the Peabody series and seems just too predictable.
The author wove a beautiful story with great potential. Character development and background descriptions were rich, clear and unique. However, there was a propensity for repeating events and descriptions (generally from a different characters perspective) that was unnecessary and excessive to the point of distraction. The book would have flowed better and been a third the length. While I enjoyed so much of the book, I won't be following the series in audiobook form. It would be much easier to skim past some of this if you have time for the book form of the series.
Like all of the books in this series, the story-telling and character development is exceptional and I thoroughly enjoyed the history-wrapped experiences of the main characters, with whom I am totally engrossed. I am a great fan of the genre-crossing combination of historical fiction and time-travel, but find that there are a few more romance scenes than I personally feel is necessary (not saying I don’t like me some romance, just not why I’m into this series). In this book, I particularly like the creative and skillful interweaving of past and future using the characters in first person, as well as their letters and stories of each other - very nice device(s). Finally, with loose ends dangling everywhere, I about had an "apoplexy" when Davina Porter's voice was abruptly replaced with the male voice stating, "The End." How long after a book is released does it take to come out on audio?
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