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Rebecca

2ManyBooks2LittleTime

Henderson, KY, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1744)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (753)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "Such a fun book!"
    Overall

    I actually despise what most people call "chick lit" and lots of people have described the Undead series by MaryJanice Davidson as chick lit meets vampires.

    I suppose that is an accurate description, but the reason I hate chick lit (in general) and the reason I find this book so hilarious is basically the same: a really shallow-seeming heroine. Here the shallowness isn't complete (Betsy has her moments and you can see that she has some deeper feelings, if you search really hard for them), but the very shallowness is part of the reason these books are so funny.

    The Queen of the Vampires is obsessed with shoes? Designer names? What anyone and everyone is wearing? Too funny!

    Nancy Wu, who gives voice to Betsy in this first person novel, is letter perfect. She sounds just like Betsy did in my head when I read "Undead and Unwed" for the first time.

    Give this book a chance,even if you aren't a chick lit fan. You won't regret it.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of Crows: A Novel of the Others, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (617)
    Story
    (619)

    After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

    RabidReads says: "Without equal"
    "Perfection of a sequel!"
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    This book just made me love the first book in the series, "Written in Red," even more!

    There is a war coming between the Others and Humans and Humans won't survive if that happens. Meg Corbin, Human Liaison to the Lakeside Courtyard (controlled by The Others--where Human Law Does Not Apply) may be the only one who can possibly prevent the war from happening. Because of her friendships with The Others, they have started to see a few humans as more than just clever meat. But some humans don't see that their struggles to gain more of the world for themselves, that their arrogance in thinking that they can defeat the shifters and vampires who are the only ones of The Others that they ever see, is shoving the world closer and closer to a conflict that humanity cannot win because as powerful as they are, the shifters and the vampires are just the visible foes, the ones humans never see are the ones that we cannot possibly survive.

    Meg has some help, among them are her human "pack" and her Other friends, and maybe if everyone carefully dances the correct steps they can save the world from blood and humans from extinction.

    It might be possible to understand the story in "Murder of Crows" without having read "Written in Red" but I think your understanding of the characters and your enjoyment of the interactions between them would be greatly diminished--- besides, "Written in Red" is an amazing book and you will WANT to read both it and "Murder of Crows".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (681)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (629)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "An Extra Valentine's Gift"
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    This is one of my favorite books and having it suddenly available in audiobook format really was like a gift. I cannot tell you have often I have put Loretta Chase's name into the search bar on Audible only to find that she has no entries. Today I opened my Kindle Fire and what pops up in the recommendations? My FAVORITE of the Chase books--- which is saying something!

    Why do I love it? Lots of reasons, but the two main ones are Jessica and Dain, the main characters of this novel.

    Ms. Chase has an excellent ability for allowing you to see her characters as they see themselves and to allow us glimpses inside their heads-- so that even when you clearly think you would like to see Jessica sock Dain right in the nose, it is still while actually feeling a little sorry for him. And Jessica, being a very insightful person, feels some pity for his circumstances as well--- not that that means she is about to let him get away with ANYTHING.

    To the outside world, Dain has everything, looks and power and money and a title in a country and a time when a title mattered a great deal. Dain does not have the good opinion of "polite society" but since he clearly doesn't care a fig for all their opinions bound up in a velvet ribbon, that is hardly a hindrance.

    But we know what those who fear Dain do not. He didn't reject them until they rejected him so often that he knew he could never please any of them. Having a degree of stubborn pride that would not allow him to let himself be defeated by their ilk, Dain goes out of his way to be as bad as they all think he is--- AND rub their noses in the fact that not one of them is able to do one thing about him or his exploits or to keep him from not only maintaining his position in the world be actually bettering it.

    Dain's exploits mostly hurt no one, at least it is never his actual INTENTION to hurt anyone, unless he feels himself attacked and then he finishes what his enemies started. But sometimes his thoughtlessness could lead to the ruin of others--- particularly is those others come in the form of a brainless fool who thinks to imitate the manners and actions that Dain can get away with and few others can, especially not others who are as lacking in funds as they are common sense.

    This is how poor, stupid Bertie ends up in dire threat of immanent ruin and how his irritated sister ends up landing on his doorstep to drag him out of trouble--- again. Jessica, the sister in question, is everything poor Bertie is not. At 27, Jessica would have thought to be on the shelf, but she is still averaging six or so proposals per year. She has decided, after many years of helping to raise a vast array of brothers and boy cousins, that she does not want a husband.

    Her grandmother, the still-celebrated Evangeline, tells her quite seriously that "No woman does, who knows what men are like." But Evangeline likes men, so she quite sympathizes when Jessica, having triumphed over Dain upon their first acquaintance, confesses to feelings that her grandmother confirms to her ARE the animal lust she feared it was. From there, Jessica and Dain embark upon a series of ploys back and forth in an escalating battle of one-upmanship that lands them in a place neither ever dreamed--- MARRIED.

    The games are not about to stop now and it is SO fun to watch them as they wrangle with each other. The story is fun, but it is also tender and passionate by turns, and you love both the principals by the end and are really longing for their HEA.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5421)
    Performance
    (3748)
    Story
    (3769)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "One of my favorite series of all time!"
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    I knew within the first chapter or two that I had found a great series and ordered the rest of the books that were available at the time (five of them I think) before I even finished book one.

    The main character, Cat, is excellent as a point of view character. First, she IS a kick-butt, take-no-crap character, which makes her fun and occasionally hilarious, but she isn't infallible and stupid by turns. I hate it when the author's plot depends on making smart characters do extremely stupid things and Jeaniene Frost is never guilty of that. She lets her characters make the mistakes that it seems believable that they WOULD make if they really lived.

    Cat is a half-vampire. This is discovered very quickly in the book, so this isn't a spoiler. Cat is, by her very nature, stronger than a human and quicker and with some enhancements of hearing and such that come in handy. But Cat knows the bare minimum about how she came to exist at all, let alone the complexities of vampire society and the world that exists right alongside the humans who go about their business in ignorance of things that go bump in the night.

    Cat is young and inexperienced in human society as well. She lives with her mother and her grandparents on a cherry orchard and we get the sense that these are the only people she really interacts with (if you don't count the vampires she trolls the bars for, leaves with, stakes, and buries on a regular basis). That is until she picks up the wrong (or actually the RIGHT) vampire one fateful evening. It started off rocky (since she was out to kill him), but it was the start of a relationship that is as fascinating in the last book as in the first one.

    Bones is another great character, and he and Cat together are impossible to beat (though many will try). Watching them get together as a couple is always interesting and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny.

    I really enjoy the pacing of these books, there is always a good story and there is always a nice balance between action and more character-driven scenes. Cat and Bones are smart and brave, but they aren't perfect or infallible (which is a dead bore to read). They also consistently STAY smart and brave throughout the tale, and even if they made mistakes I didn't find myself thinking "He would NOT have done that!"

    The author respects her characters and allows us to as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in Red: A Novel of the Others

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1024)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (950)

    As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

    Angela says: "WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!"
    "Like Ilona Andrews? Read this book!"
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    Don't mistake me, Anne Bishop is not an Ilona Andrews clone or wannabe, and their writing styles are not that similar. The similarity comes with the quality and freshness of the world-building from both authors and the really excellent way in which the characters come out like fully-fleshed people. I also find a lot of subtle humor in the work of both authors.

    Our heroine in "Written in Red" is in no way similar to Kate Daniels (of Ilona Andrews fame). Meg is not a kick-ass fighter or a street smart, world-weary merc like Kate. Meg IS really smart and she is completely likable in her own way. She is innocent in a way that few grown-ups are and while circumstances might have tried to make her a victim, she is, pretty much from the start of the story, clearly a brave person who is determined to prevail over those who would victimize her.

    I love that even though we meet a lot of secondary characters in this book they in no way detract from the story (it is never confusing and you never find yourself yanked out of the story thinking, "Who is this again?" because so many characters were thrown at you).

    I finished this story dying to read the next one in the series.

    Don't get me wrong, this is a complete story (I am a big hater of the cliff-hanger ending--- if you write a good enough story, we will be back without that tactic) but there are still things to do after the end of this first book and there are relationships that have begun but have room to progress.

    I really loved everything about the book. I'm now off to see what else this author has written and have my fingers crossed that some of it is as good as "Written in Red."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dracula the Un-Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Dacre Stoker, Ian Holt
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    I>Dracula the Un-Dead is a bone-chilling sequel based on Bram Stoker's own handwritten notes for characters and plot threads excised from the original novel. Dracula the Un-Dead begins in 1912, 25 years after Dracula "crumbled into dust". Van Helsing's protégé, Dr. Jack Seward, is now a disgraced morphine addict obsessed with stamping out evil across Europe.

    Noe says: "Dracula Re-Imagined...."
    "If I could give it no stars I would"
    Overall

    SO boring and slow that I could hardly make myself listen to it long enough to form any interest at all in the characters. I managed to slog through to the end and then wished I hadn't because the end was so stupid (like something a high school student would write). Practically everyone in the whole book is miserable and has serious moral failings and it was hard to care about any of them. Don't waste your credits.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Nell Canning
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (411)

    In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, Elena Michaels is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game.

    Jay says: "great story...wrong choice for narrator"
    "Kelley Armstrong's werewolves rock!"
    Overall

    "Women of the Otherworld" is a good series, and the werewolf entries are my favorite because I really like Elena, the only current female werewolf, and Clay, her mate (at least according to HIM). This was one of my favorite books before I bought the audio version and that always makes me somewhat nervous (a bad narrator can wreck things pretty seriously), but this audiobook will now be one of my favorites as well. Good narration and no distracting bad habits by the reader.

    The story itself is interesting and moves right along. I did feel that Elena could have gotten out of the fix she was in faster than she did (she spent a good chunk of the middle of the book in pretty dire straits), but even if that's true it wasn't an obvious thing (I hate it when smart charactors behave in a stupid or uncharactoristic way just to serve as a plot device for the author).

    Not to spoil anything, but let me just say that I really like how Armstrong's female charactors don't sit around and wait to be "saved" by the men in the story. It's refreshing given the obnoxious amount of damsels-in-distress in the work of many of today's authors. (Have we not grown OUT of this idea? Hello, nearly 2010 here! Plus it's so old a trick as to be pretty tired and boring by now.). Sorry for the rant.

    Just to sum up: Do yourself a favor and buy this very excellent book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magic in the Wind: Drake Sisters, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Eve Bianco
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (274)

    Ever since Damon Wilder sought refuge in Sea Haven, he's heard the same breathless rumor pass the lips of nearly every local in the sleepy coastal town. Even the wind seems to whisper her name - a reverie so powerfully suggestive that it carries the curious Damon to Sarah's cliff top home, and seeks to shelter him there. But Damon has not arrived alone. Two men have tracked him to Sea Haven, and into the shadows of Drake House, where Sarah hides her own secrets.

    Rebecca says: "Good Choice for Narrator"
    "Good Choice for Narrator"
    Overall

    I really like the Drake Sisters series by Christine Feehan. This story (about eldest sister Sarah Drake) is a good first entry for the series.

    It is a bit short, but I believe it (and the second entry featuring Kate Drake) were originally novellas inside anthologies. Plus "Magic in the Wind" costs less than most audiobooks, so that all evens out.

    The narrator has a good voice for the narration of Sarah's story. She sounds young and somewhat sweet. That may seem a contradiction when you realize that Sarah is a security expert (supposedly versed in weapons and trained to fight), but the entire tenor of the series hangs on the idea that the Drakes are really kind young women (no matter the flashy careers or flamboyant personas shown to the world). They are the girls next door (who are actually the witches next door, but still the kind of girl your mom wants you to bring home).

    It was not a syrupy-sweet reading, please do not mistake me. But it was just as I'd expect Sarah to sound.

    This is a refreshing book in that the main male lead doesn't leap in to "save" the woman (even though she is much better trained and better suited to the role than he is). When this couple appears in later issues of this series they seem to be true partners. That is especially refreshing for a Feehan novel.

    She has a bad tendancy to make ALL male leads so alpha as to be in serious need of a smack in the head with a heavy object. I like a good alpha hero as much as the next woman, but come ON. Some of her Dark Series "heroes" would end up dead if the heroines were like REAL women.

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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