I really enjoyed the Immortal Rules, which had a unique premise and some interesting twists and turns. However, this sequel was somewhat lacking. I thought it was fairly dull in a number of places, and it was a bit too predictable. It took Allie too long to reach a number of conclusions/make logical leaps that the reader probably guessed chapters earlier. Like most YA books in this genre, there's romance but the characters shy away from sex, which is eye-roll inducing. I always find that kind of funny -- plenty of blood, gore and violence is just fine, but heaven forbid the characters do anything more than kiss. I can definitely overlook that juvenile aspect of YA books if the story is good enough (e.g., the Hunger Games), but here, the story really just didn't cut it.
Kim Harrison's Hollows series is by far my favorite urban fantasy series. I've listened to them all at least twice, and read several in book form as well.
While Ever After was not my favorite in the series (that honor goes to Pale Demon), it came in a close second. The first half of the book is good, and the second half is amazing. The last chapter in particular was excellent. When I finished, I simply went back to chapter 1 and started listening again (need to catch the details I missed the first time...:)
Marguerite Gavin was an amazing narrator, as always.
I was completely enveloped by this enchanting story. Morgensten's carefully constructed, delicate prose and Dale's hauntingly lovely narration fit together seamlessly. Perfect listening for a chilly night spent curled up by the fireplace.
After listening to Kim Harrison's entire Rachel Morgan series between the release dates of books 10 and 11 of the Southern Vampire Mysteries, returning to Charlaine Harris' work was a disappointment. Book 11, like all of the Sookie books, was simply too short for my taste. I've found the Rachel Morgan series, with its richly woven tapestry of characters and numerous subplots, to be far more satisfying than this series, which seemed a bit shallow in both character development and plot in comparison. That said, this book was still enjoyable, although I was left wanting more. I agree with other reviewers that Sookie sounded quite sad throughout this book, but don't see that as a shortcoming per se.
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