(Spoiler alert!) Unlike many others, I am truly struck by how much Jane is like Sookie Stackhouse! They both live in the south in big, old, historic homes just outside of town that they inherited from beloved, older, women relatives. Neither of them have dated in a long time before they are both pursued by a couple of different vampires—one bad, and one good (and the good one is from the Civil War area). Jane and Sookie are both good friends with men who are seriously dating women werewolves. Both books mention Elvis sightings. Even the name “Hadley” comes up in both series.
I disagree that it was funnier than other books I've read like the “Sookie Stackhouse" series. That said, Jane’s sense of humor is definitely more *sarcastic* than Sookie’s. To me, wit and sarcasm are not synonymous. As someone who laughs a LOT and laughs louder than is probably appropriate in many situations (hehe!), I had expected to laugh at this book. If dry sarcasm is your sense of humor, you may love this book. Since it is very much not mine, I didn’t laugh at all.
Overall, I was a little bored reading this. I felt like I kind of just went through the motions to get to the end.
I always wanted to get excited and feel engrossed by them, but history classes were never my favorite. My mind immediately wanders when someone talks of history that I can't bring down to a personal level and relate to. As such, this book - while incredibly well done - is just not for me.
I also struggled listening to the character Paul impersonate Helen; it wasn't the accent that I minded, it was the sound of his voice attempting to sound like a woman's voice. With all due respect, it can't be easy for a man to sound like a woman. However, the narrator's seemed like a caricature of a woman's voice in this book, and I found it very distracting.
Poetic. Hauntingly beautiful. I laughed out loud. Then, I paused and laughed out loud again about the same thing. The narrator for Leo's character did a spectacular job. I *loved* this book.
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