Such a let down. So so disappointed.
Like anyone else currently listening to this audiobook, I've been VERY eagerly and anxiously awaiting its arrival. I'm only about an hour and 40 minutes into it, but I had to stop and take a break because I was getting too irritated. I REALLY want to know what happens with everyone, but I don't know if I am going to be able to get through the book.
In the first two books, I'd noticed lots of little continuity issues when things didn't match up, either within one book or across the two books. It bothered me, but mostly it didn't interfere with the story or my LOVE of the characters and books. So far, in book 3, I'm having a hard time getting past them.
Warning, very minor spoilers ahead. They aren't important or anything, since I'm less than 2 hours into a 23 hour book.
In book 2, we were told that Baldwin even stopped in at the family home while Diana and Matthew were away. Now, suddenly, in book 3, we are supposed to believe that A) Baldwin had NO clue Diana was a time walker, and B) He had NO clue that they had gone back in time, despite the fact that he was hanging out at the house with everyone else who knew. Plus, since he's one of the knights, of course he would know what they had decided to do. Ugh.
Also, in book 1, Baldwin accepted her as his sister and even called her sister when they said goodbye at the airport. (Don't get me started on the inconsistencies in the "we're mated/we're not mated issue in book 1 and 2.) Yet he's furious that they are married etc?
That's not the worst though.
Suddenly, we are told that there's this loud call that all vampires can hear as a result of Felipe's mark on Diana/his adoption of her. Yet, in book 2, Father Hubbard had NO idea she was claimed by a vampire until she told him, and he said he would just take her word for it because no one would lie in a house of God. Also, Louisa didn't believe Diana that Felipe had adopted her in a blood ritual. How is that possible, since this call should have been screaming at her loudly enough to annoy her? The blood rage and opiates can't explain that away.
Then there are the little things, like randomly Diana is back in her linen shift from 1590, even though they changed into their modern clothes back at her house in Madison. Also, suddenly Matthew is moody and angry and even more unstable than ever, even though at the end of book 2 he was all happy and well-balanced, having healed his wounds with his father, connected fully with Diana with the ritual of taking her blood and so on. The story briefly mentions that having seen Felipe so recently now makes him mourn his loss again. Also, in book 1, it was specifically mentioned that Baldwin has "never set foot in the tower" since Matthew built it, but now in book 3 there's a sword mark on one of the stairs from when he and Matthew fought, and Baldwin charges right in and grabs Diana?
In book 2, Matthew's unpredictability was partly explained away by the fact that he wasn't drinking from Diana. Once he started doing that, supposedly things were so much better and he "knew" her. Now, he's back to acting like a clueless idiot, needing others to tell him things that he obviously should know. In London, he heard and recognized the steps of two vampires who he hadn't seen in centuries, while they were still outside on the stairs, when Father Hubbard's messengers came to their house. Yet, he had no clue Baldwin was there until he grabbed Diana? Please.
It also makes no sense that Matthew is so mad at Marcus for mating and getting engaged to Phoebe. No sense at all. And somehow it's supposed to be Marcus' fault that Emily was killed? It's like there's all this contrived drama for the sake of drama.
Aside from all the issues, the first hour and 40 minutes are just boring. It was too boring and unessential for the start of a book when we should be getting hooked. Like, Mart and Fernando in the kitchen... Normally I love her detailed scenes that take you into their lives, but it was just so unimportant and blah. The story focuses on so many different people, instead of telling it mostly from Diana's perspective. Even when she's in the scene, it was often in 3rd person narrator style. Then, randomly, it went back to "I..." from Diana's perspective.
And what's up with Cora? Diana had her under control before they left London, and suddenly she's out of control? You could argue that coming back to this time changed things, but Cora was in this time from the beginning since she's been around all of Diana's life. Plus, Gallowglass (sp?) acts like this is typical behavior.
The story was just a little thin and it was hard to really care about the characters. I tried to get into it, but I gave up halfway through. I just didn't believe any of the characters' relationships or feelings for each other etc.
It wasn't a terrible book, the characters were interesting, there were some good plot twists, and an interesting fantasy premise. I just couldn't get into it because it was kind of far-fetched, and I didn't really like most of the characters. Although I was curious to see how it ended up, I just didn't care enough to finish the book.
Gabra Zackman did a great job with the voices and pacing.
Absolutely LOVED this installment in the Mercy Thompson series. Full of drama and humor, lots of good tension, people to hate, relationship development, a creative bad guy etc.
I'm a huge Johanna Parker fan, from the Sookie Stackhouse books, so I know the pace at which she reads. It was immediately obvious, even if I wasn't familiar with the narrator already, that the book was electronically sped up to much faster than anyone can actually speak. That totally destroyed any chance this book had. It sounded awkward and all the nuances were lost in the high speed narration, and it was almost too fast to keep up with.
Other than the awful electronically sped-up pace, the book was pretty weak. I know it's #1 in the series, but the author took a cheap and easy way to feed us all the background details: have another character tell the main character everything. It's also written in the present tense, which is just weird. Ex, "He pulls out a chair and sits down."
I stuck with it for 45 minutes, and I kept trying to decide how much of the problem was the narration speed vs. the book itself. I think that had the storyline been captivating, I could've lived with the narration. After 45 mins, I was not at all invested in the main character, and I felt like I'd just been listening to a long explanation about the alternate universe that the main character was dropped into. It was also just kind of too implausible for me.
I love urban fantasy series books with strong female lead characters and werewolves and vampires etc. For example, some series that I love: Jane Yellowrock, Mercy Thompson, Night Huntress (Cat & Bones, Sookie Stackhouse... So, this one sounded like it was right up my alley. Sadly, this was not worth the credit. I'm going to return it.
Why why why did they choose to speed her narration up?
I was so glad that this book was more of a traditional Eve Dallas story, unlike book 37. I hated book 37. This is a good story, nothing earth-shattering, but good. Fun to listen to, good characters etc. I'm glad I got it.
I LOVE this series and all the main characters. I absolutely hated this book though. I get that Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb was trying to do something a bit different, showing us everything from both the killer's perspective and Eve's perspective.
There were two main problems with that though: 1) By the time you're at book 37 of a series, the readers/listeners are all invested in the main characters, so it's disappointing to have half the book really be about someone else, and 2) The parts written from the killer's perspective were just really unpleasant and twisted. I'm not squeamish; I like true crime novels etc., but I had to fast forward through most of those parts.
It was truly just disturbing, hearing the killer be all happy and joyful as he did such depraved and cruel things. Sure, that's how the killer actually felt, but I didn't need to hear it. That's not what I expect from these books.
Skip this one. It doesn't help advance any overarching story lines. Books 37.5 & 38 were both good though.
Susan did a great job as usual. It's too bad she had to read such degrading stuff aloud.
Really, skip this one. I only got it bc. I've read/listened to every book in the series and felt like I should give it a try. I wish I had skipped it myself, since I can't ever un-hear it!
A great, classic-style Eve Dallas story, with all the main characters: Mavis, Peabody, Roarke, etc. Almost no horrifying, graphic violence (I had to fast forward through half of book 37, when she was writing from the killer's perspective, bc it was too disturbing and unpleasant - and I swear, I'm not usually squeamish about that kind of thing!)
Totally satisfied by this installment in the series!
I really wasn't sure who did it, why, and how etc. I had lots of theories and I was trying to figure it out till almost the end.
Eve, as always.
Skip book 37, if you haven't already read it. 37.5 was good, and this one is great.
Johanna Parker is just fantastic! She brings each character to life and is an incredible voice actress. The storyline was exciting and fun, with great romance.
Sookie & Eric :)
Everything! She made this book!
Maybe Johanna Parker was in a rush when she recorded this one?
I am hooked on this series and have listened to all the books several times. Normally, Johanna Parker is AMAZING at voicing these stories. In this book, however, she seemed to just be getting through it. She spoke much faster, didn't have much emotion or inflection, and there were lots of awkward pauses and sounds of her swallowing etc. Usually, she's a great voice actress, but in this book it was just awkward.
Worse, she completely lost Sookie's southern accent and sassy edge! Having Sookie's voice totally change in the 5th book in the series was jarring. Most of the voices were less developed than in other books, but Eric's voice was especially bad as well.
I rated her much lower because it was so disappointing, given how phenomenal she usually is. It bothered me throughout the entire book. It made the whole listen just mediocre, even though I quite like this story.
Flat. Toneless. Disappointing.
Johanna just didn't hold my attention with this one. I don't know what happened with this one.
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