The basic story was solid, but the characters seemed smarmy in the beginning of the book. I'm not sure if that was the fault of the writer or the narrator. For the first several chapters, this felt like a second novel in a series. There was a lot of back story that felt superfluous.
I think I would have liked more solid action a little earlier in the story, because once the action picked up, the book got better.
One of the most interesting parts of the book was the side story about the main character's partner exploring a relationship of his own.
I wish she would have differentiated between the character's voices more. In some of the dialog scenes, it was difficult to follow just who was saying what. It was especially weird because the main character and her boyfriend were sometimes hard to tell apart.
Overall, it was an entertaining story that probably would have benefited from a better narration.
I had been looking for a new series that would be a little bit romance, a little bit suspense, and a little bit paranormal, with a splash of humor. Lucy March delivers.
As always, Amanda Ronconi's interpretation of the characters and the story is spot on.
If you like they way Molly Harper injects the paranormal into an otherwise normal world, or the way Rhys Bowen's heroines seem to manifest a quiet strength, or Tate Halloway's quirky sense of humor, then you will probably this.
I haven't read the print versions of any of the Royal Spyness books, but I can't imagine they could be any better. Katherine Kellgren's ability to give voices to Rhys Bowen's clever cast of characters is truly magical. The combined artistry felt like it really took me to 1930's Devonshire.
I loved the combination of Christmas, romance, mystery and adventure in this book. I've loved all of the Royal Spyness series, but this is my favorite so far. Rhys Bowen is a writer with a knack for waving a carrot under the noses of her readers and then slipping them an apple and a sugar cube. Delicious!
The book has a very clever premise and some entertaining moments. It did kill the time on my commute, but in the end I felt let down by the author.
Eva Wilhelm was able to make the book flow fairly well, despite some rather difficult, stiff prose at times. For someone needs to tell the author that a small town girl from Texas doesn't start every explanation with the word "for."
Based on Wilhelm's performance, I wasn't convinced that the main character was only a year away from her native Texas, but I'll forgive the awkward accent since the writer said the character was trying to lose the Texas drawl.
This book reminded me of a very important lesson from my college writing classes: NEVER ask your readers to root for an outcome that you have no intention of delivering. It just frustrates us. This book was very frustrating in that way.
I wanted to like this book. And I did like parts of it. Shanna Swendson was able to create a magical world that didn't stray so far into fantasy that I couldn't believe it. Her characters were very realistic... and that's tough to do when some of them are gnomes and fairies. Some of her dialog was clever and I liked and cared about the major players. But in the end, the story sort of fell apart.
If you like Molly Harper's other books, you'll probably like this one too. But I would read "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf" before reading this one, since this is sort of a sequel to that one.
Molly Harper's protagonists are always strong women with quirky senses of humor, and that's certainly true here. But this character, although young, is also feeling the weight of her world on her shoulders. And that gives her a perspective that is different from Harper's other heroines. It makes her both stronger and more vulnerable.
Amanda Ronconi is THE voice of Molly Harper's world(s). She personifies the clever, sarcastic humor of Harper's characters. She has a good vocal range that makes it easy to discern which character is talking. And her narration is fluid, conversational and convincing.
Like all of the other Harper/Ronconi books I've found, I didn't want to put it down.
This book is fun. The story is moving without being too heavy. Both the writer and the narrator obviously take their work very seriously, and somehow manage together to craft a work that feels light and fresh. Pure joy!
This story is high on my list of light-hearted, fun, escapist stories. Truly delightful.
This book is full of moments that just pop to mind. It's hard to pick just one, without giving anything away. There was the elk scene, the camping trip, the gift, the bear. That bear scene was fun. The first bare scene was even better!
Amanda Ronconi captures the subtle humor and sexual undertones Molly Harper has woven into the story. Ronconi's reading makes Harper's stories delicious. You can't help but smile, and even laugh out loud at times!
Yes, but I would give away the plot if I told you.
This book is a great adventure.
I haven't read the print version of this story, but I really enjoyed the audio edition! This is a delightful story in the best tradition of Molly Harper's Hollows series. It's a fun, sexy story that doesn't take itself too seriously. And Amanda Ronconi's interpretation makes this an easy listen. Again, she finds a new voice for another woman from the Hollows. It's amazing how she manages to make them sound like they're from the same town, without sounding like the same person. Brava!
I really liked Miranda. She tries so hard to be what she's supposed to be, and it always blows up in her face. She just soldiers on. You have to admire that kind of tenacity.
Amanda Ronconi makes sure that you never miss the humor of the situation. She makes the funny parts funnier, and the sexy parts feel natural...not awkward.
This book made me laugh out loud several times. It also made me smile a lot. Two reactions I'm looking for when I read/listen to a Molly Harper book.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book as an audio book. Although the voice performer had a nice range of voices in her repertoire, I didn't care much for some of the choices she made.The main character, who is supposed to be a resilient, resourceful American, sounds like a mousy, little girl. It seemed as though she was written to be a strong person, but the narrator's interpretation made her sound anything but.However, the narrator didn't always miss the mark. Her portrayal of the main male character Jordan, was spot on.
I probably wouldn't recommend the audio book, but I think this one might have been a good read.
Pleasant, varied, off-target.
I believe the characters could warrant another book -- but not if Klea (sp.) spends the whole story trying to run away from Jordan. Been there, done that.
The story and the well developed, rich characters kept me riveted! I will definitely give this one another listen!
At first I wasn't sure about this old British vampire with his Cockney accent. But it wasn't long before I was hooked. Tavia Gilbert's portrayal of Bones really brought the dead man to life. This is the stuff fantasies are made of.
The shear range of characters she convincingly created was amazing! Each was so distinct, and so vibrant. Brava!
I have a long commute, so I use audio books to fill the time. I really had to force myself to turn this one off when I got home each day.
That missing star on my overall review is aimed at the author, Jeaniene Frost. Although this is a masterful tale, the Cat character's immaturity bugged me at times. She was plausibly immature, but it still bugged me.
I love the audio edition of this book because I never have much time to actually read these days, but I spend hours driving. With the audio book, I get the stories I love and it's almost better than reading, because Marguerite Gavin's interpretation of Kim Harrison's work is so entertaining!
I loved getting the peeks into Ivy, Trent and Jenk's lives apart from Rachel's. I also loved learning about Rachel's first encounter with Pierce.
Until this book, I had only heard Marguerite Gavin perform Kim Harrison's "Hollows" stories. But this book had some other Kim Harrison stories and I was amazed as Gavin's ability to make those characters sound so completely different from the Hollows characters. She's quickly become one of my favorite audio book performers.
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