clearfield, UT, United States | Member Since 2010
I think my biggest problem with this story was that I felt that I was in limbo as to where this story fell. It felt like an arcane book even using the same terms for discribing the paranormal stuff but not once was Arcane mentioned. I had a hard time buying into the cocept that the 2 paranormal worlds could be running parallel, yet be completly oblivious of each other.
SO I would either tie this story back to the arcane series* (are they or aren't they supposed to be running in parallel lines?) or use different terminology to describe the paranormal (because its very distracting to think that there is a branch out paranormal type culture that knows completely nothing about the first yet they all use the same coded terms to describe stuff.)
Because of this issue I had a hard time focusing in on the story... I found myself becoming distracted and missing stuff but not really feeling invested enough in the story to go back to the point I had become distracted. It was kinda disappointing to me because I happen to have every book In the arcane series* under all three names (A Quick, Castle, and Krentz) as well as a good number of her other books either in audio or book format. Her book just before this one (Canyons of night) was pretty good and was suppose to be the start of this new series, so I was really looking forward to this one (THIS WAS NOT ONE OF HER BEST)
I don't know maybe the scene on the balcony garden, because they get all involved in the moment only to be brought back to reality by the dog! I could relate because if you have kids (or a dog) you know that they are always interrupting you right when you get to the good part.
I kinda liked the scene in the garage parking lot because it had some funny dialog. Also because I have a hunch that Garrison (or maybe it was Garrett or whatever his name was because Like I said I really wasn't paying too close of attention) I think he may figure in a future book ( probably with Sam's sister Emma)
possibly it would depend on my mood
once I got past he whole discrepancy between terms and vocabulary and whether or not this was running on a parallel time line (because honestly Abby would've at least been aware of Arcane... what with her job, and arcane (particularly Fallon) would've been aware of coppersmith Inc.) But once I got past what was really bugging me it was an alright story and I did like the characters and the dialog as always was witty and clever.
this is one book that you should read hard copy...
If I were to critique the performance I would say, the narrator does ok ( not great but ok) for the male voices, is mildly annoying for the female (except when he does an excited female ...then it bumps up several notches to painful) but its the children's voices that make you think of nails on a chalk board and other equally pleasant sounds.
the story itself seems ok... kind of an updated version of the Macade brothers series with its own flare.
but the story is eclipsed by the super bad quality of the narration... like I said the children's voices in particular... its a scary mix of whinny, screeching, with a distinct lisp and a touch of drunken slurring...
how the narrator was able to get all that into one character type (children and females) is beyond me but it made my ears want to bleed
skip the audio version of this book!... its less convenient but go for the hard copy
Wow... the entire series is great... I listened to this new book and then had to re-listen to all of them again
I highly recommend the whole series
I was already disappointed by the first book of the trilogy.... bad narrator, slow plot, unimaginative storyline, Etc.... but i sucked it up and gave book 2 a try
in this they go from bad to worse... awful narration, slow unimaginative plot, and no true character development ( but at least the narrator didn't yell to infuse a little drama like the last... but maybe it would've made it a bit more interesting...who knows?)
my real problem was two fold... the narrator did very little to define the individual characters which made following any dialog exchange too much work to want to bother, and i felt no tug by the storyline or characters.
all in all not a shining example... definitely a disappointment
this is a typical Nora Roberts trilogy... with yes the same characters wearing different names, different faces, and in different circumstances.
this is not a big problem for me as I always liked those characters but i know it can be a huge issue for those who are always wanting something different.
the main girl from this book Iona, is very much like Nell, (from ms Roberts three sisters island trilogy.) bright sunny, pathetically eager to please, just coming into her own powers...
Iona comes to ireland to find the dark witch. (her heritage).... joins with her cousins to fight ancient evil, meets the man of her dreams, decides she no-ones floor mat, and goes out and kicks some butt.
I could draw lots more character and plot parallels to other books Witten by Ms Roberts (keys trilogy, three sisters island, the pagan stone, Galhager- Irish jewels trilogy, etc.) but i wont
like i say if this is a problem don't try this series, instead try her vampire trilogy... that was unique for Nora Roberts (if a bit gory... but well they were vampires after all)... the first one was called Moragan's Cross
oh, i guess i should also mention that the beginning of the book was kind of slow and long... but good background for the present day story plot, and I didn't particularly care for the narrator (cant quite put my finger on why... but there it is)
I must say I had fun making the parallels to her other stories and finding the subtle turns in the plot... then i would say, "well thats a little different anyway", and i am making some predictions for the next 2 books... (I bet Im right... mostly anyways)
I love anything Terry Pratchett that includes Sam Vimes.
Sam Vimes, Mr Vimes, Commander Vimes, the Duke of Ank, and Blackboard Monitor Vimes = the best copper in any time (past or present)
not to spoil any thing but this book falls in between the life of the old Sam ( the drunk washed up old copper) and the new sam (husband and father, lord, and commander of the city watch)
while chasing a really nasty bad guy, Sam falls through a magical field and into his own troubled past.
with the help of the time monks Sam must teach himself (past sam) what it means to be a copper, catch the bad guy, straighten out history, and get home to his wife and soon to be born child... no problem, all he has to do is be himself... if only he could get a hard boiled egg too
great book...good narration.... fun series
Not what I was expecting when I purchased this book...
1-this is a book geared towards a black (African american) audience... would I have gotten it anyway, had I known this? probably... still I didn't know
2- most of the characters where truly awful people (including the main 2 featured in the story summery)
3- there was way too much gratuities sex... the frequency, and similarity of each sex scene, became a static blur... making me want to say " and they kissed... skip to the end"
4- I suffered thru the first half of the book ...taking long breaks in between... because I needed closure... no such luck! out of my many wishes thru out the book including the main girl (Tamia) would be found out and have someone shout "Liar, liar, pants on fire"and/or get horribly disfigured somehow and lose all her man appeal... that Dominique would contract some horrible disease, lose all his money and his wife, and become totally impotent, and Brandon could find someone else and move on ... (3 out of 7 was what I got)
the second part of the book was much better (but only in comparison to the hard to read of the first half)... the last few chapters were actually pretty good , but end so abruptly that it leaves you shocked ( not to mention the bombshell that Tamia's sister drops on her in the very end)
in summery I would not reccomend this book to anyone I know...it was not only a waste of my time, but I now need to find a way to get rid of the bad taste it left in my mouth and mind
as a cautionary tale there are two points this book makes (in Tamia's words) " You always have a choice... and...Karma Sucks"
lauren goes online to buy groceries only to get sucked into an online witch chat room.
lauren says she's not a witch ... but is she and doesn't know it? nell, the witch who accidentally pulled her into the online chat room sends her brother to check lauren out. he comes and starts to mentor lauren, meets her best friend and zing, they fall in love.
lauren gets into trouble and the group fly out to Berkley california to help lauren learn how to be a modern witch.
ok... but not my normal read, there was very minimal romance, but some funny and entertaining moments, this would be a good book for my innocent teenage sister (or daughter)
your typical story of girl getting pressure from an overbearing parent to find a NICE guy.
our heroine choses her boss thinking that her mother would like him only she ends up in bed with is bad boy brother.
sparks fly, she likes him, he likes her, but she's afraid of her own bad judgment and what her mother will say.
like I said a typical read, but an ok listen... buy when on sale... don't waste a whole credit
I choose this book as part of a promo special/package deal, and was glad I made the choice. I have since downloaded and listened to several of miss harpers books and really appreciate her creativity and wit.
I think it says a lot about a writer if a reader can enter into the middle of a series, and can not only follow the thread of the story... but than has to to get the previous books that she has already missed.
try a Molly Harper book and enjoy
3 fun stories that can be stand alone or can enhance your previous knowledge of the series they relate too.
they are in the undead (sexy vampire) genre, and are worth a second listen
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