Glendale, Az | Member Since 2010
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! When I first saw "Seduction In Death" new release date I thought it was just the same book with a new republication date... but it's not. I am passionate about the "In Death" series and am constantly blown away by J. D. Robbs /Nora Roberts genius. I think Susan Ericksen is brilliant but I have been perplexed for sometime as to why the "Powers That Be" dictated changes in the character depiction of my beloved characters in books 13-16. I didn't dare to even dream that I would ever get to hear my favorite character in these books as I have grown to love them but IT HAPPENED and I'M IN HEAVEN! All the character depiction in the Redo of Seduction In Death are back...to name a few, Peabody, Rourke, Eve, Morris, Commander Whitney etc... In the first rendition of Seduction In Death some of the characters went through major transformation, some more subtle in the Re-do they are all back, in the characters we have grown to love and expect, as they have been depicting in all the books with the exclusion of the character diversions in books 13-16. The Red-do of "Seduction In Death" in my opinion, is as it should have been the first time out. If this is your first "A-read" of Seduction in death you have a treat in store, if this is the first Re-do "A-read" of Seduction in Death you have a treat and surprise in store! Can't wait to A-read the next Re-do's. This one is a definite Winner! Major Kudu's to Ms. Ericksen!
I usually reserve my reviews for book series and read at least three in a series before I do a review. I decided to break my rule for this series as it shows such great promise. To date there are already 10 books in the Blood Destiny series and today Connie Suttle's June newsletter disclosed that "Blood Passage" book #2 will be available in audible in August. YAY!
What hooked me in Blood Wager were a number of factors. first and foremost... I find the first book in a series is so busy establishing characters, introducing story premise for the series that it usually results in the first book with the lead character being weak and with the book having a light plotline. I am happy to report this is not the case with Blood Wager it has a strong plotline and strong smart lead characters.
This series begins with and hooked me with "Two Vampires walk into a bar"... the story evolves from there. If you were turned, abandoned and left to survive as a vampire what would you do? Consider you are alone, you have been cut off from the life you have known, you have no guide to operate from other than beliefs derived from vampire lore, with your life as you have known it is over, how do you "survive'? Blood Wager begins with this interesting premise and continues from there. It contains vampires and other paranormal societies and cultures living under the radar with specific governing powers and strict laws severely enforced. The lead character Lissa is strong and smart from the onset, her character's evolvement begins with her turning. Blood Wager has multiple subplots, some resolved in this book others to be continued in future books. It contains and interesting love interest with a major complication apparent from the beginning. I wish I could delve into factors that majorly hooked me but that would be treading into spoiler territory so suffice it to say is this book is smartly written with rich sub-cultures with unique plots and subplots.
Blood Wager is currently on my top 10 "reads" This is my first Traci Odom read she does a superb job characterizing and delineating all of the characters in Blood Wager, I whole heartedly recommend Blood Wager, I am very much looking forward to Blood Passage in August and the other eight in the Blood Destiny series hopefully to be recorded in the near future.
I'm drawn to series because they allow you to become fully invested in the characters and because they allow for the storyline and characters to evolve throughout the series. Unfortunately in order to introduce the characters and story premise, the first book is frequently light on plot and loses it's audience before it gets off the ground. NO SPOILERS!
I've decided to take on reviewing series as I think sometimes the first book gets a bad wrap, low ratings and therefore the series is overlooked.
To date I've listened to A Modern Witch through A Celtic Witch in the Modern Witch series. First... if you looking for a storyline with Witches, dark magic and evil elements or hot spicy sex keep looking this is not the series for you. A Modern Witch story premise is of a culture of witches existing under the radar, they possess different talents with different degrees of intensity, they use a computer program with a spell component which has the ability to find other witches, in some cases witches that aren't aware they are witches. The next step to discover their talents and to introduce them to the Witch community. (side note) They are strongest when gathered in a circle ceremony enabling them to meld their powers and create amazing spells. This is the elementary bare bones premise of The Modern Witch Series.
A Modern Witch is about love and support of family/friends and community. The series has a lot of heart and romance, because of this. if I'm honest, it's probably geared more towards the female audience. The 'Witches' are depicted as normal everyday people with powers and weaknesses both emotional and physical. The series has strong substance and has been very cleverly written with some extremely unique elements, I don't want to give any of them away as they would definately fall in the spoiler range.
I stongly advise listening to this series and to 'read' at least the first three in the series because there is a lot of substance to the reads and I'm afraid if you give up after the first you will be judging this series before you fully grasp where it is taking you. That being said there's humor, lots of fun, fantasy and laughter too...of particular mention the antics in an ongoing Witches Only web access virtual reality game which will definately supply you with giggles throughout the series.
The first book in this series is "To Have and To Code" which actually introduces Nell and her husband to be, Daniel (critical characters) To Have... genre is mainly light romance, it does also feature the web game site's inception and 'spell coding'. I'll admit I read To Have... after I read A Modern Witch. A Modern Witch has a decided different flavor as it takes place many years later after Nell and Dan have married and they now have several children, which sets the tone and provides a different premise for the stories to come. I highly suggest reading To Have... as it answers some questions and introduces characters which will later appear in The Modern Witch series. Just be warned, if you start with To Have.. it doesn't have the same premise or 'feel' as the rest of the 'reads' in The Modern Witch series.
Of additional note:
There are 2 mini stories "A Witches Central Wedding" and "Swordfight and Lullabies" which are included as extra's at the end of each book they subsequently follow. So don't make the mistake of paying for the e-book as I did with "A Witches Central Wedding".
Plus... there is one more book in The Modern Witch series (yet to be recorded) a spin off trilogy and another spin off (Nell's family) I'm presuming with a different premise, of Which/Witch, I am not so patiently waiting for....Take note Audible!
I'm always on the look out for book series that are cleverly written and have characters I become invested in. I'm writing this review on the first "Night of the Living Deed" but, I've 'listened' to every book. I might add that after reading the first, I was hooked and I 'read' every book in the series, in succession, to date and heartily recommend them all. This reveiw contains NO SPOILERS!...only teasers.
Amanda Ronconi is on the list of my Top 10 Narrators, to name a few: Susan Ericksen, Luke Daniels, Lorelei King, Katherine Kellgren, talented narrators with well defined character depictions and delineation. Narrators who are particular adept with snarky and possess fantastic comic timing. This book is packed with guaranteed laughs and snickers courtesy of Ms Ronconi and E.J. Copperman.
The clever concept of this novel centers around Alison, recently separated and new owner of a Bed and Not Breakfast Inn under renovation, Alison's mature beyond her years, nine year old daughter; Mellisa, Tony, Alison's married friend and carpenter, who doesn't see ghosts and the stars of the piece, two ghosts, Maxie and Paul, not husband and wife, but the former home owner and former detective. Special mention: Alison and Maxie, have a love/ hate relationship from the get... snarky at it's best. The reason: Alison develops the ability to see ghosts as a result of an action by Maxie ...Alison is not too thrilled with her 'New Ability'.
Maxie (ghost) former home owner has decided issues with how 'her' home is being decorated, multitudes of opposing point's of view with Alison and laughable solutions of having/getting it her way. Paul (ghost) is a frustrated novice detective (Maxie was his first case) he has an inventive way to continue his career in the hereafter, also the basis for books to come. Alison's new to seeing ghost find's difficulty carrying on conversations with ghost and real people when they are in the same room. I'll just mention Alison's Mom and Alison's 'dead' Father, you guessed it, is also a ghost. There is so much more!... I can't say without crossing from teaser to spoiler.
Night of a Living Deed is fun, addictive, snickers abound with the addition of occasional modern day meaty issues and emotional weight, which keeps "Night of the Living Deed" and the books to follow from being tagged too much fluff not enough substance. You be the judge... listen and see. I can guarantee... Laughs and Snickers!
Let me first say that I'm obsessed with J. D. Robbs/Susan Ericksen "In Death" series, so I may be somewhat biased in my review. I can say with complete honesty you have not read the "In Death" series until you have listen to it. Ms Ericksen adds a dimension to "In Death" series that must be experienced to fully appreciate. This review has NO SPOILER ALERTS however it will contain teasers...
What I loved about Concealed In Death... In no order of importance...First: the evidence of Eve's evolvement, finally depicting her more comfortable in her skin with a somewhat softer nature, of particular mention the mitten and cap episode. You don't have to worry though, Eve's trademark snarkiness and wit are still intact. Second: The "Zinger" of a back story of a critical character. Third: the lack of the descriptive brutal torture episodes which were evident in the last book "Thankless In Death." I will admit I fast forwarded through a few segments as they were a bit too cringe worthy. Fourth: the introduction of new characters, a "maybe" Lady and daughter for Morse, my personal favorite, the introduction of Sebastian, teased us with his not yet revealed back story and with the addition of Rork's and Eve's decidedly difference in opinion of his character, I feel sure we have not seen the last of Sebastian. I'm looking forward to Sebatian's story as he adds a new and interesting character element to this series. We were also introduced to the not seen before Forensic Anthropology Department and some of it's employees. Fifth: The "In Death" Characters spot on performance by Ms. Ericksen she never misses, her myriad of character depiction from one mind and voice is freaking amazing! Sixth:The Cold Case Storyline...
The crime story plot line does not have the usual frantic rush to solve the crime with the major focus centered on the psycho-bad-guy's graphic tortures and kills. The nature of the horrific cold case, allows the focus to be diverted and centers on the victims/victims loved ones and not so loved ones and their individual histories. I was particularly touched with the resolution of the last victim's story, almost a foot note but telling and heart wrenching all the same.
What I love most about audible "In Death" series is the unbelievable inventive mind of the amazing J. D. Robb's "In Death" character's and the incomparable talented Susan Ericksen's genius in each characters depiction. J. D Robb/Susan Ericksen have developed each character intricately with back stories and personal/emotional/professional evolvement evident in each book from Naked In Death to Concealed...DO NOT READ 'IN DEATH' LISTEN TO IT...That being said...
If you are new to the Audible "In Death" series?... MAJOR ALERT! DO NOT! start anywhere in this series except from book one "Naked In Death" and listen to at least the first three books in the series before you make any judgments as it takes that long to meet most, but not all of the series critical characters...then you'll most likely be hooked and you only have 30+ books to go to catch up. Don't skip, you'll miss so much fun along the way!
I have " a-read" this series multiple time from 'Naked In Death' to present 'Delusion In Death' including In Death novellas. When I am between a-reads, not finding that book that catches me. I find myself plugging in Naked In Death and inevitably the In Death Robb/Erickson Marathon begins, I find it impossible to stop with just one... I guarantee you will never tire of this series.
Delusion In Death can be a stand alone novel, but I caution you, DON'T DO IT!!!! One of the many things you'll miss is the amazing character development and back story of each major and minor character in the In Death series. J D Robbs character's repartee, ingenious plot lines with it's twist and turns and Susan Erickson inestimable talent of uniquely personifying every character, her perfect, on the mark, comic timing makes the In Death series a must for every audible reader's library. Delusion In Death as all the In Death Books can be described as a futuristic fantasy with an amazing love story between two flawed wise-cracking universally wealthy people who solve futuristic crime drama thriller mysteries with the help of their always interesting humorous unique wising cracking friends. Delusion In Death hits on every note and as always has left me wanting more...thankfullly...'Calculated In Death' will be released Feb. 26, 2013... I've already marked my calendar.
I am an avid audible "reader" with 100's of books in my A-Library, This is my first reveiw and my current favorite Author and Narrator! I'm so excited about this series! I say series because you will not be able to stop after "Hounded" and will continue with the next three (so far) in the Iron Druid Chronicles. I'm reviewing "Hounded" because this is where the fun begins. Kevin Hearne..., there are not enough superlatives. Mr. Hearne's stories are fun, brilliant, creative, surprising and constantly evolving! Funny! I defy you to finish a "read" without laughing out loud at least a dozen times! Fantasy at it's best! Luke Daniel's... could Mr. Hearne have picked a better narrator! Mr. Daniel's ability to bring each character to life and his comic timing are, in a word, Amazing, All his characterizations are unique and more than words on a page. Oberon's characterizaion is in a class by himself and not to be missed! Just a little teaser... Oberon and bathtime = storytime and LOL fun. The bath time stories are pivotal to the Oberon's storyline so pay close attention during bath time. Kevin Hearne combines Druids, Gods, Goddesses, Indian folklore, religion, vampires, werewolves, Irish tipsy grannies and a wolfhound...(to name a few) makes each character believable then adds an amazing plotline... the guys a genius! Now add Luke Daniel's narration and AMAZING characterizations and it all come to life!
If I were to gift someone with their first Audible, "Hounded" by far would be my first pick! I'm sure this series would be a great true read but I'm absolutely sure, much would be lost without this narration! "Hounded" is true candy for your ears!
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