No surprises here, it is the YA formula for freaky teen romance. That's why I guess it's okay. What it's missing is action. Action in the conflict between races, sex action (there's only so much angst you can take), action from any of the good or bad guys, and yet I picked up the next in the series. Had to see if anything more substantial develops. As far as the narration, there is a squeaky and shaky quality that sometimes works but most of the time is annoying.
This book seals it for me: this is an excellent series. This story is filled with many "coincidences" that at times leave you thinking - that's just too convenient. Surprisingly though, it's these coincidences and interwoven character plots that creep up on the reader and keep you on the edge of your seat. A scary tale of a reverse religious fanatic with just the right amount of irreverent humor to balance the whole novel.
I don't know what possessed me to return to this series after my review of book one was lukewarm at best. However, I'm pleased to have returned to Department Q. This book is gruesome and sad but despite the mystery being pretty much revealed from the start it is engrossing to listen to the detectives figure it out and find redemption. This time around the characters are more enjoyable and there is hidden humor in this dark story. On to Q #3.
This book falls short in entertainment value compared to the other two books in the Fox and O'Hare series. The action parts were good. The con was detailed and dangerous. The part that is lacking is the relationship(s) building. All the interactions between the main characters, as well as the rest of the nutty crew, were too brief and inconsequential. In sum, the lack of further character development was unsatisfying. Though it earned a 2 with me, I'm still hooked and waiting for book 4.
It's what you would expect and, at the same time, not what you expected. This book sounds like many a modern action movie where the hero is wronged and chaos ensues. Yet, it's easy to get caught up in just about every character and the twists and turns will have you on the edge of your seat.
A repo man who hear's voices? I was skeptical. However, it was highly recommended by one of my favorite fellow listeners so I took a chance. The chance paid off. This book is cute, funny, intelligent, touching and full of surprises. If you're looking for something not too wacky but still different from the average mystery, pick this book up.
It isn't the perfect ending to this series (or at least I think this is the end). Didn't care for Rae's part in this book - both the development of her character or he bit parts in narrative. The summing up was also rushed. However, Lizzy gets the redemption she's deserved.
The first of the series wasn't bad. It was a new take on some old themes and can hold your interest even if somethings remain vague and unclear. This second book is maddening. Not only are there no further explanations of life in the future but he main character is a whining, repetitive jerk. How do we have flying cars with limited satellites but still use regular bullets and guns? This is where this series ends for me.
This was something different. A telepath, with tons of emotional baggage, that helps a sexy cop solve cases. Overall, it's not bad, but the story lacks explanations about how things came to be in this year/age. At first the lack of detail is a relief, but if you ponder elements your left with a plot that could have been set in any time or day. Still, the ideas and characters make up for the loss of detail.
If you've read any part of this series and are debating continuing, do it. Be aware though that there are some disappointments. There is still plenty of laughter, but with each book the characters are maturing like fine wine - one that sobers. The story and characters don't disappoint, as my headline implies, rather I'm having trouble accepting change, but I think that's one of the intended undercurrents of the series anyway. If you've read past one, you're in it to the end!
Another Spellman hit. Reading these books out of sequence may not be the best approach but probably not impossible. To get the full impact start with book 1. In this book, emotions, or at least as much as the Spellmans & Co. show, really hit home. You get to see the softer side of most of the characters, which only enriches the experience. Plus, there is finally actual cases! Previously, the cases were secondary to character development. This book does have cases, granted they aren't "edge of your seat" variety but, given all the other crazy stuff, the mundane cases are nice to figure out. The one major drawback is the return of the narrator from book 1. She just doesn't fit the main character for me.
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