I read Darynda Jone's Charlie Davidson series and while the first one needed a bit of work, the humour and characters improved through the series. But this series is a poorly written imitation of Twilight (also a book I would provide a poor review of).
Weak, whinny lead character with no spunk, painful, unbelievable relationship, poorly developed narrative.
Don't make my mistake and wait for the next Charlie Davidson book and ignore this series.
For a sci-fi, YA romance, this is definitely better than most of the drivel I have been downloading of late. Though I am not really in a position to speak so harshly, because despite constant disappointment, I seem to keep trying. The main character is both likeable and tough and while the romance is slightly unbelievable in parts, it is better than most. I will most likely download book two the next time I am going on a long run.However, one point that I would like to highlight to the author (if you ever read reviews Melissa Landers), is something that particularly grated on me.
Early in the book the human protagonist, who is characterized as academically brilliant asks the highly evolved alien if there are seasons on his planet. (paraphrasing... ), she answers herself, “you live on a planet that revolves around the sun, of course you have seasons...” and the super brain never corrects her!
The earth revolving around the sun gives us DAYS AND NIGHTS, not seasons. We have seasons because of the earth's obliquity or axial tilt. I am not an American, but I learnt this in the 7th grade. I find it a bit hard to believe that a valedictorian and a highly evolved super brain would not be aware of this.
I don't really know why, but as one of the few actual "scientific" references in this book was so obviously wrong, and poorly characterized, it diminished my enjoyment of the rest of the book!
The protagonist of the story is annoying. Hard to find anything to "like" about her. Her uncalled for outbursts make her appear childish. This makes the continued interest of the too perfect love interest unbelievable and hard to sympathise with.
The story had potential, but I just couldn't get through it felt as if the book had been written by a teenager. Perhaps okay for 10 year olds and down...
I did enjoy the listen, but it was over before it really told me any more than what was in Joachim de Posada's TED talk on the marshmallow experiments.
So, lovely and enjoyable, but does not really add anything to a 9 min TED talk.
Alan Alda narrates beautifully.
I enjoyed the book, but, no-where near as much as the Half Moon Hollow or Alaskan Werewolves books. However, that was a very high bar, and the combo of Harper and Ronconi is still a pleaser. Still 4/5 for story and 5/5 for Ronconi, who is an amazing narrator.
The book was a little predictable and the hauntings angle is a bit so-so for me. But the book's characters were charming and their relationships and banter fun.
Had I done the review half or even three quarters of the way through, it would have been a very different one. The ending just does not sit well with the rest of the book, making me uninterested in the sequel.
A sort of X-men meets Divergent, I enjoyed the narration, the beautiful writing and the book's premise. However, the book somehow travels from the inner monologue of a solitary confinement prisoner to a total reproduction of X-men, right down to a Professor Xavier clone and a "school for the gifted". Somehow the narrative just couldn't make that massive shift believable.
While it did not work for me, the writing style, especially in the first chapters is unique and really quite beautiful.
The narration performance was really very good and a great match for the book.
So, not for me, but not a bad listen.
This vampire/almost zombie apocalypse book does all the right things, develops some complex characters, a well described dystopian world and has a strong female lead. However, it also strays from some of the key formulas in this genre which make a pleasant change.
The story is set in a post apocalyptic world with ruled by vampires and beset by "Rabids" - which are more or less zombies. Living inhabitance of post apocalyptic cities are either tied to the vampires as a food source with benefits or actively avoiding that fate as "fringe dwellers". The lead character (Allison) is such a fringe dweller, who is caught in a bad situation when scavenging and is turned into a vampire in order to save her life. The story follows her personal development (understanding and acceptance of her vampire monster self) as well as a developing love interest with a human boy. There is a back story/mystery surrounding the source of the disease that led to the apocalypse that keeps the story and the action going.
The highlight for me? Finally, a female vampire teenager and love struck human male teenager. A nice change!
The narration performance was good and the narrator a solid match for the book.
Overall, I liked Divergent, Hunger Games, Enders Game and Angelfall better than this book. But not by THAT much, which is high praise considering the hype surrounding all of those books. It delivers a good balance of action; story development and a love interest. My only complaint is that the *villains* are a bit one dimensional which is somewhat irritating.
This book continues the Jane Yellowrock story well. Allot of Jane kicking butt as well as a nice bit of soul searching and personal development.
I had started to loose some respect for Jane in previous books, which had made me wonder if I would continue with the story. However, this book gives us *some* resolution for past slights from key characters which Jane had let slide. Not much, but just enough to nudge it along to the next book.
The editing *bad*, is in the last 6 chapters or so, where the audio has been laid over another track (another story, with a male narrator), and every now and then there is a split in the track for Black Arts and the audio for this other book breaks in. It is usually only for a few words, but it is a bit distracting. If you are an audio purist, it will most certainly be very off putting.
Otherwise, all those who have enjoyed books 1-6, you will enjoy this one, it wont light your pants on fire, but you wont be disappointed.
Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi are an amazing duo for audio books. I couldn't miss this one, and wont miss future ones. The story only gets 4 out of 5 as while I really enjoyed the listen, it was not as good as "How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf" book one in the series (but better, in my opinion than book 2). Really, it should be a 4.5.
With this book, Harper has developed the relationship between to likeable and funny characters, and she has kept this series going in a fun direction.
Recommended for all lovers of Harper and Ronconi. For new-bees to the series, start on book one.
The series follows "Thorn" a stone mage living (illegally) in a post apocalyptic world ruled by vengeful angels. The post apocalyptic world is split between orthodox and progressive sects of humans, and Thorns life is disrupted by both "dark forces" and the orthodox humans, hating her mage status.
Through the books Thorn discovers more about herself and her past and bounces between various "love/sex" interests. However, due to a lack of character development it is hard to really care much about any of them.
As book one was only "okay", I only choose to read book two as I had little time to look for another and I was taking a long flight and needed entertainment. It has some potential and the narration is good, however, the descriptions are too lengthy for audio book, and as noted, character development needs a bit of work. Perhaps if I was reading it in paperback (or kindle) I would be able to skip through long descriptions of magic, clothing and gems and get back to the story. However, in audiobook it gets a bit tedious.
No particular likes or dislikes. It was perfectly serviceable. I like the strong heroine, which is why I chose it in the first place. But certainly not a stand out in the genre. The naivety of the heroine is a bit irritating.
Report Inappropriate Content