The sisters of Sea Haven, bound by the heart and the magical power of the elements, return in this soul-stirring new novel from Christine Feehan, number-one New York Times best-selling author of Spirit Bound....
For as far back as she can remember, Airiana Ridell has always been aware of her extraordinary gift. She can intuit revealing and illuminating "patterns" in the air around her - whether in a spray of mist, in billowing clouds, or in the dense swirls of an impenetrable fog. Her abilities led to her placement in a secret government training facility when she was a child, but everything changed after her mother was murdered.
Airiana fled the program, but she couldn’t outrun the desperate members of a shadowy cabal who want her, who need her, who will kill to get her. Kidnapped and held aboard a ship bound for dangerous seas, her only chance for rescue is Maxim Prakenskii. He has his reasons for helping her, but he isn’t about to reveal them to Airiana. Not yet. Not as the two are drawn together as moth to flame. Not when there are so many secrets yet untold that could shatter the quaint community of Sea Haven and all who reside there.…
©2014 Christine Feehan (P)2014 Penguin Audio
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
This book carries on a story line arc that actually began in the Drake Sister's series, which preceeds the Sea Haven Novel series chronologically. I'm not sure how well this book would stand alone. I've read this series and previous ones, so it's hard to un-know something and judge fairly, but I'm guessing it's much better having read the previous books in this series.
I bought and read Air Bound with something like lightening speed (for me) and a determined spirit. I love Phil Gigante, always do, so the narration was just to my liking. I'll get my small criticisms over with and out of the way first. There was one big reason I couldn't give this book 5 stars. I'm going to confess that my brain started auto muting fight scenes there for a while. There were just too many and there's one escape inspired fight that seems to go on for hours. Then the last few hours of the book were dedicated more to the developing relationship. Honestly, it would have been better if she'd mixed all that up a bit, cause too much of a good thing can go bad. Balance is everything in life, isn't it?
That problem aside, I really enjoyed the book. The Prakinski brothers are probably some of my most loved, sexiest, well written heroes in current genre fiction. Certainly, there are few heroes to equal them. They are a very good concept, and Ms Feehan can write a very good hero. When she gets it right, she gets it very very right. They are tortured heroes with special gifts. They are rugged, stalwart, brave and super smart government weapons. They ooze sexy.
Arianna is a prodigal genius. She was sent to a "government" school when young to work on her weather harnessing projects. Her mother winds up tortured to death, and Arianna leaves the "school" and stops her work on the program. Now the US government, the Russian government, a Greek billionaire biker boss and her father...wait huh? Her father?... are all out there looking for her, and even Maxim isn't always sure he can tell the good guys from the bad, but he's protecting her from any and all threats.
It's a great addition to the series. I'm not sure about how it would stand alone, but I would recommend reading "Drake Sisters", then "Sea Haven" novels. They start out rather light and fluffy, but seems to get darker and darker, or take on more serious, disturbing even, issues. These books are not appropriate for teens. Both their sexual content and discriptions of sexual child trafficking would likely be inappropriate or disturbing for a young teen. Of course, I leave things like that to the parents discretion, but from the commonly accepted norm, I'd say this book definitely falls into the "adult" category.
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Read from May 27 to June 02, 2014
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Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 4.25
Character Rating: 4.25
Audio Rating: 3.50 (Not part of the overall rating)
First Thought when Finished: Air Bound by Christine Feehan was a wonderful addition to the Sisters of the Heart Series. I am very excited that everything/everyone is coming together!
Story Thoughts: This is my favorite Sisters of the Heart book so far. The story was a great combination of action, overall story arc move forward, and romance. The kids both broke my heart and gave me hope. They were so brilliantly brave in a horrible situation. Also, the slow build between Airiana and Maxim was perfectly well done. I liked their connection in element first. This will be in my reread pile.
Character Thoughts: I love Airiana! She was fierce, determined, knew her limitations, was willing to do whatever it took, and trusted her feelings. I am always cheering when someone just accepts what they know to be true. Took me a bit more to warm up to Maxim (as it should) but when I did, I swooned like my teenage self at a Bon Jovi concert. Together they were great!
Narrated By Phil Gigante / Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
I love Phil but with this series he is always hit/miss for me. This time I just don't think I could get into his voice for Airiana. He did Maxim fantastically but alas it just wasn't my favorite narration of his. However, I will keep on with this in audio because he pulls the brothers off wonderfully.
Final Thoughts: Just found out it will be another year till the next one: counting down!
Yes. I enjoy the story.
I don't think I could pick a favorite character.
I normally enjoy Phil Gigante's performances, but the way he screwed up Levi's name all through the book almost ruined the entire book for me. I cringed every time he said Levi's name. I'm not at all sure how Phil came up with "Lavey" as the pronunciation for Levi. Ugh.
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one. ~George R.R. Martin
This book was thrilling and heartwarming story. Great plot because it kept me on the edge of their seat with lots of suspense, drama, action, romance and magic. Christine Feehan brings this fascinating to life with well written scenes and details and well orchestrated and believable action scenes that capture the imagination. I was happy by her ability to grab your attention and doesn't let go and the strong connection to all the charming characters of Sea Haven adds lots of depth to the story.
The chemistry between Max and Airiana radiates strongly, but the relationship will take a lot of work. Maxim doesn't believe he is worthy or that he even knows how to love and his past definitely stands in their way. For such a traumatic past and the sharks circling, Ariana is full of strength and courage and she has enough belief in Maxim for them both.
Christine Feehan brings you into wonderful and magical worlds with all her books and this one is no different. It gives the reader’s everything they could possible want in a story, romance, family, loyalty, community, danger, travel, courage, overcoming adversity, and the mystical and I can’t wait to read the next one.
Phil Giganet is the Best!
Story is excellent - an adventure away from Sea Haven. Ariana's father is quite a revelation. Maximum Prakinski is an excellent hero full of angst. Plenty of villains and heroes. The only thing I did not like is the misprounouncement of previous names in the series. This is a major distraction and annoyance for me. Levi Prakenski's name is alway different from Water Bound and every time it threw me out of the story. Same thing happens in Laurell K. Hamilton's Merry Gentry series. Narrators should always listen to previous books in a series to correct this flaw.
just a critique of the narrator. he's got a great voice to listen to, but he kept saying Levi as Lay-vee rather than as Lee-vie. since it wasn't the first in the series he could've listened to the other books to make sure he said the names the same and Levi is a fairly standard biblical name.
It is a well written story. Unfortunately the male narrator trying to speak like a female made the heroine sound like a whiny, spoiled, unitelligent character. Very difficult to enjoy and immerse myself in the story as a result. I tried but could not finish. I will need to purchase the book to find out the ending. Very disappointed
I just love the fact that all the damaged and broken Prikenski bros are coming together with the Sisters of the Heart in good old Sea Haven. Maxim and Aire get off to a very rocky start but you just can't fight true love. And in the end love and family is all that really matters. I really hope Ms. Feehan continues these stories until Elle and Jackson have their 7 girls along with Jolie and Ilia's 7 boys! Now that will be hysterical!!
Story is good....But I can't even write a good review because goodness I struggled to listen to this book. The narrator was freaking horrible he totally destroyed the book!
Awful due to the horrible narrator!
NEW NARRATOR! On top of the awful narration he mangled the other characters names (Levi's) that just makes it so hard to listen and get into the book!
NO!!!!!!!!!!!! I couldn't stand the narrator. If not for him I probably would have gotten through most of the book but I've had to really break it because the narrator just destroyed the book.
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