Or so she thinks...until something extraordinary happens.
When her sister is murdered, leaving a single clue to her death - a cryptic message on Mac's cell phone - Mac journeys to Ireland in search of answers.
The quest to find her sister's killer draws her into a shadowy realm where nothing is as it seems, where good and evil wear the same treacherously seductive mask. She is soon faced with an even greater challenge: staying alive long enough to learn how to handle a power she had no idea she possessed - a gift that allows her to see beyond the world of man, into the dangerous realm of the Fae.
As Mac delves deeper into the mystery of her sister's death, her every move is shadowed by the dark, mysterious Jericho, a man with no past and only mockery for a future. As she begins to close in on the truth, the ruthless Vlane - an alpha Fae who makes sex an addiction for human women - closes in on her. And as the boundary between worlds begins to crumble, Mac's true mission becomes clear: find the elusive Sinsar Dubh before someone else claims the all-powerful Dark Book - because whoever gets to it first holds nothing less than complete control of the very fabric of both worlds.
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"It's a compelling world filled with mystery and vivid characters, and this, combined with the hint of sparks between Jericho and Mac, will stoke readers' fervor." (Publishers Weekly)
"Joyce Bean captures the beauty, fear, and otherworldliness of Moning's characters." (AudioFile)
I could not tell you if the story or the narrator was the problem, but I just could not listen to this. I'm going to try again, maybe in actual paperback, because it seems like a popular series so people must like it. Maybe I will find it is the narrator that could not keep my interest that way? Whatever the case, it was disappointing to not be able to get through an hour of it :/
I'm sure that it's tough to find a narrator that can do a British, Irish and Southern accent, but this is just not a great narrator. The story is so good I toughed my way through it though.
I loved every one of these books! The characters are interesting and well-developed. Moning does a fantastic job of keeping the story exciting, intriguing, sexy, and unpredictable. I downloaded all of the books to my phone so that I could listen whenever I had a few minutes, whether I was driving, working out, waiting in line somewhere, or folding laundry. Pretty addictive! I was so sorry when I reached the end. I'm starting her Highlander Series next.
The majority of this book might be enjoyed by 15-18 year-old girls. I listened to the end - because that's the way I am ... but I requested (numerous times) that someone just shoot me before I finished it! It might have been a contender had it not been for the incessant references to the wardrobe/accessories/nailpolish/lipstick/hairstyle-color and the sheer stupidity of the heroine.
What a waste of a credit. The narrator is way too old for the character she is portraying and the way she narrates the male lead sounds a little too much like Golum to be taken seriously. This author has obviously taken generously from other books in the genre, namely the Sookie Stackhouse series. I had just finished A Discovery of Witches and was longing for something in the same category, this is definitely not it.
Note: this series is not YA. There's swearing and a lot of sexuality. But, it is still very similarly themed to Mortal Instruments. Cannot wait to read the entire series!
Oh - the lead man, Jericho's voice sounds like an 80-yr old. I thought he was an old man until Mack said he was late 30's.
I really liked this story, the narrator was just good, not great. Some of the other reviewers remarked that the most exciting parts of the story happen in the last two chapters, which is true. However, the book is short so it didn't really feel like the first part of the book was slow. The narrator is not great for this book, but she's also not horrible. This book got me interested enough to get the next book in the series. I recommend giving it a listen.
Bona Fide Reflections
MacKayla (Mac) Lane’s protected, southern life is going well. She is holding down the fort at her house where she lives with her parents. The Lane family's lives are irrevocably changed when Mac receives a call that her sister, Alina, has been murdered in Ireland where she has been attending Trinity University in Dublin. There is one clue that is left behind by Alina. She leaves cryptic message on Mac’s cell phone alluding to the fact that Alina was caught up in a quagmire of trouble.
Mac decides to travel to Ireland on a crusade to find of answers. There Mac is caught up in the scary, elusive world of the Fae. Her Southern Belle reality makes a huge paradigm shift when she realizes she has a peculiar power that allows her to see the Fae's real face through the glamor they project to assimilate into the human world.
As Mac gets further entrenched into the mystery of her sister’s demise, she meets the mysterious Jericho Barrones. Barrones and Mac come to an uneasy alliance in the quest to search for Fae objects of power, one of which was specifically mentioned (the Sinsar Dubh) by Alina in the last voice mail message she left on Mac's phone before she died. The Sinsar Dubh is a very dark, evil book which was created by the Unseelie King.
This book was an absolute joy to listen to. Joyce Bean gives a wonderful performance while Moning builds a bridge between the reader and Mac through her writing by eliciting the feeling that the listener is the one and only confidant Mac feels safe enough to confide all of her secrets, insecurities, epiphanies, and emotions to as she is lead into a very dark, scary, unfamiliar world. Hold on tight as you are sucked into Mac's world! This story will amaze and titalate while emotions you never thought a book could could call forth swamp your imagination.
Happy Listenting from Bona Fide Reflections!
I use audiobooks to keep myself awake on my 40 min drive to work. If I start dozing, the book gets ditched. I am not a re-reader of books. In order to get a rating of 5 on "story" a novel needs to be engaging and be novel-study worthy (unless it is so entertaining, I listen to it again). I don't review books that I don't finish.
May as well been a chapter long for all the ground that was covered. Author didn't seem to have a filter for editing the excessive babble drooling from the mind of her main character. I'm going back to Bones and Cat and Mercy Thompson!
Just what I need. Another series that I have to buy. At first I was really put off by the narrator with her uneven Southern accent and too old voice for a 22 year old woman. But I kept listening and I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed the story, the writing and I even got used to the narrator, although I agree with some of the other reviewers who commented on her vocal qualities or lack thereof.
I really like the main character---I love all the attention to her clothes and personal grooming! Those things are de rigeur in these types of books! They ground a character so we can relate to her as she moves through an alternate world.
I'm going now to buy the next books in this series. Thanks alot. Just what I need. Another series to get hooked on!
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