Atlanta has become the battlefield between human and demon. All her life, Evalle Kincaid has walked the line between the two. Her origins unknown, she’s on a quest to learn more about her past... and her future.
When a demon claims a young woman in a terrifying attack and there’s no one else to blame, Evalle comes under suspicion. Now she’s on a deadly quest for her own survival. Through the sordid underground of an alternate Atlanta where nothing is as it seems to the front lines of the city, where her former allies have joined forces to hunt her, Evalle must prove her innocence or pay the ultimate price.
But saving herself is the least of her problems if she doesn’t stop the coming apocalypse. The clock is ticking and Atlanta is about to catch fire....
©2010 Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
If I follow you, it's because I've glanced through your reviews and more than likely found books I've agreed with you on and also found at least one book that the majority loved, and you and I were less than thrilled with. I know I should follow you then for that next read that I will enjoy.
Okay, I would rate this book truly a four stars, which is great for me, but I see the only other rater gave it a 1 and I think that is unfair. I am about tired of the same old-same old in the Dark Hunter series, even though, I do generally check them out at the library. I loved Acheron and there are a lot of other good Dark Hunter ones mixed in there, too, but some here lately have just not seen anything new and a little boring. If you like Kenyon, I believe you will enjoy this one, too.
The narrator is so bad, I can't follow the story. Her stilted delivery makes it impossible to realize what words go together within a sentence, let alone understand the story line. It's nearly as bad as a mechanized verbalization of a written document. I've heard some really bad narrations and have always been able to adapt to their style, but not this time. Wish I could give half stars...I wouldn't have rated the story, as I ddin't hear it, but have to for the review. Please don't use my evaluation of that for other formats of the story...but don't listen to it unless they get another narrator...going to read this on my kindle...
I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.
I'll start this review by saying that I absolutely love Sherrilyn Kenyon, particularly her Dark Hunter series. I'm not familiar one way or another with the other author, Dianna Love, but I've read and adored nearly everything Sherrilyn Kenyon has churned out.
That being said, I didn't particularly get into this story, and I have given a lot of thought as to why I didn't. Firstly, I'm not so much into the "one tough chick get's 10 books written about her life, loves and escapades" series. I love a good series, but like books in a series that carry along a common background story, but focus on different main characters in each book.
Second, it's hard for an author to make a "tough chick" believable or someone I can relate to. To do so, they need to add in some normal girly things, like a great love of shoes or something. Otherwise, I have a hard time seeing them as even remotely feminine.
My third reason also relates to the heroine. If I am to believe the motives for her doing certain things the authors present, then she is an extremely arrogant sort who believes that others aren't nearly as capable as she is so she withhold information to "protect" them.
These 3 reasons are personal and related to me specifically, not so much a criticism of the book as a partial explanation of why this book didn't work for me.
I thought that my forth reason might have just be me, but after reading some other reviews, I somehow doubt it. This book was complicated to the point of not making sense much of the time. There were so many characters, so many different beings and entities, so many scenarios mentioned as to be a bit overwhelming. The explanations as to the why's and what's were often jumbled and at least once that I can think of contradictory. The book was so hard to follow that I finally just decided to give up trying to keep up and just listen to the end so that I can say I gave it a chance.
My fifth reason is that apparently there was a novelette of events that occurred before this one, which is referred back to often. Since this book is touted as being the first book in the series, I feel this is the fault of the authors/publishers for not making that clear.
And last but not least, the ending was not an ending. It was a stopping place. Even in series, I like for there to be a concrete ending to each book, leaving you satisfied but still wanting to dive into the next book. All I felt at the end of this book was relief that it was over.
I love Kenyon and all of her stories, but this narrator makes it very difficult to hear the story. Her speaking is unnatural, pronouncing every syllable, and putting emphasis on the wrong words. I find myself having to rewind to hear the story because my mind has gone off on a tangent on how that sentence should have been emphasized.
That being said, the story is interesting. It takes a bit to get into it because the details at the beginning are stingy, but I think that's the idea. I'll listen to the following books, as well, and just grit my teeth having to hear the same narrator.
Boredom. Extreme Boredom.
No matter how boring a book is I always finish it just so I won't have to wonder how it ended (or if it ever got better). Not so with this book. I just couldn't bring myself to finish it, and I honestly don't care how it ends- it was that bad.
Normally, if I listen to a book I don't go out of my way to find it in print but will just pick it up when I run across it. In this case, however, the narration is so poor that I continually find myself thinking about that rather than the story. I love Sherrilyn Kenyon's work so I'm sure I'm missing out on a great story.
This was thrilling. A real page turner. There was something going on all the time. Really need to hear the next book.
The narrator board me to death, hopefully she'll get better in time
Flows like a poor second book in a series. Not enough scene setting and explanation. Too much "I couldn't possibly tell my friends this really important thing i just learned".
Loved this story line. Kenyon and Love have woven a great new series. I really enjoy how they write in such a way that I can connect with the characters.
I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).
This book was a mixed experience for me. The writing was good. I guess the best way to say it is that I loved the story. I loved the characters. And I especially loved Evalle. What I had a problem with was the narrator. Christina Traister did a good job narrating this book. My issue was that at times the narration grated upon me... Christina Traister did a good job, I do find her a good narrator but there were times where she was lacking in a certain something, not sure what that was.
I do recommend this book. It's a great book! Just certain times where the narration is less than good which is why I gave 4 stars for performance. I gave 5 stars for story and overall because it truly is a great book.
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