Piper Griffiths wants one thing in life: To become a Consul, a keeper of the peace between humans and daemons. There are precisely three obstacles in her way.
The first is Lyre. Incubus. Hotter than hell and with a wicked streak to match. His greatest mission in life is to get Piper into bed and otherwise annoy the crap out of her.
The second is Ash. Draconian. Powerful. Dangerous. He knows too much and reveals nothing. Also, disturbingly attractive - and scary. Did she mention scary?
The third is the Sahar Stone. Top secret magical weapon of mass destruction. Previously hidden in her Consulate until thieves broke in, went on a murder spree, and disappeared with the weapon.
And they left Piper to take the fall for their crimes
.Now she's on the run, her dreams of becoming a Consul shattered and every daemon in the city gunning to kill her. She's dead on her own, but there's no one she can trust - no one except two entirely untrustworthy daemons...see problems one and two.
©2014 Annette Marie (P)2015 Tantor
I'm leaving this review on all of the books from this series, but no real spoilers here.
I can say that I'm terribly sad that I'm almost done with the 5th book in this series (even if only 3 are on audible), I am worried that I won't be able to find another series that I love quite like this one, not for awhile. But in another way I'm a little bit glad that I am almost done because I can get back to my life afterward!
I read a ton of books. I don't always leave reviews, but I had to leave one for this series because it kept me going and going and going. I never wanted to put it down. I had to force myself to do so. And when I found that the last two books were not on audible I almost cried, not kidding. The narrator, while not my favorite at first, ended up fantastic.
The plot was awesome. Slight spoiler here: the love story is terrific. There wasn't much of the icky-sweet, romantic-puke, "our love is the strongest love that ever existed" crap that I see in other series that always makes me go "Really? C'mon now." This one was so much more realistic.
I like that the characters are strong but faulted. I love how the friendship between the 3 grows so strong. I wish Piper would say "Thank you" once in awhile, but I'll get over it. I like how the twists happen, when you think one thing might happen and then, bam, another thing happens.
This series had me gripped from *literally* (I'm using that with it's intended meaning), the first chapter of the first book. That is my favorite type of book, the kind that just grip you and won't let you go. I haven't had that happen to me for a long time and it was such a pleasant surprise, even if it did keep my up until 3 in the morning a few times. These are going on my faves shelf because...well...they are.
Dear Annette Marie, more please? Pretty please?
I avoided this series for awhile because I didn't like the illustrations on the covers. It's strange how much that first impression affects my book selections, but I'm glad I finally gave it a try.
I really enjoyed the three main characters and the relationships they built. The main girl was annoying at times (overreacted to several situations in ways that hurt one of the other characters), but I liked that she made up for her lack of magical abilities with fighting skills and determination. The two guys pulled me in, both with their looks and personalities. You slowly get to know them throughout the book, and there isn't an instant love connection for no reason, but there is attraction which will probably lead to a love triangle.
The book had a lot of action, and there was a new challenge for the characters around every corner. The ending isn't a cliff hanger, but there are lots of things left untold that make me want to continue with the rest of the series right away. Hope Audible publishes the whole series soon!
I know there are a lot of comments about the narrator already, but I'll add my opinion. She did a reasonable job. The things that bothered me are how young/immature she sounds (but I know the main character is young too), and many times she shouted or used a tone of voice that just didn't make sense in the context. Yes, she sounds a bit congested, but I got used to that. Overall, it was ok and didn't ruin the book.
I've never written a review before, but I feel I must. The story was fantastic. I loved the book. The narrator? Oh my goodness. First, the good: she has a nice tone, she speaks well and has decent acting skills. The bad: . She sounds like she has a cold for the entire book, and for about 25% of the book sounds as if she's actually plugging her nose. My biggest pet peeve throughout the entire book that was INCREDIBLY distracting is that she doesn't pronounce L's that are preceded by O's. Example: shoulder shoulder very obviously has a L in the middle of it but she pronounces it SHOW-DER. Hold? Pronounced HOAD. Is this a dialect thing? I don't know, but PLEASE SOMEONE! Give her some tips!! She could be very good with some coaching, but then again so could I. It is so bad and so distracting that I'm really debating whether or not to get the second book. I did really enjoy the the story itself, but her narration is so distracting to me I'm not sure if I'm going to purchase book two.
My big question is: why did no one notice this in the proofing/editing/whatever they do with audio books??
the story was surprising. I really liked it. Books have gotten so old lately, vampires or warewolves finding themselves in a situation that they have to overcome then they quickly fall in love. BLAH this was very different. I enjoyed the story and the elements of the different world.
What I did not like and what took a lot of getting used to was the narrator's stuffy nose. Sometimes it was so distracting that I had to pause it and come back later. It was like she had a nose full of snot and didn't want to stop to go blow her nose. if she didn't have a cold I bet she would have been awesome! the way she changed her voice for characters was nice. ill try the sequel.
Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato
This book is so fun to read/listen. The characters are well defined and the action was non stop. This series has drama, action, adventure, suspense, twists, & romance.
Lyre!!!! It is a good thing I don't know any incubus. Boy is he charming! I loved his easy going personality. I also loved Ash.
The author is just amazing. A great start to a great series.
The story was good, but OMG, the nasally tone of the narrator was just too much. I kept wanting to tell her to blow your nose. She sounded stuffy... So I had to stop listing to the book....
I just hope the producers and editors read these reviews, and pay better attention on details that ultimately ruins an audiobok... What a waste!!!! Once again, a good story botched by a bad narrator and production company.
So far, the story is good. But I'm writing this now to say that the narrator needed some decongestant or some Afrin. Every other paragraph or so, she sounds like she has a stuffed up nose. So annoying. If you can get past that, the story is pretty good so far, but I'm only about 1.5 hours in.
The story is well written with twists and turns that piqued the imagination. The main characters have good depth and mix of texture enough to have left me wanting to know more. Bring on book two!
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
I have a rule. Give the narrator one hour so they can relax into their role. Ittook everything in me to stick to that with this book, because within that one hour, I cringed over a dozen times and paused it twice. It wasn't the writing... that actually was already interesting to me. It was the narrator. She is dreadful. She slips into this nasally tone frequently, often mid-sentence that makes it sound like the characters are being strangled. Needless to say, I returned this book... and I never return books. I've heard so many good things about this series, so I'll pick up a paperback copy instead. Do not waste your time on this!
"Great story, shame about narration"
The story was very good. Unfortunately, I was seriously distracted by the nasal quality of the narrator. It sounded very much like she had a horrific cold or a peg on her nose and was struggling to breath, could really do with being rerecorded
"Never narrate a book when you have a cold!!!"
I would normally carry on with a series and buy the next book straight away but the narrator has put me off and I've started something else instead
Does this narrator have a cold....I had to speed the book up as it became very annoying...
Such a shame as the book was ok.
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