They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead. Turns out my savior was the master vampire of Cadogan House. Now I've traded sweating over my thesis for learning to fit in at a Hyde Park mansion full of vamps loyal to Ethan "Lord o' the Manor" Sullivan. Of course, as a tall, green-eyed, four-hundred-year-old vampire, he has centuries' worth of charm, but unfortunately he expects my gratitude---and servitude. Right. But my burgeoning powers (all of a sudden, I'm surprisingly handy with some serious weaponry), an inconvenient sunlight allergy, and Ethan's attitude are the least of my concerns. Someone's still out to get me. Is it the rogue vampire who bit me? A vamp from a rival House? An angry mob bearing torches? My initiation into Chicago's nightlife may be the first skirmish in a war---and there will be blood.
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©2009 Chloe Neill (P)2010 Tantor
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I have read and listened to a lot of different vampire series and this series is definitely in my top five. The story line is wonderful, the narrator is excellent, and the characters are fun. I love this series and can’t wait for the next book to come out in August. I have already listened to this series a few times and will continue to do so. 5 stars.
I am a huge fan of this series and was delighted that I could now enjoy it as an audiobook. This is a great book that was almost a great audiobook. Although the narrator played secondary characters very well, her interpretation of Merit was, at times, way over the top. Switching 'voices' during dialogue was occasionally a problem, as well as missing inflection (if someone is condescending he should sound condescending). What's most frustrating is that this book isn't horrible, just inconsistent in it's performance. What I thought was going to be an auto-buy series has turned into a "should I or shouldn't I" situation for future purchases.
This is mediocre in several ways. The majority of this novel is spent on world-building (and it is not a complex world, nothing like in the Kate Daniels series) and the introduction of major players. There is no cohesive story or conflict or mystery, so the novel really meanders around with no arc. The writing is colorful and accented with verbs and adverbs, which is sometimes nice, and sometimes overly flowery.
I agree with the other reviewers who said that the narrator is... problematic. I can't tell the difference between characters in dialogue, and she is a bit Shatner-esque. And yes, her pronunciation is strange. She says the word "coiffed" as "COYffed," and the word "contemplative" as "contem-PLAY-tive." It's like she went through the dictionary and picked out the most obscure, but still correct, pronunciations. It's frustrating.
The entire book was listening to a whiney sorority girl. The only interesting part was the last ten minutes.
The woman who narrates the Kim Harrison Rachel Morgan series would have made this less painful to listen to.
The story had so much potential, but didn't go anywhere. The main characters had potential but did nothing with it.
Spoilers ahead: I was looking for something new after the last fabulous Jeaniene Frost book. Found this, and since it was on sale, decided to give it a shot. Was sorely disappointed. Basically, it's catty girls and arrogant guys playing dress-up in a Chicago-based fraternity/sorority system. The dialogue was immature, unnecessarily snarky, and quite frankly it sounded like the author was trying to hard. The character development was weak, the arc of the plot was dull, and, even for an UF novel, some things were too fantastic (she's a super powerful novice vamp? her roommate is a super-powerful sorceress but doesn't even know it? she's offered the spot of "consort" and sentinel right off the bat?). I echo other reviewers who have been extremely annoyed with the narrator's rendition of the various voices. Even when she was reading non-dialogue, she does it in sort of a snarky, sarcastic tone. Weird. Anyway, would not recommend this book. Apparently the second and third in the series are better, but I'm not going to waste a credit or money on either.
I put this series off simply because I thought the cover was too cheesy. If you enjoy J. Frost, Jenn Estep, or R. Mead. You really need to try this one. This first one is good, #2 is better, and #3 I had to listen to it twice.
The narrator almost ruins an enjoyable story. I read the first chapter as a sample and downloaded the audible book looking forward to some entertainment during a long drive. Well, I was entertained, but the narrator is so bad I even groaned aloud a couple of times. I debated on buying the book to finish it because it's almost unbearable to listen. Pauses in weird places and emphasis on the wrong words. An example that sticks out "bread and butter pickles" comes out "bread ......... and butter pickles. I thought, "what are butter pickles". Reminds me of William Shatner, but I think even he would be a better narrator.
This was the worst vampire novel to which I have forced myself to listen. The main character, Merit, is a self professed intellectual graduate student with the vocabulary of a mold spore and the individuality of an ant. The entire vampire culture in this series is based on the sorority and fraternity pledge system with all of the conformity and shallow seeking of people of good families that that implies. Nothing of the vampire mythology is created, just borrowed and that badly. If you want to waste your time reading about catty fashion conscious women and boyfriend planning, this is the book for you.
I picked this book up on a sale, thank TPTB. The narrator spoke like she was shooting the words at you. It was a constant staccato delivery and every person, male or female, human or vampire, sounded alike. It was so bad, I couldn't decide if I even liked the book itself. Fortunately, I was intrigued enough to get books 2 and 3 from the library and they were great. I recommend the series, though this first book is not much of an example, but if you read the book itself, it should be much better. As for the story itself, I found the heroine to be too confrontational to be very realistic. But again, in the following books she is much better.
I couldn't get into this audio book. The plot seemed like just a rehash of a story that's been told over and over again. Not horrible, but definitely not engaging enough to make me continue on with the series. I have to admit a bias against the narrator. I agree with comments made by another reviewer; the transitions between characters were difficult to follow and lacked emotional context.
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