I was a big Caitlin Kiernan fan way back when and to this day Silk remains one of my all-time favorite books. When I heard about Blood Oranges and rea..Show More »d reviews declaring it a great read, I was excited to delve into Ms. Kiernan's urban fantasy world under the name Kathleen Tierney. If only Blood Oranges was as good as I had hoped.
Blood Oranges was dark, gritty, had somewhat creative mythology, and was brilliantly narrated (by the fangtabulous Amber Benson) but those are the only positive things I can say about it. It's hard to root for an urban fantasy "heroine" with zero redeeming qualities and it's even harder to enjoy said book when you don't like most of the secondary characters. FYI, you can give a junkie redeeming qualities. Stacia Kane certainly did it with Chess in her impressive and under-appreciated Downside Ghosts series.
Siobhan Quinn was nothing more than a foul mouthed (I do not have an issue with language, I'm just describing her and making a point), irritating, recently turned girl who replaced one addiction for another. I thought I'd grow to like her but I just didn't. Like I said, Quinn had no redeeming qualities whatsoever and she did not really grow as a character throughout the book.
I give the narration of Blood Oranges 5 stars and will admit that it's the only reason I stuck with the book. Hearing Amber Benson read lines and/or paragraphs about Buffy the Vampire Slayer was beyond awesome and had my inner fangirl squeeing like a freak. For those not in the know, Amber Benson played the witch, Tara, on Buffy. The book itself, was little more than a 2 star read for me. It was just okay. Unless I run out of things to read, I won't be continuing on with the Siobhan Quinn series no matter how much I loved the narration.
Amber Benson narrates the second adventure of Quinn the vampire / werewolf of Providence with more confidence, a tight grip on her character's voice, ..Show More »a pleasing rhythm, and a slight monotony if one listens too long at a time. I would describe her Quinn voice as a combination of a cat's purr and a tiger's growl; perfect. She also does arrogant old demons and Gaelic trolls and obnoxious seagulls and snotty Goth girls well.
I loved the performance by Amber Benson. She really brought each of the characters to life. Each had their own voice that was unique and clearly recog..Show More »nizable. However, I really struggled to finish the story. As the main character pointed out: "info dump". The story had several of them. I normally enjoy a detailed storyline, but there was a very large and unfamiliar in-depth background mythology to work through as well as character background. I think it would have been easier to swallow in smaller bites over more books.