With the Godmother Guild destroyed by Teague's army, Mina finds herself without the guidance of her Fae godmother. Alone and confused, she must lean on her friends for support. The dark prince threatens their very existence with a show of power on the human plane that has everyone running for their lives. To save them, Mina must make a deal with the prince to become his prisoner or lose her friends forever.
Perhaps I could go back to previous books and pick out the plot developments that would allow this series to be wrapped up, but I would not have seen this end coming for the most part. This is good and bad. Some stories were rushed to closure and just seemed like they were jammed in to provide outcomes which was not satisfying. Some just felt like they were just completely out of left field. So I feel satisfied with knowing how it ended, but not necessarily satisfied with the ending itself.
After barely escaping the machinations of his terrifying mother, two all-knowing seers, and countless bloodthirsty siblings, the last thing Julius wants to see is another dragon. Unfortunately for him, the only thing more dangerous than being a useless Heartstriker is being a useful one. Now that he's got an in with the Three Sisters, Julius has become a key pawn in Bethesda the Heartstriker's gamble to put her clan on top.
No spoilers!! This is a very satisfying end to book 2, wrapping up several major plots, but pointing to the biiiiiiig enchiladas in just the last few chapters. Funny and well developed characters. A page turner. I am content to wait for book 3 but definitely will put it on my pre-order as soon as it is posted on Audible! The narrator is very very good, and has well developed consistently delivered characterizations. this makes the performance perfect! Please do not change narrators for the remainder of the series
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In a posh suburb of the nation's capital, at the most exclusive high school in the world, the vampires who secretly run the government have created a game for America's daughters of privilege. Show up to Homecoming in a black dress and you've entered yourself in a contest where the winner lives forever, and the loser becomes the winner's first victim. Only the wealthiest, most connected students can hope to win, so when new girl Nicky Bloom wears a black dress to Homecoming, everyone assumes she has a death wish.
Story seems silly and driven by sillier complicated back-stories and historical plots. This might spoil things a bit but you are barely into the first half of the dance 16 chapters in and there are so many background stories that don't make characters all that more sympathetic it makes your head spin. A prologue establishing the background might have mitigated the necessity of some of this. How these stories are wedged into the main plot is awkward. Much like this: the train moved down the track. The first car of the train came from a factory in Detroit. It was a cold month in Detroit when the care was built...
And in like fashion 15 cars are described.
Won't get the second book... That is quite enough.
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Sydney Sage is an alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets - and human lives. In the Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her...But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once.
I have enjoyed everything I have read by Richelle Mead and the Fiery Heart was no exception. (no spoilers, promise). The story is propelled forward in a satisfying way with a cliff-hanger ending that is going to make waiting for Silver Shadows, Book 5 of the Bloodlines series (due July 29, 2014) agonizing. I did enjoy the change of perspective where alternating chapters are shared from both Sydney's and Adrian's POV.
What might take some getting used to for long-time audiobook listeners since VA is the change in Adrian's voicing and his new POV. The new performer and Emily Shaffer's changes to Adrian's rendering might take a bit of getting used to. Be patient. Give it a chance. Recognize that the same ole Ivoshkov charm, hang-ups, fears, and passion for life and art are still there even if that delightful accent is now Americanized. I think I will still back to the first 3 books so I can re-visit with old Adrian again because I'm so used to it. So much so that I admit that I mourned the lost of his rendition. Nu-Adrian is still okay though. I'll stick with him--mainly because it is the character that and is consistent, endearing, and matters most, not his voice.
Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.
I have anticipated this book eagerly since the cliff-hanger ending to the last in the series. Who will Sookie end up with? Will she be turned? Will she come out unscathed?
What you will probably find upon listening to the first few chapters is, "Man, I wonder if should have re-read all of the books again so I don't miss the details". As I chose not to do this, I don't feel I'm much worse off for the experience, but I am thinking I will go back and re-read the series so I can appreciate this book more the second time around. I opted to carry on, getting wrapped up in what essentially is continuing story in the Sookie Stackhouse saga that gives just enough closure to loose ends to leave you mildly content, and just enough new information and story progression to leave you wondering if we will never know going what will happen to other characters. Because of this lingering dissatisfaction, I don't feel as satisfied with the entire story as I had hoped. What made all the difference in my appreciation was Ms. Parker's performance. She was absolutely amazing though this series. Her characterizations and narration are like the perfect caramel icing to the best homemade sour cream pound cake ever.
Is this the end of stories from this world? I don't think so. What I noticed is that the author seemed to leave a host of opportunities to write more short stories from the universe she has created, ideally to tie up or develop these loose ends. We can only hope. Regardless, I don't regret the purchase and am reasonably satisfied to the end of this epic series.
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With an invasion of her country imminent, Tipper Schope is drawn into a mission to keep three important statues from falling into the enemy’s clutches. Her friend, the artist Bealomondore, helps her execute the plan, and along the way he learns to brandish a sword rather than a paintbrush. As odd disappearances and a rash of volatile behavior sweep Chiril, no one is safe. A terrible danger has made his vicious presence known: The Grawl, a hunter unlike any creature encountered before.
The performer, Ms. Meyers did not perform either the Dragonkeeper Chronicles or the first book of the Chiril Dragons series The Vanishing Sculptor/Dragons of Chiril. It became abundantly clear in the first few minutes of this recording that was either she not coached or trained on the pronunciations established in the previous recorded novels, with kimens now being pronounced Keymons (like Pokemons). and poor tumanhofers names being mangled at every turn. It is very distracting and takes away from a story consistent with other offerings in Ms. Paul's series which offer wholesome quality spiritual fantasy adventures which have just the right balance of action, humor (I absolutely love the wizard Fenworth), but the performance by Ms. Meyer could have benefited with some simple consistencies with previous audio work done on these two series. Who knows, perhaps kimens (read: Kih-mums) should have always been Key-mons, but since I've never heard differently until now, I'm struggling to get used to it and absorb the story with the attention it deserves.
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