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Wonderful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-19

Fun YA book. I can’t wait for the next one to come out. It will be purchased as soon as I can see it.

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Good story, BUT too much bluster

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-18-16

I've read/listened to all the books in this series and think this is a good story line, but I've decided to give this a 3 star rating for two reasons. The first, over used phrases and similar personalities. For example, ending a sentence with the phrase 'I think'. One person may talk like that, not 2-3 characters. Another favorite, "I WILLL KILL YOU!" and "I will kill you slowly!" Hardly ever happens... All bluster and hot air. Just because it's said so many times doesn't make me think they are any tougher than before. There are way too many type A personalities that they all act (and threaten) the same.

Second gripe, during the most intense part, the last battle, my interest started to drift. Something went wrong there, that shouldn't have happened. It felt like I had heard it all before. Maybe the tempo didn't work up to the ending as well as it should have.

Well, that's my opinion. Take it for what it's worth. It's still an interesting story line, just not my cup of tea anymore.

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Chapters are out of order starting after 9.

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The chapters are out of order. I'm not getting a quality performance.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I seems like a great book, but someone needs to look at the end of chapter 9 going into 10. There seems to be a huge leap. Then in chapter 11, there is a jump backwards. If all is correct, then I have serious issues with the writer. I originally thought it was foreshadowing and looking back but nothing is making sense.

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Starting to see a cartoon name calling pattern...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-07-14

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Maybe. I enjoyed reading about a new couple, but the characters have the same personality and verbal characteristics as the previous book, which leads to no distinctive characters from book to book. I want to enjoy new wording, sayings, personalities, not a repeat of what worked in the first book.

Any additional comments?

The plot was the most interesting part of the book and the main reason I finished it. I really didn't enjoy the same verbal banter and sarcastic remarks the second time around. I think the use of cartoon name calling might be a theme in the author's books...which leads me to feel like the characters are acting juvenile in a very adult situation. Having mentioned the author's weak point in her writing, I'll say that the plot was interesting and unpredictable. The narrator approached the characters the same as the first book which is why the characters of the first and second books sound so much alike. I think the narrator fits this series but she should work on making each character distinctive since the author is writing the books the way she is. Overall I rated the book in the middle--not bad but not great. The narrator helped by performing the book and not simply reading it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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75% of the book is review

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-13

Any additional comments?

I really liked the first two books, even though I've never met a guy that mature and responsible at that age. But, I was disappointed that the characters kept talking about the past. I really wanted to know what their married life was going to be, what they decided to do with their lives at such a young age and how they raised the boys. The only exciting and unique part of the story was at the end, the epilogue.

If you want to know more about what Will was thinking and why he did what he did, this is your book. It explains it all. Happy reading/listening.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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ending didn't fit with the story

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-13

What did you like best about Pale Demon? What did you like least?

The best part was the whole road trip idea with Trent and Rachael. The story was full of action and suspense (definate 4 star for this). It even triggered some of my emotions. What I liked least was the ending. It felt like the author had a target ending. By this I mean, the actions through out the book (where I wanted to throttle Trent) didn't feel right for the kiss at the end. It left me thinking 'How could they even be friends after all the manipulation?'

Any additional comments?

The story left me with a LOT of questions for the author. I also came away with a bitter taste in my mouth with reguard to a parent kidnapping their child from the other parent. I wouldn't promote that sort of action in my hero/champion no matter what.

Over all, this book was exciting and full of adventure, but unfortunately, the ending felt unjustified and wrong for the story. I simply can not read/listen about a character that I want to strangle throughout the book and then have warm fuzz feelings about him in the end. All the injuries at the end he righteously deserved (with interest). Rachael's character needs to find someone who shares her values, and I don't think Trent has shown any redeeming qualities, thus far, in this book.

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Should have read it instead.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I did finish it, and it did have some interesting moments...so, yah.

What didn’t you like about Sophie Eastlake’s performance?

Sophie's Dagos voice sounded like a teenage boy's most of the time. Also, I did like how she read some of the lines. If I was reading the book, some of the lines she 'acted' wouldn't have been spoken that way in my head.

Any additional comments?

This is the second time I've listened to the story. I'm going back over my audiobooks and writing reviews I didn't at first or that audible lost. So here it goes.

Pia is blackmailed into stealing from Dragos' hord, he hunts her down. They spend time together on the 'road' and she ends up at his place, under his protection. They have some steamy moments, she has to prove herself to some of his men/women before they respect her, P and D argue several times over his attitude throughout the book, she gets kidnapped, she nearly dies while getting saved and they get engaged.

There are a couple of details that I left out, like what she changes into and why she leaves the building before she gets kidnapped, so I don't ruin some of the surprises.

All in all, I liked the book better the first time around. I see so many flaws this second time around... or maybe it's that I have listened to so many MORE books since then, that I have a broader base to rate it on.

First of all, I noticed Dragos' voice took on a sullen boyish tone when talking to Pia, and a spoiled brat tone when ordering everyone else around. This is where I mentioned that IF I had read the book the scenes wouldn't have seemed so bad. I did say a line or two in my head and found the scenes weren't bad, just 'acted' out poorly by the narrator.

Second, Pia talks to Dragos like a mother would to a child at times. How old is he??? Very old. Pia is the reasonable voice in the group that has to calm the beast having a temper tantrum over various things (his hord, Pia being hurt, Pia being touched, etc.) I know D is a dragon and not a man, but I had a hard time relating to his character when I wanted him to act more like a man than a boy.

Third, Pia has to teach him about relationships, which causes several fights. It was getting on my nerves close to the end of the book. I know that relationship are work, but the relationship has just started, they should be in the 'infatuation' stage, they shouldn't have to work this hard this early on. It doesn't give me the idea they are totally in love.

I do want to end on a positive note. I did enjoy the story. It was unpredictable in many spots. This is a definate read for the person who likes paranormal romance. The story focuses in on their relationship and doesn't get in the epic story realm. Very easy to follow.

A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 2 audiobook cover art

abusive, dysfunctional relationship

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-12

What did you like best about A Hunger Like No Other? What did you like least?

Best...The plot was original. The last female vampire half breed, hidden from the vampires and is the mate to a lyken. Least...The abusive relationship. These weren't character flaws, but thought out lies and coerced/manipulated sexual acts on a woman.

Would you be willing to try another book from Kresley Cole? Why or why not?

Not sure.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The accents were good, but I didn't like the female voices very much. Over all it is hard for a man to sound like a woman, so I compared him to other men and scored from there.

Any additional comments?

The first half of the book deals with finding Emmaline and traveling. This is an abusive first half with alot of lying and manipulation (mentally and sexually). The second half, is set in the home of Locklain, where he continues to lie, 'buy' her gifts to win her over and even get her drunk to have sex with her. Everything a mother fears in a relationship for her daughter. I felt this book was more for the 'forced' fantasy reader. Where the woman wants to run and the man chases her down. Although there isn't rape in the story, I found that there wasn't complete complience and consent in the acts...which I struggled with. When a girl says 'no' it doesn't mean 'maybe'. This story may give some that impression.

24 of 28 people found this review helpful

The Warlord Wants Forever: Immortals After Dark, Book 1 audiobook cover art

This is the second time I listened to the story.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-05-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

This is definately for the Romance reader. The type of person who enjoys the relationship and sex in a book. I personally like some romance with a lot of action. Although the story has action, the story was about the romance and nothing more.

What was most disappointing about Kresley Cole’s story?

The plot was so simple and the mistakes the characters made were not mere character flaws, but huge relationship crushing mistakes. I was cringing while listening to certain scenes.

Any additional comments?

I forgot the story (listened awhile back), so I listened to it for a second time. Originally I rated it 4 stars. What was I thinking? I listen to this genre almost exclusively...all I can say, is that my tastes and opinions have refined throughout the years. I give the story 2 stars, under the category of "It was OK."

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What's behind the mask?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-12

Any additional comments?

The story is about a beautiful woman, Miranda, forced into marriage by her father. She has the power to create fire but refuses to use it or tell anyone about it. She also has an identity in the underworld of London as Pan. This is where our main characters first meet. Ben hides behind a mask, like in the Phantom of the Opera, not letting anyone see him. They don't even have sex for the longest time because of it. Miranda said it the best...she was his partner but not his wife. So it is quite obvious that they both have trust issues to work through.

The weakest part of the book, for me, was the romance. It was easy to identify the systematic formula used to lead us into the passionate moments. Each time the characters came together they moved to a new base, until they finally reached home. I wanted to scream "About time!" Talk about being teased.

When we finally get to the unveiling of the mask, I didn't guess 100% correct, but I was on the right track. That was a neat twist and the solution to the problem took on two point of views. It was interesting to listen to Miranda's view and then take a moment to know what Ben was experiencing too.

I wasn't expecting the villan to be who I thought it would be...although, looking back, I didn't like the person in question, but I didn't know how they fit in to the over all mystery...all the clues lead to that person tho. I don't read alot of mysteries, but I think that is what a reader is suppose to do...keep guessing. And if you can guess who did it the author didn't do a very good job of writing. So good job!

12 of 13 people found this review helpful