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Rosemary and Rue Audiobook

Rosemary and Rue: An October Daye Novel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The world of Faerie never disappeared: it merely went into hiding, continuing to exist parallel to our own. Secrecy is the key to Faerie’s survival—but no secret can be kept forever, and when the fae and mortal worlds collide, changelings are born. Half-human, half-fae, outsiders from birth, these second-class children of Faerie spend their lives fighting for the respect of their immortal relations. Or, in the case of October “Toby” Daye, rejecting it completely.

After getting burned by both sides of her heritage, Toby has denied the fae world, retreating into a “normal” life. Unfortunately for her, Faerie has other ideas. The murder of Countess Evening Winterrose, one of the secret regents of the San Francisco Bay Area, pulls Toby back into the fae world. Unable to resist Evening’s dying curse, which binds her to investigate, Toby is forced to resume her old position as knight errant to the Duke of Shadowed Hills and begin renewing old alliances that may prove her only hope of solving the mystery...before the curse catches up with her.

©2010 Seanan McGuire (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Well researched, sharply told, highly atmospheric and as brutal as any pulp detective tale, this promising start to a new urban fantasy series is sure to appeal to fans of Jim Butcher or Kim Harrison." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Rick Abruzzo SF, CA USA 10-26-16
    Rick Abruzzo SF, CA USA 10-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Tiresome story"

    I really wanted to enjoy this book but was frustrated by the pointless dialogue that literally was practically a narration of the action we just read with bland sarcasm thrown in.

    The plot blocking made me want to Throw my phone. The entire plot consists the main character getting attacked and then bouncing between 4 other characters and internal complaining about life and her circumstances. For a PI she does hardly no investigating and the entire mystery could have been resolved half way through but was plot blocked by another character because... I don't know... reasons. As a matter of fact this entire world and society of Fae motivations is just explained as 'reasons'. These world is alien because zero choices made in this book make any sense to any human.

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    Amazon Customer 10-15-16
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    "An interesting UF"

    The world built here was a bit overly complicated. It felt like I was learning something new I had to sock away for future books every other page. So it was good but man it was dense for being so short. Kowal is an awesome narrator. She did a great job.

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    Tamara Greer Dahlonega, GA 09-26-16
    Tamara Greer Dahlonega, GA 09-26-16 Member Since 2006
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    "Disappointing"

    I absolutely love this series, I have read them all. That's why this audio version was so disappointing. The reader did her very best to destroy the book. Her reading of Toby was the opposite of what I imagined the character to be, and she didn't do much better with the rest of the characters. I never read Toby as incompetent and whiney but that was the way she came off. I'm going to try the next audio book to see if it gets better but I have this whole series a solid 5 stars in book version and this version barely got 3. If you didn't enjoy the audio book then try the real thing. Without this reader makes a huge difference.

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    C. Milliron 05-23-16
    C. Milliron 05-23-16
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    "Fae!"

    Fantastic stories, mystery, adventure, and magic! Great combo, well told tales, characters you care about.

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    Clara 04-07-16
    Clara 04-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Considering returning it"

    I bought this one after reading and loving the Incryptid books, thinking I'd get more of the same, but was mostly disappointed.

    Our heroine spends most of the book being injured and/or defeated, and seems unable to accomplish much on her own. I kept expecting October to somehow pull herself together and surprise her various attackers, but no, she just kept getting her ass kicked again and again and again and again and...
    The ending was the same, and that made it the most disappointing part. There were some interesting side characters and relationships, but they were just too many, and I found myself constantly getting them mixed up.
    The reader barely pronounced consonants, and sometimes her voice trails off at the second half of a word, which made it hard to hear whenever there was a little background noise.

    If you want humour and a strong female protagonist, don't pick this book.

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    Amazon Customer 03-30-16
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    "Good story, narrator so-so"

    The story was pretty good, but the narrator is quite limited with her character variations. Has she ever even heard a Hispanic accent before? Otherwise, the story has me intrigued enough to download the next one in the series.

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 02-29-16
    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 02-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "An excellent addition to UF genre!"

    Set in the modern-day San Francisco Bay area, October ‘Toby’ Daye is a PI who investigates the normal, but also the supernatural. Being half-fae herself, she has quite a few tricks up her sleeves when it comes to detecting the truth. Toby Daye is also a mother and a fiancé. But then a case goes tits up and Toby is turned into a fish in Lily’s garden for the next 12 or 14 years. Afterward, she doesn’t want to live a fae life and she’s doing her best to cut all her fae connections away. The death of a friend pulls her back into the world with a binding curse.

    Toby is awesome, for a lot of reasons. She has this whole backstory that we only get pieces of in this book and that past definitely affects the choices she makes. She isn’t perfect and sometimes she willingly lies to herself in an attempt to capture a few moments of happiness. She’s flawed and interesting, courageous and humble, clever and distrusting. All this makes her a great lead character.

    When Countess Evening Winterose is murdered, a curse is set upon Toby to find her killer. She also has to keep an unusual and powerful item safe. In attempting to do both these things without being killed herself, she has to reconnect with her old fae life. She once swore fealty to the Duke of Shadowed Hills, who has tried to welcome her back since her fishy experience ended, only to be politely rebuffed by Toby. Then there is her old flame Devin of Home, who has a variety of unwanted half fae kids hanging around running odd jobs for him. Tybalt of the Court of Cats has stayed in her life, whether she likes it our not. Lily only has sway in her garden but has made it clear Toby is always welcome there. With this curse upon her, Toby must reconnect with all these fae characters and more to solve the case.

    Toby isn’t the only one with an interesting past. The Duke’s wife and daughter also underwent an ordeal about the same time Toby was gone. It obviously changed them but we only find out enough to entice us to learn more. I loved Luna’s rose garden because it’s beautiful and a bit eerie. I love the amount of mythology pulled into the tale. It’s a great mix of the San Francisco that exists today and these bits of mythology. The story has a solid murder mystery feel to it also, taking itself seriously. There is definitely a price to be paid to find the answers Toby seeks. The story has a great mix of fae magic and detective seriousness. I’m looking forward to reading Book 2.



    The Narration: Mary Robinette Kowal did a pretty good job, and was spot on for Toby herself. She had distinct voices for all the characters, though her Spanish accent was a bit forced. It became smoother as the story went on. I loved her gruff voice for the taxi driver and Tybalt’s pissed off voice.

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    Jenny 02-19-16
    Jenny 02-19-16
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    "One of my favorite series."

    A great series. I go back and listen to it again in between books. Very well read and great character voices.

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    JC. Sanders 12-12-15
    JC. Sanders 12-12-15 Member Since 2015

    Reading and listening to books is a way of life for me I love to get out of my world and immerse myself in something new

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    "Wish I had found this series sooner"
    What made the experience of listening to Rosemary and Rue the most enjoyable?

    Good start to a series that definitely made me want more. At first I wanted to tell October to wake up and stop being a wimp but once she got going the book was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very real emotions, fantasy and crime mix was interesting!


    What about Mary Robinette Kowal’s performance did you like?

    Characters were clearly different. Good portrayal of emotions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The death of Tobys' friend and how she felt when she heard the phone message.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel F. Van Werken Scotia, NY 11-23-15
    Daniel F. Van Werken Scotia, NY 11-23-15 Member Since 2016

    Getting fatter, older, and uglier every day.

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    "Actually, kind of boring"
    Would you try another book from Seanan McGuire and/or Mary Robinette Kowal?

    I bought another book already, so I will likely listen to it, but I seriously doubt I'll ever buy another one.


    What could Seanan McGuire have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The story was a bit pretentious and boring. I was hoping for an exciting ride and the story is more of a bland female fantasy without any real drive. I wouldn't have finished it except for the fact that I can listen while working, so there's no time loss for me.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't know whether it was the reader's fault or just the story itself, but the voice sounded overly pretentious to the point of annoyance.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration that the story wasn't any better than it was.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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