My Thoughts: I came across this book as a recommendation in a comment in Ilona Andrews' giveaway for an ARC of Magic Shifts. And mighty glad I did! ItMy Thoughts: I came across this book as a recommendation in a comment in Ilona Andrews' giveaway for an ARC of Magic Shifts. And mighty glad I did! It was an awesome read!!
Chapter 1, I wasn't very convinced. But by Chapter 3, I knew it was gonna be good! And by the end of the book, Eric Asher has gained a new die-hard fan! You got your vampires, fairies, old gods, power-wielding humans and more. Hopefully the author will expand more about the werewolves and witches in subsequent books in the series. Needing a good urban fantasy fix? Pick this book up! I just wished they hired a more ruggedly appealing model for the cover though. Don't have to be handsome, just more appealing. Anyway the suggestion of magical elements in the cover art makes up for it. So not a total loss. I also like William Dufris' narration and his interpretation of the story. He obviously brought his own flavor to the book which made it ultimately more enjoyable! And of course, I already bought the second book and currently reading it :)
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 4.5 Writing Style = 4.5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 4.5 Cover art = 4 Pace = ( 8 hrs & 50 mins listening time) Plot = 4 Narration = 5
My Thoughts: I took a bit of time from finishing this book to reviewing it because I needed to digest it before I could put words into paper. I alreadyMy Thoughts: I took a bit of time from finishing this book to reviewing it because I needed to digest it before I could put words into paper. I already know that this was a great book right off the bat, but, I needed to think about what makes it great (other than the fact that I am a Charlie Parker series fanatic fan). The world building and character development have been established a long time ago, and of course that contributed greatly to making this book a very good read... It could be that the plot of this particular book is the best yet in the series. Or, at least, it feels like it... Or it could also be that the last book had such a fluffy plot that this one took on a "great" feeling. Either way, I liked the plot immensely! On top of that, this book did not have those annoying unrelated add-on narratives that some books in this series had. Kudos to that! However some "hanging threads" from previous books are still not explained. Like who hired Jackie to bomb The Collector's lawyer? I'm still hoping that these hanging threads will get answers sometime down the line. I also like the fact that new aspects of Sam is being revealed. Ohhhh! Delicious tantalizing revealations!! Can't wait to read more about Sam! And of course more of Angel and Louis! Again this book reinforced the fact that the character development is simply masterful! And maybe because of this, that no book in this series could ever get a low rating.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4.5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 4.5 Writing Style = 4.5 Ending = 4.5 World building = 5 Cover art = 4 Pace = (13 hrs & 38 mins) Plot = 4.5 Narration = 5
Narrative Evaluation: The cover, although it has lots of meaning and is very appropriate to the story, does not ping my book buying radar. In fact I haNarrative Evaluation: The cover, although it has lots of meaning and is very appropriate to the story, does not ping my book buying radar. In fact I had this book for two weeks before I finally picked it up to read. I keep coming up with excuses like, I'll finish this book first before reading that one. Or, I'll watch the eclipse first before I'll start with that... etc... Loved the eclipse, by the way. All due to the fact that the cover did not appeal to my fantasy reader's eyes. This being the first book I've read of Naomi Novik, the author's name on the front did not even help in drawing me to pick up this book. However, the fact that somebody spent the time and effort of sending me this book, it got read, by hook or by crook! And so I entered the world of Agnieszka of Dvernik... and what a wonderful world!! The world building along with the story telling quality are both compelling and masterful! However, there are some loose theads that was left hanging which I didn't like very much. Like where exactly did the stick men come from and how they came about? The ending also, while closed the story nicely, was not the big bang I expected. Having said that, I would still give this book a 5 out of 5. It was just that good that I finished the book in a day and a half with a fervent hope that Novik would write a book 2!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 5 Character development = 5 Story itself = 4.5 Writing Style = 5 Ending = 4 World building = 5 Cover art = 3 Pace = 5 Plot = 4.5
This being Book 5, I already know the style of this series, so to speak. So I was looking forward to reading this book even though I am not reReview:
This being Book 5, I already know the style of this series, so to speak. So I was looking forward to reading this book even though I am not really a fan of Jason. From his appearances in previous books, he was alright I guess, but he didn't exactly shine or inspire a reader to want to know more about him. He was very easily forgettable. Then all of a sudden we have him showcased in his very own book. Okey, fine. The author writes what she wants to write. As a fan of this author and of this series, I would still buy Jason from that point of view alone. Anyway, I went into this book wanting to like it and I found that I did liked it. But also found myself needing lots of breaks from the book. That came as a surprise for me because normally Nalini Singh's story telling quality grabs me by the throat and drags me into the story and don't let go until the very last page. It made the pace of this book a bit longer than expected. Now, let's talk about covers. I like the US cover. It is appropriate to the story and it pings my fantasy geek radar. The UK cover however is rather a bit too bland and doesn't really suit the story. What is that cover all about?!! Just because the story got lots of angels in it doesn't mean you can just slap an angel wing tattoo on to it and that's that. As a marketing tool, it's a miserable failure. Anyway, unsuitable cover or not, I still enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book in this series!
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4 Character development = 4.5 Story itself = 5 Ending = 4 World building = 4.5 Cover art = UK: 1.5 / US: 4.5 Pace = 3.5 Plot = 4.5
Narrative Evaluation: (Please note that my copy is a paperback and an audible audiobook.) The reason I picked this book up was because I wanted to givNarrative Evaluation: (Please note that my copy is a paperback and an audible audiobook.) The reason I picked this book up was because I wanted to give Kathy Reichs another go after the disappointment with Déjà Dead. And once again we see snarky and humorous remarks here that I liked about Déjà Dead. In fact we see more of it here than there ever was in Déjà Dead, so not a bad start. Not bad at all! I don't know whether that was Brendan Reichs' influence or Kathy Reichs just upped the humour. Or a combination of both. Either way, it brought this book's rating up a notch. By the way, speaking of Brendan Reichs, he is credited to be a co-author of this book and of this series by some sources but my paperback copy of this book does not mention him at all. Maybe later editions of this book bears his name and I must have bought an earlier edition or something. But it sure feels weird though that my book does not have his name in it. Whether or not it is Brendan Reichs' influence, this book has restored my faith in Kathy Reichs' work. Maybe Déjà Dead was not her best and hopefully she improved as a writer as she wrote along, so I would read another of her work again.
Another thing good about this book is the narration. I like Cristin Milioti's voice. It sounds young and fits a YA book. The words are clear and the diction perfect. She also reads with her own brand of pizzazz which adds an enriching flavour to the listening experience! At the end of it, I enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book in this series.
Empirical Evaluation: Story telling quality = 4.5 Character development = 4 Story itself = 4 Ending = 4 World building = 4.5 Cover art = 3 Pace = N/A (9 hrs and 41 mins of listening time) Plot = 4 Narrator = 5