★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I enjoyed the narrator, Sophie Eastlake, more this time around. She has improved. She used to be a little m★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I enjoyed the narrator, Sophie Eastlake, more this time around. She has improved. She used to be a little more “deadpan.” (At least I thought so for Serpent's Kiss.
Love that Pia and Dragos, protagonists from the first book, are back!...more
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked this one. I didn’t love it, like I thought I would, but I liked it a lot. (view spoile[image error]
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked this one. I didn’t love it, like I thought I would, but I liked it a lot. (view spoiler)[I felt the heroine jumped into a new relationship too soon after her break-up with her current boy-friend. (hide spoiler)] But, with the hero as yummy as he was, maybe I would have, too.
Some of the humor didn’t work for me, but some of it did. In fact, there were a few laugh out loud moments. Maybe this can be credited, in part, to Kate Reading’s wonderful delivery. Love listening to her narrations. She does a great job of Jack’s American accent.
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Keeping the Characters Straight - Help (you're going to need it) from Shelfari.com Sara Keegan: An A tee-shirt available @ http://www.allposters.com/
Keeping the Characters Straight - Help (you're going to need it) from Shelfari.com Sara Keegan: An Accountant, owner of a new age book shop called "The Scrying Glass". Quinn Tyrell: Pyr, a silver and blue dragon, the Smith. Erik Sorensson: Pyr, a pewter and onyx dragon, leader of the Pyrs Donovan Shea: Pyr, lapis lazuli and gold dragon Lucien: Slayer, topaz yellow dragon Boris Vassily: Slayer, ruby red dragon, leader. Ambrose: Slayer, gold dragon Niall Talbot: Pyr, amethyst and platinum dragon Rafferty Powell: Pyr, opal and gold dragon Sloane Forbes: Pyr, tourmaline dragon Sigmund Guthrie: Slayer, malachite green and silver dragon, Erik's son Sophie: Wyvern dragon, Pyr, crystal white, only female. Everett: Slayer, tourquoise dragon Xavier: Slayer, garnet red dragon Magda: Sara's aunt Delaney Shea: Pyr, emerald and gold dragon
★★★½✩ I was really enjoying this first in the Dragonfire series; loved the characters (and there were a lot!), loved the plot, and this made it for a fast page-turning read.
Then. Things. Changed.
I felt the author played a little fast & loose with the abilities and magic of the characters and world. She didn't have her “rules” firm enough, IMHO. Why didn't a character used that ability earlier? (Which happened more than once!) (view spoiler)[What was with the hero’s keen not-so-keen sense of smell? Why didn't a character recognize another character? Why didn’t the hero ensure the safety of his lady before antagonizing a potential foe, and then rapidly try to erect a defense? Especially given his history. (view spoiler)[Why could one character shape shift to enable escape, but didn’t do so earlier? Oh, because they didn’t know. But wait, they did! (hide spoiler)] Why didn’t the dirt in the tunnel stop the smoke? I don’t know about that world, but here in the Real one, it does. (hide spoiler)] And on and on.
Some parts of the book were fun and engaging, I enjoyed the author’s “voice” and I could forgive a few little things as a “first in the series book” - but the inconsistencies just started snowballing out of control, making me roll my eyes one too many times and lose interest. (And I was really, really interested the first 3/4 of the book!)
I did this as a “buddy read,” so of course I finished; I think my fellow “BRs” liked it more than I did, so you should probably give it a chance. In fact, I’m willing to give this author another shot. I’m just getting the next in the series from the library. ☺
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ll be honest and say it took me several attempts at this one. After failing three times, I juAshmole 782?
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ll be honest and say it took me several attempts at this one. After failing three times, I just put the audiobook in the car; I figured there I would be a captive audience. I was really beginning to wonder how this book ever received GoodReads’ Romance of the Year Award. However, I ended up loving it and wanting to go out to do my errands just to listen to the story. Eventually, I had my iPod in my ears while I did my grocery shopping. It is wonderful. Yes, I borrowed the Kindle version from my library to reference certain sections; while there is just one plotline going on, it is complicated.
While the story is spellbinding, Jennifer Ikeda’s fabulous narration is something I didn’t appreciate until the book started introducing so many international characters. Ms. Ikeda does a great job on all the accents: American, English, Indian, Australian, Scottish, French, Italian . . . I lost count of them all in the 24 hours it took for her to read this novel. When there are multiple people from one dialect, she manages to differentiate their voices, which is no small task. Regardless of a character’s mood or tone, she doesn’t slip. She elevates the whole book, IMHO.
I loved Diana and Matthew’s love story! And I loved Diana’s gradual unearthing and acceptance of her heritage after her serendipitous discovery of a palimpsest known as Ashmole 782 among the eleven million rare manuscripts in the Bodleian Library of Oxford University.
Can’t wait for July and the next book in the All Souls Trilogy!
I was trying to decide if I should listen to this one audio or not. Going to the Brick & Mortar Public Library is a pain, now that I've been spoiled by downloadable audiobooks. Plus, I would have to transfer all those CDs (twenty!) to my iPod/Touch. Then Xe sent me the link to this blog review: The Oddiophile. Some people are just so darn clever! LOL! Thanks Xe!
★★★★★ This series just gets better and better. Love the detail and the wit. I feel as if I’ve gotten to know these wonderful characters (though some a★★★★★ This series just gets better and better. Love the detail and the wit. I feel as if I’ve gotten to know these wonderful characters (though some are infuriating!) and at the same time they keep surprising me. Ms. Carriger had me on the edge of my seat for chapters, laughing out loud, wanting desperately to learn what happened next ー yet conversely wanting to savor each word. Wonderful. Can’t wait for the next installment....more
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” inEffrijim: AKA Jim [image error]
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in this book that she anthropomorphizes with a hilarious “woe is me” tone in his voice – oh, excuse me, a Newfoundland, as Jim prefers to be called! This first in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series is a hoot! Ms. Rosenblat sounds completely different than she does in the Amelia Peabody Mysteries.
Still, I enjoyed this book more than I should have and laughed at all the silly set-up scenarios that contribute to all of Abaddon and the Paris Otherworld chasing after Aisling. Of course, maybe this is worth squabbling over: (view spoiler)[ Gold Dragon or. . . “An aquamanile is a form of ewer, usually made of metal, used for the ritual washing of hand by a priest or other liturgical person. They were very common in medieval times.” (hide spoiler)]
I have no idea if Ms. Rosenblat’s French and Hungarian accents are spot-on or not, but I loved listening to them, both male or female. I’ll definitely continue with the series on audiobooks. . . (view spoiler)[if only for more of Jim! LOL! Yes, Drake, the hero, is yummy, but Jim made me laugh. Book #4.5 below is just a short story, featuring him. (hide spoiler)]