★★★★★ Wow! How does this series just keep getting better and better? I usually listen to the audio, because Susan Ericksen does such an exceptional jo...more★★★★★ Wow! How does this series just keep getting better and better? I usually listen to the audio, because Susan Ericksen does such an exceptional job with the narration, but I found myself “stranded” with only the paperback in hand.
So many memorable scenes with wonderfully developed characters in this one, even the cat, Galahad. (less)
★★★★★ Man-oh-man! LOVED this one. I thought it was going to be too dark for me... but, it pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. It is definitely going on...more★★★★★ Man-oh-man! LOVED this one. I thought it was going to be too dark for me... but, it pulled me in and wouldn’t let go. It is definitely going on my list of “My Best Books of the Year for 2014.” I already ran out and bought the next one to start right away. Plus, although it is now out in PB, I bought the first one in HC to match the second, as it is something I want in my permanent library.
Thanks for doing the “Buddy Read” with me Lauren! You’re fab. I listened to it and then went back and re-read after each chapter breakdown section, trying to stay on our reading schedule track. Which was no hardship -- it was that good!
★★★★½ “Holy heart failure, Batman!” Why have I never read a Christy Reece book before? This one kept me up until the wee hours rea...moreNick’s raven tattoo?
★★★★½ “Holy heart failure, Batman!” Why have I never read a Christy Reece book before? This one kept me up until the wee hours reading.
What a wonderful first-in-series Romantic Suspense. Kennedy O’Connell’s story starts out with a ton of sadness, and I knew it going in. So, I tried to distance myself from her character at the beginning – at least until her hardships were over. Didn’t work! I ended up with a tissue to my eyes anyways.
Both Kennedy and Detective Nick Gallagher were well developed, extraordinary characters and Grey Justice was fantastic. (Although, he remains a man with plenty of secrets; hopefully, to be revealed in later books in this series.) There is a ton of action here and the story flows beautifully, which was great, because I couldn't gobble it down fast enough. After all, I needed to find out what happened! It is a delight to read a novel that is so well written and edited it doesn’t pull you out of the world, but sucks you in. Deeper and deeper.
Ms. Reece does a nice twist here in that you know who the villains are - but then again, you don’t. And how are the good guys going to triumph over such a sinister misuse of power and wealth? The secondary characters are well-drawn, too. Loved Irelyn; I can’t wait to get to her story.
The book spans about a two-year time period and it is all well executed and perfectly paced by the author. I enjoyed their journey to justice, the suspenseful ambiance, the excellent dialogue. The character development continues through the book, the experiences change them; past incidents and tragedies bring about their commitment to their cause and their determination, making it all believable. As they get to know one another, you get to know these characters along the way, and they – and their love story – are worth knowing.
Can’t wait for the next in the series!
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Doing so did not influence my rating.(less)
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by Robert Petkoff. How does this man have so many different male characters in his rep...more★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by Robert Petkoff. How does this man have so many different male characters in his repertoire that are all sooooooo sexy?(less)
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) You know a narrator is good when a secondary character starts speaking and you know who it is right away, w...more★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) You know a narrator is good when a secondary character starts speaking and you know who it is right away, without other clues. Pilar Witherspoon gives such a performance in this wonderful, sweet romance. Her enunciation, pace, and tones are all perfect for every character. I’ll definitely look for more of her readings.
What a lovely romance. It is certainly “one-foot-on-the-floor” – but still, there is plenty of heat between the hero and heroine. And there’s plenty of action in the storyline. I loved Travis and Meredith’s love story. Both characters come alive in Karen Witemeyer’s book. While I’ve certainly noticed her books before, due to the lovely covers, I’ve never read anything by her. That’s about to change; I definitely will be reading more of her work. Also, the religious aspect of the book is not shoved down your throat, but done in a heartwarming, realistic way for time, place, and situation. (less)
★★★★½ I didn’t know if JS could pull it off, but I ended up rooting for and...moreLucky Harbor as posted on Jill Shalvis’ Once in a LifetimePinterest Board.
★★★★½ I didn’t know if JS could pull it off, but I ended up rooting for and – more important – liking Aubrey Wellington. I love the characters in the town of Lucky Harbor; nevertheless, they can’t all be perfect, right? Or the stories would get a bit dull. Still, I didn't know if I was going to warm to Aubrey, even though she got several raw deals in her past.
Although not an alcoholic, Aubrey ends up stumbling into an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and decides to work on the Eighth Step of AA:
“Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.”
Tall order. And she decided to save the one she needs to make to Ben McDaniel for last. But then she goes and falls for him, which delays the confession. Ooops! I liked seeing these two fall in love - despite them thinking it was casual sex. (And I loved that Aubrey was opening a small bookstore! I miss the brick and mortar bookstores!)
Widower Ben is yummy, by the way. Anyone who knows me, knows I’m a sucker for a guy in a toolbelt. I loved the way JS described his body. **coughcough** But a picture is worth a thousand... So, here’s another pic from JS’s Pinterest Board of our hero:
I also liked his dialogues with the other men in Lucky Harbor. Alas, I was worried about how he was going to let go of his grief for his deceased wife, and – surprise, surprise – was almost thinking he didn’t deserve Aubrey there, close to the end. LOL! I should have trusted JS more.
I like it when an author can pull things like this off. I’m looking forward to the audiobook.
I was lucky enough to be given an ARC by the author, which had no effect on my rating. Thanks, Jill!(less)
★★★★☆ Man-oh-man! After the first few chapters, I was sure Miss Yates was going to let me down. I thought this was destined to be a two or three star...more★★★★☆ Man-oh-man! After the first few chapters, I was sure Miss Yates was going to let me down. I thought this was destined to be a two or three star read. But, nope; she pulled out her magic pen – or computer – and managed to redeem the hero, as well as the implausible situation.
It was nice to read about a heroine from a different heritage than is typical of Harlequin Presents, too.
I just don’t know where Attar is located, since it is a fictional country.
I received this book free of charge from Harlequin.
★★★★★ So much happens in this amazing installment, so many important things that come in the later volumes, that when an opportunity to re-read it for...more★★★★★ So much happens in this amazing installment, so many important things that come in the later volumes, that when an opportunity to re-read it for a "buddy read" came along, I had to do so. If you want to read my review of the audiobook, it is here.(less)
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Susan Duerden has quickly become one of my favorite narrators. In Ransom, o...moreCastle on the cliffs of Scotland
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Susan Duerden has quickly become one of my favorite narrators. In Ransom, one of my favorite Garwood books, she manages to elevate it even more! Awe-mazing.
I’ve read Ransom several times, but it was fun to hear it read to me. Ms. Duerden does a wonderful job on the Scottish accents and inflecting just the right tone for the characters and the situation. I don’t know how she got some of the deep voices for the men. Her pacing and voice level are consistent. It was a real joy to listen to this on audiobook. I’m so glad I didn’t resist getting this newly released version, as I know I’ll listen to it again and again.
What can I say about a classic Garwood Highland Medieval and – at 546 pages, or 16 hours on audio – a “chunkster” to boot? I feel like I’m repeating myself about Ms. Garwood; but, while there were a few LOL moments, what I really found was that I was smiling throughout this book. I like smiling while I listen to a story; it gives me a warm feeling; makes me want to hunker down under my covers and stay there, indulging in a bit of escapism to Garwood’s Medieval Scotland. This writer can get away with a subtle brand of humor that others cannot. The prologue in this one is excellent, and instantly transported me there. Even in the urgency and danger of the situation JG still managed to capture the character and innocence of a young Gillian and make me… well, smile. ☺
Here we get two love stories in one, which some people don’t like, but I found one complimented the other and made the developing friendship between the two women, Gillian and Bridgid, a more realistic relationship. It gave them something to talk about. (Not that there wasn’t enough action, intrigue, and betrayal going on in the story.) This was true for the corresponding relationship between the two long-time comrades and heroes, Brodick and Ramsey. They all got to know each other on a different level, and it is easy for me to see the four of them remaining friends for life.
That said, I felt the resolution of secondary love story was a bit too quick; greedy romance reader that I am, I would have liked a smidgen more. Maybe a wedding? One not on horseback? LOL!(less)
Could this be Mercy’s new gold sheep necklace? The original one can be found at www.maxandchloe.com - however, not with the emerald for the sheep’s ey...moreCould this be Mercy’s new gold sheep necklace? The original one can be found at www.maxandchloe.com - however, not with the emerald for the sheep’s eye; I added that. ☺
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King delivers her best narration yet in the seventh installment of the Mercy Thompson series. It is like she’s right there with all of us adoring fans of these novels, and is just as enthusiastic to find out what happens next to our little coyote - and her world - as we are. This makes for great pacing in her reading.
There are many returning characters this time around and, therefore, many voices. (As Sara in GoodReads’ Who’s Your Author? group said, it is like a Reunion Special!) Ms. King keeps them all straight and seems to kick them up a notch, too. Werewolves, vamps, ghosts, feys, humans, whatever. Or maybe that is just because the book is so great! I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: I love her Italian accent for Stefan (a vampire); it has kind of an “I want to drink your blood…” cadence to it, but Ms. King totally gets away with it.
I’ve also said in the past that Ms. Biggs writing is simple, but that doesn’t really convey her talent. I don’t mean bland, as she is far removed from that boring fare. I mean she doesn’t have a lot of superfluous words in her books. Some authors sound like they are writing with at thesaurus open beside them at all times. She’s all about the story - and she knows how to deliver an excellent one. Plus, she loves to slip in a vital little tidbit of information when you least expect it, so you’d best pay attention.
Ms. Briggs gets her point – and her plot - across in an economically elegant style. For example, when a certain someone apologies:
“Hell must have been experiencing some climate change.”
See? No fluff or $64 words, but you know it is a momentous occasion because of the characters’ history. Still, she does throw in a high-rent word here and there, like at this point:
“You will eat this and go to sleep, so your pronouns get their antecedents back.”
Nevertheless, there is one scene, which had me cracking up:
“Obstreperous, ‘huh,” said Tad. “I see you’ve been using that Big Word of the Day calendar I got you last Christmas.”
“That is irrefragable,” I told him solemnly.
Of course, there is also a lot happening: Eep! The wolf pack has been kidnapped! Is it just political? A consequence of the cliffhanger at the end of Fair Game - third in the Alpha & Omega series? Or something else entirely? There are several nice twists, which put me on the edge of my seat throughout.
Despite the seriousness of the situation, there seems to be more humor in this one, if I’m not mistaken, and it is pitch-perfect, although some of it I’m afraid the younger generation might not get: In the opening chapter? With the car Mercy is driving (her VW Rabbit), Jesse’s question (don’t want to spoil it for you), and the whole “rabbit died” connotation? That was just too, too clever! LOL!
Yes, Ms. Biggs is so smart. I wasn’t a “Team Adam” member when Mercy had a choice between him and another, but we actually get a couple of chapters with his thought-processes; he has completely won me over. He remains his über-alpha male self, leader of his wolf pack; however, we get the added treat of finding out what is going on in his handsome head and earnest heart. It is neat to discover his thoughts on his brave little coyote mate, his deep love for her, his need to protect.
All in all, I can’t recommend this one enough. Mercy is not only a clever, kick-ass heroine; she is brave, loyal, compassionate, and filled with common sense, plus her own brand of magic.
P.S. If you don’t read Urban Fantasy, this is the series with which to start. Before you know it, you’ll be drawn into Ms. Briggs’ world. Do you need to read Alpha & Omega series along with this one? No. But, you’ll have a deeper, more rewarding reading experience, if that one is read, too. Luckily, http://www.hurog.com/* has a neat visual timeline for the reading order of these two wonderful series.
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★★★★½ Every once in awhile I have t...more(1) Sunrise - Key West, Florida (2) Victorian style conch house on Elizabeth Street, Key West, Florida. [image error]
★★★★½ Every once in awhile I have to pick up a Meryl Sawyer Romantic Suspense novel and gulp it down in one sitting. Luckily, I found a used copy of Half Moon Bay on my “Friends of the Library” bookshelves. Ms. Sawyer has a way of turning things on their cliché-worn ear, and I always enjoy every word.
This premise was so intriguing: a shy woman, Amy Conroy, grows up with an unsightly birthmark, but is given a chance at a new life with a new face when she is in a freak automobile accident. The thing is – she’s running from a villain, Dexxter Foxx, and in her cross-country trek across America she hides in the trunk of a car at a Florida gas station. Consequently, everyone assumes she is the driver of the vehicle, Shelly Ralston.
Oh, and the twist? Shelly was stalking the hero reporter, Mathew Jensen, who is called in to identify her comatose body in the hospital. Eventually Amy awakens – to a nightmare situation! – with her jaw wired shut, and Mathew finds himself playing the reluctant hero.
Ms. Sawyer certainly holds my attention! I always find myself thinking how I would have written the turns in the plotline; yet, equally wanting to see what she does with it. The Big Thing here is how she is going to bring the H/h together, when Amy, in order to maintain her façade, tries to play the role of a new and reformed Shelly. Whereas, Matt doesn’t want to do anything to trigger her erotomania again.
There is also an interesting collection of secondary characters; so, you are presented with several perspectives. From Bubbles, the twenty-something red-head with multiple body piercings who sells Alien Abduction Insurance, to the hunky ex-Navy SEAL, Kyle, living next door to the Half Moon Bay conch mansion, Matt’s temporary lodgings. Even Dexxter, AKA The Bad Guy, has his own albatross in the form of a “Mrs. Robinson” barracuda – or would that cougar? However, I just love kindhearted Trevor, a Trust Fund Baby who made wise investments, cooks like an Iron Chef, and has an entourage full of mismatched misfits. He not only rescues Amy’s little dog, Jiggs – who play a pivotal role in the tale along with Bingo, a one-eyed tomcat – from the pound, but he convinces Shelly/Amy to go into counseling to overcome her compulsion to stalk Matt! LOL!
Don’t worry; I haven’t begun to reveal all the secrets of this little jewel. As much as I smiled while re-living it during the writing of this review, this one has plenty of suspense you’ll have to discover on your own.
I highly recommend it; too bad it isn't out on Kindle...yet!
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Yes, I know the fashion isn’t right for 1868, but these twins are just too adorable to not post!
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) What can I...moreYes, I know the fashion isn’t right for 1868, but these twins are just too adorable to not post!
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) What can I say about the wonderful, versatile Rosalyn Landor that I have not said before? Here she surprised me with her Kentucky accent of Lucas Ross, the hero. Granted, I’ve met people from this wonderful Southern “blue grass” state and they speak a lot slower than she delivered Lucas’ lines. LOL! Which is probably a good thing, as it would have taken me forever to get to the end. Nevertheless, she gives us a very good delivery of him, astounding me yet again. Of course, the rest of her reading is perfection. I've read this one before, but she kicks it up a notch.
I’m so happy they are re-releasing JG’s books on audio! While this one isn’t my favorite, it gets better as the story moves along. It seems a little disjointed at first, as it searches for a comfortable setting in which to get cozy - the old world or the new. I was able to get distracted by other pretty bookcovers.
Still, some parts are excellent... the scenes aboard ship, the cute twins, and Lucas’ possessiveness -- once he commits to Taylor. Some think the book’s title is a little misleading, as Lucas is NOT a knight and Taylor is so obviously a lady; he’s a ... well, I’ll let you discover that. Alas, you must remember, Lucas is Taylor’s idea of Prince Charming. He’s mine, too!(less)
[image error] ★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) How is it possible that Robert Petkoff keeps getting better and better with each one of the re...more[image error] ★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) How is it possible that Robert Petkoff keeps getting better and better with each one of the releases of Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series? I mean, Good Gravy Beans, I already had him as my Top Ten Narrators for two years running. I've pre-ordered every book in this series when it becomes available, stalked Ms. Cole’s and audible.com’s websites waiting for word of the next release so I can mark my calendar, and I’ve sought out books in other genres just to listen to him. So, what more does he want me to do?
Here he does to perfection the voice of one of my favorite heroes in this delightful series: Cadeon Woede, a rage demon, in love with a human named Holly. One of the things I love about Cade is his sense of humor – and Mr. Petkoff infuses that readiness to laughter into his delivery of this Lore hunk’s voice. He does a wonderful job with the female vocalizations of Holly, Nïx, and Regin, too, rarely relying on a falsetto. And his voice for Groot? Delicious! Having the right narrator is imperative to an audiobook and Mr. Petkoff has nailed it every time, impressing me with his versatility with accents, pacing, and inflection. Plus, I swear, I swooned every time he said Holly’s name. **sigh**
To say the least, Cadeon is a big disappointment to his older brother, Rydstrom, deposed ruler of Rothkalina. Cade wants to prove himself by restoring his sibling to his rightful throne. How? By obtaining a mystickal sword from a metallurgist named Groot, which will kill the usurper of Castle Tornin, the sorcerer Osmort. What does he need? Well, that would be a huge spoiler, and I would NOT want to ruin for you.
Cade is a primal male hero from Medieval times; known as a brutal mercenary, he’d prefer to live in the moment, but feels bound by his Princely duties to his brother. Holly is a new millennium spectacle-wearing geek, on the verge of completing her PhD in Mathematics, with bad case of Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder. This installment puts them on a “road trip” together, another favorite setting of mine, with check-points along the way. I’m not big on bickering couples; nevertheless, I love bantering ones, and there is a difference. These two fun opposites pull off the later, while maintaining the chemistry and sexual tension between them.
I can’t recommend this one enough.
P.S. If you need a “zombie-like” character for a challenge, I think the cannibalistic Wendigos qualify: “corpse-eaters insatiable for flesh” and “ravenous for blood.”
Out So Far on Audio (Note: Only the last five are narrated by Mr. Petkoff.)
*The picture was found on Pinterest and is from the Dark Castle game, by Vimark.(less)
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1. I must say, I am just loving these three characters - yes, I'm including Clive. (view spoiler)[I have a non-sexual "attack cat" story to tell you all one day, so I'm finding him very believable and not over the top. (hide spoiler)]
2. I didn't think I'd like a "man whore" book - and one where the heroine being instantly gaga over him, too. But, sometimes an author as deft as this one is, can win me over. She's certainly doing a great job!
3. One of the things I really like is the gradual building of a relationship between Caroline and Simon. You can see them going from enemies to becoming friends and getting closer; the author doesn't just go, "Poof! They are friends."
5. I usually don't like the e-Mail, texting sections of a book, so when it is done, I skim over them. However, these are so realistic and move the story along so nicely that they are a joy - and a giggle - to read.
6. This is a fast read, but the author is good at giving pertinent information to provide character background and setting the scene. Makes it zip along.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immo...more[image error]
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audio book.) What can I say about hearing one of my favorite installments of Kresley Cole’s wonderful Immortals After Dark series brought to life on audio book? Terrific? Wonderful? Awesome?
They all seem woefully inadequate.
I’ve read this book several times, and I loved listening to it. Robert Petkoff continues he breathtaking narration, kicking it up a notch this time to tell us of Neomi Laress and Conrad Wroth’s love story. His voice is dreamy and he does the international cast of characters wonderfully, maintaining differentiation. His French Quarter accent for Neomi and Estonian accent for Conrad are great...nevertheless, I loved his Nïx the best! She, the “Ever-Knowing” soothsayer, is perplexed in this one and Mr. Petkoff has her inflection – with just the right touch of arrogant attitude thrown in – down perfect.
At the beginning one is inclined to wonder how Ms. Cole will ever get these two together. Naeomi is not just a former femme fatale and burlesque dancer who rose above her roots to become a prima ballerina of the jazz era, she is a ghost! Worse yet, Conrad is not just a vampire, but one of the “Fallen vampires” and a master assassin. …Oh…and his is just on the edge of insane.
Talk about obstacles!
Not to mention, Conrad’s brothers have imprisoned him in Elancourt, Naeomi’s abandoned New Orleans manor, in order to rid him of his insanity and bloodlust. They can’t see Naeomi, so they believe he is not improving, but really losing it.
Still, despite the rage and madness, Conrad, the youngest of the Wroth brothers, manages to come across on the pages as… ** whew…fans self**…H.O.T.! I had forgotten how overpowering, demanding, possessive, and relentless he is in his desire for Naeomi. I'm not as much of an alpha-hero lover as some of my GoodReads friends, but this one definitely works for me. The love scenes are sizzling. Yet so much of it is – at least in the beginning – cerebral.
I don’t want to give the whole story away; however, there are parts of this account that are just plain poignant. Ms. Cole has taken traditional things that we know about and written a wonderful Paranormal-Romance that is truly original. All the while continuing to interweave other characters’ storyline without the reader getting frustrated by too little or too much information. Fabulous!
One last thing: Robert Petkoff is not recording these fast enough for me. ☺
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Well, I waited awhile to pick up the second in the Guild Hunter series and now I remember all...more[image error]
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Well, I waited awhile to pick up the second in the Guild Hunter series and now I remember all the reasons why I did. Ms. Singh has created a brutal world of angels, filled with a little too much blood, violence and cruelty for my tastes. Still, this author is original in her world-building, writes amazing secondary characters, and is talented in her plot twists. Her take on Angels and Vampires is fascinating. I couldn’t help myself; I loved it.
My life is crazy right now and I am extremely thankful for my iPod; it is the only way I’m getting any “reading” done (not to mention keeping me sane!). This one is read by Justine Eyre, who I would say is an acquired taste. I don’t know how to describe her voice other than to say it is ‘different.’ But I would definitely recommend you give her a try. This is the second book I’ve heard her read, and she has certainly grown on me.
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There is a lot going on from the ‘get-go’ in this installment: an invitation to a ball in the Forbidden City; a pendant imprinted with the archangel Lijuan’s seal; the mysterious death of a vampire; talk of an angel war; Elena learning how to continue to kick-ass with her newly acquired (black!) angel wings; Michaela apparently developing a soft spot for children because she lost on; a flood of childhood memories for Elena; Elena wanting to go back to work for the Guild; political intrigue and rules among supernatural tyrants; devolution of angels; not to mention a whole hell of a lot of Guild daggers floating around!
Then there’s Raphael afraid of becoming cruel, emotionless, and power thirsty? Hmm… I thought he already was? I mean, I’ve always been “iffy” about his “good guy” status since the Guild Hunter prequel, Angels' Pawn. He certainly falls into the ‘Dangerous Heroes’ category; he might even be their leader. Nevertheless, through it all, I do believe he cares for Elena. Is it a romance? Well, more like an Urban Fantasy Adventure Dark Romance. Notice the ‘Romance’ comes last.
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Narrated by James Marsters, who reads it well, with plenty of variation and differentiation in the voices....more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Narrated by James Marsters, who reads it well, with plenty of variation and differentiation in the voices. He doesn’t do the females great, but most male readers don’t. I understand Mr. Marsters doesn’t narrate the whole series, so I’m trying not to have his voice cement in my mind as Harry’s, since these books are in first person POV.
I think this installment in The Dresden Files is my favorite so far. (Or do I say that every time?) I know I sound like a broken record, but I LOVE Harry Dresden. While he is the resident ‘anti-hero’ and sleuthing wizard of Chicago, Illinois, he is such a lovable character. Harry is amazing with the big events in the book; however, he really shines in the little moments; such as when he is chagrin in his interaction with his friend Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, who is the voice of morality with his adherence to Christianity.
In the course of ghost hunting with Michael, Harry introduces us so many new characters. One is the faerie Leanansidhe, a Noble of the Winter Court of the Sidhe and Harry’s godmother! Harry is not above telling a lie to get out of a promise he made to her years ago. You can’t blame him, since she’s a bit bipolar and wants to make him one of her hounds, so that she can give him plenty of love and sustenance.
There are also many things introduced, such as Amoracchius – the holy sword wielded by Harry’s friend Michael. You just know this sword is going to be important later on, down the line in this series.
A lot happened in this novel; I know I'll be reading or listening to it again. It is loaded not only with ghosts, vampires (White Court, Black Court, or Red Court, take your pick), and faeries (Summer Court and Winter Court fae), but sorceress vampires, duke vampires, vampire promotion balls, sorcerer’s journals, Nightmare-demons, seers who seek Harry out to avoid their own death, priests, policemen, newspaper reporters, Hellhounds, kidnapped pregnant women, cemeteries, dragons, wiped memories and more.
Even though Mr. Butcher has created Nevernever out of his fertile imagination, he still manages to bring the “Windy City” alive when I envision this Urban Fantasy world. This is definitely turning into a landmark series.
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I just loved this one; an exceptional read! Rebecca Macauley does an excellent job of sounding like sixte...more
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I just loved this one; an exceptional read! Rebecca Macauley does an excellent job of sounding like sixteen year-old Francesca, as well as the other diverse characters in this wonderful coming of age story. Sure, there isn’t much of a stretch for her narrating an Australian accent, but she conveys Francesca’s teenage angst (something Francesca so doesn’t want to do!) and the interactions with other characters: teenagers – children – adults – males, all beautifully. I noticed she also reads some of Ms. Marchetta’s other books and that makes them even more of a draw. I’m so glad I found this author!
This is a wonderful, poignant, ultimately upbeat “coming-of-age” book that has Francesca stuck in what was previously an all-boys school; tossed in with people whom she wouldn’t normally be friends, she not only has to learn to adapt, but find herself. Plus, she has to deal with the unknown of why her energetic, over-achieving mother suddenly takes to her bed and won’t meet the day.
It is all presented with humor and tenderness and the lovely Australian lingo, such as ‘pashing’ for ‘kissing’. I happen to have the paperback by my side as I listened to this one (because I did it as a “buddy read” and I needed a reference for my discussion questions). I noticed in the paperback there were expressions like; “I'm chuffed” that were changed to “I’m pleased.” So glad I got to hear it on audiobook where it retained the “down-under” flavor.
Definitely a GoodRead – or GoodListen!
Leichhardt Town Hall, New South Wales, built 1846.
Piazza at Italian Forum in Leichhardt, where Francesca and her family - sans mum - go for some gelato.
Leichhardt Falls [image error]
Spoiler Pic:(view spoiler)[Francesca is supposed to look like the beautiful Sophia Loren. I think this is a picture of her when she was “discovered” at seventeen, an age Francesca turns in the book: (hide spoiler)]
Looking for pictures of the Woy Woy Train Station, I came across these pictures.
Barrenjoey Head & Lion Island from Umina Beach where Frankie the Brave met her wave? Photo Credit: ThisIsntSydney.blogspot.com ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
★★★★★ & a W.O.W! (This is a review of the audiobook.) I feel like a parrot, because I keep saying this, but t...moreThirty pieces of silver.
★★★★★ & a W.O.W! (This is a review of the audiobook.) I feel like a parrot, because I keep saying this, but this series just keeps getting better and better. This is certainly due, in large part, to Susan Ericksen’s excellent narration. She knows these characters so well and is so versatile with the voices. Love the rugged, poetic Irish lilt of Roarke’s voice; the friendly airiness of Mavis’s; the professional, dependable, but decidedly sassy Detective Delia Peabody’s; and the insightful, intelligence, serene, upper class New England accent of Dr. Charlotte Mira’s.
Still, I have to give Ms. Robb (AKA Nora Roberts) major kudos. It is hard to maintain a series and keep it fresh and interesting – and have the two main characters married! Each book contains a well-developed mystery, plus continues with an evolution of her passionate, powerful protagonists and her amazing secondary characters. It is fun to get to know them all, and neat to see they do something totally in character – yet somehow surprising! It takes a deft hand to do that.
In this one, she concentrates on the relationship between Roarke and Eve and all I can say is “O.M.G!” repeatedly. Ms. Robb pushes the envelope, takes them to a new level, and makes it work – all while entwining them in a compelling mystery that is the catalyst of their evolution. In Death series in correct reading order. *
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I just loved this one and Gabra Zackman, a narrator I’ve never heard before, did a wonderful j...moreGlass Coffin
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I just loved this one and Gabra Zackman, a narrator I’ve never heard before, did a wonderful job. Kerrick, the hero, in this book is grumpy – and boy does she make him sound that way! LOL! Though, why Quain, part of the entourage, has a Scottish accent in a post-apocalyptic/dystopian/fantasy book, I’m not sure. **shrugs** Still, Ms. Zackman convinced me she was the heroine, Avry, as she narrated from a first person POV.
This is the first in MVS’s Healers series and I can’t wait for the rest. I thought she was going to go the way of her Study series, but… no, she maintained originality in her plotline.
I haven’t read a lot from the Young Adult genre -- nor Fantasy for that matter -- but this one was wonderful. This is a fast read; the pacing is smooth and tight with enough twists to keep it entertaining all the way through. I did it as a “buddy read” and I wasn’t the only one surprised. Nevertheless, I guessed a few things correctly, so I didn’t feel like a total nitwit. If you haven’t read many YA either, this might be the one with which to start your reading adventure.
★★★½✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King does her usual wonderful job giving us Stephanie Plum’s first person POV. I have...more[image error]
★★★½✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Lorelei King does her usual wonderful job giving us Stephanie Plum’s first person POV. I have to be careful or I’m going to associate her voice as only Stephanie’s and she won’t work for me when narrating any other book. Of course, she does a superb Lulu, a funny Grandma Mazur, a sexy Ranger (though most of his dialogue is "Babe" in this one) and a yummy Morelli.
I heard an interview a while ago where Ms. Evanovich said she purposely has no growth planned for Stephanie, which a lot of readers have been wondering (view spoiler)[complaining (hide spoiler)] about. She explained that she is going to stick with what works. I’m fine with that; nevertheless, I was only mildly amused with this one.
This is one of the few series where, after setting it aside for years, I have ultimately accepted the love triangle that is woven within. I couldn’t wait to find out who Stephanie took to Hawaii and needed something light, so I downloaded this from the library when I didn’t have it built into any of my challenges this month. The info on what happened in Hawaii was a little disappointing. . . I guess it says something that I'm worried one of the three of them (Morelli, Ranger, or Stephanie) is going to get hurt. Still, it gets better. And, Lulu made me laugh. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)