I got a complementary Audio CD set of this story through Librarything.com in exchange for a review.
I grew up listening to dramatized radio (children...moreI got a complementary Audio CD set of this story through Librarything.com in exchange for a review.
I grew up listening to dramatized radio (children stories) and I enjoyed listening to classic radio shows with my Mom (like "The Shadow"). I listened to this story with this in mind - that these kind of pulp fiction stories are fantastic, a bit over the top, and meant to keep an audience rapt.
The audio recording is very well done. Each character is executed very well and the music/sound effects keep the action moving forward. This book story is pure fun!
This story is short. It's about 2 hours long and I listened to it during my commute to school. There are moments in the story that made me grin. The one-liners and tough-guy hero are so exemplary of this genre. (less)
I really enjoy series like Lucky Harbor and Virgin River where there are character cross-overs. We meet a friend, sibling, or co-worker of the main ch...moreI really enjoy series like Lucky Harbor and Virgin River where there are character cross-overs. We meet a friend, sibling, or co-worker of the main characters in one novel and then they get their own story. This really works and I've gotten attached to characters because I feel like I've known them longer.
This book doesn't just introduce secondary characters. It dwells on them to the point of being tedious. This is book 8 in the series, so that's 16 characters and sub-plots to contend with. This is pretty exhausting.
Not having a chance to know the main characters makes them seem very one dimensional. We didn't have a chance to get inside Annabelle's head. Sweet, sexy librarian? Amazing! Rancher with a quirky collection of animals? Yes, please! Just reading about them meeting, kinda liking each other, and then...suddenly...OMG we're totally in love. What?
What's really disturbing is the ceremony with a reenactment human sacrifice? BEYOND WEIRD. The "native heritage" of the community? WE ARE A FEMINIST COMMUNITY. LET ME SMACK THE READER IN THE FACE A FEW TIMES JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN'T GET IT!
What annoys me to the limit is the secondary character Charlie. First of all, counselors can't ethically treat their loved ones. Her getting guidance from a close friend is a major breach of the code of conduct. (Working on my PhD right now!) And, the way to get over a date rape - a horrible, horrible crime that causes emotional trauma - is to have sex with another man? Unattached sex will solve all your problems? No. NO! NO! NO!!
And Susan, please give your characters the brains/ability to practice safe sex.
I was ready to pull my car over and punch the characters in the face for their stupidity. Please don't read this book if you value your sanity. (less)
An aged warrior living at a forge with her family learns that villagers are in danger because of roving bands that come down from the mountains. She g...moreAn aged warrior living at a forge with her family learns that villagers are in danger because of roving bands that come down from the mountains. She goes to work repairing her sword to come to the aid of villagers.
The frozen world is so well described - the snow falling from branches, the sound of skis - and the main character is so compelling. She's different than other fantasy heroines - an older female, retired soldier, has her own family - but is made of stern stuff.
I would love to read a full length novel featuring these characters! (less)
Janey, werewolf and wife of Roan, discovers that she's going to have children. When her husband goes to...more**spoiler alert**
Trigger warning Spousal abuse
Janey, werewolf and wife of Roan, discovers that she's going to have children. When her husband goes to town to get supplies, she discovers a hidden room and her husband's secrets. Roan is creepy beyond belief! Tension filled story! The fact that Janey gives her extra vulnerability and makes her safety more important.
Queenie is a single, working mother. She struggles to provide for her two children. In the evenings the family creates stories about an imaginary land...moreQueenie is a single, working mother. She struggles to provide for her two children. In the evenings the family creates stories about an imaginary land called the Veld with and any kind of plant or animal they can imagine. On weekends she takes her 2 children to a small park in the city where they can ride a carousel. Soon signs of the Veld show in the "real" world. (less)
This is the story of an outcast young woman, her 2 unicorns and a princess on the run. The outcast was guilty of cause the death of a pregnant friend...moreThis is the story of an outcast young woman, her 2 unicorns and a princess on the run. The outcast was guilty of cause the death of a pregnant friend in an accident. She was punished with two facial tattoos and her body was disfigured. She lives on her own and harvests frankincense. One day one of the Princesses, heavy with child, arrives in need of help.
(view spoiler)[The role of women in this society gave me pause. The main character has been on her own since an unfortunate accident and the punishment she received. (Absolutely heartbreaking example of "an eye for an eye"!) She meets one Princesses. The Princesses are described as a collection of the most beautiful women from different kingdoms and, despite their charmed lives, are still subject to jealousy and rivalries. What was really beautiful about this story is the way the women, in a sense, save each other! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)