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The Usual Apocalypse by Christine  Price
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4 Stars

I've read this book twice, first the normal way, then the audiobook some years later. Although I'm a bit undecided about how to rate this (my rating the first time was 4.5 stars, this time 4 stars, but the difference could be for a number of reasons), it turns out my thoughts are very similar. I really liked it, even more than the first book!

For one thing, I felt the characters in this one were much stronger and had more depth.

Matt was my favorite character in the first book, despite being a side character, so I was excited to see he got his own book. He was quippy, funny, smart, observant, confident, and a good person who wanted to help others... but he was a lonely workaholic. I feel like I rarely see workaholism as a character flaw, so that was interesting. Because of his powers that make it impossible for people to lie to him or around him, he had a crappy childhood and relationships that never lasted, so he started throwing himself into his work, but that only made relationships even more doomed to fail. He was this mixture of confidence and rumpled, suppressed sadness, and altogether he was just so easy to love.

Brennan was great too. Forward, confident, outgoing, sexual, and completely himself. At first I was uncomfortable with how forward he was, but then I remembered he could read minds, and Matt was probably projecting his thoughts and attraction, so I was able to let it slide.

Their romance was great too. Just the right amount of angst and struggle. A good helping of passion and scorching hot sex. But more than that, I could understand and feel their connection and their love, and I wanted them to be together.

There were also some interesting paranormal powers. Matt's ability to make people tell the truth. Brennan's mind-reading and telekinesis. Umbra's shadow manipulation.

I didn't love the audiobook narration by Blake Bodkin. It didn't match how I imagined the characters sounding (which I know is subjective and not the narrator's fault), especially Brennan, and it could be hard to tell characters apart sometimes as the voices he did weren't that different. But he did make the narration and dialogue sound natural.

Overall, this was a great book with lovable characters, an angsty but sweet romance, and a well-plotted mystery that kept me hooked!

Recommended For:
Anyone who likes angsty but sweet m/m paranormal romance, lovable characters, and mystery.

Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight
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Reading Progress

April 17, 2015 – Started Reading
April 18, 2015 – Finished Reading
June 22, 2015 – Shelved
October 30, 2015 – Shelved as: read-2015-books
December 7, 2015 – Shelved as: fantasy
December 7, 2015 – Shelved as: fave-male-character
December 7, 2015 – Shelved as: lgbtqia
December 7, 2015 – Shelved as: m-m
December 7, 2015 – Shelved as: paranormal-romance
December 7, 2015 – Shelved as: paranormal-urban-fantasy
April 16, 2016 – Shelved as: psychics-telepaths
April 16, 2016 – Shelved as: other-supernatural
August 24, 2016 – Shelved as: gay-love-interest
November 24, 2016 – Shelved as: funny
February 12, 2020 – Started Reading
February 13, 2020 – Shelved as: read-2020-books
February 13, 2020 – Shelved as: audiobook
February 13, 2020 – Shelved as: borrowed-audible
February 13, 2020 – Shelved as: re-read
February 13, 2020 – Shelved as: bisexual-main-character
February 13, 2020 – Shelved as: scorching-hot
February 13, 2020 – Finished Reading
March 24, 2020 – Shelved as: reviewed

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