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"Female lead too stupid to live"
A smarter, more mature female lead. I read/listened to some immature, idiotic female characters before but Joy takes the cake.
Emma Galvin or Kristine Hvam. They're both awesome.
It was a fun story.
The best friend Roxy was also really annoying.
"Great Friendship and Romance"
Listened for Fun (Audible)
Tracking Books Read Review (Short)
Overall Rating: 3.75
Story Rating: 3.50
Character Rating: 4.00
Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not Part of the Overall Rating)
First Thought when Finished: A Girl's Guide to Vampires was a fun read and my favorite part was the friendship between Roxy and Joy!
Overall Thoughts: Fun! Fun! Fun! This is one of those reads that I had zero expectations going in and ended up really surprised how much I enjoyed the characters. I loved the friendship between Roxy and Joy and the chemistry between Raphael and Joy was hawt! I thought the story took awhile to get going but the second half really took off. I will check out more from this series. The epilogue was hilarious and perfect for Roxy's voice.
Narrated By Karen White / Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
I like Karen White's narration. She is excellent at bringing to life fun, spunky leading ladies. She did a great job with Joy and Roxy!
Final Thoughts: Will have to work book 2 into my book budget!
"Must be Able to Laugh Out loud"
if you need laughs in your life, this is the book. You must be doing something that enables you to have the time to laugh out loud. This a light listen with core romance and mystery.
Humor and whit are the gifts Ms MacAlister brings to her stories...these are not FSOG type
material, just good old story telling that will make you laugh
Joy, her name tells the why. Her side kick made for a lot of laughs as well. If you want a complicated story, this is not for you. If you want to get an up lift in your attitude by listening to a core romance, this maybe for you.
I have purchase most of Ms White recordings as she has such a rich range and reading speed that captures written good humor. I found the MacAlister stories by hunting down what Ms White reads. Her US series are a lot of fun. Enjoy
yes, when Joy feels she is more important, than letting our hero keep his secret
Bad story, bad reading, really terrible. Kept thinking it would get better.... it didn't.
"Witty, fun and entertaining"
I love to read - but it is a pleasure to listen to a story that has a good plot, romance, intrigue and makes you laugh out loud.
CJ Dante! Handsome 900 year old dark one with a conscious first and Roxy, the life long best friend who tells it like it is!
When Joy and Rafael realize he didn't enter her mind or visit her early I the evening.
Time weighs heavy for the Dark One....and then... beloved.
"Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
Smarmy lead guy with antiquated language "Baby" this and "Baby" that. Really idiotic leading female whom all the men in the story inexplicably fall head over heels for. One lonely vampire almost as an after-thought? This is a Vampire story. Where are the sexy Dark Ones?
This book is nowhere near the level of the books later in the Dark Ones series. I really enjoy Katie MacAlister. I think her writing is irreverent and down right laugh out loud funny. Maybe this book was written before she really developed her style.
If you've never read the Dark Ones before, start with a newer one. (I started with Zen and the Art of Vampire, because that was what Audible had before the first three were re-issued.) Then come back and get the first ones just so you can find out how some of the characters end up with their beloveds.
"THIS is Not the Katie MacAlister we know!!!"
I first started listening to Ms MacAlister with the "Dragon Series". I thirsted for each book as it came out. Always pleased with the product, I came back time and again for more. Those series (Green, Silver, Light, Black, etc.) were witty in dialogue, well characterized in number of distinct personalities, broad in storyline and worthy of the public acclaim that they achieved.
Then, having no more in that series to read, I started with some of her "other" Vampire books only a few of which were carried by Audible (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Fang, etc.) and found the surprisingly good as well.
When these 3 books came out in 2013, I was so eager to feed my habit that I did not even listen to a sample of the books, I just purchased them. These books, apparently all in the "Dark Ones" series (but neither labeled nor numbered that way except for this first book) are little more than formulaic with flat characters, shabby storylines and a blind of overly descriptive sex scenes that neither arouse nor deceive the listener into believing that this is up to the previous Ms MacAlister's writings. If these were her first works, I could allow that, as a beginner, she could in time grow to be the KM we all know. However, that is not the case and it appears that these works are merely trying to "cash in" on her previous legacy.
Needless to say I will not be following this series.
"NOT a Vampire Romance!!!"
It's a VAMPIRE book and the vampire is not even one of two main charaters!
The premise of the series is supposed to be a vampire finding his one true mate. Except that's NOT what happens. It felt like a waste of time and money when you expect to get a vampire romance, and then don't get that!
I liked her performance fine.
If I could play editor, this book wouldn't have gone in this direction at all, or would have been returned to be rewritten.
If you name a book A Girl's Guide to Vampires, I expect one of the two main characters to BE a vampire.
"A Girl's Guide to Murder"
The cover of the book is misleading.You THINK you will be reading a book on a"Vampires" romance but evidently that was just to tease you into getting the book with the"actual"Vampire in it(Christian Dante).Still,was a great story & the narrator did a great job doing the character's voices & giving them Life BUT it seemed to get hokey there towards the ending & it was dissapointing to me to find out that Raphiel's secret was that he was basically a spy & not a Vampire or some other paranormal creature.I kept hoping something odd would surface about him but it never did.But like I said,still a fun read,not what I expected though.
"Can't believe this was written by Katie MacAlister"
To start with better narration. It was so slow and draggy that after I passed half way in the book I sped up the narration that only helped a little bit. The story dragged on WAY to long.
No. I still love that genre and I even love most of Katie MacAlister's books and own many. Some I have read over and over.
The narration was way to slow extending the length of the book. It is totally unbelievable that Joy and Roxie could have actually been friends most of their lives. Each of them are portrayed as very annoying and they have no common values, ideas or anything to connect them as such BFFs. Karen White does a very good job with the actual voices, but for goodness sake she shouldn't have stretched out all of the dialog and descriptions and I could have done without the snobby way she made Joy sound. I don't expect all main female characters be someone I would want for a BFF...but it sure would be good if I didn't dislike her enough to hope that she would end up as a corpse also.
I could see a purpose for all of the characters actually. Just wish that they could all have been less annoying.
I love Katie MacAlister's other books. But this one definitely isn't up to her best. Also, I have read other books narrated by Karen White and she can do a better job than what was accomplished in this book, but she definitely isn't up to par with Barbara Rosenblat. I really wanted to read it to the end, but just couldn't handle listening to Karen White's voice any more or put up with the Joy and Roxie characters any more as she portrays them.
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