Karma,. It's what they call me and the very essence of who I am. When I died young, I was recruited by the agency that keeps the universe running smoothly. As someone with a human past, most of my coworkers consider me inferior.
But not everyone. Something evil has been stalking me for centuries. It's been biding its time, waiting for the moment when it will strike, and it needs me to do it.
Its methods of recruitment are tearing apart every aspect of my life. I'm slowly losing myself, both mentally and physically. I don't know who I can count on, but I'm finding out how much I'm willing to sacrifice to save the ones I care about.
©2015 Donna Augustine (P)2015 Donna Augustine
Fate, because he has integrity and what you see, for the most part, is what you get. No falseness.
I really enjoyed this book. It continues on from book #01, following the journey of Karma, both in the storyline and her as a character. Many of the other characters play a part such as Fate, Lars, Patty, Luck, Murphy, Harold and Kitty. I found that the storyline progressed in an interesting way with different twists, but nothing really unexpected. I continue to not really like Karma as a person, as I feel my assessment of her from book #1 about being an unreliable judge of character was accurate, but her personal growth in this story has me not disliking her as much as the first. There were many times I wanted to say to her "just move on", as I do find her quite whiney/whingey type of person. However, I found this story really enthralling that I wanted to know what was going to happen next i.e. what arrogrant decision was Karma going to make next. I really look forward to the next book in the series.
"Karma has a good kick"
Overall kept my attention , I wanted to find out how she was going to get out of this. Narrator is OK, but voice wanted to put me to sleep.
"Monotonous. Still a whiney/argumentative character"
The story is really a decent story and it's the only reason I continued listening. S much time as gone on in the story one would think the character would "get it " by now and quit whining and arguing with EVERYONE she comes in contact with. Also, the sexual tension and the feelings of "I cannot believe I am attracted to him but I am" the author tries to keep between the main characters is annoying and monotonous. It's too late for the author to read my pleas of "No more" but not too late for you to move on to the next book you may be considering.
"Mediocre at best"
It was overall a very poor story that had little content or depth. THe author kept repeating the same things over and over without giving any new information or answers. I was truly disappointed in the complete lack of direction. I was glad when it was over and will not listen to the third book in the series.
This series keeps me wanting more and more. Loving this series. I am now on to Faded.
For a romance, it has quite a bit of suspense! You'd be jinxed to mess with Karma! By the end I started to become concerned for the welfare of all the characters. (Even Harold...)
Angel's narration brought all of the characters to life. I enjoyed it, now for some tea to relax my nerves a bit!
"Karma is in some seriously big trouble..."
I am addicted to Karma's afterlife story - the good and the bad - through her point of view. As listeners/readers, we get to experience what she is experiencing... meet the characters from our dreams, nightmares and fairy tales with her,
As an example, one of my favorite scenes from this installment was when Karma met and rode a Night Mare. To say I was in awe is an understatement. Following please find a short snippet setting up her mind-blowing ride:
"She's the queen of the herd."
"May I touch her?"
"If she'll let you. She doesn't take to strangers well."
I took a hesitant step forward and reached out my hand. Terror approached me with confidence, then ducked her muzzle beneath my palm. Once she came closer, for a moment, I feared she was going to trample me. But then she brushed gently against my side.
"She wants you to ride her." Jockey looked at me. "This is an honor."
All thoughts of bailing out quietly went to hell with that statement. Why not? How often did you get a chance to ride a Night Mare?
I love the colorful assortment of characters in this series. In this installment, we meet Night Mares and Santa and more. Cupid is still playing his lusty tricks. The Tooth Fairy, Lady Luck, Murphy's Law, Death, the Jinxes and more from the first book return. The Jinxes are some of my favorites characters in the series for the comic relief that often accompanies their antics.
This audio was narrated by Angel Clark. She had also ably narrated the first book. As before, she delivered a solid performance. Her voice for the villains was so spot on that it gave me the chills over how evil they were. She delivered the wonderful spots of humor with aplomb. I didn't focus too much on her characterizations as the story riveted my attention. I confess to squeezing in some extra workouts as I did with the first book - so I could enjoy some more listening time.
There's still humor - thank goodness - but there's an horrific villainous element in this one. Sadistic torture is just one of the creep's tools and I could only shudder during some parts.
This sequel is a darker, much more intense installment than the first book and finds Karma in some seriously big trouble. Kitty, one of Karma's co-workers, has been kidnapped and Karma feels responsible. I hoped that Karma would rise to the occasion as she is truly an impressive kickass heroine, but she really needed help herein whether she knew it or not.
Thankfully, she has Fate in her corner. Fate is still sexy as hell, just as obstinate as before, but, this time, we are treated to a caring side of him and I like it. In Karma's words:
“To sum it up, Fate was like the Universe’s experiment in extra credit. If the rest of us were a scoop of vanilla ice cream, he was a sundae, with extra fudge and a cherry.”
The first book had enough of a unique plot and love hate relationship with the male and female characters that it was entertaining. Just be happy with the first book. Karma whinnied through out this book. To have been such a great attorney and take no shit kinda of girl she let herself get twisted in an infinite loop in this book. Metaphorically she kept hitting her head on the wall and watch that nothing changed. Her justification was she was saving /protecting the life of a friend.
Yet, each circumstance in, which she was faced with a dilemma to save her friend placed her with a similar dilemma moral decision about someone else. So through the book she is saving people, getting her butt whipped, still endangering the life of her friend and whining because for a smart woman she can not get out of that situation.
Why can't an author set up a unique scenario with cross lovers? We have the Fate, "I have to save yourself from you." Karma, who is so battered and busied that her life is in danger arguers "No you cannot help me. Let me go out and continue being stupid. I am killing myself to save my friend but I cannot tell you" So you then have a few hours of her being detained by him and then trying to lose him. Oh yea, because he is trying to save her life, and does not know her reasoning, she feels his actions (to save her)demonstrate that he does not love her. Hey he won't let he kill herself so he is a cad.
And to her mortification, her friend was tortured while she was trying to not kill someone as her nemesis wanted her to do. Other characters get play time but not enough. I love the triplets, jinks. At one point they tell Karma her antics were consumed with such bad luck that they could not have done any better. Fate's crew is funny. Now Fate has unfortunately been depicted and a brooding man with very little personality. I was screaming, "for Christ's sake tell her you love her already!" So between Faith and Karma this second book fell way short.
The series has such potential with all the interesting characters. It is unfortunate that we are stuck dealing with Karma and her twisted romance and misplaced morality within her current position.
Pass this one.I am returning it for my credit to try Donna Augustine's Alchemy series.
Oh the narrator, Angle Clark was bad. I know she did the last book. I had a tendency to tune out Karma whining. Clark's Karma and Fate voices were so alike I could not tell when the character changed.
The narration was better than book 1. Interesting story and will be getting the next.
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