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So much to dislike

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-02-2020

Where to start?

- The cameos by everyone and everything (animals and inanimate objects included) was annoying.
- The two cases of rape/sexual assault (one by the ‘hero’) was ignored, because, hey, they orgasmed at the end so all is cool, right? Wrong. “No” means NO as*holes!
- The selfishness of the male lead, where he only gave any concern to his objectives and disregarded her opinions and morals, made me loathe him.

I gave up less than half way through. I hope (probably futilely) that she kicks his as* to the curb and goes with Posh Boyfriend instead, who is nowhere near as big a tool.

On the positive note, it was well written, excellently narrated and edited.

Good book, AMAZING narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-01-2020

The book was sensitive and engaging. It did not have excessive angst (a pet hate of mine), but dealt with some raw emotions and realistic teenage dramas. Add in some humour and an amazing guy and this was a story worth reading for any age group.

What really made the experience a pleasure was the narrator. I read the first quarter of the book and listened to the rest. In an Audible version, a narrator can make or break a book, no matter how good the storyline. Therese Plummer was exceptional. She sounds like she is talking to a friend, and was able to perfectly portray every emotion realistically.

Decent story, rubbish narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 24-12-2019

I listened to the first book, but not the second & third (I also bought the written version, so may read that instead).
Whilst the story was quite good, decent plot and characters, I loathed the narrator. Not only did I find her accent unpleasant, but she uses the same inflections in EVERY situation - having lunch / furious / terrified / horny / etc., she sounds exactly the same (annoying lilt and all).

The best book so far

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-11-2019

Things are happening, questions (almost) confirmed and pet is starting to act more mature. I can’t wait for the next book.
Superb narration by ZJN

Great start to a new series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 18-10-2019

TA White gives us another amazing heroine, full of humour, faults and strengths. I can’t get enough of this author.
The narrator seems to be getting a bagging from other reviewers, but I found her performance enjoyable. Her pacing, emotions and range of voices were excellent. Graydon was vocalised a bit too growly, but everyone else’s characterisation was great.

Too grim to be enjoyable

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-2019

This is well thought out and well written. Having said that I didn’t like it. There was nothing to redeem a dark tale. The characters were unlikeable and perhaps not explained well enough for me to accept/understand why their being completely Dark Magic was a good thing. Insufficient efforts to introduce empathy, curiosity, humour, kindness or charm was made for me to purchase the sequel.

I only lasted 2 hours, before abandoning it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-09-2019

I would say that this was too childish for me, but there are some amazing kid’s books and fairy-tales out there. This was just boringly average, both the story and the narration

Not as good as previous books in the series

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 30-08-2019

This one really took a while to warm up. The characters seemed flat and lacking any sense of humour or interesting personality quirks. It started to engage me in the last quarter of the book, so I will get the next one.

Good fun, with an amazing narrator

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-08-2019

The story is light, amusing and thoroughly enjoyable. An great way to spend a day with a smile on your face.

The real joy is Courtney Holly. She used a broad New York accent (a first in a book, for me) and managed to inject more glee and enthusiasm than any other narrator I have come across. Her speech rhythm is fairly fast paced and sounds completely natural. I will be definitely downloading more books with her reading them.

Awesome novel. Lousy male narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-08-2019

Ok, let’s start with that I love, love, love this story. It is a tale about monsters, with romance and humour, extreme violence and possible triggers. And it is so sweet, (if you overlook the dismembered bodies). It embraces that a persons’ beauty come from their soul, and is reflected by one’s actions and capacity to love. Strength is determined by a willingness to back up one’s beliefs, despite the costs (especially if it happens to squish a few of the ‘pretty’ folk along the way. Eh...Collateral damage or kharma?)

Sadly, the narration lets it down. The female narrator does a fairly good job, of both Iza and Phobe’s roles, although she sounds more like she is a staid 30’s or 40’s years old, rather than the somewhat more youthful and amusing 20’something I imagine Iza to be. Don’t get me wrong, Iza has been through some bad experiences which left her with a jaded/violent edge, yet, my view of her is that she still has an ultimately optimistic and enthusiastic nature, which is why Phobe falls in love with her. Justine O’Keefe sounds mainly jaded and wounded. I would like to hear more of the playful side of her.

However... (dirge music here)... the male narrator is awful. He sounds like a freaking robot. Ok, Phobe (our male lead and hotty) is definitely emotionally stunted to begin with, but, jeez, start to lighten up by the end! I really hated Aiden Snow’s rendition. Great velvety voice that he puts zero emotion into, and he seems to put a full stop at. The. End. Of. Every. Word. Annoying. Right? What a waste. He really needs to look up ‘enunciation’ in the dictionary (hint: it doesn’t mention robots or a criminal abuse of punctuation).
Zoe Parker, please tell him to lighten up in the sequels!

Otherwise, I thoroughly recommend the WRITTEN version of this novel.