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The book is awesome, if you have read the first 2 (which I highly recommend you do), then you already know it will be an awesome book. But I must say a few words about the narrator first:
*Tap* *Tap* *Tap* Is this thing on? Ok! I would like to take this moment to address a common gripe among those of us who love Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress books in the audio format: The voice of Bones. Yes, come on ladies – (and a few men), you know when you first heard Tavia’s portrayal of Bones you thought, “Ew, no, no, no!” The voice is too high for a strong supernatural creature. And the English accent? It sounds like some back-alley sally! Not the sophisticated English accent I expected. Like the majority of you, I couldn’t have agreed more. It was not what I expected, and it took a while to get used to and accept the voice of Bones as Bones. My mind imagined him as a dark, mysterious, take-what-he-wants, protector and seducer, but when I heard the voice all I thought was “He sounds like a snotty adolescent, low class ahole!”
Then I got to “First Drop of Crimson” – a spin off to the Night Huntress Series and COMPLETELY CHANGED MY MIND. After hearing Tavia voice Spade it finally sank in. She gives Spade the voice I wished she had used for Bones. THAT voice is what I wanted to hear. But midway through the book the more I appreciated her portrayal of Spade, the more it made me appreciate her portrayal of Bones. In short, Tavia is a true actress, she sees the inner character – not just what will appease the fans. Spade has that deep and sultry voice, soft and reserved, but firm and constant. He is affluent, he was educated, he grew up knowing social graces and etiquette – he was taught to speak well.
Bones is the exact opposite. He did not grow up around riches and luxury. He probably had no formal education. He was born to a prostitute, the only skill he had was being a prostitute. His human life pretty much consisted of surviving – which means he had to become a good liar, a good manipulator in a “every man for himself” world where being a cocky, punk a-hole probably was his best defense. – Love, real love, is a completely new concept to Bones. Everything before Cat has been a performance or a mutual understanding. The voice she uses for Bones is absolutely PERFECT and I would like to publically apologize to Tavia Gilbert for thinking I know how to do her job better than she does.
Tavia sweetheart, I apologize. You are an awesome actress and I bow to your skills. Don’t let anyone tell you how to do your job. Ever.
A Tavia Gilbert Fan.
69 of 74 people found this review helpful
This third installment is all about vampire war. We get to know much more about Bones in this book. We also a delivered a complex plot. One of the best things about this novel is, Cat make some decisions about herself and we start to see her character change in subtle, yet very interesting complex ways. This has interesting impacts for future installments.
At this point I am used to Gilbert's narration of Bones -- still not a favorite, but... You can read this as a stand-along and then go back and read the first two. When thinking about this book, the for two books give a much sub-story. If you really must read this one first go ahead, otherwise I suggest starting from the beginning.
I give this book a thumbs up. It's a riveting listen.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
With every new installment, this series becomes more edictive and more impossible to put down. Jeaniene Frost blends great characters, even if they aren't always likeable, with passion, romance and humour. This author writes with a zeal and passion that just carries the reader along with it. This book has its fair share of violent moments and I have to say that the good guys' version of 'justice' is questionable and at times hard to credit with characters you like, but this series really is a must for vampire fiction lovers.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I have read the books so many times but this was like experiencing Cat and Bone story again for the very first time, I work nights and this has kept me going :D