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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
I would definitely recommend the series up until this book. The narration change has completely ruined what has been one of my favorite series in years. Cynthia Holloway was not just truly amazing as Merit, but every single character was uniquely brought to life by her. I was dying for this release and now am struggling to even finish because it just isn't there. I 'm very sad.
What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)
Haven't even got there because I am struggling to get into it. I am about halfway through but the story up until now seems like the same old problems with just a few new details changed. Everyone is mad at and blaming the vampires - same. The sorcerers are vague and misunderstood - same. The shifters are sticking there neck out to help - same. Ethan and Merit are on again off again - same. The GP is interfering and unhappy - same. Then you take away the spark that made it alive (Cynthia Holloway) and it just seems redundant and slow. Maybe it will get better...I just miss Merit!
Would you listen to another book narrated by Sophie Eastlake?
I feel bad for obsessing about the narrator change because this narrator was not bad by any means...she just isn't even remotely this/these characters. Cynthia Holloway's sarcastic bite, wit and characters' voices made this series. It's almost like a different series all together. Five books tends to get you very used to people especially when done with so much brilliance. She made them come alive. I think the new narrator is not to blame and I would listen to her again. It was just devestating to this book.
Do you think Biting Cold needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
Not without Cynthia Holloway 's narration. This makes me question whether I would have even liked the books as much reading them rather than listening if I am this affected by her abscense.
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It's a measure of how much I enjoy this series that I purchased Biting Cold on the day of publication. All that day I looked forward to listening...I pressed play and...wait, what is this? This isn't Merit!!
Biting Cold has a new narrator. So characters have new voices. And words have new pronunciations.
So much for snuggling in with a old friend.
The change in narrator is so disorienting that it's difficult to separate the story from the performance. It does seem that the pacing is far slower than in the previous five books, and that the characters have changed--their personalities are different. I wonder if Chloe Neill had the time she needed to polish this book--or if she's bored with Merit and Cadogan House.
I am really disappointed.
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