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It's a tad hard to pinpoint the genre of this book going into it. Horror? Mystery? Supernatural/Scifi? I'd say it's a little of all of the above, with some romance thrown in. Now don't groan just yet; the romance, while sort of the driving force behind this story, definitely isn't your typical mushy rom-com stuff that most folks I know shudder at. In fact, this story is more "Dude, where's my car?" meets hot chick in supernatural trouble.
For those who hate the sort of "dude, where's my car" type of thing, just grin and bear it. There's a few patches (especially early on) where it's poured on a little thick with corny jokes and potty humor, but it does add to the characters and it's worth enduring to experience the whole story.
Ah, the story. Right. So, basically, a guy falls in love with a bartender, but then discovers some crazy occult-like plot to kill off the town's bartender every 7 years or so. He, and his ragtag band of mary-jane-toking friends try to figure out how to stop this. Along the way though, the mystery unravels, turns sideways, re-spools itself and begins dishing out yarn instead of ribbon. What? Exactly. You'll just need to go along for the ride yourself. That said though, there were a few times the twists felt far too long-stretched for my liking, and my mind didn't immediately follow the characters to the next logical (to them, anyway) jump.
When I started listening, I was initially confused because the narrator was female, while the protagonist (and antagonists) was male. Once I got over that, I was perfectly fine with Kirsten's narration. The guy to gal speech time was split roughly 50/50, and she did a great job with both sexes. I expected it to be a bit distracting, but thankfully it wasn't. Kudos to her.
I did get this book from the author free of charge in exchange for my review. Nevertheless, my thoughts are my own and were in no way influenced by this fact.
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*I received a copy of this audio book to be honestly reviewed*
WELL! That took a turn I didn't see coming! The story was interesting right from the start, with the characters being fun to read and being quite true to life. I really liked them! For some reason, I kept picturing one certain character as Eugene, from The Walking Dead tv show haha! I had certain other people in mind for most of the characters, actually. Their characteristics plus the narrator voice for each painted a very vivid picture in my head.
ANYWHO! Back to the story. It flowed very well, telling the tale of evil lurking about and just waiting, and it really kept me engaged the whole time. I was following along, wondering what was going to happen when BAM! Plot twist! I imagine the author sitting there, cackling, as he imagines our (the readers/listeners) faces when he pulls the rug out from under us. That doesn't happen to me often, so, EXCELLENT!
As for the narrator, I thought she did a brilliant job with this. She read very well and clearly, and had good voices for different characters, and I think she really helped bring this story to life.
I would suggest this for those who like fantasy and don't mind a bit of vulgar speech. Seriously though, it’s not that bad if you’re not sensitive to harsh language. And some sexy times. And some talking about things that lead to sexy times.
Overall, I have to give this one a full 5 Platypires!
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