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Courtesy of Lost Art Audiobook Review
This series is read by Cynthia Holloway, who has a very feminine, young-sounding voice with a teenage cadence to it. Cynthia Holloway also narrated the Karen Chance’s Cassandra Palmer series and Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series. She has a light sound to her voice that adds to my perception that this book would appeal to the young adult listener. Personally, I was much more impressed with her reading in the Morganville Vampires series. Her voice as Claire, Eve, Myrnin, and even the vampires, was spot-on. For some reason, the voices in this novel seemed too similar at times, even between male and female voices.
Is it wrong to recommend a novel with so much sex and violence to young adults? I hope not, because I highly recommend this one to the late high school, early college listener. This is one audiobook I would have absolutely loved at 18. Why? It’s fast. The pace is not even a gallop, it’s a full throttle. You just hold on and go for the ride. Sabina arrives in New York, someone tries to kill her. She goes to the park, someone shoots her, and then she gets attacked by wolves. She goes to a nightclub, meets an old flame, and punches him in the face. There are ebbs in tension, but the flow changes every ten to fifteen minutes, which is too fast to become bored with any one scenario.
Another reason why I would recommend this novel to the younger audience of the urban fantasy/paranormal reader is the tone of the book. Sabina Kane and her twin are 53 years old, but they are consistently referred to as “child,” “girl,” “brat,” and other terms that make them sound like they are 16. And Sabina lives up to it. She is brimming with good old-fashioned teenage angst and related abandonment/acceptance issues. Her internal dialogue is pretty advanced, but everything in quotations comes right out of high school.
This is a big improvement on the first novel in the series stylistically.
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