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This book has an intriguing concept - a transsexual turned into a vampire mid-transition, that is, he/she had the silicone implants done, but not the bottom surgery yet. Trapped between the sexes, she works as a drag queen. Her best friend, a man named Travis, who she has known since he/she was in the military in Afghanistan, is a demon hunter and, although straight, he is starting to have feelings for Ray/Raylee.
The problem with this book is that it was hard to follow for the first half. It kept transitioning back and forth between the present and flashbacks, but there is more narration in the first person as Travis than there is dialogue. At times, Travis would be describing one thing and then I'd realize he'd gone into a flashback with no real separation or transition, so I had to keep playing sections back to figure out what was going on. By a little past the middle of the book, the flashbacks stopped and it was straightforward from there.
However, Ray/Raylee was talked about a lot by Travis, but the focus was on Travis and not on Ray/Raylee, the title character.
Honestly, I'm not sure how I felt about this book. Maybe if I listen again it would make more sense, but for me it wasn't bad, but it wasn't great. It ends with a cliffhanger, and I am honestly not sure if I want to read/listen to a sequel.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
What did you love best about Acid Jazz Singer?
it was a different type of story... i enjoyed it.. the characters were different and unique
What did you like best about this story?
the characters and how they aren't your normal typical type of supernatural
Which character – as performed by Michael Ferraiuolo – was your favorite?
oh man.. he put amazing thoughts and feelings into his characters. i'm not sure which was my favorite to be honest.. probably ray though honestly..
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
no.. i mean i laughed a lot.. and there were a couple times i wanted to throw something at a wall haha but it was all amazing
What made the experience of listening to Acid Jazz Singer the most enjoyable?
I really loved how this book drew you into this fantastic story.
What did you like best about this story?
How can I pick the best part of this book, sorry just not possible,if you want to listen to this book, you will fine you get drawn into the story.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Oh yes I laugh, had tissues by my chair, I wanted to say to one oh for goodness sake,
Any additional comments?
So very well written I loved this so much. The characters are so well written with their little quicks, I would definitely listen to to this book again.
Highly recommend I would give it 5*****
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To be honest I'm not sure I would have chosen this audiobook book myself but after listening to it I would have missed out on a fantastic story. I was so caught up in what happens to Ray/RayLee and Travis that I had to know what happens next. The story kept up a good pace but the flashback sections did leave me a little confused at times and I had to listen to that bit again. But the journey is so worth it. Travis never seems to get a break and it makes an exciting story.
I applaud the unique characters created by Nya Rawlyns. They inspired so many feelings in me. There were times I loved them, hated them, felt sorry and angry and cried for them. I felt for RayLee trapped partway through transition, never being able to finally be who she is. And Travis having difficulty understanding his feelings for him/her. Into the mix comes a Vampire for hire. Is she after Ray/RayLee or Travis? More questions and suspense. This is a superb start to the series and I am eager for the next part.
Michael Ferraiuolo's excellent narration along with the detailed descriptions made such a vivid picture. The story is told from Travis's point of view and Michael Ferraiuolo's characterisation of him really brings him alive. I also liked the defined switch between Ray and RayLee. If you like action and suspense with a touch of romance I absolutely recommend listening to Acid Jazz Singer.