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Zoey, a tough and independent young woman, who has learned to fight for herself growing up in various foster homes, is a Collector working for a secret part of the government called the Department of Molecular Genetics (DMG). Together with her co-worker Daniel, with whom Zoey is desperately in love although he is considerably older and hasn't been reciprocating her advances, they track and collect fae. However, when Seattle is devastated by a powerful, magical electrical storm, Zoey's entire life changes, as she finds herself thrown together with Ryker, who is a Wanderer, a merciless and intimidating fae. Ryker hates humans. Zoey catches fae. Not a promising basis for a functioning relationship that both of them suddenly have to rely on.
City in Embers started out a bit strange in the way the characters, their backgrounds, and the world around them were introduced. It sort of threw you into the action and then took a step back, which was confusing at first, but in hindsight, actually worked well with regards to the plot development. I knew I had to listen to the second book long before finishing this one. I became so enthralled with the characters, the dystopian setting (cleverly linked to the author's Darkness series), and the mystery surrounding the DMG, Daniel and Zoey. I loved Sprig, the talking, narcoleptic monkey fae! His obsession with honey, his love for his cuddly toy, and some of his remarks were just absolutely adorable and so funny. There is no insta-love in this and no love triangle. Instead, there is a totally enthralling budding romance with a lot of sexual tension. Age wise, I think this is New Adult material and should appeal to anybody who enjoys paranormal romances. I've previously listened to Stacey Marie Brown's Darkness series. If you enjoyed that series, you are bound to love this one, too.
The narration by Amy Landon was excellent. She was a very good fit for Zoey, and I was happy with her male voices, too. Good acting, in particular when voicing Sprig, without overdoing it. Nice pacing and delivery. There were no problems with the quality of the audio production.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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15 of 15 people found this review helpful
Seriously. This book had me clenched in waiting most of the time. I have downloaded book 2 even before finishing book 1 because I knew it would be a cliffhanger type of read. First let’s talk about Zoe “HUMAN” as she was often called. Zoe has so many emotional issues, I almost feel like the book needs a break from the story and a fast forward through 6 months of her doing Yoga and Meditation to work through her problems. She is so hard on herself that is it unattractive. No man is encouraged by that. Now to Ryker, he has some real macho issues and lack of trust, even of his own feelings, it is annoying and I truly think he should move past them. So far the author has not revealed what or why he is a brut. Spider Monkey shed some light on the “Viking’s” ill manners, but I think they (bad manners) are unnecessary. BUT I LOVE THIS DYNAMIC! She has tried to do nice thing and show she cares often. I love the reluctant friend and hero complex he has with her. AND I CAN NOT WAIT until he gives in to his feelings. Book 2 better have something for me on that front or I am going to be seriously disappointment. Additionally, the plot of the gang members, while additional bad guys was nice, was a little over run. I do like how she came to terms a little with who she is after the fight club scene. That was a very needed nice touch from the author. This book was very engaging despite the high amount of personal monologue. I enjoyed it so much I have immediately begun book 2. Great job Stacey M Brown.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
Wow! Fast paced, character driven, all action adventure. Fantastically written. A real page turner! Bring on book 2
Writer failed to bring drama and intrigue to the storyline. Really wanted to connect to Zoey and Riker but couldn't not enough detail. If you are looking for a SMART, STRONG female led try sarah j mass or nalini singh books.