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great book fist half can be slow worth the finish!! it's is a great booj
I began this series a year ago, with the bundle of Books 1-3. Though I neglected to review them at the time, as I recall, I was initially underwhelmed, and felt less hooked than I was accustomed to being with other series. (I believe I only purchased because there was a lull between releases of sequels to any of my regular favorite series, and three books for one credit was a pretty good deal.) So, I listened at a leisurely pace, just barely interested enough to keep at it, and not return for something else. But, somewhere along the way, I fell in love with the characters, and I realized I was thoroughly invested in the story. By the end of Book 3, I was a fan of Lana Harvey, and of Angela Roquet.
I didn't immediately continue the series, but I knew I would come back to it eventually. So now, a year later, I have finally resumed, and, once again, it was a slow start. From the beginning, I felt like Book 4 was dragging, and, even though I still enjoyed the characters, the story itself just didn't feel lively (no pun intended). I actually thought I would wind up returning it, much to my dismay. Then, there was that magical shift again, and this story really turned around!
By the end of this book, I was clamoring for more, and have immediately purchased the next one. If you are struggling to stay interested, keep listening! It really does turn out to be a great story!
As to the narrator, I am always a fan of Hollie Jackson. I love the sound of her voice, and I think she does a fine job at characterizations. I do have one tiny grievance (but obviously not great enough to impact her five stars): I have noticed her pronunciation of the word "having" sounds more like "haffing." It is a little jarring; once or twice, in fact, it was distracting enough that I had to rewind, because, instead of paying attention to the story, my mind got lost on the weird pronunciation. Other than that, she is one of my favorites!