Storm in a Teacup : Ayala Storme

  • by Emmie Mears
  • Narrated by Amber Benson
  • Series: Ayala Storme
  • 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Mediator Ayala Storme kills demons by night and handles PR by day. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high.
But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster on human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. That is until one of them saves her life. Dodging the Mediators and the demons alike, Ayala’s new knowledge of the hybrids’ free will challenges everything she’s ever known about her job. Racing the clock and trying to outrun her comrades and enemies alike, she’s not sure who will catch her first....

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Paranormal Urban Fantasy without the explicit sex

Would you listen to Storm in a Teacup again? Why?

I'd definitely consider listening again. Because I love the character dynamic between Ayala and Mason. I love romance and fantasy. But what I love about this book is that it doesn't submerge the plot in erotic love scenes. Unlike some novels wherein the character would go into detail about their partner's....parts, I like how the relationship isn't subsumed in physical attraction.


What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that the romance part only gets introduced halfway into the story. Where the character doesn't gush and gush on every other page on how hot hot hot the guy is. For the first half, the author really took time to build the world and the situation that Ayala is in. We really get to know what type of person she really is and how despite her shortcomings, she's still a decent person. In my opinion, this just made the romantic parts more endearing and sweet.


What about Amber Benson’s performance did you like?

I've listened to another of Amber Benson's performance "Zeroes." Thus, I think she's done a great job yet again. I love how versatile her performance is depending on the character.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yup


Any additional comments?

This is a book for fans of the paranormal fantasy genre who like romance but aren't too keen on reading or hearing about explicit sex scenes.
I like how (in my opinion) Ayala and Mason's first meeting is definitely not the instant attraction type. And I think I like the progression of their relationship from hostility (mostly on Ayala's part) to friendship to lovers.

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- Natalie C

Ayala yes, Amber no!!

I really liked this story, it was a great urban fantasy read! The world is rich and well thought out and Ayala is a strong character with a highly ingrained moral code. The plot is fun and fast-paced with interesting supporting characters and many twists.

Unfortunately, I thought Amber Benson's narration was inconsistent at best. She does a fine job with Ayala, but many supporting characters are given horrible cartoonish voices that are distracting and make them sound flat and one-dimensional. Her rendition of Hazel, Ben and Grifflet in particular are grating and annoying. I can't imagine an actual person ever sounding like that! Maybe it was poor direction.

Amber is a respected actress and I've enjoyed her other work, but when you compare this narration to others in her weight class I feel that Amber comes up short. Lorelei King, Anna Fields, Scott Brick and most particularly Amber's Buffy co-star James Marsters all are able to do more with characters and nuance than she shows in this book.

I'll be getting the rest of the series in print.
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- Sharon11675

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-01-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios