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If you’re into dark fantasy with twisted characters who have all kinds of preternatural gifts, sexual appetites, and the most colorful (profane) methods expressing themselves, then this may be the book for you. The violence is graphic, the language is very strong, and the sex is woven in every aspect of the narrative. In fact it drives the narrative. In her defense, the author provides appropriate warnings. It is not uncommon to have some sex, violence and expletives in literature whether it is fiction or non-fiction, so my expectations were a bit under the bar of reality. I was surprised at the sheer volume of it in this story.
There is an interesting narrative underneath all layers of crusty crassness. The story weaves through alternative dimensions and significant historical points of time, and each character has at least a of badness so there is a constant fuzzy nothingness between right and wrong, good and bad. The protagonist herself is a bad girl who uses sensuality and her ability to read minds to control others, including a super-soldier with whom she partners. If you can get past the brutal sex and foul language to enjoy an okay fantasy with an equal mix of action packed-ness and clever dialogue, this might be worth it. Otherwise, I would say skip it. I probably would not continue this series or pick up another listen by the author because of my personal preferences, but that is not to say she is not good at her craft for the genres of this book.
The narrator’s reading was good for this story. My only quip is that she inserted pauses at odd times, which made me think she was turning a page or looking for a line she’d lost. In the midst of listening, I had often found myself wondering what had happened to her instead of paying attention to what was happening in the story. The pauses were a bit of a distraction.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you Audiobook Boom.
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I love how Caprice's story keeps unfolding. She's the perfect (ok maybe not perfect but pretty awesome) example of how a woman can do things her way and still be happy. I love how the story keeps moving forward and unfolding. Yes the story is dark and dirty, but that's what I love about it. The new characters showing up are awesome and bring so much to the story. I couldn't imagine this going any other way. Rebecca does such an awesome job and she adds so much sass to one of the sassiest characters you just have to love.. I can't wait to see what else Alana and Rebecca have in store.
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I received a complementary copy from the right's holder of A Prince of Cups, via Audiobook Boom, in exchange for an honest review. I had not read the first in this series so was thrown straight into the weird world of Caprice without previous knowledge. Not that this mattered as all that was needed to start this journey with her was succinctly revealed in the initial pages.
Alana Melos' writing is imaginative, visual and very visceral. Her main protagonist, from who's viewpoint this story and all associated emotions are related, is tough, sexy and driven by self confidence and lust - for sex, blood, pain and power. This did become a trifle tedious for me at the beginning but I warmed to her, somewhat, later. Never a dull moment in this book, whether the fighting is sexual, physical or simply for personal psychological dominance.
I had problems with the narration, unfortunately. At first hearing, Ms.Wolfe (mmm - rather appropriate) is the perfect voice for Caprice, sexy and pleasant and she reads at a very fast pace. However, despite her impeccable reading, i soon found myself irritated by the delivery, with constant downturns in the timbre at phrase endings and frequent unrelated-to-text pauses, which contrasted with the near absence of gap between chapters. This became so distracting, I was only able to listen for short periods and, by half way through the book had to will myself back to continue.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, but I would have to choose the person carefully: not everyone would appreciate the sheer joy in violence and erotic lust content of the story. But it is bright and surprising with, dare I say it? - a strange innocence.
And I would also say, "Read the printed book."
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