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Would you try another book from Sherrilyn Kenyon and/or Holter Graham?
I am a longstanding Kenyon fan, so of course, I will pick up more from her. And, Holter Graham is one the best narrators in the business. I look for books he narrates all the time. Together, they are one of the most addictive combos out there.
Who was your favorite character and why?
In this latest iteration, Xev, and his narrative, stands out as the most memorable character for me.
Which scene was your favorite?
My favorite scene takes place at aunt Mini's house. There we get substantial chunks of backstory that progress the narrative, and enlighten dangling relationships between significant characters.
Do you think Invision needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
This book, as others have commented, stands as a bridge to the storyline. Thankfully, I know there are plans for several more books. If this was the last book, this would have to go into the annals of, "bad... bad..," endings--with "Heroes" and "Alphas."
Any additional comments?
I can only infer that this book served several alternative purposes--other than being a great stand alone story. If you were to pick this book up, as a first read, in the "Chronicles of Nick" series, you will be severely disappointed and uninspired to go back and get the rest. However, for those devoted followers, this book serves as a hilarious narrative that fills in the blanks with several character's storylines. At the same time, it also provides superior plot twists that real you back in even deeper.
Nevertheless, I must point out that some of the derived relationships and associations appear clunky and contrived. For example, Zev's relationship with Nick is presented with the subtlety of a 400 pound man doing a cannonball--off the high board--in the water hazard at the US Open. However, it lacked the "oh my God" interest, I believe she was trying for. It comes off more as a, Whisky-Tango-Foxtrot," surprise that changes the tone of the relationship. For those of us that follow the series, this doesn't flow in the same narrative style we are use to from Kenyon. Nor, does she take enough time to feather out this relationship in this book or the last. This is just one example, and there are several more in the story.
Further, I miss Simi's role in this story. Her parts, again, seam contrived and provide very little explanation for her presents. Simi is like, 'Martin's Brotha-Man... from the fifth floor," and we never get enough of her. Fortunately, Kenyon always leaves us wanting for more. But, historically her role is more intertwined and complementary to the progression of the story. This time, it comes off as an afterthought, and Graham narration of her did not help: Next time less Kate Jenner, more Dora the Explorer.
In addition, it seams that this book presents itself as an inspirational gateway to the Dark Hunter series. Which is fine, but misleading. Several of the dreamscape novella's that take place in this book suspiciously align with books in the Dark Hunter series. And, to become equally vested in those characters you would have to pick up those books as well. Now don't get me wrong, two of my all-time favorite books are "Asheron" and "Stixx." However, this one takes it overboard. There's just not enough character development in this story to inspire that kind of, "needle in the hay stack," search throughout that whole collection.
However beyond all of the shortcoming, the insight and cliffhanger provided in this story make it essential to those following the story. More, it's hilarious. Nick and crew are as funny as ever, and the pace was great. I have read it twice already, and plan on going back to see if I can clear up some the relationship issues I haven't been able to follow.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I would give the book 5 stars overall but had some issues so I am giving it a 4 since it was so good and I read it in one day. The only real two problems I had was the voice of Simi. It was to harsh and grating at some point when her voice went from the high we love to deep and grating with a squeak that killed my ears, but she is not in the book long so there is the plus to that. The original was better I have to say. The other was the ending. It was not as satisfying as previous novels in the series, but its like part one to a movie that ends with a twist, and will pick right back up in the next book. Not as much action as others in the series but a lot of WTH going on which I loved. So many surprises, laughs, and touching moments. I will still be getting the next book because Kenyon is an amazing author and knows how to tell a story. So be prepared for mostly build up to the next book. Was worth waiting for and the next one is too.
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