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4 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 31-07-14

Still not bad

Book 2 is still keeping my interest. It is not off the charts Awesome, but still has potential. It really is a good story. Although it does keep my interest I am not sitting on the edge of my seat with excitement about what might happen next. I can put the book on pause and not think about it until I am bored again. But there is progress in the storyline and she received some nice new powers, I just want her to kick more butt!!! :)

So far not bad, I will buy the third book.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 05-09-14

It had so much potential.

The plot doesn't have any real direction. Main characters have unprovoked mood swings from page to page. Secondary characters return as completely different people. Compared to the previous book in this series, NOTHING is explained. Yet not non-key information is repeated and repeated.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Uma on 21-02-15

Better than the traumatic first one

Why is Mac so stupid? I hate how she's not bright enough to figure out the most obvious truths (uh hello, Corrugan likes you and oh yeah - everyone has told you just how unlikely it is that he would kill the Cornish pack for harboring a supposed human). Eek the development of her awareness is sloooww. This narrator is what keeps me from giving up on Mac. Lovely voice! I only hope that in the next book Mac wisens up.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 13-12-14

Not sure what the 4 out of 5 stars is for.....

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

It could have been much better written. I have listened to a lot of sci-fi and fantasy genre books and this one does not even come close to any of them.

What was most disappointing about Helen Harper’s story?

I am not sure why the reviews of this book are so good. I bought it based on them. I even went so far as to buy the 2nd one in the series based on the reviews, hoping it would get better. I suppose I shouldn't have expected that much given it was the same author. I have listened to books where I did not want to stop until the last word and then it would leave me longing to find out what happens to the characters. I would be thrilled to find out that the next book in the series was already available and would start listening to it immediately. I became invested in them. In this book, the main character just isn't believable. I think the author wants the reader to believe the main character is so "badass" but the writing just doesn't convince me of that. And after finishing the book, I really don't care what happens next. It was overkill and rather slow. As another reviewer stated, "non-key information is repeated and repeated." Such as, even when it is clear from every other characters;s point of view that Mack's conviction that the Lord Alpha will annihilate her "pack" if he finds out she is "human" is wrong, she still keeps beating it to death. Definitely not a page turner.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Saskia Maarleveld?

If it had better content.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The story line could have been really good had it been written differently.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By roverman on 14-05-17

Typical Daft hero

What did you like best about Bloodmagic? What did you like least?

Best? Narration. Saskia does a pretty good job of telling the story. I'd like to listen to her that has a story with a real female lead. Least? Portraying the female lead as an idiot who miraculously finds the solution to save all. Many times I wanted to reach in and bitch slap her for her stupidity. Sadly, this is apparently how Helen Harper likes her lead characters. Highland Magics is the same way. I was hoping this would be different, but alas, it's not.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Have Mac a bit let stupid/idiotic/daft/etc. She's in the middle of saving her life and yet she day dreams enough to trip on holes in the rug (really), rocks and other stuff. Less arguing since that seems like it's all she does.

What does Saskia Maarleveld bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Saskia is good with voicing the characters. I need to find another author so I can feel good about listening to her with a great character.

Was Bloodmagic worth the listening time?

Yes and no. Yes because Saskia is a great narrator. No because you want to scream at the lead character for being an idiot. You know what's coming waaaayyyy before she does.

Any additional comments?

I like the story line (some) and wouldn't mind listenening further, but unless I see the review that Mac has grown up, I may pass.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Lisa on 31-08-14

It's a page turner

I've had this on my wish-list for some time, but hesitated, because I was afraid I wouldn't be able to understand the accent; I'm glad I tried it though because it is a great story, and my concerns were unfounded, as I had no problems understanding the narrator, in fact she's quite talented. I have enjoyed the series immensely, I've just finished the 3rd book and all of them have been fantastic page turners, unpredictable, and thrilling. The female lead has been strongly developed, and I found myself routing for her to beat the odds. Give it a shot; you wont regret it; I've got to go; book 4 is calling to me. 5 starts Helen Harper.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful