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I kept waiting for the 22/23-year-old heroine, who's lived rough, and solo, for 5 years to display a hint of adult capability or emotion - but for most of the book she seems stuck as a whiney, petulant, over-touchy adolescent. She tells one of the main male characters several times that she "hates him" - works usually used by 8-year-olds whose mothers won't let them go play, radiates sullen "it's-not-fair", and rejects any offers of friendship or support - I felt quite sorry for Nathaniel at times.
However, while I did get a tad fed up with Kitter, the world building is good, the other characters better drawn and less teenage (Nathaniel is 400 years old after all), and the ending is truly absorbing, running right up to, and slightly over, a deadly deadline, and with a very well described, and rather gruesome, finale. We end with Kitter maybe, just maybe, a smidgen more resigned to her lot, and with her set up as a supernatural investigator for the subsequent series.
Worth the listen, and well read with clear definition between characters - but for heavens sake buy it through Amazon for the cheaper price, you come back to your Audible account, but keep the cheaper price - and I'll be downloading the sequel.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
It took a little while to get into the Goodeve's voice, but after the first couple chapters it was hard to turn it off. The characters are well fleshed, the action relatively quick, and the storyline plausible. Kitta's character is a little illogical at times (always complaining, rarely willing to seek help even when she clearly needs it) but towards the middle of the book she gets a little more sense. The only character that really put me off was Bobby, since even though at the beginning of the story he mentions the fact that his mate is pregnant (and Kitta thinks about it once or twice), he never mentions it again. Nathanial is a good counterpoint to Kitta in his logical thoughts and patience to her lack of it. The back story doesn't always connect as well as it should to the current events but still, all in all, it was an engrossing listen and made a long plane ride go by much faster.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I just finished listing to Once Bitten and Twice Dead and enjoyed them both very much. It's a nice twist to the old vampire story. Lots of action and angry vamp politics and blood. Definately worth the listen. There will be a 3rd installment. :)
7 of 8 people found this review helpful