Taran Wird has a special power that allows her to pull fire and lightening from her body. When her right arm is tore off by a were, it is replaced with a different using ancient magic. The new "zombie" arm has Taran feel less than perfect and her insecurities cause her to end it with Gemini, her mate. She must now deal with everything alone, while battling her arm.
I was so excited that another Weird Girls novel got released. I loved reading the first full book about Taran. Her firecracker personality really drew me in. From the moment I started reading, I couldn't stop until it was done. I can't wait for the next book.
Well, I... Shit. This is ambitious as fuck, in the fiction and existential department.
I don't like Roland, and I get that lofty ideals are useless from his position. But it's... He reminds me of that adage, the third part of which is that a man with only one reason to live is the most dangerous man in the world. His type of drive, his dogged pursuit, puts me in mind of a slow going bulldozer, and also of persistence hunting. All scary concepts. And his name, wasn't there an old poem...
It was dreary, and weird, and heart-breaking. And I'm puzzled and will continue reading.
This finishes my BLopoly double roll, and puts me almost halfway the 24 in 48 readathon.
The seven hour stretch was this book in almost one sitting. I had to take a break after Jake.
I'll roll again in a bit and maybe continue onto the next book. The neighbor is having a loud party with karaoke.
It pains me to say it, but I did not like this book. At all.
I knew going in that it might not work for me. I've read one of Aickman's collections so far, and many of the stories left me unsatisfied. But, it was just one collection; maybe I read it wrong? It happens. But after listening to this wonderfully narrated story, I think it will be a long time before I attempt to read the other Aickman collection that I own.
The man writes beautifully, there's no doubt about it. He is also capable of sly social commentary and has a keen eye for the reasons behind certain behaviors; I appreciate that. But, and forgive me for asking, where is the damn story? This seemed more like a rambling tale about repressed sexual feelings, that sometimes features a nice enough lady named Grizelda. There are a few, I stress FEW, weird moments...and that's about it.
The narration here is fantastic and to be honest, if it weren't for Matt Godfrey's soothing voice, I would have ditched this book without finishing. It seems like with such promise in the voices, the story just HAD to get better, or at least show up. But sadly, it never did.
As I mentioned, the prose itself was excellent as was the narration, hence my 3 star rating. If I were rating on narration and quality of prose ONLY, it would be 5 stars. But for me, there has to be a story, and here I could not find one. This is obviously how I and I alone feel about The Late Breakfasters. Your mileage may vary.
*I received this audiobook free from the narrator in exchange for my honest review. This is it.*