I have a double whammy of urban fantasy audiobooks! One is from a beloved series, and the other is a new love.Hunted
Author: Kevin Hearne
Series: Iron Druid Chronicles #6
Published by: Random House Audio
Publication Date: June 25th 2013
Narrator: Luke Daniels
Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
For a two-thousand-year-old Druid, Atticus O’Sullivan is a pretty fast runner. Good thing, because he’s being chased by not one but two goddesses of the hunt—Artemis and Diana—for messing with one of their own. Dodging their slings and arrows, Atticus, Granuaile, and his wolfhound Oberon are making a mad dash across modern-day Europe to seek help from a friend of the Tuatha Dé Danann. His usual magical option of shifting planes is blocked, so instead of playing hide-and-seek, the game plan is . . . run like hell.
Crashing the pantheon marathon is the Norse god Loki. Killing Atticus is the only loose end he needs to tie up before unleashing Ragnarok—AKA the Apocalypse. Atticus and Granuaile have to outfox the Olympians and contain the god of mischief if they want to go on living—and still have a world to live in.
I know I can always fall back on the Iron Druid Chronicles when I’m in need of a sure thing, so I try to save it for when I’m in a reading funk and/or miss my Atticus too much. Just like the previous books in the series, Hunted was just what I needed, leaving me completely satisfied.
Atticus, Granuaile, and Oberon are on the run from crazy-ass Loki. And Artemis. And Diana. Oh hell, you get the idea – they’re in deep crap. It’s an intense and exciting journey, with danger coming at them from every angle. I’m talking edge of the seat type stuff here! Even with their lives in peril, the humor is still in full effect!
I’ve always adored Atticus and claimed him as my ultimate book boyfriend. Ah, but he continues to impress me with every book. The way he treats Granuaile as the best! He treats her as an equal, has massive confidence in her, trusts her judgement, doesn’t hold her back or tell her to “stay put”, and on and on. I can feel the pride and admiration he has for her, and I can’t express enough how much I love that. And yes, Granuaile is pretty damn kick-ass. I’m so happy that we get her perspective.
I swear, the author is going to kill me one of these days with the characters. I about died laughing about Zeus and his … um … inappropriateness. And unstable Loki, oh boy. The guy probably says less than fifteen words the entire book, but he’s funny in a very psychotic way. Believe me, he makes in impression. Those two are only a tiny fraction of the a-freaking-mazing characters!
Oh, but I am devastated about a certain turn of events. Devastated! It happens right in the beginning, so it totally shocked me. I’m still upset, but like how it played out and what eventually came of it. In fact, I love the way the entire plot played out and am extremely eager to see what’s in store for them next.
Obviously I thoroughly enjoyed Hunted, but I’m not surprised. Now I need to resist listening to the next installment too soon because I need to make them last! Seriously, this is one of my top most recommend series, so of course everyone needs to read them. Listening would be even better, because Luke Daniels is a damn master narrator!
(Yes, I realize the first paragraph sounds like I’m talking about a booty call.)
Author: Richelle Mead
Series: Georgina Kincaid #1
Published by: Audible Studios
Publication Date: December 4, 2009
Narrator: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 11hrs and 29mins
When it comes to jobs in hell, being a succubus seems pretty glamorous. A girl can be anything she wants, the wardrobe is killer, and mortal men will do anything just for a touch. Granted, they often pay with their souls, but why get technical?
But Seattle succubus Georgina Kincaid's life is far less exotic. At least there's her day job at a local bookstore--free books;all the white chocolate mochas she can drink;and easy access to bestselling, sexy writer, Seth Mortensen, aka He Whom She Would Give Anything to Touch but Can't.
But dreaming about Seth will have to wait. Something wicked is at work in Seattle's demon underground. And for once, all of her hot charms and drop-dead one-liners won't help because Georgina's about to discover there are some creatures out there that both heaven and hell want to deny. . .
I started the Elemental Assassins series not too long ago, but I’m still not enthusiastic about it three books in. So, I decided to try my luck with a different UF series. Turns out I already had Succubus Blues on my Kindle and in audio from a few years ago. Total fate! I decided to go with audio, which was a great decision. I hadn’t even made it 20% in before I knew this would be the next series I’ll indulge in. The bonus is the series is complete, so I have five more installments to enjoy at my leisure.
I became absolutely smitten with these characters almost immediately. Georgina is a succubus who feeds by absorbing some of a person’s life force. She’s witty, sarcastic, and can give great banter. Not to mention she loves reading and is an assistant manager of a bookstore. Win! I enjoyed getting her backstory of how she became a succubus as the main plot progressed. The author did a fantastic job weaving it all together and making it relevant.
The overall story was completely engaging and a lot of fun, and the whole mystery of who was killing paranormals was done really well. Also, the first book in a series of this genre can easily get bogged down with world building, but that wasn’t the case here at all. It’s really cool the way it’s set up sort of like the paranormals are a corporation.
Like I said, I listened to the audio, and it’s fantastic! I’m pretty picky about narrators, but Elisabeth Rodgers does a stellar job truly becoming the characters.
I am very pleased with Succubus Blues and look forward to immersing myself in Georgina’s world again soon.