Zoey Redbird really has her hand’s full. As a fledgling vampyre, living at the House Of Night, a school for teens like herself, she couldn’t be more stretched. Her Grandmother is doting, her mother is not understanding this “choice” Zoey has made, her boyfriend …well seriously, that’s a whole other issue, and her best friend is dead. Or is she?
This audio was a genre stretch for me. Yes I like YA reads, but I have not dabbled too much in the paranormal. I find that if I am going to tackle a difficult story or a genre I may or may not like, audio can help pave the way. When I picked this one out at audible.com, I did not realize I was stepping into the middle of a series, book 3 of 7, to be exact.
*sigh* Rookie error…. always, always, check the books (especially YA, to make sure you are starting with book one)
Honestly, I didn’t think I would really enjoy this audio but I wanted to give it a try. I liked the voice of narrator Edwina Wren right from the start. Edwina really captures an amazing voice for Zoey. Youthful, bored, overwhelmed…. I can hear it. Edwina handles the other characters in this audio with a smooth ease, changing from one voice to the other, in a distinct manner and I immediately knew who was speaking.
I have to admit, I seem to have a preference for male narrators, especially when there is many voice changes. Women narrators tend to struggle with the male voice parts and it comes off as sounding fake or forced. Edwina handles the voice changes so smoothly I didn’t even think about the male voices.
And as I listened to this audio that I was not going to like… I started to really like it. I liked Zoey, even when she irritated me with her boyfriend issues. I laughed as she struggled with what she sarcastically called “Birthmas”, the combination gifts she seemed to always receive because her birthday was so close to Christmas. She could almost guarantee that gifts for her birthday would b wrapped in festive reds and greens and a snowman – well that was just a bonus.
There were parts that I didn’t enjoy – for one, too much talk of blood for my liking. Secondly, too much “sexual action,”, with more than one boyfriend, Zoey does have some issues she really needs to work out. I can see where the appeal to YA’s would be; I am just not sure where I stand in the midst of a well read, mostly appealing audio.
So here is a dilemma for me… I landed almost in the middle of this 7 book series. They are in order: Marked, Betrayed, Chosen, Untamed, Hunted, Tempted, and Burned. (Here is a link) Do I back track? Do I move forward from here? Or can I just walk away from the series leaving Zoey to the next phase, the next battle… without me?
Book Journey’s map has been updated to include Chosen
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Cover Story: I like it a lot. It holds a mystery and is applicable to the story itself
I purchased this audio from audible.com