What if your mother-in-law turned out to be an evil, cold-blooded witch... literally?
Ever since fabulously wealthy Malcolm Doran walked into her life and swept her off her feet, fledgling architect Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When he proposes with a stunning diamond to seal the deal, Jane can't believe her incredible luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job to make a new start with Malcolm in New York.
But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn. Soon everything she thought she knew about the world and herself is upended. Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.
©2011 Alloy Entertainment (P)2011 HarperCollins Pubilshers
Far fetched - but then this is a work of fiction!
The characters were well described and the relationships interesting. I looked forward to listening to this book every day. However the ending has been left for a sequel.....which I'm not sure if I'd buy. It was so weak it's spoilt my enjoyment of the book.
The narrator's interpretation of the characters was fun and very well read.
Not sorry I picked it though - it was an entertaining read.
"Different than the TV show, but a good different"
Listening to this book was well worth the time put into it. The story was fun, exciting and intriguing.
When we realize what of the main characters is actually capable of, it all turns around.
No, I think the book was wrapped up nicely and a follow-up book isn't needed.
I watched the TV show and enjoyed it, but the book was so much better. Where relationships and strange coincidences on the TV show felt forced, they made sense and flowed better in the book. Well worth the listen.
"Loved it! Fun listen, interesting characters."
This was a fun book, with an excellent narrator. A great listen.
The girl who worked in the cake shop was my favorite character.
I've never listened to this author's books before, but this was a great bet.
I thought it was entertaining, fun, and a great book to get lost in.
If I had gone by the negative comment about this book, I would have missed out. This is a really fun listen. Don't miss out.
"Painful attempt at a novel."
The story is extremely slow paced, yet it moves you along expecting there to be an actual ending. Well or at least a story to be told.
The better question would be what did not disappoint. You listen to the story and it keeps you with it expecting something to happen. Anything really. But nothing ever does. There is no ending to the story, no highlights, nothing.It's like a wet dream just after waking up in the morning. You know there is potential in the story and you can imagine an infinite number of twists and turns that would make the experience a pleasurable one. Yet once you are fully awake, it is simply deeply unsatisfying.The story leaves you hanging with tantalizing possibilities without ever resolving to anything. Even if this is just one installment in a series, this story is so badly ended, that you should avoid it at any cost unless you are a deeply masochistic person.
The narration is what kept me listening. It is pleasantly melodious and tantalizing. It takes a horrid attempt at writing a story and imbues it with at least some character.The only reason the narration only gets 4 stars is that it is blatantly dishonest. A bland and uninspired reading of a bland and uninspired story would have been more fitting.My deepest respects to the narrator. She managed to turn this audiobook from water, if not into wine, at least into artificial grape-juice.
About half the novel is fluff and could be cut, but only if it were replaced with something of actual substance, like an actual story line.
I didn't dislike it but it wasn't what I was hoping for. I will listen to the others in hopes the characters grow up at some point. Up to the very end I kept thinking she was too young to be out late or wandering Manhattan alone.
Narration was done well.
"different from what I expected"
Yes, I would recommend this book if you are intrigued by the supernatural.
I originally downloaded this book b/c I had become interested in the tv show, but it was cancelled. I wanted to know more about the story. Unfortunately, as is the case in most circumstances, the show didn't follow the book series at all. Fortunately, I still enjoyed listening to the series.
This is not like the TV show at all. I thought the plot was week and the characters did not engage me.
Good performance, not great.
"The TV show was cheesy fun. This is not."
The writing style and the story seemed to be told be a juvenile mind.
No, no, no. In fact, I would like to return the two other books in the series I haven't yet listened to and get something else. Please?
She did the best she could with what she was given.
Eye rolls. Dread.
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