When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.
But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope - something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.
Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day is a new stand-alone urban fantasy audiobook from New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire.
©2017 Seanan McGuire (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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"A Story of Ghosts & Witches from a New Perspective"
Love love love!! A story of ghosts and witches with a new and unique perspective that was both fascinating and compelling. The narration was perfection - I was lost in the story from start to finish. My only complaint is that it was too short - I wanted MORE! I hope she revisits this from one of the other ghost's POV! This will be the first book of 2017 to make it to my "Favorites" list!
"Ghosts like you've never seen them before"
Emily Bauer is a great narrator. I love her work on the InCryptid series too!
Those of you who are familiar with my reviews know that I do not often like to give away the storyline so that the plot summary you read with the book can be enough to draw you in and my review can be the push you may need to actually read the book. But I'm going to have to stray from that for this review.
Big warning: This book has the capacity to break your heart but it does mend it back together.
We start the story off learning that a young girl's world has shattered because her sister is dead and she suffers basically a nervous breakdown. You kind of enter this part of the story in the middle and kind of have to wait about 10 minutes to really get your footing.
By time I got my footing I realized the story is about the day-to-day "life" of a human ghost. She works at a suicide prevention hotline and does what she can to give back to the living.
I found out how ghosts can 'earn' the chance to move on to their own afterlife. I learned about all sorts of witches that I never knew existed - street witches, corn witches, etc.
This story takes place in less than a week of a ghost's life and yet I feel like I knew her so well and so intimately.
This is some beautiful, heartbreakingly wonderful work by Seanan McGuire. Emily Bauer is a great narrator as well - she totally nails the part in this book. It surprised me too, because I've listened to the Price family InCryptid books which have a different voice quality and cadence to them entirely. Emily Bauer has some real hard core talent!
I recommend this book to pretty much everyone!
"Clear deviation from her usual prose"
I have enjoyed reading all of Seanan McGuire'a stories, and always look forward to any new ones that are released, whether they are part of her October Daye, Incryptid, or Indexing series, or her short stories. This was very much a deviation from her usual writing. There was an awful lot of philosophical offerings that, in many ways, took away from her storytelling. It wasn't that this was a bad story, just unusual, and not in keeping with the rest of her writing. I think I would just rather see her put her time in continuing with stories that have become so enjoyable to read.
"Does not feel fully formed"
I'm a big McGuire fan in general but this story from the plot to characters did not feel fully formed.
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