Friday, April 12, 2013

Audiobook Review: Last Kiss Goodnight by Gena Showalter

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
  • Publish Date: March 26th 2013
  • Read by George Newbern 
  • Source: Digital audiobook provided by Simon & Schuster Audio for review
 Purchase: Amazon | B&N | Audible (only the Audible link is the audio version)

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Gena Showalter ignites a thrilling new paranormal series with this breathtaking tale of a warrior enslaved by desire, and the woman who frees his soul. THE SWEETEST TEMPTATION . . .

Black ops agent Solomon Judah awakens caged and bound in a twisted zoo where otherworlders are the main attraction. Vika Lukas, the owner’s daughter, is tasked with Solo’s care and feeding. The monster inside him yearns to kill her on sight, even though she holds the key to his escape. But the human side of him realizes the beautiful deaf girl is more than she seems—she’s his.

THE ULTIMATE PRICE . . .

Vika endures the captives’ taunts and loathing, hoping to keep them alive even if she can’t free them. Only, Solo is different— he protects her. But as hostility turns to forbidden romance, his feelings for her will be used against him . . . and he’ll be put to a killer test.
 

My Thoughts

After reading the synopsis for this book I was very interested in what it was all about. Black ops agent that's an otherworlder, a zoo that holds these human./creatures, and a deaf girl who is willing to risk herself to save these prisoners. I was intrigued and couldn't help but to be sucked into this story. I needed to know what would happen, I wanted to know that Vika could do what she set out to do and escape the craziness that is her life. I was totally fascinated with the good and evil voices that were in Solo's head. And engaging and intense story that is sure to keep you reading (or in my case listening) into the wee hours of the morning.

Vika is a girl who is beyond tough. She has to be. Her father who swears she is the most important thing in the world to him is an abusive and evil man. He is the reason why she is deaf. She has always loved animals, they were her only friends. Now that the zoo no longer holds animals, but these otherworlders who are part human, she is in charge of their care. She is continually beat and punished from her father for things and she just wants to escape. She has such a good heart though and won't leave unless she can free the otherworlders too. She has been saving the jewelry that her father buys her so she can sell it and be able to live on her own. She is very much a prisoner just like the otherworlders, except for her cage is her father. I loved her character.

Solo was a bit harder for me to like. He is an otherworlder. He is a black ops agent who is supposed to catch the man who is selling otherworlders to this zoo, but instead he gets captured. While captured, he instantly takes a possessiveness to his keeper, Vika. I didn't like how he was all, "She's mine." and whatever, but I guess that's the alpha male animal instinct in him. I don't know. It just really bothered me that he was so possessive and thought of her as his. Oh, and the vows. He always wanted people to vow things, especially Vika. When people vow something to him, or he to them, it can't be broken. He got a bit crazy with it with Vika I thought, but I'm not actually sure if they worked on her with the exception of one. Anyways, I'm getting way off topic now. So I liked him, he seemed like a good guy in general, but I think that the animal side of him made him have that dominant side. He was super protective of her though and it was made clear that he did fall in love with her and would do anything for her. So I suppose he is forgiven for acting like Vika is his property and he owns her.

The story was really interesting and I loved how some magic was incorporated into it too. I really enjoyed how Vika was accepting of Solo, even when he was almost ashamed of himself. They really did form a great bond with each other. I loved how the story moved along and we got enough information to keep us interested, but it never really moved super fast. I would have liked to know more about the otherworlders besides Solo and more about their worlds and stuff. Especially when they traveled to an inbetween world or something. Overall this was enjoyable though. I really loved the reader. He made the characters come to life. He made it very easy to distinguish between the different characters, and he put the emotion into them. I was never at any point confused about who was talking at any point in the story. I am also very interested to know where the story will go now. I can't wait for Black and Blue.


20 comments:

  1. While this book doesn't necessarily seem my type, I really enjoyed reading your review Amy! And this one is pretty long for an audiobook review.(I can never seem to write long enough reviews for audios)I really love the sound of Vika!

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    1. I used to have trouble with audiobook reviews, but then I figured out that if I just write it like a regular review and add in what I think of the audio aspect of it, it works better for me.

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  2. One hive heard good things about Showalter's books, and have meant to pick one up, but there's do many to choose from! I'm glad you liked this, Amy.

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    1. This was good. I think if I had actually read it though I might not have enjoyed it as much as listening to it. I have a feeling that I wouldn't have really felt the characters, but the reader was able to bring them to life for me. I have heard that this book isn't as good as her others, but I haven't read her others to compare it to.

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  3. Love Gena! I read some of her adult books and ya books. I hadn't heard of this one though. Nice review.

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    1. I haven't read any of her books. This was my first one, but I did enjoy it. Judging by the reviews I have read though, this one isn't one of her best so I am curious to read her others if they are better.

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  4. I've tried a couple of this author's books but they have never managed to really capture my attention as much as I would have wanted. This sounds interesting though, especially because the MC is deaf. I would to see how her mind works.
    Your paragraph on the love interest put me off a little. He seems a bit too possessive and the whole vows thing also makes him sound a little strange.
    I'm glad you enjoyed the audiobook, Amy!
    Fab review!

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    1. It's weird, like he's got some power or something so when someone vows something then they have to do it. He isn't a bad guy, I think that his possessiveness and acting like he owns her is because of his animal side. I tried to keep an open mind about that aspect of it.

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  5. I like Gena Showalter. I haven't seen this one yet though. Thanks for the review!

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    1. I think the book has been out for a little while, but the audiobook just recently came out.

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  6. Hmm it sounds like Solo was a bit of a turn off for you. This sounds so weird! A zoo full of otherworlders, that's definitely not one I have read before. I haven't read anything by Showalter but I know a bunch of people who love her stuff. Happy that you liked this one so much, Great review chick!

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    1. It was really weird, but I did like it. I loved the reader. I think that had a lot to do with my enjoyment of the book.

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  7. This one does sound interesting but I'm wondering about whether I would like Solo. Your description makes me doubt it. Great review. Think I'll pass.

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    1. He was a tough character for me. He was very protective and he was nice and everything, but I hated his possessive side. I tried to keep in mind he was half animal and that it's just his instincts that made him that way.

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  8. This one sounds really worth it, even though Solo seemed kind of off >.< I've never read anything by Gena before (REALLY bad story regarding Alice in Zombieland that made me swear off her books for the rest of my life even though it's kind of unfair I'm just STILL REALLY MAD ABOUT IT.)

    ANYWAY. The plot and Vika both sound like really promising points, and so does the story itself.

    Great review!

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    1. I DNF'd Alice in Zombieland. This is nothing like that book. I did have issues with this, but in general it was good. I might have felt different had I not listened to it. The narrator was great!

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  9. The plot of this sounds really interesting and very different. I haven't read any of her books yet, though I do think I have some. I'm glad this was a pretty decent read (or listen, I guess) for you though!

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    1. The only other book of hers I read, well tried to, was Alice in Zombieland which is nothing like this one.

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  10. I've been DYING to read this book! I've been hearing mixed reviews for it, so I have been hesitating, but your swaying me back to wanting to read it asap. Oh, and I just want to say I love the cover to this, and I just saw the NEW cover to the second book, it's so pretty, hopefully the story will be good.

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    1. The cover is really pretty. OMG I love the cover for Black and Blue. I am really looking forward to that one too. I hope that when you get to this one you like it.

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