Diaries of an Urban Panther Mass Market Paperback – July 26, 2011
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About the Author
Amanda Arista was born in Illinois, grew up in Corpus Christi, and lives in Dallas, but her heart lies in London. When not writing, she often dreams of co-opening an evil bakery and selling despicable desserts. She spends her weekends writing at coffee shops, practicing for the day that caffeine intake becomes an Olympic sport, and plotting character demises.
- Publisher : Avon Impulse (July 26, 2011)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 432 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062114743
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062114747
- Item Weight : 6.9 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.19 x 1.08 x 6.75 inches
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Violet is a wonderful heroine, learning how to control her shape shifting abilities after she was bitten. Chad is just so cute. He is protective, but still goofs up occasionally. I really liked how real both of them were. Yes, you had the supernatural elements, but they have their human foibles too.
There is a lot of action in the story, and it moves very quickly. The story seems to flow. If you like paranormal romances with a good amount of action, I think you will like this.
Interspersed with the action are a bunch of memories from Violet's mother that make you, and Violet, think about where things are going and why or how. This is a good use of foreshadowing that moves the story along. I can't wait to see what happens next. Try this and see what you think
Diaries of an Urban Panther (Book #1)
Claws and Effect: A Diaries of an Urban Panther Novel (Book #2)
Nine Lives of an Urban Panther (Diaries of an Urban Panther) (Book #3)
"First Dates Are Hell" from Vampires Gone Wild (Supernatural Underground) ( 1 of 4 stories)
NOTE: This review covers the story of the whole trilogy without any spoilers (I hope) since this is really one long exceptionally good story.
Violet is hardly normal, she has went from being a script-writer for horror movies to being a shapeshifter but there is something special about Violet, something that an old prophesy says will help all of the shapshifters in Dallas have a better life .... If she lives that long and overcomes more problems than you could list with Excel.
This series was a bit of a surprise since I had the first 2 books buried in my "to-be-read" stack of books for over a year and that is where they would still be if I had not been given a copy of Vampires Gone Wild to review and in that anthology the best story was one called "First Dates Are Hell" which was very good and it came from the Urban Panther series (actually in the timeline it was after the trilogy of books).
So after enjoying that story I grabbed the books I had, bought #3 and started reading and was totally hooked into this story, I am not sure if the author was writing a trilogy when she wrote Diaries of an Urban Panther but these 3 books have to be read together to really get the full impact (who wants to read 1 book of the Lord of the Rings?) and while each book has an ending of sorts the real story that threads through all of them is the one that ends in the last book of this trilogy.
While I do not want to give away too much of the story, I can say it was one of the best reading experiences I have had in several months, but while I am extolling this series greatness I need to point out that if you are OCD about editing then book 2 may pose some problems since her editor must have jumped ship during the writing/publication of Claws and Effects (book #2) but I was still able to enjoy it and continue on but be forewarned.
The ending of the main story arc threading through all the books coming to an epic end in book 3 and one of the best endings I have seen in awhile to be honest. The characters were fleshed out very well, Violet was an awesome heroine and her humor was what made reading this series a much more pleasurable task.
Let me just say that as a full time reviewer as a hobby, I get dozens of free books every month and I went and BOUGHT all of these books after reading the story in Vampires Gone Wild and in spite of some bad editing and stumbles along the way, this story was so good I could care less. I give it 5 Stars not because it is an awesome piece of writing but because it was the best story I have read in a long time AND I liked the way it made me feel when it ended. You don't get many of those type stories.
My hope is that she may come back to this series (although blogs have said it was over) since I loved it but the ending was good enough I can live with this being all there is, get these books and enjoy a great story and ignore any stumbles along the way to an awesome ending. The story in Vampires Gone Wild was just a bonus to close a loop on one of the characters and it was done exceptionally.
This one was excellent for the following reasons:
1) The mythos: Ms. Arista's paranormal world is revealed to the reader and the main character at the same time. The way Violet slowly pieces together some information from legends, stories, and actual research versus being very bluntly told others was entertaining. I thought the mythology was well realized, but appreciated not feeling "spoonfed".
2) The dialog. The snark, sarcasm, and "Can you believe I'm actually in this situation?" tone carried through the whole book without overwhelming the story. It is best expressed during Violet's dialog with her friends and allies.
3) The descriptive language was very good. I was able to picture things in my head easily like with JK Rowling and Nora Roberts. The real world Dallas references are not going to appeal to everyone, but having lived there I certainly enjoyed them.
Top reviews from other countries
Einziger, dafür leider dicker, Minuspunkt sind die grausig vielen Tipp- und Grammatikfehler. Das wird teilweise so heftig, dass es beim Lesen stört. Oft werden Begriffe nach "Hörensagen" geschrieben ("your" statt "you're", "quite" statt "quiet") an vielen Stellen wurden Füllwörter beim nachträglichen Editieren zahlreicher Sätze einfach stehengelassen. Der eine oder andere Fehler stört mich nicht, da lese ich einfach drüber. Aber das Leseerlebnis ist stellenweise echt holprig.
Daher leider nur 3 Sterne, obwohl die Geschichte 4 verdient hätte.