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- Listening Length: 20 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: October 25, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KIQV82E
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The adventure to the fantastical world I love so much was done at the beginning. Good vs. Evil was done too soon as well. Just her arguing if she was a good soul or a bad one.
Don't hate me. I really love KA. Every single one of her books except this one. I stayed up until 4 to finish this but this book wasn't like the first 3.
I have to give credit where credit is due – I never thought Ashley could turn Franka into a character I could sympathize with, much less like. But she did it, so hats off for that. But beyond that, I don’t have a whole lot to say about this book. The story felt rather underwhelming, the slow burn felt way too friggin’ molasses slow, and then once Franka and Noc did get together, it felt kinda lame. I kept waiting for the climax of the story and then I hit the Epilogue and I was very confused. I felt like there was hardly any story arc at all.
I have loved “exploring” the parallel universe in this series, so I think watching Franka experience our normal world was far more boring by comparison. It was definitely humorous at times, but that’s pretty much it. Also, there didn’t seem much special about Noc. Every main male character in this series has this larger than life presence, these defining traits about them that you can’t help but fall in love with. Noc was just kind of… there. He felt like a love interest was plucked out of her Rock Chick series and accidentally dropped into this wonderful, fantasy series by mistake. It was just… underwhelming.
Actually, to steal a quote from 10 Things I Hate About You: “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be whelmed?” That’s more like how I feel about Midnight Soul. Whelmed. It wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad, it just was.
When we left this parallel world in Broken Dove, we left Franka Drakkar, who was at once a treasonous viper and a broken-hearted woman. In Midnight Soul, we come to understand Franka and her circumstances. I don't want to give much away, but Ashley managed to not only explain Franka's nasty disposition, but also slowly changed her into a wonderful woman, who deserves a happy ending.
Noctorno Hawthorne is from the 20th Century Earth, and he has been a cop for most of his adult 38 years. By being in law enforcement, he is able to instantly spot cons, crooks and evil people, and he realizes within hours that Franka Drakkar isn't the obnoxious harpy all believe her to be.
This is a hard book to review without giving away much of the plot, but I felt it was one of Ashley's better books. Noc and Frannie don't end up actually together until about 60% of the book is gone, but it is a brilliant story that really was better for the slow burn. Frannie has much to deal with - her parents, her heritage, her deceased lover, the perceptions of others and now Noc. Noc makes her feel a good many things, but Frannie and Noc both know it is too soon after her lover's tortured death. Franka finding herself and finding her way to Noc was at once sweet and poignant. I enjoyed the story tremendously with only two small complaints. During the story, author Ashley introduces a love interest for the witch, Valentine and also the Circe of the modern day Earth. Ashley winds these stories up with the rest of the series, and that was a real disappointment. Both romances would have made great books set in this world. It's a shame that Ashley decided to tie up all the loose ends so abruptly instead of giving each character their due. Golden Dynasty was my very favorite of Ashley's books, so I would have LOVED to have read the modern day Circe and Dax love story.
Regardless, I loved the book. It was extremely well done, with only one editing error I could find. I also wish to note that this book was an absolute steal at only 3.99 for close to 650 pages. I know some other indie authors who should follow this example, and their writing is like fan fiction in comparison to Ashley's brilliance. I highly recommend this book.
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