Well, I thought I'd try to get caught up with the series and although I have this in print, I thought I'd try it in audio. Luckily my library had it in the format I could use. Tavia Gilbert is the narrator and I have to honestly say that I did not like her pacing at all. It was too fast for most of the book, but that pacing was fine for the most intense action parts of the book. I also have to say that I did not like her Bones accent. Actually, the accent was "okay", but the voice for bones was just too wrong for me. Her voice actually seemed to raise a bit to do his parts. I was also not thrilled with the Mancheres voice either. It did distract me a bit from the book as a whole.Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband Bones have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they've triumphed over the latest battle, Cat's new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance...With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage. Now Cat and Bones are forced to seek help from a dangerous "ally" - the ghoul queen of New Orleans herself. But the price of her assistance may prove more treacherous than even the threat of a supernatural war...to say nothing of the repercussions Cat never imagined.
As for the book. I loved it. This one had quite a bit of humor and I LOL'd quite a bit. In fact I woke up my dog and got a dirty look for laughing too loudly. Yep, Cat had her snark on and even toward herself. Vlad also had a few really good one liners. Oh yea, can't wait to read his book. Yes, you can safely say I enjoyed the humor a lot.
We also get some good secondary characters involved in this book. Mencheres, Vlad, and even Marie Laveau. I have to admit, even though Marie has her own agenda and is on her own side, I like the ghoul. She is smart and quite devious. I hope there is more with her in further adventures with Cat.
I give this book 4 stars. It's possible I may rate it higher with a reread. I guess we will have to see. I didn't love the audio, but I did love the book and the adventure.
Alternate cover (I like much better):