Stormy Spooner is at her wits' end. Careening towards bitter after a nasty divorce, she sometimes wonders what her life is becoming. After unearthing a cryptic set of lines from a dusty album cover, Stormy tries the impossible: to resurrect Phillip Deville, enigmatic former frontman of the Bloomer Demons. Stormy's love for her favorite dead rockstar knows no bounds...but it was all supposed to be a joke. When she answers a knock on her door the next day and finds herself face to face with the dark-haired rock god of her every teenage fantasy, her entire world is turned upside down. Turns out, she’s awakened more than just Philip, and Stormy will have to do battle against a cast of strange characters to keep herself and her new undead boyfriend safe.
This was an interesting book to listen to - an interesting premise. Can you imagine if you could bring an artist back to life based on something hidden that only you can figure out. It reminded me of one of my music classes where the teacher brought up that if we listened to a Beatles song backwards, we would hear a hidden message.
One issue I had was that Stormy is a divorcee that seemed to be looking for a hidden message that she knew about. I actually wanted more of Phillip and hear his thoughts on how his life changed. Another issue I had was how quickly he seemed to accept how the world had changed. It seemed like we came on the scene in the middle of things. We’re left wanting to know what we missed.
When listening to Ms. Foley, it seemed as if our main character was being dumbed down. I usually like to listen to the speed of the story as it is sent – 1.00x. But with the way Stormy was coming across, I almost felt like the speed should be increased hoping that would change. It was like she had to make things simple for the reader to understand what is going on.
This is one case where I’ll have to read the book. The narration did nothing for me. No disrespect to our narrator and I did go out and see what else she has narrated and didn’t get that same impression. Maybe we just interpret the character differently. For the author, I would like to see what else she has out there. Especially when I found out that there’s a sequel to this book.
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