Thursday, March 8, 2018

Audiobook Review - Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace
Narrated by Corey Gagne
Series: Sin du Jour #1
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: October 20, 2015
Date Read: January 22, 2018
Length: 4 hours 13 minutes
Source: Library via Hoopla
★★★☆☆
In New York, eating out can be hell.

Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no different, but where do demons go to satisfy their culinary cravings?

Welcome to Sin du Jour - where devils on horseback are the clients, not the dish.

My Review

This was just okay for me.  I have heard great things about this series so this book has been on my to be read list for some time.  I bought a copy of the book but had not had the opportunity to sit down and read it just yet so when I saw that the audiobook was available through my library, I decided to go that route.  It is a rather short piece so I was able to finish it in just a couple of days.  I didn't fall in love with this book but did enjoy some aspects of the story.

This book was weird.  I like weird books so that shouldn't have been any kind of problem but this book is really weird.  Not normal weird but undead clowns worshipping a giant chicken kind of weird.  This book had a certain crazy that went along with the weird and I think it was just a bit much for me at times.  It was definitely unique and unlike anything else that I have ever read. 

Darren and Lena get the chance to work for a catering company called Sin du Jour.  Sin du Jour is not your normal group of caterers.  They have a very original menu and clientele that sometimes come to them with special requests.  Serving the wrong kind of meal could have devastating consequences for the employees of Sin du Jour.  I thought that the way that the staff of Sin du Jour interacted with each other felt rather authentic.

The narrator was just okay for me as well.  I believe that this is the first time that I have had the chance to listen to Corey Gagne's narration.  I have to admit that I didn't care for some of the voices that he used especially for the female characters.  It was difficult to determine who was talking at times.  I thought that he did have a pleasant voice that brought excitement to some of the scenes but I was never quite able to completely move past my dislike for some of the voices used.  I would probably be willing to give this narrator another try in the future with a different kind of story.

I think that some readers may enjoy this story a bit more than I did.  It was a really interesting concept with some really exciting scenes.  The book did cause me to swear off all chicken nuggets at least for a little while.  I am probably not going to continue with this series but I am glad that I decided to give this story a listen.

The Series - Sin du Jour

Book #1 - Envy of Angels
Book #2 - Lustlocked
Book #3 - Pride's Spell
Book #4 - Idle Ingredients
Book #5 - Greedy Pigs
Book #6 - Gluttony Bay
Book #7 - Taste of Wrath
About the Author

Matt Wallace is the author of The Next Fix, The Failed Cities, and the novella series, Slingers. He's also penned over one hundred short stories, some of which have won awards and been nominated for others, in addition to writing for film and television. In his youth he traveled the world as a professional wrestler and unarmed combat and self-defense instructor before retiring to write full-time. He now resides in Los Angeles with the love of his life and inspiration for Sin du Jour's resident pastry chef.

Author Link:  Website | Goodreads | Facebook | Twitter

22 comments:

  1. The bit where they talk about the mascot called Monsieur Udders cracked me up for some reason! I liked the second half of the book though it took a bit of time for me to get into it.

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    1. There were things that I liked about it but I don't really remember doing a lot of laughing.

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  2. I love weird reads as well, but it shouldn't be done too much or it'll annoy me. It sure sounds unique but I don't think I'll be reading it anytime soon. But still, it sure has some few redeeming qualities and I guess that was good. Great review Carole :)

    xx
    Vanessa
    www.blushinggeek.com

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    1. It was just a little too weird for my tastes.

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  3. Sorry this one was just "meh" for you. Yep, I'm one of the people that love this series but all books are not for everyone. Yep, those chicken nuggets - gotta watch out. I think my favorite is Lustlocked but mainly because of the David Bowie inferences. If you decide to continue, I hope it picks up for you.

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    1. It happens. I honestly think that I might have enjoyed it more if I had read the story instead of going with the audio.

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  4. I am all for weird, but I have to agree, this does sound like crazy weird things going on. Gonna have to watch out for the chicken nuggets now. Lol... Sorry it didn’t turn out to be as good as you were hoping it would be. Maybe the next book will be a lot better. I have to say though, you kinda have me curious.

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  5. That sounds....interesting. lol Swearing off chicken nuggets is probably a good thing, at least for a while. Too funny.

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    1. I am not sure that I trust chicken nuggets right now. :)

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  6. lol I get it, I really hate when males narrate female voices. I think females can pull of males but not the opposite. It just sounds off and creepy

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    1. I think some male narrators do a good job but I didn't care for the female voices with this book.

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  7. I've never really been a fan of restaurant/chef books. Just not my thing, but a demon restaurant has me very intrigued. I might have to look this one up. ;)

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    1. I don't remember reading too many restaurant books. Maybe a few romances?

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  8. This series has some pretty cool covers. It does sound weird. Hmm. I wonder if any of the other books are better. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. Other readers seem to like it a bit more than I did. It could be that this book just wasn't for me.

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  9. That's too bad that this one was just okay. The premise looks like it could be either meh or amazing for me but I'm leaning towards meh. I think I'll take a pass.

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    1. It was a shorty so I am a little less bothered by the fact that I didn't love it.

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  10. I liked the quirkiness of the synopsis. But when you mentioned undead clowns worshipping giant chickens you kind of lost me there xD That is a bit TOO weird even for me :P

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