Just A little bibliophile!
yet not completely in mine. I enjoyed this story overall, and the writing is good. Yet, somehow the characters remained a bit flat and unconvincing for me. I was more "won-over" by Day than by June, though I came to like them both a little bit more by the end. I found June a bit "Princess-y" and annoying. I'm not sure how much that had to do with the choice of narration. Mariel Stern has a fine voice, it's just that with this story she didn't quite make the character believable to me. She was supposed to be physically trained, (strong), and very smart, yet she came accross as spoiled, sheltered and naive for most of the story. She seems to grow a bit by the end, though, I must say. And I came to like Day. Kaplan's portrayal of him is a little more matched to the character, as far as I'm concerned. Thomas was very convincing by the time you got into the meat of the story because of his sheer stepford-evil. He was "real" enough to make me mad.
I like the overall premise and story, and again I'd like to say the writing is good. By the end it did make me care enough that I will check out the next installment of June and Day's story when the time comes.
I enjoyed this engrossing, travel-filled adventure as the set up to the next installment. Filled with not only the fights and quests of the characters, but so much emotion and conflict between them. I appreciated the way Kelsey grew and matured a bit. She did not "change her mind" as often as I was afraid she might. The writing is good, with the exception of one notable scene that seemed too prolonged. We are left with a bit of a cliffhanger, definitely keeping you waiting for the next book, especially if you are a fan. The narration by Annika Boras is very good!
I found this story well-written, with a fresh, novel voice for this genre. Not all the dialogue and characters are "what you might expect". (Examples: I really enjoyed the way Clara's inner life, her thoughts and sense of humor are written, and the love-story aspect of it is not drowned in cliche'). The characters become very real because they are warm-hearted, engaging and compelling. The heroine and other main characters are quite believable. To me the narration was pretty much perfectly suited to Clara and the other characters throughout. It's hard to pinpoint exactly what makes the difference between a story that does draw you in and feels truly heartfelt and one that does not, but this story definitely has it, and I highly recommend it. My only minor complaint is that, after a lot of anticipation, I found the very end just a bit lackluster. Evidently, that was how the author felt she wanted to segue to a sequel at the time, but after the two most dramatic scenes toward the end, I felt it lacked the punch it could have had. Having said that, the characters have won me over and I will definitely be on board for the next installment!
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This quirky paranormal story is written and played out with so much heart, it's hard to imagine how one would not be charmed by it...Evie and her misadventures, and her love for her sweet boyfriend. Yes, this is a youth-oriented story and the relationship between Evie and Lend remains innocent, so you just have to know that's what you're going for with this tale. The writing is good. Ms. White has considerable talent, and she does not "take it easy" and bring only her B or her C game because this story could probably "coast" on it's quirkiness and fun even with lesser writing. Instead, she fully commits with her A-game. The characters are endearing. Evie will win your heart; yes, the thinks and sounds much like a teenager because she is one. Lend is a charming and sweet character. Sure, he may be a bit ideal (as Evie would say, "read: Too good to be true!"), but after all, isn't that what fiction is for? Excellent narration by Emily Eiden...she IS Evie, she truly makes her real.