In the broad strokes, this series is a lot like the Harry Potter series. It has:
1 A band of friends including the smartie pants, the reluctant chosen one, and comedic sidekicks
2. A truely nasty bad guy
3 Big themes about fate v. free will, the struggle of good and evil, and the recognition that no one is entirely all of one or the other.
Once you get past that, it is clear that J. K. Rowling deserves to be richer than the Queen and that P.C. and Kristen Cast deserve to be selling lattes at Starbucks. What Harry Potter has that this series lacks is:
1 good writing
2 characters you care about
3 Death scenes with meaning that make the reader cry
4 An overarching storyline leading somewhere while providing for complete stories in each book
5 A compelling story that is fresh in each book.
The thing is, I rather like YA fantasy. It's fun and exciting and a good escape, but the fact that it is YA doesn't make it O.K. to talk down to the reader, and the fact that it's fantasy doesn't make it O.K. to have ridiculous, convuluded, recycled, inane plotlines. I always try to say something positive though, so I'm saying this- this reader is acceptably good (not so much the later books), and that is the nicest thing I can say. Way to appeal to the lowest common denominator.
I was really disappointed in this book. It seems like the authors were just wanting to ride off the fame of the Twilight series. And it's a pathetic attempt, at that. It makes sense that it was written by a 16-year old girl but I'm appalled that she wrote it with her mother. The book borderlines on wiccan rituals and I guess if you are into that sort of thing, it's no big deal. But that along with the sexual content of the book in a few places, it just is not appropriate for the audience the book is geared towards.
Oh- and the reader of this book was horrid. I think that it probably made me dislike it even more. When the reader used an imitation southern accent, she sounded like she was impersonating an old lady and not a southern teenager. It was a blaring distraction.
The story was overshadowed by the sounds of moist smacking, audible swallowing, gulping, and wet mouth noises that defy explanation. Honestly, I am amazed I finished it. I have never heard anything like this.
I think most of my friends have read this series! They kept trying to get me to read them all but never found the time. Finally I gave in. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Such a great story.
I have to say Stevie Ray. I just love how laid back she is and how true she is.
Backed away from the Mic when swallowing. It really started to get on my nerves after awhile.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
Yeah, a cool plot with lots of details make it a new listen once I am done with the entire series.
When the main character saved her (almost) Ex-boyfriend.
She did not read. She acted the part
Adults in teen bodies
Unlike Twilight and other series this one was so amazing. It scares me that teens might think this will be something like "Ttwilight" or "Nice girls don't have" a vampire series for me.
I would recommend this book to a friend to read, but not to listen to. The book has some characters that are very likable and I did like the story line. But you hear the narrator take drinks and clear her throat and hear her mouth get dry. I could not stand it at all. It happens multiple times in this book.
Late twenties, mother of 2 love paranormal fantasy and Greek mythology
I liked the different take on vampirism but there was little to no back story explaining how humans knew about vampires and magic if society accepted them or how they really interacted with society.
My favorite character was grandma Redbird she reminds me of my own grandma and was really sweet to Zoey.
omg i hated this narrator!!! what is she Canadian?!!! She sounded totally bored for the first few chapters and i almost quit listening right away. Also, its hard to believe Zoey was a real Star Trek fan when she mispronounced "Bajoran" when talking about her favorite hoodie. Her odd pronunciations of simple words like "been" or "drama" Tavia Gilbert would have done a wayyyy better job. If stuff like that doesn't bother you its a pretty good book not worth the price though.
Probably not im more of a Richelle Mead or Jeaniene Frost fan their stories are way more entralling...well maybe i'd've liked this story better if i didn't have to deal with the crappy narrator.