Counselor with eclectic taste, I enjoy all types of fiction, dark, strange and twisted things, humor and explicitly.
Classic, I loved this story; it gave me goose bumps and left me wanting more, more, more. The character development astounding, the musical references absolute and the story line well...beautiful. I highly, highly recommend this audio book; it is an absolute pleasure to listen too on so many levels, a wonderfully written tale full of heart and soul.
I am an adult (thankfully not the only one!) who thoroughly loved this book. I enjoyed the combination of music and history woven into the story. Wish there were more of these!
I became interested in this book from another listener's review, and I was very impressed. Emily is a phenomenal narrator, as if she is just telling her story. The story itself has been one of the best I've listened to in years. It is in fact, the only book I've listened to more than once!
I'm a teen; my favorites series are Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Twilight by Stephene Meyer.
Lots of people complained about the narration, I thought it was wonderful. This is an incredible book and teaches you a lot from both Andi and Alex. I usually don't like stories with sad endings, even if it is only sad for one of the main characters. It was captivating from beginning to finish, and I wish I could come across audio books with this level of brilliant writing and narration more often.
I loved this story. When I listened to the "preview" recording, I was hooked. Ms Card did an absolute spot on job of Andi and Ms Donnelly was wonderful in her character development and gritty details of the scenes. I really cannot say anything against Ms Bering and her narration of Alex. I enjoyed her reading as well. It was different and imaginative! Brava, Ms Donnelly, brava!!
Short, Simple, No Spoilers
After suffering the loss of her younger brother, Andi has difficulty moving on. She hangs with the wrong crowd and ignores her school work. In an effort to put her back on track, her estranged, yet award winning father with a new family, takes Andi to Paris. She is to research her favorite composer, completing her senior thesis.
After discovering the diary of a young girl from the French revolution, she becomes immersed in the past. Real-time Andi and past Alexdrine intertwine into an intriguing mystery.
Good YA read.
and......I am not sorry I did. It was well worth a credit. I tend to stay away from "dark" stories but this one touched my heart. The lead character had "problems", but her telling of her story was heart lifting.
I am a library media specialist at a middle/high school. I love classics, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, YA books (especially dystopias!) and picture books.
I really enjoyed this fantasy/historical/realistic fiction mash-up. I especially liked all of the details about music.
I don't normally pick up books that are directed at "young adults" but because I was looking for suggestions for students I was taking to Paris and having the recommendation from another book group on this one, I went for it.
This one was difficult for me to review because there were some things that I loved so much about it and some things I didn't. This is a dual story told from the first person during two different time periods. You can read more about the plot from numerous others so I won't belabor that point. I loved the entire portion of the story that takes place during the French Revolution. I thought it was well told, well researched (I've done quite a bit of study on the French Revolution and I learned some things I didn't previously know) and was relayed in a manner that made the reader care about the events and characters from the Revolution. I was completely fascinated by this line of the story and kept wanting to return to the 1770's every time the story switched back to modern time. For the story that takes place during the French Revolution, I would give this 4 to 5 stars; for the modern storyline, 2.5 to 3 stars.
I was proofing this as a possible recommendation for some of my teenage students. When I am proofing a book for teenage readers, I tend to be doubly cautious and ultra critical, looking for any possible language or issues that may be inappropriate subject material for younger readers. While there was little or no foul language and no sex though the modern-day character was a troubled young lady. In reading about the troubled young lady, we also are introduced to a number of her troubled young friends and some of their troubling activities that tend to be very common these days though not admirable - drinking, drugs, bad attitudes, etc., while certainly not foreign to modern teens but subjects that as a parent recommending a book, I want to make sure are presented appropriately.
I think if I had not been proofing this book for younger readers, I may have been able to relax and enjoy the modern storyline more. However, as I have recommended this book to other teens or parents because of the historical subject matter, I always preface my recommendation with a, "but be aware that there are some inappropriate situations and reactions going on." There is nothing happening here that our teenagers aren't already well aware of, and even though Andi, the troubled young lady who is the main character, is a sympathetic character and not acting out for sheer rebellion's sake, she is acting out all the same and I hesitate to put forth sympathetic characters who are making poor choices to impressionable young people. I don't want to give them any more reasons for rationalizing poor choices.