I usually enjoy young adult fantasies but Troubled Waters is so dull I stopped listing. I gave it a fair shot, hoping something would move the story forward but finally decided I didn't want to spend further time on it. I lost interest in the outcome. At the point I stopped listening, more than a year had passed since the story opened. The book read more like an outline than a completed novel. The characters are lifeless and lacking in emotion. If Zoe mourned her father's passing, the reader did not get to share in her grief. If she was afraid of what would happen to her when she was forced to marry the king (which didn't happen), the reader could not sense her fear.
When it was revealed that Zoe was 23 years old, I was shocked. At no time does she express interest in men, in marriage, in what her futures holds for her. In most societies, a young woman of her age would have some sexual thoughts and desires. Zoe is a blank. When Zoe escapes from the man taking her to marry the King, she casually goes on her way and life go on. She never wonders if they are looking for her, and if they are, the reader does not experience the search. When her long lost relatives discover she lives and is the Prime, not of them plot against her. They help her and welcome her. It feels false. There is no tension or conflict.
This could be a perfect family book because it contains (at least until the half-way point) no sex, no sexual innuendo, no drugs, no cursing (not even a "darn"), no racial tension, no evil, no conflict, no violence. Unfortunately, there isn't much to hold the interest of listens.
I enjoyed the narrator and would listen to her again.
Several reviews have mentioned how Trouble Waters does not compare well to the author's other works. I don't know if I will try another and compare or not.
Story seemed very young adult fiction focused, simplistic, with very unrealistic plot development. I've enjoyed some of the author's work in the past, but this was not a good representation. The narrator mispronounced many words and names, and her accents were very inconsistent.
I personally love when an author creates a new social structure within the story. In this case, the world the characters reside in is dictated by random fortunes that are drawn when a child is first born. These fortunes don't necessarily reveal themselves in obvious ways, but definitely play a part in creating the personality of their recipients.
One thing I don't particularly like about this story is how obnoxious the main character starts to sound. I think she stops being all sensible and strong, and instead starts to sound downright bossy.
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
It's pretty typical fluff. Zoe is an interesting character, and this was a pleasant enough listen. It made good background listening at work because I didn't have to fully pay attention to understand the story. The narration was great.
No, takes a long time to get the the climax that leaves you hanging in the end. Understand it's a series but too many loose ends.
Took a long time for the story to develop and the main character's motivations just seemed detached from her actions. I could not get into the story and it seemed the main character was somewhat cold and disconnected.
well done! I was loking for a new romance and thought to try this. It was a great story. Glad to find a love story and not over done sex.
I read this on recommendation by author Gretchen Rubin and am soooooo glad I did! The fantasy and story of a made up land was captivating!
She messed uo and put Foley with the wrong princess in the following books. wonder how she'll fix that mistake in her writing. I want a temple with a blessing container to help guide my life.