I purchased this novel because I listened to the four hour Novella that was the prequel and I really loved it. I listened to this novel and loved about 12 hours of it. After that It seemed like it was just dragging on and on and on! I didn't even really pay attention to the ending. I was soo dissapointed! I really liked the begining of the book, the mystery, and the intrigue. But by the time I got to the end I just couldn't wait for it to be over. I am not saying that the ending was bad, but somewhere between the 12th and 14th hour I just lost faith and didn't really care what happened as long as it ended. Sorry, but I don't think I will be purchasing the next book in the series unless it happens to be listed on one of the $4.50 sales.
I am married with a teenage son and run my own business. As I am visually impaired, audio books are my life.
I read some of the other reviews and most of them were positive so I percevered 3/4 of the way in. But I succumbed and couldn't go on. The storyline was dull and it wasn't put together very well. . I couldn't get the imagery happening in my head.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
I avoid romances because of the smut in many of the recent ones and almost turned it off when they said that this book was produced by Harlequin and Audible. Eeek! However, I decided I couldn't judge it before I heard it and so with a little fear and trepidation I started listening. I was quite pleasantly surprised. There is little swearing. The story is good and the world is interesting. I'd love to be able to fly, although I'd settle for magical powers! There is a lot of tension and you aren't sure who the main character can trust. I am happy to say that there is no smut. I don't know what the rest of the books in the series are like, but I liked this one and am ready to listen to the next one in the series. There is a ton we don't know about the capabilities of the main character and much we don't know about the past of other main characters. Any book that has a dragon as one of the top supporting cast is good in my book. I love dragons! Flying people and Cat People add interest into this world as well. Mirrors that act as IM tools and ancient magical runes with portents of OLD magic make the world an interesting place. If you enjoy fantasy adventures this might be a good choice for you.
I had a like/dislike relationship with this one. I had an extremely hard time getting into the story and nearly gave up. Once I did, I really enjoyed the investigation into the sacraficial children and Kaylin's marks and her past in the theif. About three quarters of the way through, I once again lost interest completely. There is nothing specific that I didn't like. I just found myself not caring what happened.
That being said, Kaylin is a strong female lead. The writing is decent. The narrator is very good. And the mythical creatures are interesting. I can see what people like about the series, I am just not a fan.
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Cast in Shadow was white noise for me. I started this book over from the begining at least 4 times and rewound countless times, thinking I had to be missing something. I have no idea what element was missing to keep my attention. Listen to the entire book, almost didn't make it home a couple days from almost nodding off.
I was confused since the book started. The characters are completly flat.
The story was attention-grabbing with well-developed characters and interesting back-stories. Unfortunately, the author tries way too hard and went overboard with the thesaurus (especially when she passes off the main character as poor in her studies and ghetto-born and bred).
Given the format is an audiobook, that implies it’s probably a story you turn on and off over and over depending on your activity. I’m all for not revealing everything up front, but many of the conversations were so cryptic I couldn’t tell if the answer was yet to be revealed or I had missed something - that made it incredibly frustrating to follow. I kept having to back up to make sure I didn’t miss a story element – which was incredibly annoying.
The writer has lots of potential, but needs a better editor or someone to give targeted feedback – would love to listen more about how the characters develop in future books but don’t feel like putting myself through the frustration of trying to follow the author’s process.
It sounded interesting, but I just couldn't get into it. The story seemed very superficial. It hinted at backstory but never delivered. I slogged through towards the end, but didn't find anything redeemable other than the narrator. She did a great job with a terrible story.
I enjoy reading series and very rarely read stand alone series. I mostly read romance and sci-fi & fantasy.
I originally thought this would be a good series seeing how e share a name. But it was really hard to listen to. I had to stop and listen to other books and come back to his. It didn't hold my attention. It was a very slow read. It would have been bettter if there had been more action. but, I'm not sure if that would have helped.
The whole thing. It was a very slow read. You have to be dedicated to read the story otherwise you will never finish. Not that it wold matter. You cold go without reading this book and you wouldn't feel any different while if you read it, you may want to reconsider and save your credits or your wallet.
There isn't a character that I would say i could keep. They all seemed to me to lack depth. Like they are missing something that just isn't addressed in the book. Maybe it is shown in others books in the series but, in this book they all could be cut.
So many books...so little time! :)
Ever since she was 10 years old, Kaylin, has had strange marks/symbols on her skin...ones of which she doesn't know the meaning of. Now she is faced with a repeat of the past as children are being murdered in her old neighborhood just like they did when she got her marks. Determined to prevent innocent children from dying and stop the person behind them, she is forced to face her past as unanswered questions begin to reveal themselves and also revealing that there is a bigger plan at work...one she is the center of.
I really wanted to like this book, and it came pretty close to three stars for me...However it was also very confusing and often hard to follow. I felt like I was missing a big part of the many deep conversations that occurred. Also, the society and it's rules were...although interesting...also made me feel lost.
The narration by Kristine Hvam was really good however, and is probably what gave it the story more potential for me. I did like the characters, and the overall story was good...but I wish there was more! I still haven't decided if I will continue this series...I'm just nervous that it will leave me feeling the same.