Audible Obsessed wishes she had more time for so many audiobooks.
I started this book because of my students' recommendations. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. As an YA fan I believed I would like it, and I just realized how much now, because I keep thinking about it and keep wanting to purchase the next one as soon as possible. You just know how much you like a book when you start dying to read the sequel.
This is the story of America Singer. Her country is divided into casts. She is a 5 - not a good place to be - but she actually has the chance of a lifetime. She can change her life by entering a selection process in order to be chosen by prince Maxon to become princess of Ilea. The thing is, she is in love with Aspen, and the stupid guy pushes her into the selection so that she could have a better life. Little did he know that Lady America had some good chances, and that the odds could be ever in her favor.
This book reminds me a little about hunger games because of how these girls lost their privacy so quickly, because of the TV crews which keep trying to find out more about prince Maxon and the so far selected ladies, and also because of the hunger, poverty and suffering going on in the lower casts, the underprivileged.
The highlight is the friendship / sth else between lady America and the Prince, and it gets even better when Aspen, the stupid ex boyfriend, gets back in the picture.
Can't spoil it. You have to read it!
I haven't read/heard a young adult book since the Divergent series came out and I was searching for one. This series kept being suggested to me, so I finally gave in and I loved it! I love the characters, I love the writing, I love the elegant simplicity! I hope you all enjoy it too :)
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I can see why this story was on the New York Times Bestseller List. The main character (a girl named America) lives in a distopian society which is explained in pretty good detail without a ton of intricacies. As an adult, I'd like to know more about the society, but since this is a novel for young adults and is primarily about a love triangle, I understand why there is no in-depth exploration done. The characters are fun. They make stupid, teen-type decisions. The romance is sweet and the main character is not nearly as shallow as many other books for teens. The only thing I don't love is that the young men in this book do not seem complicated emotionally by any stretch of the imagination. Additionally, the triangle is a little contrived. But, the story is fun and if you believe in coincidences, it works well.
As a note, one of the greatest strengths of this book - and indeed why I will read the next one - is an interesting little subplot with a side character. I don't want to add a spoiler, so that's all I will say.
It is one of my faves...it's not a really deep or intricate story line. Sometimes I really like books that are intense, but it's also nice to listen to books that are just fun and enjoyable. The story is light and and entertaining. It drew me in right away!
Probably America...she's feisty and isn't like the other girls in the story that are vying for Prince Maxon's attention.
No, this was my first. I really like her as a narrator!
Yes...I had a hard time putting it down.
An unexpected delight. If a fraction of authors could have the imagination of this one, they'd have to make a 10 star rating chart.
The main characters healing process from a relationship that has ended and being torn between moving on or trying to rekindle an old flame - It's such a relatable position to be in.
This is my first, and I was so pleasantly surprised!
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a read they can't bare to hit pause with.
I'm a hour away from the end and am finding it disappointing, I don't know if I'll finish. All the reviews compared it to The Hunger Games meets Cinderella...I don't see how as there's absolutely no action or adventure in this book. None. No thrills, intrigue, danger, or plot. It's The Bachelor set in a poorly developed world with a girl who's emo over a boy. But it lacks any of the drama that comes with reality TV.
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a young teen.
I thought Amy Rubinate was fine. she did a great job, just didn't care for the book.
the book had so many moments where I thought ok this is where the excitement begins. but alas, not excitement. Just a book about dresses, mean girls and trying to get a boy to like you. ugh!
One of my favorite audiobooks!
None, there isnt another story that has everything this book has. Love, friendship, heartache, royalty..etc
I use audiobooks as means of an escape from reality. Nice to just relax with a book. Ienjoy a very eclectic array of genres...anywhere from chick lit romance to mystery to science ft. Just a common mother of three.
Fast moving, light yet intense at times. The elite was great too. Girls/women that like dystopian novels with much romance this was it. Sweet and witty.
All well created characters, some more redeeming than others.
She's pretty good, not my favorite, but in the top 10 narrator's for me, and I have hundreds of audio books.
I probably could have, but I'm somewhat an addict of audiobooks!
Still waiting on the final book! Would recommend.
Narrator Amy Rubinate has a style that ruins the book for me. I'd suggest listening closely to the sample to decide if it will bother you.
Instead of a natural speaking style, Rubinate falls into a narration pattern that stresses vowels too much, most especially on words at the end of sentences. You get something like this:
"When we got the letter in the pOOst, my mOOther was ecstAAtic. She had already decided that all our problems were sOOlved, gone forEEver."
Rubinate's narration pattern is worse in some areas than in others, but is strong enough to suck the meaning out of the writing and destroy the characters.
The over-stressed vowels are like speed bumps, bouncing the mind out of the narrative. Instead of flowing prose revealing the characters' thoughts and motivations, the over-stressed vowels stop the flow. When so many words are stressed, the sentences lose their meaning.