This book was selected specifically because it fell in the genre of Youth. It was a delightful surprise to find that I was every bit as entertained as my 12 year old daughter. The characters are well developed. While listening to this book it is difficult to not relate to the characters in one way or another. It is completely engaging in sharing the experiences of the main characters, their thoughts and feelings are wide open and felt.
Tiger's Curse. Like Tiger's Curse there is an understanding of the characters thoughts and feelings. Another similarity is the predictable happy ending isn't exactly as predictable as you think while listening to the story. Finally there is a quest involved in each that is only begun.
It is hard to offer up a favorite scene without offering up a spoiler, so I would recommend skipping this question if you don't want a spoiler. My favorite scene is probably when Penryn is trying to hold the angel wings on and convince the gang that she is an angel. But it could just as easily be when she is kicking butt in the camp. Or maybe when Raf is flying off and she is content just to know he's alright. There are so very many great scenes in this story and it is so easy to see them all through the eyes of Penryn that the story is one that will stay with me for a very long time.
Again, if you don't want a spoiler, please don't read this section... I think I was most moved when Penryn finds her sister Paige. Her heartache when she sees what has happened to Paige was a moment that would move anyone who has ever loved a child.
My daughter loved this story even more than I did. It took her less than 5 minutes to ask me to purchase "World After" which is the second book in the series. She is already waiting for the 3rd. If you are looking for literature to keep your child engaged in something other than just video games this is a very good choice. Many of the books in my library recently purchased were for that purpose. If she's going to sit and play video games, she's going to fill her mind with something else at the same time. We listen to classics, we listen to mysteries, we listen to true crime, and lately we've been listening to teen lit.
I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who just likes a good story and particularly for young women. It's full of girl power!
I enjoy audio books because like the performance quality of the narrators. This book was no exception. She gave each character their own flavor.
Raffe. I love how he can be a big strong hero when he needs to be but when he's with Penryn he is so lovable.
And that's a problem as you get enmeshed in this wonderfully complex story from Book #1 and immediately get Book #2, "World After: Penryn & the End of Days" and now you need Book #3 which is NOT out yet... woo - what a ride. This is considered for "grades 9 and up" and I guess I am really UP but I found it to be a very good story.
Love my family...along with guitars, road bikes, cameras, and a good book!
This story really was refreshing, and was a different take on a post apocalyptic world than I have read before. The whole concept of the angels having been the cause of our downfall was an interesting take. Really kicked against the norm, or at least the stereotypical ideas of angels and deity.
I really came to like the Penryn character. As the world had fallen around her, and crazy and horrible things happened to her, she took them in stride and rose above them. There was a little bit of a detachment that I felt with most of the characters in relation to how they interacted with each other, and the events that were happening to them. As if they had already seen the worst that the world could offer them, and nothing was going to surprise them again, and I felt like that led to a very authentic feeling to the story. Rafi was also a very consistent and complex character. I found myself really enjoying his story, and looking forward to seeing what was next for him.
The story tended to be a little predictable, and there were some twists that were a little bit of a stretch, but overall I really liked this book. Caitlin Davies does a great job with the narration. It is hard for women to perform male voices (I think even harder that men trying to voice women), but she does an acceptable job. The voices were consistent and pleasing.
I instantly fell in love with this story. I didn't expect much originally so was thrilled to be sucked into the story and characters. The narration is amazing and matches the book, often times a good book is ruined by horrible narration. The characters have been well developed. I love the fact that the female lead is not the typical woe is me character you tend to find in YA books. My only wish is that we were able to see the POV of Raffe.
This book featured a family trying to remain hidden during a post apocalyptic time, when there was so much chaos and lawlessness. The family consisted of a mother and 2 daughters, Peryn and Paige, sixteen and seven (I think). Peryn's mother suffered from schizoprenia, and now due to the state of society, she was off her routine medication. Paige was wheelchair bound due to an accident when she was 2 years old. Thus Peryn was the responsible adult of the family.
During an encounter with some angels, Paige was kidnapped and Peryn swore to get her back from the angels. In order to find out where Paige was taken, Peryn rescued an injured angel named Raffe and held him hostage until he agreed to help her discover Paige's location. Raffe is an angel who was attacked by fellow angels and left for dead. The rest of the story is comprised of the journey that Peryn and Raffe embarked on, to restore Peryn's family and Raffe's quest to get revenge against his attackers.
An enjoyable and engaging story. The writing was vivid and gripping. I really like the addition of mental illness and disability to this story. I also like the loyalty and steadfastness which seemed to be cornerstone of Peryn's character. How hard it must have been for Peryn to be responsible for an adult and a child, while living in her own fear. Very powerful for those of us familiar with mental illness. I also enjoyed the gradual thawing of the angel Raffe. He definitely had to war against his nature to assist Peryn and the struggle made for great tension between Raffe and Peryn. I do hope they grow her up before they take the relationship further.
I look forward to the next book.
This is everything good about the Hunger Games and everything great about Twilight all thrown together in one big pot. No longer do you have to worry about Bella, the self depreciating heroine, you get a fantastic story with a strong main character you can actually like!
QUESTION : DOES LISTENING TO AUDIO BOOKS MAKE YOU SMARTER? If so, I'm. Freakin Genius!
Many of you maybe familiar with the Amazon Daily Post. If your not, it's a free blog posted on the Kindle Storefront page. I browse though it every so often, mostly to see what's new and to read all the different author interviews.
Like many of you, my fellow audiobook "readers", I enjoy reading the story behind, the story.
So, imagine how excited I was to read about a new book called Angelfall by Susan Ee. With already, over 400 Five Star reviews, I knew, with a certainty, that I was about to buy (thanks to WiFi and One click purchasing power) the next BIG thing! And hopefully, I was buying it before any of my friends or family (is that bad?)
Angelfall was hailed to be the next Hunger Games, for Heaven Sakes, a Twilight on the horizon ...... So where am I going with this review? Well I have read Hunger Games, and Angelfall is no Hunger Games.
In the long run, I did end up enjoying Angelfall, the narration was good, the story was gory and quit violent at times. But because it is in the YA section, we don't have to endure any "real " sexual content. Thankfully. I mean, flesh eating demons are one thing, heavy petting is another.......this is America, is it not?!!?
I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)
This is one of the most offensive, poorly-written, stories I have ever read or tried to listen to! Here is an example of a halfway-good idea very poorly executed. The main character is an unpleasant, unintersting person whose very tone, attitude, and stream of conciousness is consistently mean, trite, and offensive. I can't believe this got published. Much of the narrative is inane and nonsensicle. The very phrasing the author tries to use to make comparisons and describe things at many points just makes no sense at all. The fact that there is some violence and gore in this story is not what I have a problem with. What I do have a problem with is that it's conveyed in such offensive language and with no sense of artistic taste. This author has absolutely no skill in trying to tell a story wherein a person/character might exhibit distasteful or violent behavior but yet it is not offensive in the way it is written or told. (Think Hunger Games or Divergent) .Those two authors understood the fine art of doing this, and of potraying the humanity of their characters. This author includes several lines or scenes that are in very poor taste, such as a reference to "an old fashioned chaining", the use of the D-word (male anatomy sex-toy), a scene where the girl is bullied in a sexually-harrasing manner by a brutish young thug at the camp where she ends up. Even the mention of young male characters' references to (even the idea) of two girls kissing she manages to make just as creepy as possible. I am not a "prude" or easily shocked, and I have read MANY books. Let me say again this is offensive and very poorly written. This author managed to write and have published a story that contains absolutely no poetic sense, artistry, grace or good taste. If you want good stories about Angels, run don't walk to pick up the Angel Burn books or Hush Hush series.
I have to say in closing as far as the audiobook experience, the narration was good. I felt her voice was right for the main character and the story, even if her voice for the male lead was an unfortunate affectation throughout most of it.
I love a good well written PNR but don't actually read too many because I'm pretty picky. I waited a while to read this one, although I had my eye on it for a long time, I was hesitant to take the leap. But that all ended today when I started listening to the audio version of Angelfall, and I loved it! I loved the descriptions and the unique characters. I was loving the connection and chemistry that the characters had and the seemingly impossible circumstances that they find themselves in. And I just can't wait to read/listen to the next one in the series!