I'm not really an angel fan, bring an agnostic, but heard the story was good so listened to it. For YA with impulsive emotions but still good with romance developing. Very good performance by the narrator ( so sorry I forget her name).
I have taught my two boys at home for the last 8 years. A love of literature of all kinds led me to Audible.
An avid reader of dystopian novels, I have found myself lost in the works of Orson Scott Card, Cassandra Clare , Dan Wells, and Lauren Oliver just to name a few. I wanted to love this tale . I was excited for a new series. Ee failed to draw me in with details about the world she created. Her central character is more of a lovesick teen than a unique person. Had I not ever read any other author and had this been my first ever dystopia n novel maybe I would have liked this story . Penryn is not interesting enough to carry the pot . The plot is lacking in background mythology and I found myself praying that new characters with depth would be introduced This story was simply missing excitement , tension , meaning , and creativity.
I have a feeling that I went into this book with my expectations set way too high. I was ready to read a story that was supposed to knock my socks off but this book lacked any kind of "Wow" factor for me. I have had this book in my TBR pile since I picked it up as a freebie in January 2013 and I couldn't wait to read a story about angles. I remember even then how much everyone was raving about this book but I somehow kept skipping over it.
I decided it was time to finally read it when a group of my friends on Goodreads organized a buddy read. With all the 5 star reviews, I just knew that I would love it. I wanted to love it. I wish that I had loved it but I didn't love it. I didn't hate it but I didn't think that it was any better than just okay.
I switched back and forth between reading this book and listening to the audible version. I never fell in the love with the narrator and I did find that I liked the book a bit more when I was actually reading the story instead of listening to it. I think that Caitlin Davis did a good job with the narration and she sounds like I would expect Penryn to sound but for some reason this narration just didn't connect with me.
I thought that the plot was decent. There were enough twists and turns to keep things exciting and it was a unique storyline. There were some really awesome moments in this book and there were a few spots where I found myself rolling my eyes. There were a few times in the book that I wished that things had taken a different direction but it was overall a solid story. I did feel like the book dragged at times and it was always very easy for me to set this book aside to do something else.
I had expected to fall in love with Rafe. Everyone keeps saying how much they love Rafe. I wanted to join in on the love but it wasn't meant to be. I thought Rafe was okay but his character lacked that something extra I had expected. I didn't connect with Penryn in any way either. I didn't dislike her but I didn't find myself loving her either.
I still plan to read the second book in this series, World After. I liked it enough to want to see what the fuss is all about in the second book and heck, I already bought the silly book so I might as well read it. I am definitely in the minority with my rating of the book so I would tell anyone interested to give it a shot since most people seem to love this book.
I'm a Southern Conservative prepper that thinks our country must reverse direction before it's too late. If it's not already.
No, To many other good books to read.
Raffe, Not as powerful as a real Arch Angel though.
She delivers it with Enthusiasm and An Energy that makes the story more exciting.
The author should have done more research of Angels (Read Enoch) to better understand the exceptional power and majesty of the Angels. One angel killed 186,000 warriors in less than a day. And is fast enough to circle the earth in just minutes.
The nearest shins was very well done the story line kept me entertained although the book is a little bit short but very entertaining looking forward to the next book definitely recommended