As a professional crochet and knitwear designer I have a lot of time to sit and listen to books. Makes the work day better!
I've been a fan of Kresley Cole for many years. When I saw she wrote a YA novel I wasn't sure I wanted to read it because YA is not my thing. But I decided to give it a chance and I LOVED THE BOOK! The story is amazing, intriguing, and left me wanting more. You won't be disappointed if you spend your credit on this book ;)
This was a great listen... I couldn't stop listening to it. I love Emma Galvin too as the narrator. She is one of my favorites. I loved how the heroin in the book starts out weak and how she grows and learns as the story unwinds, and I can tell that this is just the start of her progression. I can't wait until the next book comes out- seriously mad I have to wait. I love Jack's character as well. It is sort of frustrating that the story is only read from Evangeline's perspective and it is maddening to not know what Jack is actually thinking/feeling vs. what Evie thinks he is, but that is part of the fun too. I love a guy character with a lot of layers. It has a interesting story line and I am hooked.
Other reviews indicated this book was way more than a young adult book which is why I went for it. While I think it was certainly an entertaining listen, I still felt the young adult vibe. Teenagers tend to like stories about the post-apocalyptic world, and this one certainly delivered. I, not being a teenager, discovered that I'm a little weary of apocalyptic story-lines. Also, as a mom of teenagers I just couldn't get over how self-sufficient these kids were. It kind of made me laugh. A lot 16 year-olds in a real world apocalypse would probably come close to starving just because they couldn't figure out how to use a manual can opener -- just saying! Nevertheless, the paranormal, post-apocalyptic theme is hot, hot, hot right now with teens and this one delivers a better story than most. If you're a young adult and you like these themes, you'll like, no, probably love this book. The pacing of the plot was a little slow initially but picked up big time just before my patience started to thin. It stayed on fire until very close to the end until I thought there was an odd jump forward in time that felt a little, I don't know, incomplete, gimmicky, rushed? A small criticism overall. Finally, the narrators were awesome. Both totally made the characters come to life and made a really good book even better. I don't know that I'll continue with the series, but I'll certainly give it to my daughter whom I know will love it.
I did not read the print book but I think the audio would be better b/c of the accents and french words.
The ending :*
So many scenes I loved. I would have to say that Jackson talking are my favorites :)
When it appears the world has ended and you find your new beginning, how will you fair?
This story was AMAZING! I am a new Kresley Cole fan and I am HOOKED!
Loved it ! ...cant wait for the next book!
I was on the edge of my seat the whole time
This is an amazing new YA series. I loved it and can't wait for the next one, which seems a million years away!! Great strong characters. Wonderful narrators (I love Emma Galvin!!). The story is new and interesting. I haven't read Kresley Cole before ... I think I'm going to have to look back at her other books!!
Yes, I would never have gotten the cajun enunciation correct by reading it myself. Plus I love the southern voice of the girl.
Loved them all.
Yes, one of those few I'll stay up late for.
Sad it ended. Can't wait for the sequel. Luckily Kresley Cole cranks them out pretty quickly.
The story was well written and left suspense, I hate when I can tell what is coming in the story line, but this definitely had its twists and turns.
The narrator, Emma Galvin, does a great job at narrator, so much so that I chose to read another book because she is the narrator.
Jackson, because he seems to be more defined as a character, plus, love those cajun boys.
Keith Nobbs makes his character so creepy, you can feel the disgust roll down you.
I love that Emma Galvin doesn't make "fake" voices and is just a natural.
Yes, it was. It was done way too soon and was disappointed to find out that there aren't anymore out in this series yet.
the narrators did a wonderful job, this books had me hooked from the first chapter, i coulnt stop listing i was so into it, i was scrambing for thing to get done, and then drag it out as long as i could just to keep listening. i would recommend this book to anyone, im my opinion, it is the best book of 2012, and i cant wait til the next one comes out.
OMG - I was not expecting this. It was just ... sooooooooooo ... good! There was nothing about this book I didn't enjoy. Twisted Arthur, the Arcana, the death card, and the final showdown. Then, of course, there's Jackson. I want a bit of 'ol Jack. I want him to speak Cajun French to me!!!!
This was a great start to what should be a SPECTACULAR series. I hope it's a long one. It was expertly paced and painted such a great picture of a post-apoloclypic world. I'm dying for more of the Arcana!
Emma Galvin is a fantastic narrator. She doesn't just read, she's completely "in it." She makes me feel like she's really there, feeling and seeing everything. I loved her from the Divergent series and she does another fantastical, spectacular job. She's one of my favorites, no doubt.
I really enjoyed Keith Nobbs too. My first experience with him, definitely not the last! Hope I can find some solo narration jobs of his.