I was hooked on this series from the start. The storyline is well done, and well narrated. I stumbled across this book and had to get the rest of the series immediately. The character of Kylie is nicely developed through the series, and the push-pull of relationships contrasted with the supernatural elements draws the typical teenager / budding supernatural paradox is just captivating.
I listened to all the books in this series in about one week! This great young adult story about a school for "special" teens. I loved all of the characters and Kylie's development throughout the series is amazing. I will warn though, it is very PG with romance, definitely meant for 15 and under.
Overall, I enjoyed this book because the main character wasn't a vampire or werewolf, but rather had a rather unique and interesting special power. However, the book contains some weak writing and the story is a little underdeveloped. You can tell that the author is jumping on the vampire and werewolf bandwagon, because the author goes into few details and explains "you know how vampires are..." Then, halfway through the book something rather over-the-top happens and I still can't wrap my mind around that particular event. However, once you get to know the characters a little better, it's compelling enough to keep you going.
The story took place in Texas and the narrator had a bit of a drawl to her voice. It would have been ok with me, but there were some awkward pauses that didn't seem to fit the character or the rhythm of the book.
Yes if they are craving Twilight/Harry Potter type listen. Also Its fine for a $4.95 sale. The downside is, as a YA story there is an insufferable amount of whining that bogs the story down at times. Not sure whining was out of place for a YA story. Not sure I would spend full credits on future stories in this series if the whining doesn't shrink its percentage of the overall story.
It is unclear what type of supernatural the heroine is going to be identified is the most interesting and how it is laid out in the story.
The least interesting is the repetitiveness of the whining and navel lint gazing that occurs.
It was satisfactory.
Depends on where the story goes, its too early to say at book 1.
reminds me of the twilight saga, new interesting story line. i'm hooked. interested in where the story is going.
voice was perfect for this book.
This storyline is interesting and sweet, with characters that have believable emotions. I've listened through book 5 and highly recommend the series. The characters develop over time, grow and do some soul searching. I'd guess this is for a younger audience, and I find it refreshing that much of the internal dialogue is spent examining why someone is feeling a particular way, then really thinking through their actions, past and future, and the effect they will have on others as well as themselves. Very good. Lots of possible futures. Waiting for the next book.(I don't usually take the time to rate books, but this one is worth it)
This book could have been better the idea was ok I found it hard to pay attention to the narrator she isn't horrible but i had trouble telling between the different characters. She needs to make the voices more distinct. The story it's self was ok but it seemed like it could have been the first writing attempt. It's ok if you really don't have anything else to listen to it leaves you slightly wondering what happens next.
The main character is an independent smart young woman. This is series is really for young adults but I found it enjoyable. There was a lot of chaste romance but the writing is definitely not prudish. The books are funny and engaging. The author does an excellent job at writing interesting and appealing characters
This definitely would be a series I would recommend for adolescent female readers of paranormal fiction. One of the best things about this series is the independent spirit of the protagonist who while certainly interested in boys is not boy crazy. In fact I wish the author had the balls to have the main character dump both of her romantic interests in the end (she's only 16) but alas ... no. Still I think overall the story gives the message that young females can work towards their own life goals without reference to their romantic interests.
I would listen again, it was a great start to a good series of books.
Lucas was my favorite, he ended up wanted to be a protector.
When She finds out who her real dad is.
Knowing Lucas did not kill the cat.
I can't wait to start book two.
Oh dear goodness...
First of all, the Audible narrator was absolutely AMAZING! She did an incredible job and had a separate voice for each of the characters. I felt so bad that she had to narrate such an annoying story. If she's the narrator of any other books, I would be very happy to read them.
I'm so overwhelmingly disappointed. This story had SOOOOO much potential. While the story line isn't as unique as I hoped, it was still interesting enough to get me to keep reading. The story revolves around a summer camp full of supernatural beings who are trying to learn about themselves and their powers. Kylie, after being caught at an unruly teen party, was sent there by her mother and her psychologist. The interesting twist? The camp leaders suspect that Kylie is a supernatural, but they don't know what species. Sounds cool, right?
Well aside from the central plot, we have...hmmm...let me estimate...or round off...about 5 thousand other completely unrelated and irrelevant side stories happening simultaneously. Should we name off a few of them? Of course we should!
1. Kylie's friend thinks she's pregnant. We spend a large chunk of time in the story hearing about Kylie's friend's dilemma. After a few pages worth of "Oh my gosh, how could she get herself into this?" we find out that Sarah pregnant/not pregnant state. And then what happens? NOTHING!! Absolutely nothing because the author just decides to delete Sarah's character from the book. Intentional? I think not. Or at least, I hope it wasn't intentional. I'm sticking to believing that maybe the author just forgot about it.
2. Kylie's parents getting a divorce. Okay, I understand how this one is relevant due to a twist we find out about near the end of the book. And I do understand that divorce can be devastating to the child. However, is it necessary for us to hear about the divorce every few pages of the story? NO! It got to the point where I swore if divorce was mentioned one more time I'd slap someone. Thankfully, no one was near me when I continued to read the book, otherwise someone I know would be fairly pissed off at me for bruising their face.
3. The love triangle. OH MY FLIPPING GOODNESS! I don't know if I've ever read anything more annoying in my life! Okay, quite possibly I have, but seriously, this has to place in my list of top 5 annoying books. The way that she describes how she loves all three guys is nauseating. Trey, Lucas, and Derek: All 3 of them make her feel things she's never felt before, they're all incredibly hot, they all have perfect bodies (which she does not fail to mention about 500 times) and she has absolutely no problem with making out with all three of them and leading them all on. I had the most problem with this aspect of the story. I mean seriously, what girl does that? She whines about all of them because they all make her mad at some point but eventually, she goes right back to being all googly eyed and raging hormones when it comes to all three. Talk about wanting to slap someone.
I primarily planned to give this book 1 star. The only reason why I gave this book an extra star is because I think it deserves some credit for what it could've been. With a good editor who's not afraid to tell the author "ARE YOU CRAZY?!? THIS JUST DOES NOT WORK!" and with an author who is willing to scrap bad ideas and come up with new ones that make sense , this book could've been an amazing 5 star story.
I guess now we all know that "should've," "could've," "would've," has no effect for the present.