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.
Great summer read not too intense. Like a chick-lit with a twist.... Well more than 1 twist!!!
I never read Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (I believe) but lots of reviews I read before reading Born at Midnight would compare both books.
No I have not. But I enjoyed her.
Though I thought her voice sounded just a little older that Kylie, the main character, but that only bothered me a little.
Yes. I did!! I set the speed on 1.5 so it goes a little faster n went to clean my house.
Bury me in books
I just wanted to do a quick review on this audiobook specifically...I am familiar with the narrator from another series of books where I thought she did a pretty good job, but I am frustrated with this particular performance on this book here because the narrator reads SO slowly. It is taking me a long time and many tries to be able to get into this book because of this. I mean, really, she is SO slow! I don't like the way it sounds when I set my iPod to replay audiobooks faster but I am seriously considering it for this book. So slow....I hope she picks it up in future books. That's all I wanted to say. Wow is she slow. I own a ton fo audiobooks but I don't think many are this slowly narrated. Is it just me?? I am going to switch to the ebook or print copy. I can read it in probably one-fourth of the time. It drives me crazy. I guess you get the point! Eek. She reads well, just slow! She has a pleasant voice, but is too slow. Slow slow slow.
I probably ranked as a book to read again someday, or maybe a book to be recommended to a friend.
At first I was a little skeptical about the book, I thought "another book with young supernatural" but to read the review I thought it was worth giving a vote of confidence, and I do not regret. The story is intriguing. You're stuck at the end
No one in particular.
I agree completly with who wrote the the book review. This book is amazing.
I would recommend this book. It wouldn't be the first I would choose, but I wouldn't advise against it.
Discovering the love story behind everything.
She interpreted simple sentence structure improperly. Pauses in the wrong places, voice changes that I felt were unnecessary and distracting. I'm not sure if she herself has a southern accent or she was attempting it for the main characters sake, but I would have much prefered a straight read. Some of my issue with how the delivery was made I can see may not be the narrators fault. Part of my annoyance was with "she said", or
"he said", after every spoken line. I may also be in the minority when it comes to different voices, ect. in the delivery. I just want the book read to me with inflection. One person altering their voice, unless they are gifted at that, is just distracting. My imagination will do the rest, just as it would if I were reading it myself. I also wondered if the narrator had pre-read the book. You know, practiced. For the flow to have been as bad as it was at times it made me think she hadn't. I'm not sure what protocol is followed by the narrators, but practicing doesn't seem like a bad idea. We are paying for these audio's after all.