Hmmm I reserve my five stars for books that make me sit in the parking lot for lengthy periods of time instead of entering the office/house/store because I just have to find out what happens next. Although I never had a 'just can't put it down' moment with this book, I still found it pleasant and entertaining. I like the dystopian genre and this one has wonderful descriptions of how America may be during that time - I actually wish the author had gone further with some of the descriptions. I also like YA novels because they aren't filled with graphic love scenes etc. Thankfully this book didn't push that envelope with the kids either. Overall, I would recommend it for a beach read/listen or since it isn't too long you could probably fit it into a lazy rainy day.
Wonderful lite read
The confrontation at the ball.
Her entrance to the ball.
This is definitely a five star YA novel. I enjoyed it a lot. It was very easy to to listen to - I was surprised when it was over, it went by so fast. It was sweet and clean and not too complex. My younger self would have wanted to give it six stars I'm sure. However, at my current stage in life, this was pretty light reading and more of a four star for my older self .
I am torn between three and four stars for this book. Definitely at least 3.5 stars. I liked most of this book - I just wasn't completely sold on it because it took quite a while to get into the flow of the story. There were a few places within the story that seemed to ramble a bit, but the good parts were really good. The narration was excellent - no criticism there. I listen to more scifi than fantasy typically, and I am sure this preference influences my review. Overall this was a good book and I will probably eventually listen to the second book in the series
The Maze Runner was an enjoyable book, good characters, suspense - it definitely kept my attention. The Scorched Trials was even better. Mark Deakins is an excellent narrator. However, I am finding that my need for closing the loop on this series left me with an "I can't believe I wasted my time" feeling. There just wasn't enough good story left for another whole book. In the end, the characters fell apart, the story fell apart, and the whole thing left me feeling very disappointed. If you aren't OCD about finishing a trilogy then I recommend skipping this book.
I would be less likely to recommend this book than many of the other books I have read by Francine Rivers (who is absolutely one of my favorite authors)
Well obviously 'Her Mother's Hope', which I liked very much. This book is a continuation of that book.
Her Mother's Hope was written with a paint brush...no a paint roller, covering many lives and situations with very broad strokes - it worked well and I was looking forward to continuing the story with Her Daughter's Dream. Much of the second book was written in the same way; however, when the book began to focus on May Flower Dawn, Ms Rivers got out her artist brushes. The details became a little overwhelming, down to the bologna, lettuce, onion, and whole wheat bread sandwich she made for her husband. I did appreciate the strong message of faith that this book portrayed. However, being an open book myself, I had such a hard time relating to the mother and daughter who would not open up to each other. One of my pet peeves is when people guess how others are feeling and act according to those feelings instead of talking things out - and this book....well lets just say it frustrated me haha.
I love Francine Rivers as a writer (The Mark of the Lion is to date the best series I have ever read!) I had planned to listen to a different book; however, I somehow started Her Mother's Hope instead. I was hooked after the first paragraph! Stina Nielsen does an excellent job of narrating. I could always tell which character was speaking. I purchased this book during one of the Audible sales and I definitely got my money's worth and more. However, I was quite upset at the abruptness of the ending until I learned that there was a sequel. Very happy now that I have downloaded it and will start listening to ....the rest of the story... this evening.
Good characters. I really enjoyed listening to this book. I would definitely recommend it if you like this genre.
Recommended by my doctor. Some of the science explanations were interesting as were some of the stories about living a good life above age 50. I especially related to the last part about the importance of having a devoted, and being devoted to, a spouse. Working up to an hour or more of demanding physical activity six days a week will take some effort and mental commitment, but the discussion about how our bodies decay is motivating. I have to say though that I found some of the doctors evolutionary views to be hooey - imo. Overall, I would recommend it if you are over 50 (or approaching 50) and you need some motivation to do what you know you already should be doing.
No. I might recommend it to a young teen girl as it is very adolescent. The descent back it time was not done well. The whole goo goo gaga boy crazy girly thing was way overdone.
I think there should have been more relationship development between the girls and their mother. I never felt the main character cared much whether she got back or not. The fact that a 17 yo was more interested in the cute boy than whether or not her mother was worried just seemed so unbelievable. It took too long to finally start seeing the strength of her character.
The narrator was more distracting than the writing and probably the main reason I did not like this book much. Her voice is just too old and matronly to be believable as a young girl. I had the hardest time picturing the main character in my mind as a young girl - I couldn't get lost in the book because all I could hear was someones mother reading to me.
I stuck with it because I spent coin on it and wanted to find something redeeming. I did find it enjoyable at the very end - about the last two hours, but I wouldn't read it again and I don't plan to read the sequel.
If you are an adult and like reading YA fiction because it is less graphic, then this review is for you. I do believe however that a younger reader may like this book. The other thing though that disappointed me about this book is that I had seen it listed as Christian fiction and was looking forward to reading this type of book. However, while there is some mention of praying and seeking God, it is not written in a way that I would consider the book to be Christian fiction.
Despite the fact that the narrator was annoyingly unskilled and monotonous, I enjoyed the story very much. That is I enjoyed it until the last chapter. I would have given the story a five star, but because of the ending - I feel I am being very generous with four stars. In the end though the overall rating was a three star because of the narration. I did get use to the narration by the end of the book and she does have a pleasant accent; however, I kept wishing I could tell the characters apart most of the time. I would recommend it though because the first part of the book is so well written and deftly drew me into Anna's world, her sorrows, triumphs, tragedy, loves, fears etc. I liked Anna Frith, as well as Michael and Elinor Mompellion very much and found it hard to put the book down at times. I guess the problem is that I was so invested in the characters that I found the ending completely unbelievable and ridiculous.
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