Though the idea of this book is the kind of fiction I find entertaining, I found the characters a little hollow, I wish I would get to know them a little more to really care what happens to them.
I really liked the first novel of this series, and though the second one is heartbreaking, I became attached to these charecters. Listening to this novella helped me tie some ends together, but it made me hope there's a third instalment so that maybe some of the characters that appear in So long, lollipops might end up in the third novel. Peter is actually one of the most evolved characters in this series, really enjoyed getting to know him.
This book reminded me of my college experience so much, all that drama, heartbreak and bittersweet memories. I love the use of music and lyrics as the engine that moves along the plot. To have one of the main characters deal naturally with an important physical disability without making it into a tragedy really added points to the story. Still, I could have used less sweet, heart breaking moments, especially when the end became predictable, it was over the top at times. Still, really worth a listen!
I hate to give such a low rating to a series that I really like and think it has a lot of merit in many departments, except for the love triangle - like some other reviewer said, it overshadows all the other good aspects of the plot. Like some other readers, I was fascinated by the tarot cards as the main line that joined a number of characters together. That was to me the best part of the first book, you got to know the alchemist, not just Evie and her group of friends. Since the second book it's become Evie-centered, and I think that's where the story has started to go wrong. It'd really be good to have another pov, like in the first book. And please, let's tone down the love triangle aspect of the story, because to me either Jack or Death are good for Evie, just pick one and move on!
This is one of the first audio books I ever listened, and just like the first time, after listening to this book, I felt like I should go to the supermarket and start buying non-perishable foods lol I know there are many novels that deal with surviving zombie apocalypse and other types of catastrophic scenarios, but in these there are no super humans involved, nor supernatural events, just plain people trying to deal. I hear the last novel of the series is really disappointing and I have yet to decide whether to listen to it or not, but having listened to the first 3 novels before, they're all worth the credit.
This is definitely a YA novel, but I'd say it's for the mature end of that public. I like the emotional and spiritual journey of the character that deals with existentialist questions that youth and maybe some adults may wonder about, but it trascends all of that to deal with real life issues that the young protagonist must face and solve in her present reality. Ultimately it's a novel about second-chances, not going along with the crowd, developing a sense of individuality and self-confidence, and facing life issues head on.
I really like having different voices to make a distinctive pov for each character. It's romantic in an unusual sort of way. I could do without so many references to car sickness and bodily functions.
Whether you agree or not with the premise of this novel, I believe most people will find it very human and very moving story. I'm not sure if it's what I was expecting, since this is my second novel by this author and the other one seem to once again deal with very human characters, not your typical love story. One thing that I find in both novels is that in both you get a contrast with those people struggling to make ends meet and the other side of the spectrum with people who're swimming in money. The author seems to point at how necessary money is to reach certain goals, but all of the money in the world can't make you happy if you don't know what to do with it.
I believe myself to be a person with an open mind and when I read sci-fi, particularly stories of futuristic, or alternative worlds, I'm willing to take risks. An example of this is the novel "A girl with all the gifts." Yes, children are monsters in that story and it's a kill-or-be-killed world that made no exception for age or gender, yet somehow I felt there was a logical explanation to this type of behaviour. The Sopaths doesn't even compare, it's one of the worst novels I have ever read in my life. Please be warned that this is bordering on kiddie porn with no subtleties about it. I found the story more and more offensive as I tried to get through it and I couldn't find a single saving grace, not even the writing, which is as bad as the story. I've tried to return this audiobook, but they're making me call a number to do so. If they'll make it hard for me to return it, I'll make sure then to leave this review as a strong warning to anyone thinking of reading this novel, because if you have an ounce of decency you'll find yourself feeling sick to your stomach as I did.
I found myself split at first on this book. There's humor, there's romance and there's lots of sexy moments. However, I found her naivete annoying sometimes, and her self-deprecating comments even worst. And still, if as a woman I'm honest, there are plenty of times when my mind has played the same stream of consciousness that this woman keeps playing in her head. The moment I admitted to this, the book just really clicked for me. A credit well spent!!
Because there has to be a 3rd book, it'd be really sad if the series ends here. While the first book left us with hope about the future of the characters, the second one felt like a bucket of ice water, leaving us with a sense of uncertainty and fear. I feel the author has matured as a writer, giving us less gossipy, highschool-like feel to the group of friends, who're supposed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, and there's more zombie action. I look forward to the next book.
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