I'm not one to usually write a review on the books I listen to, but this one has been so bad that I've to write something! Ok, the series haven't been outstanding or anything like that. They've been fairly entertaining and I found the original concept of the books to be interesting enough. But, in the last book, the main character goes from mildly annoying to completely and utterly ridiculous. Everyone's attention is focused on this girl who for some unexplained reason is repeatedly told: "you're the only one that matters" and is absolutely adored and defended by everyone around her. It's not like she's some female Harry Potter or Frodo, which I think is what the author is aiming to create, but the plot fails to be relevant enough for this girl to be the savior/protector of the magical, or human, world. Also, I'm sorry, but I fail to see how a 17 year old virgin can possibly know more than her own grown adult teachers about sex and contraception to the point that she is the one everyone goes for advice on this topic and she becomes so weirdly involved in the sex life of all those around her while her own love life is such a joke! I couldn't be bothered to listen to most of this book, I ended up falling asleep, and skipping to the end to know that much at least, but even then was mostly meh!
Thiis is a moving, corky and sweet story with characters that one comes to care about. One thing that ruins this audiobook is the very bad audio editing. From no pauses in between chapters to clear differences in volume in places where one would guess sections were re-recorded or added. The reader isn't too clear in voicing the male vs female characters so it can get confusing.
So, the story doesn't seem to be very well focused, by the end I had no idea what it was about - was it about zombies? I'm not sure, there were plenty of them at the beginning, but by the end, not so much. But that fact doesn't bother me as much as the main female protagonist. Why is that when an author wants to make a female character as the leader of the pack, she assumes this role automatically, without really earning it or deserving it? I hate how all people, men and women, just turn to this woman to ask constantly, "what do we do now?" What were these people doing before this woman walked back in town?? The ending was abrupt too. Not sure if I'll want to continue reading this series.
It started off as a promising idea, the first few chapters, even the original song, I really like the dreamy quality of it. Then, it just falls apart, I felt like just when the main character would try to tackle something important, she'd just get distrated by the most mundane situations - choosing clothes, walking the dog, etc. The dialogues are terrible, I can't imagine a teenager, particularly the guys, talking like that. The ending and parts of the story are just too confusing to follow. It feels like such a waste of a good concept.
I really enjoyed this zombie story, although I heard that this is supposed to be similar to another book or to The Walking Dead. I'm a fan of the tv show, and yes, there're some aspects to the book that reminds me of the show - Daryl = Axel for example. However, in both there's a certain humanity that pops up to make you think, yep, that's how I would have reacted. These aren't your perfect heroes, they make mistakes, they have shaddy stories in their past, and they still make it alive. I really look forward to the next book!
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.
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