I was extremely disappointed in this book.
I very much liked the first two books in the series. There was action, there were twists, there were great plans slowly revealed, there were characters of power as friend and foe. I expected more of the same.
Instead I got a drawn out tale about how people change. Sure, there were a few strategy bits, but it was mostly a tale of a man realizing that the woman he is married to is not the woman he married. The secondary story is politics. There is also a fair bit about refusing to look at things from other points of view. There are no real twists.
The story was still well told. In fact, the segues were possibly the most interesting part of the book.
I felt cheated out of the time I invested in this book. Several other books in the series look promising, but I doubt I’ll read them -- this was just so far outside of what I expected that I have no confidence in the rest of the series.
It's a light book.
Lots of humor, both from interesting characters and humorous pop references. It occasionally approaches absurd but never actually gets there. Lots of suspense too. I was really surprised how well the two worked together. A little romance, social commentary, and Lovecraftian horror rounds it out.
Excellent momentum. The story moves quickly without seeming rushed. You get a good sense of the setting and characters without drowning in superfluous details.
The foreshadowing was nicely done -- not everything was given away but it didn't seem like plot devices were constantly popping out of nowhere. That kept the surprises and expected events nicely balanced. No real misdirection.
The narrator was great as well. He really fit with the main character. The other characters were clearly voiced as well, there was no confusion on who was speaking when several characters were talking.
My overall impression is fun, fast-past, and engrossing.
The book starts off preachy, with a heroine whose inner monologue has spent far too long lecturing others about the benefits organic food. The closing scene also mentions how they're preparing their organic vegetable and organic Cornish game hens. All the numerous mentions of food include organic in the description. For people who find eating organic food to be socially irresponsible, it ends up sounding like all the good guys are brainwashed and preachy. I would hope Milena old beings would be smarter than that.
I almost didn't finish the book, but if you can ignore the endless social commentary, the super-abundance of convenient pedophiles (at least 60 a week have been dying for months in this area, you would think eventually they would run out), the self-righteous behavior of the heroine, and the plot holes, the story does pick up. It made it all the way up to two stars for me.
The attempts to use science fall pretty flat. There's no way a 'gifted' should be able to produce offspring with a regular human. The explanation would have been perfectly sound if it had stuck with "psychics become guardians" instead of going to "psychics aren't human." Also, once a virus mutates it doesn't revert back as soon as it passes to another person. If that was the case we wouldn't need a new flu shot every year. The poor understanding of science would be excusable if it was mentioned in passing instead being of a major tenet of the world and discussed more than recycling.
The mystery woman sub-plot looks like a ploy to tie multiple books together, but shows some promise. If I hadn't been so displeased with this book it would compel me to go on to the next.
This was a good novella, just right for a break between longer books.
The story moves at a good pace. The characters aren't deep, but are likeable and consistent.
The story was full of "oh, that makes sense now" moments that I found quite enjoyable. (a big plus for me -- I can be annoyingly observant when it comes to seemingly inconsequential details, and am always delighted when I find out seeming inconsistencies were there for a good reason)
I'll probably purchase other books from this author.
The narrator sounded too young though. I had a hard time remembering this was a 24 year old, not a 16 year old, which was a bit disturbing at times. She was perfectly pleasant to listen to, but seems better suited to young adult fiction.
The narration is very good.
The idea, the story itself, is good.
The multiple viewpoints the story is told from switch between first and third person. I didn't like that at first, but ended up finding it effective at expanding the story and keeping it focused on the protagonist.
Most of the characters are good. I found the main character to be a little whiny for my liking, but most of the characters are enjoyable.
The romance is annoying, moving in starts and jerks and ending in a pre-teen level stupor. Certainly the relationship is central to the story, but this was just... cheap. An imitation of a love story fit for starry eyed twelve year olds.
Oddly enough, the thing that really bothered me was the obsession with wine. Most human supertasters can't stand wine -- it doesn't have hints of this or overtones of that, it is overpowered by the taste of "not food" (a bad taste meant to dissuade us from eating poisons or spoiled things). Someone with a preternaturally sharp sense of taste would not like wine without serious work at it.
I wasn't entirely happy with the way the dietary restrictions were handled either. Some of it made sense, but things like eating fruit but not vegetables, not eating cooked meat but liking broth, or liking the way muffins smell but not the taste, just seemed like making up rules because their weren't enough of them.
The story also ended at least half an hour before the book did. The rest of the book was about how everybody was getting ready to say goodbye to each other, a few important details rightly covered in the denemou, and everybody saying goodbye to each other.
This was an enjoyable listen. The story was fun and fairly quick paced.
The main character does the stereotypical insane jealous female bit. It's suppose to be funny, and it is a little, but I find that sort of thing annoying. It's not too badly overdone so not a big detraction. It's used as a device to create conflict in the romantic sub-plot.
The murder of slang by a supporting character is adorable at first, but starts getting old. It never gets to the point of annoying, more just to the point of not as funny as it was.
The other supporting characters are quite enjoyable throughout. Gilly is absolutely adorable.
There are other bits that stand out as the physics or timeline being a bit questionable. Nothing glaring, and I found these bits to be easily overlooked. The predictable, unexpected, and 'expected but do not occur' events are balanced nicely.
I consider the time spent with this book time well spent. I didn't feel it was a "wow" book, but it was fun. It doesn't merit an immediate re-listen but I wouldn't rule out a re-listen in the future.
Overall, I would recommend this book. I plan on picking up more in the series.
Absolutely. It's an easy listen. The plot is straightforward enough, but there are lots of extras that could be picked up on a second time around.
This story does well on walking the edge of the absurd. It stops just short of too much. It never becomes silly or stupid.
The word is very well thought out and quite detailed. The reveal of all the intricacies is long and woven in with the story, letting you come to grips with all the differences slowly.
Each chapter starts with a bit of law or knowledge from the world, and it is always something funny. A part of one lists the conditions in which the chicken is considered a vegetable (to help meet the dietary needs of vegetarians, of course).
Bones is voiced incredibly.
After finishing this audio book in only 2 days, I listened to it again in nearly the same amount of time. The characters deep and well developed. The plot is strong and the reading is just incredible.
I enjoyed this audio book quite a bit.
There were several several amusing asides that helped to keep the story upbeat as well as expanding the characterization. The main character is endearing and relate-able. The plot has a good pace, too. It moves forward fast enough to keep the reader's attention and not so fast as to trivialize the important points.
The story does use the foreshadowing method of "If I had realized then...", which I find fairly distracting. It's used less than half a dozen times, though, so not too bad.
The mystery aspect is nicely done. It's nothing so difficult as to keep you from figuring out the basic idea of who done it, but the exact details needed are withheld to the very end. I found it a bit simple, but not distractingly so.
I found the narration to be very good. The narrator has a slightly airy, very relaxed tone, which I find suits Abby extremely well.
This is a very good, fun listen. The characters are great. If you enjoy books like the Stephanie Plum series or Undead (Betsy the Vampire Queen) series, you will almost definitely enjoy this book
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