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Unlike many authors of series, each one of these books produces twists and turns that have you saying ‘oh no,’ “seriously,’ ‘don’t do that,' and a myriad of other exclamations. I like very much the way Mead develops her characters and subtly and patiently changes their relationship with the Protagonist (Eugenie). In this novel she ratchets up the suspense setting you up for a curve ball at the end which you don’t see coming. A number of characters, that you didn’t have high hopes for, are emerging and showing a great deal of promise while other sink and slink.
This work is definitely more of a fantasy thriller and so will appeal to those who want a plot and are not just looking for sex scenes. Mead also manages to get in a number of philosophical bumper stickers as she works her way through the storyline. If I had to pick one thing I would like to see improved is more historical backstory -- land, Storm King, etc.
This story is a fitting third book and there has been no loss of momentum as this series unfolds. I definitely recommend this read and now off to book four. Good job Mead and nice performance to Van Dyck.
This appears to be the first of two novels. Elect and it follow-on Elite. I have listened only to Elite. Based upon the first novel, I can already predict the best thing that could have been done was to write one novel by crushing them together and then edit aggressively. I blame this on the publisher. The conflict escalates so slowly that you almost miss it. As filler, the author has to throw in much whiny dialog. She introduces a sub character at the beginning leading you to believe that she will play a big role and then she vanishes except for the last five minute entry.
The narrator, Franco adds to the whiny tone.
I really have not much to say positive about this novel. With a few lines of editing, it would be better as a YA instead of romance of which there is not. I'd give it a read if you into YA but as a serious romance novel -- thumbs down.
The plot is old and tired. Executive assistant marries boss to fulfill boss' will requirements. Yawn. Nothing new in the plot nor in the characters. I suggest this book only if you have not read the plot-line before -- otherwise pass. It's not that this novel is badly written, nor badly narrated as much as it is utterly unremarkable. Burton gets you to connect with the main character so this is why I give it three stars -- barely.
This Young Adult novel is based upon a post-apocalyptic notion that the human race has dramatically reduced the female population though (event to be disclosed). A group, called the breeders, are trying to repopulate the race. So much for the premise. The setting is a cross between the wild west and downtown Detroit. French does a poor job in plot, she chooses to move the main character (Riley) from event to even without a good reason for her actions. Though she does have one central goal, there is little back-story. Some auxiliary characters are in the story to quack like a duck in the background. While others change and morph in unexplained ways.
Carla Mercer-Meyer pulls of a med-western twang accent for the characters that barely carry the story for the women and completely missed for the men. Though another narrator cannot save the weak plot no matter what their skills.
I am somewhat interested in what the outcome of the next book.It would be good if it were a short story but as two or more novels -- eeek. Oh well, if I have the time, I will circle back and listen to book two. There are many other YA series to get hooked on, this one isn't one of them. If you do listen to book one, you will probably do book two just for kicks. So, I do recommend you pass and thus you have no decision to make.
I am way late in reading this this novel. I have had numerous people tell me how much I would love it. They raved and raved. I thought it was better than average. I will read book two, but not right away. I found it tiring to listen and although I usually listen about 2-3 hours per day, I found myself only getting in about half of it.
There are so many characters, a multitude of locations and hints of story lines and histories. I think Dotrice is a good voice -- but he nearly put me to sleep several times.
Perhaps book two will help me gain momentum with the series. I recommend listening in small doses. I am one of the minority who only thought it to be so-so.
This novel purports to be the first in a series. The stalker plot is solid and has medium level of conflict and tension. I like they way Owens evolves the story in that is not heavy handed in either message or foreshadowing; she also places a good deal of emphasis on developing the hero.
The novel is written for two view points: Dani (widower) and Logan. The narrator offers a solid performance. If you enjoy you romance with a touch of a thriller, then this novel is for you. Give it a read.
In this last book of the series, all of the characters make their final appearances and contribute to a complex plot. Armstrong manages to spin a yard of thriller intrigue that has you seeing death, rebirth, renewal and endings. I am very happy with the endings and how loose ends are tied up. Savannah is the main protagonist, along with Adam, they go up against a group intent on killing tens of thousands of innocents.
I will miss these characters. The narrator, Parker, finishes with a stellar performance. This series will appeal to those who like a supernatural bent to their romances. The supernatural is not over the top and is definitely swapped out by the thriller aspect. I recommend the whole series. Nice job Armstrong.
I didn't realize that this series was going to end with a trilogy focused on Savannah. In this second to last book, Savannah finds herself without her powers and really questioning herself about her own self worth. It's a little disconcerting to she her confidence stripped away and then slowly build. Will she admit her feeling for Adam, will she escape? What will happen in the third book?
Okay, Armstrong does a great job with this second of the trilogy and next to last book of the series. This is a must read and I move on with eagerness to the third and last. This is a must read.
We have walked the path with Odd Thomas for quite some time. In the first book in Pico Mundo he loses his Stormy, the love of his life, and we meet Bodocks. Next, evil in an old Hotel then on to defeating a corrupt genius in a monastery. We move to Magic Beach where he meets Ana-Marie an enigma in her own right and a nice addition to the story. On to bring down a house of horrors and everlasting life, on to cults and Edie Fisher (another great character) and finally leading us to his last adventure. Throughout his walk, we have laughed at his wit and turn of phrase, enjoyed his humility and his adventures. Through his friends we can feel for him and through his enemies we admire him. I would like to think that Koontz wanted us to see a little of ourselves in Odd and perhaps for us all to have something to aspire to.
I very much enjoyed the series, if you peel back some of the supernatural facade, Koontz presents us with a cohesive theme and plot line throughout. This is a thoroughly uplifting series about love, humility, respect, determination, and love. I applaud Koontz for bringing the series to closure, so many authors let series linger. During the entire series, Baker has been a great voice of Odd Thomas. The first book was made into a movie and although true to the novel, I like the novel much better.
These books will appeal to everyone of all ages that have a bent for the supernatural. I challenge those who are not so taken with the genre to give the first one a read because the characterization off Odd is so worth the journey. I loved in the last novel all of the loose ends are tied and we understand things. I can't give this series a higher recommendation. Read this series and you might get hooked on other Koontz’s novels. Another one of my favorites is Innocent. Please start with novel one and give them a go.
I have waited and waited for the sequel. After loving the first installment, which is a bit of a cliffhanger in some respects, I was looking for an engaging follow-on -- and this one delivered. The Reckoners are back. After killing Steelheart in book one, they focus on a new Epic in good old New York City. Except the city is new called Babylon Restored and I will say is that is involves water but no more.
Sanderson paints another stunning mini-universe in Babylon that is just as impressive as Newcago. We get some new Reconkoners as well in the new high epic to have. MacLead Andrews narrated the last novel and he pulls out another excellent performance in this once as well.
If you are a fan of Divergent, Hunger Games, X-Men, and YA type novels in general , you will love this series. Since this is only book two, I highly suggest you go back and read book one before you read this one or you are going to 1) get too many spoilers for book one early on in this book; 2) miss a ton of back story that is needed to really appreciate this installment; and 3) well, book one is great. What are you waiting for?
Alright, we are on book 11 and this series is going strong. Of particular note is the strong plot. I have to admit, I did not guess what was going to happen in this latest installment by Armstrong. This novel is the first one to center in Savannah where she is the clear protagonist/hero of the story. We are getting a very much humanized (pardon the irony) view of her personality and the changes which differential her from Paige and her mother Eve.
This book has absolutely no sex in it and is really all about character development and interaction and the deepening complexion Savannah's thinking. One key in a novel such as this is how complex the characters are and how they interact -- and it is excellent in this installment. This novel is all about the complex interactions of the small group of characters. Paige and Lucas are on vacation we see a little of Adam.
If you are a fan other series you are really going to like this one. My recommendation -- start listening immediately.
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