Although, I liked this book better than the first in the series, there are still things that continue to bother me as a listener.
The story finally managed to engage me, and for the latter half of the book, I wanted more. The narration is just bottom rung though. Words are still mispronounced, all the men sound the same, like dim-witted, slow-talking morons. Also, I still have issues with characters from the Study series not having the same voice, or for that matter accent. (Irish, British, English, etc.)
The story gets a 4, but I recommend reading the book itself rather than listening to the audio version.
This book drove me crazy, and not in a good way. Tyson is an ass, Vieve is an adolescent, and the storyline is, I think, disjointed. The entire first third to half is about Vieve and Tyson. The last halfish, is the plot about Vieve's uncle. Its almost like 2 books. They don't really overlap a whole lot. Once the "happy couple" falls in love, that's the end of the romance part of the book, but you're only halfway through it. The second half of the book is Tyson trying to resolve Vieve's family situation. No real romance. No evolution of the couple, etc.
Write two books. Trying to combine the 2 didn't work.
I think Justine has a rather monotone voice. She did do the accents well however.
I dont know. They all were ok characters.
I don't understand so much about why this books was given such high reviews to begin with. Tyson all but raped Vieve, and accused her of terrible things repeatedly. I don't find that sexy or fun at all.
Make the female lead older! She is 15! Her husband (oh yeah, the author went there) is 29. And I find her ridiculously immature and, well, 15!
Must be honest, did not finish it. Couldn't get past the fact that the female lead is going to be a "step-mom" to her husband's 9 yr old daughter. Ick.
I loved the three previous books in the series, and this one seemed more like the author was just trying to tie up the loose ends of the series, rather than focusing on the characters. I would recommend it only because it is the last book in the series and will give it closure.
There were so many points in this book that I literally wanted to yell, "REALLY?!" The plot was so ludacris and tangled that I didn't want to follow it. Some things aren't explained at all, and although you know why each character is doing what they're doing, no one in the freaking book communicates.
I purchased the book and got five minutes into it before shutting it off, calling Audible to get my money back and writing this review. The story might be ok, but I can't tell because the narration and sound are soooo bad!!! Do NOT waste your time or credit.
As someone who had the release for this book on my calendar, I was so disappointed.
First off, the narration, while not terrible, was distracting and irritating. I had gotten so used to the voices that Gabra Zackman gave the characters in the Study Series that I was confused for a little bit as to who was talking. Also, her pronounciation was a constant problem and, at times, hard to follow. (If you listeded to the Study Series.)
I did like that the clans that up until this point we didn't know much about were given life and described at legnth. Especially the Storm Dance clan and their unique magic.
Opal seemed bound and determined to live in the past, repeat her mistakes and learn nothing. I genuinely hope that in the books to come that I can become more interested in her, as I did the previous heroine Yelena.
All in all, read the Study series first, and read this one realizing that while it continued the previous story line somewhat, it will probably let you down.
This is a bittersweet story that is well narrated and very well written. The characters are real and you can appreciate their faults and understand them. I love flawed but honest characters, and this book is full of them. Good read, impossible to stop listening.
All I can say is, ugh. What a disappointment! The only positive thing I can say is that the narration was wonderful. However, the story itself annoyed me. The whole book I was thinking, "you idiot." If there is a wrong decision to make, she makes it. Honestly, I don't understand why Jack even likes Emma. She lies all of the time and treats him like crap.
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