Mark has continued to make the human element the real story. From the love of a mother for her children, to friends, and brothers. He does well at showing how different people react to this new world they are in. I think the world he shows is honest. There will always be people who put their needs above others, people who give up, people who get by on the luck of finding the right people to hang with, and god willing people who try to do the right thing no matter what. Mike shows that the world may be crashing down around you, but you can still do the right thing not only for your friends and family but also for the people you come into contact with. He also made me want to call my nephew up and go over and play with his legos.
I will not say the moment but this is the first book I have ever praid for a hail mary. I normally hate when authors take an easy way. They want a catalist in thier book so they do something and then have to give the characters a hail mary to bring the story where they want. Example of this would be killing a character off and then cloning them to be the exact same person. It is a cheat, and normally takes away from the story for me.
Having said all of that Mark has made some of these characters so real for me that when something happened to one of my favorites I started wishing and hoping for the proverbial hail mary. Mark could have done anything he wanted to save this person and I would have just rolled along with it because I was wishing with all of my heart he survived.
He did a fantastic job as usual. I would deffiently be willing to listen to more books he has narrated
Yes I wanted someone to blow the head off of one of the companions. As you listen to this book I am sure you will be able to figure out which one it is. I also cried like a little girl while laughing and have no qualms about saying that.
Mark has come up with new and interesting/disgustingly disturbing ways to torture the survivors. You may never look at your own life the same way again
I have read all three books in the trilogy prior to writing review.
I liked this series a lot. It follows a smart 16 year old girl Cia through the trials of the test to get into the university and the secrets revealed during the testing. It goes on to deal with the secrets and how the decisions she makes.
The world in which she lives has been devastated by a war fought with nuclear, and biological weapons, and an earth that has had horrible earth quakes and other natural disasters. The initial struggle to survive has already happened. A new government established and lives are back to a new normal. The new government is lead by only people who have graduated the university. The only way to even get into the university for the kids from the colonies is to pass the test. The University graduates all lead the county. They go into government, teaching, medicine, technology, genetics, and more. After the war the government has been trying to restore the lands. They have to clean water engineer plants that will grow, fix genetic issues in animals, and fix/invent new technology to help make life better. She is the daughter of a University graduate that has been placed in the 5 lakes Colony to help fix and grow the land. The colony is not perfect, but is a good place to live they help each other, share and generally care for their neighbors. From the very beginning of the book the author lets you see that there are secrets being kept.
The author does a very good job of letting you know who Cia is from the beginning. She is very smart (really wants to go to University not because she wants to be in charge, but because she loves knowledge and her colony and wants to help make peoples life's better), caring (her friendship with Dalene), and understanding of what makes people tick. Through all three books we see her ideas/morals being pushed and questioned. You get to see that her caring is not a hindrance and that when push comes to shove she has a backbone. Something about Cia made me think of a quote from Dumbledore “Those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it. Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise that they wear it well.”
Yes this book follows in Divergent, Hunger Games, and Razorland's footsteps. I actually think I liked it better than some of them. The characters are put through a lot and have to make hard decisions, but in some ways the story is more believable. I think I also enjoyed Cia more through all three books than some of the other leads.
There is less of the teen angst than some YA novels can fall into. On a side note there is some romance which I always enjoy in my books.
I have seen the narrator being criticized for having a young voice. For me this was not a bad thing. Cia is only 16 she is young.
There is no sex in the whole series.
This review is being written after reading book 1 and 2 of this series
Let me start by saying at this point in my life I love fantasy. I have read Rachel Morgan, Mercy Thompson, Jane Yellowrock, Kate Daniels, and so many more. In my twenties I was an avid murder mystery psycho killer book lover. This series takes the murder mystery psycho books I loved and sprinkles in the fantasy. I think in some ways it would be good for someone just entering fantasy because the "magic" (so I do not give the plot away) elements are more for the series arc and the murder mystery is for the book arc. So the main story is about the murder mystery side with the super natural giving a helping hand. In book 2 the "magic" is added in even more and you really start to learn about Cainsville. I liked the "magic" it is older and not the same vampire/werewolf that has become very popular.
I like Olivia. Through both books she has been strong, opinionated, caring, and enjoyable to be on this ride with. She is not the typical butt kicker that can kill you five ways with a tooth pick, but is capable of taking care of herself. She has her own moral compass, and for the most part made her own decisions about right and wrong. Gabriel is interesting to see come alive and adapt in these two books. Somewhere in the books Rose calls him a stray cat and I think that is a spot on description of him.
The narrator does a really good job with the voices and making the book come alive. You are probably wondering what the 3 stars are for then. (I think someone else noted this in their review too) At the beginning of every chapter she does this weird voice and it can be jarring. I hope you will deal with this oddity and listen any ways because it is a really good series so far.
Last note I listen at work a lot so I always like to be prepared for how much sex is going to be in a book. Book 1 there was one scene not to graphic. Book 2 had more. For the most part those scenes were a lead in to the act and then the after. Was not too embarrassing to hear at work
This was another on my wish list for a while. I feared getting it because I do not do well with submissive main characters. Happy I ignored that fear because Yukiko is not at all submissive. From the beginning she stands up to those around her. She knows when to bow and when to stand strong, and sometimes she can still be the teen that she is. This is a good thing though because if she was perfect and adult she would have no room to grow.
Yukiko's father is an addict and since her mom left them she has had to take care of herself and in a lot of ways him. This has made her become an adult even though she is still a teenager and still acts like it on occasion. Her father is also the hunt master for a spoiled egomaniac emperor who sends them out on an impossible mission.
I will be honest I am a little prejudice here. I love a story where the main character can communicate with animals especially ones of higher intelligent such as the thunder cat. Kristoff does not let me down in this.
The story does have some predictability but it is well done and I can over look that one flaw. I am already buying the next book.
Let me start by saying I liked this book enough to read all of them in just a few days.
The book had been in my wish list for quite some time, and I just kept ignoring it fearing it was another teen romance just set in a new place (which it is not). I finally gave it a listen because of the narrator she is one of my favorites. There are a few that I am willing to try any book they have read Amanda Ronconi, Renée Raudman, Lorelei King, Cynthia Holloway, and Marguerite Gavin. I am happy I did.
This book has been compared with the Harry Potter series. I do not really get that (except for the magic). Rowlings is absolutely brilliant, and gives rich twisting details to her plot and characters, but the kid going to wizzarding school has been done before (not as well mind you). Wrede's story felt different to me. I am not sure I have read a book like it before.
The story follows Eff (don't let the name bother you like it did me it is a nickname). She is born the thirteenth child of a seventh son. She also has a twin that is the 7th son of the 7th son (which we have seen before). She is told for most of her young life that being the 13th is a bad thing. Through out the story the idea of the thirteenth child is explored, and through it Eff grows and starts to find out who she no matter what order she was born in.
I like the family dynamics in this book. It gave the story more depth. They were not all lovey dovey all of the time but they did love each other. From the twin who was the favorite whether he wanted to be or not, to the older bossy sister they enriched the story. I adored the parents. It was nice to have kind loving caring parents rather than the mean, indifferent, quirky, uncaring, or too busy parents that have been in a lot of the books I have read recently. This probably where the Laura Anne Wilder comparisons come in (that and the west themed)
I love a good western, and this was. Yes there was magic but you still had the horses and a lot of the other stuff that goes into westerns. What made it interesting is the idea that the town is along the Mammoth (Mississippi) River and that on the other side of it is all of these creatures from dragons to mammoths to wooly rihnasorous to bison. If you simply cross the river where the magic wall is you are taking your life into your own hands.
It was nice not to have a romance instead Wrede concentrated on Eff finding out who she is. I highly recommend this series
Just as a warning as of right now (6/15/2014) audible only has the first two books. It is really frustrating when they do this because I do not have time to actually read a book. So I start to like a series, and then can't finish it because the rest of the series is never made into an audio book (that may have been a run on sentence but grrrr)
I liked the idea and execution of this book a lot. So lets be straight here she is a demon. She is a slum lord. She has killed humans before. She probably would never have gotten involved in the whole ware wolf thing if she did not have to. She is not meant to be your good at heart girl who is just miss understood. She is who she is and is not sorry for it.. I thought the whole idea of Sam being a demon would bother me I normally do not like my main characters bad. Surprisingly though I thought there was just enough humanity" in her character to keep me satisfied. I like the relationship she, and Wyatt have. This is really the only part of her life that you see any of what we would call human feelings. I love how she pulls on Candy's tail with her sexuality. It is quite entertaining.
I thought that there was going to be a lot of sex scenes and there were not any. There were a couple of frustratingly close calls.
The one thing I am worried about is that I fear this may go into another love triangle. What can I say I am just kind of over the whole triangle thing. Fingers crossed though, maybe Sam and Wyatt will end up dating, and Gregory becomes a teacher/friend of some sort.
I pretty much bought the book without really reading the discription. I did it because I love the Kate Daniels series. So I was expecting a book about a witch. So now comes the part that is probably said too much but here goes anyways. New twist on the vampire werewolf love triangle. The fact that they are not human hybrids but instead aliens was interesting and refreshing. It combines the two genres rather seamlessly. In some ways it makes more sense that vampires are aliens rather than a human with a disease.
I love the Inn and am completely jealous of it. I want my house to do what I tell it. Plus it kind of felt like its own character almost like a big dog.
Dina is not like Ilona's other main character Kate. She shows that she has a soft warm side from the begging. You learn about her tough as nails other side slowly. I could see myself being friends with her.
Sean on the other had does remind me a little of Curran. Which may be unavoidable with the whole Were thing. This is not a bad thing though. It is nice to see a guy give a crap. Plus it makes for some funny moments between Dina and him.
Renee does a great job once again of making the book come to life. Sometimes I have problems listening to a narrator who voices a series I have listened to voice a new one. Sometimes it can make it a little confusing. It actually knocks me out of the story when the voices sound too much like another character from a different book. I did not run into this with Clean Sweep. Renee did a great job.
I am hoping that this will become a series because I really enjoyed the characters I would love to get to know them better. I do hope that the triangle thing ends quickly I am not a huge fan of love triangles. By this review you can probably see which guy I hope she picks.
I really enjoyed this book. I am kind of hoping Seanan continues it and makes it into a series. Sloan is a great character. It is fun to have a character that can be mean and evil and yet still may have a good heart. Plus some of the put downs she uses for Henry are just frickin funny (and really mean sometimes). Henry herself is interesting because at first you don't really see the Snow White connection (other than the looks), but as the book continues she has to decide who she really is Henry or Snow White.
The whole premises of the story was interesting and not the same old same old. Fairy tails waning to be played out over and over. When reading fairy tales you never think of all the other people that get sucked into them. Sleeping beauty is a really good example of it. One person causing everyone else's lives to come to a stand still. I will admit that in the begging all of the codes for the different fairy tails can be a little confusing. Just stick with it though because Seanan does actually explain everything.
One other thing that should be noted is that this was originally a Kindle e-serial. It can make the flow of the story a little choppy. I do not feel like this took anything away from the story though Just keep it in mind.
I am an extensive reader of books. I easily go through 4 books a week. Yet this series has to be one of my favorites.
The whole premise twists the normal vampire/werewolf genre. The idea of the others is fantastic. I like that they are not sugar coated and more than willing to eat a human. In this book the changes Megs living with them are explored more. Anne does a good job in showing how the smallest thing can cause huge amounts of problems. Not teaching the others to use a note book to help them learn and all of the confusion and uncaring it can lead to was ingenious. Something so small having a possible huge effect.
The love story developing between Meg and Simon makes me mad that there is not another book out already. It is sweet, funny, and innocent. It also has moved at a great pace. It is keeping me interested, but still fits really well into the story and also in with the characters. It does not feel forced for the sake of the plot. It is also nice to see it from both sides. A lot of times you only see the main characters ideas, and thoughts about situations, but this book gives you a good sense of where everyone is coming from.
I do have one very big grip though. I miss Sam. I can understand why he is staying with the wolves instead of Simon, but that does not change the fact that I miss the interaction between him and Meg. Although Nathan and Meg together are quite amusing.
So I mainly read the Half Moon Hollow series because of Jane. They give me small doses of her. Sometimes it helps but mostly it just leaves me wanting more.
As for Amanda Ronconi I think she is one of my favorite narrators. She does a really good job with all of the voices. At the beginning of this book her voice for Nola really threw me off. Her accent didn't fit with an Irish accent at all. I finally realized it was not Irish but Boston. Which made way more sense. I will say that she did fall in and out of the accent a couple of times. She would skip an R in one word and a sentence or two later say the R. Having said that it still did not detract from the story.
I liked Nola she was funny and spunky. She fit well with the rest of the crazy snarky people we all love from Half Moon Hollow. The magic was a new addition to the series that worked well.
I read a lot of Sy Fy books. If I am honest a lot of the time I get into books and they remind me of another one I have already read. I thought that would be the case with this book, but was happy to find it was different. I liked Brain the demon. He was quite funny. Which is always important to me. Brian is very inventive with the way he tries to investigate things. He could be very irresponsible at times, but you can tell that he really cares about trying to protect his partner. Brenda kind of reminds me of a lot of people I know. Someone who is kind of bored with their life and has this crazy person come into it and offer her something meaningful to do with her life.
The one flaw I really found (which I didn't notice until thinking about it later) was that she was way to excepting of all the magic right from the beginning.
It was also nice that a Brian/Brenda romance was not shoved down our throats. Sometimes when reading books like this the authors seem to think all we want is romance. Instead she has planted seeds that maybe in future books there could maybe possibly be romance or a love hate relationship.
The book made me laugh. Lately that has been one of the big draws for me on books. At the end of the day it is probably chic-lit (I think that is the term I have heard lately), but it was a fun read. I will definitely check the next book out.
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