I loved the Dreamcatcher series by Lisa McMann and that’s why I decided to buy “Cryer’s Cross”. This book, however, is quite different: it tells the story of Kandell, a teenager who has OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder) and lives in a small town called Cryer’s Cross. She has a boyfriend, Nico, a boy who knows since she was little, but she doesn’t like to call him that because it seems to mean some kind of obligation. Everything changes when Nico disappears. He is the second teenager disappeared in Cryer’s Cross this year, and people are afraid. At the same time, Kandell knows better Jacian, a newcomer…
If you had read any other McMann’s books, you’ll know she has a simple narration, with short descriptions that let everything to reader’s imagination. I like her writing, but my problem with her this time is the plot: I found it too simple. It has some mystery and I like the way she captures OCD’s influence in daily life; however, I think she could have chosen a better ending. I had a good time with the listening (if I can call a “good time” a mystery-horror story), but it’s easy to forget. I still prefer the Dreamcatcher trilogy.
Finally, the narrator does a good job and she really scared me with “We” fragments.
“Daughter of smoke and bone” is one of the best paranormal romances I’ve read in a very long time. It describes a fantastic world with chimaera, these fascinating half-human half-animal creatures, and angels, but their battle is deeper than those stories about good and evil we’re used to. Karou, the main character, is a student who has grown up with them and for some reason she has never felt complete. She is a funny girl with friends and a good sense of humor, I loved her since the first chapter. In addition, Laini Taylor’s writing is great: she creates a mystic atmosphere with descriptions and a rich vocabulary. The narrator is good too.
The only point I think it could have been better is the love story: I neither believe in love at first sight nor in perfect guys such as Edward Cullen, and they’re in this book. However, I hope Laini Taylor will be able to deepen in Akiva—the angel— and make his romance with Karou better in the next book.
This is a great Caster Chronicles book. At first I thought “Oh no, the same story of Lena’s choice”, but I wasn’t right because this time the Eighteen Moons song is related to another thing. After the end of “Beautiful darkness”, chaos has invaded Gatlin and the characters have to do something to stop it.
In spite of the fact that the beginning is a bit slow, after two hours of listening I was completely caught by the plot. I liked how it characterizes the characters: we know more about Liv, John and Sarafine, and Ridley and Link are very funny. I also think that this book is kind of more “human” because it enters personal aspects in a very touchy and natural way.
In the second book I thought that the authors didn’t give us enough clues and they “invent” too much surprises in the last pages. However, in “Beautiful chaos” they have done a good job, they give us some clues little by little and the end is consequent with all of them. By the way, a very good end!
I have to say that this book will please Caster Chronicles fans. Nevertheless, if you are one of those who think that these books are too slow and full of details, go away from here because “Beautiful chaos” has the same style.
The performance by Kevin T. Collins it's ok, but I think he could do it better with feminine voices.
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