Other reviews spin this book negatively claiming that the storyline mimics Practical Magic. Well, the reviews are right - the storyline is very similar to Practical Magic, but that was perfecly fine by me. I enjoyed Practical Magic. This story is indeed very similar, but not identical. I was in the mood for a "feel good" quick story and this satisfied that craving. The characters are all very likeable and endearing. The story was predictable, but again, I didnt mind. I finished it with a smile on my face. I have no complaints. It was perfectly charming.
This book is well written, but very dark, themed. At the conclusion, I just felt depressed. The book ends as it should and maybe that's why it's so sad. Some of us, myself specifically, look to fiction to be the happy ending that doesn't always happen in reality. This book will not give you that. As someone who worked in corrections for a short bit, I found the plot line to be quite accurate. I gave 3 stars for writing/accuracy of story line, 4 stars for a good narrator, and 2 stars overall because, despite the good writing and narration, I just didn't enjoy this book.
I was really excited for this second installment of the "School of Night" series. I loved Discovery of Witches. This book was a bit of a let down for me. I started listening to it a while ago, but it didn't grab me in the same manner as the first book, so it sat on my ipod until I forced myself to get along with it. It wasn't a bad book, it just didnt live up to my expectations this time.
I found myself frustrated with Diana's character, but more so, a little off put with the overly flowery writing style in this installment. It felt like the book was drawn out much longer than necessary just in wording. Example - I lost count as to how many times Matthew was referred to by Diana as "my husband" or "the vampire" when a simple "he" or "Matthew" would have sufficed because it was obvious to whom she was referring. As in, "My husband drank his fill from the blood of the stag." It felt overly wordy, flowery, too poetic. I just wanted Harkness to get on with the actual story.
I finished the book and it was left as a cliffhanger, but the story was slow and tiresome. Hopefully book #3 delivers.
I read/listen to books in clustered theme groups based on my moods. Lately, I've been into fantasy/witchcraft - adult themed witch stories, not YA. I thought this book because the plot line sounded intriguing.
If I'm not quite connecting with a book or narrator, I give it a few chapters and about an hour of my time. After 60 minutes, I was finished. There was essentially NO plot for me to grasp on to. I kept hitting the back button thinking I'd zoned out and missed some key sentences that would hook me in... but alas, they could not be found.
Originally, I purchased this book based on some good reviews off goodreads, but I'm returning it.
I had no intentions of writing a review, but apparently neither has anyone else. So, just to throw something out there for this book, here's what I thought.
The book wasn't bad, but it wasn't necessarily good either. It was a middle of the road listen for me. I didn't feel the urge to listen, so it took some time for me to finish it. I wasn't overly connected with the characters, but I didnt dislike them either. I listened here and there during my commute and finally finished it so that I could free it up off my ipod.
The narrator wasn't my favorite; I wouldn't seek her out for future reads, but I wouldn't turn down a book she read either.
I'm a fan of Pearl S. Buck and very much enjoyed the Good Earth, but this book just didn't do it for me. The premise was intriguing to me, but the story is so flat and the reading so monotone, that I find myself just tuning it out and having to re-listen to whole chapters. I never finished it.
I just couldn't get into this book. I know it's widely loved, but it bores me. I need to be engaged within the first few chapters and this one just didn't do it for me.
Oh my gawd... HUGE alligator tears, splotchy face, body shuddering, and gasping bawling breaths.
This book addresses a very deep issue and presents compelling arguments for both possible outcomes. No matter your opinion, you understand Will's perspective and his decision. You also understand the unparalleled heartache this decision creates for Louisa and the Traynor family.
It's a love story - an amazing, deep, transcending all barriers love story.
And. It's beautiful.
Joshilyn Jackson quickly became one of my favorite authors after I listened to "A Grown Up Kind of Pretty." She is equally one of my favorite narrators, which is unusual since most authors are hideous narrators. Since finishing all of her novels, I have been impatiently waiting on this release and was so happy to have it on my ipod. I finished it in just a few days. Joshilyn writes in a way that engages me quickly with characters that I feel as though I know personally. I immediately and vehemently did not like Bethany and loved Walcott. The story is highly enjoyable and even had a twist in the end - which I loved. Now, like a toddler who hasn't had her nap, I'm impatiently waiting on my next Joshilyn Jackson book.
I mean, wow. It isn't often that a story can take me so many different directions, sway my opinion this way and that, and then leave me feeling the way I do after this one. I want to give as few details as possible, because the story is ALL about details. Your mind will be blown
Although not my all-time favorite narrator, Ms. McKean does a fine job bringing this story to life. I love a story that draws me in by the end of the first few chapters and this book did just that. The story was so rich and full, my emotions were extremely engaged, I cried several times throughout the course of the book. I definitely recommend this audible.
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