Yes, but only because I think it is going to get better now that the characters are established. I think that this book places too much emphasis on sex and drugs/alcohol. The plot would have been just as good without them. I know for a fact that teens will read a good story without so much gratuitous use of those elements. Like I said before, this is a good plot and could have stood on its own feet.
I can not answer that question without spoilers.
The reading was a little too snarky and jaded for me at first. I didn't like the character and how she was being represented. But as the character grew and changed, the reading did too. At the end of the story I understand why the performance was the way it was. Now I say Bravo!
Too early to tell...
I am going to say again that teen/YA readers are smart. It has been proven time and again that they will read a good story and buy a good story without the overuse of sex and drugs/alcohol. Most of the teens I know are actually turned off if there seems to be no point for it. But, the plot and the characters here did a wonderful job standing on its own without all the smutty fluff on the side.
I totally loved this book from beginning to end. The way I would describe it is...it is written in the style of a classic Sherlock Holmes book being told from the perspective of Dr. Watson. Except Sherlock is a politician in Ancient Rome and Watson is his slave Tiro. I am not especially knowledgeable about this time period. My daughter is and a few parts left her "spluttering". But, I would tell you what I told her...This is a work of FICTION my dear and the story itself is totally worth suspending your disbelief over. My favorite part was comparing it to politics today. Can't wait to hear the next one!
This is one of the few book series where after I was done with it I actually tracked down the author on Facebook to tell her what a Goddess I thought she was. (She wrote back and said thank you. She was so nice!)
The first book drops you so completely in the middle of everything you will think there is another book a head of this one, and you are a little lost. But, hang on and listen closely because there is a method to the madness that totally pays off in the end.
I would actually classify this series as "New Adult Fantasy". I enjoyed all the books...so far.
It was a good series from beginning to end, although there were one or two things that made me roll my eyes and go "Yes, yes...tortured soul...I got the gist...move on with the plot please". I really wished it had turned out differently at the end, or maybe I just wanted more resolution? I will tell people to check out this series. Do I think it holds up to Robert Jordan or George RR Martin? Not quite, but I enjoyed it all the same. Paul Boehmer is one of my favorite Narrators, so no complaints there at all!
I just couldn't...I tried...but no. Too many good things to say.
This is what a teenage girl book should be. She needs to be able to pull herself up and fight. Not just sit and wait for a guy to save her, although it is nice to have one fight next to. I am going to be waiting with baited breath for book 2 in September.
She was really good. I knew who was talking and when. I liked the quality of her voice.
I cried at the beginning.
Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times YES!
None, you can not compare this book to any other book. It is so fun and thought provoking. Smart, brilliant and deserves to stand out for all time!
No. But it is a privilege and an honor to hear a story performed by the author and an additional treat when the performance is excellent!
There is no specific part...but then again...I think digital watches are still a pretty neat idea...
This is a book that will make you see the universe from another point of view, and it will make you laugh while doing it. Do yourself a favor, listen to the story and hear a master storyteller at the top of his game. 42
It started off a little slow, but after hearing the whole story, I could understand why. There are so many parts that made me want to stay "in the light". People who like the "House of Night" or "Twilight" series will be delighted! How do I live until the 29th when the 3rd book comes out?!?
Okay, to be honest I am not done listening to this yet. I am halfway through, but this is so much fun I am stopping to call some friends and telling them to get it, to write this review...and to buy the next couple in the series while I am here. There is a reason why there are so many books in this series. If you are looking for a book to alter your life or to take seriously then keep looking. But, if you are looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh and gasp with delight this is it. This was totally credit worthy!
I wont lie, this is not my most favorite of the BDB Books. There is so much in the way of transition in the world that has been created that you simply will not get if you do not know the books that came before. I have to admit, I did do the happy dance that this is here just because I am such a HUGE fan of JR Ward. I really, really, hope Audible gets the other books in the series.
I love this series of books. I find it a little disturbing when the narrators change from book to book in a series, but that can be okay if they are good narrators. But this narrator is really terrible. He doesn't pronounce the names of the characters correctly, and he made my favorite character "Zed" sound stupid with a really, really, exaggerated accent. I am almost to the point where I am thinking of finding a spoiler of this book so I can quickly move on to the next without having to listen to this guy anymore. The story itself is wonderful, the series is wonderful, so far, but I would buy the book of this one and leave the narration to yourself, you will be better satisfied.
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