The ending was wretched. The book needed one last chapter to resolve the lives of the main characters (Tak, Hana, Julian, Lena's family, etc). I felt like the way it ended actually detracted from the main message of the story, because many of those people's lives wouldn't have a dramatic impact on the new emerging society. Also, it ticks me off when a main character works to redeem themselves and then gets stranded in the damn woods to (maybe) die.
I heard that Gone Girl was good...
No, but She was awesome. I thought she made the books exciting with the way she put sooo much feeling into her voice acting. 10 thumbs up!
Coral... only because the author didn't use her character very well. Once Alex left camp, we realized that she wasn't really an obstacle for Lena after all... and then she simply faded away into the scenery. That actually saddened me, because she could have been a great character (either as a villain OR an ally).
GRRR. This series was too awesome to have such a let-down of an ending.
I loved this series in the beginning, and then after Neferet was solidly on the side of Darkness, the series dragged on for about 3 books. All of that crushing boredom finally becomes worth it in the last 3 or 4 hours of Destined. I feel like the plot FINALLY feel like the plot got off it's lazy ass and started going again. I was going to quit, but now I feel invested again and will continue on with the series.
Honestly, I don't know what can fix this book. It's TOO... much. Unlike the other stories, This one had the heroes killing LEGIONS of monsters with relative ease... I lost interest in how things were going, because it didn't feel like it mattered. Yes, this is a book aimed at kids. That's never been a secret... but this one felt like Riordan wrote it too unrealistically for the world that he's created. What? you're nearly dead? Here, just wait 5 seconds and you can kill another 5 giants... no problem.
I'm very interested in how Leo and Nico's stories will play out. I won't add any spoilers, but they are the two characters who will have to have the most creative endings.
I've never heard this narrator before, and this is the first problem. I don't like when narrators are switched up in the middle of a series. Joshua Swanson & Jesse Bernstein felt nearly interchangeable to me because they did their voices similarly. This guy made all of his characters sound close to the same as each other, but also very pompous. I started to dislike the story because I disliked the narrator's interpretation of my characters.
Probably not. Movies have become an issue of how invested you are in the story, and I am no longer that invested. Obviously, I'm going to finish the series... but I am not a fan of the direction it took in the House of Hades.
House of Hades "should" have felt FAR more perilous than it did... I'm starting to believe that Riordan is afraid to kill off any characters. We can't go on believing that everyone is happy-go-lucky safe ALL the time.... it doesn't make for a good story. I'm not asking him to kill everyone off.... but I'd like to believe he'd do it to me.
Maybe....but only because I enjoyed the story.
It's not a major plot point, but my favorite scene was when Icho first "woke up" as the ship. I love her!!
Her complete inability to decide whether or not she was going to do a french accent for Scarlet (and all of the other French people, for that matter). I accepted the no accents for the Asian characters, so it would have been fine if she didn't want to do one for the French.... but the fading in and out DROVE ME NUTS.
I listen to them at work, so I only get about 6 hr chunks. It might have been less annoying if I HAD listened n smaller portions.
Otherwise, I have no complaints. It took me FAR longer than it should have to realize that "Scarlet" was a red riding hood tale...but I didn't read the description before buying it. I loved Cinder so much that I just blindly forged ahead. lol
I expected this book to be scary and nightmarey like the original was.... only with a continuing plot.... That isn't what I got. The only "creepy" parts came directly from the Shining as flashbacks, and since I've read that book SO many times, they aren't even slightly creepy to me anymore.
Probably not anything new, and even then I'll be sure to read a million reviews beforehand. I certainly won't pre-order any of his upcoming books.
I don't know who Will Patton is without looking him up, but ass a narrator he did fine... I feel like it took a few hours to get a handle on his voices, but thereafter they are distinct.
I wouldn't cut any CHARACTERS, per se.... but I would cut about a million pointless SCENES and flashbacks. Like I said above, it felt like there were long stretches of Shining replays that failed to serve much of a plot purpose.
While I disliked the book on the whole, there are some interesting character relationships and emerging details about Dan's life & his parents' lives that I'm glad to know... but he could have taken out about 10 hours of pointlessness & still said the same thing. I won't be listening to this book again.
I tried this new series because I loved the VA/Bloodlines books, but I felt like I was dropped into a world that wasn't explained or defined by the author. Also, Emily Shaffer is a fantastic reader, but these new characters very clearly have the voices that she used for VA/Bloodlines. I lost the thread of the story because I kept hearing Eddie, Rose, & Dimitri. I feel like this book needs a different narrator to even give it a chance.
No. I think the main problem is that Mead fails to describe her new world before face-planting the Reader into the plot.
Only if she can learn some new voices. The VA/Bloodlines characters are very distinctive, and should not be re-used in new books by the same author. It makes things confusing.
To be honest... I quit. I have no idea what was going on, so I quit. If I were editor, I'd tell Mead to go back to the beginning and tell me wtf RUNA is.
I'm returning this book.
The series HAD to end... Therefore, we HAVE to listen to (or read) the final book. .. but no, I'm not happy about it. Despite the fact that I'm not a fan of who Sookie ended up with, a Harris failed to tie up all of the loose ends, and that annoys the crap out of me.
She could have tied everything up a bit better. The plot jumps around a lot, and with listening to it, sometimes it's tricky to figure out where we are. Plus, one of the characters appeared to be someone we KNEW, but then it wad never explained. We have to infer a lot of things, regarding character motives and actions, which could easily have been resolved at the end.
I've only ever listened to the Sookie Stackhouse books, and I thought she was wonderful.
It makes me want to punch something, if we're being honest.
Overall, I think the book was too short for the route Harris decided to take for the conclusion. I may not be happy about the way things ended, but I felt like the direction it ultimately took had been on it's way there for awhile. What completely turns me off are the lengthy descriptions of mundane Sookie activities (like cooking breakfast) when what really needed to be explained was what the main characters were doing (and why). The action scenes felt very rushed, and not fully developed.
I think the audio version would be better simply because I don't speak either Welsh or Mandarin Chinese, and Daniel Sharman does a great job at pronouncing those words.
I can't say without Spoilering... But it was tragic & beautiful... and I was totally crying at work.
I think he was MADE to play Will.
*SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER SPOILER*
Poor Will. I have to admit... I will probably NEVER finish listening to this book again. I'm forever going to turn it off before he dies, because then he can be with Tessa until the end of time. That whole scene was so heart-wrenching.... I just can't....
Extremely emotional, but it does everything I expect the end of a Series to do: End. I was not left with millions of questions about what happens to my beloved characters after the epilogue, and even though the story broke my heart, I love it.
I actually think that what happens in here is actually going to be pertinent back-story for the next book. At least the last part, anyways. They introduce a new character, and depending on how the next book in the series goes, we might need to have already learned why he is the way he is. At least this book was short, though, because it was fairly dry.
I was intrigued. The new character could make for an interesting plot twist in the series.
eh... I enjoy having different readers for the different characters, but if I had read the book in text, then I could have just made up my own voices.
This might be a side-book, but I think it could be important info for the series. Six and Nine are complex characters, so it's good to have insight into them, as well. It would have been hard for the author to integrate their back-story into the regular books without detracting from the plot, so I think this was a good compromise. :o)
It's a Twilight knock-off. What's pathetic is that it's written even WORSE than Twilight was. Every 3 seconds, someone is either cocking their head to the side, or their face is set in a Grim Line. I found it nearly impossible to get into the actual plot because of the wretched grammar and completely unoriginal adjectives. EVERYTHING IS GREY. UGH. I powered through this book and the next one... But I had to give it up in a couple of chapters into the 3rd one, because I couldn't take it anymore.
It's Just Fine. :o)
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