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Luisa

I love reading many different styles of books. Lately, I have been more into fantasy (a trend started by a Song of Ice and Fire, that led me to the Mistborn Trilogy, The Kingkiller Chronicles, Wheel of Time...) The books that captivate me the most are the ones with the most well-thought characters and well told story... something mundane can be made wonderful by a good writer.

Brasilia, Brazil | Member Since 2012

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  • The Wise Man's Fear (Part Two)

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Rupert Degas
    Overall
    (315)
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    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    Part Two of The Wise Man’s Fear Sequel to the extraordinary The Name of The Wind, The Wise Man’s Fear is the second instalment of this superb fantasy trilogy from Patrick Rothfuss. This is the most exciting fantasy series since George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and a must for all fans of HBO's Game of Thrones.

    Irene says: "As good as it gets."
    "Great book!"
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    After reading the first book and loving it, I had to read the sequel. This book is excellent as well, with some parts going on for too long, but the story more than makes up for it. I can't wait for the third book to come out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Raven's Breath: The Women of Purgatory, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tish Thawer
    • Narrated By Suzanne Elise Freeman
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Raven can breathe life into you, or siphon the life from you - the choice is yours. They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. But what you didn't know - your last thoughts determine whether Raven becomes your grim reaper or your saving grace. Death has a sinister plan, but his favorite female reaper has been given a new power that will combat his secret mission. The only issue - she hasn't discovered it yet. Will Raven put the pieces together in time, or will Purgatory be destroyed forever?

    Tj says: "Not for dudes."
    "Silly plot, silly character, silly everything"
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    Would you try another book from Tish Thawer and/or Suzanne Freeman?

    Not based on this one. The narration was good enough I guess, but the book was just not very good.


    What was most disappointing about Tish Thawer’s story?

    The wasted potential? A heavy setting could have allowed for a heavier story. Not some teenage fantasy that doesn't even begin to search for depth.


    What didn’t you like about Suzanne Freeman’s performance?

    It was good enough I guess. The male voices weren't very good and the main character sounded very childish (but I guess she is, so...)


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story was coherent enough. It wasn't as bad as reading fanfic or twilight for instance.


    Any additional comments?

    Even sillyness can be well done, the book is too formulaic. I kept waiting for it to surprise me or become slightly interesting... it never did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4055)
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    (3662)
    Story
    (3690)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Emily - Audible says: "My Top Pick for 2012"
    "Excellent. Depressing. Lovely."
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    This book is a masterpiece. So beautiful and strong. As a women, you feel for her every step of the way. I love her descriptions of 'our time', her longing for things that we take for granted. But I specially love the voice of the character. And Claire Danes reading it. Perfection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bone Season

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Samantha Shannon
    • Narrated By Alana Kerr
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    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (1446)
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    (1447)

    The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

    Steph says: "Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter"
    "Good, but could've been so much better"
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    Mostly a pleasant read, done in almost one sitting. Loved the style, the voice, the narration and the work over all. It did have some issues though:

    In the beginning the book is a bit confusing. Then, the premise becomes ridiculous. After that, it feels like it's gonna be a great story. But... it disappoints you. It floats a bit in fanfiction-like world before going through a few cliché routes. In the end, it's not so bad, but you're left with a bittersweet feeling of how good it could have been. Since it is a series, and a long one at that, it will probably improve over time.

    I don't get the Harry Potter comparison as it feels nothing like it. I saw influences of Mistborn: the final empire, the Hunger Games, and unfortunately, some Twilight. I wish instead of falling in the same old tropes, the author had subverted them and made something actually unique. But I guess it's too much to expect from a first attempt.

    From now on I get a bit SPOILERY. You've been warned.

    What was great:

    - The dystopian scenario and the main character predicament at the beginning of the book are incredibly frightening and compelling. I wish it wouldn't have been dismantled so easily in the end. I wish some of the psychological consequences of it had been better explored.

    - Page's characterization (compassionate, but with some self-preservation - something that seems to be lacking in YA heroines these days - I'm looking at you Bella Swan and Elena Gilbert. Katniss, of course, is the exception to this silliness and actually wants to stay alive).

    - Special mention to her heartbreak moment that felt so real. Bonus points for the fact that Nick liked a boy and that wasn't even a point of note in the novel - not even remotely important for the character's sad heartbreak. Also her unravel from that as we've all been that sad, so sad, saddest teenager ever.

    - As someone already mentioned, the alternate history was fun. The setting in Oxford was clever. Some ties to mythology were good too.

    - Her relationship to Jackson is particularly interesting and sad. It makes for a curious dynamic in her gang.


    What was bad:

    - The author could have left out (with no damage to the plot whatsoever) : The blood drinking. The telepathic bond. The 'soul' drinking (although this one could be important later, I guess...). The age of the male hero (did he have to be 200? can't he have been a God already? Eternal? Or you know, young, and actually age appropriate for the heroine. That would be nice for a change these days...). Someone's been reading way too many vampire novels. Or way too many times one in particular. She does write waaay better though...

    - The romance. While the unrequited love for the best friend was lovely, natural, and well-written, the love story with the warden felt rushed and out of place. For the initial chapters I thought they were going to avoid that trope, which made me smile. But then I was disappointed. Maybe I'm just sick of women falling in love with men who have so much power over them in these novels. Aren't they so great, 'giving' them all these little freedoms and concessions to do things that were theirs to begin with? She kept some elements of the resentment in there, but not enough in my opinion. This guy was her OWNER. And he invaded her most private memories, forcing a state of intimacy (another plot device that was not.good.) on her. She should have been way more conflicted about him and not only about whether or not she should trust him...

    - The damsel in distress. Paige had this kickass power... but every time she uses it, some male character has to come to her rescue. That got old real quick.

    What was clumsy:

    - How did her friends actually figure out how to show up to save her? And what a GREAT freaking coincidence it was that it was on the same day of her jailbreak plan!

    - How convenient that her warden had been part of a past rebellion. His 180 from mean tough slave-master to sweet kind revolutionary was done poorly and unbelievably.

    - The premise of what all these slaves were actually doing there was never really cleared up.

    - Do flesh-eaters just disappear now that everyone's run away from Oxford?

    - There was a missed opportunity for character development among the slaves. And among some other characters of her gang, which were barely more than names.

    - I couldn't keep track of which mean guy was which... they were all so generically... evil.

    - How she got caught. If people scanned the train all the time and if it was so easy to spot her... her father could have waited a bit no? For the next vacation? It was contrived and completely out of character as Page seemed perfectly sensible to risky situations later on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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