I had ignored this series despite my love of Historical and particularly Nautical Fiction (I count Dewey Lambdin and Dan Parkinson two of my favorite authors) due to the fact that it was considered a young adult title. Boy was I wrong for ignoring it. this series grabs you by the ears and makes you want to continue listening to the adventures of this plucky waif who makes the most of any situation. This is one series where I literally could not stop listening. A lot has been said about Katherine Kellgren's reading on this series and she deserves every bit of praise she has received, she breathed life into all of the characters until you couldn't help but feel you were listening directly to their voices and feeling their emotions. This is one series that I will not be deleting off my computer, as I know I will want to listen to it again someday.
while I did enjoy reading about the evolution of the witch and what drove her to become the Wicked Witch of the West, and of course her end was a foregone conclusion, I can't help but feel that this was a shaggy dog story with no resolution from the reader's point of view. I kept hoping for a payoff after the rich development of the characters in new and interesting ways. but in the end it was just an abrupt end with no real payoff, I gave it 4 stars because the story was so well thought out and read, but it lost the final star due to the ending. perhaps it will take reading the other three books to bring things into focus but I find myself with very little interested in pursuing more.
First off my point of view is that I love supernatural adventures so thought I would give this "Vampire" Novelist a try. What I got unfortunately was a rather tepid Romance with so little supernatural or adventure that I found myself bored to tears in very little time. I'm not trying to put down romances, in balanced doses romance can engage you in the characters, but this is all romance and very little of anything else. If that's your thing fine, you might like this. but I found very little emotional connection to either of the characters, can't even really say that I thought the romance was at all that sexy which I would assume is the intent of romances.
OK basically I liked this book, there were elements that were heartwarming, thrilling, heartbreaking, horrible, sad, exciting, basically all the things that make for a great novel. It was certainly one that I couldn't wait to read what happened next despite a pace that is right out of a Steven King Novel, somewhat methodical and plodding. Unfortunately though I was left rather dissatisfied when I finished listening, while I now know this is just supposed to be the first part of a trilogy, I think even a cliffhanger can leave some sort of conclusion which can satisfy, but I was left feeling like I spent 37 hours putting together a puzzle only to find that a few pieces are missing.
I loved this series as a teenager, so when I saw it at audible I decided to listen for old times sake. Unfortunately the reader was doing just that Reading, there was no inflection in his voice. Bland, Bland, Bland. This could have been an amazing read, but instead fell flat. I would love to hear this story read by someone who can really bring it to life.
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