World After is a satisfying second book. It is exciting, funny, and kept my interest from beginning to end. The tension between the lead characters is charismatic and believable (for a young adult fantasy novel). The author develops the characters in a way that keeps them likable and keeps you rooting for them. Although the book may not appeal to someone looking for a steamy romance, it is acceptable for mid to late teen readers. The narration is excellent, and I am looking forward to the third book. FYI, I read that a movie is in the works for this book trilogy.
I looked forward to this book like Christmas. I've read all the other reviews and although I agree that it could have been written with a happy ending, I did like the book. I wish I could have experienced Triss in a non-stressful, post-apocolyptic relationship with Tobias. I can imagine how it could have been written with her helping "fringe" people adjust to New Chicago. That being said, with the situation presented as it was, I thought the author was true to Triss' character. She wanted to live for "the people" and the only way to accomplish that was to do what she did. No one else, as they were developed could have filled that role. This was where the author took this story. It is her story; her art. I'm glad to have experienced it. I really enjoyed the narration. I remember voting for Aaron this summer and happy to report that his voice was perfect for me. It was fulfilling to experience Triss', Tobias' and Evelyn's growth. I feel as if I've grown from experiencing these characters. I think Veronica was brave, dauntless...because based upon the reviews and disappointment, it will be a tough sell in Hollywood. I for one, will see it and enjoy it as much as I can. The movies are not ever as good as the book, and I did love this trilogy and I'm glad I listened to it. I still put it in the top trilogies I've read. I don't always get what I want for Christmas, sometimes I just get what I need.
After reading the other reviews, it's about 50/50 on people loving it or leaving it. That's why I'm grateful for the return policy at Audible. I'm willing to take a risk. I have to say that I loved this book. The characters are interesting and I can't comprehend the imagination that could conceive of this story. The story slowly unwinds but as the characters' personalities emerge you are entertained by all their idiosyncrasies. Yes, there is much detail, but I prefer detail. The narrator is slower (but not painfully), and she has appropriate and believable voices for all of the characters, which I find to be rare among narrators. I love fantasy because the stress of a fantasy character's life stays with the story and it doesn't build in my mind and add to my own stress.
I love how the author wove different people in all through the book, built suspense and then tied it neatly at the end so that you are not completely hanging while waiting for the next book (which I really hope will be as good as the first). I love Meg Corbyn's character because the author really made me feel like she was someone who never got to live a real life, and then made her evolvement believable. The way Meg looked at the world made me remember to try to treat people, all people, with kindness. She has no prejudice and it's inspiring.
This book is not a romance, but there is a potential and a leading towards a romantic relationship between Meg and Simon. It is definitely not for audiences under 15 or 16 because of theme, but I think that all adults that enjoy fantasy would like this book.
First of all, as a mother of a teenager, the romance level was difficult to enjoy. I would not tell my 16 year old teenage daughter to read it, but I would tell my daughter to read it when she turns 18.(I know it's just a number, but it's a number that says you are an adult and legally and fully responsible for your actions). It is easy to portray in a book that sex is an emotionally binding act between teenagers, but the truth is that boys are usually not able to respond in a way that supports a teenage young woman. In this story, Holder is amazing; better than any adult male I've ever encountered!
Putting that aside, it was a heart-wrenching story, and very well written. I laughed and I got teary. It actually helped me clarify my own issues with a heart-wrenching teen experience. For that I am truly grateful, because now I can work on letting it go and moving on from that pain and betrayal. It always feels like karma when something like that happens when I read a book. That could not have happened if the writer was not so talented. I've read all of Colleen Hoover's books and have enjoyed them all. I would strongly recommend this book and all her books.
The narrator is very talented and adds depth to the audio-book. There is nothing worse than in inappropriate narrator to ruin a great story. Fortunately Angela Goethals has an appropriate voice and speed for all the characters and timing of the story. I would listen to other books narrated by her in the future. Definitely worth the credit and the time. I could not stop listening to it!
Yes, I have recommended it already. I bought this book during an Audible sale. The one reviewer thought it to be mediocre. Since it was on sale, I thought it was a safe bet. I was surprised how much I loved it. By the end, I could not wait to buy the rest of the series. They are even better the second time. There is so much detail, you really need a second listen. It's not boring the second time, I think I liked it even better.
My favorite character was "Puck" or "Robin Goodfellow" in the first book. I loved the sense of humor of this character. The author did a good job of portraying the affection and love he had for the main character.
I think she is excellent. All the characters had a personality and life of their own. She does an amazing male voice and Grimalkin the cat was perfect! Her voice makes this book special.
Twilight in the Never Never!
The first book was good, and the next three got better and better. The story really grew in complexity, imagination, and magic. The way the friends come together for each other is a good experience. It makes you really miss them when the book is over. It's a surprisingly good love story. It's like Twilight, but with faeries instead of vampires.
Iron Knight is in the top 20 of all fantasy/sci-fi books in my library. It is the fourth book in the series which tends to be boring and overdone by that time. This one is very different because it comes from a different perspective. There is much feeling and growth in the characters and you are cheering for how they come together as friends. I am actually on my second listen and it is better the second time. The voice performance is good, but it is a little difficult at first to get used to because the voices have all been done by a female(who did a great job) in the previous three books. I love it and I know I will listen to it again. If you love the Twilight Series, I think this one is just as good and maybe a little better.
I would compare it to Harry Potter in the 6th and 7th novels, with a mix of "The Mummy" and "Indiana Jones." It is also a love story and I'm not sure what to compare it to, but it was a very good love story, not too mushy but the end made me teary and that doesn't happen very often. It is also very funny.
None that I know of.
Yes, I could not stop listening to it. In fact, I am exhausted from staying up late trying to finish it (for the second time).
The whole series is fantastic. I love it. I'm so happy I own it and know that I can listen to it whenever I want. I know I will want to listen to it again.
The book ranks in the top 20. It is not as good as Tolkien or Paolini, but there is much wisdom woven into the story. The main character has much growing up to do, so he is sometimes annoying, but you really care about the characters.
Somewhat like Eragon in Paolini's books, but more whiny. The magic isn't as prevalent and the wisdom isn't as strong, but I liked it. I definitely wanted to finish all three to see the outcome.
I don't remember if I have listened to him before, but he did a good job. The characters stood out differently and the women were just a little annoying as it has to be when men perform their voices. I've listened to books where I could not finish it because the performance was so poor. Fortunately, these books do not have that problem.
This book was emotional because so many horrible things happen in it and the people are pretty mean. I did laugh and get angry, but I don't remember crying. I felt sad sometimes, too. There were a couple wise parts that made me write down the lines to think about. The amount of growing that the main character has to do made me reflect on my growth.
I'm glad I listened to it. I cared about the characters and missed some of them when it was over.
Yes, because the creative, good-hearted, and courageous young adults inspire me.
I love Will because of his non-stop pursuit of perfection at his trade, and because of his love and gratefulness for the people in his life.
I really appreciate his talent with the voices. The recording is a little unprofessional as you hear him swallowing and breathing at each new chapter.
The battle, when Will was diving and firing and picking off the enemy.
Great series, I love it.
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