I took a chance on a book I hadn't heard of and I am so glad I did! I fell in love with the story and the narrator is amazing! Usually I find accents very distracting in audiobooks, but this had me riveted. My only one complaint is that the narrator pronounces one character's name differently in this book than the others in the series. It was a little disconcerting at first. But overall a great story and great performance.
The story had a lot of problems. Blair was written as a total Pollyana character. She was the traditional American depiction of a "good girl" and I don't know if the author did that so it would be considered acceptable that she wanted to have sex or if it was just to draw big red arrows to really show the reader(listener) that you need to have sympathetic feels for her. I just can't believe, even young as she is, that a girl so practical and down to Earth would be interested in Rush after the way he treated her and how horrifically he treated all the women he encountered in the book. SPOILER: It really isn't believable that the (sarcastic voice here) love of a good girl would turn him around. Even after he fell in love with Blair he still treated other girls terribly.
This being said, I am happy that I listened all the way through. I was shocked and totally caught off guard by the ending - in a good way.
If you can stomach the beginning with the bad boy and the good girl who couldn't help falling for him even though he treats all women terribly, yes.
The narration was ok. Sometimes she lost the tone of the characters and I had no idea who was speaking until the context of the sentence clued me in.
Rush not being a total jerk to all women.
Good, light read with strong female characters and surprising depth.
This was a solid story and performance. The characters were well developed and the story was good. Looking forward to more from this author.
A better story!
I seriously doubt it.
The relationship between CJ and Noah is probably the most dysfunctional and poorly written I have ever read. From the beginning Noah tried to manipulate CJ and "handle" her by passive aggressively forcing her into doing what he wanted without regard to her thoughts and feelings. I was hoping that this would be satire! The way everyone dismissed CJ's role and rights as a mother and pushed her for access to her daughter was appalling. And the fact that CJ got "upset" but just let everyone handle her...I just can't even review it coherently. I couldn't even make it to the end of the book. I have never turned off an audiobook because I was so mad at the story - but I did with this book. If CJ ended up with Noah after he tried to handle and mansplain how to raise her daughter and what was best for them I think I would have screamed. I am now mad all over again after typing out the review.
I wish there was a way I could get my time back. This book should be required reading for all high school girls so they know what red-flag behavior to look for in men before they get into serious relationships. Is he like Noah? RUN.
Interesting, compelling, new
I like the strong heroine. The plot is a change from a lot of the current YA but is still fast-paced and compelling. Very enjoyable and I can't wait for the next one.
Justin Eyre is a great narrator and when looking for new books, if I am unsure whether to try it or not, I will definitely pick it up if I see her narrating.
This series showed such promise! For what could have been a profound and thought-provoking trilogy, the final book (in my opinion) ended on a pat and somewhat cheap note. I understand why Ms. Roth chose the path she did, but she could have made the point in a better way. I completely tuned out after the big event in the book and honestly didn't really care about what happened in the rest of the story.
This was a very engaging story and I can't wait to read the rest in the series. There were some similarities between this and the Hunger Games, but the story stands on its own. Some of the twists I didn't see coming and the characters were interesting. The narrator was good and didn't detract from the story.
I haven't listened to her before. She is one of the better narrators. My only complaint is that she pronounces the "o" in opossum. Most people just day "possum". It was a little jarring every time she did it.
This has got to be one of my favorite audiobooks. The story was good, engaging, romantic, dramatic, and sweet. The narrator's performance was incredible. I listen to 30 audiobooks a year, her narration was incredible.
I might not have cried, but I definitely choked up and gasped. The story and performance was very emotional and it really came through.
This was fantastic! I will definitely get more from this author and look for this narrator again. Excellent.
I thought the story was fairly original. I liked the interpersonal relationships between the characters and it really kept my attention.
I liked how Annie really grew into herself and you could see her evolve throughout the book. I also liked the love triangle tension.
This was great. It definitely kept me listening longer than I thought I would.
I can't wait for sequels!
Very enjoyable. There were some disturbing scenes of sexual violence, but overall it was a good story and I am glad I listened.
Surprisingly yes. I found myself listening for a lot longer stretches than I thought I would.
I actually liked this story. It was interesting and held my attention the whole time. I am a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. I will definitely get the sequel. The narrators were good. It took me a bit to get into the dual narrators, but I enjoyed it.
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