I wanted to love this book. I wanted to be one of the people who just adore Sylvia Day, but I don't. I like her writing, but it is only average in my opinion. I really like the premise of this story, and some of it is really good. But it is not great writing. I didn't like the time-frame jumps that Day used - I found them to be irritating, and it didn't create any emphasis in the story. I also didn't buy into the characters. Not enough development? I am unsure. But I never fell for anyone in this novel. Part of that is because I am not a fan of the men who "Babe" their leading ladies, so that was a drawback for me.
The narrator does a fine job with differentiating character voices, although her masculine tones were too quiet in comparison with her narrative and female voices. The thing that I found most unappealing is the narrator's LACK of emotion, especially around the sex scenes. It was soooo flat! I was never drawn in, and essentially did not care about the characters.
The ending was also terrible, in my opinion. No spoilers here, but the was Day ended the novel was enough of a drawback for me that I will not seek to listen to any more of her work.
I found this novel unexpectedly intriguing. Great fantasy based in reality (sort of). Chimera and Angels living in their own universe, yet able to make their way into ours...a time when angels are not necessarily the good guys, and chimera (demons?) are kind and thoughtful and dangerous...
The narrator makes this novel a superlative listen. She performs the accents beautifully, and reads with aplomb and grace.
I thought this book of Cole's would be great, and enjoy this series as a means to pass the time. But I found myself frustrated with the wonderful Robert Perkoff's female southern drawl (his voice just did not work for me here), and I really didn't like the story, either. The basic concept was quite good, actually, but the way Cole let her heroine be...bullied into things...the whole "No means no!" concept was thrown out the window here. I listened to it in entirety, but was consistently frustrated when our hero would force himself on the heroine...and she kept going back for more. Truly, a disappointment.
This good romance is made very enjoyable by a talented narrator. Xe Sands does great work with Franks' novels. Enjoy!
I love a good, steamy romance. This was not it. Narrator Sebastian York has a lovely voice, and it was frustrating to hear it used to read words that are so incredibly derogatory and belittling, both to women and men. I did not find the story humorous. It was predictable, which is okay if it is entertaining...but it was not. Not worth the money or the time. And since I am an audio addict, that is saying something.
I was shocked by this novel. I started out listening to it, but had to stop. I did not enjoy the narrator. But that wasn't the only problem. I simply didn't enjoy the story. I don't find Dashner's writing engaging or believable. It feels like his writing is over-simplified, and thereby almost belittling to teen intelligence. Honestly, I wanted to love the story. But, I just can't bring myself to. I am irritated by the main character's constant wondering about what is going on, and the writing is just too...bland.
I do read a lot of teen-lit, both fiction and non-fiction. It is rare for a novel to leave me so un-moved.
This science-fiction fairy tale gripped me from the outset. The narration is very good, and makes the listen that much better.
The story is a re-conception of Cinderella, where Cinder is a highly capable, independent and unconventional cyborg girl, who finds herself enmeshed in political intrigue, secret missions, and a swoon-worthy interaction with a wonderfully normal prince.
I don't want to give anything away. If you like entertainment, this book is a nice start to an intelligent series that redefines the roles of the heroine and hero, addresses many modern-day issues (conformity, risk-taking, self-acceptance), and has excellently developed characters. I will listen to the next in the series!
This story is so canned and predictable that it is painful. On top of that, the language Robards attributes to her leading woman and man is painfully boring and, at times, demeaning. The narrator did an okay job - not terrible, but certainly not star worthy. Everyone sounded the same.
As with Harrison's other work, this has a dose of predictability, but it manages to veer from the path significantly enough to make the novel entertaining and worthwhile. I was pleased by the uncertain nature of the relationship between Rune and Carling, and the completely different type of personality that Rune compared to Dragos, while still maintaining control and managing situations. It is good enough to make me excited for Oracle's Moon...
This novel works because it is part of a nice series, but would not stand well alone, in my opinion. I enjoy Harrison's writing and Eastlake's narration, but it this novel is just there - a way to get to the next novel, which I really enjoyed. The story here is predictable and "meh" compared to the other 4 stories thus far.
I have recently had poor experiences with very popular novels in the paranormal romance genre, but this one is very good. I like the narrator Sophie Eastlake - she gives her characters different tones of voice and is easy to listen to. She is not what I consider brilliant, but good. I would give her 3.5 stars if it were possible.
The story itself if quite entertaining. I had no idea about a few of the twists (Pia's second form) which was nice, since you can clearly anticipate some of the story line. Harrison does a nice job of making the characters completely inhuman and fantastical, and yet lets them have common failings, which I enjoy.
There is nothing extraordinary about this story, but it is entertaining. I will listen to the next one.
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