I was really looking forward to this book, because though I saw the flaws of Divergent, I enjoyed the fast pace, and the futuristic qualities of the first book. This book had none of those qualities. I was bored with the abundance of description, and feelings, and the lack of much adventure. I would have stopped listening had I not had a 16 hour drive to fill. My son kept telling me to turn it off, and he too enjoyed Divergent. I tired of hearing of the color of eyes, and the aches in their bodies. I wish I had not spent the credits on this book, and hope that I may keep others from wasting theirs also.
I was sucked in from the very beginning with this book. I enjoyed the imagery, the language and the conflicts. There was magic In the book that was a sweet and realistic kind of magic. I would read more by this author, and I would recommend it to a few friends. I usually like action packed books, scifi, or fantasy, but I usually stick to teen books because I can't stand a lot of bad language or explicit sex scenes. This had none of those and yet it was not written for teens. It was a girl book, not recommended for my sons.
I almost stopped listenening to this book early on, because of the "love language". I am not a fan of expressions of undying love and the same trite gushing that happens in any books. I understand deep love and don't need to be reminded of it by describing the physique and characteristics of the loved one over and over. I felt like this book was written by a teen. A teen that has read a lot, and took a little from many books and made it her own. I would not recommend it to anyone, but I didn't hate it. I used to read harlequin romances as a teen and I wouldn't recommend those either. I just don't like books that are gushy. There was a lot of action, and the book hinted at a previous book and a later book, wihich I don't feel interested in reading.
I immediately liked the premise of the book, but after a while felt like there was never going to be a good ending. The character flaws were real and made the characters believable. The love was a bit dramatic, but then teens are dramatic. I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't a favorite and not good enough to want to read more by the same author. I liked to be warned when there is foul language in a book so that i don't listen aloud with kids around, and this had some teen language. The f word and such.
If you like books that are filled with sex, wife beating, well any kind of beating, rape, with a heroine that is fickle and weak. And in between all those beatings, and abuse, there are ramblings in the countryside with more sex, and then a little rape, then some more sex, but before all that goes on there is about 8 hours just getting to know the heroine. Who is a bit shallow, and yet adjusts to 18th century life with almost no problems. (not too plausible) I know that others absolutely loved the book, which is why I decided to get it, but I just wanted others to know, that it was 10 romance novels long, yet there is no direction, and ends leaving you wanting.
teenagerish, engrossing, predictable
I guess that was my biggest problem; I didn't like any of the characters all that much, and so I wasn't as invested in having things turn out well for any of them.l
I found her reading to detract from the book, and wished they had gotten another reader
I enjoyed the book, but I wouldn't jump to listening to it, but would rather read it instead.
I love to read YA fiction, as I have three boys at my house, with whom, I enjoy talking to about books. This one was a great listen. I listened with the boys, and we all enjoyed it and wanted to listen to more. The writing was enjoyable. The characters believable.
This book was riveting. I kept trying to find excuses to do things that i could do while listening to the book. The narrator was great. He brought all the characters to life. There is so much action going on in the book that one has to pay attention at all times. There is some mild language, and a lot of blood and gore. I recommended my son to listen and he too enjoyed it.
I like a good twist on an original, but this book was so dark and depraved, that I had to fast forward all the time to avoid the evil images filling my mind. I wish I had never spent the credit on it.
I got this book because others reviewed and said it was good, and entertaining. I have to desagree. I thought the book was weak. The plot was weak, the characters, had little appeal, and the ending was very unsatisfying. I wish I had not rented it. Of course the language made me not be able to listen to it with the kids in the car, which is always a problem also, for a busy mom.
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