This one started out ok and ended ok. (**Spoilers***) But the only thing that sticks out for me right now is how annoyed I was with how Faith handels Kaci... I feel more motherly than Faith by far! And this is a book about turning into a cat and having instincts of a cat even in human form. So it's odd that the main character would have the complete lack of protective instincts. But the author doesn't point out any instincts in this case... If the author meant differently I can't see it. And this is the most annoying thing about Faith. She thinks of herself way too much when I can't stop worrying about Kaci. And in response I begin to hate Faith. It's a very bad idea to make your readers dislike your main character for half a book! And I might as well go ahead and say the same thing goes for the next book (Prey)... I feel like the author is actually trying to make it understood that Faith doesn't have a motherly instinct at all. You might have thought she showed some with her younger cousin in the cage (whichever book that was...) But in book 3 and 4 faith clearly doesn't worry or help Kaci enough! So I can only assume this is the authors intension. But for what reason I just don't know, besides making some unknown point at the cost of losing some of her audience... Whatever the thing is she is trying to tell the readers, she is trying too hard...
Right from the beginning it acts like a mystery that just screams - He's a vampire! It's so generic. The generic names really aren't so bad, but the story is so unbelievably plain and obvious. Add this to the slow and boring narration and all I want to do is fall asleep. Though the idea is interesting enough to keep me listening. After trying another book by Amanda Hocking narrated by someone else, I wonder if someone is telling these girls to narrate it in a way that makes you want to fall asleep. The book Switched is even more soft spoken and slow. Like they wanted to suck all the life out of the main character at the very least. Though the other characters, mostly the guys seem to have more life to them than the girls… And worst of all it sounds like the author is just trying to remake Twilight… Without the mystery, even obvious as it was, this one sounds like a joke playing off of Twilight. Its clearly not over the top with character development… But that actually makes it seem very normal. The very plain normal like reality TV without the drama. So for that reason its pretty interesting.. Just like a train wreck...
A bit more like a filler than a real part of the overall storyline. Only parts of it really move the story along. Makes me think of the second book of the Harry Potter series. I wouldn't have called that one a filler at the time. And I still probably wouldn't. But that could be because it advanced character development. Were as this one doesn't do that much at all. And really thats what fillers should do. They should get you to know the characters better. But even though there is an attempt at that I don't feel it in this book. This story is made for more of the preteen audience. Even so a good story doesn't have to lose the more complex storyline and character development tools that adults can understand and children can look around or even learn from.
Amazing how his books all seem to have one idea. Or maybe one big group of ideas that end up taking many forms throughout all his books. Ender's Game was the first book of his I read, like many others, and ever sense I've somehow found him to be one of my favorite authors. You may read one of his books and hate it. But if you can read many of them then you may change your thoughts of that first book you hated!
This audio book was surprisingly good. The first 8 hours of listening was very satisfying. I think it was about there I though I could just stop reading a let my imagination complete it and make it perfect. I hate endings. This feeling went away for a bit but came back once more later on. Toward the end I didn't want it to stop. Though I hate endings, I hate when a book stops before the story has ended... And ends as it may never be complete... Wish I had ended the book myself and chose to one day finish it. I sometimes do that to let my imagination and hope live on. Though the ending doesn't kill the story. But it defiantly doesn't complete the story! So lets hope there will be a sequel!
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