Can't touch "The Fault in Our Stars" of his, but a good listen. An exaggerative young man, his comedic relief providing best friend, and (sort of) the Archduke Franz Ferdinand all make this a playful book with some discussable plot points. Fair warning, at some points I was thinking, "this is silly and ridiculous," while at others I was laughing out loud. Use the credit if you have an extra.
Long and overly descriptive in some areas, but a good book with a lot of points for discussion. I think I cried for about 45 minutes as the author did such a good job of letting me get to know the characters and their emotions. (So maybe long and overly descriptive is a good think for building the characters.)
The creation of a female Sherlock Holmes. I was never into the Doyle Sherlock/Watson series, but I am loving this riff on the classic concept. 'Retired' Holmes meets a young female to apprentice into deductive reasoning genius. I love that this book makes reference to the writings of Doyle as it makes me get so engrossed that I think it is a memoir from the apprentice's time with the "real" Holmes. Great start to a series.
The first book in this series was "Shelter," and was a promising start to the series. This 2nd was a let down. The mystery and twists were still there, but the plot just felt far less believable. I'll end up reading the 3rd book to give the series another chance, but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it goes better than this.
I've never wished for an abridged version of a book this much before!" (okay, exaggeration, I have one other time - but this was pretty bad). There seemed to be too many sub-plots that took chapters explain that went nowhere in the big picture of the read. A hero that couldn't save, a survivor that couldn't survive, and an innocent that was actually innocent. Save your credit for something better!
As I try to write a review, I realize that there were some aspects of the book that I did not like: A good plot with what were supposed to be twists (I think) and not totally believable. In hindsight there were tons of holes in the logic of some sub-plot, but I can't help but love it! I was Completely invested in the characters by the 3rd chapter. I was about to attack my Iphone to get the characters to cooperate with what I thought should happen next. I love when books get me that invested that early on. Overall, worth the credit and the time of reading it twice.
The story was okay, but the narration was AWFUL! It seemed.... like a str..ange... breathing pattern..... that made....it as painful....listen (sorry Ruby Dee, just didn't strike my fancy and was distracting as could be!). Plot was about a women who takes care of a girl left on her doorstep - bringing back memories of her earlier years. Could have been an okay plot except she started throwing in communicating spirits and the longest string of bad luck. Save your credit.
My First, but not last, John Green read. He covers a plethora of social topics while captivating my attention and investment in the characters. The story is about a girl, diagnosed with cancer, who struggles to deal with life, love, and the endless pursuit to find closure concerning characters from her favorite novel. It is considered a young adult read as the main characters are adolescents, but is a great read for anyone! I have recommended this to anyone who will listen.
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