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This series has successfully hooked me. It might be partly because the main character works in a bookstore and dates an author (I'm definitely a sucker for the literary themes) but also because it's fun, and a little sexy, and the gray areas and somewhat complex relationships of the characters give it some substance. I'm hoping that substance continues to grow. Seth's character, and their romance, still feels a little flat but the dynamics are interesting. I also really like Elisabeth Rodgers' narration. Her voice feels very appropriate for Georgina.
Although I went in prepared for sad, I wasn't prepared enough. At times I felt like John Green was pulling my heart out and stomping around on it, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Overall, I felt it was a life-affirming and beautiful story despite its focus on (and very realistic treatment of) illness and death. Definitely the best Young Adult novel I've read in a long time, and Kate Rudd's narration was great.
I thought this book was well-written with some fantastic world-building, and I liked it (I'd give it a half star more if I could), but I didn't love it. The main character felt a little underdeveloped and I didn't completely connect with her, but I thought the personalities of the Enefadeh were really well done. If you like your Fantasy a little heavier on the philosophical overtones and political intrigue, you'll probably enjoy this. There is also an overarching romantic theme, but the romance (and the sexy times) are fairly abstract. It was a little bit hard to follow on audiobook, but it was very well done.
I feel like the series really hit it stride with this book. Where the first few books felt a little slow in spots, this one was action all the way through. A lot happened, and while the relationships still feel a little over-dramatic at times, I'm enjoying the development of the characters. Looking forward to the next one!
A little dry and slow-moving, but probably a more realistic view of the time period than you usually get with holiday historical fiction.
If you like a good dose of horror in your holiday you might like this, but it was way too gory for me.
The pace of this book was a little slow, especially through the beginning, but I really enjoyed it. I loved that it was set in 1920's Paris, with famous artists of the day popping in and out of the storyline, and the focus on the Surrealist movement and the Théâtre du Grand-Guignol was fascinating. I didn't realize this was the second book in a series, and I liked it enough that I plan to read the first, Touchstone.
I didn't like this one quite as much as the previous two -- there was a lot going on, but the depth of the relationships seemed a little lacking. I plan to read on, though -- I like this series overall.
I'd heard good things about this series, but I didn't really care for this book at all. I found the story depressing and the characters not very likeable, and there just wasn't any level of depth that would justify those things. It's very reminiscent of the Hunger Games, but I found the Hunger Games to be much more engaging. I had a hard time getting to the end of this one, so I'm definitely not going to read on.
This was a great Halloween read/listen. The blend of Gothic ghost story, contemporary coming-of-age story, and twisty-turn mystery made for a unique mix. I also thought the narration by Emma Galvin was spot on.
This book was kind of adorable, and I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. While it definitely fits into the Young Adult and Chic Lit categories, there is a lot of nerdiness and a little more depth than you usually find in either genre. While I'm not a fan of Fan Fiction in general, I enjoyed the incorporation of the culture in the story, as well as the interweaving of the main story, the FanFic story, and the Harry Potter-esque world that Cath's Fan Fiction derived from. It was a fun read (listen), and Rebecca Lowman and Maxwell Caulfied add a lot to the audiobook version with great narration.
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