I started the book on the way to work. After about 30 minutes, I found a place to pull over and put a stop to the whole thing. I don't know if it was the reader or the whole experience, but I just had to stop it. I listen to a wide variety of books, and I enjoy romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, science-fiction, a lot of everything. I did not like this at all. Maybe the reader didn't work for me.
I just didn't see the humor in the situation. I tried to stay with the book, but didn't finish it. It just didn't fit me.
The story was interesting, the reader well matched and I thought the concept was good. Spoiler alert: When the female character uses another guy, and then throws him over, I don't have any respect for that character. "Don't tell me you love me - here let me kiss all over you". "Please give me time but I'll continue to sleep next to you every night". The poor guy ends up getting hit right between the eyes - down for the count when he is dumped. With the girl throwing herself at him at every chance, how could he ever see it coming. I found that bit distracting - the story could stand without it. At one point, when she was all over the first guy again, I wondered what she was going to do - take him back to the tent to sleep with her and the second guy? I always think both guys should walk away and find someone better. That back and forth is like a character flaw in a book. I did like the main story, but the so called romance was annoying.
The story was interesting, the reader well matched, but sometimes I get stuck on the little things. Lessons I learned. Weapons: always leave your weapon behind, or place it in a location that can’t be reached in an emergency. Romance: love the one you're with, or go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth - real love lasts a few weeks, or maybe a month or two. Stealth: In a dangerous situation when your life or freedom are on the line, screech out the name of the other person with you to draw as much attention as possible. That way your location and identity will available to the group trying to capture you. See, it's just the little things that get in my way at times. I did continue with the series.
The story was interesting, the reader well matched, but I got lost along the way. I don't know when or how it happened. Maybe it was having someone important tell you the story of their life for the first time, but you weren't really paying attention. Or when you have the most daring, exciting night of your life, you fall asleep. Maybe things felt like they got stalled when everything should have been building. Maybe it was just me. If someone important was sharing the story of their life, I would listen to every word and memorize the way they looked, the sound of their voice, just to keep the memories alive in my heart and mind. At the least, you could pay attention. Well written, and well read - you might want to give it a chance. Just keep in mind, the story is from the viewpoint of a inexperienced 17-year old. As a small annoyance, there were a lot of references to bad smells, and things were compared to teeth one too many times. Almost really good.
I did like the characters and the story, but the action left something to be desired. The magic confrontations consisted of placing cards in an object, scribbling on the cards during a fight, trying to destroy the cards of others, and dropping cards accidentally in a battle. I haven't made up my mind about continuing the series. It almost worked, but not exactly.
I didn't like the reader and just couldn't get into the story Maybe he should be reading text books - not books with different characters and accents. Nothing about the reader appealed to me, and I had to stop the book. I didn't like the characters either. Someone said the main character had a heart of gold - is that after he killed his first two victims without emotion? I think I missed something here.
I enjoyed going on the journey with Gwyneth and Gideon, but you have to understand this is a 16 year old girl going through this unexpected adventure. This is school, extreme emotions and first experiences in a fantasy setting. I found the book appealing and I liked the characters. I enjoyed the time travel, the romance, the relationships, the family, and the side characters. The reader and the writer were calm and well matched - an overexcited reader grates on my nerves. I downloaded all three books so I didn't have to wait to hear what happened next. I was drawn into the story - a pleasant getaway.
The reader started out slightly annoying, but then it turned out that the female character was also slightly annoying, so that ended up being a match. Not that I care for annoying readers or characters. The supposed romantic relationship was a cross between boring and aggravating - no spark or heat at all that I could feel. Just a flat book. I was surprised that the storyline could be stripped of any excitement or interest - even the sex was boring. When Chapter 2 started, I thought I had been listening for a really long time. I didn't like the interaction between the couple in any way. The story wasn't interesting, sexy, funny, romantic, fun, exciting, or scary - it wasn't anything. I didn't want to spend any more time with characters that I did not like. It might work for some, but did not work for me.
Since so many people liked this book, it must be me. This was a painful experience. I listen to anything and everything, and love history, romance, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, and humor. I was looking forward to this book, and I had saved it for a long weekend. I started the book in the car when I left home for the park where I walk and listen to my books. I didn't even get out of my neighborhood to the main road when I had to stop and turn the thing off. It couldn't have been more than a few minutes, but I couldn't stand another second of the story. Painfully awful to me - I wish I could wash the words from my memory. Awful, awful, awful. I am not saying not to read this book, but I recommend that you try the sample first. With all the high ratings, I didn't even think about trying the sample. Learned my lesson. I would give this minus five stars if I could. I have struggled through books I didn't enjoy, hoping they would get better, or trying to find something in them that was worth the time. I would not even consider listening to one more word of this book. This book was not for me. I will avoid anything by this author in the future.
I don't mind light fantasy fluff, but this book did not work for me. By the time the writer used the description of an ostrich with a hot fudge sundae on its head for the third time, I had to stop listening. This book was not for me - if there is a romance, I certainly didn't get to that part. This book might work for some, but it didn’t work for me.
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