But be aware that the narrator is different from the main books. Nash sounds like an idiot stoner and it put me off a bit.
This was such an amazing book. I kept waiting to be disappointed somehow but it never happened. I had to stop and take breaks just to give myself some breathing room.
I loved the characters and enjoyed the story for the most part. My 4 stars is because of the continuing darker and more horrible events that happen throughout the book. I don't enjoy the feeling of despair and always like to know there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Edmund was a unique and fascinating hero.
The book started as a twist on the Cinderella story but took on some strange and fun twists. I really enjoyed it and think the narration was a big plus.
The character, Kitty, is known to be a talker and I think she might have actually written her own book. While walking the dogs, I listened to an entire hour of Kitty in a cave thinking about her options. It reminds me of Twitter where people post their every thought whether anyone cares or not.
I LOVE this series and I hate to see it end up like this - books where NOTHING happens.
I have a hard time describing this book. The first few chapters felt like young adult - teenage girl with a ton of melodrama. Think Twilight. Just when I was about to give up on it, the story and narrator changed to Colton's POV. It was refreshing to hear a new voice and the story suddenly seemed adult. THEN, it went off the deep end with extremely graphic sex scenes. I actually like some sex scenes but this was a bad combination of sexual detail and melodrama.
I was particularly annoyed when the book changed back to Nell narration and the the female narrator was now doing the Colton dialogue even though we'd already heard male narrator as Colton.
Some moments were touching and sweet and the dialogue felt real if not witty or clever. The music references were genius. This book would have been really cool with a soundtrack.
This is one of those cases where having the book in print could save a lot of time. There seemed to be way too much heartfelt angst, doubt, redemption, etc. that could have been skimmed. Alas, the ending saved it. I don't usually cry over a book but the last couple of hours kept me in tears. What a great ending for the series!
I'm only sad that this is the end of the series. If you haven't read the others, you'd do well to start at the beginning. I was glad to see a good ending for Richard and Charlotte. They might be my favorite characters. :)
I'm not sure where all these stellar reviews are coming from but I sure expected more from this book. The characters are really caricatures. Maybe the narration was part of the problem and made the first person story even more banal. So if you enjoy listening to a woman complain about her lack of orgasms for hours, well this is the book for you. I'm sorry I wasted my time on this.
This is an incredible true story and it was amazing to follow the history of the case. Unfortunately, none of it was too surprising. States have been over turning the death penalty for the past few years and many cases of persons on death row being exonerated have been in the news.
I don't read a lot of non-fiction so I did find it hard to read without breaks. The first half the book contains a lot of interesting background that came off just a bit too dry. Listening to it on audio meant I couldn't skim. Sometimes it felt like I was in a college classroom with a very long winded lecturer. This is more tedious than entertaining.
The second half of the book picks up and is a bit easier to take. Be sure to research Edward Lee Elmore when you are done to see where he is now.
I first thought this book must have been written 20-30 years ago when women wanted to read about big hulking male heroes who tell them what to do, showing there immense protective/arrogant/dominant side.
The story was just over the top absurd with stereotyped bad guys galore. The heroine was such an odd contradiction that she was not believable. I appreciate the fact that the author took on a rough topic but finding it hard swallow at the same time.
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