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 probably the most unlikeable heroine I've had to listen to in a long time. (At least we expected Kathy and Heathcliffe to be awful.) It was painful to listen to and in the long run, not worth my time.
I don't know why anyone would attempt a YA novel about cancer patients after John Green's "Fault in Our Stars". Just give up.
I was confused by this book. Maybe it was the narrator. Her lilting voice made me feel like I was being read a child's fairy tale. The story, some times magical, some times funny, some times cruel never left me at peace. There was a bit of meandering with the story which seemed to go on forever without a direction at times.
I was looking forward to this book but almost didn't finish it. There were parts near the end that just made me sick. Each installment gets a big more brutal but now I think I've reached my limit.
The love triangle is difficult as well. Faythe should be preparing to take on leadership of the pride but she can't figure out her own love life. This is an unnecessary diversion to the book and series. There were also some loose ends left loose. Maybe next book?
It wasn't a bad listen, just predictable and dumbed down. The author repeats background information that will be important later in case we don't catch on the first time. The villains explain in great detail what they are doing and why.
This takes place in a distant world that seems amazingly like New England. People talk on telephones and drive cars. Even though humans have found another planet, they seem to be no more sophisticated that they were on earth.
I almost gave up on this series because Faythe was such a whiner and never seemed to learn from her mistakes/blunders/stupidity. But now we see some growth. This book was riveting from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next one which is downloading right now.
I always enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She has a way of developing interesting quirky characters. This wasn't her best but still very enjoyable.
Why is it that authors think it will be easy to write for young/new adults? Evidently the formula is to create a simpering, melodramatic, stupid heroine. The narration didn't help since Ivy sounded like a 15 year old and Adrian a 40 year old. This book was especially disappointing coming from the author of the Cat & Bones series which I enjoyed.
Ilona Andrews has shown us a new world with some captivating new characters. Looking forward to more in this series.
I enjoyed hearing about this period of European history even if it was through the eyes of a woman who didn't seem to give a care about it. The four stars is because there was quite a few flaws in the actual facts. It kind of bugs me that people who read this will take is as truth.
I had a huge problem with the narrator. She has a gravelly irritating tone that was like listening to nails on a chalk board. Even getting past that, she didn't differentiate the voices of the characters much.
The story might have been interesting if I hadn't already read Vampire Academy. There was so many similarities that it really distracted me. It was an OK story but not engaging and I'm not very interested in what will happen in the rest of the series.
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