I can recall listening to Shatter Me some months ago and being extremely irritated with Juliette’s weakness. She is so incredibly whiney, and I understand why, but come on already.
All she ever wanted was to be accepted. Now she is. She is surrounded by supernatural beings, yet she continues to whine whine whine. Oh I just learned I have amazing super strength? Let me whine about how this power is useful in killing. Oh there’s a war happening? Let me whine about my lovelife. Geez Louise, she is so complainy.
However, I absolutely adore this series. I just can’t put my finger on it, but it just draws me
The author, Tahereh Mafi, has such a strange writing style. Everything she says is a metaphor; then she will go on to explain that it’s a metaphor. So, so strange. But, I love it. I love how Juliette will be complaining that there are no words to describe what she is feeling, so she will go on to list the types of words there are. Something like, “There are no prepositions, adverbs, or verbs to describe how I’m feeling.”
I think if I were actually reading the story, I would be annoyed, but Kate Simses depicts all of the characters in a loveable way. She is extremely talented – have you heard how she does James’ voice? Genius!
What Made Unravel Me Work:
Kenji. He is the comic relief of the story that actually had me laughing out loud. He is the voice of reason that puts Juliette in her place. He is funny, has a tragic past, but he still carries an air of mystery to him that makes him a pivotal member of the series.
The romance. Even though it drives me loony on occasion, I am still completely invested in Juliette’s tragic love-life. She is split between Adam and Warner – which is so awesome. I know love triangles are getting a bit overdone, but it is some juicy drama. I’m not going to get into details over what exactly transpires, but it’s fantastic.
The mystery. Some may argue that this story is a tad predictable. Maybe it is. But, I don’t care. It is still exciting to me to learn what may next happen to Juliette, and I’m dying to wait forever for the third installment.
I literally have just finished the audiobook, and I am feeling slightly speechless.
As the majority of the previous reviewers have said, YES there is a narration switch, and YES it is horrible. One of the things that makes Adrian so darn appealing is the accent Emily had given him. I don't care how gross it may sound, but I absolutely loved her Adrian voice. "Loved" feels like an understatement, really. I died a little inside when they took away that aspect of Adrian's character. But, even worse? Emily used her original Adrian voice on Neal. Bleh. I actually enjoyed the different narrators for the different chapters, but they should have found an English man to take the part.
With all that being said, is it so bad to the point of no listening? I don't think so. Don't get me wrong, the male actor is not terrific, but he's not horrible.
Now for the story. I just can't. WHY WOULD I READ IT SO SOON AFTER IT'S RELEASE?! I am dying for the next one already. I don't want to spoil anything, but I will definitely say this is the best book in the Bloodlines series thus far. The issues of this novel are far more interesting than the problems of the passed books (I didn't care for Veronica at all.) I also am in love with how Mead somehow manages to establish unique personality traits for all of her characters - even the minor ones.
This novel features tidbits of some of our favorites from the VA series, and it references some problems of the past. I am so in love with Adrian and Sydney and my heart is figuratively crying for the next book.
I, like so many others, am stuck in this dystopian kick. I just can’t get enough. There are quite a few not-so-good stories out there, and, thankfully, Partials is not one of those.
Firstly, since it is an audiobook, I must comment on Julia Whelan’s performance. At first her pacing felt slow, but within five minutes I go used to it – plus you can always use the speed-up function if her pace annoys you. However, I absolutely loved her ability to give each character a unique tone that made their dialogue distinguishable. She’s great.
The first thing I love about the story is all of the characters’ maturity. Yes, they all are in the 15-19 age range, but they have the maturity level of college students – or at least Kira, the protagonist, does. A theme throughout the book is whether age is a signifying of adulthood, and I appreciate that they are not on the maturity levels of teeny-boppers.
Carrying on from the maturity thing, yes there is romance, but it is NOT the primary focus of Kira. I like that. I can’t stand it when a war is literally outside a character’s window, and her relationships are all she can think about. I also can’t help but love a YA female character who is dependent on her own strength and doesn’t NEED a man to survive.
Lastly, something I adored is the fact that there is literally non-stop action. It is a longer audiobook, so it is awesome that so much action is spread throughout the entire book.
It is definitely worth a listen. I definitely recommend reading this If you enjoyed (or I recommend reading these if you liked Partials):
Divergent by Veronica Roth, Hunger Games, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Uglies by Scott Westerfiled, or Delirium by Lauren Oliver.
I've purchased the first book in the series about four times in the past few years, but I never got passed the first chapter. Finally, I got the audiobook, and I instantly fell in love.
I've been searching for a good YA novel with a strong female lead, an interesting plotline, and a male protagonist that I could make me fall in love.
Without giving away anything (UNLIKE THE PUBLISHER SUMMARY!), I will say that there is a strong taboo love-triangle that breaks my heart. There is action that is engrossing, but it is not hard to follow. Lastly, there is a few evil (ish) characters that are delicious to hate.
It is well-worth a credit, and it is well-worth the hours spent listening to it.
Off to buy the next book!
I picked up (clicked, I suppose) this audiobook because 1) I'm on a vampire kick and 2) it was on sale for $7. Was it worth $7? Yes. Is it worth a credit or anything above $7? No.
A Few Good Things:
The vampire-theme is different than usual. I appreciate that their vampire world is centered around one town, and anyone who leaves said town loses their memories about vampire business. This was a unique aspect to spice up the story a bit.
The characters of Shane and Eve were enjoyable. I found myself smiling at a few of their jokes.
The Bad Things:
While I was amused by some of the characters (two to be exact), I did not care about the rest - including the protagonist! There are a few seriously suspenseful scenes, I just didn't care one way or another if the characters died! I hate that.
Claire's situation is too unbelievable. She is a super-smart 16 year old in college who is seriously bullied. She was literally pushed down a flight of stairs, and no one did anything about it. I understand this because the town is terrified of the vampires, but what I can't understand is WHY she would choose to remain in the town?! The author attempted to clarify it by saying Claire never gives up on her education, but it was ridiculous.
1. She didn't want to go to the college in the first place; she wanted to go to an Ivy League.
2. Her parents practically begged her to come home.
3. Her life was literally in danger.
It seriously annoyed me.
Other than that, the rest of the story was enjoyable. It wasn't enough for me to continue to purchase the rest of the series; even though the ending is COMPLETELY cliff-hangered. Just saying.
It seems like a whole lot goes on throughout these stories, but I feel like nothing ever happens. I enjoy the series because Jane is quick snarky, but her comments may not be enough for me to continue the series.
Another reviewer mentioned that it is similar to the Undead and Unwed series and she is completely correct. Jane reminds me a lot of Betsy!
The protagonist, Jane Jameson, has the typical strong-willed southern woman charm that has become so common that is now does little to offer the character individuality.
However, readers (listeners, really because Amanda Ronconi narrates this greatly) are not searching for their next life-changing story when they pick up this little baby. It offers a few laugh-out-loud parts, a mildly steamy romance, and a realistic-ish take on vampires.
This baby has been popping up in my recommended feeds for some time now, and I finally decided to give in and give it a listen (doesn't hurt that the sequel comes out next month either!) I enjoyed it; I enjoyed it so much I listened to the entire book in one day. (Don't judge me.)
Who Will Like this:
1. Fans of the young adult "dystopian" romances
2. You like love triangles
3. Probably if you liked Hunger Games
I'm on a crazed dystopian kick; however, I felt like some of the outside events were a little forced. The setting is a futuristic United States where there is a clear class division among the citizens. Ranging from a scale of 1-7, 1 being the highest (the royalty) and 7 being lowest (homeless I'm assuming), it allows for some intriguing star-crossed lovers drama.
The main character, America (yes, yes that is her name...) is classified as a 5 which includes artists; being so close to the bottom, her family struggles to find food to feed all the mouths of the family. She is introduced as being in love with Aspen, a hard-working young man classified as a class below her, a 6/servant. The readers are shown how they must keep their relationship a secret because he is lowly and can't provide for her, ect.
So, skimming details, our protagonist, America, ends up in the "Selection" in which she carries prior affections for her secret lover at home, There are loads of internal dilemmas because she wants to be at the palace because the royal court sends her family home a check.
Meanwhile, there are rebels about who occasionally attack the castle while the royalty cowers away in a basement. (It definitely reminds me of Hunger Games, except instead of seeing from the eyes of the rebels, we are implanted into the perspective of members of the Capitol.)
It is a fun read, and I have recommended it my friends, It is not life-changing, and I probably won't think much about the characters except when I am reading about them. Don't get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but something about it lacks the special something that embeds itself into my mind.
You will like the love interests, but you will not fall in love with either.
Kind of a confusing review....
There are three types of friends I would recommend Indigo Spell to:
1. If you read the series or the Vampire Academy series and enjoyed it, this is another great installment. It has the expected twists (not expected as in predictable, but expected as in that is her writing style) that Mead always delivers.
2. If you read VA and fell in love with Adrian (primarily why I read).
3. If you generally enjoy YA supernatural romances.
Well, there's a plethora of Adrian and Sydney moments that are swoon-worthy, but there is a scene when Sydney actually has "intimate" relations with Adrian on a table that was surprising.
Also, there's a part where Veronica enters Sydney's dream, and it scared me!
She does an amazing job creating unique voices for all the characters. I loooove her Adrian voice.
My favorite thing about any form of story is character development. I don't care how amazing the plot is, if the characters don't grow or change from the situations, then the stories are worthless.
Sydney has finally grown into who she is meant to be. She is finding her own person and doing what she wants to do. It's fantastic.
During the first chapter, I was immediately turned off. I had no prior knowledge as to what this book was about (bought it on sale). The narrator's voice was annoying; the literary devices were embarrassing (they're really dramatic), and I couldn't understand what that scratching noise was! I had to pause the book and read a synopsis. Then, I understood the protagonist had a Rogue (from Xmen) ability, and she was writing in her "head diary" so to speak, and that is what the weird scratching noises were. Okay now I'm understanding!
I enjoyed the idea; I'm always a sucker for an impossible romance. I thought Juliette (the protagonist) was interesting, maybe a little whiny, but justifiably so.
I don't know what else to say except I'm ready to read the second one to know how the story unfolds!
I think the narration is a bit annoying, but it fits the character perfectly. The extreme hyperboles, metaphors, similes are a BIT distracting at times, but it becomes enjoyable when you get used to the style of writing.
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