One of my problems with this book is that the heroine was never made real to me. The author only gave her as much development as you would give a passing secondary character. At the beginning, I honestly thought the heroine was a secondary character who was about to be killed or something before we met the actual heroine, because I was never given any reason to sympathize with her or to care what happened to her.
Not only was she not very well developed, but she was stupid. She never acted with any sense and she just kept going along with what the guys wanted while her only worry seemed too shallow to fit with the plot in the story.
And the one "guy" she is pining for is really kind of a jerk and has no redeeming qualities. He is too busy feeling sorry for himself and throwing tantrums to make himself likable.
And what qualities does this heroine have that makes all the guys want her except that she is pretty and will follow them dumbly wherever they lead? I wouldn't recommend this book to any Young Adult girls because I would frankly demand that they have more common sense than this.
There is very little I don't like about this series yet. I love the way the characters are growing, I love the writing style. I love the Mystery itself! After it is revealed who the killer is, I have gone back not only in this book, but the first book too, and there are some pretty clear breadcrumbs that made me smack my own forehead! I can't wait for book number 3. I think Strike is going to be quite a Hero once he finishes getting his stuff together.
But what makes me think hard about this book is the way writers and the publishing industry in general is portrayed in this book. I've never seen that kind of cruelty in the writers and editors I have known. But it makes me wonder if it changes the higher you climb in popularity.
This book is a great 2nd edition to the series...
I am having such a great time listening to this. I actually stopped JUST to write this review and say anyone who is interested in learning how to build a great unforgettable character needs to listen to this! And trust me on this, you will have a great time while you learn! He is all my favorite college professors rolled into one!
Loved this book. Kick butt heroine. The world the author built was believable and the Heroine goes through a pretty great character arc. (I know everything in the world...oops...maybe not.) Loved it! She stands up and takes responsibility for what she does. I am hooked.
I totally loved this book from beginning to end. The way I would describe it is...it is written in the style of a classic Sherlock Holmes book being told from the perspective of Dr. Watson. Except Sherlock is a politician in Ancient Rome and Watson is his slave Tiro. I am not especially knowledgeable about this time period. My daughter is and a few parts left her "spluttering". But, I would tell you what I told her...This is a work of FICTION my dear and the story itself is totally worth suspending your disbelief over. My favorite part was comparing it to politics today. Can't wait to hear the next one!
This is one of the few book series where after I was done with it I actually tracked down the author on Facebook to tell her what a Goddess I thought she was. (She wrote back and said thank you. She was so nice!)
The first book drops you so completely in the middle of everything you will think there is another book a head of this one, and you are a little lost. But, hang on and listen closely because there is a method to the madness that totally pays off in the end.
I would actually classify this series as "New Adult Fantasy". I enjoyed all the books...so far.
It was a good series from beginning to end, although there were one or two things that made me roll my eyes and go "Yes, yes...tortured soul...I got the gist...move on with the plot please". I really wished it had turned out differently at the end, or maybe I just wanted more resolution? I will tell people to check out this series. Do I think it holds up to Robert Jordan or George RR Martin? Not quite, but I enjoyed it all the same. Paul Boehmer is one of my favorite Narrators, so no complaints there at all!
I just couldn't...I tried...but no. Too many good things to say.
This is what a teenage girl book should be. She needs to be able to pull herself up and fight. Not just sit and wait for a guy to save her, although it is nice to have one fight next to. I am going to be waiting with baited breath for book 2 in September.
She was really good. I knew who was talking and when. I liked the quality of her voice.
I cried at the beginning.
Yes, yes, yes, a thousand times YES!
None, you can not compare this book to any other book. It is so fun and thought provoking. Smart, brilliant and deserves to stand out for all time!
No. But it is a privilege and an honor to hear a story performed by the author and an additional treat when the performance is excellent!
There is no specific part...but then again...I think digital watches are still a pretty neat idea...
This is a book that will make you see the universe from another point of view, and it will make you laugh while doing it. Do yourself a favor, listen to the story and hear a master storyteller at the top of his game. 42
Yes, but only because I think it is going to get better now that the characters are established. I think that this book places too much emphasis on sex and drugs/alcohol. The plot would have been just as good without them. I know for a fact that teens will read a good story without so much gratuitous use of those elements. Like I said before, this is a good plot and could have stood on its own feet.
I can not answer that question without spoilers.
The reading was a little too snarky and jaded for me at first. I didn't like the character and how she was being represented. But as the character grew and changed, the reading did too. At the end of the story I understand why the performance was the way it was. Now I say Bravo!
Too early to tell...
I am going to say again that teen/YA readers are smart. It has been proven time and again that they will read a good story and buy a good story without the overuse of sex and drugs/alcohol. Most of the teens I know are actually turned off if there seems to be no point for it. But, the plot and the characters here did a wonderful job standing on its own without all the smutty fluff on the side.
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