Just finished listening to book 1, and I'm really torn. There were things about it that I genuinely enjoyed. The story started strong. Mara is smart and funny, and I enjoyed getting to know her. Her story was interesting...living through a terrible ordeal that she cannot remember. But then the plot seemed to really lose focus. Maybe it will wrap up nicely after the 3rd book, but the 1st book was all over the place. The end is super annoying. I'm all for a cliffhanger ending, but this book just ended...practically mid-sentence. When the Audible voice over said "You've reached the end of the book", I thought, "Surely it said the end of the part not the book, and I just need to download the next part!?!". Nope, it was the end of the book. I suppose the preceding scene was suppose to be the ramp up to the end, but it was really anti-climatic and disappointing. I did go ahead and purchase book 2, as I'm interested to see if this all comes together in the end.
I was similarly torn with the narration. When the narrator was speaking for Mara, she was usually great. Sometimes her reading was rushed as though she was trying to just get all the words out, but for the most part, she was enjoyable. HOWEVER, she was downright CREEPY as a 17 year old British heartthrob. I mean EWWWW! The hunky love interest sounded like a nasally 12 year old. Just awful. The narration of Noah was so off and distracting that I would actually recommend reading this one instead of listening to it.
I tried listening to a similar book recently about an apocalypse, and that one bored me to tears. When your character spends a good chunk of their time alone, they (and their story) have to be compelling. Rick Yancey, aka my new favorite author, did what that other book could not. He allowed me to feel Cassie's isolation and desperation without also making me yawn. In fact, I was on the edge of my seat for most of the book.
Some reviewers complained that Cassie was angsty. Well, she IS teenager! I thought she was very believable. I cared about her like I would a younger sister. Did she ever frustrate me...sure, but that is what made her all the more real.
I cannot say enough good things about the narrators. They were both perfect. My only complaint is that it appears Mr. Espinoza does not narrate the next book. Bummer.
When books change POV, they run the risk of alienating (ha!) the reader, as the reader often prefers one character over the other and spends half the book wishing the author would return to him/her. That is not the case in this story. Cassie and Zombie both have such compelling stories that they balance one another out perfectly.
Are there questions remaining...especially about Evan? Absolutely! But this is a trilogy. If there are holes after the series is over, I'll be disappointed, but for now, I'm just enjoying the ride.
Really enjoyed this one. The storyline may not have been completely unique (it reminded me of stories like Maze Runner and Pines), but it was well executed. Some reviews stated the big "reveal' was too unbelievable, but it IS a story about a boarding school with no adults that essentially holds students prisoner, so I pretty much went into it knowing I'd have to suspend belief. The narration was great, and the main character is very likeable. I'm eager to listen to book 2.
I wish I could find something positive to say about this title. I guess the premise was nice, which is why I purchased it. But the delivery is not there at all. The book seems to end before anything has really happened. The "bad guys" aren't scary at all. They are a couple of bumbling drug addicts who are easily defeated. The romance comes out of left field and is so forced it is unbearable. We are supposed to accept things like the fact that while fearing for her life, the only thing Lolly can focus on is Gabriel's rock-hard abs (eye-roll). This book was my first read/listen of Linda Howard's, and if her other books are similar, it will be my last. To make matters worse, the narration was awful. All action was delivered with the same monotone emotion...whether it was a character strolling down the street or running for their lives. It was almost as though the book was being read by one of those automatic voice to speech programs! I was in the mood for a wintery thriller with a bit of romance thrown in, and this book failed on all levels.
Sometimes a sequel doesn't live up to the first book, but that's not the case here. Endless Knight was a seamless continuation of the thrilling story set up in Poison Princess.
I really enjoy the way that Cole submerges you in the story. She builds characters and settings that are so easy to believe and nothing seems forced...including Evie's feelings for both Jack and Death.
I would hesitate to call this a YA novel, though, as it is steamier than any other YA novel I've listened too!!
And I truly adore the narration. When I started Poison Princess, I worried that Ms. Gavin's accent might get on my nerves, but it didn't take me long to fall in love with her narration. One of my favorites!
Unlike other reviewers, this was my first Kresley Cole read, and now I'm ready for more! Some YA books are CLEARLY for YOUNG adults, and some really impress with their maturity. This story falls into the latter category.
I was initially reluctant to purchase this one, as I wasn't crazy about the title or the cover, but the reviews sold me, and the story more than lived up to the hype. When I look forward to doing dishes, so I can listen to an audio book in the kitchen, then I know I've found a winner...and Poison Princess definitely fit that bill!
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