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Cassandre

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  • Firelight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (529)

    Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a drakia descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Took my breath away"
    "Overwrought. Overwritten. Vapid."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I think a younger audience might like this book, but I don't want to recommend it to tweens or teens because it holds up the terrible Twilight fantasy that the ONE MAGICAL BOY is what makes life worth living.

    The book suffers from inconsistent and incomplete world-building (does she have hands or talons? do all dragons have hair?) and frequent repetition of Jacinda's angst about returning to her people, her romantic interest, her love of her mother and her sister. The simply cycles through these feelings until it reaches the moment when all is revealed (a twist that can be guessed halfway through the novel).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Look, I'm a fan of YA. But this is terrible YA. Worse than Twilight by a factor of 10. Please, please, please delve into another series.


    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3309)
    Performance
    (2781)
    Story
    (2798)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Overwrought"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    In the end, there was so much repetition of angst that it was hard to take the story seriously. This book needed some serious editing. It was also shallow in its depiction of Southern small town life. We know that Ama is black, yet there are no other black characters in the novel to flesh out the DAR coterie. It also seems as though the big reveal at the end doesn't make sense. Why wouldn't her Uncle Macon want to educate Lena about what lies in front of her? There are interesting ideas here, but in the end, it's far too angsty to be compelling. The world building also needs some work.


    Has Beautiful Creatures turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I am done with anything smacking of Twilight for a while. I should have known better, but I thought the gothic element would be a nice twist. Not so much.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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