Piscataway, New Jersey | Member Since 2012
I read the reviews, and I thought I was about to listen to a great book.
Good is the word, not great. Things were a little predictable along the way and even a little boring. There were no extreme emotions from my part, and that is what I like to feel when I read a book.
I will certainly read the next one, but I will not go too eager.
I recommend it, but not highly.
This is a fantastic book, and I am sure it will stay close to my heart.
This is the story of a girl, Sorcha, whose sacrifice freed her brothers from a dark spell, but until you get to that part, you will feel as if suffering every minute.
She and her six brothers live in a place called Sevenwaters, and each brother has a role on this tale. Her mother died 6 hours after giving birth to her, but their resemblance to one another is uncanny. Maybe that's the reason why her father hardly ever speaks or pays attention to her.
One day Lord Collum, the father, decides to get married, and that's where the story changes. It is not just the beautiful stepmother getting in the way, for she is a witch, and she wishes to bear a child so this child can inherit Sevenwaters, and she will stop at nothing to accomplish this task. So, she casts a spell on the 6 brothers and turns them into swans, but Sorcha gets to run away, and so a life of agony, suffering and pain begins.
There are parts where you just have to speed the ap to 1.5x, such is the agony! Don't get me wrong, for the narrator is good, but it feels like the story is dragging along, and if you can do something about it, speed up the ap.
There is also a love story building up, very slowly, and it later gets to be the hook of the book :)
If you like tales and fantastic stories, you will like this one.
When I read Land of stories 1, I was still unsure of what I was getting myself into, but then I moved onto Land of Stories 2, and it got better, but now, with A Grimm warning, Chris Colfer left a cliffhanger that makes me itch! Very nice and unexpected ending! When is the next one out?
The author gives those beloved characters we know so well, a personality, interesting points of view, and most importantly, something to fight for.
It is very nice to see characters like Red, who is a spoiled brat, turning into a woman who wants to fight for something bigger than herself, and not having temper tantrums.
The author also presents new characters with very intriguing storylines for us to follow. Like I said, it keeps getting better and better. I can't wait for the fourth one.
5 stars to Chris Colfer's performance, which also keeps on improving each time!
If you are unsure about getting this book or not, take it. It is awesome, and like I said, better than the first two. You will not regret it.
Now, if you haven't read the first two, I suggest you do, otherwise you might not understand what is in store for you here.
Despite the fact that this book can make the reader (listener) a little confused, it brings a very interesting and unique perspective about love. Nowadays people don't really worry about loving someone for what they are, but for what they have. It is very easy to fall in love with the way one looks, but very hard to fall for what they truly are inside, and this book kind of forces us to reflect on that aspect of love, and also love without gender. Just love.
Another interesting thing to consider about the story is: would we be able to give up our own happiness so that others could be happy?
I truly liked this book, but if you are into happy endings or normal and convenient stuff, you might not appreciate this book.
If you are looking for some Sci-fi without all the fighting and bad - ET drama, this book is for you.
In this book, Josh, an ET and all his race are trying to befriend the people on earth, but because of their appearance and smell, which are completely different and even a little repellent (the smell), they have to find someone to mediate this encounter, more precisely, an agent, Tom.
Tom is one of the youngest and most successful agents in LA, and he has to deal with all the pressure of being an agent in Hollywood and having all these famous clients, especially one particular new movie star called Michelle Beck (who is very important to the story), and on top of that, being the agent of an entire race, which can't be easy.
I loved the book. It had very interesting twists. In the beginning you think you can predict where the plot is going, but then you just can't. It is a nice surprise.
Will Wheaton is a great narrator. I loved listening to him and I wish he could narrate more books. KUDOs! 5 stars well earned.
This book is about not only loving your teenager, but also about learning how to demonstrate your love in a way they feel they are loved. Sometimes at home with all the rules and responsibilities, it is hard to appreciate your rebel teen, let alone show them they are appreciated.
When I started this book, I had already listened to 5 Love languages of children, and 5 love language for couples, thus I thought it would repeat itself, but it didn't.
This one has a great approach for teens, and if you are one of those renitent parents who is struggling with his/her teen at home, you need to get this book and absorb every ounce of knowledge this book has to offer.
With the advance of modern life, it gets harder and harder to understand your teen, but this book presents simple things and strategies you can do with your teen in order for you to have a more harmonious domestic environment.
This book is especially aimed at helping parents not only to learn to show their kids' love language, but also to understand their teen's. If you are not a parent, but want to understand the teens around you, and how to show your love for them in a way they get it, this is a great source of knowledge. I recommend it.
Well, because I thought I didn't know what was coming, I got tense while reading the book. I even had to stop listening for a while until I felt safe and sure I wanted to continue. I was rooting for our America.
There were some events I saw coming, and some other twists that could have been nicer and more intrieguing, but the author didn't do anything about it, so those details were just revealed and nothing happened. That part was disappointing. I think the author could have done really nice things with those new twists.
Through the ending some other things were a little predictable, but what I liked most about this book was the fact that we saw America not only as the brave girl who fights and stands up to the man, but a girl who has teenage conflicts and emotions and she is very confused until the last hour and a half of listen.
Another thing I have to point out is that everything fitted into place. There was no final major conflict for America to resolve. The author could have done something about it too. It would have been spicier.
I loved this book, nonetheless, and I do recommend it. It is truly a YA with lots of teen drama, but it is a very nice read / listen.
1st of all, if you haven't read the first book, go back and read it, because you will miss most of the fun, and won't understand the story.
2nd of all, I have mixed feelings about the development of this love story / triangle, I mean, I have my pick, and I don't know who she is going to choose.
Some people say this was a little predictable, but I don't agree. America is still trying to figure out how much she wants to be in this competition and how much she wants to be princess (or not), and the twists that happen in book 2 certainly make her re-think her whole belief system. She screws up a few times in order to start finding out what she truly wants. Very exciting events happen.
I listened to this in 3 sittings!
I am dying to find out what happens next. Will she be the next princess of Ilea, or will she choose to be the love of Aspen? I guess we will have to read and see.
I started this book because of my students' recommendations. I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did. As an YA fan I believed I would like it, and I just realized how much now, because I keep thinking about it and keep wanting to purchase the next one as soon as possible. You just know how much you like a book when you start dying to read the sequel.
This is the story of America Singer. Her country is divided into casts. She is a 5 - not a good place to be - but she actually has the chance of a lifetime. She can change her life by entering a selection process in order to be chosen by prince Maxon to become princess of Ilea. The thing is, she is in love with Aspen, and the stupid guy pushes her into the selection so that she could have a better life. Little did he know that Lady America had some good chances, and that the odds could be ever in her favor.
This book reminds me a little about hunger games because of how these girls lost their privacy so quickly, because of the TV crews which keep trying to find out more about prince Maxon and the so far selected ladies, and also because of the hunger, poverty and suffering going on in the lower casts, the underprivileged.
The highlight is the friendship / sth else between lady America and the Prince, and it gets even better when Aspen, the stupid ex boyfriend, gets back in the picture.
Can't spoil it. You have to read it!
Although the author tries to give layman an over view of music and how it works, if you don't know anything (or practically anything) this book is not for you. This book should be read, not listened to. This is the kind of book where you have to read some concepts over and over, and you also have to do some practice on your own (even though there is some demonstration at the end of each chapter, but it feels too theoretical).
When I purchased this book, I thought I was going to learn about psychology of music, or even some concepts of music therapy, but this book is not about that. This book gets very technical at some points, and some dumb at others. I feel a little disappointed.
This was a hard book for me to finish, not because it was boring, but because it was hard for me. In his introduction the author says he will to try to make things easy for you to understand the book, but unfortunately, his attempts failed with me.
This is not a health or nutrition book. I was a little disappointed by this. This is a chemistry book. If you don't know much about chemistry, or don't remember what you learned in high school, I suggest you go to basic chemistry first.
The author tries to be funny and tries to tone things down for readers like me, but I think it wasn't enough, for I realized I need to get my chemistry together.
I did Learn interesting things here, but I have to away I retained very little information. It is a good book. I recommend it, but only if you commit to listen to it many times.
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