No. I was going out of town so bought several at a time. Regret it.
I'd probably ask the author to add a lot more friction between characters...
Good prose telling a very predictable story. Not something that was gripping, but not all together unpleasant either.
The premise for the story just wasn't believable, as if the author tried to go dark and deep, with characters that were only two dimensional. The villains were too villainous and the heroes and angles to good.
Granted it's a romance novel, but given the reviews it received, I expected better.
Where to start?
1) Possibly research what it's really like to survive a collapsing government... I'd be surprised if this author has ever visited a third world country where people live at a subsistence level or seen a developed nation where the government has actually fallen (Russia after Perestroika). I seriously doubt the protagonist in this book would survive in either of those real life scenarios, because it requires a lot more than having food stores and a gun...
2) Maybe take a writing course or two...
3) Empathy would go a long way in creating multidimensional characters... The protagonist was way too much of a John Wayne -- he was always right, always saving the day, was the only guy who had all the right answers. I felt like I was listening to a little boy telling me his GI Joe fantasy.
4) Motivation would be another thing I'd add. It's hard to believe a lot of power hungry bureaucrats suddenly felt the need to take over the country. What led to that? A collapsing economy? Drought? Invading Martians? Something, anything to explain the government's / military's motivation... This is probably a book one criticism, but the theme is very strong in this book and just one example of the shallow story line.
5) An editor. I think this is pretty self explanatory.
No, because there are some thoughtful stories in this genre (Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank), but I will never buy another book from A. America.
I wasn't expecting Hemingway after reading his first book, but as eye rolling as that story was, it had some mindless entertainment value. This book was just bad...
Sadly silly. This book was even more myopic than the first. Disappointed because in my opinion, this isn't a four star product.
In this genre, among the highest. Again, in this genre... If the reader can listen without moral judgement, this series is a wild ride, one I'm glad I'm experiencing through my iphone and not actually living.
Can't pin it down to one. What I loved was how the story continues giving the perspective of the characters in the last book, avoiding telling an exclusive tale about one couple. Makes the club feel like a character, affecting the lives of everyone, including the main leads. Also like how flawed the characters are - more human. Violent, selfish, childish, often not even realizing they are and if they do, its done after severe damage has been caused. Each gaff seems to be a learning experience, making the characters grow - like real life.
Yes, but not to the faint of heart. Meaty tale that is somewhat realistic in it's harsh reality.
Love her as a narrator, she's great at inserting emotion. Good male voices as well.
Loved the characters - funny and likable. Able to empathize.
Just loved the antics of the male lead - Mal
I think it might be cute, if they could find someone to pull off Mal.
Write and record more!
Add a lot more friction between characters, there was NONE, making the entire story boring. The female lead was to perfect as well...
I think she did the best she could with what she had...
Yes - funny and fun and oddly insightful - Male role's perspective on life seemed age appropriate and healthy.
Different take having a hero literally talk the girl into something she wants (relationship), instead of resisting it till the end. Endeared him to me.
Liked the pace and the sas, BUT..... people in Colorado don't talk like they're from the Jersey shore... That's a little off putting, especially since I'm a westerner. It's why I rated the performance a 3 and not a 4.
I'm generally am not a fan of romances with kids, cause they always come off as forced additions to the story line, but this author wrote "teen" well - they helped kindle the story.
Very good for this genre! Fantastic character development and the writer really takes you into the world of the Reapers. She's respectful of the characters, the club, does a great job helping the reader empathize. Hard to do, given some of the seedy stuff that goes on.
I loved the first party scene - it's the first time the reader really sees the Reaper World - scary, yet thrilling.
The protagonist, thought she did a good job getting into her head and reflecting that in her inflections, etc...
Great writer - keep them coming.
Probably not for a while. This writer seems like she's still getting her footing. Also, the book was supposed to take place in the U.S., yet the vernacular was wrong. We don't have lounge rooms, we have family or living room. We don't park our cars in car parks, but parking lots. What's more, the MMA fighter spoke like he was an English professor - might want to try using a contraction or two... The banter between the two girls was great, but really fell short on the male to female dialogue. My biggest complaint? There was very little character motivation where the fighter was concerned... Why would such a hot, aspiring, going pro fighter be with Olivia? Maybe I missed something.However, there were parts that were beautifully written and tender, which is why I gave her three stars. The story was okay, but could've been great - just missed the mark.
Unfortunately, I enjoyed the conversations between O and her best friend more than her dialogue with the fighter... In fact every time he spoke I cringed. It was just too unrealistic.
Wouldn't do it again.
Maybe this isn't this writers genre? Again, there were sections that were wonderfully written, but the whole point - the tension, romance and dialogue between the protagonist and the hero fell really short, in my humble opinion.
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