I really did try to like it. I tried to laugh off the characters. I tried to wait for the author to start tying things together. But after about two hours I gave up.
The first two hours of the book is a shaggy dog story filled with the most amoral people you can imagine. No, wait ... I could not have imagined people that amoral. The book just finally wore me down ... it wasn't funny enough to hold my attention, and those characters were just soooo depressing.
The narrator was clear, but his performance had all the warmth of a 1960 educational film.
I realize I'm in the minority with regards to this book... but if you can make it all the way thru the book then you are a better man than I.
I really enjoyed this book. The central character was complex enough (and damaged enough) to grab me. I don't know if the author has a real understanding of Hispanic gangs, or if she just faked it ... but I felt like I gained real insights.
The book leaves the door open to a sequel. I hope she writes one soon.
I didn't dislike the book, but it didn't grab me either. It occupied my mind as I drove to and from work. Unlike some other books, it never grabbed me enough to sit in the driveway listening after I got home.
I realized this was sort of a YA book, and that it tread over well worn ground, but the reviews were good so I gave it a try.
I really enjoyed the book. I quickly bonded to the main character, and enjoyed seeing her grow over the course of the book. There was nothing particularly ground-breaking in the book, but it wasn't trite drivel and was well written.
At least until the last hour. Did the author get tired and decide to take the easiest way out? Did a different author take over? Did the editor force the author to change a good ending into something stolen from a zombie book, concluding with a well-worn Disney fairy tale? I don't know, but I gave the story a 3-Star because the ending was so awful - with a decent ending it would have been a 4 or a 5..
This was strictly a formula novel. There was a certain pattern to the events, and that pattern was repeated over and over and over again down to the last 10 minutes. That's not to say it was a bad book - it was a pleasant enough way to pass the time driving. But don't expect a work of art or any thoughtful insights.
An interesting book - interesting look at the future. However, do NOT expect action. At first I thought this would be sort of like Hunger Games and kept waiting for "things"to get going. However, once I got over my preconceptions I found I enjoyed the book.
I couldn't stop listening. I drove extra slow to and from work, and still wanted to listen after I got home. My wife threatened to burn my headphones.
He is a masterful narrator. I think there were a couple of problems with editing the audio, but I will start buying books now just because he was the narrator.
I have really enjoyed Mark's books ... they are funny, they are interesting, and I care about the characters. However this book is not funny, and while it is interesting you will likely not care about the characters.
Very Minor Spoiler Alert: take a sweet young girl with an unusual capability and stick her with an absolutely unrelenting stream of the most despicable people you can dream up. Not just for a little while - not to provide an opportunity for growth ... just not-stop grinding right till the end ... until they turn her despicable. I almost stopped listening when she was taken from the perfect household with the perfect caring foster mother and placed with a known IV drug user with scabs on her arms and babies crawling in filth on the floor. Enough is enough ... please give me at least one person in the book I can care about.
This book is not great art, but it is enjoyable enough. I like Blue Color Comedy tour well enough, but Larry the Cable Guy is my least favorite of the bunch.
It took me a while to get used to the characters - they are not necessarily people I'd hang out with. The main character is sort of a young Sissy from Sordid Lives - very homespun, grating voice, emotional issues.
I don't regret purchasing it - but I don't think I'll get the other books in the series.
If you like the idea of a lengthy tea ceremony in a Zen garden, then you'll love this book. If you can't understand why they don't just drop a tea bag in some boiling water, then you'll hate this book.
If you like a slow mysterious strip-tease with multiple layers of clothes, then you'll love this book. If you prefer to go into a topless bar and want the girl naked by the end of the first song, then you'll hate this book.
I listen to books on my long drive to and from work. Unlike some books, I rarely found myself sitting in the driveway, on edge, waiting for the chapter to end. However, I frequently found myself eager to get up in the morning (even on a weekend) so I could pick up where I left off.
I find Jeaniene's books very entertaining. This one, however, felt a little off. I liked the story, but the editing was sub-par. There were several errors that jarred me out of the story.
However, my biggest complaint is that Jeaniene is getting carried away with sex scenes. I understand that the books in this series are sort of super-natural Romance stories, and I'm used to an occasional fairly detailed sex scene (it seems like now days every story has to have an obligatory sex scene). I am anything but a prude, but with this book the scenes were waaayyyy toooo loonnnngggg and there were tooooo many of them - I actually caught myself saying out loud, "Not another one!". Maybe she ran out of story line and had to pad the word count with sex.
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