Everything. The narrator, the story, the characters, the prose. There is not a single thing I did not like about this book. LOVED IT!
Cassie. She is very likable, interesting, and so freaking hilarious!
I finished listening to this book and was very impressed with how much I loved the story and the characters. I had no idea I was going to love it so much. I cannot wait for the second!!!
The book was actually very entertaining; it had me guessing the whole time and it kept me hooked all the way to the end. Technically, that would be enough to give it 5 stars. Except for one major issue I had with the book: Noah. He is definitely interesting and complex. However, there are two things I did not like about the dude. See below...
1. He is a whore, and I mean whore with capital W. He sleeps around with so many girls and leaves them jilted because he only does it for fun (girlfriend is not a word in his vocabulary) and has no care in the world for anyone's feelings but his. I'm sorry but when a guy is notorious for having sex and 'discarding girls like condoms' (that's an actual line in the book btw) not only do you lose my good opinion but you totally gross me out. And no, being hotness personified, with an English accent to boot, won't save you.
2. He smokes. Enough said.
So yeah, I was a bit turned off (no pun intended) by Noah and the fact that Mara had no qualms about this. Sure, she has plenty of monologue where she reminds herself of this but it's all halfhearted and forgotten the minute she lays eyes on the dude. *sigh*
Aside from that, I did like it and I do recommend it to those who like romance and mystery/suspense.
Not really. She was really bad with male voices, particularly Raffe; she kind of ruined him for me.
The scene where Raffe explains that he's.....agnostic. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we have an agnostic angel. Some might think this is brilliant, but to me this was beyond moronic. His explanation was something along the lines of: Well he created humans too and some of you are agnostic. *facepalm* yeah Mr. Angel, and we also don't happen to have wings sprouting out of our backs and have super human strength. If these were aliens we were talking about, then that would make a hell of a lot more sense. But nope, no these are flying angles who have messengers that communicate with God, one of them being the archangel Gabriel . I guess that's not enough to make you a believer. I almost stopped listening to the book at that point. But even though I kept at it, it definitely lost most of its brownie points with me on that one.
Note to potential readers: if you have recently read The Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, stay the hell away from this book. It's like going from platinum gold to sterling silver.It had its good moments but I think the whole book is lacking in several aspects. The world building seems waaaay underdeveloped. The whole concept of the angels using hotels and clubs did not jive with me. Again I digress to Daughter of Smoke & Bone: Laini Taylor knows how to create a realistic world of angels and demons. Susan Ee, not so much. Sorry.
Another thing I did not like: Raffe. The author failed to create a compelling character. He's uninteresting and a jerk to top it off. I could not connect with this character, like at all. I am typically swooning over the male romantic interest. This was not the case.
Penryn and her mom. How is it that she leaves her mom behind and doesn't worry about her? A few thoughts here and there about your mom does not qualify as concern. Did you forget this is an apocalyptic world Penryn? I guess so. Forget that her mother is a mad woman. Forget that she is let loose in the middle of nowhere. She pops back up in the story and just happens to be where Penryn is headed. This isn't the localized apocalypse of some backwater town. It's the whole freaking world. So unrealistic.
Another thing I didn't like. It was BORING. The story was sprinkled with interesting scenes. And I mean, lightly sprinkled. I don't think I'll be reading the next one.
So we have the main problem. We work really hard to overcome main problem. And after all that hard work, well whaddaya know, all we need is some powerful convincing. War and battles? Psh puh-lease, that's pointless! Get outta here with that silly stuff. Main problem easily resolved. Voila! Done. Woo! Let's celebrate! ..I guess...But wait...there's more! There is problem B, which is out of this world bizarro and confusing. Oh! ....what? Yes. Problem B is big time problematic. Alright, let's take care of it then. Done! Everyone lives happy ever after.....Um, OK?
Her writing is amazing. Her characters are amazing. Her world building is amazing. So, YES, I will be most definitely willing to try another book from her.
She brings the characters to life.
To stay in my car listening.
The plot was definitely off on this one, and there are scenes that I could snore through (Eliza, yes I am talking to you). But given that this book is the ending to the series, it's practically impossible not to read it.
Among my top favorites.
I always have the same issue with this question. How do I say this without spoilers? Well let's just say, the part where Akiva realizes who Karou is.
No. But I was very impressed with her work. She's among the best I've heard. Her narration helps to flesh out the characters and to get an accurate feel of the story.
Love will save you
This book is top notch. The writing is a cut above the rest. The characters are well thought out, they are complex and endearing. And the romance? Lord have mercy on my swooning soul! It's genuine, unique, heartbreaking, need I go on? I will say though, the only thing I wasn't ecstatic about was that Karou was physically too perfect, too beautiful. However, the author manages to make Karou a character that you care for and root for, in spite of her 'perfection', unlike so many other authors, that make me roll my eyes and want to punch their heroines in their stupid faces.
I liked the whole who-done-it mystery feel of the book, it kept me intrigued and interested for the first few chapters. What ruined it for me was the whole steamy sex crap. I'm sorry but if half the conflict of the book is the main two character's desire to bang each other, I lose interest pretty quickly. I should have known better than to listen to an 'adult fiction' book. But the story seemed interesting so I totally fell for it. This is why I stick to YA books, because the author can't rely on sex scenes and ridiculous wanton desires to keep the book interesting. In YA books you need a good story and great, compelling characters.
I never felt invested in any of the characters, I couldn't care less what happened to them, and eventually I stopped listening.
I had no issues with the performance.
Well, since I didn't really get to the end of the book, I have no idea. But even if there was, I wouldn't read it. I am sure there are plenty of listeners out there who love this stuff, but it's not my cup of tea.
If I can easily stop listening or if I feel like I need a break from listening, that's a bad sign. I think the biggest issue for me was that I could never connect with America or really care about what happened to her. And the same goes for Maxon. I disliked the guy half the time because he seemed like such a player. On the previous book in the series, America's feelings for Aspen and Maxon are all over the place. And on this book, she just makes her decision out of thin air, and throws it in your face like it's just a fact for you to accept. To me, the love between Aspen and America in the first book was so much more developed, and so much more genuine than her love for Maxon. The whole thing, the characters and the story, have this cookie cutter feel to it that makes it hard to keep on listening. The book did not get interesting until the last few chapters.
Her first book in the series was actually very decent, so yes I would give it a try.
Three words: Melodramatic, robotic seducer. Seriously. What the hell? Part of the reason why I had such a hard time listening to the book was because of the narrator.
Hmmm...I don't think I would cut characters, more like enrich them and make them more complex and endearing.
This book had so much potential and could have been a thousand times better. I'm not saying it's the worst thing I've ever read. It's just disappointing.
The narrator was good, the writing was good, and I also liked those in between pieces of the interview throughout the story.
Yeah but I don't want to give any spoilers.
It's not one of my favorites, such as the 5th wave, the cinder series, and the hunger games, but it's definitely a good book, with likable characters and an interesting story. I will certainly be reading the next one in the series, whenever it comes out.
Surprisingly, among one of my favorites. I got it, thinking it would just be a decent book, but wow, I was impressed.
This is my first time travel story book so I don't have anything to compare it with.
Love has no timeline
I'm 50/50 on this one. The book was okay and the writing wasn't bad. I wasn't impressed but I liked it enough to finish it.
Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, Gert, and Amy were very distinct. Everyone else was so so.
I could totally see this turn into either one. The story is interesting, there's a lot of guesswork, and of course there is the twisted version of Oz, which is very appealing for the screen. I can't really think of who should play the characters though...
Overall it's a decent book. The pacing needs improvement; the romance between Amy and Knox should be better developed; there were several scenes were I felt like throwing a shoe at Amy for being so dang on stupid. But other than that, it's good.
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