This book belongs right next to winners like Meg Cabot’s ALL-AMERICAN GIRL and TEEN IDOL. It has that young feel that teen girls will connect with.
I liked both Belle and Cinderella. I think it is because Carroll focused more on them throughout the book, although she does spend an equal amount of time in the heads of the other "princess sisters".
I liked the voice she added. Each girl had their own unique voice. I think all books should be enjoyed with a good narrator. They can add so much more, especially when it comes to emotions being relayed or humor. Ms Kindberg does an amazing job. I hope she continues the series.
Yes, and I did. Because the story moves rather quickly in the beginning it helped to connect with all the characters. Carroll did a good job not lingering too much over the unnecessary details. She gave good insights into the girl's thoughts, and I liked the moments of mystery that she added to the book. Overall I enjoyed the book and will be reading the second installment.
I am a father of three girls and I think they would enjoy reading this book when they get older. Because it has references to pop culture that have become a part of the American tradition I believe this book has staying power that will last far beyond its years.
Yes! The narrator did a fantastic job with all the various characters and point of views throughout the book. He captured the humor and the moments of fear and distress. I felt the emotion through this.
The theme is what stands out the most to me. The value of life. Even though Bryan is damaged to the point of not being able to move or even father children he over comes those things. He does it because he wants to make his life full and meaningful. This story shows that no disability is too great to have a wonderful life.
He became the voice of Bryan for me. I especially enjoyed the moments of humor. The times that I would catch myself laughing out loud.
Nedra! Holy cow what a woman! You really have to read the book to appreciate the things she goes through and does for the man she loves. She has extreme strength, loyalty, determination, courage, and compassion.
MY NAME IS BRYAN is a heartwarming story about overcoming the challenges of disability, not only for the individual going through the trial but those that support them. Stacy Lynn Carroll does a fantastic job marrying the various points of view of those involved in Bryan’s life. The characters are real and by the end of the book readers will be attached to them as if they too are connected to Bryan’s family. My favorite moments from the book are those when Bryan sees that he has disappointed others around him—others that he cares for, like his grandfather. It is these moments that you see the determination that Bryan has to be a better person—disability or not. I loved all the moments of humor and the touching theme of the value of life. I will say that I got choked up at the end of the book and that is a rarity for me. Overall I think this is Stacy Lynn Carroll’s best work, having read her Princess series. I felt her connection with the characters and the love she has for them shine through the words.
The story was well crafted and the characters brilliant. I really enjoyed the mix of Norse Mythology with Christian Cannon. Ali Cross had made me a fan for life.
extraordinary, unexpected, brilliant
I loved how good natured Jenni was and how she was something special from the start but there are so many amazing characters it is hard to just pick one.
I loved how she performed Crank. Her talent for voices was well played in this book. I also thought she did an excellent job with the adults. You could really tell who was who.
They thought they were on a field trip until everything changed.
This book is brilliant on so many levels. The world building alone is smart and well thought out. The most extraordinary thing that stuck out for me was Alan Tucker’s use of not only kids as heroes but adults. So often in middle-grade and early YA, we see books that pull the kids away from adults to have the adventures but here we have them all playing a part. I loved the opposition set up as the children choose their different paths. There is also an underlying theme that is rewarding all on its own. I would recommend this book to both teens and adults who enjoy a great read with a toe in both the real world and the fantastic. I look forward to delving into the rest of series.
I have always been a fan of audiobooks. You get to hear the emotion in the text rather than just read it. I think the action gets heightened and the suspense increased. I think this book would be a fun one to read as you listened along.
Throughout the book Jayce and Val are always focused on each others differences. There is a moment at the end of the book that shows them come together. It's powerful how they can see that, yes they are different, but together they can make great things happen. It just goes to show they complement each other.
I like the tone of his voice. He did well with narrating the story.
Yes. And I did!
This was an absolutely delight to read! I loved the distinct characterization between Jayce and Val. So many times we see twins in books as the same character with a different name but here the realistic differences really shine. I loved the way the dare of ‘the jump” leads to something far greater. The fun twists along the way only add to the cleverness of the book. I will be adding author Alex Banks to our list of family favorites.
I enjoyed this one a lot. It was a lot milder in the violence area than other books in the Arkane series and I enjoyed the break. That doesn’t mean it was a book about butterflies and picnics—this is a high action, fast paced adventure read. It deals with terrorism and the horrors that come with it. Main character, Dr Morgan Sierra finds herself once again in a dilemma of good versus evil. I enjoy reading about the outer trials (the battle against terrorism) and the inner trials (Morgan’s battle against her religious beliefs and the conflicted feeling between her heart and mind).
I loved the point of view of the young woman kidnapped by the terrorist band in the shop. It was very real and helped me to see into the lives of not just the Jews, but the Jewish women.
Yes. And I felt like she was more comfortable in this book. Perhaps because she is now familiar with Dr Morgan Sierra's character. It flowed a lot better than the other Arkane books.
I love the way JF Penn brings the story to a close. I love the moments where Morgan questions her beliefs OR finds connections to the places she visits. I believe like, Penn, we are tied to our family and the places they come from.
Overall I believe this was an excellent addition to the series. I liked how you can read these books in practically any order.
Picking up where the last book ended Morgan once again finds herself on the hunt for a religious relic—this time the Ark of the Covenant. What I like about these books is that Penn focuses on more than just a thrilling adventure of the chase. We get to see the inner character struggles as Morgan “feels” things she can’t explain that jive with her religious beliefs. This makes the story rea,l and many can relate with those feelings and questions of belief. I think any reader/listener will enjoy this book if they love high stakes thrillers.
I would have been okay with a little less graphic violence, especially the scenes with Natasha. I learned things about Natasha’s past that still disturb me to this day. I wonder if some of those could have been left out or toned down a little. It is sad that those violent moments are the ones that linger.
I wish sometimes Veronica could have slowed down a bit. At times she seemed robotic. Also her accents were a bit mottled when swapping back and forth. I did enjoy listening to the series. I cannot imagine another voice for Morgan and i think Veronica brought that talent to the table.
Penn doesn't try to force you to believe one way or another. She tells it how it is and then lets you make up your mind. I like this because it moved in me a sense of belief and a reassurance of what I know to be the truth about God and his prophets.
I will say though that Penn has a way of drawing the reader in and leaving memorable impressions on the mind. This book is well thought out and riveting. I will be reading/listening to book 4 when it comes out.
I have been anxiously waiting for this book to become available as an audiobook and I was not disappointed. I encourage friends, family, or anyone who likes thrillers to listen to this audiobook. JF Penn writes an explosive thriller that keeps you listening to the very last minute. With rich action and conspiracy concepts in this book make it one to rival Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. The character of Morgan is dynamic, relatable, and real—I can’t wait to read more about her adventures with Arkane. I liked the way the book was written, jumping around from one character to the next, it gave the feeling of a movie, and it wasn’t hard to see the action playing out in my head.
It reminded me a lot of the Da Vinci Code because it is fasted paced and about religious conspiracies. The main character Morgan reminded me a lot of Lara Croft from the Tomb Raider series.
Veronica Giguere, did an excellent job performing all the different rolls Penn had crafted. I think the narrator can make or break a great audiobook and Giguere did not disappoint.
It kept me on the edge of my seat.
I am an avid listener of audiobooks and this was put together pretty good. I can always tell I have had a good experience when I am waiting for more to follow after it has ended. When you don't want the experience to stop--you know you have a good book. Well done JF Penn!!
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