Jaclyn Moriarty is a fantastic writer with a very unique voice. Everything about this book is a little peculiar in the best possible way. I found the world of Cello and the protagonist's mission to solve the mystery of his lost Father to be my favorite parts. But also very dear to me was the Sheriff of Bonfire!
Madeleine's story holds some of the funniest bits, considering the conversations between her two friends, and her letters back and forth between her and Elliott. But the mystery of Madeleine and her mother I found to be a little confusing. Very moving and well written but the mystery it's self is confusing and I think it isn't quite fully explained, though I suppose that's why it's Book 1!
The Narrators were all terrific! Andrew Eiden (Elliott) was an absolute awesome narrator, everytime I heard him start a chapter I knew it would be good. His portrayal of Elliott is spot on but more impressive was his ability to inhabit the old Sheriff Hector Samuels with the age and wisdom that's usually hard to get from a young narrator. Fiona Hardingham (Madeleine) was also fantastic. Her ability to bring feeling to even the smallest of sentences was great, it seemed like you could cry out loud or burst into laughter at any moment, and she rode that fine line delicately and consistently. Kate Reinders (The Princess sisters) was HI-Larious, and Peter McGowan (the travel guide voice) was perfect!
Wow, I didn't mean to go on for so long but as soon as I got started I couldn't stop! Loved this book and can't wait for Book II....
I don't know what went wrong. I love the idea for this book, I'm a huge mythology fan, and the actors were all phenomenal! The production value was great and I read wonderful reviews for the story. And yet I got real bored about halfway through, I wasn't eagerly listening to find out what would happen next, I had no connection to the main characters dilemma so I just kind of lost interest in it all. Maybe it's just me. I was very excited to listen, so I might have set my expectations too high, or maybe the story just isn't that good....
I can see why they changed the story a bit when they made the movie adaption Point Break. Tapping the source has a few strange themes as well as a few twists and turns that seem to come out of nowhere.
That being said, this book is awesome! The setting (huntington beach) is so well laid out that you almost feel the sunshine tanning your skin and smell the salty air blowing in off the ocean while you listen. The characters, all lost souls in some way, are so strong and interesting that you can't help but like them even if they're the bad guys. Great Book!! Can't say enough about it!
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