Soon-to-be college freshman Evie Claremont had hoped that once she'd arrived on Crestwood's campus, the nightmare that she'd been having would go away. It hasn't. She may be an inexperienced 17-year-old, but she's grounded... sane. She looks for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he's near, she feels an attraction to him - a magnetic kind of force pulling her toward him.
Unfortunately, Reed acts as if Evie's the worst thing that has ever happened to Crestwood...or him. But for some reason every time she turns around he's there, barging into her life. What is the secret that he's keeping from her? Evie's hoping that it's anything but what she suspects: That he's not exactly normal...and neither is she. So, maybe Crestwood won't be the making of her, but it could be the breaking of her. Evie's now left to wonder if the dark future her dream is foretelling is...inescapable.
©2011 Amy A. Bartol (P)2013 Tantor
The narrator is excellent. The story not so much.
I enjoyed the first book, but found the sequel to be boring. The story from Russel's perspective was tedious. The "woe is me" theme to his dialogue was tiresome. Sadly, I was unable to finish the audiobook. If I owned a physical copy of the book I would have skimmed over parts of the story that were boring. The audiobook was returned. (Also, Russel's "southern drawl"..... Whew. Painful.)
Well, there's some pretty basic things that are confusing here. She has a main character, Russell, who's from Asheville-ish NC. And... He's somehow not familiar with "real Winters". Let me tell you, Asheville, NC gets dumped on. And it's a regular enough thing that the town doesn't close down. Also, Southern women? Can do shit. And don't peevishly mouse out and ask for help. I'm not Southern myself, but I lived in Charlotte, NC for 8 years (frequently traveling to Asheville, actually), and these women are quite independent, strong, and capable. Sometimes they may act like they want/need help, but they can fix that whatever just as well as the men. So, this threw me off immediately and kept me from getting into the book.
My next big problem is... well, the whole plot. And how easily Evie is like, oh yeah. I'm clearly an angel, and this is fine. What could easily have seemed like an older collegiate just being an ass is almost immediately brought to seem like it's this awful situation and her life is spiraling out of control. It all seems very contrived. And like all the drama in the world is happening in the time of three days.
Also certain plot holes are quite strange: I swear the angel Reed says he's never been to paradise, has been on Earth the whole span of his life, but later he refers to his time in paradise. Confused.
I don't know why I'm still listening. I'm curious so who knows I might pick up the next book.
Decently, but the mens' voices were... very strange. Can't explain it but they sounded like absolute caricatures.
I would recommend this book, the story is good
Inflection for one and her use of slang was almost painful.
5 chapters in I couldn't take it any more, the narration was so bad I went out and bought the book so I could find out what happens without being subjected to the monatone horror. The story is good tho, could have used more lead up. The heroine went from being oblivious to suddenly knowing without any freak out and didn't even have a stage of disbelief.
I love this series Amy Bartol is an AMAZING author and Emily woo zeller is the perfect narrator for it! can't wait for new material from both of these lovely tslented ladies! !
Say something about yourself!
The book was fine... even interesting for the first 8 hours or so. After that it just got tedious. A good editor should have been able to pare it down to a more manageable length and also fixed some of the grammatical errors. The narration was also just ok. Despite the potentially interesting and somewhat unique characters I will not be pursuing the rest of the series.
Exciting, past-paced, action-filled and full of great characters with spunk Evie, heroic Reed, southern gentleman Russell, and their quirky frienda, I got engrossed in the story quickly and love Bartol ' s take on angels. I'm not normally a fan of love triangles so didn't enjoy that as much, but thankfully there's so much other danger, it doesn't dominate the plot. beautifully narrated too; good cadence, different enough voices for each character, and a clear but not clipped tone. On to book 2!
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