Callis Rose is a girl blessed with a gift from above or cursed with a ruthless power she barely understands; it's really just a matter of degrees. As her family life is turned asunder she is thrown into an indifferent Social Services program where she defends herself the only way she knows how.
Callis is moved from home to home until she finally settles at the Lowries. As she starts her first day of high school she meets both her favorite and least favorite person. Both happen to be part of the same household. Mindy Denton makes it her single mission in life to destroy Callis, even as her brother, Kevin, falls deeper into love with the mysterious and beautiful girl who is hiding something from them all.
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As always Mark Tufo and Sean Runette nailed it. They are a super team and always make books come alive. I loved the characters. It was easy to love and feel sorry for Callis Rose and easy to hate Mindy. And once I started the book I didn't want to stop reading until I was done and it left me excited for the next one. My only complaint is that it makes the foster care system look terrible. I know there are some bad foster home and some lazy social workers, but in reality they are the minority. Most in social services do want to help. But without the string of bad foster homes Callis Rose's story wouldn't have been so convincing...either way I recommend this book!
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I really like Mark Tufo’s work but much of his allure (to me anyways) is that he has characters which make the story funny (Mike Talbot) in between all the action and gore, ‘Calis Rose’ however doesn’t have this. It’s a very dark with all the gore and excitement you expect from Mark Tufo but it’s lacking a hero to root for.
Normally I don't like male narrators when a female is the main character (and vise versa) but Mr. Runnette does a good job throughout!
It was slow, predictable, and just not engaging for me. It gives a very poor representation of the entire foster system, both for the social workers and foster families. It was simply boring and suggests this author is lacking in either talent, an understanding of the foster system, or the intelligence of readers.
It will not by one by this author.
The narrator was adequate, but not outstanding. This could be, however, because of the book she was reading.
I only got about halfway through it before I gave up. Perhaps it improved, but up to the point where I stopped, I would say no.
The story failed for me, but the narrator was adequate, which improves the overall rating slightly. I will not rule the narrator out in future selections, but I will avoid this author. I think it might be helpful for me to take a closer look at the authors' previous works, and avoid those without a good history. I'm finding more and more that selections I am making here are more and more disappointing. This is one of them.
I normally don't ever listen to (or reread) anything more than once (although there are a select few I've done this for.) I can't reread something when I already know what is going to be the outcome! I can't take up the time I need for the other 1,688 audiobooks I have in my library waiting!! (That's is JUST audible audiobooks!!)
I liked the emotions that it made ME feel. Even though much of them were angst and anger and sadness! A story that can bring out raw emotion is what I always hope for! This story certainly made me glad I am not in high school any longer!!
Honestly, Sean Runnette was on the bottom rung of my favorite audio narrators...and I almost passed Callis Rose by. But after the first half hour or so, I was hooked good and deep and it was Sean Runnette that brought Callis Rose's story to living color! He was excellent bringing the emotions needed to FEEL these characters! Both main and minor he was terrific!
High School is hard enough but add Callis Rose and you will beg to be home schooled instead!
I REALLY liked this book! But much of that had to do with that I listened to the audiobook form of it. The narrator, Sean Runnette did a VERY good job with the tone of the story and did so much to help make the characters play out the way I think the author may have wanted. I don't want to add any spoilers to my review I will just say had that I wanted it to turn out a little differently. I did have compassion for the main character. What was going on started out of her control. I would like there to be a sequel to this as there is somethings I would like to see be a continuation. But can't say anymore without spoiling things. I highly recommend the audiobook over the print/ebook version. The narrator Sean Runnette was fabulous he was able to keep me in the story I could SEE it being played out in my minds eye! THAT is always what a great audiobook does for me! A great story a great narrator, take me to another world! Audio, GREAT audio, really made all the difference for this book. So if you're interested in paranormal things, astral projection may be part of an explanation here... GET THE AUDIOBOOK!
Spay, neuter, adopt, and train. Don't buy, surrender, or breed. Be a good person and carry a weapon just in case.
Revenge aspect. The understanding from the adults around her.
I love Mark Tufo for the most part.
Yes. Once you get used to his voice, your fine.
Sure, if I was 20 years younger
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
I'M WICCAN NOT PAGAN
I am not totally sure how to define good writing. Mark Tufo does not have good character development, his characters are two dimensional, they are black or gray. His prose is nothing exceptional. I am not a fan of his humor, although many others are. His stories are not original, this is a rip off of Carrie. Some times his writing seems simple, some times he explains too much, it just does not seem polished, but like a car wreck, I find I can not stop listening. Most chapters end with something happening that makes you to want to listen on. He is always entertaining. My number one complaint with any writer is don't bore me and MT does not do that. His writing reminds me a lot of B.V. Larson.
The evil characters in this are mainly cheerleaders, who sound like Beevis and Butt Head. The main cheerleader is so mean it is really hard to believe she is popular. Her two cronies are so pathetic it is hard to believe they ever accomplished anything. The other evil characters are Foster parents. Foster parents who are lazy and treat the kids like slaves and don't care for the kids, matter of fact hate them. The people who work in the foster care system are portrayed as non-feeling robots.
SHE SAID SARDONICALLY. SHE SAID PEEVISHLY.
This is entertaining, just don't expect literature, realism or any type of message.
Callis Rose just didn't do it for me. I'm glad I got it on sale because it wasn't worth much to me. It was a difficult listen, confusing writing style.
-Strange omnipotent point of view that skips point of view around to every character in a scene.
-Prose nearly entirely written in passive voice.
-A story mostly told instead of shown. I prefer showing to telling.
-Unbelievable characters driven by plot instead of their own personal motivations. I prefer character driven plots to plot driven characters.
-Characters make giant leaps of understanding and insight. They just KNOW things.
-Oddball personal details about totally random and inconsequential characters that mean nothing.
-Awkward foul language/behavior that doesn't ring true.
-Some awkward prose in general. Such as "Spittle issuing forth from her mouth" and after strangulation her neck was "red from rough ministrations".
I didn't connect with any of the character, and felt no sympathy for any of them. I didn't care about her. People are cruel and horrible with no rational reason, no redeeming qualities.
The subject of abused psychic children and the havoc they do has been done before far better. Obviously some seem to find the style and plot of this story satisfying. I would suggest listening to a sample first to hear writing style.
On a positive note, the narrator did a great job! So good I will look him up to see what else he's narrated.
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