In this breathless third installment of Victoria Aveyard's best-selling Red Queen series, allegiances are tested on every side. And when the Lightning Girl's spark is gone, who will light the way for the rebellion?
Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes. She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal. Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country - and his prisoner.
As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once-ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continue organizing, training, and expanding. They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows. And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.
When blood turns on blood and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire - leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.
©2017 Victoria Aveyard (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers
I loved the first 2 books but this one was a drag. I wanted it to be over. mare was so whiney and there was little action. it truly felt like a filler book. very disappointed.
My fiancé has Clash of Clans, I have Audible. I win.
The format change (each chapter belonging to a different character), I can deal with. It flows with the story line. Mare is a prisoner, so we have to fill the gaps. Having different narrators for each chapter/character change is, I guess, the next step. However, when the new narrator pronounces names, places, etc. differently than the first two books, I tend to get distracted.
Ms. Ojo's narrative actually made me stop listening more than once. Cameron (the character she voiced) was written as an angry young woman who hated the world. Her voice conveyed none of that. Instead, she sounded sleepy and bored. Throw that on top of the mispronounced names, and you see my issue. Amanda Dolan could have read all the characters without the "reader" getting lost. She's that good.
I was so excited for this book. I loved the first two, and I'm a sucker for a cliffhanger ending. As I was listening, I found myself thinking it all seemed thrown together too quickly. The battle scenes were well written, while the other parts seemed to just be filled with enough words to get by. Maybe by the time the next one comes out, I will have listened to it again and changed my mind. I sincerely doubt it, but maybe.
I don't know where to begin with this review. All I know is that the book was really drawn out, unnecessarily long and not that good at all. Mair was a pitiful mess throughout most of the book. Her capture lasted way too long. I couldn't really connect with anyone in the book. I felt like I was being tortured as I continued to listen to see if they would finally get to the climax. By the 26 chapter I could not take it any longer. A huge disappointment in the heels of the other two books in the trilogy.
Not only is the story incredibly slow and boring the narration is horrendous. the narrator for "camren" literally whines throughout the entire story. I struggled to get through this I would not recommend it!
Here's the thing. I really, really want to like these books. However, I find the narrator, Amanda Dolan, to have one of the most annoying voices I have ever heard. Mare, the main character, is annoying and I spend most of this book rolling my eyes at how childish she can be. The entire book feels like it was written by inexperienced, aspiring author and not someone who has sealed a publishing deal.
The first portion of the book, where Mare was stuck with Maven, felt slow and drawn out. I found myself falling asleep or losing focus while listening to it. The second half felt unnecessary, like the whole purpose was just to showcase Mare's relationship with Cal. It was boring and relatively unexciting. I'm glad to read that Aveyard decided not to turn this drama filled love triangle between Mare and the two princes into an angst-ridden love square (rectangle?) with her best friend whose name I cannot remember because his part in this book was that insignificant.
Story was slow. Most of the story concentrated on Mare's internal struggles. Was not as engaging as the previous books in the series. At least for me.
Ok so the voice was so bad I loved the overall story and I love audio books but this lady's voice was just bad I listened for all of 2 minutes before I could not take this lady's voice anymore
Different perspectives are good but it's really hard to hold my attention. I couldn't wait for this book to come out now I think it needs to go back to the rough drafts and try again
So, I'm 2 hours into this book-and I already don't like the narrator for "Camren"-she's supposed to be a hard, bossy, street smart 15 year old girl, not a breathy, soft & slow spoken women??? Don't get that change at all! And Farley-had an accent in the last two books, now she sounds southern?!? Bad narration. I'm wondering how long the prison interment is going to last-bc 2 months with nothing going on, is way to long.
I really don't want to continue with this book-based on the first 2 hours and distracting narration. I think I'll return it to audible and skip on to the next book! Disappointed!
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