Seventeen-year-old Alice Bonham's life feels out of control after she meets Jack. With his fondness for pink Chuck Taylors and New Wave hits aside, Jack's unlike anyone she's ever met. Then she meets his brother, Peter. His eyes pierce through her, and she can barely breathe when he's around. Even though he can't stand the sight of her, she's drawn to him. But falling for two very different guys isn't even the worst of her problems. Jack and Peter are vampires, and Alice finds herself caught between love and her own blood....
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This is by far the worst book I ever listened to. I don't think anything would make this book
Narator was too slow
Oh god, every one
I usually don't write bad comments but this time I had to. If you value your credits or your money stay away from this one. Honestly, bad writing, ridiculous dialogue, immortal people who act dumber than teenagers and most of all the stupidest main character.
This book ends up being okay, but the character and story-line development takes a good half of the book, leaving only the last third of the book to actually be good. The book takes place in only a couple of weeks, but a lot and yet very little occur in that time frame. The main female character is not a strong character, and it takes very little to get her attention. You end up understanding that her strong attraction to the male character is something entirely different than you initially think, but it doesn't improve her weakness. The narrator is pretty horrible, very choppy and slow, but oddly enough she has a rhythm that you can eventually get in with and not annoy so much. And thankfully, my MP3 player has a fast playback feature for audiobooks. So overall, this is an okay listen, just okay enough that I will give the second book a try.
I'm a grad student with very little time to edit reviews because I'm editing research papers. Forgive the typos. They're made with love.
I feel like a few brain cells died, flinging themselves over a cliff just to escape this horrid nonsense. I'd give it all 1 star if it weren't YA but even then I feel like teenagers are being cheated. Simply put, this is Twilight watered down.
No plot, no endgame (at least where I'm at just before the start of Part 2), Alice is a shallow, self-absorbed, 17-year-old idiot who has clearly never heard the word vampire despite throwing up werewolf as an excuse for Jack's strange behavior. Her only friend is a slut (no really, the girl does nothing but go out, get drunk, and have one-night stands), she hardly gives a thought to her mother who's apparently working 70 hours a week, and her brother is a shadow of a character. She gets saved from being attacked and immediately gets in the car with a complete stranger who is 25 who focuses all his attention on her because "there's just something about her that's different from other girls." He does all these weird things and she just keeps going with the flow while having midless drivel float through her brain for us readers to see how truely clueless she is. Ugh.
The narration is fair at best and mediocre most of the time, but then, it fits the story just perfect.
I bought this during a sale and boy do I feel stupid for going ahead and getting the next few novels just to save a little. Part of me thinks I want to finish it just to get my money out of it but the other part of me thinks I want to save the remaining brain cells. Save yourself the credit.
Say something about yourself!
I JUST FINISHED THE AVAILIBLE BOOKS IN THS SERIES AND I HAVE TO SAY I WAS A BIT ANNOYED WITH I STARTED LISTENING TO THIS BOOK. I NEVER REALLY EXPECT THE FIRST BOOK IN A SERIES TO BE THE BEST BUT I WAS ALMOST REALLY DISAPOINTED BECAUSE I JUST REMINDED ME OF THE TWILIGHT BOOK. IT WAS PROBABLY THE AUTHORS BIGGEST INFLUENCE AND IT REALLY SHOWS. BUT... THE STORY IS REALLY GOOD AND THE AUTHORS DID DO A GREAT JOB ON THE SERIES SO IT IS WORTH LISTENING TO AND GETTING T NEXT BOOK.
I like Fantasy & Science Fiction but not into Zombie. Due to Health issues, listen to Audiobooks/read ebooks where I can enlarge the print
This book has a Twilight-esque storyline, in as much there is a schoolgirl with little sense, self preservation wise or otherwise, who becomes involved with a vampire 'family'.
Unlike Bella, Sally is a self centered person who appears to care little to nothing for her single parent mother who works hard to keep her and her brother in a relatively good and safe home environment.
Sally appears to care a bit more for her younger bother when it suits her. This care however does not stop her from leaving him home alone and even leaving home for no other reason that her mother chastised her for coming home just as the sun was rising on a school day.
There is little to like about Sally as a person in this book in my opinion.
There is a few nice twists to vampire lore in this story and some of the vampire families back stories are nicely detailed.
The narrator does a passable job.
So if you are into Twilight-esque novels this may appeal. Be warned however the books ending leaves a lot to be desired as it resolve very little. One hopes the next book in the series with at least do that.
Sadly in my opinion it's claim to fame is that it makes Twilight look good in comparison
The storyline was disappointing. I guess if you want a combination of The Vampire Diaries and Twilight but not done well, this book is it!
No, but she did well.
just the performer
Pass it by.
I really enjoyed this book and couldn't wait to download the second in the series..I could relate to the characters as if they were friends of mine. I hope the second book is just as good as the first.
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I've never read the print version of this book, but I have read the print version of the most popular series in this genre, The Twilight Saga. At 9 hours plus, the length of this audio book is good value for my membership credit.
I think I liked the more varied and intimate interactions with the vampires, in fact between all the characters, throughout the story, partially allowed by the protagonist, Alice's few positive human relationships and because the author seemed genuinely interested in exploring the humanity of her vampire characters.
I believe I will read the entire series, as the story seems incomplete after this first book in the series. The narration was not the best.
I was particularly moved by the antagonist, blood-lust filled Peter's attack on Alice in the kitchen. This is when Jack's feelings for her become clear, not just to her, but to all the characters present as he defends her against the stronger, more vicious Peter's cruel actions.
Well worth the read! Recommended.
I've always loved Amanda Hockings books, this series being my first introduction to her works. I first read this in 2011, and to this day, it is still one of my favorite paranormal romances. If you're looking for a well written book, check it out.
I'm a big fan of Whispersync! My favorite genre is fantasy, YA and adult, but I'll occasionally listen to/read NA romance or space opera.
This was enjoyable (and cheap!). I liked the main character even if she was determined to die at sixteen for no good reason; you kind of see her death-wish personality as more like depression or being an adrenaline-junkie than blind devotion to guys she doesn't really know at all (even if the character sees it that way). For some reason, the idea that Alice was depressed (which honestly might be just my interpretation) made me like Alice more than I would if she was just determined to be a victim. But regardless, she was very...pitiable and hard to respect.
I'm not going to continue with this series probably though because while this audio book was entertaining, I really didn't like the junkie-like-state that the main character would get in whenever she was around Peter. Peter just didn't seem to have a personality to me, other than being a jerk, and all the encounters between them just seemed so low and demeaning to Alice--I don't really want to experience more of it.
I great book to listen to: I actually had to run my ipod OFF so i could sleep instead of keeping myself awake just to hear the next part. however, if you're looking for something unique, this isn't it. Its so reminiscent of Twilight that i can't believe its not copyright infringement and if i heard the word "complicated" one more time i was going to shred my earphones. BUT it's fun to listen to and slightly more satisfying because its set for a older audience (albeit only by a smidgen). I'd have given it a 5 if it hadn't already all been said and done.
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