There are defining moments in life, when everything changes. For Dani Mays, it was the day she witnessed her father kill her brother. Now seventeen years-old, she still hasn't put it behind her. After Jace's death, she bounced between her alcoholic mother and foster homes, until she found a permanent place. She found a reason to want to stay: Reece Tyler. He's her best friend, yet Dani wants more from Reece.
Faced with losing Reece, Dani struggles to define his place in her life and escape the influence her memories of her brother's death have over her choices. Even as she weaves the pieces of her heart back together, the past becomes more than a memory when a former foster brother reappears and Dani begins receiving threatening phone calls.
©2011 Angela Fristoe (P)2013 Angela Fristoe
Todd W. Brown
Okay, not my usual read. Also, I was able to figure out some of the "twists" ahead of time. Still, it was a nice story and one that my 20-something daughter will love. Overall, this might not stand out as a classic, but it is a good read.
For me, the highlight was the Pamela Lorence narration of the audio version. She really does a spectacular job.
"OK Story, Terrible Narration!"
No, I would not. This felt like a 'filler' book to me that bridged the gap between others in my library. The narrator was without doubt the worst I have heard in all the many audio books I have listened to. Strangely high pitched and. Every. word. was. so. drawn. out. and. over. articulated. I did wonder at one point if the speed I was listening to it at was wrong. it was like listening to a whining teenager talking to someone of a different language, crossed with a primary school teacher telling a story to children. Its a shame actually because I now associate the main character to this voice and found myself frustrated with her whining as a result.
In spite of the narration I did find myself pulled into the story somewhat, through gritted teeth at times though. At the heart of this story is that of young love, which is sweet, and I would imagine most people can relate to this concept. However the main character seems to flit between typical teenager with typical thought processes to one that seemed to be far more mature in its emotions and thoughts. Far from this creating a more complex character, or an interesting example of how we at 18 can be childish but yet have flashes of maturity, it left me feeling jarred by these opposing states. Almost like the adult author was seeping through the teenage character and left me feeling disappointed by these inaccuracies.
I also found the main characters continual need for a male rescuer to be a sad indictment of how women are demonstrated in popular culture, why cant she rescue herself I kept wondering? She certainly is a survivor, why didn't the author allow her to reach her potential without the crutch of her male characters.....?
Different narration, lower pitch with more depth and less sickly-sweet talking to children tones. In. such. an. exaggerated. way....This book explores all manner of dark subjects, from alcoholism and the impact on children by alcoholic parents, children in care, sexual abuse and murder. These subjects require more than a narrator whose tone and pitch would be better suited to the vampire diaries or young adult books.
No and nope.
I have no idea where the title 'Songbird' comes from, or the image of musical notes on the book image. Neither of these things bear any relation to what I heard I am afraid. I don't expect the images to tell the story or be any more than a visual label, but with all the other jarring aspects this is one other to add to the list.
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