Ted Finley was your typical, wise-cracking teenager - until an otherworldly force gave him abilities beyond his wildest dreams.
After an unintended public display of his powers, Ted has become an instant celebrity and the target of a gang of undead thugs.
Sixteen-year-old Erica LaPlante was six-feet-under when a blast of blue light brought her body back to life. Armed with the consciousness of a fierce warrior, Erica must keep her teenage urges at bay to protect the newfound hero.
When sparks fly between Ted and Erica, Erica wants nothing more than to hide who she really is and the dangerous mission they must face. But when their school comes under attack, Ted and Erica must use everything at their disposal to save their friends, the town and... well, the world.
Ted Saves the World is a YA sci-fi/fantasy novel that features fast-paced action, terrifying horror, side-splitting comedy and a touch of romance. Author Bryan Cohen has watched every episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and it shows in the first audiobook of his new series.
©2014 Bryan Cohen (P)2014 Bryan Cohen
A fun and engaging read.
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first went into this because there are some pretty mixed reviews, but what I didn't expect was to like it as much as I did!!
Character wise, we have a few different ones but the main 2 are Ted and Erica. Ted was such a refreshing character. He was a shy, witty, funny and an all round normal boy until the day he gets super powers. I loved how Ted handled getting the powers, he was hilarious at times but he really handled himself well. He didn't let the power go to his head and he stayed down to earth. He started getting popular in school but kept his own gang of misfits (whom I loved).
Then we have Erica, a popular cheerleader, whom Ted has a crush on. Erica was murdered but her body has come back to life to help Ted save the world from evil beings, intent on overrunning it. Erica was kick ass and I loved her spirit. She took no prisoners and could handle her own. She has the answers Ted needs to understand his powers but she needs to figure out how to get into his life.
There is also a host of minor characters and boy were they well written!! My favourite 2 were Natalie, (GREAT name by the way ;)) who is an athlete and Ted's girlfriend and Dhiraj, who is a business prodigy and Teds best friend. These 2 had an amazing relationship with Ted and made the book more enjoyable, though my heart broke for poor Natalie.
Plot Wise: It was fast paced and exciting. From the moment Ted gets his powers, we are brought on a dangerous journey alongside him. He has very little time to master his powers and use them against the bad guys. I loved learning about Erica and the world she belongs to. I also loved how the bad guys came to be as such. The idea was unique and well described.
In all, Ted Saves the World is an enjoyable and exciting read. With it's lovable characters, who you can't help but cheer on, and it's well written and developed plot, it's a must read. At times laugh out loud funny and at times, edge of your seat tense, it's a book that all ages will enjoy. I for one am looking forward to book 2 and can't wait to read it.
The audio of this, for me anyway, made the story way more enjoyable. Steven Jay Cohen really got into the part and brought the story to life. He gave each character their own personalities but I think he really nailed Ted. I could just picture Ted when everything was happening. Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this!!
*I received a copy of this for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own*
Ted is a normal teenager until he is given super powers and his world turns upside down. Suddenly he is popular in school, the media is camped outside his house, and he has two attractive girls vying for his affections. And, of course, there is a villain to defeat. This is Bryan Cohen’s first novel and he has created an exciting story with interesting characters. I already own the sequel and can’t wait to see how the story continues, but it was wonderful to start the series out with the audio version, which was fantastic. It is written for young adults, but even at age 51, I found it very entertaining. Well done!
Yes, for anything, the characters and situations.
None, so far at least.
The main character.
More than anything, I was entertained by it.
Looking forward to part two.
Books like this are why I read and listen to YA well into adulthood. The characters are great and well fleshed out. Ted makes a wonderful hero, a good guy who steps up when called, and the villains are deliciously wicked. The story is really entertaining, and the narrator is a perfect fit.
The best part about Ted saves the world was it's ability to keep you on the edge of your seat. I found myself looking forward to listening whenever I could.
Steven's smooth speech combined with his accents and fluctuations in dialogue helped bring the characters to life. Every time he spoke I could picture everyone's faces.
I would have loved to listen to Ted Saves The World all in one sitting however, it made my commute something to look forward to rather than dread. It was fun to be left on a cliff hanger until later in the day.
Ted Saves The World was a perfect YA. It was filled with humor, suspense, turmoil, & adventure. I especially liked the different vantage points of scenes. It gave a unique perspective of the story. I can't wait for the next installment.
A fun story that shows not all heroes are type A personalities.
I enjoyed the writing which was well crafted and leaves enough open for a jump into the next book in the series.
The narrator did a great job on the audio edition. The voices he did really help you picture the wide cast of characters.
Stucky. You gotta love a criminal questioning his life choices.
The diner. I wasn't sure what to expect getting into the story, and that scene threw me right in.
From Zero to Hero!
Ted Saves the World is a fun novel and an easy listen about a pretty average student who is gifted with some pretty impressive powers during a diner robbery. It is a rather public unveiling, leaving no chance of adopting a secret identity, or keeping it low key among friends. As with modern society, cell phone cameras, social media, it spreads so fast Ted is a sensation by the time he gets home.
The story was enjoyably light fare, and no plot points stretching believability, and none that had me scratching my head. And I really like how the evil in the book wasn't limited to the supernatural. There was also the small town ordinary evil, a favorite theme of mine from many of Stephen King's books.
I'm well beyond teenage years, but didn't find the characters irritating, shallow or "un-relatable". The "non-evil" characters were likeable (especially his entrepreneurial friend Dhiraj), and even one of the baddies had some interesting internal conflict for part of the tale.
Narration by Steven Jay Cohen was top notch. His reading is very soothing, and his accents and voices for each character distinct.
I hope this series continues in audio book, and the same narrator returns.
I am at that half a century mark in years. I enjoy audiobooks,cats,rats and most days my family,not necessarily in that order!lol
Ted is a High School boy with with girl issues.Too soon ,those aren't his biggest problems.This book is full of friendships lost and found,adventure and heroism.It was well written with likable characters.The narration by Steven J Cohen was excellent.His voice works well for all of the characters.
I was gifted a copy through Audio Blast for an honest review.
Steven Jay Cohen did a great job narrating this book; it was easy to tell different characters apart and I enjoyed his reading thoroughly. The world itself was an interesting concept, dealing with a war between good and evil and entities that can basically take control of corpses (though making them much less corpse-like.)
That said, the story felt a little bit lacking; the super-powers for the main character (Ted) are a bit over the top and hard to really relate to. He's not quite as impervious as Superman, but is pretty close to it. I also found Erica to be a bit hard to believe in her role and attempts to blend in as a high school student rather than actually doing her job.
It is an introduction to a new world, though, and the story and characters did improve throughout the text as the book prorgressed. I will eventually pick up the second novel to see what becomes of the characters; I could see myself continuing with the series or calling it good at book two at this point, but hopefully the trend of improving prose throughout the novel continues at a steady pace in book 2 in which case I could see this as a must-read series for fans of young-adult teenage super-heroes.
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