I recently started the Red Queen series. I figured I should probably listen to Cruel Crown before proceeding to Glass Sword (which was already availab..Show More »le). I'm glad I listened to it because it does elaborate on a couple of crucial parts of Red Queen. However, the last couple of hours are an excerpt from Glass Sword, which I had already purchased and intended to listen to. Also, while the two stories included in this book are interesting, I feel like they are probably not required reading between Red Queen and Glass Sword (disclaimer: I have not started Glass Sword yet, so this is purely speculation). In my opinion, considering the length of the two actual stories (not including the now obsolete excerpt from Glass Sword), this book is very overpriced at $12+.
Enthralling, twist and turns, excellently narrated
Wow!! If you're a fan of books like The Hunger Games, read this now!! If you're new to the genre, read this now! Fast paced, tight with detail..Show More », packed with intrigue and richly written characters. Kept me enthralled with twists and turns, all the way through. I mostly listened via audio, the narrator injects emotions perfectly. THAT FREAKING ENDING!!
Why is this one at the top of the lists this year? Another class divided society, this one with silver blood topping the servile reds. Our protagoni..Show More »st from a hard-working, destitute family is nothing-special, yet feisty and bound for greatness (unbeknownst to her). This is the same story as so many others and seems to be the child of a "Hunger Games" and "Selection" mating.
Nothing new here except for three versus two boys in love with our heroine. The writing is superior to that of Kiera Cass' "Selection" series, but definitely not phenomenal; just better. Mare is easier to relate to than others, but not as magnetic as Katniss. The narrator does a nice job with inflection, definitely more relatable and not monotone. What you have here is a formulaic book one in the predictable, money-making trilogy publishing. If you're looking for a new YA action/romance tale of anarchy, this is a good listen. Just don't expect anything new or surprising.
I enjoyed the Red Queen and was looking forward to the sequel. While enjoyed the overall story of Glass Sword I found the writing style slightly disap..Show More »pointing. Usually the writing improves as a series progresses but in this case it was quite the opposite. I found that an enormous amount of time was spent explaining erroneous details like trees in the woods or people in the streets that would last for pages. In contrast things like fight scenes left you wanting more. There was also very little dialogue among characters and to much time spent inside Mare's head. The writing style unfortunately made want to give up on the story multiple times even though I was interested in the outcome.