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E. S. Brown

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  • Followed by Frost

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,077
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986

Seventeen-year-old Smitha has the wealth, status, and beauty that make her the envy of her town - until she rejects a strange man's marriage proposal, and disastrous consequences follow. Smitha becomes cursed, and frost begins to encompass everything she touches. Banished to the hills, hunted by villagers, and chilled to the very core of her soul, she finds companionship with Death, who longs to coax her into his isolated world. But Smitha's desire for life proves stronger than despair.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romance Alert

  • By bg on 07-30-16

Feminist Warning

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-17

This is a masterfully written story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is written in a Grimm fairytale style, which is why I can forgive it's 'old fashioned ways.'

Essentially, she slaps down a man's marriage proposal (pretty harshly, but not uncalled for), and he curses her for it. Years of death and pain ensue. She's stalked and harassed by Death (sometimes sexually). All of this is unfair, but hey life isn't fair. It's when she starts justifying the actions of the man that cursed her that finally got me.

Eventually she realizes her mistake and takes ownership over her actions (which is good) and says that she wishes she could thank the man that cursed her for showing her the error of her ways (bad bad bad bad bad). It's internalized abuse. She even wants to thank Death for keeping her company after he attacked her, coerced her, and belittled her.

It's one thing to understand the consequences of your actions, it's another to want to thank someone who has abused you. It's okay to not like someone who has hurt you, but the moral of this story appears to be 'always be nice to people because you never know if they're going to snap and kill you.' Not a great moral. 'Be humble and desperate and people will see what a great person you are.' Not great either.

As a old-timey type story this is great, but the moral should be taken with a modern grain of salt. No one should force you to be submissive, but you can be kind and submissive without being a doormat!

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  • The Shepherd's Crown

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848

Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, and the fifth to feature the witch Tiffany Aching.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really Really REALLY going to miss Terry Pratchett

  • By Ruby on 09-05-15

Everything I needed (spoilers)

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-24-15

I had felt Terry Preatchett slipping away from us during his last Discworld book, Raising Steam. I was so afraid that I would be sadly disappointed by The Shepherd's Crown, but I felt that it was perfect. It was his last novel and I think he knew it. From early on in the book I felt like he was trying to prepare us for his own departure, as the book covers the death of a very important character. I believe it was everything I needed in order to say goodbye to a dear friend.

I then cried for like an hour, because I will miss him dearly...

  • Sanctum

  • Guards of the Shadowlands, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Fine
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 703

A week ago, 17-year-old Lela Santos’ best friend, Nadia, killed herself. Today, thanks to a farewell ritual gone awry, Lela is standing in paradise, looking upon a vast gated city in the distance - hell. No one willingly walks through the Suicide Gates, into a place smothered in darkness and infested with depraved creatures. But Lela isn’t just anyone - she’s determined to save her best friend’s soul, even if it means sacrificing her eternal afterlife. As Lela struggles to find Nadia, she’s captured by the Guards, enormous, not-quite-human creatures that patrol the dark city’s endless streets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • unusual YA take on the afterlife/angels

  • By withherownwings on 07-15-14

Interesting

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-15

The story takes a chapter or two to warm up, but then it gets pretty interesting. The main character is a little useless, but it's the love interest I'm cheering for. Ahhhhh, what a nice guy ^_^

It's an easy listen and keeps you pretty interested, but the angst and past horrors are a little... I don't know... too much? I felt it detracted from my experience, and the fact that the main character causes so much trouble but no one gets mad at her made me angry. Lol, she needs to get yelled at or something.

You'll enjoy this if you're into teen romances, heaven/hell fantasies, or really angsty teen novels.

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