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R. Foster

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YA Level of Maturity

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Another disappointing female lead. *sigh*

I tried to be empathetic toward the main character, but her selfishness masked first as self-sacrifice, then as self-preservation, and finally as cowardice grated on my nerves. I found it extremely difficult to suffer through the entire narrative. By the time everything was resolved, I didn’t care anymore.

The cultural and scenic details were more interesting than the story.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

Annoyingly Cliché

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-18

The subject mostly sums it up. Also, the heroine was an idiot with no depth of character. My eyes hurt from rolling them so much.

Plus, it was clear from the story details that the author knows little to nothing about Atlanta.

A story about boys, written for boys

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-02-18

Admittedly, I did not finish this book. I only made it through 18 of 66 chapters, but that was 8 hours of my life waiting for something (anything) of interest to happen.

There were some exciting events in the beginning, but then it became one long cliché. Finally, I came to the conclusion that the story was simply not meant for me because I am not a young boy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

3 Reasons for the 2 Stars

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-17

1) I’m irritated that I had to spend 2 credits to hear this couple’s full story. There was enough unnecessary fluff in both books that it could have easily been one book.

2) I couldn’t stand the female lead with her stereotypical lack of confidence and feelings of unworthiness. She was also irritatingly neurotic. And, of course the male lead was rich and cocky, yet perfectly behaved. Cliché much? My eyes hurt from rolling them so much.

3) Finally, there were some sensitive subjects, both in the main plot and subplots, that I felt were handled carelessly for the sake of manufactured drama. It was very off putting.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Damned Fine Entertainment!

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

The story goes on a few boondoggles, but Ray Porter makes it well worth the ride. I loved the story, the cast of characters and the pop culture references. It's ridiculous at times, but lots of fun.

0 of 7 people found this review helpful

I had to force myself to finish

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-07-17

A decent story, but the writing left me wanting. This book could have been half the length if not for a bunch of inane minutia that didn't further the story or enhance the characters. I would much rather that time / those words had been spent on development of the secondary characters. And, honestly, the stilted narration didn't help.

I have trouble not finishing a book once started. So, I had to ramp this one up to 2x speed to get through it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

I want to love it, but…

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

This book intrigued the space geek in me. But, from about the halfway point through to the end it gets bogged down in minutia. It would have been better as a short story or novella. If not for Ray Porter's narration of the audiobook I'm not sure that I would've finished it. However, before I make a judgement on the series I will read the second book in the series, For We Are Many, which will be released shortly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

A Delightful Surprise

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

Reviewed: 03-10-17

After a dubious start to the story, I was pleasantly surprised by some of the twists that, in the end, made this a delightful retelling of a well known and beloved character's story.

I'm Done

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2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-17

I just can't continue with this series. Eleven books in and still no personal growth or maturity from the main character. This coupled with the ridiculous "power-ups" that leave nowhere for the story to go.

I heard the author say in an interview once that she based Charley partially on Lorelai Gilmore and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. But, I feel like she missed the depths beneath those characters' apparent glibness. It's what made them fascinating and compelling to watch. In contrast, Charley is all icing and no cake.

A Supernatural Soap Opera

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

Reviewed: 09-05-16

One of the characters sums it all up near the end of the book saying, "It's like a supernatural soap opera." Yup, that it is. Take that assessment for what it's worth.

I wouldn't be surprised if the next installment had an evil twin come back from the dead. Oh wait… No. No, that exact scenario hasn't been done yet.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful