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The Wolf of the North, Book 1 audiobook cover art

Unrelenting violence and gore

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

Reviewed: 07-21-18

At first I thought the storytelling might give the book some promise. I had realized, of course, that the tale would have a violent aspect to it; while bloodshed and gore do not appeal to me, I have often put up with those parts for the sake of an otherwise well-written (and well-performed) story. Given the number of audiobooks I go through, I’ve learned to make such compromises.
Unfortunately, as the book progressed it became so unceasingly bloody and dark that I couldn’t stand to listen through the darkness, blood and gore to get to the plot points.(Which, in the end, seemed more as if they were simply there to motivate the violence than for the purposes any more interesting development.)
I ended up skipping to the end, just to get some idea of whether the book turned a better corner, before deciding to return it.
If you like violent stories with simplistic motivations, this may be a great pick for you. If your preferences are more similar to mine, you’ll be better off looking elsewhere.

The Weight of Feathers audiobook cover art

A gem of a book

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

What did you love best about The Weight of Feathers?

So many things; I may need to come back and add to this review when I have more time! For now:
The story drew me in right from the start, and never let me go.
The touches of magical realism are light and beautiful, accentuating the whole without overwhelming the story, and leaving me with beautiful and novel imagery to enjoy long after the story is done.
Lace and Cluck's characters and actions were believable, and I could hardly imagine anyone not caring about them. Their relationship developed in a way which allowed me to believe in their love, and root for them.
The language and dialog are beautiful and moving, yet unaffected and believable -- there is nothing labored or self-conscious about Ms. McLemore's style.
I loved the touches of Spanish and French, and the ways in which these things are part of the flavor of each of the two families.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Fly by Night audiobook cover art

Truly original

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Any additional comments?

The world imagined by Frances Hardinge, for Fly by Night, is one of the most fresh and original I've encountered, and yet believable and thoroughly engaging. I love the complexity of the characters and themes, leavened throughout by Hardinge's dry wit. The plot and character twists were well-developed; they had a surprise element and at the same time made so much sense that in the end they seemed inevitable by virtue of character development, though never quite predictable.Though devoid of saccharine elements, the story ripened into a kind of believable yet never cloying sweetness, as the characters learned and grew.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful