Bron Jones was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he was rejected by one family after another, until he met Olivia, a gifted and devoted high-school teacher who recognized him for what he really was--what her people call a "nightingale."
This is YA Fantasy. Not my favorite genre. At. All. But I actually liked this story a lot. It's told in a mature way, even when the POV is from one of the featured teenagers. The world unfolds s...more
Aside from the prologue--which I thought was way too spoileriffic...more
All of the magic in this book comes from the ability to give or take thoughts and abilities fr...more
Farland has a gift when it comes to creating characters. Each one walks off the page. We know the main characters, but we can feel the secondary characters standing next to them. The plot line is engrossing and I was rooting for several of the chara...more
I know a lot of David Farland fans are raving over this book--and like I said,...more
Years later we are introduced to Bron, a foster child whose life couldn’t possibly get worse at the hands of his foster m...more
I read the book in approximately two days. I haven't done that in years. I still love reading. I write my own stuff too, so I have to read fiction to keep up on my trade. However, I haven't had a book pick me up and become one I couldn't put down in years. I don't even think I had a single college text that engaged me this much. But, not many of my college text books dealt with topics like the following:
*Identity of the Self
*Moral Obligation to Self and Society
Our main narrator is Bron Jones, a foster kid who’s been shuffled through the system into increasingly unsuitable home situations...more
But Bron isn't ready to learn the truth. There are secrets that have been hidden from mankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden. Some things are too dangerous to know.
Bron's secret may be the most dangerous of all....more
Well, I am delighted to say that this book does not follow that story arc. Indeed, the juxtaposition between contemporary US and the way the protagonist, Bron, and people like him experience the world is extremely dramatic, and Farland is a master at having these two wor...more
I know David Farland understands how to write a good story. His book Million Dollar Outlines is fantastic for explaining what makes stories interesting and desirable to read, and then instructing how to outline said stories. I know he gets it. And yet, this book is completely mediocre.
I guess my problem is that I expected this book to be about Bron accomplishing something.
My expectation was that Bron would find out he's uniquely special, as all protagonists do...more
As for the actual book, I really enjoyed it. It was fast paced and kept my attention throughout the book. The characters are interesting and I could easily picture them in my...more
I found this story to be a great page-turner, taking me on a journey that was completely new, and wholly believable. It could almost make me rethink what I believe about the world!
The only thing that brought this book down a notch in my estimation was the main character's lack of humanity. Now, there's very good reason for his coldness--one very human...more
The action starts from the get-go and never really lets up till the very last word.
The "Nightingale" of the title is Bron, a 16 year old in care after being abandoned as a baby. He is moved from home to home never really settling. On being moved on from his latest home, he is passed into the care of Olivia who finds that, like herself, Bron is a mem...more
One of my biggest problems with this novel was that I found the writing to be so shallow I wanted to throw it across the room. The following is an excerpt that served as the final straw for me:
"His eyes seemed to say, 'I've known pain, and I know your pain. Speak softly, and I will comfort you.'...more
Marie trembled at Galadriel's side. It was unusual for Galadriel's mom to get so excited.
This is really more like 4.5 stars, but I round up :)
Bron was a great protagonist. He's something different and in the end I wasn't sure that he would end up being a hero. The story is not over with this installment, so that is yet to be see...more
If sparkly vampires make you blanch, then you have nothing to worry about. Nightingale, though occasionally dark, is an enjoyable and satisfying story.
The worst thing about Nightingale, to be completely honest, is the cover, and I don’t much like the title, either. But, since we don’t judge books by their covers, or their titles either, for that matter, let me...more
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Nightingale will change your perspective on the reading world. Buried inside the pages of this enhanced novel is the story of a boy, a legend, a destiny, and plenty of secrets that will keep you addicted.
I enjoyed Nightingale. It's a story with tons of history that adds up...more
Bron was immediately easy to fall for. A victim of the System, he'd been bounced from one foster home to the next with no advocate really watching out for him and his best interests. The story opened with him in one of those less-than-fortunate situations, which sent the images of a male Cinderella to my mind. Emotionally battered, yet a strong will to survive, his plight was one many can connect with. Like most teen...more
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