I did enjoy it, mostly because of the narration ( :D ), but something in the middle of the story wasn't quite right. I can't really say wha...moreRating: 3,5
I did enjoy it, mostly because of the narration ( :D ), but something in the middle of the story wasn't quite right. I can't really say what it was but it didn't seemed to flow so well. I did like the beginning and the ending though. The setting was appealing, I think I'd never read any story that took place during the French Revolution, and I liked the idea of strands of magic.
This is one book that I should have read instead of listen to. Since I only listen to audiobooks when I've chores that take some time to do, there wer...moreThis is one book that I should have read instead of listen to. Since I only listen to audiobooks when I've chores that take some time to do, there were weeks (even months) in which I didn't pick up the audio and I feel like I've lost something of the story. However this was the first story by Gaiman that I really enjoyed and surprised me. I did like the characters and the idea of gods living among us.
Couldn't relate or feel any interest in the characters, as I find the protagonist annoying. Even her interest on the guy seems superficial, just becau...moreCouldn't relate or feel any interest in the characters, as I find the protagonist annoying. Even her interest on the guy seems superficial, just because he avoided her and didn't fall to his knees in front of her when they first saw each other at school, making her doubt her effect on men.
Depois de um primeiro volume prometedor mas previsível e um segundo algo fraquinho, não fazia contas de ler este livro. No entanto, ao ler a crítica d...moreDepois de um primeiro volume prometedor mas previsível e um segundo algo fraquinho, não fazia contas de ler este livro. No entanto, ao ler a crítica da Silent Raven fiquei curiosa (fantasmas? final surpreendente?) e lá arrisquei. Confesso, estou fã! Esta série tornou-se um guilty pleasure!
Depois dos acontecimentos do volume anterior, Rose tem de lidar com os seus fantasmas, literalmente, enquanto se prepara para acabar a sua formação e assiste ao julgamento de Viktor Dashkov. Claro que as coisas não são fáceis para Rose, e se a personagem irritava-me um pouco a início, neste volume gostei bastante dela.
Rose surge como uma personagem real, com dilemas reais ainda que seja uma personagem de ficção num mundo fantástico. Ela cresce neste livro a olhos vistos e a sua relação com as restantes personagens evolui de maneira credível, seja com Dimitri, Lissa ou a sua própria mãe. Ainda tem aquele tipo de humor que a caracteriza, e de que já tinha gostado anteriormente, mas aprende a seguir ordens (aliás, ela é treinada para isso) e torna-se mais ponderada. Rose cresce bastante interiormente, crescimento esse que a leva a perceber que ela pode controlar a sua vida, apesar de toda a sua formação apontar para um sacrifício em favor dos moroi, ela tem escolhas e é obrigada a fazer uma escolha muito difícil no final. E que final... Deixou-me de boca aberta, à beira das lágrimas (é verdade, às vezes dá-me para ser sensível) e com vontade de pegar imediatamente no próximo volume. No que toca à história deste, ficamos a conhecer mais um pouco da mitologia da autora, nomeadamente como o espírito é usado e como funciona a sociedade em que Lissa se irá mover, e o enredo já não é tão previsível como os anteriores, o que não me levou ao desespero (ou constante revirar de olhos).
Sinceramente não sei o que mais dizer deste livro. Simplesmente adorei-o. Nunca pensei dizer isto desta série mas... estou a gostar e recomendo!
Vale o dinheiro gasto: É o primeiro volume da série em que acho que vale a pena investir o dinheiro. Os dois primeiros são muito previsíveis e a personagem parece um pouco burra, já que o leitor consegue antecipar o final a quilómetros, mas tal não acontece neste o que o torna bastante mais agradável. O final de facto surpreendeu-me, e é daquelas surpresas boas que nos deixam a arrancar cabelos enquanto esperamos pela continuação.(less)
After reading the first volume, I was hoping this one would also surprise me in some way but unfortunately it didn't. To begin with, I wasn't thrilled...moreAfter reading the first volume, I was hoping this one would also surprise me in some way but unfortunately it didn't. To begin with, I wasn't thrilled to see that the narrator had been replaced, since Stephanie Wolfe had done an exceptional job in the previous volume, especially when it came to represent the different characters going so far as doing accents according to the nationality of each one. For example, with Russian characters we had a Russian accent. This made a big difference while following the story because the characters sounded very similar.
In addition to that, despite having an appealing synopsis which promised to have confrontations with the so feared Strigoi, the story was even more predictable than the previous. But that's not all, since the character Rose still leaves something to be desired. It's true, she grows a little but it's amazing how can she be so blind when the answers to some questions are right in front of her. The only positive aspect of this book, in my opinion, was to learn more about the fifth element, the spirit, which is part of the Moroi magic and that more Moroi use it even if they don't fully understand it, since it was an unknown power until the previous volume.
While many levels below the previous one, it still entertained me on a boring afternoon doing various household chores but I don't think that I'll continue following this series.(less)
I must confess myself surprised by this title. I expected something like a crossing between the Twilight Saga with the series House of Night (of which...moreI must confess myself surprised by this title. I expected something like a crossing between the Twilight Saga with the series House of Night (of which I only read a chapter that didn't captivate me), but I came across something quite different and, to some extent, enjoyable.
Let me start with the positive points. I really liked the vampire world the author presents, with Dhampirs and two types of vampires: the Moroi, good vampires and living beings, and the Strigoi, the bad vampires and undead. We follow a Dhampir who attends St. Vladimir's Academy, where she is educated to protect the Moroi, who attend the same school. Our Dhampir, Rose, is friends with Moroi princess, Lissa, but there's more linking them than just friendship. Rose can feel Lissa due to a strange bond that unites them making her the perfect guardian for Lissa, since Strigoi want to kill Moroi and Dhampirs can only protect them. Moroi could defend themselves, since they have magic powers, but they think that the best attack is a good defense and so they rely on Dhampirs.
Basically I liked the idea but the main character is annoying (after all she's a teenager with hormones jumping around) and the story is predictable. From the moment we realize what is really at stake, we anticipate the final miles from the end of the book and it becomes frustrating when the heroine can't see it.
Still it's an entertaining read. There has been some time since I've listened to audiobooks and I think this one was a good choice. A light and pleasant reading for an afternoon spent doing several household chores.(less)
I have to start reading more reviews and information before venturing myself in some readings, and least of all should I base my ideas on movie traile...moreI have to start reading more reviews and information before venturing myself in some readings, and least of all should I base my ideas on movie trailers. When I picked up this audiobook I thought I would find something quite different thing from what I eventually found: a Twilight thing with werewolves.
I've became aware of this book when I came across the movie trailers, which lead me to think this was something like "Underworld" but I was wrong. The characters weren't adults, contrary to what the film showed, but adolescents with the reader following the story of Vivian, a "lugaru" or werewolf, who falls for a human. We see her inner struggle since if she wants to be normal, she also can't put aside her animal nature that makes her feel beautiful and free. This could be interesting if only the story have taken another path.
Most of the book dwells with Vivian's passion towards Aiden and the typical adolescent life, therefore is not surprising that the main character turns out to be self-centered and arrogant. She tells of how is difficult to be what she is and how she would love to reveal herself to Aiden. The book drags around this point posing little interest. When she decides to show her true nature to Aiden, he doesn't react as she was expecting (fortunately not everyone is like Bella "you're a being that wants to kill me and delight yourself in my blood, that is so cool and now I'm hopelessly in love with you!!!") and despite everything she doesn't give up and almost becomes a stalker as she gets into the room of a girl Aiden had become interest in and trashes it. After this she's not arrested by the police because the new elected leader of the pack, Gabriel (who had been involved with Vivian's mom but also shows interest in her), provides an alibi for her telling the police that he, a 24 year old man, was with her, who is 16/17 years old, making very loud noises which his neighbour can confirm (from what I understand that they were making sex all night long) and the police goes away. Listening to this part the words creepy and paedophile came to my mind, as well as yuck!
But it doesn't end there, since victims of wolf attacks start to appear which leads the pack, fearing for their safety, to investigate these occurrences. Of course Vivian thinks she's the cause of those deaths, since she can't really recall what she has done in the nights the killings took place, and decides to end her life but a charming prince appears, not in a horse but wearing wolves clothes, and saves her from the fire. That is, out of nowhere the guy she despised is, after all, the one who completes her and they have sex (BDSM style) as they have never had before...
I wonder how I was able to listen to this audiobook to the end.(less)
I do not know what was passing through my head to make me read this book, since the reviews I came across, like that of Ana O., were negative. Perhaps...moreI do not know what was passing through my head to make me read this book, since the reviews I came across, like that of Ana O., were negative. Perhaps I was encouraged by Austenland and hoped that the audiobook would be more interesting. But I was wrong.
One morning Courtney Stone wakes up not in her bed, but in Regency England. Without knowing what has happened Courtney, whose favorite author is Jane Austen and having read and reread the books many times, tries to adapt to her surroundings and keep on with the life she has been presented to, hoping at the same time to return, in any way possible, to the 21st century.
This could turn into an interesting story but the main character turns out to be rather stupid, especially in the part in which she gets to know Jane Austen, and never stops complaining throughout the book about: how her boyfriend has betrayed her, how her boyfriend's friend was the good one after all, how the dresses suit her breasts, how the hygiene conditions are deplorable, how she is not who they think she is... Bah! Annoying, annoying, annoying. I just wanted to slap her in the face to see if she would stop whining and complaining.
The characters were flat, with not that much into them, and there was even the cheap copy of Mr. Darcy to help this sad party. The story was dull and even the narrator was a bore. The ending opens a door for the next book, Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, but it seems to me that I won't pick it up that soon (if ever!). Really, the only good thing I about this book was that I listened to it during an afternoon in which I had a nice pile of clothes to iron and had to tidy the house, otherwise I would consider the time spent listening to it as lost.(less)
From time to time, Jane Austen gets a new focus in the literary scene, either because her books or her life is adapted, in a somewhat constant way, to...moreFrom time to time, Jane Austen gets a new focus in the literary scene, either because her books or her life is adapted, in a somewhat constant way, to the small and the big screen or because her books are subjected to reviews that add to them zombies or sea monsters. Now there's seems to be appearing a niche in the chick-lit genre with stories that show how this author can change lives. I have already read (and seen) The Jane Austen Book Club and after reading Slayra's review (in Portuguese) of this book I could not wait to read it, if only to see the protagonist "walk from one side to the other dressed in the nineteenth century costumes" (translation is mine).
Jane is little over her 30's and has almost everything any woman could want, lacking only a boyfriend. It's not that she has never had one, but her relationships never knew a happy ending, mostly because of her obsession with Mr. Darcy as he is played by Colin Firth. An aunt, knowing this, leaves to Jane in her will a paid vacation to an estate that portrays the England of Austen's books, where gentlemen abound to satisfy every woman's wish to find their favourite Austen hero.
In my opinion, the protagonist has more of an obsession with the actor rather than the original Mr. Darcy, because otherwise some things wouldn't have happened. We never fully understand the fascination that Darcy has on her (or the problem is mine as he's not my favourite hero) and I can not but blame the main character for some of her failed romances. She simply throws herself head first into romances hardly knowing the guys that well. Furthermore she is a bit annoying and repetitive; regretting over and over again that no one likes her and then she decides to dive into Austen's world as presented in Pembrook Park, but then she decides she craves for something real but it is better then to dive into that world, but nobody likes her... and so on. Fortunately, it's also fun at spaces and that's why I'm giving it this rating. I confess that if I had read it in some other time I wouldn't have found it that funny, but having enjoyed this book in audio format I did laugh out loud in some parts, much due to the narrator's wonderful work, as she gave the necessary emphasis to some expressions. I remember, for example, when startled Jane discovers her ninja self or the "Wooo!" when she felt like being disputed by two men.
In terms of character development, only the protagonist is properly developed. The rest are stereotypes or a cheap copy of Austen's heroes, we never find out the motives that lead them to act and we even end up not knowing if they are what they seem. The story is exactly what is expected of such a book and I recommend it with some reservations. This book might me more suitable to be read when you want something light and funny.(less)
Last to be published and also the last volume of the saga following the chronology of Narnia. Here all the protagonists of earlier books, except for S...moreLast to be published and also the last volume of the saga following the chronology of Narnia. Here all the protagonists of earlier books, except for Susan, find themselves feeling that something is going on in Narnia. Only Jill and Eustace are able to travel to Narnia, where they help the king Tirian to unmask the ape Shift, who in the meanwhile had won the support of the Calormen. Then there’s a great battle, as the title indicates, and the end of Narnia. Or is it really the end?(less)
Sixth in the order of publication, first in Narnia’s chronology. This is, perhaps, my favourite book. Here we know not only Digory Kirke and Polly Plu...moreSixth in the order of publication, first in Narnia’s chronology. This is, perhaps, my favourite book. Here we know not only Digory Kirke and Polly Plummer, but also Jadis, the White Witch. We follow the 3 while they watch the end of one world and the creation of a new one, Narnia. I think this is the most magical, if I might say, of all these books and I loved, as it happened in The Silmarillion by Tolkien, friend of C.S. Lewis, that the world and all its beings have been created through music. It is certainly the book in which one most feels the connection between this saga and the Christian religion.(less)
Fifth book published is the third in the chronology of Narnia. This might be the book I like the least in this saga, although we meet a different cult...moreFifth book published is the third in the chronology of Narnia. This might be the book I like the least in this saga, although we meet a different culture, the Calormen. If Narnia seems like the Garden of Eden and represents Christianity, being Aslan and the Emperor Overseas the exponent of that, symbolizing Christ the Son and God the Father, I think we can say that the Calormen may represent Islam. The protagonists are the horse Bree, who is trying to escape the Calormen that have "enslaved" him and his boy Shasta, who learns to have been adopted. While escaping, they meet Aravis and Hwin with the same destination, Narnia, but realize that to make it and live in freedom they must prevent the Calormen of conquering Archenland, a land between Narnia and Calormen.(less)
Fourth book to be published, sixth in the chronology of Narnia. It tells, once again, a story featuring Eustace who travels to Narnia not in the compa...moreFourth book to be published, sixth in the chronology of Narnia. It tells, once again, a story featuring Eustace who travels to Narnia not in the company of his cousins but of Jill Pole, her schoolmate and who is entrusted with a task by Aslan: she must remember his directions in order to save prince Rilian. This was not one my favourite books when I read it, but I really liked this audio version, I was able to better visualize the story and situations, feeling that I also accompanied them and the Marsh-wiggle Puddlegum, who in this version isn’t so boring as I thought him to be before, quite the contrary.(less)
Third in the order of publication, fifth following the chronology of Narnia. Lucy and Edmund return to meet Caspian, this time not in Narnia but on bo...moreThird in the order of publication, fifth following the chronology of Narnia. Lucy and Edmund return to meet Caspian, this time not in Narnia but on board the vessel "Dawn Treader", and this time they arrive with their cousin Eustace, an unbearable child. The story takes the characters to great adventures, but Eustace and Reepicheep are the protagonists of some of the most exciting ones. This is one of my favorite books of this saga, particularly because of Eustace's growth (his story it is somewhat similar to that of Edmund's in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and Reepicheep's bravery.(less)
Second book to be written but the fourth following Narnia's chronology. Caspian is a young prince, heir to the throne of Narnia, but being very young...moreSecond book to be written but the fourth following Narnia's chronology. Caspian is a young prince, heir to the throne of Narnia, but being very young is his uncle Miraz who rules. But Miraz wants to be more than Regent, he wants to be king and his sons to succeed him which forces Caspian to flee. Having grown up listening to the legends of Old Narnia, Caspian joins the Talking Animals and all the creatures that once inhabited the Old Narnia to regain his throne. But he also has the help of the kings of old, whom he calls with the magic horn of one of them. And this is how the four siblings Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter return to Narnia for another adventure. Another good book, we notice that some characters "grow" and, therefore, the perception of Narnia becomes a little more different. In this book one of my favorite characters makes its first appearance, the small Reepicheep.(less)
This was the first book of this saga written by CS Lewis, but it's the second volume if one follows the chronology of Narnia (which I have done before...moreThis was the first book of this saga written by CS Lewis, but it's the second volume if one follows the chronology of Narnia (which I have done before, I'm now re-reading them following their publication order), a land to which Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter travel after finding a strange wardrobe. There they encounter ancient legends saying that two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve will defeat the White Witch of Narnia who bewitched the land so that it's always winter but never Christmas. It is considered one of the best books of the saga, but I confess that it isn't one of my favorites. It is certainly a book more geared to children but it is still interesting to read, delighting our inner child.(less)
Anxious for the sixth movie to come out, mostly now that the movies seem to be getting better, as I loved the fifth one, but then I disliked the book....moreAnxious for the sixth movie to come out, mostly now that the movies seem to be getting better, as I loved the fifth one, but then I disliked the book... As I was saying, anxious for the next movie I couldn't be indifferent to the book so I decided to read it again. I must confess myself a bit disappointed, in this second reading, but I still had some facts fresh in my head and, as I read it the first time in English, this re-reading didn't lead me to better understand jokes or clear some incidents, as happened with the re-reading of the previous books.
This volume gets to be more mature and dark, than the previous ones. We have a very different beginning and changes in Hogwarts' staff that brought a bit of fresh air to the story. I liked the fact that Hagrid wasn't around that much, I also liked Slughorn and it was a pity we could see more of Snape's lessons. The book is much more interesting than the previous, as we uncover some of Snape's (by far my favourite character) and Voldemort's backgrounds. Also, I liked that Malfoy was given a bit more depth and an interesting task, since in the last books he seemed a bit overshadowed and poorly used as Harry's antagonist. Besides that, I know there sere peoples who didn't liked the inclusion of Horcruxes, but I really liked their purpose as well as I liked the visits to Tom Riddle's past through the Pensieve. It's noticeable that Harry is a bit more mature and that Dumbledore, after keeping the truth from Harry for five years and finally having disclosed everything to him, is passing unto him the burden and knowledge to better take his task to a satisfactory ending, as Dumbledore feels he will not be around for much longer.
A very good book, that sets up the final chapter of this series.(less)
Again, for the second time, I get to the end of this saga. Having read this book for the first time not so long ago, just over two years ago, and havi...moreAgain, for the second time, I get to the end of this saga. Having read this book for the first time not so long ago, just over two years ago, and having already left my opinion here I have nothing more to add except that, like the other audiobooks, Stephen Fry does a great job. It was certainly another way to enjoy one of the best stories I've ever had the pleasure to read. :D(less)
I must say this is the book I like less of this series. I didn't enjoyed it the first time I read it, it was the only one in which I slept half the wa...moreI must say this is the book I like less of this series. I didn't enjoyed it the first time I read it, it was the only one in which I slept half the way through a chapter, didn't enjoyed it the second time I've read nor the third.
After the more mature tone of the previous volumes, this seems to be a bit more childish, with Peeves once again messing around, even if he did it on the twins command and to defy Umbridge I don't think it was a improvement, and the fantastical creatures return, since there's a new giant which, personally, I think brings nothing to the story. Besides all that, this book as a slower rhythm, Harry seems to be against everything and everyone (really, I felt like punching and asking him not to be such a whining kid) and there's not that much action. The book only sets off the moment Harry sees his godfather and danger and flees to rescue him in the Ministry of Magic. Until then, the book seems to have only hormones and I really could do better without it.
However, it is still a reasonable nice book to start the second half of this series. I enjoyed how some characters, like Neville and Ginny, were presented on this volume, maybe even anticipating the events of the last one. I liked Umbridge, one of the best characters of this book, and wonderfully played by Stephen Fry, who once again does a brilliant job. Also, it's good to be finally told why Voldemort desires to kill Harry, we understand their connection better and the second war is afoot, being perceptible that casualties will be demanded.(less)