I absolutely love Marguerite Gavin as Rachel. I can't help thinking with her voice even when i read the books now. Maybe my tastes are changing but I...moreI absolutely love Marguerite Gavin as Rachel. I can't help thinking with her voice even when i read the books now. Maybe my tastes are changing but I didn't feel like this was up to my usual standards. I still enjoyed the story immensely but I found myself noticing little things about the story that are repeated over and over. Some of it was good, and some of it was not so good. I got tired of hearing about Rachel having a headache more often than not but in her situation I could understand why she did. There were some other small details that I noticed more since I listened to it instead of read it, many of them either alluding to other things or just small details that added to the storytelling. I also couldn't start skimming when things began to get intense when they finally made it to California and all hell started breaking loose.
Oh my goodness I want Rachel to get with Trent. I think Rachel and Trent are seeing more eye to eye lately. They would not have worked out in the beginning but since they have both grown as characters they might actually work.
I almost want her to get with Al, but that is also headache inducing. And when it didn't work out she would probably have to kill him, not to mention what Newt would do...
The first bit of the book with them on the road was a little boring but all necessary and worth it.(less)
Loved being back in the Hollows. This book felt different than all the others, but I liked the differences. I am curious to know who "the men that don...moreLoved being back in the Hollows. This book felt different than all the others, but I liked the differences. I am curious to know who "the men that don't belong" are. I am sad that Glenn has moved away because he was always one of my favorites but I knew he and Ivy would not be staying together. I'm really glad that Trent and Rachel are getting along much better and we get to see more of what Trent is really like. I also loved seeing Ceri and Quinn more since they haven't been showing up much lately, having nothing to do with the plot line. And as much as I despised him and think his morals are questionable, and I think he would be intolerable to actually know, I'm glad that Al is back.
There were quite a few scenes of Rachel feeling sorry for herself, which was understandable, but I'm glad that she is beginning to accept what she is. This is better than the last book, which i thought wasn't as good as the rest of the series. i would like to see Rachel and Trent get together, and they seem closer to it all the time, even though Rachel swears she would never. I don't see them getting married or anything, especially since Rachel is always in trouble and I think Ceri would be a good political wife, if Trent is going to stay in business.
I can't wait for the next book, but of course I have to.(less)
Seriously... I saw part of it coming, but it was such a small part that it didn't even matter. There were quite a few twists that I did not expect and...moreSeriously... I saw part of it coming, but it was such a small part that it didn't even matter. There were quite a few twists that I did not expect and the suspense in some parts were nearly unbearable. I had two hours of audio left in the book and everything was so intense that I could not wait until work the next day to finish the book.
I didn't like how it began, but I pushed past it since I've read the stuff for The Wheel of Time that he did and loved it. This has definitely opened me to reading his other books since I loved this one so much. He has a clean writing style, his characters are interesting, pacing was good. I would be hard pressed to actually find something wrong with his book but since I didn't read it myself it is harder to notice some of these things. One thing I did notice is that his characters talk a lot, which is fine, but there was a lot of information on his magic system when Vin is learning about everything.
The Audible.com book is narrated by Michael Kramer, who isn't bad really, I just think he reads too slow. I increased the speed by .5 on my iPod and at first it was a little difficult but i got used to it quickly. It greatly improved my listening experience.(less)
This was an odd book. I am new-ish to magical realism. I've read a couple of books but not enough. I liked the oddness of the magic and how there wasn...moreThis was an odd book. I am new-ish to magical realism. I've read a couple of books but not enough. I liked the oddness of the magic and how there wasn't really a system for it. Setiawan did an admirable job on the characters, the female ones in particular, because they are all so well done. The character development was well done as well.
I don't come across many books that span not only many characters but such a slice of time. We saw half of Meridia's life but it was all relevant and did not drag or crowd the story.
For a 2 star rating he didn't really do anything wrong per se. The story was all right but I don't feel like it will stick with me. I feel like it tried too hard to be mysterious and wrought with meaning so I was just confused for much of the book. If I was able to go back in time, or send myself a letter from the future, I can't say that I would tell myself to not read it. The characters are memorable, at least, and have depth so I feel like it was worthwhile.(less)
I have no idea what to say about this book. It was good but not in the typically happily ever after way. The description was actually fantastic so I p...moreI have no idea what to say about this book. It was good but not in the typically happily ever after way. The description was actually fantastic so I probably could have read it on that alone. I didn't really identify with the character's plights but I still found them interesting and engaging. All the characters were well done with distinct personalities, well, all the main players at least and the range of emotion from them was almost overwhelming. *WARNING* This is about 1920/1930's Alaska. There is a lot of scenes about hunting, trapping, skinning, and cleaning of animals. So it isn't for the squeamish. They could be skimmed over if you read it though. I think it just adds to believable reality of the book. It is heart wrenching much of the time while I was reading it, but not in a bad way, per se. (less)
Meh. I will not continue this series, even if it did pick up near the end. Durzo was probably one of my favorite characters and he's dead. Azoth/Kylar...moreMeh. I will not continue this series, even if it did pick up near the end. Durzo was probably one of my favorite characters and he's dead. Azoth/Kylar is supposedly moving to another city with Elene and giving up his wet boy career. Most of the characters are flat, but Elene was the worst. She's boring and "good" having no flaws whatsoever besides her actual scars on her face. I didn't care for the overly done ending with Azoth and Elene but I suppose it just goes with me not really liking most of the book. I'm sad because I expected to like this book and at the end of the book it almost made me continue the series. (less)
This book started out slow. I didn't immediately connect with any characters or the story. It does get better though and I did like it. I just don't t...moreThis book started out slow. I didn't immediately connect with any characters or the story. It does get better though and I did like it. I just don't think it was a compelling read. I also had high expectations for it. I don't think this is a YA novel. It reads more like a middle-grade novel. There really isn't a lot of graphic violence and next to no love story, which was disappointing, and there is no swearing.
There isn't a lot of character description which made it harder to listen to, I think. I didn't really know what characters looked like until later in the book, which is probably part of the reason it didn't get better until then. I feel like the writing is stale, there isn't a lot of feeling translated (to me anyway).
I thought the overall plot was predictable. There were a few twists that were actually surprising but they were not life-shattering. I really did not like Keiro. Finn was pretty boring as a viewpoint character. Incarceron is an evil prison so why did he not want to kill them?(Nobody knows.) Attilia seemed to be used only as a plot device (view spoiler)[unless she comes back in later books, which I assume she will. (hide spoiler)] And don't even let me start on about the royal family.
I did like that there is a plucky heroine that can take care of herself. Jared is a good character but he seems to be a token character. I hope that he gets a little more focus because he has potential. Oddly enough I liked the Warden. He's a wonderful layered character by the end, no one else is though.
I was pretty confused in the beginning by the futuristic regency era. It has to exist for the plot to work but I think it's a little shakey. I also didn't care for the ending, although it was a full story arc there didn't seem time for a proper denouement.
I don't think this is a bad book but I also don't think it was a great book. I'll have to read the premise for the next book to see if I'll really want to spend time reading it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It wasn't as exciting as the Thursday Next books, or shall I say not as fast-paced. It was decent. I loved the concept and love finding out more about...moreIt wasn't as exciting as the Thursday Next books, or shall I say not as fast-paced. It was decent. I loved the concept and love finding out more about the world, but Eddy is pretty dumb. I don't think it can be helped though. He is quite a sheltered boy in the Collective and East Carmine turns around everything he's ever learned. It's quite exciting at the end of the book when we start getting more information on the inner workings of the world.
I feel that Jane seems like she would be a better main character, she does tend to steal the show a lot, but more changes are made to Eddy's life and Jane adds a little mystery because no one can figure her out. It's cute and I will read more of them but I think you can tell that this was a little harder for him to write than Thursday Next, or perhaps it just seems that way to me.(less)
I was right about many things, but I still found this so enjoyable because of the wit and banter and need for good tea. This series has become one of...moreI was right about many things, but I still found this so enjoyable because of the wit and banter and need for good tea. This series has become one of my favorites. (less)
I believe I cannot finish listening, or even reading, this book.
If I wanted a pretentious book on philosophy then I would have proceeded to buy one t...moreI believe I cannot finish listening, or even reading, this book.
If I wanted a pretentious book on philosophy then I would have proceeded to buy one that was not disguised as a novel. I don't understand why this book has such great reviews.
It is supposed to be about a middle-aged female Concierge who's husband has since died and (for some reason unbeknownst to me at least) wants to keep up the perceived notion that she is an uneducated Concierge who wastes her idle time in front of the television and a twelve-year old who is supposedly quite brilliant (even though no one but herself knows) that has decided that she should end her life when she turns thirteen and until that point she will also keep up her facade of being an average pre-teen that can be overlooked.
The fact that I find the first HALF of the book much less than enjoyable and nearly unreadable (or unlistenable, if you will) is part of the low rating for this book. I do give a book several chances past the first 70 pages or so, and even skipped a few chapters ahead to see if it had improved (only slightly) before I decide to discontinue reading it.
I don't have time to finish reading books that I do not enjoy and there are plenty of other books waiting on my shelves to be read. This book seems more focused on the ramblings of philosophy from characters that I cannot be convinced to care about than anything.
I admit that perhaps I don't have the depth or patience for it but I do usually enjoy a bit of philosophy here and there. There is a lot of telling throughout the book which goes against my core guidelines for good novels.
That said, of course everyone's opinion should be taken with a grain of salt. I didn't like it but obviously there are many that can't say enough GOOD things about it.(less)