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 II 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....more
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 donLoved 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....more
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 andSeriously... 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....more
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 wasnThis 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....more