I think the author made a crazy bet with his publisher that involved payment based on words. Every time he could use "shit," "horny," "testicles," "ba...moreI think the author made a crazy bet with his publisher that involved payment based on words. Every time he could use "shit," "horny," "testicles," "balls," "confused," "Eden," "semen" or "Iowa" he was paid a bonus. And every time he was able to extend a single sentence into a paragraph by linking it to 18 past sentences was a bonus.
Imagine this: This is a sentence. This sentence repeats the first sentence with a little variation. This sentence stresses the payment word. This sentence tells the exact same detail about the sentence that was mentioned the other 87 times. This sentence is just included so that an extra payment word can be included.
How many times could we hear about Theodore and Franklin? Or about his brothers right leg and two testicles? Or the pancake man's actual name, which isn't Louis? Or the Lutheran candy canes? Or the lemur masks? Or Ingrid's non-barking? It just happened over and over. And was then repeated dozens of times.
And the ending. I don't even have words to describe how disappointing it was. I sat through hours of this (I listened to an audio version) only to be left with that awful epilogue. Sheesh. (less)
I was browsing Netflix one day and saw a CW show - The Secret Circle. It was a nice story - a typical CW teen drama with love, magic. mystery and angs...moreI was browsing Netflix one day and saw a CW show - The Secret Circle. It was a nice story - a typical CW teen drama with love, magic. mystery and angst. I added it to my queue and gradually worked my way through the series.
Much later, I was browsing my library's site and discovered that the Secret Circle show was actually based on books. I decided to check them out and opted for the audio.
As an audio, this is a 2 star book. The narration was...odd. Faye was incredibly annoying to listen to. Cassie was overly-dramatic. I gave this a third star because I didn't want to punish a book based on a reader. With a great reader, this book could score even higher, probably.
And, as a member of several fandoms based on TV shows (including CW's Supernatural), I was disappointed that the producers changed so much of the book in converting it to a television series.(less)
Are you there, Satan? It's me. Stacy. I don't like this trick of yours. Convincing a publisher to release this atrocity on mankind? Well played, Satan...moreAre you there, Satan? It's me. Stacy. I don't like this trick of yours. Convincing a publisher to release this atrocity on mankind? Well played, Satan. Well played.
The book is terrible. Yes, I know what terrible means. I may not be thirteen but I haven't spent those years living under a mushroom.
One of the worst books I've listened to this year. In the audio download, there are fourteen segments. I fell asleep and missed the ends of three, ski...moreOne of the worst books I've listened to this year. In the audio download, there are fourteen segments. I fell asleep and missed the ends of three, skipped three entirely and was rather next-chapter-button happy for most of ones I didn't skip completely skip. Even with those huge gaps, I was able to follow the story. And, surprise, surprise...it ended exactly as expected. If you are ten minutes into this book and you think, "I wonder if, at the end, xxx xxxx xxxxxxx xxx xx x xxxxxxxx," you can go ahead and put the book down now because you are right. (less)
Well, there went 9 hours of my life that I will never get back. I'm just hopeful that my mind will be able to scrub itself clean of all memory of this...moreWell, there went 9 hours of my life that I will never get back. I'm just hopeful that my mind will be able to scrub itself clean of all memory of this story. If I had ANY OTHER audio book downloaded, I wouldn't have finished this story. I'd even consider listening to Twilight, and that's a level of desperation I rarely reach.
I'm assuming that you are only reading this review if you are looking at one stars, which suggests you found this book to be so horrific that you want to find comfort in the company of strangers. Or, perhaps you are considering reading it and want to get a better understanding of the type of book this is.
Regardless of your reason, let me summarize "The Elite" for you. (Normally, I would have wrote "spoilers ahead" but the idea that this book can even be spoiled is humorous because if you've finished the first chapter, you will know what the entire book is like.)
There is a girl named America. She has no self-esteem, no ability to make a decision, and no understanding of her own heart or mind. She spends 31 chapters debating her feelings. Seriously. THIRTY. ONE. CHAPTERS. Does she love Maxon? Does she love Aspen? Will they have a blind loyalty toward her that keeps them waiting for her to choose him? Over and over and over and over.
I was so frustrated by America that I found myself mocking her out loud while I was driving. There were times that I skipped 30 minutes of dialogue...and had no issues following the story.
I will superglue my ears shut before I listen to another book by Kiera Cass. (less)
This is a great book for the grown-up geek. I was not a D&D'er in high school. I haven't watched Rocky Horror Picture Show. Nope, not ever. And I...moreThis is a great book for the grown-up geek. I was not a D&D'er in high school. I haven't watched Rocky Horror Picture Show. Nope, not ever. And I was a perfectly normal, probably too typical, midwestern teenage girl that went to a midwestern college and married a nice, non-geek guy. However, I have always been a book nerd. I love and adore reading and spent much of my childhood getting in trouble because I was too busy reading to get my chores done. I'm now an adult who keeps reading when she should be doing her chores, so I guess that things haven't changed much...
However, my 10 year daughter is a geek. She loves all things geeky and she's sucked me into her fandoms. I was already a Potterhead (I mentioned my book nerdiness, if you recall) but her and I have had a great time watching Doctor Who and Buffy the Vampire Slayer together. I even have Spike's songs on my iPod. We've skipped work and school to see the Hobbit movies on opening day and have talks about why Elves are cooler than Dwarves. We share a love for Pinterest and Etsy geekiness and have Harry Potter socks and Hunger Games jewlery. I can totally see my daughter growing up geek and embracing the entire subculture. (less)