I really did want to like this book, but unfortunately it was just not good. As many others have said, the story and characters were one dimensional and boring. I couldn't bring myself to care what happened.
The narration was better, but still not what I would call good. Leanne Yau has a pleasant voice I think and a lot of potential, but her delivery here needed work. At times there were so many awkward pauses and clobbered sentences (emphasis on the wrong word, a mid-sentence break, that sort of thing) that it was hard to follow the story. It was like she was reading off of note cards scribbled by someone with really bad handwriting. It didn't flow at all.
But who knows, maybe the awkward narration was just because of the poor writing. It would be hard to tell without looking at a print version of the book. Maybe it's riddled with misplaced commas or something like that. In any case, I wouldn't discount Leanne Yau because of it. I think she could be great in other books.
However, the best description I can give for this book is that it is rambling and incoherent. I cannot recommend it to anyone.
I received this book for free at my request from the author, publisher or narrator and have voluntarily left this review.
This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?
People who are just getting into book reading or audiobook listening might like this book. But it didn't quite work for me. The writing style was somewhat lackluster and the characters were one dimension and lacked depth. After trying to get into the story and trying hard to care for the characters, I gave up.
What aspect of Leanne Yau’s performance would you have changed?
The performance itself was fine. The voice was clear and I had no trouble understanding the narration.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
It actually failed to spark any reaction from me. As I mentioned earlier, the story wasn't able to build any interest in me.
Any additional comments?
I received this book free of charge from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
I love the accent, however the narrative sounds like reading a story from a child, I imagine a 7 year old for the main carracter. I could not get into the story, the idea sounds promising but it does not deliver.
As I received this audiobook for free from the narrator in change of review I really really wanted to like it. I gave it more effort than many others, although after a couple of weeks of starting it over and over I am giving up.
Jam packed with gadgets and tech, caves and crystals. It had action and a bit of a love thread. But this book brought up way more questions than it answered. Didn't care for Emma at all. Felt the book could have been written better. Characters felt one dimensional. Narration was good.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review
I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Having been familiar with Leanne Yau as a narrator I was open to trying this one out. I thought the summary sounded interesting and was not disappointed. This book "feels" as though it is geared to a younger audience, but I still enjoyed the story. The story has a good pace and it was no surprise to me that Leanne Yau did a great job narrating it.