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This new adult novel focuses on Zach and Scarlett, two people in a group of college friends that hookup after a wedding. From the moment the two connect in the story, you begin to root for their success, but circumstances and stubbornness will keep them apart. I love stories like this, while some find the way this couple went about finally finding each other frustrating, I think it is real life honestly portrayed. Things are never fairy tale smooth, and both Zach and Scarlett contribute their own issues to their situation due to their insecurities. Giving the story that realistic quality, it is refreshing to have not only the hot scenes, but the consequences of decisions dealt with.
This is my first narration by Victoria Mei and I enjoyed her performance. She has a good pace, and her voices are easily discernible for each character. She is perfect for this new adult age and is able to give the story the emotion and feels to make it a satisfying listen.
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Thank you to Giselle Lumas for providing me with a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review.
Worth the Time is a coming of age story that follows Lindsey, a young girl trying to find herself as she changes from a teen to an adult. Lindsey is a lonely girl who has never met her father and isn't particularly close with her mother. When sent to a shelter for her community service, Lindsey meets Sutton and finds out that her life isn't actually so tough.
The Good Stuff
I really liked the balance between Lindsey's story of meeting her father and slowly building a relationship with Sutton. The backstory of Lindsay's father was really interesting and he was really likable.
The narrator, Giselle was very right for this story, she had a very calming voice and kept the dialogue flowing very well, even at points when it seemed to be a little forced and badly written.
Sutton was a really likable character. I'm so used to reading the shy girl falls for the popular boy but not so much the other way around. It was really interesting to read.
Not My Cup of Tea
As mentioned above, some of the dialogue didn't really seem to flow, the narrator did a great job of making it work but I think had I been reading it I may have given up because it just didn't seem natural.
When I read the write up for this story I wasn't aware that it was a Christian fiction.
I don't really mind a character having a religion - whether it's Christian, Jewish, Muslim...it adds to the character. This one, however, really went to town with teachings. After about halfway I was getting sick of hearing the word Jesus, Preacher and God. It was more or less the word out of every character's mouth.
This story would be perfect for someone who is a lot more interested in the Christian religion but for me, it did get very long and very annoying.
The story that followed Lindsey was quite nice and well split between meeting her dad and learning more about Sutton. However, I did get very tired of the Christian talk and probably wouldn't have gotten so frustrated with the book had I known that it was very Christian themed. It would definitely be well suited as Young Adult Christian fiction, but it's just not for me.
From the first chapter you know pretty much what is going to happen, written a bit risky for the traditional mills and boon but at the end of the day it is a feel good book, happy ever after.
The narration I found terrible, the voice lacked power and conviction to put it bluntly a wet blanket.
If I had had a different book to listen too on my drive I would have changed it