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There's not much to like about this main character. She is immature and, at many points, dumb beyond belief. The continuous internal monologues are very repetitious and formulaic. I found myself rolling my eyes every five minutes. The author's voice is great for the female characters, but terrible for everyone else, fawn included. There were some funny and thoughtful moments, but not enough to warrant even a middle rating.
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Let me warn that you must either resolve to listen to the whole book or not bother to start it. You will hate the main character in chapter one...and two...and probably a little longer. That's ok. Do you really like Luke Skywalker when he complains to his aunt and uncle? No. He's whiny and cocky at the same time. Of course, this isn't Star Wars or anything close, but it is a coming of age/father quest story. You must wait for the character to come of age before you decide whether or not you like the character.
The storyline is strong. It builds the way a story should, and the characters are consistent. Plenty of action is had as Calli sets out to help her family and find her dad. Why did I give it three stars? Because it is missing something. It is possible that I was just not in the right mood for it, but I failed to fall in love with the characters and plot the way that a reader/listener should. I cannot put my finger on why I was not madly in love with the story. The end was worth the read, I enjoyed the character's journey from chic lit to real woman, and the adventure was certainly well played. I will probably read another book in this series. I don't feel the burning desire to get the next one right away, though.
In addition to my not feeling terribly attached to it, Amber Benson's performance of it was not what I was expecting. Knowing that she is both the author and an experienced actress, I thought that it would be magical. I held my expectations too high for even an average narrator, I think. She seems rushed from the beginning. As a teacher, I have heard plenty of middle schoolers who are embarrassed to be reading their own writing. This is almost how the narrator sounds. She does distinguish between voices, but they are often very similar and distracted me a bit from the story. I did get used to it so that I could finish the story, but at no point was I convinced that the narration improved the book, like some narrators, do.
All in all, I am not sorry that I read it. It will be a while before I continue the series, though. I do recommend, however, that if it sounds appealing to you, vow to listen to the whole thing. Don't declare it a lost cause after chapter one.
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