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Enthralling ! Has everything!Loved the reading, hope this isn't the end. Well with listening to!
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After listening to the sample on Audible of 100 Hours by Rachel Vincent, narrated by Kyla Garcia and Justis Bolding, I knew I had to get it! I'm a high school Spanish teacher, and I was intrigued by the catchy storyline, the use of Spanish throughout the book, and the Colombian setting. I have to say time flew by while listening! It was engaging, suspenseful, and I really like the amount of Spanish used. In my reviews, I leave it up to the reader to review the plot description on their own instead of retelling it, so that I don't give anything away. However, I will say that the story is told from the point of view of two girls who are cousins, Maddie and Genesis. I didn't realize this right away, so I was confused in the first part of the book because I thought the same person was speaking. When things continued to not add up/make sense, I went back and re-read the plot synopsis. That is when I realized there were two narrators. Then, it came clear that there were two people telling the story of what happened the past 100 hours to their group of friends. I'm sure this will not be a problem for you (I should have paid better attention), but just in case, I had to make it clear.
Once I came to the realization that two characters were taking turns telling the story, I didn't have a problem with following the storyline. Maybe the two narrators have too similar of a voice...? Maybe it's just me...? Overall, they did a good job. They were easy to listen to and understand. And, they spoke and soumded just like teens do!! Also, whichever one did the voice of the female kidnapper/terrorist, it was perfect! I felt like I was able to visualize that character based on voice alone. :-)
I would have given the book 5-stars, but truthfully, I was not a fan of the ending, so I dropped it to 4-stars. I saw in some of the reviews on Amazon that this book is #1 in a series. That would make more sense, since it pretty much ends, leaving you wondering what happens next! I do not know if this is truth or just wishful thinking from readers, but I would definitely love to hear book #2!!I Also, I wish that the setting was more developed. The story takes place in Colombia, which was one of the main reasons I chose this book. However, I don't feel like there was much that made me visualize the area, specifically, except for being told that is where the story took place.
For those of you who do not know any Spanish, know that there is a fair amount of it spread throughout the book. While much of the dialogue used may be common to those who speak the language, you may feel like you are missing out on parts of the story because only about half of what is said is stated/repeated in English through future character dialogue. Don't worry, though, because nothing is said in Spanish that causes you to miss out on parts of the plot. In fact, hearing the characters speak it added to the overall listening experience, in my opinion. Nice job, narrators! :-)
If you like these types of storylines and don't mind books that involve spoiled teens partying on Spring Break (because, let's face it...it happens just like the story tells!), then I can confidently recommend this book! This is my first book by Rachel Vincent, and I'm crossing my fingers that there will be more in this series! I found it to be well-written and very engaging! Keep up the great work, RV!
Thank you for reading my review. I hope it was helpful. :-)