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For some reason, the audio performer who seemed ok before annoyed me so much (weird cadence and pauses) that I had a hard time concentrating on the actual story.
The story itself was okay but not nearly as interesting as the first two books—primarily because the relationships between the characters felt so much less developed. Most of the focus was on the various battles and skirmishes. I can only stand so many “fighting monsters” scenes.
I’m assuming there’ll be a fourth book because it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger. If there is, I’m still interested enough in the Joy’s story and the world in which the story is set to read on.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I thought the concept was really cool, so I listen to all three. I have to say, I'm really disappointed in how it played out. I am not one to know what is going to happen or "who done it", if you will, but I found the writing to be so blatantly obvious in its setup for "big reveals" that I was frustrated in the main character for being so dim-witted. I knew who was going to die chapters before they did, I knew who the Big Bad was before I was halfway through this book, and was generally underwhelmed with the "look at me, I'm so sneaky and throwing a curveball and here is where it will go and you'll never see it coming in 3, 2, 1, now!" style of writing (and narration, to be frank) that I found myself listening out of passive habit more than interest. Not to mention the blatant use of deus ex machina to finish the final battle. It was a really big let-down, to be honest. It felt like the writer was just trying to finish the book by the deadline after leaving it to the last minute.
Additionally, the reader's choices in emphasis came off as really forced and was off-putting. She also had effectively the same voice for everyone who wasn't a female human, which got quite confusing at times.
In short, there were a LOT of great concepts that fell incredibly flat; it was disappointing.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful