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By Tony on 11-28-10
Story: Promising, Characters: Lacking
This was a cute 'lesbian awakening' or perhaps, 'bi awakening' since the main character never really decides on that one. The story itself was interesting, but I felt like the characters were lacking somewhat in emotional depth: or rather, that the emotion was not properly conveyed. There were several scenes where the main character was quite upset, but I didn't really feel sorry for her due to the way the story was written. Even though this was a young adult book, that didn't mean that the characters need be flat. I also felt as if the characters seemed younger than their ages (15-16) and that their attitudes felt them seem like younger people. People at this age tend to be extremely intense, at least from my experience, and the relationships and interactions felt pretty shallow and frivolous to me.
What's more, I had a lot of trouble with the narrator. While she did get into her work, the characters are supposed to be 15-16 and really she sounded more like a 12 year old. Her reading style made the few scattered curse words sound garishly misplaced. I this this contributed to the lack of emotional depth issue.
All that aside, it was a cute story, and someone else might very well love the narrator's way of conveying the story. I liked 'Annie on My Mind' much better, but I would still say this story is worth checking out if you don't have anything else in mind.
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By Amazon Customer on 02-09-18
About Empress of the World
Would you try another book from Sara Ryan and/or Lauren Davis?
I would try another book from Sara Ryan. She writes well about being a teenager.
What could Sara Ryan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
This book was definitely for kids. I was looking for intrigue or mystery
Which character – as performed by Lauren Davis – was your favorite?
Katrina was my favorite character.She wasn't afraid to live her life on her terms.
Was Empress of the World worth the listening time?
The story was well written, that made it easy to stick around to see what was coming next. it was quick, but seemed to end abruptly
Any additional comments?
Great book for those coming of age, but I wanted more intrigue.