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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Overall, River’s Edge is a nice break from the normal YA fare. The protagonist is believable, not a “defiant Elizabeth Bennet type” or a “boy-crazy…well teen.” Kasia is relatable without the reader making you understand that she is truly relatable. The writer has a great humbleness in her writing and it will be exciting to see that develop in River’s Edge’s sequel.
What did you like best about this story?
The author plays around with an internal struggle within in a confused teen, an almost staple in YA novels, but what makes this turmoil different, what makes this turmoil interesting, is the fear conveyed in Kasia’s voice and thoughts -- something the narrator, Carin Gilfry Lawrence, conveyed quite aptly. Kasia is truly scared, and the readers know it. The “slow grow” in the in play for most of the novel, making the readers invest in the main character before they decide what fate they want for the protagonist. It can become annoying at times, more so if you are used to a fast-paced read, but the pay-off is worth it. Not only that, but it was exhilarating to not know what could possibly happen next. Most readers aren’t versed in Slavic mythology – so kudos to Horn for not only picking an interesting foundation for her world, but also picking something most writers haven’t exhausted.
Which character – as performed by Carin Gilfry Lawrence – was your favorite?
It would be a spoiler, but a certain something has an amazing Russian accent that Lawrence nails. I loved it.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I can't say that it did, but I don't think this is that kind of book. Everything in this novel is subtle -- yet effective.