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I was really excited about this book, but I’ll be honest, it was all over the place for such a short novel/audiobook and it had a hard time keeping my interest. There were some fun parts about the story.
I could not connect with any of the characters and I feel like I missed certain parts because I was just generally bored.
I found myself comparing it to Snow White, even though it’s supposed to be an original story—evil step-mom, Prince Charming, old witch, etc. Not a good look.
The narrator—wasn’t horrible. She had a great voice for the characters and I loved her voice for the witch and LuLu. You can tell she may have been a newer narrator. She made several narrating no-nos that we’re slightly irritating (repeating lines, in and out of mic, voice changes—volume changes, etc.)
Overall, I will try to listen to this book again to make sure I’m making a fair judgement, but I’m not looking forward to listening to it again. I just feel bad when I tune out audiobooks and lose track of the story—but if it wasn’t boring, then maybe I wouldn’t have lost track.
I was given this audiobook for free for an honest review.
I enjoyed the story, it has all the hallmarks of a story that will be considered a fairy tale in the decades to come:
- Evil stepmother - check
- Forced betrothal - check
- Alternate love interest - check
- Knights - check
- A heroine unwilling to wait to be saved - check, check, check
I love that Princess Elodie is determined to be able to take care of herself, there is damsel in distress here! I'd read this again.
But I wouldn't listen to it again, nope, eBook here I come. I know I gave the narration 2 stars which suggests it was bad, but mostly it's just really REALLY badly edited. There are dozens of sections where the audio repeats because a mistake hasn't been edited out, some are small, just a couple of seconds a fair few are 10 seconds or longer, and in some cases the audio is there three times. It had a large impact on my enjoyment of the book.
This book was supplied free by the author/narrator/publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.
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