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I finished this about a week ago and I'm still conflicted with my thoughts! I enjoyed some things and was thoroughly annoyed with others!
This starts off with a young girl waking on the beach, with no recollection of who she is, how she got there or why she seemed to have been shot! Next thing she knows, she is approached by two strangers, who explain that they want to help and will explain things when she is safe. She soon realises that things aren't as they seem and that she may not be safe after all!
This started out strong, I was intrigued to see who the young girl was and why she had lost her memory but then it hit something that immediately annoyed me!! Ann meets Devon and Archer and of course, she has a connection with, not just one!! But both!! I wanted to put the book aside right there as I hate insta love and hate love triangles, but I was intrigued enough with the world to keep going.
One thing I really liked about this was the world. I liked the 2 different types of people, the readers who can read minds and the jacks who hijack other bodies. We also had Seers, but they were wiped out. The Readers are hiding out from the Hijackers, but long ago the Seers predicted that a special Reader would come who would unite everyone. And I bet you can't guess who this special Reader is.... yep, Ann!
Anyway, what follows was an enjoyable read but I did feel like the whole plot was rushed at times! Everything seemed to happen and resolve rather quickly and I felt like Ann didn't really contribute that much to it. The whole story arc revolved around her and her life, but I felt like she never did much to help or her character didn't get a chance to shine. Also, the ending was.... odd. I'm not going to say anything about it but I found it to be hurried and a bit of a let down.
In all, this was an OK read. I'm not sure if it's going to be a series or not but if it does, I hope Ann grows as a character!
Emily Kleimo did a good job of narrating Ann, but overall I felt like she only read the story and didn't perform it. There were a good few different characters but I found that the narrator didn't have a lot of different tones. I think with practice she could be really really good!!
*I received this for free but voluntarily reviewed it. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.*
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What did you love best about The Reader?
The story is fantastic! I finished listening to it two days ago and I'm still thinking about it.
Which character – as performed by Emily Kleimo – was your favorite?
I immediately fell in love with Ann’s wit and quirky attitude. Emily did a great job voicing Ann's character. I had her pictured in my mind long before her description had been made clear, between Emily's portrayal and MK's characterization, I couldn't help but think of Ann as a real person. All of the characters are equally flushed out and well-drawn bu MK Harkins.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
This book brought tears to my eyes more than once.
Any additional comments?
With a great beginning, a well-paced middle, and an extremely satisfying ending, you can’t go wrong with THE READER. It’s another winner from MK Harkins!
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