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She's too good to even be called bad ass. From page one you know there's something different about her and Ashley. Ashley is actually deaf, and you wouldn't know it except that they use TTY phones and in the first chapter it is mentioned. Skye didn't write her as disabled. Instead, she uses her disability to her advantage. Smoak is not disabled...she is actually too capable, if that's possible. It's her seeming invincibility that makes you love Ashley more: for showing her scars and her handicaps. But you learn that Smoak is not invincible, and that she does not have a heart of stone.
I don't like to review good books, because I am always afraid I'll run off at the mouth and post spoilers! I'll just try to stick to the basics.
The story should be in the dictionary for "fast paced". But it is not lacking in any department. There is no shortage of emotion, nor is there any detail missing. They define "women's fiction" as being targeted towards women by talking about women's experiences. If they put books like these down as "women's fiction", I bet we'd have had a female president by now. Reading this book was not just exhilarating for me, but as a young woman it makes me feel empowered to read a story about girls like these.
It's vigilante justice without a mask, leaving nothing and no one in her wake. This is not a book by a woman for women. This is a book by an amazing writer for anyone who wants to read real, action-packed fiction.
Author Skye Knizley gives readers/listeners a high energy, action packed experience through Ashen Rayne. Characters Smoke and Ashe rock the Russian mob and save girls abducted girls from disappearing into the black hole of human trafficking and sex trade. The reader never gets the sense that these non-mainstreamers (one is lesbian, the other death) fall victim to or even identify with self-pity, or society’s judgements. Instead Smoke and Ashe are strong, self-assured superheroes who villainize bullies and pettiness. Threads of relevant romance are also woven into the adventure.
Without giving anything away, my favorite part of the book involved a wild plane ride, wine, and cheese. This brings me to the trouble I had with the book. I envisioned myself in that plane, being brave, living rich, and having fun. However it was the only part of the book that really drew me in. Also, I did not connect with the characters. The relationships (friendships, parents, enemies, partners) were quick and, in some cases, felt contrived or forced. In that same vein, , the backstories either were underdeveloped or not distinguishable enough to make me care.
The narrator, Sierra Kline, portrayed each character in distinct manner. Her pace and inflection complimented the story. Her professionalism has something special: she reads like she cares. Great job.
Also, I commend Skye Knizley for using literature and entertainment as platforms to increase social responsibility awareness.
This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com
This was an entertaining listen. It is along the lines of 007, with the action getting more and more unbelievable with each confrontation. Skye Knizley constructed a good spy thriller and highlights a very real and enduring problem in our society today. I just wish she hadn't ruined her very strong female leads by using the cliché of making them lesbians. And especially a lesbian who treats other lesbians very, very badly...before finding 'the one'. And a lesbian who was raped by thugs. And who was abused by her parents. And is deaf. Get my point about the clichés? It takes a lot to get passed and it make the listen just OK for me.
In the end, it was a way to pass my commute and I did like that the author brought human trafficking into the light.
The narration was good although there was not very much distinction in voices between characters. Sierra Kline has a nice voice and her cadence and tone were right for the material.
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.
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