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- Publisher: Hypernova Publishing, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: February 22, 2018
- Language: English
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Requiem: Aurora Resonant Book Three: Aurora Rhapsody 9 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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Looking back through some of my previous reviews I find that my reaction to those first pages of Starshine never wavered, never changed. So I am going to repeat something I said earlier because it is remarkable that Ms. Jennsen carried through these qualities for all nine books: Each word, each sentence, each paragraph strikes me as “perfect fit”. By that I DON’T mean “as expected”. Aurora Rhapsody is brimming with the UNexpected! I wish I had Ms. Jennsen’s dexterity with words so I could explain what I mean by perfect fit. Perhaps it is the flow of the narrative. It is not something that catches my attention with any other authors. I find it exhilarating! Speaking of the unexpected: the plot twists and turns are astounding; and yet it all fits------- perfectly!
And now I will repeat my review of that first book, Starshine: MAGNIFICENT!
I really want more of these characters and GS's writing. It's been a pleasure and an honor to watch her grow as a writer, and by extension, as a person. Combined with her accessibility as an author and her active role in a new fan page on facebook, known lovingly as Sidespace, this woman will clearly be in our hearts for decades to come in all forms of media.
One of the things I appreciated most about this book was its pacing. There's a lot going on, and I spent much of the book frantically swiping through the pages on my Kindle, anxious to find out what would happen next. I loved those scenes with all of their tension and excitement and intense emotion. But I also appreciated that the story slowed down a little in between all the action to give readers a breather and allow us to see the characters' reactions to everything happening around them. It allows for some fantastic character development, which I'll talk more about in a second. But then, just when you think things are going to stay calm for a little while, Jennsen dials the intensity up to 100 and sends the characters headlong into an even more dire set of circumstances. It makes for a thrilling ride but never feels like an overabundance of action and explosions just for the sake of action and explosions, which I appreciated.
The character development here is excellent. By this time, fans of the series have already come to know these characters very well and love them even more. But one of the things that makes these books so great is the way the characters continue to grow and develop and change even after eight prior novels. We see them face new challenges and use the experiences they've had before to react in ways that show just how far they've come. We see their relationships with each other change as a result of the circumstances they're placed in. We've watched them become extraordinary people, and our hearts swell with pride as they bravely face each new threat because we've been on this journey with them for so long, and it kind of feels like we're cheering old friends on from the sidelines. Alex, Caleb, Eren, Miriam, and so many others are fantastic, as always, but one of the characters who really grew into her own here was Valkyrie. I've always loved Valkyrie, and she's grown a lot over the course of the series, but it was fascinating to see her development here as she seeks out new experiences and is forced to cope with the intensity of certain human emotions.
The romance in the series is another thing I've always mildly enjoyed, but I found myself especially drawn to it here for some reason. Maybe it was just because there were so many downright adorable moments between characters. Maybe I just got all nostalgic and sentimental knowing that this was the last book in the series. But the scenes that showed some of the romantic relationships between characters in this book were some of my favorite parts. Fans of Harper and Morgan, Miriam and David, and Will and Richard should be especially pleased.
While the story does wrap up in a way that feels appropriate and will likely be satisfying to most readers, I had mixed feelings about it. In the interest of not spoiling anything, the only other thing I'll say about that is that I don't think I really believed the sense of danger or devastation that was maybe intended, and I'm also just a cynical person who enjoys soul-shattering endings. So that might explain part of it. Nevertheless, it was an emotionally impactful ending in other ways and felt like the right one for the story. I will say that I did really love how the first line of the entire series tied into the ending in ways that I doubt anyone really saw coming.
It's been quite an adventure, and I've loved tagging along with these characters every step of the way. I eagerly look forward to seeing what Jennsen takes on next. I'm sure it will be equally epic and impressive.
Well, although I begin by discounting this very effort, and as I have said in previous reviews………
BUY THIS BOOK!!!!
Better, buy them all.
Read them one after the other.
Then read them again because you ARE going to miss stuff, stuff that explains other stuff later on.
Out of sheer luck, I am fortunate enough to have the time and resources to read as much as I like. I looked forward with great anticipation to the release of this ‘last’ chapter of the AR portal. I wanted to see how it concluded, how certain players brought down the curtain on their particular arc within the arc of this magnificent story! I also waited with great trepidation and near fear that the tome would be a rush to conclusion and/or leave me wanting for a ‘proper’ end. (As if I, or ANY reader, has the capacity or right to determine what the ‘proper’ end should be…..we do not, IMO.)
G. S., in my not so humble opinion, delivered another Masterpiece!
She made me cry with the last chapter of Rubicon, but I forgave her.
She left me, as P. T. Barnum said, “wanting more” with this creation.
AND she set the stage for oh so much more!
BUY THIS BOOK!!
Buying her books hardly seems enough of a ‘Thank You” to her for such an incredible ride!
But I did, and most sincerely recommend that you do as well.
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I have read in a while, very well written. I had a hard time putting it down .