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Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 420 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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About the Author
- File size : 981 KB
- Publication date : July 20, 2012
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 420 pages
- Publisher : Author Published (July 20, 2012)
- ASIN : B008NFVDTQ
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #21,127 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book was perfectly average. That might sound like a slam, but it was neither irritating nor enticing, so I would say it was fine. Nothing to write home about, but I don't regret reading it, either. Of course, I also have no interest in continuing with the series.
This series is wonderful, thought provoking, well written, character and plot driven and quite unexpected in several aspects. I read all four books over the space of three days - they were that good. I'm not really a fan of alien/sci-fi books, but the description of this one tugged at me and I'm glad I took the plunge. This one doesn't just stand on the genre and leave it at that. It also weaves in the common teenage angst weighed against the mind control of the main character's peers. The difference is startling and really drives the plot.
The way the story slowly unfolds is intriguing and yet kind of frustrating as well. The author stays true to her main character's point of view, who is describing her world based on her experience of it and therefore uses descriptions and terms that are foreign to the average reader. A case in point is her describing a music CD case and disc that threw me for a loop at first trying to figure out what the heck she was talking about. Then it dawned on me and I realized that yes - if one didn't know what it was already, that would be exactly how it would be described.
Once one has the terms of the characters' world down, however, the pace picks up considerably and the story becomes very intriguing and the need to turn pages and find out what happens next accelerates.
One thing I would like to address - one other reviewer said she was not comfortable letting her teen daughter read the book because of the kissing and skin to skin contact between Lucas and Althea. However, I thought their relationship and their discovery of how powerful their attraction and physical "need" for each other could be over-whelming at times was handled very maturely. While they do engage in some deep kissing and some VERY tame skin to skin contact - a finger brush across the stomach, for example - they very maturely decide that they are not ready to go beyond that because of their obligations, number one, and also because they know that there is no going back once that step is taken. I thought it was handled very well.
Bottom line is that the book is good once you get past the strangeness and despondent tone in the beginning, and it sets up a very satisfying, exciting series that I highly recommend.
I rated 3 stars since it is in the middle and it wouldn’t be fair to rate lower since I didn’t finish the book.
As far as the characters go, it's hard to really put yourself in their shoes, or at least it was for me. They seemed a little flat, and like some of the time their motivations weren't well thought out and it was easy to see that they are characters and not real people.
The concept is a good one, aliens coming and taking over to use our planet for resources, but it sounded a little rehashed for my taste. It was like Childhood's End meets Hunger Games.
It really was a page turner, I didn't want to put it down as the story is fast paced and keeps you wanting to come back, but when I hit the end of the book and saw the "Buy the next book in the series" button I didn't really feel compelled to use it. Reading this book was an enjoyable experience but I don't really feel the need to continue it. And once I put the book down and thought about what I had just read, I wasn't too terribly impressed. But, of course, the time I spent reading it was pleasant and well-spent. I would recommend this for someone who needs a brief break from heavier reading, or just wants something light to occupy them for a few days.
I received this product for free in exchange for an honest, complete review.
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WOW! This book was hot and cold like Katy Perry's song!
I had no expectations of this book except that I really loved the book and was captivated by it (I am a cover person, I love book covers!)
The beginning of this book was really slow paced, some of the things Althea talked about went over my head, I had to read the passage a few times to make sure I understood it correctly. The pace zoomed off when enters Lucas who smells like Pine (anybody else smell pine right now?)
I really enjoyed the chemistry between Althea and Lucas and watching how their relationship developed. I liked how they both stood with one another in adversity. I am so so so so so thankful for the author not separating them at the moment! I really did dislike Deshi, I can't say
he is my favourite character but I have a sense of Deshi becoming a significant character as the plot progresses!
Lucas and Althea remind me a lot of Elsa and Jack frost especially the way both of their eyes are blue but not in comparison to their powers!
I can't wait to read the next book