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Firstly, Emily Woo Zeller is a great narrator - there has been books in the past I have given up on listening to within a few chapters because the narration lacks any engagement but she is fab. Her Irish/Deep South accents are a bit off, but you still know what shes trying to do and which characters she's being before their names are said.
The overall storyline does have good potential and I have given it 4* because I will listen to the rest, but it is just a complete rip off cross between Twilight and the Mortal Instruments. But it is interesting enough to want to know what happens next. I do think some of the characters just accept completely random stuff too easily and with a better writing skill they could appear to have more reaction/personality.
The author is a bit cringe when writing about the Irish lot, she has obviously done a generic google search for pointers as every character is called a very stereotypical Irish name. I actually want to die of embarrassment for her that all of the Irish clan are referred to as 'fella's' every time they are mentioned in serious conversation because she has so got the use of that word that she's clearly found online and doesn't use herself completely wrong. It's more of a 'hey fella's what do you want to drink' used by a rough drunk bloke at a pub not a 'the fellas are coming to kill us' at a life or death war council kinda word.
I'd still recommend, just think it could be a little better.
Haven't read any of Amy Bartol's but I plan to listen to the rest of the series. This one was great. Emily Woo Zeller, where did you come from and please narrate more books! She is the voice. I enjoyed your narration. Some say this is like Twilight Series, yes, it is something alike if you want to look at it that way. I have to say, there are twist and turns that are different. Just listen to the book and you will see. I had a hard time putting it down to get some things done. Just wanted to know what would happen next.
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I just have to say that you get a little tired of the main character seeming weak and depressed. But I had to keep remind myself that shes only 18. Russell's voice is the one I am most disappointed in because I am country and I don't feel like she does a good job at his voice, but I guess it's hard. Still good story. I've listened to all the books. My favorite books series yet.
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