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Disliked the MC Bear

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-04-2020

Being inside Bear’s head was grating. He was whiny, self pitying and engaged in endless, repetitive monologues that had me skipping ahead. He was so consistently rude to his friends I had no idea what any of them saw in him. Having listened to the end, I got to hear him being breathtakingly hypocritical too. Apparently I’m in the minority, but this was not enjoyable at all. Far too much unnecessary, immature angst.

Clunky writing

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2020

I loved the Hitman’s Guide but it’s hard to believe this is the same writer. I just could not hear “are you ok?” “I’m fine,” or “he said,” one more time. There was also a lot of repetition of words within the same sentence or paragraph. Distracting.

The story itself had promise but things moved too quickly between the two MCs, the humour was not actually funny to me and there was a distinct lack of chemistry between Lane and Felix, who did not feel like fleshed out characters to me.

I usually love Joel Leslie but pauses between speech and “he said,” “I said,” made these more noticeable.
Could not stay within the story at all.

Hilarious

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-04-2020

Genuinely laugh out loud funny. Leland is hyper and an absolute classic and Jackson is a perfect foil for him. Loved them and their relationship so much. Can’t wait for the next book.

Well worth the credit

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-03-2020

The world created by Lee Welch is original and immersive. I loved the two main characters and the genuinely difficult circumstances they had to navigate and I did not want it to end. The narration was excellent. I have no doubt that I will be listening to this again soon.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-03-2020

The first in this series was good and showed promise, but I found the second less interesting and had difficulty connecting with the characters. That theme continued with this book and I found myself drifting off and struggling to concentrate, which is a shame, given the promise shown in the first novel. There was a great deal of repetition and redundancy; for example, the number of times Greta says that she does not know what is happening and does not like not knowing. That ought to be apparent from what was happening rather than being repeated ad nauseam.

High Ratings Are a Mystery

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 17-02-2020

Editing is so bad as to be non-existent. It reads like a first draft. DNF’d at around 50% when I could take no more. Irrelevant daily things are repeated and the same word appears three or four times within a couple of sentences. Deeply annoying. The main character is irritating and foolish and it’s a mystery as to why five close friends adopt her from the moment they meet her. Not for me.

Woeful

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1 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-2019

Great cover, interesting premise but awful execution. Narrator did a decent job with very confusing and basic material.

Delightful

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-2019

Loved the characters and their funny, heartfelt story of coming together. I want more from this author, this was totally worth the credit.

Disappointing

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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 25-07-2019

The novel’s repetitiveness is reflected in the fact that I forwarded it for almost 10 hours and lost nothing at all in the story. I didn’t care to spend time with all but two of the characters and them only just. Juliet Stevenson was marvellous as always but even she could not save it for me.

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Could use better narration

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 27-06-2019

Everyone sounds really angry all the time which is a shame as the writing is good and the story interesting. I liked the characters.

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