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The Girl Who Dared to Think 5: The Girl Who Dared to Lead

Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
Series: The Girl Who Dared to Think, Book 5
Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Honorbound! Honorbound!"

"Congratulations, Champion Castell...."

Return to the Tower in the epic fifth book of The Girl Who Dared series, where the Champion has been chosen...and Liana's courage will be put to the test like never before.

©2018 Bella Forrest (P)2018 Nightlight

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love the series

I love, love, love! the main character, having said that the reason I've given the book a 4 star rating is because of the way the story wants the reader to reach conclusions before the character does, leaving you sitting there waiting for thw point till she gets it. If she even does catch on. but overall I can't fault the story much more than that i love the characters and the way the story has been put together. Its just a little slow when it comes to the main character putting things together.

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Fantastic ...again

I'm loving this series! It's well written, easy to listen to and the narration is brilliant!
I love all of the characters and there's never a dull moment so far in this series. There is a good amount of suspense and also light hearted moments. The characters solutions to problems are smart and intricate which makes me appreciate the effort the author has put into the storyline. The love... triangle is clever and not unbelievable, I cant wait to find out what happens with that!

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Starts out slow and depressing...

Starts out slow and depressing and at times I did question whether I wanted to continue But once you get past this aspect it gets back into a great story once again. I do however agree with other reviews in suggesting the author repeats the same content a fair bit which is a bit annoying especially if like myself you are not suffering amnesia. If you are also listening to the audiobook version the repetition unnecessarily adds to the expense of this book series and I might add a further 2 more books are remaining making it rather expensive, 7 * $15 AUD = $105 for the book series and it feels like it should be one large book as the individual books are segments of the same core story like chapters. Otherwise I do enjoy this series but it does make me question whether to read any other book series from this author given I realise it would be an expensive exercise.

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  • Heather
  • 19-04-2018

Cliffhangers are poor writing technique.

It is a super weak way to get people to buy the next book by dropping off in the middle of the climax. This book was barely a full act in a story and then the author drops it mid action? You got five books worth of credits out of me when I maybe should have spent three. I won’t be spending any more. I’ll read the synopsis somewhere. To find out what happens. I’m done with this series.

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  • bunie
  • 25-06-2018

REPEAT !

I like the story but the author is repeating herself a lot.
Liana says a lot of words but nothing new, the story is getting a smidge redundant, because it is starting to repeat itself too much and she is getting a little too wordy. I don't know if I can make it through the next book if it's anything like this one. Did I say she repeats herself? Exactly!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Debra Planer
  • 27-03-2018

Bella is such a tease LOL

I love this series it keeps my interest I love all the sub plots. Can hardly wait for the next book.

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  • Judy P.
  • 10-04-2018

Left me on the edge of my seat.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but they should start at the beginning of this series would be helpful. It would introduce Liana and who she is to the reader.

What did you like best about this story?

It finally brings everything together, the characters, the problem and a solution, however don’t expect to find out what happens. That should be found out in the next book or maybe two.

What about Kirsten Leigh’s performance did you like?

Her ability to make ALL the characters come to life.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Bree’s brother leaving after he drops to a one and his anguish over losing his ranking.

Any additional comments?

I hope the next book will end this problem with the tower and lead to a book with all the characters from the Forrest and Tower coming together.

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  • T. Desaulniers
  • 18-02-2019

Necessarily slow

There was a lot of information in this book and pretty well placed action. Criticisms include the author not understanding the mental and emotional developmental placement of a 14 year old female and the speaker’s inability to properly say “carotid artery.” The author used the word “palpable” once which made me realize that if it is ever used again in any of her writings it is already overused. Regardless, the story was fun and poking holes in it is almost as fun. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. I will continue to count the author’s favorite word appearances. The anticipation is palpable.

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  • Lynn
  • 21-01-2019

Waste of a credit

This was such a disappointing book. In fact I wouldn’t call it a book, it was an unfinished book. A cliffhanger ending is one thing, but this cut off abruptly right in the middle of the point of the book. The series started strong and went downhill from there. Now it’s just the main character having pointless inner dialogue. Many lines are becoming very repetitive. What a waste.

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  • April D.
  • 14-12-2018

I’m really trying...

I’m actually in the middle of the sixth book now and I’m considering just stopping the series.

The main character is really starting to annoy me as she tends to make a big issue out of EVERYTHING! I’m wondering if this is a way to force continuous conflict within the story. It’s really not needed because it almost becomes hard to keep up with all of the issues she is dealing with. It would be nice to consolidate the storyline and focus on developing the character of the main antagonist. At this point I’m not even sure who that is.

What is really becoming intolerable to me is the extensive and excessive inner dialogue. Here is the general structure of the books:
1) Liana has one line of dialogue with another character. That character responds
2) Liana thinks for two pages about what her feelings are and what she wants to say to the person
3) Liana summarizes everything she just thought into a line of dialogue
And repeat.
Clearly if she could summarize her thoughts and feelings into one line of dialogue, there was no need to write down her extensive and repetitive thought process. This does not develop her character. It just draws out the story in the most annoying way.

Lastly, I get that the group voted to have Liana as a leader. However, these are adults, albeit young adults. She carries on as if she is queen and has absolute power. It’s not believable that, given the strong personalities that surround her, they would blindly follow her instructions. For example, stopping an argument between significant others because it poses a “threat” to group unity is a bit much.

It’s unfortunate that I have given six credits to this series. I’m just not able to tolerate the storyline anymore and will read a summary elsewhere (which can probably be summed up in two pages). I have heard that The Gender Game is a great novel, but I’m reluctant to listen to more from this author.

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  • Travis
  • 30-11-2018

Tear Jerker!

I honestly was not expecting the turn of events that took place in this book.
I am left breathless, confused, sad and angry..
this story has cemented the very fact, I adore this writer.
absolutely a must read! Adventure, Stelth, Hidding, death and loyalty.
this story has it all!

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  • A2A2
  • 29-11-2018

Drawn out storyline

I really enjoy this series, but it is taking to long to get to the meat of the action and I often find myself wanting to skip ahead sometimes. I like this series, but it is a little predictable. I LOVED the Gender Games and have also enjoyed this one, minus all the sidebar conversations

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  • Steve Denver
  • 28-11-2018

Another good story

i did enjoy this book, but not as much as the others of his series. it seems that our leader is always in some kind of trouble.

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  • Benoni
  • 23-03-2018

Can’t wait for more!

I’m hooked, can’t wait for the next book, it’s so addictive.
Strongly recommend someone to read the series.

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  • Jan Jacobs
  • 19-10-2018

amazing story keeps you engaged and wanting more!

have been left on a cliff hanger again at the end of this book and can't wait to start the next one!

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  • ducking duckling
  • 13-05-2018

Very readable

Great story, exciting and twisting. A little too much time dedicated to recapping though and some words pronounced oddly. By the time you get to book 5 of a series you don’t really need to hear an explanation about everything that happened previously. Particularly if you binge listen like I do! Otherwise very good.