Hello and happy Wednesday. A while ago I showed you this card I’d gotten in my February Owl Crate, which has download codes for an audio excerpt of Caraval by Stephanie Garber and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. I chose the latter because I have Caraval and want to read it sometime in the future, but it feels weird to be reading and listening to it. That’s just my opinion, and if you enjoy that, please continue.
When the excerpt began I felt a bit confused because the story seemed to just start in the middle of a scene, but I then understood that I was actually listening to chapter 6, so it made sense that I was sort of lost. The plot, though, was easy to understand once the story continued, although the fact that it didn’t start from chapter 1 annoyed me. You see, I’m a little obsessive-compulsive when it comes to my books, and so if I’m reading a sample, I want it to be from the beginning of the book, so that if I like the book, I can buy it and continue reading it. Having listened to chapters 6 and 7 means I basically spoiled those chapters and that was a turnoff for me.
This may not be a very popular opinion, but I didn’t like the narrator. There was something about her voice I didn’t like, and then there’s the fact that she switched to this Indian-like accent whenever there were dialogues. First of all, I don’t know if there’s a correct term for that kind of accent; I don’t mean to be offensive but English is not my first language and I don’t know all the words. Secondly, I would have very much preferred to have the narrator talk in that accent the whole story rather than alternate accents.
At the end I wanted to listen more of the story, and I was a bit sad that the excerpt was over, but not enough so as to get the book, add it to my lists or whatever. In my opinion, it’s a book I might enjoy, but I wasn’t thrilled about it, so I don’t plan on buying it anytime soon.
Did you read the whole book or an excerpt? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know!
Love, Miss Camila
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