09 December 2012

Audiobook Review: Witches of East End

I wanted to love the Witches of East End. My library carries them all in eBook format, I usually love witchy stories, AND it's being made into a TV show. The deliciously wicked and scandalous start sucked me in. But the last 1/3 of the book, lost me. Suddenly all this complicated mythology and back story was introduced and then breezed over. I thought: Wait. Maybe it's because I'm listening to this book. Perhaps reading it would be different. So I got the eBook and read the last 1/3 of the book. Nope. It still felt odd, confusing, and rushed. Other than that, I did enjoy my time with the Witches of the East End. It just didn't give me that satisfied feeling I crave at the end of a book. You know the feeling right? It's akin to eating a full meal, having a happy belly, and savoring the taste that is still on your tongue. I missed that feeling with this one.

Words aloud: Katie Schorr is a great narrator. She has a pleasant pitch, tone, and sounded age appropriate. I really liked her.

Whippersnappers: Naughtiness aplenty. I can't remember if there is any foul language but there is definitely sex, sexuality, infidelity, witchcraft, and murder.

Wind-up: The Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz is narrated by Katie Schorr and is 7 hours and 51 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 3 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

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49 comments :

  1. Not a huge fan of Melissa de la Cruz's writing, and it's too bad you didn't enjoy this as much as you'd hoped.

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    1. This was my first time with her books. I'll have to try another one and see if we share the same dilemma. ;)

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  2. I wonder if the ending was done that way to set it up as a series.

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    1. Excellent question!!!
      *head scratching*
      You may be right.

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  3. I own this one and I haven't read it..hmms thinking I shall put it on the back burner for a bit!

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  4. I completely agree with you. Witches felt incomplete for me and I love her Blue Blood series. At first I thought it was that I missed her other characters but then I remembered that with Blue Bloods I wasn't crazy about the first two books in the series.

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    1. Oh ok. Good to know :)

      Do you think I should try Blue Bloods?

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  5. Also reading the blue bloods series didn't help understand this series.

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  6. Could not agree more about this one...I was completely disappointed!

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  7. I felt the same way about this one...I wanted to love it...but ddnt.

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    1. You gals are making me feel better. I thought I was going to be one of the only gals who didn't dig it.

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  8. I read the book awhile back and didn't love it. I don't know why, it just was missing something. I wanted to love it (story wise should have been up my alley) but alas it just wasn't.

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  9. Not a huge fan of witch stories, but sorry to hear that it was disappointing.

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    1. Thanks doll :)

      So are witches a turn off for you or all paranormals? I have an aversion to vamps. ;)

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  10. I've heard mixed things about her Blue Bloods series (some people love them, others...not so much). It's a bummer the story started off awesome but the end fell short of your expectations (seriously, I'd read another hundred pages of some books just so things didn't feel so rushed). Hope you had a fab weekend :)

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  11. Hopefully they will make it better with the TV series version and get rid of the "rushed" element of the book.

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  12. Aww, too bad it fell short Juju. You certainly gave it a chance though, I mean audio AND ebook versions to boot! Better luck next read... ^_^

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    1. Right? I should get a brownie or something for trying to hard ;)

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  13. Oh I hate when the potential for a good story is there and then the author kind of glosses over the word building and the details. So no bueno! I commend you for listening to the audio and picking up the book when things got muddled. Too bad it didn't make a difference.

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  14. Great honest review. I bought this on sale for $5 at B&N. I'll probably give a try still, but will definitely keep your review in mind! :)

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  15. In my experience audiobooks bring the flaws of a book to the forefront. They are still there in the book but it is even more obvious in an audio.

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  16. I borrowed a copy of this ebook from the library. I've never read anything by this author and I thought this would be a good book to start with, but now I'm not sure I want to get into it. Thanks for your honesty, Juju!

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    1. Aw don't let me dissuade you. Do try it and let me know what you think of the last part.

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  17. The deliciously wicked and scandalous start sucked me in <-- I can see how that would do it. To bad it fell short later. I didn't know that they were making this into a show. Thanks for the review.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by :)

      Yah I found out after I started reading it and despite my love/hate relationship with the book, I'm still totally going to try the show. :)

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  18. Oh, too bad. I really like my endings to pack a punch, not sizzle out!

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  19. At least you gave it another shot on ebook. Too bad because the beginning sounds great.

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  20. Sorry you didn't enjoy it. It doesn't sound like something I'd like either.

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  21. Beautiful cover. Never heard of it till now, though. Thanks for sharing your honest review!

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  22. Hmm. I'm still slightly intrigued by this one -- though I will definitely keep your cautions in mind! Witchy stories often fascinate me.

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  23. Ooo a five star narrator for a 3 star book, I'm interested in this narrator now! I've been quite curious about this book. Still don't know if I'll ever get around to it, but nice to know that's it's more of a "snack" than a full meal! :)

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    1. "more of a "snack" than a full meal" Ha! So well put. :)

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  24. Aw, I hate it when a book you're enjoying goes south. :( Hope your next read is better!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  25. Like the sound of it, but the downward dive half way through the book is discouraging. I'll think about this one, but not running out to get it any time soon. thanks sweetie :)

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    1. Good call.
      You could always get it from the library if you decide to try it. :)

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  26. I agree that the last third came out of nowhere. But, I urge you to try Serpent's Kiss (book 2). It finally all comes together in that one and makes a lot of sense! It's much better than book 1.

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