Forsaken: The Forsaken Saga, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable.
But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora's school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth.
As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret - one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.
And for the first time in her life, Nora is exposed to a completely unfamiliar world. She is swept away on an exhilarating journey that takes her to a place where romance and great destiny may yet await...and where supernatural powers run wild.
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|Listening Length||5 hours and 39 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||March 27, 2014|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #167,302 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#117 in Paranormal & Supernatural Fantasy for Children
#16,927 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
Reviewed in the United States on April 20, 2017
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I felt like certain parts were built up too much and then dropped while others weren't built up enough and should have been given more detail or explanation to make situations more realistic and believable. For instance the bit in the beginning about the students parents receiving a letter about a new student who had problems at his previous school. Which makes no sense, is totally unrealistic and then it was just dropped, never mentioned again as to why this vampire kid was 1) Attending school at all since he has no family to speak of and is over 400 years old and 2) why he was supposedly written about and reported in a letter to all the parents of the school's students and 3) He goes from being a supposedly shy kid who is being tutored in detention and resents it since he didn't do anything to even deserve a detention or if he is deserving of a detention or tutoring it's not mentioned why, to suddenly sharing his most personal secrets to the girl who's tutoring him, which by the way are also supposedly "forbidden" secrets NEVER to be shared with humans? All within little over a week of being thrown together with a girl in detention because she looked at him? The whole detention thing was weird also. The girl turns around to watch the "new kid" take his seat and gets a detention for it? It is implied that the teacher hates her but is never explained why and it is unrealistic to me that she would even get a detention in the first place & be forced to tutor the "new kid" just for watching him take his seat. Then after a week of these detentions he shares with her forbidden secrets about his "kind" and off they go running for their lives all because he shared his secret dream walking ability thing with her. I don't know, I wanted to like the story, but it just seemed poorly thought out, didn't draw me in, and needs more thought and explanation given to certain details that are built up then just dropped. I was so busy wondering what should have been mentioned or explained and wasn't, like wondering if I had missed things or something, that I couldn't get drawn into the story.
I ended up skimming pages just to see how it ended out of curiosity but unable to really read through the whole book page by page. I also went back a few times to the beginning looking for things that were mentioned to have happened or to have been said, but weren't. It was like I was missing things but when I went back looking for them they weren't there, but had been referred to like they were. I don't know. If you want a book that you can read quickly and not get too invested in then this is the book for you. I personally won't be buying the second book in this series, it just wasn't my "cup of tea" I guess.
Also, I was VERY disappointed to find out this book had been put out before and the author just changed the title and the names of a few of the characters and put this story out like it was a new one when it was really one that she had put out before and just briefly changed a few names. Other author's who I have read and who have revised or improved upon their earlier series MENTION the fact that they have done this, so as to not TRICK people into buying the same story TWICE!!! This is a Sneaky and disappointing way to get profits to say the least. If the author wants to build up a loyal readership following this is NOT the way to do it! It just makes people mad to have wasted money on the same story TWICE when it wasn't improved upon or anything, just given a new title and changed the names of a few of the characters!! Makes people not want to try any other books by the author because who really knows if it REALLY IS A NEW BOOK or an OLD ONE RENAMED!! Amazon should NOT let people trick people into buying their books this way. It's sneaky, shady, and makes the author appear lazy, greedy and untrustworthy! I can understand getting some time and experience under ones belt and wanting to improve upon earlier works. I have read other author's who have done this, but they MENTIONED it up front to let people know, especially if the title had been changed, in case people had already read it! And usually also give the improved upon works for free as an UPDATE to those who bought it when it first came out before the do-over!!
With all of this being said... if you don't own the dream realm trilogy and you never read it then I would recommend the books cause they really were amazing but I thought people should know that it is a copy of her first novels and she only changed the names of the characters and the title of the book. This is why I am giving it a one star because I already have the original copy I have it a five star when I read it and I don't agree with authors that plagiarize their own work to make more money of their readers, is not fair to us. If your not happy with the price of your books than change it but don't change the book title and names of its characters so u can pass it off for a new book and make more money!!! Sophia you were a great author so please make new book to read and don't copy your books again, it really upset me and I an sure it would upset about if it happened to them. If you ask want proof let me know bc I can loan you the title dream realm trilogy to see for yourself that both stories are identical besides names of characters and title of book and series. I hope this helps you ask our if you have her dream realm trilogy please don't get this series it will be a waste money because you would already have the series like I do. Have wonderful day everyone and remember if you haven't read dream realm trilogy then by all means get this series bc dream realm trilogy Is no longer available in kindle store.