Hello all! I'm incredibly behind on reviews and these are three short stories that were on my to-review list. Since they are short stories I decided to write reviews for them and put them all in one post!
Free Four by Veronica Roth
1.5 in the Divergent trilogy
Free Four, Roth accounts chapter 13 from Tobias’s point of view. If you
don’t know what chapter 13 is because it’s been a while since you read
Divergent or haven’t read Divergent, it’s the knife throwing scene.
personally think that Four is an interesting character and I loved him
in Divergent. He was swoon worthy and his relationship with Tris was
built up in a beautiful way. I actually really like reading Tobias’s
POV. I think his character has a lot of depth and could’ve uncovered a
lot of secrets behind Dauntless. I wouldn’t have minded for the trilogy
to be in alternating POVs between Tris and Four, but Allegiant will
hopefully prove to be all that is promised.
Cover Thoughts: Big Dauntless symbol. Eh. It doesn’t spark anything in me. The contents are better than the cover.
My Soul to Lose by Rachel Vincent, narrated by Amanda Ronconi
Prequel to the Soul Screamers series
Cavanaugh was supposed to just have a normal day shopping at the mall,
but a panic attack took over and she couldn’t stop screaming. When she
wakes up, she finds herself in a psych hospital. As she tries to
convince everyone she is fine, another patient seems to be curious about
who she is. My first audiobook! I would say it was a success. I didn’t
love My Soul to Lose but I really enjoyed it. The narrator could be
annoying at times, but she could make the story interesting when it came
down to whether I was able to concentrate on the story. I did have a
few problems with the narrator’s voice and how she portrayed the
characters. Sometimes I liked the voices she made, but her Kaylee voice
annoyed me greatly at times. Which is obviously not a good thing
considering the fact that Kaylee is the MC. I did enjoy the storyline
and I was a fan of the first Soul Screamers book. I really liked seeing
how Vincent portrayed Kaylee’s first experience as a banshiede.
qualm I had was with the other patient who was revealed to have an
ability at the end. I liked this ability quite a bit and she proved to
be an interesting character that showed potential to be in the series in
the future or even have her own. I was sad that her reveal was so
rushed and it left me feeling confused and I had to rewind the audiobook
a bit. I’m quite pleased with my first delve into the audiobook world
and I’m happy it wasn’t terrible like I was afraid it would be.
Cover Thoughts: It’s simple, but I don’t like that snot color green at all.
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty by James Thurber, Narrated by Ben Stiller
Mitty always has his head in the clouds. Sometimes as a Navy pilot
other times a surgeon, and my personal favorite a man accused of a
crime. I really liked the portrayal of daydreaming and how everyone
wants to escape from reality. Ben Stiller did an excellent job of
narration. I’ll be honest I probably would’ve never read this short
story or would’ve seen the movie, but after listening to the audiobook
I’m quite curious about the movie. I don’t really have a lot to say
about Walter Mitty because the story is very short, but it’s free and
it’s definitely an audiobook worth listening to.
Cover Thoughts: It’s such an awkward cover, but I see what the movie covers were trying to capture.
Have you read any of these short stories? What did you think about them? Are you excited for the Divergent movie, which is only a month from release!? Are you planning or have seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty? Thoughts on the movie?