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The Quiet is Loud by Samantha Garner

lostcupofstars's review

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3.0

I liked this. It had strong X-Men vibes. 
I think the plot definitely struggled to get off the ground and the conflict and resolution fell flat for me. There was so much that could have been explored. I found Aunt Judith’s chapter really interesting - she could have had a whole book to herself. Loved the relationship between Freya and Mary. I wish there had been more descriptive language bc I still can’t picture what they’re supposed to look like. 

It was deffo an interesting idea and I enjoyed the read, just wished it had been streamlined a bit more with a better ending.

merenr's review

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I’m not sure what I needed more from this book, but I needed something. I never quite got the intensity that I was expecting and the emotional scenes fell short for me.

I must say that the cover is gorgeous though.

jillaay_h's review

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adventurous challenging emotional hopeful mysterious reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0


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tfj's review

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.75

Auch wenn die Autorin leider ein paar - meiner Meinung nach - merkwürdige Entscheidungen zur Fokalisierung getroffen hat und ich anfangs Schwierigkeiten hatte, in die Geschichte hineinzufinden, muss ich zugeben, dass mir das Buch - als ich dann einmal hineingefunden hatte - recht gut gefallen hat. Coole urbane Fantasy mit einem relativ harten Magiesystem, einer weiblichen Hauptfigur und Zentrierung auf deren Character Development - und nicht auf irgendeinen irrelevanten Typen. Außerdem war die Schilderung von philippinischen Essen so verlockend, dass ich jetzt dringend ein philippinisches Restaurant finden muss. 

sl4u's review

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emotional fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

Read all in one day.

I think the structure and pacing of the book were a little off at times. (Present timeline probably should have started a little later, with more time spent focused on the development of relationships among
the STEP group members
rather than a few chapters used to basically only establish character. A lot of the flashback scenes could have been cut out. I also feel like
Aunt Judith's monologue
should not have been so detailed and long.)

And sometimes I felt like the puzzle pieces fit together a little too neatly. (How fast and cleanly they were able to
find Alan Y
.)

Also, maybe readers should be given a little bit more credit in being able to figure out things that need not be explicitly said. (Explicit recall of flashback chapters in the subsequent 2015 chapters.)

koreykit's review against another edition

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mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0

I liked the flashbacks being in third person

andy5185's review

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5.0

I really loved this. Similar to X-Men, this story features an Earth where people with special powers exist, and are greatly discriminated against. The main character Freya has the power of prophetic dreams, which she has hidden from the world, including her own father. Unlike X-Men, this is not an action/adventure, but a young woman's journey to embrace her identity. By connecting with others that are also "paradextrous" she comes to realize the power of connection with friends and ultimately her own family. Her Filipino/Norwegian background also made for really interesting cultural references.

megan_prairierose's review

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5.0

This book was so unique and I loved it. I can’t wait to see what this author writes next. A great new voice on the Canadian literary landscape.

readrenard's review

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medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

romes's review

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adventurous emotional hopeful mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.25

i found the constant switch between first- and third-person narration a bit irritating so i didn't really get into a reading flow with this one. other than that it was okay. nothing more, nothing less.