I’m going to need to re-read this. About 25% in, I gave up on it emotionally and only mostly paid attention to the audio after that. Please take this as really only a review of the first 25% of the audiobook, specifically.
Honestly, the reason I need to re-read is because I turned on the audiobook narrator very quickly into this listening experience. I just couldn’t take listening to her anymore. She was overacting the hell out of everything and ruining perfectly good lines, especially with main character Rin, who is already a tough customer in terms of characterization. I wasn’t receiving an accurate representation of the story or characters. I should have just stopped. Hey, does Audible let you return an audiobook even if you’ve listened to the whole thing?
I also had a hard time getting in to the story because I didn’t remember any of the characters except Rin and Nezha after book one and was very confused. I also missed the school setting, which was very concrete and easy to follow in book one.
Anyway, don’t listen to me I didn’t really pay this book good attention. Will track down hard copy sometime next year, and then hopefully move on to book three. Three stars is a placeholder reaction, even if it is an accurate reflection of my reading experience with this book so far.