October 27, 2015

The Precious One Marisa de los Santos

The Precious One
Marisa de los Santos
Published: March 2015
Date: Harper Audio
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: Abby Craden. Arielle DeLisle
Length: 12 hours 33 min
Source: Own it.
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I very much enjoyed the audiobook of The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos. Told in alternating voices of Taisy and her younger half sister Willow by two different narrators, it was well worth the credit spent at Audible.

It's about a messed up family, with an uncompromising and odd father - Wilson, who has cast out his first family - his wife, Marcus his son and Taisy his daughter. He is now married to Caroline and is the father of Willow, whom he loves very much.

Willow is seventeen, young and naive, gifted and somewhat snobbish with a definite dislike of Taisy. She has been home schooled up to this and as the story begins she is finding it a struggle to find her place at a local high school. Left alone by others, she welcomes the interest of her English teacher.  She also strikes up a friendship with Luca, a boy in her class.  I really enjoyed their work on Middlemarch - so much so that I might almost be persuaded to read it - I did fail to do so once. I followed Willow with interest and loved seeing the development of her character.

Taisy, asked by her father to come write his biography of his work accepts and faces into the place she was sent. I loved her, she was strong, independent and persistent. She is able to deal with the young Willow and her mother Caro, and I really liked her interactions with them all the way through the story.

Family dysfunction, creepiness, youth, secrets, love and forgiveness, second chances - all abound.

I only came to enjoy this book because of two bloggers who shared their enjoyment of this book. Go read their reviews and be convinced as I was.

Review of The Precious One by Sheree @The Eclectic Reader
Review of The Precious One  Pat @Posting For Now
4.5 stars


  1. A wonderful story if you're into family dysfunction and forgiveness, so many layers. Taisy was my favourite character. Love your review Kathryn. Thanks for the link love too

  2. This one sounds interesting. I've added it to my list following the several reviews that I've read. I look forward to the opportunity to read it. Thanks!

  3. I hadn't heard of this one but I'm intrigued. Taisy especially sounds like a great character.

  4. Wow this one sounds like you have to be in the right frame of mind especially when you add in creepiness. Thanks for the great review Kathryn

  5. wow, there is a ton going on in this book. I love how there are two narratives for the two girls!

  6. I could have swore I've read a book by this author, but don't see any marked when I check GR. Hmmm. This definitely sounds like something I'd like.

  7. This is why reading other blogs is essential to me...I have this...I meant to read it but never did! I will get to it soon!

  8. I have this on my TBR. Glad to hear it was good.

  9. I think I might have read one by her ages ago....I should check GR

  10. This sounds delightful and perfect as an audio listen!

  11. I'm glad you enjoyed this novel. Thanks for linking to my blog!


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