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The Temptation (Kindred #1)

3.62 of 5 stars 3.62  ·  rating details  ·  487 ratings  ·  99 reviews
His touch was electric.
His eyes were magnetic.
His lips were a temptation....
But was he real?

After crashing her car on an empty highway, Shane is miraculously saved by Travis, a mysterious cowboy who walks out of nowhere. She is instantly attracted to him, and for the first time, she believes in “soul mates.” But Shane soon discovers that Travis is dead and that strict
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by HarperTeen
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You know self, it’s not the book’s fault so don’t blame it. The book implies that this is going to be another instant love kind of story. The summary gave you a sort of warning: she is instantly attracted to him. Instantly being the operative word. You hate insta-love and yet you still read it, now whose fault is it?

I’m talking to myself…this is not good. This is what happens when I write a review in the midst of a migraine. But I don’t want to put it on hold because I tend to lose what I o
Rating: 2.5/5

For most of us who love reading, the ideal story is one that seeps beneath our skin and leaves the topography of our hearts forever changed by the shape of the character’s footprints as they’ve traveled through and left no piece of it untouched. A less than ideal reading experience is one where the characters and their lives leave little to no impression at all, instead our journey with them is marked by a fleeting curiosity and mild interest, allowing us to move on to the next book
I will keep my review of this as short as possible. I was incredibly disappointed with the book as a whole. I would not recommend this book to anyone I know personally and I tout the comparison to Ghost that was on the back cover of the book.

Basically, this story just has too much going on.

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Quick & Dirty: This book takes all the fallback cliches of the young adult genre and brings them into a story fill with ghosts and evil.

Opening Sentence: The storm came out of nowhere.

The Review:

Shane is driving through New Mexico heading to her violin concert when an odd coyote jumps in front of her car. Swerving to avoid it she runs off the road and would have died if it were not for Travis and his magic healing powers. Travis is a temptation — think gh
Savannah (Books With Bite)
A good ghost story I always adore to read. And this story, it hooked me. I love the intense plot line and a love that grows before your eyes.

What I liked most about this book is the plot line. I fell in love with another series similar to this one. A ghost who is fighting evil and finds his kindred. I love this types of plot line cause of the redemption in it. Travis was unable to move on cause of the bad things he done. By doing good things he is making his way back to where he needs to be. I l
I wish I could have liked this more, but it had a couple major flaws that really spoiled it for me.

One, the instant romance. Immediately they fall in love, and it is explained later that they are soulmates, etc., so that was why, but it just seemed hokey.

Two, they are both perfect people and the villains are perfectly evil. So no real surprises, no shades of grey, no depth.

The first in a trilogy.
Erin Cataldi
I'm going to be honest, these "paranormal teen romance" books are not my cup of tea, so please bear that in mind when you're reading my review.

"The Temptation" is a novel about a beautiful young girl, Shane, who falls in love with an ethereal being. Travis, a smoking hot young cowboy rescues Shane from a hideous car wreck and the two become practically inseparable. The only problem is Shane can't explain Travis and all the mystery that follows him to her family and friends so everyone starts to
Jessica (a GREAT read)
I received this ARC at RT Booklover's Convention via the Goody Room

I have not read such an amazing "ghost" book since Jenny Carroll/Meg Cabot's Mediator series! And that series is pretty old!! Alisa Valdes's The Temptation was amazing! Totally takes ghosts and revenants to a new level!!

Shane was on the verge on death when Travis saves her, she knows then that there's something unique about him, but she doesn't know what. Although she soon finds out exactly what he is! The pacing was pretty good,
Dec 30, 2011 Krystal rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
Readers who can't stomach full-blown love stories but enjoy action, mystery, and the supernatural will find this book perfect! The main character, Shane, will lead the reader right to the heart of the plot. Shane was driving with her small dog early on in the book when an odd coyote limped in front of her car. Shane jerks the wheel to avoid the coyote and the car flips...leaving Shane near death and her small dog nowhere to be found. Shane's saving grace comes in the form of Travis. Travis has a ...more
Heather T.
A book with a great flow and imagery that pulls you in. So descriptive that you can picture and practically feel the characters, surroundings, and emotions captured in the writing. I am a person that requires details to maintain my attention when reading. I need to get lost in the story and to become attached to the characters. I couldn't put this down.

This is a book better appreciated by younger readers or those that have experienced and remember how devastatingly powerful young love can be. Th

This is a goodreads first-reads.

The Temptation by Alisa Valdes was terrific. I was hooked from the start and didn't want to put it down...and then there was an instance where I just shook my head and said "...what?..." (This is why I only gave 4 stars and not 5.) Then it picked up again I was hoping and wishing and then ended... I want to know more, please tell me there will be a second book.
Pavlina loves Dex ❤❤
I find myself frustrated because I really wanted to like this book because its about revenants, but I didn't.The character was ok.I found Travis and Shane adorable.But the romance felt like it happened too quickly.Also there were many things in this book that seemed out of place and unnecessary.
Joan (official heroine hater)
I couldn't get past the 2nd chapter on this one and have no desire to ever try it again. Goes back to the library unfinished!
This book was so annoying and Shane's attitude was so pathetic, it hurt.
Anika Sanyal
The Temptation, written by Alisa Valdes, is about Shane, a young teenage girl, who crashes her car on an empty highway. She is saved by Travis, a cowboy who walks out of nowhere. Afterwards, the two become practically inseparable. The only problem is Shane can't explain Travis and all the mystery that follows him to her family and friends. Everyone starts to think that the car crash messed with Shane’s head and that she is going crazy. Soon Shane discovers that Travis is dead [and has always bee ...more
I was lucky enough to win a copy of The Temptation through Goodreads, and I am so glad that I did. Valdes's The Temptation is the first book in her Kindred trilogy, and the action starts in chapter one. Shane is on her way to her performance on an isolated highway when a storm hits causing her car to wreck. Near death, a mysterious stranger saves Shane. It is this chance meeting that pulls Shane into a supernatural world that exists alongside our own. Valdes does a great job with her development ...more
This wasn't a bad novel though at times I couldn't help pausing to roll my eyes. Valdes attempts to give weight to words and sentences in her novel and it just doesn't work. I don't know, maybe she's just not good at it or her word choice wasn't the best but other than that I could at least feel a bit of the connection between Travis and Shane, though not as strongly as I wish I could've. Another thing that bugged the crud out of me was how emotional Shane was, it seemed like at every interval w ...more
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
This is one of those books I wanted to love, but just fell flat for me. I could never get into it. From the beginning the story and characters felt forced. Alisa Valdes starts The Temptation out with a huge storm that I feel like I never found my way out of.

Let me also say, that I am finding I am not a huge fan of ghost stories. As in, where a ghost plays a central role. I’ve tried reading several and I can never connect with them. This book definitely slid into that category.

Shane was a weak na
I admit to not reading that many books with ghosts in them. Usually they are not my cup of tea. This was an ARC I borrowed and after waiting a couple months I finally sat down to read it.

Shane is a young musician driving to her first Youth Sympony performance. As she drives to the performance she gets into a horrible storm, not typical for the area in which she lives. After only driving just under a year she does her best to deal with what happens. You guessed it, she ends up crashing. She is h
Megan (magan bagan)
I will say right off the bat that I was definitely surprised by this story. The summary sounded interesting and I knew that I wanted to check it out, but once I started reading it I was completely sucked in.

Ending up in a dangerous crash on an empty highway leaves Shane in pretty dire circumstances. At least until Travis, a beautiful cowboy, comes to her rescue out of nowhere.

Shane's attraction and connection to Travis are immediate and strong, even after she learns that he's actually dead. But
I received an advanced copy of this from a contest. I don't think it's one I would normally pick. So far there are many things that annoy me. First the amount of way too dramatic metaphors. The fact that the girl decided to travel to a performance a couple hours away with her dog. That makes no sense. What the heck would the dog do when she is performing? The most annoying part of the 50 pages that I have read so far though is how authors have a habit of thinking that a woman sees a man and auto ...more
I entered a Goodreads First Reads giveaway for this book because it sounded like it was going to be really awesome, and I won a free copy. I hadn't heard of this idea of a ghost and human falling in love and thought it would make for a super interesting plot. I have to say though, after reading it, I was a little disappointed. The writer is a bestseller author, so I was expecting a bestseller book. The idea of the story was awesome, but the story in and of itself, not so great.

I liked the overal
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
A haunting ghost story mixed with romance, redemption and danger. The Temptation is a beautifully told story about a kindred who's trying to right the wrongs he did before his death and the beautiful mortal who's life he saves.

Before you think this is just another love story, there's so much more to it than that. I mean, yet it is one part love story, and another part paranormal thriller with an intriguing good vs evil plot line. This story has a paranormal twist that encompasses romance, and h
May 19, 2012 Jen rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc-s
Once again I find myself frustrated because I really wanted to like this book but I didn't. :( The cover is cool and the summary intriguing but the story itself was lacking for me. The romance felt like it happened too quickly and was silly at times. Travis' secret is revealed too soon and isn't nearly as suspenseful or creepy (in a cool way) as it should've been.

I found Shane to be overly dramatic and annoying and while I'm all for Team Soul-Mate, there needed to be more conflict for me betwee
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)

Temptation started off really good, there was a horrible accident in the beginning which kind of set all these chain of events in place. Shane was badly hurt but lucky for her, Travis was there to help her. To me, he was the most interesting person in this book. Travis turns out to be dead, but at the same time very much alive to some point. Interesting huh? But that's it. After that, the story died for me.

Can temptation lead into love? Sure, with time. But in this novel, love became a factor
So basically what happens throughout this book is that Shane meets a boy who is not from this world!Shane was driving long New mexico going to her violin concert. She is a professional violinist. Shane meets a boy who is not from this world! It turns that he saved her life after a deadly car crash which was caused by a snow storm shane goes through. She meets this handsome, caring and sweet guy named Travis and it turn out that he is a temptation( a ghost ). As soon as shane meets Travis her who ...more

I hate instant love romance. This is one of those. Why do I keep reading this crap?

The only temptation I got with this book was to stop reading it. But obviously I must have some kind subconscious line of masochism in me that I actually finished it despite wanting to kill Shane.

So, Shane is driving to a violin performance with her dog. Stupidity #1 right there. What was she going to do with the dog in a concert? Leave him in the car? W
This is a near 180 turn for Alisa Valdes in this book. I have followed her literary expressions for years now. Mostly they are about romances between people who feel very real. Like Chicanos and Latinas that you'd meet anywhere.... Or nowhere. The characters are deliciously diverse and well fleshed out. Character driven stories with intriguing events that draw them closer to each other, or rip them apart.

But in this book, the characters seemed flat and uninteresting for several chapters. In fac
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Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: So, this sounds right up my alley. It sounds like something I would really love, a 5 cupcake rating. But it just wasn’t for me.

We are introduced to Shane who lives with her mother. She is just a normal girl with a boyfriend named Logan. Until one day, she gets in a car accident. Her car is totaled, and she is hurt badly, even on the brink of death. Until a mysterious boy steps up and heals her. His name is Travis. He is a sort of cowboy. He looks the part, and acts the part. This s
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Alisa Valdes is a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of women's fiction, young adult fiction, and memoir, including The Dirty Girls Social Club. She has a master's in journalism from Columbia University and spent ten years as a staff writer for the Boston Globe and LA Times before becoming an author. She lives in New Mexico with her family and pets and wishes the calories you ate when no on ...more
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