This sounded like such a cute read and after seeing several positive reviews I definitely wanted to check it out. It was a heart warming read filled wThis sounded like such a cute read and after seeing several positive reviews I definitely wanted to check it out. It was a heart warming read filled with wonderful characters. Lily was endearing and her whole family was filled with loveable, quirky folks. Dash did not grab me as much but I loved his friend Boomer who reminded me of an excited, bouncing golden retriever. The pacing of the book is leisurely as we follow Lily and Dash around New York City following dares they leave for each other in the red moleskin notebook. It had the perfect level of sweetness and makes this a great book to curl up with on a rainy day....more
I really wavered on whether or not to read this one. It initially sounded interesting but then faded off my radar, I saw a few people talking about itI really wavered on whether or not to read this one. It initially sounded interesting but then faded off my radar, I saw a few people talking about it and then when I heard it involved Greek mythology I decided to give it a whirl. I don't want to say I disliked it because I actually found the basis of the story fascinating. I would have never guessed the reason why Ari's mother killed herself or the tragic past of all of her ancestors. I loved how you got little glimpses here and there of what Ari really was, how she came to be and why she is being hunted.
The reason I can't rave about the book though is that none of the characters really grabbed me. Yes, Ari's foster parents sounded kick ass but other than that she came across as just blah to me. I did like Sebastian but wasn't in love with him. He was a nice mix of charming, protective and angst to make him appealing. That said the romance didn't work for me. I didn't really see why all of a sudden they were sucking face and totally attracted to each other when initially there did not seem to be any chemistry between the two. I didn't even really feel the "you're so hot, I hate you but I love you" vibes a lot of books throw in when there is a hot guy and hot girl involved. It just seemed like the two of them were annoyed each other, a couple kick butt scenes take place and all of a sudden they are in love.
The other thing that bothered me was the note from Ari's mother. Obviously her mother knows what's going on and what's to come for Ari so why just say "Run."? Why not provide a little detail? I get that this had to be what hooks Ari in to start digging into her past but I wish a good reason was provided as to why her mother couldn't explain more in her letter.
Still the intricacies of mythological and other worldly beings was fascinating and the world building was well done. So I will probably give the next book a try and hope Ari grows on me. ...more
This book was rated 5 stars by several friends and book bloggers whose opinion I highly value so I rushed out and bought it but it sat on my shelf forThis book was rated 5 stars by several friends and book bloggers whose opinion I highly value so I rushed out and bought it but it sat on my shelf for years. I made it one of my 10 books I must read in 2011 and can now check it off as the third one I've read from that list. Unfortunately it just did not live up to the hype for me. Maybe I had too high of expectations going in because of all the outstanding reviews or maybe it just wasn't the book for me.
I could relate to Gemma in most of the book as she has to deal with this stalker who kidnaps her and takes her to the middle of nowhere thinking he's actually rescuing her. A born and bred city girl, she has no clue how to survive in the wilderness yet is determined to escape from Ty's clutches. I wasn't a huge fan of the letter format the story was written in as Gemma is writing a letter to Ty as she tells her story. It would have been nice to get to see inside Ty's head more than we do from just her observations. He obviously had issues but I found it hard to sympathize with him or view him as anything other than seriously unbalanced. I've heard of Stockholm Syndrome but never read much about it so it still baffles me that she might at some point feel something other than fear and loathing for Ty.
I really struggled to stick with this one and finish it up. I am glad I finally read it but it definitely doesn't rank high on my list of favorite reads. It does pose some interesting discussion questions though in regards to Gemma's feelings towards Ty, Ty's true motivations, etc....more