This is one of those books that once I got involved, I couldn't put it down. It's also one of those I could turn around and reread almost immediately...moreThis is one of those books that once I got involved, I couldn't put it down. It's also one of those I could turn around and reread almost immediately because I liked it so much. I don't often read mystery novels and this was actually the first book by Sandra Brown I've read and was highly impressed.
I very much liked Ms. Brown's writing style and her characters. The writing flowed very well and I often felt like I was watching a movie more than I was reading. I especially liked how much I was kept guessing on who the antagonist was. I had developed a guess of who I expected the bad guy to be and was surprised at who it turned out to be, I didn't see it coming in the slightest. It was brilliantly executed and prevented me from putting the book down for a good hour until I'd finished at nearly one in the morning.
The characters were very real to me with their own flaws and virtues. I was very excited to run across characters with flaws, who weren't perfect, and were realistic. I won't get too much into this at the risk of giving plot information away. The characters were very three denominational and developed with apparently history without there being so much I had to play catch-up on for it to be distracting.
I would have probably enjoyed this book if, in the first 25%, I wasn't introduced to a dozen characters that pertained to the plot. Just as I was just...moreI would have probably enjoyed this book if, in the first 25%, I wasn't introduced to a dozen characters that pertained to the plot. Just as I was just barely getting to know one character or the other, that scene ended and I was suddenly somewhere else reading about someone else. After the, I think, sixth time this happened I completely lost interest and quit reading. I didn't have the patients to keep track of all the characters whose only common link was that they were all descendants of a group of people who survived going to a mysterious island.
This book would have been far, far more interesting if I had gotten to read what happened on the island to the first group of people. Then have the sequels be about the descendants. When I say sequels, I mean each person who doesn't die has their own book. I put it that way because of COURSE some people are going to die before the adventure gets started, the book just has that tone. The assassin's showing up in the first 10% is a big enough clue.
The world was interesting and I might have enjoyed a smaller adventure in a different book that introduced the world better. All the different words for lengths of time was also highly annoying. I got highly annoyed having to look them up and that was another big reason I couldn't finish this book.(less)
I think, this might have been one of the most bittersweet books I have ever read. I loved this book for the message it gave and hated it for the half...moreI think, this might have been one of the most bittersweet books I have ever read. I loved this book for the message it gave and hated it for the half dozen or more times it made me cry.
This book shows how people can move on after losing someone and find a second chance. It shows the impact animals can have on a person's life and how much they can help us in the short time that they're a part of our lives. I particularly loved how the animals brought people together through Helena's death throughout the story until it came full circle at the end. It was beautiful and sad at the same time.
I shed a great many tears throughout this book because of how close to home several things hit for me. It was very powerful and moving to the point that I had to put the book down on my than one occasion because it touched me so deeply.
I wouldn't read it again because it made me so sad, but I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves animals and believes in the light they bring into our lives.(less)
This book started out pretty good and stayed that way until about 75% through. Then it took a sudden nose dive and I sat there thinking 'can this be o...moreThis book started out pretty good and stayed that way until about 75% through. Then it took a sudden nose dive and I sat there thinking 'can this be over now? I'm bored.'
I did like the first half of the book so I will say a few nice things about it before I start in on how much I didn't like it. Overall I liked the characters. Particularly the main character since he started off as a very down to earth, normal person that I found easy to relate to. He's not perfect and instantly installed with super powers to save the world. He's now a student and has the learn said skills.
And now I've run out of nice things to say and I'll start in on what I didn't like.
After I met the main character the book turns into a cookie cutter story that wasn't the most fantastically amazing book I've ever read, it wasn't terrible either. I found the 'wise, aged mentor who knows everything and tells nothing' to be even more annoying than usual. He was almost a bad impersonation of Brom from Eragon that was significantly stupider.
Then I ran into a love interest and she actually turned out to be my favorite character in the book. She definitely was the most intelligent character this book boasted.
Okay. One more nice thing yo say. I did very much enjoy how the elves were portrayed here. It was different from most books but still had enough similarities to most book to keep the stereotype that most people think of with elves.
Then we run into a minor Bad Guy and after that little plot twist the adventure/ coming of age theme turns into a love triangle. Its annoying and changes the tone of the book. Then there is all the traveling. Which is by far the most annoying quality of this book. They go and go and don't seem to be making much headway plot wise. Sure they cover distance and flesh out the 'companions united against evil and bad things' but I think Tolkien did it in less pages and with far more style.
There was also a whole lot of characters expressions being to big for the situation. They would have fit in Looney Tunes maybe, but in what I think was suppose to be an adventure story? They didn't fit.
Then there was no resolution and the book just ended. And I sat there thinking 'seriously? That was it? That was terribly.' I won't be reading another of these books.(less)
I got thirty percent through this book and I got not stand to read any more of it.
This was such a cliche, cookie-cutter of a book and the reading leve...moreI got thirty percent through this book and I got not stand to read any more of it.
This was such a cliche, cookie-cutter of a book and the reading level was horribly low. I felt like I read reading the summery of every adventure/fantasy book ever written. Which, if well written, wouldn't have been so bad. I've read plenty of books that were a bit cliche, usually there was a decent twist towards the end of the said books, but I'm not sticking around to find out if this one does or not. The reading level was so low that I couldn't stand to. The author felt the need to explain every. single. detail. There wasn't any sort of mystery or suspense. Everything was laid out like a road map so there wasn't even a question of who were the bad guys or what their plans were. The good guys were cliches too.
Overall, I was bored to tears and extremely annoyed with this book. I will not be reading the sequel or any other books by this author.(less)