Unbelieveable plot & weak writing make this a poor read
After being less than satisfied with the two other Nicholas Sparks novels I have read ove Unbelieveable plot & weak writing make this a poor read
After being less than satisfied with the two other Nicholas Sparks novels I have read over the years (A Walk to Remember and The Choice), I read THE BEST OF ME in anticipation of the film adaptation that's being released in October 2014. When I read Sparks' other two books, I was one of the many readers who knew she/he was being manipulated emotionally but who still cried anyway. For this one, I was expecting much of the same: schmaltzy scenes with serviceable but unimpressive writing to back it up. I experienced something far less enjoyable than that, however.
Never before have I encountered such a ludicrous and unbelievable plot. In Sparks' attempts to add some mystery and paranormal happenings to his typical storyline, the author created a tale with no feeling and no logic. I have never before flipped to the end just to get through something, but with this novel, I did. And, when I got there, I literally exclaimed about how ridiculous the resolution was and how unrelated it was to the first two-thirds of the novel. The two main characters themselves were supposed to be sympathetic, but they seemed incredibly immature for their ages, and the villains and other townsfolk were simplistic caricatures who were hard to imagine as real people. In addition to the failed plot and hasty characterization, the writing was incredibly pedestrian and flip-flopped between narrators (in third-person limited point of view) too often to maintain any type of narrative flow.
With this experience in mind, I think I've had my fill of future or past Nicholas Sparks novels. I'm glad that many other people enjoy his work, but his style and plotlines are not a good fit for me as a reader....more
Quite possibly one of the most disappointing reading experiences I've had in a long while. I picked up this book, long neglected on my shelves, as a w Quite possibly one of the most disappointing reading experiences I've had in a long while. I picked up this book, long neglected on my shelves, as a way to indulge a bit on a snowy Thanksgiving at home. Unfortunately, the book's premise (a long reclusive vampire takes in a woman stranded in a snowstorm) didn't come together due to poor characterization and poor writing.
The best way I can think to describe this book is as "vampire wish fulfillment" with little beyond that. In addition to being stunningly handsome, the standoffish vampire hero Michael is an accomplished pianist, a doctor, an internationally bestselling author (and conveniently the heroine's favorite), and a master horseman who can "meld" his mind with his steeds. If that weren't enough, he's also sworn off feeding from humans for the past 200 years and he makes handcrafted music boxes. When Nicole, the foolish woman who drives her rental car into a winter storm, gets saved by him, he finds the one thing he's been missing his entire life: an equally perfect woman that he describes as such.
I've read many a case of instalove before, but never one as blatant as this; the couple has no real connection, but they are swearing their love to one another in mere days and their lovemaking is described in rapturously overdone similes and metaphors. Because the writing employed so much telling and very little showing, I never felt a connection between the couple and the whole situation came off as completely implausible, even when negating the vampire angle. If I was supposed to fall in love with these characters and ache for them and their doomed love affair, it didn't happen....more
DNF at 13%. After not being impressed with the first in the series (A Little Too Far), I started this one because it purported to focus on Alessandro, DNF at 13%. After not being impressed with the first in the series (A Little Too Far), I started this one because it purported to focus on Alessandro, the most interesting and nuanced character of the initial installment. Unfortunately, the writing remained tedious and uninspired, the main character and narrator (Hilary) wasn't likable or sympathetic, and the regular New Adult cliches were out in too much abundance for me to handle. ...more
This book had the potential for an interesting set-up with a young woman studying abroad in Italy, but the love-triangle dilemma between the protagoni This book had the potential for an interesting set-up with a young woman studying abroad in Italy, but the love-triangle dilemma between the protagonist's step-brother and an almost-priest was too unbelievable to be taken seriously. Poor writing (quite frankly some of the worst I've ever encountered) and uninspired sex scenes also left me unmoved....more
Unfortunately, this installment didn't add anything important or moving to the story of Hope and Holder. This novel was nothing more than the exact sa Unfortunately, this installment didn't add anything important or moving to the story of Hope and Holder. This novel was nothing more than the exact same story as found in HOPELESS with the exact same dialogue and merely more angsty moments from Holder. If anything, it made me like Holder even less as a love interest. ...more
Though I adore the person who recommended this book to me, I didn't adore anything about this story, its writing, or its characters. Review to come... Though I adore the person who recommended this book to me, I didn't adore anything about this story, its writing, or its characters. Review to come.......more
Don't know if I can muster a full review for this one, but it was sadly as bad as many other reviews have reported. A weak plot combined with little tDon't know if I can muster a full review for this one, but it was sadly as bad as many other reviews have reported. A weak plot combined with little to no dystopian elements (though the jacket claims otherwise), weak dialogue and poor writing, and little creativity did little to wow me. Much of the plot was sourced directly from ABC's The Bachelor show to the point that it felt like a paint-by-Bachelor-numbers book: the dresses, the mansion/palace, the mean girls who aren't there for the "right" reasons, the elimination processes, etc. And then it ended with no resolution and no motivation for me to read further. It felt more like the first third of a book, not a complete novel in a trilogy.
N.B.: Lest anyone think I am insensitive to my GR peeps' ordeals (you lovelies know who you are) re: this book, please know that I read it for my local indie who gives me oodles of ARCs in exchange for purchasing recommendations. I went into this with as unbiased an opinion as I can muster, though that non-bias does not extend to certain authors or agents in question. ...more
It was only after the CW picked this up as a show that I started reading THE VAMPIRE DIARIES last month. The first omniPoor continuation of the series
It was only after the CW picked this up as a show that I started reading THE VAMPIRE DIARIES last month. The first omnibus (books 1 & 2) was decent, and the next omnibus (books 3 & 4) was so-so. However, nothing prepared me for this book. The lack of continuity, poor writing, limited character development, and an entirely too long narrative combined for a very unsatisfying read.
The first concern was its lack of continuity. Though the story picks up seven days after the events of the last book, the setting has been propelled from the early `90s to the present, complete with smart phones, web sites, and digital camcorders. The writing also showed a significant decline. In one scene, Elena is in a car and in the same sentence she is standing in a clearing. No mention is ever made that she got out of the vehicle. Later on the same page, she is described as being startled into an upright posture, but we were never told that she was crouching or bent over. Though these may seem like minor inconsistencies, it was this kind of writing throughout that made for jarring reading.
For the plot covered, the book is entirely too long at nearly 600 pages. Due to the constant focus on action, there is no real character development. The book is entirely focused on the characters' continual attempts to save themselves or others from more malicious things that want to get them. The plot lines involving Elena's new powers are also unbelievable (and not in a good way). Combined, these aren't enough to move along the book. The author seemed to want to ratchet up the horror factor by including non-stop attacks on Elena and Co., but it felt very contrived. A very big ick factor was also added in this volume, with offensive or abusive sexual actions being inflicted or acted out by characters who were possessed. While I understood that this was meant to show us how evil the beings were, I found it unsettling and felt that it didn't add to the story.
Given my experience with this book, I don't plan to read any future books in this series (if there are any, which seems likely given the book's ending). However, I do hope that L. J. Smith produces a better follow-up to capture her fans' interest again. ...more
Unfortunately for fans of the Twilight Saga, this unauthorized companion will not sate any thirst you may have as you waiInaccurate and poorly written
Unfortunately for fans of the Twilight Saga, this unauthorized companion will not sate any thirst you may have as you wait for the official guide to come out. As other reviewers have mentioned, the book was riddled with inaccuracies about the plot and characters in the Twilight series. These weren't small misses either. For example, claims that Edward is able to project thoughts onto Bella's mind (which he can't, per the books) and Bella's age are significant plot notes. The list of inaccuracies in this guide goes on and on, and I was able to easily notice them all, even after having read the original Twilight series only once.
It seems apparent that the author of this guide had little to work with due to limitations on copyright re: the characters and Twilight franchise. Therefore, she tried to bulk it up with uncited references to vampires and werewolves from other books and movies and long, boring quizzes. There's also much waxing about the author's ideas of what things were like for her in high school decades ago, with an attempt to relate it to current younger readers, which comes across as strained and fake. As an adult reader, this also got annoying as I was hoping to see some characters insights or plot analysis, but no such luck.
If you do want to check this book out, do it as your own risk and save some change by getting it at the local library instead (like I did). ...more