This Nicholas Sparks book just didn't do it for me. I like some of his other books but this story wasn't believable. John Tyree is a great character aThis Nicholas Sparks book just didn't do it for me. I like some of his other books but this story wasn't believable. John Tyree is a great character and even Savannah is nice in her own way, but they don't fit together. First of all they fall in love in 10 days more and less and we're supposed to believe that that sustains them for a year until his next leave. Overall, they spend only 6 weeks on and off together for 3 and 1/2 years. I know that long distance relationships can work, but only when they have a solid foundation. The thing that bugs me the most about the whole book, is that I could never see them having a future together. She wants to have a horse ranch for autistic kids. That's great but I can't see John ever doing that with her no matter how much he loves her. *spoiler* It only makes sense that she end up with Tim and I saw it coming a mile away....more
I knew reading Tolstoy was going to be rough and it definitely had some very slow parts. Overall though, I liked it and how each character's story gotI knew reading Tolstoy was going to be rough and it definitely had some very slow parts. Overall though, I liked it and how each character's story gotten woven in with each others. The sections about Levin's farming could have been trimmed quite a bit. One such section was so bad I almost abandoned the book. I'm glad I trudged through and it went much faster at the end. I did find Anna's journey to be very engaging and liked her flawed character.
One note worth mentioning- the male characters all have a third name besides their first and last. For example, Konstantin Dmitrievich is called Levin most of the time but Tolstoy does switch between the names frequently. It took me a little white to catch onto this and to get the different characters straight in my head....more
This book is basically what you would expect a YA werewolf book to be. Foreign exchange student turns out to be her werewolf mate and she must acceptThis book is basically what you would expect a YA werewolf book to be. Foreign exchange student turns out to be her werewolf mate and she must accept that she is half-werewolf. And she is also in danger. blah, blah, blah. I do like the author's spin on werewolf lore though, especially the tattoo-like markings. I also thought Fane's character was good, but of course we get constant reminders that he's a "hottie". Jacque was just okay, but I did think her and Fane had decent chemistry.
What turned me off to the book was Jen and her awful mouth. She's one of those girls who likes to come off as a badass so she makes inappropriate comments at the wrong time just to be funny. She also talks ALL the time, which for me just gets in the way of the real story. I notice that a lot of reviewers like her and do think she's funny so if that's what you like then go ahead and read this book.
I debated about getting Blood Rites (#2) but I can't put up with Jen (and her tendency to rub off on Jacque as well) for another book even to see how Fane and Jacque's story ends....more