I didn't read this as a love story, which is how I've seen it portrayed by other people, but as a coming of age story. A tale of a young girl becoming...moreI didn't read this as a love story, which is how I've seen it portrayed by other people, but as a coming of age story. A tale of a young girl becoming a strong independent woman who knows her own mind and does what is best for herself (without being selfish).
**spoiler alert** -- I was asked to review this by the author. --
A Happy Accident is the journey two relative strangers take when they get married af...more**spoiler alert** -- I was asked to review this by the author. --
A Happy Accident is the journey two relative strangers take when they get married after meeting at a bar. It is sectioned up by the seasons of the year showing the progression and changes through the story and I really like this. It is also told mainly from Kindle and Bobby's point of view, though we also get to see snippets from Kindles' Mother Kayanne, from Choice, from Bobby as a child and from Kindle as a child.
Whilst it is written in the present tense (and is mostly from the relationship between Bobby and Kindle), it occasionally becomes retrospective, telling you about things that have happened in the future and looking to the present as though it is the past. I did like this as it gave more dynamic to the story, but it also gives informations you're not really sure you want. I see it as both good and bad.
I have just now finished this book and I've been really enjoying it and then the ending... THE ENDING. Oh it's so annoying.
What happened to Kindle?! Why miss out so much right at the end? Okay, so we get she has the baby while Bobby is away, but that's pretty much the last we hear of her. No more story from her point of view. Why? I'd want at least one bit of her future self like we do with Bobby.
Other things that annoy me about this book: Bobby at times doesn't have much of a personality or emotion, it's as though he's distanced from the reader in some way. But at other times he's full of character, like when he talks about his childhood or his mother back home.
Bobby doesn't defend Kindle when she's being harassed by Betty Warner and doesn't even seem to notice that it's an issue. WHY? He's supposed to to love her and yet he doesn't seem bothered that she's upset by this..
Sometimes it seems that the words and phrases Bobby uses are used only to show he's American as though the reader might forget. I think that also adds to the feeling of Bobby lacking emotion sometimes. It just feels forced - though, I'll add this isn't the case all the time.
Okay, so turns out Bobby is what annoys me the most about this book!
However, I've really enjoyed this book, I've been hooked since I started and only wish I had a paper copy so I could read it when I didn't have my laptop around! It's a beautifully written story and I absolutely LOVE the character of Kindle and best of all, it's not some typical cheesy romance novel. It's new and different and very well written. I didn't expect to love it as much as I do, despite those things that annoyed me so much!
I'm definitely going to go find the next book by Tyler...(less)
This book had promise but it just didn't live up to it. I've seen the tv show and I really liked it so I had some hope for the book (now, I know that...moreThis book had promise but it just didn't live up to it. I've seen the tv show and I really liked it so I had some hope for the book (now, I know that sometimes the book from tv adaptions are awful and sometimes they're great, but like I said, I had hope).
I think the biggest problem is with the main character. I just cannot stand her. She's so one dimensional and urgh. Annoying.
I liked the tension between her and Adam, I liked Faye. Nick I'm not so sure about - I want to know more about him before I pass judgement but the others all seemed the same. Diana, Melanie, Laurel and whoever else there were. Too many characters for me to remember and only a few of them distinguishable.
I love stories with magic and this could have been so much better than it was. Maybe it's just aimed for a younger audience, but I don't think that's what the biggest problem is - writing for a younger audience doesn't mean it should lose depth.
Disappointed - I'd recommend the TV show over the book.(less)
I feel like there was a lot missing to this story and that makes me a little sad really, because it has so much promise of being something utterly bri...moreI feel like there was a lot missing to this story and that makes me a little sad really, because it has so much promise of being something utterly brilliant. But with lots of missing detail and generally being short it's just good.
It's a lovely story but I was left wanting more - whilst often is a sign of a good book, in this case I feel it's a sign of rushed work.(less)
I prefer this to Fantastic Beasts because it's full of history of the wizarding world - full of dates and names, and laws and all those things that ma...moreI prefer this to Fantastic Beasts because it's full of history of the wizarding world - full of dates and names, and laws and all those things that make you wish you could believe that it was all real.
plus it's quite funny in parts and I did enjoy the little footnotes. (less)
**spoiler alert** Too long, disappointing and so much filler. It seemed so repetitive to me, making Roran fight in various battles against various cit...more**spoiler alert** Too long, disappointing and so much filler. It seemed so repetitive to me, making Roran fight in various battles against various cities that all ended the same. Roran always wins and never dies and the battles all turn out the same way - there only really needed to be one or two, to show Rorans' strength and determination, and to show the Varden overthrowing the bad guys. But with actual skill.. it seemed to me that the only times the good guys had real competition in their enemies was when they were almost unbeatable.
Eragon is super whiny and pretty incompetent really, all I could think was about how much he needs to grow up and get on with what needs to be done!
It took about 500 pages before I got to a bit that I really liked - when Eragon and Saphira travel to the island of Vroengard and learn about the vault of souls. This was about the only thing I really wasn't expecting, and it was something new and exciting. And it stayed pretty decent until Galbatorix get's defeated (or should I say destroys himself?) and then it goes boring again. Fair enough there are things that need doing once the war is won, but it could have been written a lot shorter, simpler and more interesting.
And I'm just going to ignore the obvious lack of imagination for quite a lot of the series as a whole.
I gave it 3 stars because I did like the book and there were parts I enjoyed a lot, but there's quite a bit to be desired for. (less)
It's not been that long since I read this book and yet I can't really remember much about it. Which kinda says something about it, ey? I vaguely remem...moreIt's not been that long since I read this book and yet I can't really remember much about it. Which kinda says something about it, ey? I vaguely remember enjoying it, but I certainly wasn't enthralled by it.
The biggest thing I remember though, is how annoying Eragon seems to have gotten. Was he this whiny in the first two books?(less)