**spoiler alert** For the record, my rating is actually 4.5 out of 5 stars.
So before I start dwelling on what I love about this book, I just want to p...more**spoiler alert** For the record, my rating is actually 4.5 out of 5 stars.
So before I start dwelling on what I love about this book, I just want to point out why, despite how much I liked the whole plot and the characters, I took off half a star. I feel like Ridge and Syd---although they were open about how they feel towards each other and that they handled most of the situations really well---could have avoided the whole mess if only they had the courage to do so. But they didn't. I was really disappointed with both of them when they kissed. I felt so betrayed for Maggie. They both say that it wasn't their intention or that they regret it but hell, we all know that in the back of their mind, they wanted it. Otherwise, it wouldn't have happened in the first place. I wanted to beat shake some sense into both of them. Especially Sydney. If she really was worried with hurting Maggie, she should have moved out of the apartment the moment she realized that what she felt for Ridge is starting to get out of hand. And that goes to Ridge as well.
Ridge. I love how Hoover tackled a protagonist with a disability. It was original and intriguing. I admit that at first, when I read that Ridge is deaf, I was awash with the uncertainty that I may struggle to connect with the character well and that how is she (the author) going to manifest communication for this character. But after a few pages, I was ashamed that my thinking was limited with just one form of communication. This story simply proved that a disability was never a hindrance for two people to fall deeply in love.
Sydney. I like her character despite my frustrations with her. I totally get that she's not perfect and tends to choose the wrong decisions sometimes, most especially when in love. I guess I'm just a sucker for making the right choices when it comes to a book character since I tend to be easily frustrated with female protagonists. Nonetheless, I still liked Sydney. What I love about her the most is that she knows her worth. Girls these days, when in love, is willing to be treated like trash just to have their feelings reciprocated. My copy is practically glowing from all the highlighted lines from Sydney, most especially those I can really relate to. Here are my top favorites:
"I don't want to be a Tori, Ridge. I can't tell you how much their betrayal hurts me, and I will never, ever do that to another girl."
"Does he feel this way about Maggie, too? Questions like this keep me from believing he could ever be happy with the outcome of his situation, because he lost her in the end. I don't want to be someone's second choice."
"Seeing him struggle with who he really wants is more pain than I'm willing to endure. I deserve more than he can give me right now, and his conflict is screwing with my heart."
"As much as I'm convinced he would do everything he could to protect my heart, I'm still too scared to hand it over. I don't want to give it to him until I know it's the only heart he's holding."
Maggie. As much as I love Ridge and Sydney to have their Maybe Someday, I will always have a soft spot for Maggie. She is a highly lovable character. There's this part where she caught Ridge checking out Syd, and she felt so insecure and told Ridge that she gets why he's looking at Syd like that, and I wanted to reach into the book and hug her and rap Ridge at the back of his head for making her feel that way.
All in all, I love me some CoHo from now on (I just tried this phrase, I am seeing this on almost all of the reviews on Hoover's books here in GR. Haha!). But I was really, really impressed with the author's ability to craft this kind of story line. It was so engrossing that I sometimes had to put it down due to overwhelming emotions. Hands down, this is one of the best plot I've read to date.(less)
After sleeping off the frustration and disappointment I felt last night after finishing this book thinking maybe I'll get over it and appreciate the w...moreAfter sleeping off the frustration and disappointment I felt last night after finishing this book thinking maybe I'll get over it and appreciate the whole story tomorrow and after giving it much thought and consideration, well, I sure did NOT got over it. Right now I am still vexing over that ludicrous, half-baked, ending. I should probably say that the sole reason of my agitation is that I almost fell in love with this book. ALMOST! And then I arrive at the last few pages and all I did until the end were snort, laugh out loud (literally), roll eyes, etc.
You see, I have even thought about giving up on it because the first half drags and I was getting irked with Andrew because his father is dying and all he cares about most of the time is spending time with Camryn! I mean, even if you can't show your emotions for your terminally ill father blah blah, surely you wouldn't be able to think properly of other things let alone party on different bars besides the fact that your parent is dying, right? Well, putting that aside, Camryn and Andrew started growing on me during their road trip. I started swooning for these two lovebirds when they got to New Orleans. I'm tellin' you, by that time, I may have been ready to forgive whatever it is that vexed me in the first place. I loved their performance of Barton Hollow by The Civil Wars at Old Point Bar. I even looked it up on YouTube and fell in love with the song instantly. It's like I could actually picture and hear Andrew and Camryn singing while listening to this song. I really, really dig the New Orleans part that I imagine this book easily climbing up my Best Books Ever list. And when I thought I was so ready to give this gem five stellar stars, that's when I reached the fan-freakin-tastic ending. NOT. I literally snorted after finding out that (view spoiler)[Andrew has Brain Tumor (hide spoiler)] revelation. I was all like, WHAT THE HELL?! And then a mix of snorting, snickering, and rolling eyes ensues. You're probably wondering what my problem is with that kind of finale. Here's what: there's this guy who loves classic rock and whatnot, his father dying, goes on a road trip with this and I quote sweet, sexy, and completely un-slutty girl, spends the whole time with her and not to mention getting all hot with her, AND THEN reveals that (view spoiler)[he's got brain tumor (hide spoiler)] OUT OF NOWHERE on the last very few pages of the book. REALLY? I dunno, I just thought that kind of revelation needs supporting facts for us, readers, to believe that load of crap. (view spoiler)[I mean, no signs and symptoms during the road trip: no headaches, no nausea, nothing! It was like the author just thought, Oh I think I should put a heart-wrenching finale here and take it back using an epilogue where they will have a happily ever after!(hide spoiler)] I think it was a rather cheap trick just to elicit emotions from the reader.
You might say I may have completely forgotten to talk about the other mc, Camryn, here. No, I have not forgotten her. I just don't like her that much to even talk about her in this review.
So there. I finally let this rant out of my system after letting it bubble up in me since last night. Phew!
To my GR friends who are fans of this particular book, I'm sorry I didn't appreciate it like you guys did. It really seemed like a promising book with that cover...["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
WOW. I haven't read an amazing book like this in a while. Loved the writing. Loved the plot. Loved the characters. I basically loved everything about...moreWOW. I haven't read an amazing book like this in a while. Loved the writing. Loved the plot. Loved the characters. I basically loved everything about this book.(less)
That's it? I need more; I want more! When is the sequel out? :P
Okay. So at first, I was expecting this to be an average read. Turns out it was more th...moreThat's it? I need more; I want more! When is the sequel out? :P
Okay. So at first, I was expecting this to be an average read. Turns out it was more than that. While I am a bit bothered by the loose ends, suffice it to say the plot does not disappoint---it was far from it. I liked that the characters, despite their past lives and missions, are still constantly in love with each other. It was exciting that there are Döckálfars or the dark fairies to keep the story interesting (though I would really like to know more about them because it was not well explained here in the first book). Plus, I need to know more about Trym and his Döckálfar love interest and what do they have to do with Viggo's wariness, and I want to know the story behind the amber necklace and the woman who sold it.
All in all, it was a good read. A very promising start for a series. Definitely recommended for readers who love a good and exciting fantasy romance, especially fans of Evermore and Immortal Beloved (but instead of immortals, here, we have fairies). So, yes, I can't wait to get my hands on the next book.(less)