Okay, so I really liked this story. Right from the start I was drawn into the characters and their stories. It was a totally great book for when you'rOkay, so I really liked this story. Right from the start I was drawn into the characters and their stories. It was a totally great book for when you're in the mood for a great love story. And i have a hankering to visit the Isle of Skye now! Great setting and mood for the story.
One caveat - when I'm in the mood for a romantic story, I can suspend a lot of reality and just go with it. But if I was going to nit-pick, James was out of line several times. It seems like the line between harassment, or creepiness, or stalking, is in whether the actions are accepted (or rejected) by the other person .... and I think James was not always appropriate in his actions at times, given the circumstances that brought him and Andrea together. But because Andrea isn't necessarily opposed to his attentions, I could let it slide. But the fact that it was obvious enough for me to notice it while reading and just trying to go along for the ride tells me that it was too much. If we only had one POV (like Andrea's only), it would have seemed worse to me I think....more
Another ebook freebie. It starts with an interesting premise, but never caught me in a way that I cared to finish reading or at least to keep going. MAnother ebook freebie. It starts with an interesting premise, but never caught me in a way that I cared to finish reading or at least to keep going. Maybe in a different reading mood I would have plowed through and found it more interesting. Part of my DNF is definitely my current mood. ...more
I got this ebook free a while ago and am on a kick to clear off the many free books I've added over the last few months. This book intrigued me becausI got this ebook free a while ago and am on a kick to clear off the many free books I've added over the last few months. This book intrigued me because it's self-pubbed and has over 13k ratings on GoodReads with an average just under 4 out of 5 stars. That usually helps me out with books I'm on-the-fence about reading.
Overall, I thought it was a good book. There are things that I thought were done really well and other things I thought needed work. The ending is a *total* cliffhanger .... so I'm on the fence about whether to keep going with the series. I'll have to check out other reviews to decide.
WHAT I LIKED 1. Gemma's voice. The story is told in first person and I really liked being in Gemma's head. A lot of her thoughts and internal reactions to things, people, comments around her. She felt very authentic and real, not a character who was written and every thought carefully planned and edited to feel real.
2. The story was interesting. I was curious about what was up with Gemma, Aislin, and Alex and all the weirdness going on.
3. The author is a good storyteller. I enjoyed reading the story and was always interested to get back to reading after taking breaks.
WHAT I WOULD CHANGE 1. Show, Don't Tell! The book starts with Gemma going through this huge change of having feelings after living her while life without any feelings. But I was really only told this information, not shown it. I think we should have seen some time of Gemma not feeling, or just starting to feel in order to understand what that was like and how overwhelming it must be to suddenly have all these feelings whirring inside. I think it would be a HUGE and distracting experience, but it didn't feel that way. It just comes across as emotional hormonal normal teenager. It seems like Gemma just takes it in stride. Show me how one day something doesn't bother her but the next day the same thing creates this big emotional response and how new and hard that is to identify and deal with and how it rocks her world.
2. Insta-Love. Gemma has Insta-love/lust with Alex and I'm not in love with that in books, generally. It would have felt more natural to do what I pointed out above and have Gemma focus on the feelings (electricity, heat - not love/list) and how that is affecting her and being confused by Alex's actions, and then growing into a natural attraction that then gets quashed, etc.
3. Paranormal. The paranormal elements of the story need to be hinted at and glimpsed at earlier in the story. You know that something is "off" with Gemma, but you don't know what it is until a big info-dump conversation. And it's totally not what I was expecting ... And not in a good way.
4. Competing Paranormal Elements. There are too many paranormal elements that don't seem to go together .... too many, as in I can't think of an element that was not mentioned ... maybe werewolves? Although I guess the creatures in the woods could be werewolves maybe? It feels like they are competing with each other rather than working together and enhancing each other, in addition to a new and potentially very interesting myths about falling stars.
5. Guessed it! Once the mythos are partially explained, I started guessing at a few key parts of the story. They were pretty obvious to me and I'm not usually a reader that guesses the mystery or even wants to. I like to go along for the ride and believe whatever the author puts in front of me. I'll wonder about this or that, but it usually not more than that....more
Okay, this was a cute story! It's not earth-shattering, but what girl hasn't dreamed of meeting a prince and falling in love? This also reminded me ofOkay, this was a cute story! It's not earth-shattering, but what girl hasn't dreamed of meeting a prince and falling in love? This also reminded me of the movie The Prince and Me, which I also happen to love. The religious-ness of the story felt a little heavy-handed and forced on the reader rather than a natural extension of the characters.
I like how these books just pick up where the last one left off. It's like episodes of a tv show where this is just life for these characters rather tI like how these books just pick up where the last one left off. It's like episodes of a tv show where this is just life for these characters rather than random bizarre events popping up in their normal life that makes it worthy of writing a book about....more
I've been told that this series gets a lot better around book 3 and I agree. Half-way through this book I finally was invested in the story and the chI've been told that this series gets a lot better around book 3 and I agree. Half-way through this book I finally was invested in the story and the characters. Until then I had been skipping most of the "story" and only focusing on the parts that were more character-driven. I love reading about the relationships in this book (not just the romantic ones) and until now it had seemed that the "story" part and the "character" part weren't connected, even though I know that doesn't make any sense. ...more