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Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins
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Jun 02, 2012

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Note: I didn't know whether to give this book one star or five stars so I decided to go with the average and settled on three.

I don't know how to feel about this book. I don't know whether to say it's really great because it elicited really strong reactions from me and made me want to continue reading, or say it's terrible because most of my reactions were negative.

Temptation deals with Rose, an 'English' girl and Noah, an Amish boy. They fall in love, and well, the road to true love is never smooth (at least not in books). They fall in love at such an amazing speed, that most of the book deals with them sneaking around and making their plans for the future.

What this book could have been was amazing. It could have explored the cultural differences while telling a deeply moving story. But, I felt that compared to other books (like Reckless Heart, which I read recently), the Amish culture isn't portrayed positively in this book. In fact, it's portrayed as an over-controlling, anti-feminist culture for most of the book.

Of course, the characters are also infuriating. Even looking past the unnatural speed at which they fall in love, it seems to me that Rose and Noah's relationship is deeply deeply unbalanced. They're either in some kind of power-play relationship or they're doing the "I-can't-live-without-you" routine. Plus, Noah comes off as very controlling, and I thought he started thinking of Rose as his possession rather than a person towards the end of the book. I think it was meant to show deep devotion but it's also slightly creepy. Oh, I checked and I actually bookmarked this quote (and similar ones exist all over the book):

"How was I going to convince her [Rose] to do what I wanted when she was behaving like a child?"

Rose, on the other hand, was a brat. While there's nothing wrong with it (I'm a brat too!), it's unsettling how quickly she falls into what I can only call "Bella-mode". And it's even sadder because she started off as such a feisty girl. Here's a quote that sums up what she becomes at the end:

"How could I be ruining my life, when Noah was my whole life?"

Really? Your entire self-worth is based on a guy whom you just met?

Another thing that bugged me was the absence of God in the novel. In an Amish novel. There are references to the Church and stuff, but really, I didn't feel that any of the characters had a personal relationship with God.

Despite all this "ranting" (and the fact that I realised that this is probably the Amish version of Twilight), I'm actually looking forward to the next book, I want to see where this relationship is heading. That's why I'm confused about the book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.

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message 1: by Jennifer (new) - added it

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) THANK YOU!!! This is exactly how I am feeling. I just made it 25% into my NetGalley copy, and have decided I am too furious about the characters and the story to keep reading.

Eustacia Tan Jennifer wrote: "THANK YOU!!! This is exactly how I am feeling. I just made it 25% into my NetGalley copy, and have decided I am too furious about the characters and the story to keep reading."

I'm glad that I'm not the only one that feels this way! ^_^

message 3: by Jennifer (new) - added it

Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen) Nope, and I'm sure I will not be the last that feels the same way as you do. I just have too many books to waste my time reading something that is ultimately going to upset/disappoint/anger me.

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