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Finding Gaia by Kimberly Chapman
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Sep 02, 2012

it was amazing
Read in September, 2012

I would not classify this book as romance, but rather fantasy with romantic elements. It's based around the idea of a couple getting together, sure, but it's also based around the idea of a few immortals who have mysterious super powers, and feel somewhat misplaced in the modern world they live in. I'd recommend reading it to almost anyone for this reason - if you like romance, then you can read it that way. If you don't read much romance, you can read it like a fantasy novel instead.

FG absolutely demolishes several tropes - the plant-growing female immortal is far more powerful than her energy-stealing male equivalent, the male isn't an absolute prick about his power in interactions with mortals (and strongly avoids using his abilities, outside of regeneration), and, from the romance angle, the two don't "run the bases" at breakneck speed.

I will say that the book is unconventionally structured - all loose plot threads are all pretty much tied up by the middle of the book. However, things start to unravel and another arc takes place, which is still in the progress of tying up at the end of the book, leaving a hook for a sequel. It's almost like FG was two books released as one. This has the unfortunate effect of slowing things down near the middle when the transition is taking place, but things start up after a bit of a lull and by the end of the book the plot is bouncing off the walls.

TL;DR: Imagine a cross between Iron Man and Pride and Prejudice. That's not a great description, but that's what you get when you read a one-sentence summation of a 400 page book.
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