I really like Sophie Kinsella, but I didn't enjoy this book. I don't mean it wasn't well written, I mean I didn't enjoy the situations. I thought the divorce part was depressing, and all the proposals were desperate. The wedding night was a nightmare - I was listening to that part on the way home from work, and instead of feeling relaxed and entertained, I felt frazzled. The whole thing seemed unhappy all the way around. It was depressing to me, not funny. Spoiler alert: I didn't get the Richard thing - he never considered marriage until it was a contest - I would hate to think of anyone ending up with someone that was shocked that marriage was brought up after four years. Personal story: we were in our early 30s when we married, and our wedding night was in Hawaii. Our room was in an older hotel on Waikiki beach, with Diamond Head as the view. When my husband opened the door, we saw twin beds. He didn't even close the door. Without saying a word, he put down the travel bag, moved all the furniture around until the beds were together, then he picked the bag up and closed the door as if we had just walked into the room. Problem fixed in five minutes. I don't see how twin beds would slow anyone down, but that's just how we are.
This is a matter of preference. No matter how good the story, the writing, the narration, I don't like to spend time with unpleasant characters. This is a story about an unpleasant character. Spoiler alert: What I term as a 'dating at the funeral' situation was unpleasant, showing a true sociopath with no empathy resulting in bizarre behavior. I was really looking forward to this book, but was unable to enjoy it. Nothing wrong with the story at all, just too dark. I am looking forward to the next book, but I will try to forget this one. Up to this point I had really enjoyed the series.
I liked the first book, and was glad Allegretto was back, but I did not like the female character at all. She started out annoying, and it went downhill from there. By the middle of the book, I really disliked her. If the story had a bright, caring, intelligent female, it would have been five stars. The abuse in the physical encounters was too unpleasant. The story had a male that was controlled and abused his entire life, and to think he had to end up with some sick twist was not satisfying. He didn’t seem to enjoy the behavior, just tolerated it to keep the woman. The meeting in the water was not good, and I wanted to stop the book. Later when she tied up Allegretto and was sitting in a chair, I almost stopped again – long, drawn-out and unexciting – more uncomfortable and irritating. Pinching, gouging, scratching, and biting to cause pain does not excite me in any way – unhealthy female character. This is not some type of love play with velvet ropes and feathers; it was draw blood and leave scars behavior. She went through the first part of the book not having a clue to anything, too stupid to live, but later after reading one book, she was supposed to be all wise and powerful and kind to everyone (but Allegretto). I enjoyed the writer’s style, the reader was excellent, and there was a good cast of characters, but I just could not get past the female lead wrecking a good story with meaningless cruelty. I disliked her too much to enjoy the book.
Some reviewers said the story was sweet and they listened with their children. Could they be talking about the part where the woman was burning on the pyre of her husband, or part about the three coffins - maybe I missed the sweet part. It was more of a nightmare than a fairy tale. Cold story - I didn't care about anything. We were going to listen to the book on a trip for Christmas, but stopped it half way through. I would give it no stars - one star is too generous.
I just didn't see the humor in the situation. I tried to stay with the book, but didn't finish it. It just didn't fit me.
The story was interesting, the reader well matched and I thought the concept was good. Spoiler alert: When the female character uses another guy, and then throws him over, I don't have any respect for that character. "Don't tell me you love me - here let me kiss all over you". "Please give me time but I'll continue to sleep next to you every night". The poor guy ends up getting hit right between the eyes - down for the count when he is dumped. With the girl throwing herself at him at every chance, how could he ever see it coming. I found that bit distracting - the story could stand without it. At one point, when she was all over the first guy again, I wondered what she was going to do - take him back to the tent to sleep with her and the second guy? I always think both guys should walk away and find someone better. That back and forth is like a character flaw in a book. I did like the main story, but the so called romance was annoying.
The story was interesting, the reader well matched, but sometimes I get stuck on the little things. Lessons I learned. Weapons: always leave your weapon behind, or place it in a location that can’t be reached in an emergency. Romance: love the one you're with, or go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth - real love lasts a few weeks, or maybe a month or two. Stealth: In a dangerous situation when your life or freedom are on the line, screech out the name of the other person with you to draw as much attention as possible. That way your location and identity will available to the group trying to capture you. See, it's just the little things that get in my way at times. I did continue with the series.
The story was interesting, the reader well matched, but I got lost along the way. I don't know when or how it happened. Maybe it was having someone important tell you the story of their life for the first time, but you weren't really paying attention. Or when you have the most daring, exciting night of your life, you fall asleep. Maybe things felt like they got stalled when everything should have been building. Maybe it was just me. If someone important was sharing the story of their life, I would listen to every word and memorize the way they looked, the sound of their voice, just to keep the memories alive in my heart and mind. At the least, you could pay attention. Well written, and well read - you might want to give it a chance. Just keep in mind, the story is from the viewpoint of a inexperienced 17-year old. As a small annoyance, there were a lot of references to bad smells, and things were compared to teeth one too many times. Almost really good.
I did like the characters and the story, but the action left something to be desired. The magic confrontations consisted of placing cards in an object, scribbling on the cards during a fight, trying to destroy the cards of others, and dropping cards accidentally in a battle. I haven't made up my mind about continuing the series. It almost worked, but not exactly.
I didn't like the reader and just couldn't get into the story Maybe he should be reading text books - not books with different characters and accents. Nothing about the reader appealed to me, and I had to stop the book. I didn't like the characters either. Someone said the main character had a heart of gold - is that after he killed his first two victims without emotion? I think I missed something here.
I enjoyed going on the journey with Gwyneth and Gideon, but you have to understand this is a 16 year old girl going through this unexpected adventure. This is school, extreme emotions and first experiences in a fantasy setting. I found the book appealing and I liked the characters. I enjoyed the time travel, the romance, the relationships, the family, and the side characters. The reader and the writer were calm and well matched - an overexcited reader grates on my nerves. I downloaded all three books so I didn't have to wait to hear what happened next. I was drawn into the story - a pleasant getaway.
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