No surprises here, it is the YA formula for freaky teen romance. That's why I guess it's okay. What it's missing is action. Action in the conflict between races, sex action (there's only so much angst you can take), action from any of the good or bad guys, and yet I picked up the next in the series. Had to see if anything more substantial develops. As far as the narration, there is a squeaky and shaky quality that sometimes works but most of the time is annoying.
Be warned a third of this book is CA history, I think. At least there's a lot of back story on CA and surfing how much is true I don't know and don't care. I could have done with less of it but the book is still good. The story has a slow build with a frantic end and a truly disturbing crime to be solved. The narration fits well with the characters although the one Brit could have been performed better. I would say this is a good summer vacation read on a lawn chair somewhere.
The writing is beautiful, creative and thoughtful while remaining simplistic. The story is the musings of a boy not just caught in a world he can't escape but also a future that he can't write for himself. Is he surrendering his life or did he ever have a choice in the matter? He prepares you for the end, which you hope the whole book will be different, and when the time comes it brings the most awkward peace. The performance was wonderful in setting the mood of all the characters.
There's so much I liked, and it was totally ruined by fairies and unicorns! UGH!
After the previous disappointments in this series, this book gets a 3. Although I find characters that are too changing, I found this one to be cute.
The first part of this book is just terrible. Who can believe any of it? Thankfully the hot stuff is good enough to get the reader to the end. Plus, narration is great.
If all the window dressing surrounding the main characters were stripped away I would have loved this book. Alas, all the extra stories detracted from a sweet romance.
The characters develop in an inconsistent way and you just can't buy the pregnancy, marriage, and family stuff. Hope the next one is better.
I enjoyed the two main characters in this book even though they were hard to believe at times. Again Anna Fields did a great job.
I'm a football fan so this influenced my rating. Not because the football is good but because it kept it interesting. I hated the narration of her walk. But overall performance also saved this read.
I've read all of the complete works of Sherlock Holmes and this has to be the story that comes closest in style and formula. In that respect it's quite amazing. However, there's nothing like the real thing and therefore I enjoy when Sherlock Holmes is given new spins. It's a good book, one I would recommend to hard core fans but it falls flat. A part could be due to the narration. The narration could have made the characters more distinctive. Instead it sounded like only one (ok, may 2 with that bad America accent) was part of the book.
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