Monday, 6 May 2013

Book Review - Crystal Cove by Lisa Kleypas - New York Times bestseller

Title - Crystal Cove

Author - Lisa Kleypas

Publisher - Piatkus

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Blurb from the back cover -
Justine Hoffman has made a safe and comfortable life for herself on the Island of Friday Harbour, but there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

But when Justine discovers that someone cast a spell on her when she was born, with the result that she will never find her soulmate, she is determined to change her fate. But she could never have dreamt of the dangerous complications that would follow. . .

Meeting the mysterious Jason Black, Justine unleashes a srom of desire and danger that threatens everything she holds dear - because Jason has secrets of his own, and he wants more from her than fate will ever allow.

My review

I have never read any of Lisa Kleypas' novels before and believe this is the 4th book in the "Friday Harbor" series. From reading the book you do not have to have read the previous 3 and is an okay standalone novel.

I was quite disappointed with the book I have to say. I found the storyline quite weak and far fetched. The main two characters, Justine who runs what is well described as a guest house/inn & Jason Black who is portrayed initially as aloof and demanding, only then to be seen as a weak and bland character.

I normally don't mind books with a paranormal twist and have read many of this paranormal romance genre. However this book with it's spells; curses and witches covens was quite boring and lame and I have to admit to skipping arts on several occasions. There was too much witchcraft and I soon got bored with the story.

I still read the book to the end, as I always think that's fair as the author puts a lot of work into writing a book. I also don't think you can write a fair review if you haven't read the whole book.

I just think that adding too much about witches and spells into the book spoilt it for me. The story was just too "busy". I would read other books by this author if this element was missing as she does have a good descriptive writing style.

This book was just not for me I'm afraid.

(I was given this book to review. No payment was received and the thoughts are entirely my own)

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