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I loved this book until the last page. How are we supposed to give 4 or 5 stars to a book with no ending and no sequel? It should be stated up front that you will be upset with the ending (or lack thereof ). Wasted hours spent reading this book with no conclusion.
This book spent too much time on previous lives and I felt like he was stalking his "true love". How do you fall so totally in love when you see someone for about 2 minutes before she dies in a fire. I pushed through it but was extremely disappointed in the book not having an ending. Sorry I bought it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 September 2010
I had heard great things of Ann Brashares, but never had a chance to read any of her stuff until this came along. Great, I thought, as I cracked open the spine, but within a few chapters I was floundering. The basic premise of the book is the story of two people who are supposed to have been together in other lives - unfortunately, in this life Daniel recognises his true love, Lucy, but she doesn't know him from Adam. It should have made a for a corking romance, the premise is great, but the characterisations are a bit flat - our heroine so conflicted over the least little thing, that one wonders why the strong and mostly silent Daniel would waste yet another life trying to win her over! Then I realised, it's teen fiction of course, though I wouldn't dignify it by referring to it as young adult. The plot lurches from one adolescent crisis to another until - well, no spoilers here. The whole book smacks of having been written in a hurry to cash in on the just waning fad for teen vamps/werewolves/angels (twilight, fallen et al) In fact if you've read any or all of those, you'll either be pleasantly surprised or bored rigid, depending on your taste. Do I smell a franchise or a movie out of this? Probably. Will I ever read another AB novel. Probably not! For now, though. I am going to reread James Long's excellent past lives novel 'Ferney' to remind me how a master does it.
Am I the only person who felt ripped off and disappointed at the end of this book? I mean - it didn't even have an ending. I read this book compulsively and when I got to the end I thought for sure my kindle edition was defective. Even went to the bookstore to check it out. Nope. That's it, folks.
I was frustrated to such an extent that I was driven to write my first amazon review.
Highly recommend skipping this one and reading "Many Lives, Many Masters" by Brian Weiss instead. You get to read about reincarnation, etc -- but much, much more satisfying.
*****NOTE**** I have not finished this book I can not atest to how this book may end or what is written past page 4.*****END NOTE******
I don't know how any reader can get past page 4 of this book. There is a sentence on page 4 that makes you question how such a sentence can be left alone, by what must have been more than a few people, so early in the book. I adore Ann Brashares and her young adult writing, but that does not equate to good Adult writing. This disgraceful sentence just sealed the fate of this book: to be sold without being finished.
Maybe I'm just expecting to much but I do not want to read a book that started off as such. It's appalling, that not one editor or the author could take the effort to proof read past the prologue. I was fully committed to reading this book and enjoying it but I caution those readers that dislike ugly sentences. I'm very sure if such a sentence exists on page 4 that there will be more to follow.
-Note- I'm not saying my writing or this comment/review on this book will have been written without ugly sentences but I did not have a team of publishers and editors to go over my work. So I apologize.