17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 29, 2008
I would not have purchased this book if I had previewed it. It is full of misspellings and poor grammar. If I pay money for a book, I expect it to have been proofread. I found it to be like reading someone's email story. Simple vocabulary. I couldn't believe Amazon would sell such a thing.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2008
I bought this book based on all the excellent reviews it got, and now I think they must all have been written by the author's friends. This book is terrible, I couldn't believe all the misspelled words and grammatical errors, and just plain bad writing. The only good thing I can say about it is that it goes to show you that just about anyone can get something published these days. The cover says the author taught herself how to write, and I believe it - no one who writes this poorly could have graduated from school.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
I have been buying books from Amazon for some years now and this is the most pathetic excuse for writing I have ever seen. I want my money back. How could anyone with at least a room temperature IQ consider this misspelled,sloppy,bumblig,piece of garbage writing? If this is as good as the author can do she should stick to painting pictures of mountains for people who can actually write.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2005
I was searching for a new adventure book and found this. I read it in TWO days! The book got me crying and wanting help Aspen out on her long journey. I loved the book. I went to find more books by the Author and then realized this is her first book. I cant wait for the next one to come out!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 17, 2011
This book must have been self published as no editor in his/her right mind would let this be printed as it is. Poor grammer, spelling are just part of the problmes. The first part of the book about Aspen and Josh's relationship is so sickly sweet and gooey, it's very unrealistic. The Alaska part is too unbelievable, no one could go through what Aspen did and live to tell about it. It's like one of those shoot em up moovies where one guy defends himself against ten others armed with ak47's. Only nice part is about Alaska and how we humans have trespassed on the wild life's habitat. And, yes, Alaska is beautiful I can't believe I paid money for this book. It's one of the most poorely written book I've ever read.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2005
This book had me laughing and crying all at the same time. I was right there thru Aspen and Josh's vacation of a lifetime !! If you like adventure and unexpected action then this book is for you. I loved it, I can hardly wait to read the next exciting books by April O'Brien
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 10, 2012
I read this book in one go! Extremely easy read but good story. Must agree with others large amount of grammer and spelling mistakes but otherwise good read. Story was very surprising considering that I had bought it a while ago and was unsure what the story was about. Starts of beautiful story and then whammo the wolves attack and then survival kicks in. Keeps you engaged until the end.
on July 24, 2014
I tried to take it easy with this book. I'm not very familiar with the "underground world" of the books, but I couldn't. I just couldn't. When I got to the 30% of this book, I was doing my best not to give up reading it while turning a table and screaming words of rage. The fact remains that this book is simply not good. At all.
I understand that the process of writing a book, like any other kind of work, must have its difficulties. It must be a tiring task. Reviewing is probably as tiring as anything else. But let me tell you something: reviewing IS important. I probably shouldn't talk much about it since English is not my native language, but the grammar errors were just... appalling. You can clearly see that the lack of interest for the quality of the book is so great that probably not even the author re-read it. She just published as it was. And the worst part is that the mistakes were basic things, like the difference between "their", "they're" and "there". And no, I will not accept the "but it was the character's speech style" because it wasn't. It was pure carelessness. I bit of reviewing wouldn't hurt. Honestly.
I wish I could just limit my complaints to the grammar errors and, at least in the Kindle version, the problem with spacing and tabbing, but unfortunately I have a lot to bash regarding the story development and the characters. Heck, even the writing style.
Just to being with, the story begins with a perfect family. The perfect girl marries the perfect guy, they have the perfect kid and everybody loves them. I don't have any problems with this. The story begins in a perfect way, with the perfect planning for a perfect trip. That wouldn't be so bad if the author just didn't keep repeating "too bad it's not every day that good things happen to good people". Seriously, before the action really begins, I swear, this is repeated about five times. At a certain point of the story I was nearly screaming "SO STOP REPEATING THAT AND SAY WHAT HAPPENED, WOMAN".
Even as tragic events occur, it feels like the author feels bad for putting such perfect people in cruel situations, so she just says all over again of the beauty of things. The scenario is beautiful. The flowers are beautiful. The animals are beautiful. Even the wolf that mauled the main character's arm was beautiful. I'm not the best person to say that, but one thing I'm sure of: if you're fighting to survive in the wild, the world will DEFINITELY not look that much beautiful. It will look dark and gloomy and the author fails to give this sensation, even when she tries to insert some random gore cruelty.
And look, I'm not even mentioning the discrepancies in the story. You think I'm kidding? If even after this long text you still feel like reading the book, pay attention in ONE thing of the story: one person accidentally shoots another during a wolf attack, correct? Later in the book, another person takes the blame. Now tell me: is that the same person? NO. I certainly can't be the only one who noticed that.
I have lots more to complain, but I'll just cease my reign of cruelty against this book. Final words? Don't waste your time with it.