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The Temptation: A Kindred Novel Paperback – April 24, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Kindred
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Original edition (April 24, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062024205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062024206
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,624,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alisa Valdes is a New York Times and USA Today best­selling author of six commercial women's fiction novels, including the dirty girls social club. She has a Masters in journalism from Columbia and is a Pulitzer-nominated, award-winning former staff writer for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times. Alisa has written and sold pilot scripts to Nickelodeon, NBC, and Lifetime Television, as well as a teen crossover feature film based on The Kindred.

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About halfway through I almost didn't even finish it.
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I mean, yet it is one part love story, and another part paranormal thriller with an intriguing good vs evil plot line.
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He's just some guy who happens to not be a sociopath, like Shane's boyfriend Logan.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fall Into Books on May 1, 2013
Format: Paperback
The Temptation was a major disappointment for me. I didn't have extremely high hopes for this book, due to the mixed reviews, but I did expect the narrator to at least be tolerable. None of the characters were very well developed. The plot was ridiculous, and the insta-love was unhealthy to say the least. The world-building and writing were pretty good, and the pacing was okay. Due my absolute hatred of Shane, though, I just could not enjoy this book.

Shane has got to be one of the most obnoxious narrators I've ever read. The girl overreacted to everything. EVERY-FREAKING-THING. She'd get intensely terrified at the drop of a hat. By page 100, I was wishing that she had just died in the car accident in the beginning of the book and that the story had been about someone else. Also, her obsession with Travis? Creepy to the extreme. When she's not throwing herself at him and whining and begging for a kiss, she's basically stalking him. I mean I try not to judge all novels that have insta-love, but this was not a healthy situation. And Shane is so STUPID. She makes one dumb mistake after the other, and for some ungodly reason, she insists on taking her dog with her EVERYWHERE. Then when something happens to the dog, which obviously it will because you're taking it to inappropriate spots in the first place, then she blames everyone but herself. She's self-absorbed and doesn't care how her actions affect others. She does what she wants, then whines and apologizes like an idiot later. She's the weakest and sorriest excuse of a main character I've seen lately. Okay. I think I'm done with this rant. *Takes a deep breath*

Moving on, the rest of the characters are extremely bland. Travis is nothing special, in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is one of those books I wanted to love, but just fell flat for me. I could never get into it. From the beginning the story and characters felt forced. Alisa Valdes starts The Temptation out with a huge storm that I feel like I never found my way out of.

Let me also say, that I am finding I am not a huge fan of ghost stories. As in, where a ghost plays a central role. I've tried reading several and I can never connect with them. This book definitely slid into that category.

Shane was a weak narrator and, to me, had a very young voice. Travis, her love interest was all right, but I never felt any chemistry between them. It seemed like a quick insta-connection and those tend to leave a sour taste in my mouth.

Valdes has a great concept, but I just felt it got jumbled. Too much happened too quick and then stalled and then raced forward. It was very jerky, not fluid. I actually started skimming in later chapters to see if the end payoff was worth all the confusion and frustration. While it was a bit enlightening (hence why I'm giving this a C rating), I wasn't moved by it. I still never felt that connection to the characters or story that would keep me invested.

I doubt I'll pick up the rest of the series, but there are a lot of people who seemed to enjoy this story. Again, if you like ghostly tales, give it a go. Unfortunately I have found that I'm not a fan, and thus I didn't really enjoy this one.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on April 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
I will keep my review of this as short as possible. I was incredibly disappointed with the book as a whole. I would not recommend this book to anyone I know personally and I tout the comparison to Ghost that was on the back cover of the book.

Basically, this story just has too much going on.

-Whiny MC who owns a chihuahua named Buddy
-SOME SERIOUS Insta-Love (groan)
-Star-crossed lovers, of course...KINDREDS...maybe?
-Hot guy appearing out of nowhere...too good to be true? Yes.
-Entirely too much angst
-RICH KIDS that go to a private school that is expensive out the wazoo.
-MC driving a BMW then a Land Rover after she wrecks it (seriously?)
-Revenants/ Ghosts
-Parallel universes/ Fringe science
-Religion/ Mythology mash-up
-Psychic consultations that refer you to a physics teacher
-Lots of bringing back to life
-Dream visiting
-Psycho ex-boyfriends
-Nauseatingly mushy dialogue
-Hovering mom that is a doctor

I think I've covered just about everything. There is just entirely too much going on; the love story made me want to pull my hair out at times and the MC was pathetic with hardly any character development for ANY of the characters. The setting was static and the explanations of what was going on were nonsensical and abstract, at best. If I had to describe the entire book in two words: Campy and Awkward.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Azul on December 24, 2012
Format: Paperback
The only temptation I got with this book was to stop reading it. But obviously I must have some kind subconscious line of masochism in me that I actually finished it despite wanting to kill Shane.

So, Shane is driving to a violin performance with her dog. Stupidity #1 right there. What was she going to do with the dog in a concert? Leave him in the car? Which she actually does later on (very smart).

Going forward, there is a heavy storm and she can hardly see the road but instead of stopping she keeps driving and has an accident. Long story short, Travis saves her and the dog, and they are instantly in love. Turns out that this sudden love is because they are kindred souls; that is, destined to be together.

***** WARNING ********* Full of spoilers from here on!

But Travis is a ghost during the night and human during the day and the rules of the underworld forbid them to be together just in case they have sex and have supernatural children.

Anyways, Travis has an enemy, Victor, who goes after Shane to hurt Travis. Let's leave it at that.

Travis and Shane meet up in the dessert and they admit the almost, like, love for each other, and "if we feel like this just holding hands imagine when we kiss."

Travis tells Shane to go home but she follows him and ends up in a cave where all ghosts are. This cave is like a portal to another dimension for Travis and his kind. In the cave full of ghosts, Stupidity #2 happens: Shane receives a phone call. Really, reception out there? And shouldn't you be concerned that you are surrounded by ghosts (even if in the form of shadows) to answer your cell?

Stupidity #3) Shane brought her dog with her... again. Obviously, she left the dog in the car and Victor, Travis's enemy took him.
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