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This review is from: The Temptation: A Kindred Novel (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.