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- Print Length: 368 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Lapdog Books; 2 edition (September 6, 2010)
- Publication Date: September 6, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00427YJOK
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,020 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Nothing in the book's description gives any indication that the main character suffered a major childhood trauma or date rape. This is a huge injustice to potential readers with these experiences who may be triggered by reading such a book. There are ways to write a book blurb that hints at these things without ruining the read. Based on the cover and blurb, I had no idea what I was getting into. As someone who survived incest at the same age as the character was (and other incidents as well), and has PTSD, this book was not the clever mystery I had hoped for while on vacation. Flashbacks don't make for a fun time.
From the perspective of actual writing, I would give it three stars. There are plot holes and loose strings that a good developmental editor would have pointed out to the author. The mom is only 50, but is written as if she's in her late 60s. The chemistry with the main character and her love interest is poorly developed. He comes across so unlikable in the beginning that more nuance is needed to make their initial attraction to each other flow and make sense. There are also basic issues such as using "that" when it should be " who".
Based on the number of reviews, the author has a good following and appears to be doing well. I hope she will continue studying the craft to increase her skills, and, for the well being of her readers, start writing proper book blurbs.
And the supposed plot twist at the very end? Well, I thought plot twists were supposed to be more compelling than the story the author tried to make you believe. This one was dull and the one real moment of danger ended rather quickly with little emotion. There were two things at risk, and both issues fizzled out without a struggle. For example, someone goes missing and you're supposed to fear the worst, but it ends up being a simple misunderstanding and wrapped up quickly—all in one neat little bow. No real danger, no real risk.
For women's fiction, I expected a stronger heroine at the end, or at least for one of the main characters to fight to save the day. Unfortunately, none of that happened.
I picked up Entangled because I love wine and the mystery takes place at a California vineyard. There wasn't too many details about winemaking, but what I did read was interesting.
The atmosphere of Entangled was fun and quirky for the most part. I thought the characters were entertaining and that's probably the one thing I'll take away as positive from the story. I hate that I feel this way, but I invested a lot of time following the mystery and waiting to be blown away. I wish I felt differently, but I probably won't be continuing with the series based on the ending and overall slow pace.
There were a lot of comparisons that didn't relate to the story, just the author trying to be creative or witty. Some were all right, but they got old fast. The grammar had so many mistakes. They didn't make the writing unintelligible, but they did seem sloppy.
I think Entangled has been out for a while and I noticed other reviewers complained about the grammar as well. So I feel the author has had plenty of time to correct these mistakes and simply doesn't care.
Entangled did hold my attention and it was a pleasant, light read. I enjoyed following the relationship between Billie and Handel. I felt like their relationship progressed at a reasonable pace. Speaking of which, I don't remember the author going too in-depth on how they were doing at the end of the book. There was an overview but not much else. Since the romance was pretty heavy throughout the book, I did expect a little more than that.
I'll give it three stars because it wasn't all bad—and it had wine—but it definitely wasn't my favorite and I wish it had been better.
I did not find the main character, Billie, to be nasty at all, nor did I think she was mean to her mother. I did, however, feel the mother was a bit stereotyped in order to create tension between her and her children.
I liked the plots of all three books, and liked Handy. The infrequent praying wasn’t to my taste, and some of the situations were awkward, but all in all, the books were pleasant.
The typos, bad English, and use of “was” instead of “were” when “were” would have been correct bothered me a lot. And anyone who writes, “Me and so-and-so,” needs to revisit some basic grammar rules!
The first thing the author needs to do in order to be taken seriously is to find a competent editor. I won’t be reading any more of her books.
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I think the thing that shocked me most was that this book doesn’t come with a trigger warning. I don’t want to give away spoilers, but I really fell that anyone who has experienced sexual abuse, particularly as a child, should be aware that they will be likely to find this story a trigger. Although there aren’t explicit details, there is enough that I, someone who hasn’t experienced abuse, found the story disturbing, and I probably wouldn’t have picked the book up if it had come with a warning.
Having got that off my chest, the story was quite well developed in general, although the ending wasn’t up to the standard of the rest of the book. It was a shame, as I was just left thinking, “really?”. It almost felt like a different author had written the end.
The book could also do with a little proofreading, and the author’s misuse of “blonde” grated on me every time. However, I was, on the whole, quite engrossed in the story which was rather like an onion. Each chapter peeled back another layer not only in the development of the story but also in Billie and, to a lesser extent, Handel. The vineyard setting was nice and there were one or two interesting insights into the winemaking industry.
In conclusion, I still have quite mixed feelings about this book and, despite it being mainly well written, would only recommend with caution.