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Ellery is a really good protagonist. Though she is sometimes too intelligent to believe, she carries the story well and has a quirky personality that was easy to relate to. Her friends she meets along the way were fun and loving, though they kept secrets just like everyone else in this book seemed to do.
The fight for Ellery's heart is fought between Ash Ryan and Grayson Gregory. While reading, my mind kept fluctuating between the two suitors, trying to pinpoint who would be the better match for Ellery. But just like Ellery, I was at a lost. I think I know who I am rooting for at this point, Ash, but with two more books in this series, one told from Grey's and the other from Ash's point of view, my opinion could certainly change.
The writing in this book was definitely a high point. Mauren shows that she has a strong command over the English language with her powerful diction choices, descriptive writing, and the overall ability to keep readers engaged with an interesting story.
The story in this novel was one of the most unique young adult books I have ever read. The complexity of it all shows that Mauren was thinking the plot out well before she dived into writing this book. She had it all planned out and showed it in this groundbreaking debut. I loved following Ellery, Ash, and Grayson on their fun and intense adventures over the course of In the Spotlight. However, the plot did move pretty slowly and I feel a lot of content could have been removed to make this a quicker read.Read more ›
Instead, for the next 400+ pages the reader has a first row seat to Ellery's two great loves: talking about herself, and her improbable romantic life. Ellery has a suspiciously lot in common with Bella from 'Twilight', not least because 'Twilight' is referred to at least twice: she's beautiful but completely unaware of it, is antisocial and has zero friends to start but somehow easily makes them, and has two mysterious men (Ash and Gray) totally in love with her--one of them on no other than basis than watching her from afar. In real life, that's not romantic. That's creepy and stalker-ish. Especially since both men are six and ten years older than her--a fact the author is understandably circumspect about (because it's so creepy). I don't care how freakishly smart and mature Ellery is for her age, ten years is a HUGE age difference at 18. Oh, and did I mention he's a virgin? There was no explanation for why it was apparently so important for Ash to save sex for marriage, unlike Edward in 'Twilight,' highlighting the unreality of it all.
Barring the ridiculous plot, I found Ellery's asides defining words extremely off-putting and condescending. I know what "elucidate" means, thanks. I would never spend money on this series, or even bother checking it out for free from my library. If you want to read a series that has a realistic and likable young female narrator, I highly recommend "Fever" et al by Karen Marie Moning.
This book left a good hangover and engaged me.
This book HAD potential. The prologue was very interesting. During the first chapter, however, I got lost. I'm not a huge fan of inner monologue to begin with and this book was just chock full of it, along with excruciating detail on very unimportant matters. This book could have easily been 200 pages shorter and it would have been better for it. The most promising characters were terribly under-utilized.
I had to wonder, as I made my way through this book, if the author used any sort of outline at all? It just seemed so odd and disjointed and had absolutely nothing to do with the promising prologue.
To think that there are two more books in the series, that would appear from the synopsies to be the same tale told from the viewpoint of two other characters, just slays me.
I get that the title character is a young woman, but Eee-Gads! Rather than 18-19 years old, she seems more like 12 or 13. Reading her endless thoughts surrounding her problems with low self esteem, indecisiveness, and extreme immaturity was painful.
I am hoping this author educates herself on storytelling and tries again because she has the promise of better things, but this book did not show well.
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Great book with a well-developed plot. I couldn't put it down after I beganPublished 8 days ago by Miranda Boodie
Really enjoyed it. Was a little hard to get into at first but loved it.Published 2 months ago by Michelle O.
Great book, I love the geology information. As a student of that topic, I was happy with the depiction.
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Couldn't stop reading in. Can't wait to start the next book to see what happens to her.Published 20 months ago by Juanita S. Walkup
It was a great book and a very easy read that you don't want to put down.
Anyone would like this book. It is clean and Fun.
I liked "In the Spotlight" book one of "Mayne Attraction" series. I would have given it four stars, really liking it except for a few things. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jodi
Great reading! I hadn't gotten this much fun out of a book in a LONG time. Interests and inspires and even enriches our vocabulary. Can't wait to read the other books!Published 23 months ago by Rachel