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Mayne Attraction: In The Spotlight by [Mauren, Ann]
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About the Author

Ann Mauren was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and now resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two young sons, within earshot of the King's Island and Miami Valley Railway, the author's favorite attraction at the ride's namesake amusement park.

Product Details

  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 380 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984520104
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: April 17, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004SUXU6E
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,691 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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This book took me forever to read. Now, that wasn't the book or the author's fault; it was mine. I was so busy that I didn't have any time to sit down and enjoy this novel. But when I had a night alone, I devoured about half of this humungous book as quick as I could.

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.
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The prologue of this book really caught my interest, but sadly once Ellery took over in her first-person narration, I was rapidly overcome by a deadly boredom. The prologue dangles a tantalizing mystery surrounding the grandfather's death, and implies the story will involve Ellery investigating the reason why two men broke into his home to extract information from him. Nope. The main plot does NOTHING to develop this (apparently no one noticed there was a break in).

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.
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We all differ in what keeps us glued to a book, or makes us want to put it down before finishing. I read the book all the way through without stopping. This was something for me considering I usually hate books where the woman has multiple love interests and juggles them in a capricious manner, as seems to happen in this book. At one point, I almost put the book down, but decided to bull on through and ended up enjoying the book and the ending. The reason for the five star review is how I felt after finishing the book. My mind kept going back to the ending and how I would have reacted at that age and in a similar situation (I'm a guy so it wouldn't have been too similar). A fiction book rarely makes me think that much. I read them, put them down at the end, and go on with whatever I'm doing.

This book left a good hangover and engaged me.
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This book was like sitting down to a big bowl of ice cream...it's so yummy you don't want it to be over. This was the perfect book for a snowy Minnesota weekend. It was a treat that it was a free book but I would definitely spend the money to buy the next ones in the series. Anne, hurry and tell us who gets the girl!
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I have been very lucky with the free Kindle books. Out of about 12 read so far there have only been two I was disappointed with.

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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