- Paperback: 412 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1461012430
- ISBN-13: 978-1461012436
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,821,839 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
When not writing, glued to her husband, Mr. Keyboard, or reading books into oblivion, Tatiana Vila can be found watching tacky reality shows, singing in the shower, eating way too many Wonka candies, and fantasizing about her next book. Her motto: let the mind run wild.
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Top customer reviews
I didn't love it but I definitely didn't hate it either.
The book seemed sort of mundane during the first half - it gave you important information and brought up alot of questions but as the questions added up - none were answered.
The last 1/4 of the book had me hooked though and made my struggling through the first half worth it. Things started to make more sense and there was a lot of action. That is until the disappointment that Tristan throws on Kalista at the end, it seemed sudden and without reason.
One thing I wished for was a little clearer explanation of the Ylem and why it was so important. I am hoping that the second book will explain some of this and let us know why the insurgents are going to so much trouble to get it.
All that said, I am looking forward to continuing with this trilogy to answer those questions I still have.
I only gave a 4 star review because I did feel the need to skim over parts.
Sometimes you read a book that starts out a little slow and you give up and don't finish it, don't do that with this book! Things will begin to be explained and the pace will pick up about half way through and while it was easy to get a little frustrated with the main character Kalista, her reasons for her "fears" (I don't want to be too specific and spoil the story) become clear.
I will definitley be purchasing the next books and I am glad I made myself keep reading the book.
The only reason I was able to read the whole thing was due to my own personal determination to finish what I start. Many other reviewers described in detail some of the obvious flaws. The main character was annoying and unlikable. The story was terribly slow. The grammatical errors were painful. Then it got worse. I brushed off some slightly homophobic comment made by one of the high school characters. (I don't feel like scanning through all the lame dialogue to find the quote.) But later, it was blatantly offensive. I'm guessing it was meant to start out as a touching moment between two friends, and it quickly turned into using homophobic slurs and stereotypes.
"Nah. You love me too much to leave me undefended. I'm the cherry on the top of your cupcake. You can't live without me.
I guess you're right. I do love you.
Jesus, he said with a snort. What a fag, Caleb. You could've told me to f*** off.
I barked a laugh. I'm not the one talking about cherries and cupcakes. And anyway, tell that to the waiter of that little cafe in Rue Baptist. Or to that
veterinarian we found a couple of weeks ago. I'm sure they would disagree with you, thoroughly.
Boasting about your conquests, Casanova?
More like stressing my manhood.
No need to. The countless hearts you've left broken speak for themselves, he said with the hint of a smile. Then, he paused for a moment. It's not whole though.
I frowned. What the hell are you talking about?
Your manhood, I mean. You haven't exactly... exploited it entirely.
You're confusing me, Nick.
A man is not a man if he hasn't loved a woman, Caleb"
This is NOT okay. Using the term "fag" as an insult is unacceptable. Casting all gay men as effeminate is wrong. And the last line is beyond offensive and insulting.
The author should educate herself on how damaging such words and ideas can be, especially to young people.
I'll never read another book by this author, and I will be sure to tell everyone I know to do the same.
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I really, really enjoyed this book, far more than I even expected to! It's a good thing I still have some credit on my gift cards so I can buy the next...Read more