Desperate to feel loved, safe, protected… desperate to stop being
plain ole perfect and boring Jill Jekel.
She finds her salvation in Tristen Hyde.
Yet, he’s harboring a deadly secret.
One that might destroy her instead…
My rambling thoughts:
I liked this book a lot.
I loved the premise, however,
I felt something was lacking…
I wish we could have learned a little more about
how the Hyde’s and Jekel’s first got involved.
What caused this mutation in the Hyde’s genes.
Maybe some journal entries from Dr. Henry Jekell?
I don’t know… just something a little more.
I also had a hard time connecting with Jill.
She was too perfect for me (not to mention a tad
judgmental, a little flighty, and dumb as a rock at times).
Tristen’s perspective hooked me from the get go
and kept me from getting completely frustrated with the story.
And for all the negative stuff I just said about Jill,
she did grow on me becoming more likable as the book went on.
Also, the plot twists were interesting and kept the book
moving swiftly toward a satisfying ending
(if not slightly sappy which I happen to LOVE).
Overall, I thought it was a great idea for a novel
I just think it fell a tad bit short. Just a tad.
Which means I’m gonna give this one a solid four.
3. At times I found the story to be incredibly melodramatic
not to mention anticlimactic. The ending was predictable and flat.
All I can say is this: I felt the book was trying too hard.
4. Alice = mentally unhinged? Yes.
BUT I found her more annoying than sinister.
And I never understood the whole “she’s irresistible” thing.
5. *sighs* Yep… that’s what I’ve got.
Let me say this on the positive side:
1. I really enjoyed reading this novel simply because
I liked Rebecca James style. I thought she took some interesting
risks even though they took me out of the story from time to time.
2. The characters she created were memorable and likable,
even though I didn’t understand the choices they made
(i.e. Why was Robbie in love with Alice again?).
3. I am Team Mick.
4. I would totally read another novel written by James… but I’d rent it first.
5. My favorite moment in the novel can be found on pages 217-221.
The conversation between Katherine and her mother is just beautiful.
Because whilst the story didn’t shock me and
the ending left me seriously wanting
(as in, really? that was the best last sentence for the story?)
I did enjoy reading the novel despite it all.
(No truly I did.)
James is a promising new author
and my belief is she will do great things in the future.
I’d like to thank the following commenters for helping me get out of my rut!
Y’all rock my socks!!
Who wants to play this again?
I know I do!!
Keep a look out for another
you pick, cutie reads post coming later this month!
Until Next Time–