Note: this is the first time I’ve ever given a book a 0 star rating.
Tried reading in 2011, and again in June, 2015 – Did not finish, however I did watch the movie.
Own the paperback trilogy – free to anyone who would want it.
This book was suggested to me when it first came out by a friend in England. He stated all the women were going crazy about it. Of course, my curiosity got the better of me. My first attempt reading the book, I couldn’t get beyond the seventh page. My second attempt, the ninth chapter. A friend did convince me to watch the movie when it came out. I still don’t see what all the hype is about, nor why they would even want to make the second installment.
As I sit here writing this, I’m trying to think of what to say that hasn’t been already said. I always finish a book, regardless of how bad it is. I will try to find redeeming qualities because I don’t like posting completely negative reviews. But this case is different. As OCD as I am about finishing a book, I simply couldn’t…even after a couple of attempts, I might add.
Where to start?
- Choose your geographical audience and stick with it. If you’re from one country, and your backdrop is in another, make sure to match your audience.
- I don’t care if it’s written in British English; it’s what I use in my country. But expect people to point out spelling errors when in fact there’s not. Don’t use British terms – Americans don’t speak that way.
- Research your location. Even though I was never in Portland or Vancouver, after a simple Google search I was able to find all the discrepancies.
- Edit your work, and that’s where I met the most difficulties. If I’m mentally editing your book instead of actually reading and getting into the story, that’s a huge problem.
With all of that said, I have no idea how the publisher let all of this go. Published in England, sure. But when picked up in the US? It’s beyond me.
Whenever this book is brought up, and so far I’ve only come across one person who actually loved it, the same thing always comes up. Where’s the originality? An altered version of the author’s Twilight fanfic, but not enough not to notice. What is the actual story-line? The characters are unbelievable. The scenarios are unbelievable. The BDSM sex scenes were unbelievable.
Anyway, that’s all I’m going to say on this series. I’m not even sure how to categorize this…Romance? I’ll stick it there because I didn’t create an uncategorized section yet.