Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Heart's Desire

Jessica Coulter Smith

Morgan Raines transferred his senior year.  Starting over doesn't bother him.  But finding his mate pinned to her locker by her Neanderthal ex-boyfriend does...  From day one, Morgan and Skye are inseparable.  But will that change when she realizes he turns into a panther every time the moon is full?

My Take:

I know that the Twilight books are very polarizing, so I may lose some people when I say I enjoyed them.  I definitely don't think they were earth shattering like every teen girl on the planet, and I'm not in love with a Cullen (though I do love the name Jasper) but I thought they were entertaining.  I am a big believer in reading and enjoying books for what they are, and Twilight is just meant to be fun teen fluff.  I'm not going to analyze it the same way I would a classic romance such as Pride and Prejudice.  Anyway, I felt like Heart's Desire had a similar formula, but without the pizazz. Too hot to be true boy with a paranormal secret falls in love with incongruously average girl, boy and girl fall passionately in love in an oddly short amount of time, girl doesn't even blink when paranormal secret is revealed, boy is overly protective because he has a hard time harnessing his paranormal/feral instincts.  I think that if the book had been a little longer, maybe taken more time to develop the characters, it would have been immensely more enjoyable.  The conflict wasn't very exciting, and it tied itself up very neatly and quickly, maybe too quick.  I think this book shows promise, the characters had a good start and the boy's paranormal secret is definitely different than most, which is good, but truth be told, it all felt quite juvenile.  I think you can write a teen romance with authentic heart and soul, but this book missed the mark  Overall I give Heart's Desire a 4, Borrow from a Friend, if you are a fan of this genre.  If you aren't you will not like this book at all.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

If this book were a movie, it would be rated a mild PG-13 for adult situations, sexual references and some language.

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1 comment:

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

Hmmm... at least he turns into a panther and not a werewolf. I think the vampire/werewolf genres have pretty much been exhausted.


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