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Crystal Cove (Friday Harbor Novels) Hardcover – 5 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin (5 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250032075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250032072
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3 x 22.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,437,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Kleypas is the author of a number of historical romance novels that have been published in fourteen languages. In 1985, she was named Miss Massachusetts and competed in the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. After graduating from Wellesley College with a political science degree, she published her first novel at age twenty-one. Her books have appeared on the New York Times bestseller lists. Lisa is married and has two children.

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Both heart-breaking and heart-warming, this story really does have it all . . . You can't go wrong with Kleypas for a rewarding and deeply satisfying read. This is one of her best yet (RT Book Reviews)

Kleypas is a gifted storyteller, and in Crystal Cove she brings us a hint of the supernatural to add sparks and sparkle to a beguiling love story which packs in some complex relationships and passion-fuelled surprises. Love with a deliciously dark twist . . . (Lancashire Evening Post)

A really engaging romance, definitely sexier than the previous instalments and the hero and heroine have quite a bit of spark . . . A great series about friendships, love and a little bit of magic (Book Chick City) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The fourth novel in a new contemporary romance series by New York Times bestselling author Lisa Kleypas - Nora Roberts meets Marian Keyes. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Feb. 2013
Format: Paperback
Crystal Cove is number four in the `Friday Harbor' series, however, it can be read and enjoyed as a standalone, so if you haven't read the other novels in the series then don't worry because you can still grab a copy of Crystal Cove to devour!

Justine has a wonderful life, but the only thing that is missing is love. However, she soon discovers that a spell was cast on her when she was born, meaning that she can never find her soul mate - and Justine sets out to change this. Enter the mysterious Jason Black, who is hiding secrets of his own...

I loved all of the Friday Harbor books so far and this was no exception. I read the entire book in one sitting - as soon as I opened the page I was swept up in Justine's world and became very involved with her story, so much that I couldn't put it down and when I finally looked up from the book I realised that a whole afternoon had flown by!

The characters were fascinating. Justine is especially well-written as a strong character and I liked her from the beginning! I loved the relationship and the chemistry between Justine and Jason, they had me hooked to the book and I was turning the pages as quick as I could so that I could find out what happened next between them. The love story was my favourite part of the book, and I found myself re-reading scenes so that I could re-live them.

I especially love the magical/witchcraft aspect of Crystal Cove. I have always been a fan of books with magic in and Lisa Kleypas knows how to expertly weave this into a gripping story with a fulfilling plot line. This aspect of the story had me constantly intrigued and kept me guessing throughout.

Crystal Cove is enchanting, it is romantic and full of sizzling scenes too! Not only is there romance, but many thrilling scenes and some very good twists to keep you guessing. I'm very much looking forward to the next book - This is another brilliant novel from Lisa Kleypas.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Shamma on 18 Dec. 2013
Format: Hardcover
That's the one word to sum up the book for me - stupid.

I cannot believe that Lisa Kleypas wrote this absolute drivel. The book was one of the worst books I've ever read, and it's such a disappointment to me given the fact that the series have been one of my favourites.

I've loved the insertion of magic and the supernatural into these books, it was so unlike what I was used to from Kleypas but I thought she pulled it off really well. Alex and Zoe's story was beautiful as were Lucy and Sam's. Justine and Jason however, the story couldn't have left me more cold or empty inside.

Their chemistry felt forced and contrived, the plot was riddled with holes, and the concept that this story was built around was weak and uninteresting. Justine is so desperate for love that she's tried every spell in the book to get it, until she realizes she's cursed and breaks the curse somehow. Step in Jason, who does not have a soul - literally. He wants the magic Justine has to try and extend his lifespan.

Justine and Jason meet - fireworks. Not. Well, Kleypas would have liked us to feel the fireworks she attempted to create with her writing, but I think she failed miserably. Instead it felt silly how the minute they met they decided they were oh-so-in-love with each other, and Jason immediately began to act like he has the right to control every one of Justine's actions, and became an overbearing pig.

There was nothing attractive about Jason. And nothing attractive about Justine. This strong, hilarious, sarcastic, clever, witty character that I met in all the previous books is gone when she starred in her own story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CJ VINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2013
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Did not enjoy this book as much as the others in the series. First of all I'm not that into stories featuring quite this much witchcraft although to be fair to Lisa Kleypas it was done quite well - it seemed like she had done enough research to make it seem vaguely plausible. What really didn't work for me was the instant and ongoing chemistry between Jason and Justine. He is meant to be a mysterious, demanding, loner and yet falls for her far too quickly and easily. All of the obstacles to their romance revolved around witches bane and his lack of a soul. All rather irritating and pointless. There is no logical way out for them so their HEA can only really be brought about by yet more supernatural stuff. Shame about all the witchcraft - would have been more interesting with normal human problems and resolutions.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ten24 on 23 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Lisa Kleypas one of my most favourite authors. I have all her books but this one I just did not understand!
I have read the previous 3 Friday Harbor series which were great. Crystal cove had such good premise but it never happened, WHY LISA????? It felt rushed and the love story was dominated by witchcraft and can two people really have that much wrong with them in the supernatural sense! A witch who had so much power and didn't use it, why not? I really thought that Justine and Jason would have worked together to find the solution together knowing how strong here powers were and the conclusion was so short I needed just a little more of their happy ever after to satisfy the long journey it took to get there!!!!!
Just disappointing knowing Lisa usually writes so fantastically well!
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