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Down To Earth is a unique book with an interesting plot. There's plenty going on throughout the whole book to keep the pages turning. I liked that the reason behind Michaela's disappearance was a mystery to both the characters and the reader. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail included - there's a 'science bit' and a couple of other parts, such as when...
Published on 20 Oct 2010 by Tasha
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1.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth
I suppose there must have been some kind of hook with this book as I finished it but, I thought the ending was awful. It did begin to build but never really answered the question of where the main character had been for the last six years.
I felt the characters were very cliche and not at all realaistic for example, the mother who had been commited to a secure...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of A Trillian Books,
This review is from: Down to Earth (Paperback)Down To Earth is a unique book with an interesting plot. There's plenty going on throughout the whole book to keep the pages turning. I liked that the reason behind Michaela's disappearance was a mystery to both the characters and the reader. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of detail included - there's a 'science bit' and a couple of other parts, such as when Abbey is using Tarot cards, that were clearly well researched. However, I did feel that maybe the explanations given where a little too much.
While a large part of the book is about Michaela finding out what had happened to her during the time she was missing, there's also a lot of other elements. The story is also about how she adjusts to life six and a half years on. To start with there was a few moments when Michaela was surprised at changes such as the difference in mobile phones and I would have liked to have seen more of this throughout the book. Another big part of the story was the relationships in Michaela's life, how they've changed and how she deals with that.
This book is definitely worth the read and would be particularly enjoyed by fans of Sophie Kinsella, Cecilia Ahern etc.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read that will keep you hooked,
This review is from: Down to Earth (Paperback)This is the third novel by author Melanie Rose, and I was so excited to read this one because of how much I have enjoyed her previous 2 books. Usually, magical type stories are not my thing, I prefer to read something rooted a little more in the real world, but there is something utterly charming about Rose's books that I just cannot put down. The cover follows suit with her previous 2 novels, and once again I love it - the green is certainly different and stands out, and makes the book seem the something different that the book itself is. Melanie's first book Could It Be Magic? focussed on the changed life of a woman struck by lightning, her second was Coming Home about a woman who loses her memory after being caught in a storm so this one about a missing 6 years seems to fit the form of Rose's books quite well!
The book starts with a prologue that takes place at the time of the jump. We meet a few of Michaela's colleagues and the jump instructor Matt in this scene, but the jump comes pretty quickly so not too much detail is given away. I actually liked this because it adds to the mystery element of what happened to Michaela, and we can suspect some of the characters because we just don't know anything about them. Michaela is a very likeable character, although her denial of the new time period she's emerged into is a tad annoying. It's weird because I understood why you would be in denial about it, but at the same time I found it quite annoying! However, it didn't bother me enough to skip parts or anything, it was more of a niggle than a huge problem!
The development of the story is very interesting and I loved how Rose dictates the pace of the story through her character. Michaela's acceptance of her situation moves along quite nicely and allows for more plot development in terms of her building up relationships with the other characters in the book. The best relationship to read about was that of Michaela, her boyfriend from her life before Calum and his daughter Abbey. Obviously Michaela feels like she only saw the pair of them earlier that morning, yet Calum and Abbey have had 6 years to come to terms with Michaela's disappearance, and the way this pans out makes for great reading. Rose gets into the emotion of these characters amazingly well, you can feel for each of them and how they are dealing with their difficult circumstances. Michaela and Abbey's relationship in particular was very touching, and I loved seeing it develop as the book goes on.
I really couldn't guess how it was all going to end for Michaela in the book and whether there would be a definite ending to it or if it would left up in the air a little bit. Even when I had read the end, I actually went back and re-read it just so I could make sure I had understood it clearly enough and it turned out I had. There is a science bit in the middle of the book which is quite hard going if you don't pay attention and really concentrate on it! I found it was a little bit too heavy actually, a lot of the scientific jargon was just too much for me and I ended glossing over it and trying to get the general gist of it. This is really the only negative thing about the book though, and I still got the rest of the book okay by glossing over this bit. I appreciate the research that Rose must have put into this though, it must have been pretty heavy!
Overall, this is a superb book and one I would highly recommend, especially if you are a fan of more magical tales such as Melanie Roses' previous books, Cecelia Ahern or even Sophie Kinsella. The writing is great - the style flows really well and I enjoyed it being written from the first person perspective as we can really get into Michaela's head and try to puzzle out her story along with her. It's very emotive, you really do feel for these characters, and the pace is just right so that your attention is kept, the secrets are revealed slowly as the book pans out, and by the end you really do care about what happened to Michaela. I really enjoyed it and can't wait to see what else Melanie Rose is going to bring us!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie Rose fan is not disappointed!,
This review is from: Down to Earth (Paperback)Melanie Rose has set high standards for herself from my point of view with her previous two books and after reading this she has yet to fail with coming up with an interesting, unique plot that has kept me gripped all the way through, this book doesn't disappoint!
The futher you get into this book more things arise and are discovered about the characters and even though Michaela finding out what happened to the 6 and half years of her life is the main storyline in this book there are many other storylines and at some points in the book you forget about Michaela finding out about what happened to her. Even though not everything is based around her finding this out you get the feeling with this book that everything written is important to the plot and in the end you see the importance of a lot of things you didn't before. This makes the book very intriguing and makes it very hard to put down. The ending wasn't what l was expected and because of this l feel like something small is missing from this book but in another way the ending is a great ending to a great book, l am stuck between the two .. maybe because l didn't want the book to end. I love books which you put down after reading the last page with a smile on your face and a sort of connection with the character.
Michaela wakes up 6 years later to a new world with new troubles, secrets and lots of unanswered questions ; where has the last 6 and half years of her life gone? People around her come up with many different theories while Michaela tries to find peace in a few theories.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth,
I felt the characters were very cliche and not at all realaistic for example, the mother who had been commited to a secure care facility suddenly comes off all her meds and appears to live happily ever after with the protagonists partner??
Not a book that I will be reading again I'm afraid.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars every cliche in the book...,
This review is from: Down to Earth (Paperback)Reading the other reviews, I am wondering whether we have been reading the same book. Yes, I felt compelled to carry on reading (hence the one star), but it was more out of a sense of morbid fascination than anything else - mostly to find out how much worse this could get, rather than what actually happened to the characters.
The storytelling is bad enough; really predictable for a start, apart from when it wanders off track into pseudo-scienti-spiritual flights of fancy, which I read muttering under my breath about how incredibly bad it all was (a sister that "just happens" to be a quantum physicist? With secret government funding? And drop dead gorgeous to boot? Mmh...)
I realise there are some people (obviously quite a few reading the reviews) who will enjoy this book, so I'll refrain from spoilers, but come on! "You mean I really have lost 6 years of my life? Oh, OK then." (that about sums up how subtle it all is). The way Michaela deals with what happened to her, the way ALL the relationships develop, everything felt totally unrealistic, as if the author couldn't be bothered fleshing out anything. Most laughable of all was the relationship between Michaela and Calum (again, not wanting to spoil it, but really?) Most grating of all was the way every single little thing ends up turning out for the best, with no hard decisions (or hard feelings for that matter) required at any stage.
As for the characters, they felt like they had come in neat little packages that had just been opened and plonked down into the story. Every cliché in the book was there: the self-harming, satanic Goth, the wimpy ex-boyfriend (what a doormat!), the drop dead gorgeous scientific genius, the hunk-who-will-wait-forever and just happens to be conveniently rich as well, the hardened hooker, the confused-mum-with-a-heart-of-gold (loving the bit where she sees the kid for the first time), the socially-inept geek... Actually that one deserves a special mention; although it was pretty obvious from the word go what would happen there, it was very telling that he was only loveable once he started buffing up a bit. And he was happy to wait too! Which is what any man would do of course, especially one who is finally getting noticed by women for the first time...
I know chick-lit is not supposed to be totally realistic, and tends to offer a rather simplistic view of people's behaviour, especially where love is concerned; this doesn't normally spoil the enjoyment I get from it - perfect for an afternoon of escape. And I also enjoy a bit of magic/fantasy; this book promised to deliver both, but unfortunately was just too ridiculously badly put together to provide anything but frustration.
And... as a parting shot: the editor seems to be a bit confused as to what commas should actually be used for... (bad punctuation being a pet peeve of mine).
3.0 out of 5 stars easy read,
I really like the concept of this book. It's quite a nice plot idea.
Which I have to say wasn't executed greatly in this book. There could have been so many more interesting things happen to the main character regarding her disappearance. As a previous reviewer stated, technology changes etc. not once did Kaela question what had happened in world events or even celebrity for that matter. She never really questioned things either.
I was left wanting more put it that way.
But having said that, take the book for what it is. A superficial chick lit. Easy read for the beach/holiday.
3.0 out of 5 stars If I could I would have marked at 2.5 stars.,
Michaela was a likeable character and along with her character as the reader I was also confused about what on earth had happened to her. I also liked the other secondary characters of Callum, Matt, Abby etc even though I would have liked more info and background on all of them and more in depth details of what had happened to them in 6 and a half years.
I didn't particularly like how Michaela ended up in bed with Matt after something like 2 days and was somehow "in love" with him but my issue with this in the end was the ending. There was no conclusion to the book, no confirmation of what actually happened to Michaela, she just moved on from one guy to the next even though it didnt feel like 6 and a half years to her. I love good fiction but there's only so much I can believe before it starts feeling a little silly. Maybe as the reader we were to come up with our own conclusion and I choose to believe the Science of it BUT i would have preferred it to have been written out plainly.
I loved Could it be Magic? and is one of the reasons I was looking forward to reading this but it wasn't as good. I would read more from this author in the future though purely because Could it be Magic still stands as one of my all time favourites.
3.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth,
This review is from: Down to Earth (Paperback)Bought for my daughter to use at school in English. No idea unfortunately if it is a good read though.
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not waste your time on this book,
This review is from: Down to Earth (Paperback)The book I thought started off reasonably well and then went slowly downhill! Goodness knows what happened to the lass during the 6 years - but hey - how did she survive "down the hole" and how did she escape. I think the author lost the plot so to speak. As for the ending - I can't believe I wasted my time reading this tripe!
4.0 out of 5 stars Down to Earth,
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Down to Earth by Melanie Rose (Paperback - 14 Oct 2010)