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on 18 December 2013
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. I think Kleypas is trying to send us the message that when you're capable of falling in love your entire character changes and you become an annoying, silly, whiny person. And Jason? He is one of my least liked heroes that I've ever read about, I wanted nothing to do with this man.
And the magic? I mean, a touch of magic is good. But this book had an overdose of magic! Every other line talked about some spell, or witch, or curse. It was very irritating. The supernatural and the magic is always better written when it's unexplained. When it's just there - a part of the story, without really being a part of the story. The way Kleypas wrote the previous installments of the series and the way Cecelia Ahern wrote There's No Place Like Here and If You Could See Me Now, which are absolutely brilliant books.
But when you take it to the next level, and go into the history of spells and witchcraft and spell books and gypsies and traditions and I don't know what, it starts to feel like you are trying too hard. If Lisa Kleypas chose to focus more on the actual storyline than the history of witchcraft, I think she could've taken this book into a completely different direction, and perhaps saved it.
However, what we are left with, is one of the most boring love stories that I have ever read. And once I finished it, I was feeling very irritated and was in fact rooting for both characters to just drop dead.