Title: VisitedI received an ARC copy of this book from Xpresso Book tours, as part of the Visited blog tour. This however in no way influences my honest opinion.
Author: Janine Caldwell
Kind of story: Standalone
Publishing date: 25 Mei 2013
Publisher: self published
Language: English only
Age category: Young Adult
Number of pages: 216 p.
About VisitedSeventeen-year-old Joanna Murphy has lost faith in her life. Vying for her mom’s attention, she’s resentful of her stepdad’s intrusion to their family. Her best friend, Tommy, has no clue she’s in love with him as he dates girl after girl without noticing how it tortures her. The final kicker, though, is God’s sick joke to make her freakishly tall when everyone knows boys prefer petite girls.
Then in a bizarre accident Joanna meets James, a breathtaking teen who appears to her after an unusual falling star sighting. Suddenly, her dream for an alien encounter becomes all too real. But when she finds her life has been made unrecognizable, she’s forced into an explosive study of the original design for her life that just may have her regretting every wish she ever made.
My reviewWarning: this is not going to be one of those praising reviews. So stop reading here if you don't want to know why I didn't like it.
I really didn't like this book, it was slow, naïve and annoying. I should have stopped reading. Stubborn me didn't agree so I pulled through. And was even more disappointed when I finished. The ending was kind of surprising. I didn't see that one coming, usually this would be a good thing. In this case however, it was not. It was like seeing a delicious desert after a horrible entrée and main course, but after tasting the first mouthful deciding it tasted worse than the entrée and main course all together. That is kind of what I felt like after reading this.
The protagonist Joanna was insecure, awkward and to top it of very naïve. The latter is what bothered me the most throughout the book. Don't get me wrong insecurity and awkward behaviour I am very familiar with. It doesn't always bother me in books, but this was just way too much of all of that which made the book almost unbearable to read. And to add to that it was really slow.
Then there was the ending, Oh My Fr*king God! This must have been the most horrible endings I have ever read! SPOILER ALERT: Really, freaking angels pretending to be aliens! Gosh that is just horrible, horrible! END OF SPOILER :) Don't ever do that to me again, please just put a big: philoshopical/spiritual label on the book for crying out loud. Then I would have passed it by.
The worst of all this is that I signed up for the blog tour myself, I always hope that I can give the author a great review then. Especially after hearing really good things about the author. Also I really do love the cover! It is very pretty! I do hope that the other books of this author are better, because this wasn't it for me.
But don't be discourage by my review, because I also think I am not part of the intended target group. I do recommend this to younger readers age 10 to 16. Why do I recommend it if I didn't like it? Well the general theme of the book is interesting, I think it might appeal better to this target group. I think they can learn some lessons form this book, some morals.