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Potential that Fell Flat on its Face
Reviewed in the United States on July 1, 2017
After reading this book, I held off on writing my review and decided to check out the reviews of the popular series PUCKED. I started with the one and two stars and was surprised by what the reviews said.
I could have copied and pasted any of their comments and called it a day.
The writing shows promise, and because of that I stuck with the story. The characters appeared to be well-developed. The plot was simple. But the dialogue and motivation were lacking.
Ruby is very immature for a twenty,-two year old woman living in Manhattan. The motivation behind most of her actions seem to come from impulsiveness rather than from thought. Yet, she also had enough maturity to want to live apart from Bane for a time. It's not that a young adult can't be both immature and have areas in which they're maturing, but when there are no actions to support both areas, it comes across as careless writing.
Next, I couldn't, for the life of me, figure out why Bane would have wanted to be with Ruby. While no ages were mentioned overtly, I gleaned he was close to 26 or older, having played professional Rugby before working for his father. He was level-headed, passionate and considerate.
This leads to the overall problem: Ruby's reason for leaving his apartment and breaking up their relationship was childish and bordered on cruel. No spoilers, if you've decided to get this book, you'll judge for yourself.
There's a lot of repetition, misunderstandings, and behavior I wouldn't like in friends, specifically Ruby to Amie. If she's truly Amie's best friend, and has observed the things she has about a Amie's recent behavior and Armstrong's comments, then she should find a way to talk to her.
Hmm... Maybe I'm not the proper audience for Ms. Hunting's books. I'm not an empty-headed, impulsive child trying to prove to Daddy that I don't need his help by taking help from everyone else.
Judge for yourself. For me? I'm calling it a day.