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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

4.5 STars ~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Cover

4.5 STars
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

“Once I started, I was compelled to turn the pages and know what happened next.” ~Under the Covers

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Lisa Kleypas has a way with words. The ease...
4.5 STars
~Reviewed by FRANCESCA & posted at Under the Covers Book Blog

“Once I started, I was compelled to turn the pages and know what happened next.” ~Under the Covers

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. Lisa Kleypas has a way with words. The ease of her writing is astonishing every single time. She can truly write a novel that flows almost effortlessly and draws you in until you are living and breathing in her world.

CRYSTAL COVE was no different. I devoured this book in less than 24 hours. Once I started, I was compelled to turn the pages and know what happened next.

Other than the beautiful writing and sweet storylines that she’s always known for, CRYSTAL COVE has again an amazing set of characters. Justine is a spunky heroine that believes love is out of her reach. But truly there is a curse in her family and the men they fall in love with are destined to die. So she’s preferred to stay alone. Better NOT to have loved and than lost.

And Jason is the typical millionaire that is so popular nowadays in romance books. He’s all powerful, has all the money in the world, lives a very methodical lifestyle where everything goes according to his wishes, and …. he also has a dark secret.

“The fissure of a crescent moon gleamed white and clear like a claw mark in the sky. A night made for magic.”

CRYSTAL COVE is also a bit different from the rest of the series in that Ms. Kleypas does delve into the paranormal and magical aspects that were previously just hinted at or where not the main focus of the story. Although, ultimately, this is a story about Justine and Jason, this is also very much so about magic for both of them. In the previous books that was less prominent. However, being a reader of paranormal, I didn’t have a problem with the deeper exploration of these topics.

Another surprise in this one was the addition of some BDSM. To be quite honest, that’s the main reason this book didn’t get a 5 star review for me. I read BDSM normally, it just didn’t quite work to where it needed to be for Kleypas. It didn’t feel like real BDSM, it just felt like she wanted to put the characters in that position and then didn’t know how they should act once they were there. Yes, he ties her up and all that. And yes, this makes sense with his character because he is very controlling in every other aspect of his life. I’m just not sure if BDSM works for Lisa Kleypas. Ultimately, I couldn’t wait for that scene to be over and done with so they could get back to more sexy loving. And this book did have quite a bit of hot, sexy loving.

This may not be my favorite book in this series, I still think nothing can compare to DREAM LAKE, but it was definitely a great addition and it has me wanting LIGHTNING BAY that much more.

posted by Under_The_Covers_BookBlog on February 5, 2013

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Most Helpful Critical Review

21 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

I normally can't put down a Lisa Kleypass book; having said that

I normally can't put down a Lisa Kleypass book; having said that, I had to make myself finish this book. The character development is weak and the plot is weaker. It's almost as if she tried to mix ingredients from "Beautiful Creatures" with "50 Shades ...
I normally can't put down a Lisa Kleypass book; having said that, I had to make myself finish this book. The character development is weak and the plot is weaker. It's almost as if she tried to mix ingredients from "Beautiful Creatures" with "50 Shades of Gray" and brought none of the Kleypass magic. It’s as if she didn't write it at all- it is as far from the Friday Harbor characters as was that horrible "Christmas with Holly" Hallmark movie.

There are no mentions of the other characters from the previous books, which is completely off character for this author with her other series books. I was so looking forward to more of Alex & Zoe, and hoping she would even pull in Sam & Lucy (since Lucy is Justine's bff) and then maybe even Mark & Maggie. No such luck. Alex & Zoe get a couple of sentences. Instead, the reader is subjected to supernatural and people-born-without-a-soul nonsense. As if that is even possible... if your target audience is American women with a romantic notion, then taking away the concept of SOUL MATES is not the way to have them buy more of your books. This book will definately impact whether I purchase another Kleypass novel.

posted by Readerofmany on February 11, 2013

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  • Posted February 6, 2013

    A bit disappointing after the good reviews I read. The first 2

    A bit disappointing after the good reviews I read. The first 2 books in the series had only light touches of magic but this one was over the top. The end was predictable.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    I am a fan of Lisa Kleypas. I like her writing. This is not a c

    I am a fan of Lisa Kleypas. I like her writing.
    This is not a case of horrible writing. Or even a horrible story. Not at all. If it were a stand alone book, likely it would be a 4-5 star. But I also likely would not have read it.
    The story is filled with hard core witches, magic, spells, deeply unstable family relationships.
    The series has had ''magic'' throughout. But it was more like fairy tale magic. It was not damaging. Dangerous. Life threatening.
    So it is pretty harsh to find yourself going from the love and family of the friday harbor series and then find yourself here.
    I dont understand how this book winds up here. But I am incredibly disappointed. I feel like a reader being used as an experiment. "Lookie here, we got ourselves a successful series going. But how about we mix things up?? Like throw a book in that has nothing in common with the rest of the series. There is going to be almost no happiness. No future. Only animal like attraction. A main character that has no soul. Literally. Another main character that has one person after another in her life that lies to her. And uses dangerous, unpredictable, powerful magic spells to control her. To direct her life. Always in the name of love. The happy ending is marginal. Now doesnt that sound exactly like a Lisa Kleypas story her fans are looking for?"
    I hate doing 3 stars. I do not do it lightly. And I seriously even thought about doing no review atI am a fan of Lisa Kleypas. I like her writing.
    This is not a case of horrible writing. Or even a horrible story. Not at all. If it were a stand alone book, likely it would be a 4-5 star. But I also likely would not have read it.
    The story is filled with hard core witches, magic, spells, deeply unstable family relationships.
    The series has had ''magic'' throughout. But it was more like fairy tale magic. It was not damaging. Dangerous. Life threatening.
    So it is pretty harsh to find yourself going from the love and family of the friday harbor series and then find yourself here.
    I dont understand how this book winds up here. But I am incredibly disappointed. I feel like a reader being used as an experiment. "Lookie here, we got ourselves a successful series going. But how about we mix things up?? Like throw a book in that has nothing in common with the rest of the series. There is going to be almost no happiness. No future. Only animal like attraction. A main character that has no soul. Literally. Another main character that has one person after another in her life that lies to her. And uses dangerous, unpredictable, powerful magic spells to control her. To direct her life. Always in the name of love. The happy ending is marginal. Now doesnt that sound exactly like a Lisa Kleypas story her fans are looking for?"
    I hate doing 3 stars. I do not do it lightly. And I seriously even thought about doing no review at all. But after much thinking, I decided to go ahead. all. But after much thinking, I decided to go ahead.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2013

    Lionkit

    Whined hungrily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2013

    Reedpaw to everyone

    I needa mentor

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Good

    Out of the Friday Harbor series, this book was my least favorite because it was
    just a little out there compared to the other books but I still liked it enough to read it in two nights. I think you have to be a little bit open minded. Overall it was fun

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2013

    Definitely not her best book, unfortunately. It was interesting,

    Definitely not her best book, unfortunately. It was interesting, but not nearly as compelling as her other tales have been.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Not my favorite Kleypas

    I don't know... I didn't dislike it, exactly, but I don't think it was up to Kleypas' usual standards. I didn't care for Jason (actually, I thought he was a total jerk). The plot wasn't super interesting or even original. I wanted to love this, because of how much I liked Justine in earlier books, but I just didn't. This was probably a little less than 3 stars for me, to be honest, and it pains me to say that because Lisa Kleypas is a favorite of mine. Oh well. Hopefully it picks up again with the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Recommend

    I was worried this book would be awful after reading reviews on it. However, I found the book to be a good read. If you don't like magic in your stories then you probably won't like the book. It is different from this authors usual stories, but I still enjoyed it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2013

    final book in series. I liked the other 2 better than this one.

    final book in series. I liked the other 2 better than this one. It appears that authors are adding supernatural themes to books. I would rather read something more real. relationships etc...

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  • Posted March 7, 2013

    I like Lisa Kleypas, so I wouldn't pass up on reading her books.

    I like Lisa Kleypas, so I wouldn't pass up on reading her books.  Although this book is sort of unbelievable, I kept my mind open and was able to relate with Justine.  Her mom's intentions were there, but Justine had a right to know about  the spell.  Jason Black, WOW!  Justine is a lucky woman with a man like him.  Hero stuff.  Altogether not a bad read, but her other books in the series were better.

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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Interesting

    It kept my interest, but I am not a fan of reading about witchcraft. I guess I didn't read enough that I thought it would be about something different.

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