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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

A great stay up all night read

Meant to Be by Tiffany King

Krista Miller has a hard time controlling her emotions. Sometimes they get so strong they make her sick. She's also had a hard time adapting to social situations. Her only comfort is her dream - a boy that visits her every night. This star...
Meant to Be by Tiffany King

Krista Miller has a hard time controlling her emotions. Sometimes they get so strong they make her sick. She's also had a hard time adapting to social situations. Her only comfort is her dream - a boy that visits her every night. This started when she was a child and he has aged as she does.

Her emotions are tested when she moves to California and to a new private school. She thought private schools would be better, but she finds out kids are the same everywhere. Then she meets her dream boy.

She discovers some amazing things and a few amazing friends and literally has to fight for her life on several occasions but through it all her dream boy is there with her.

I met Tiffany on Twitter (@authortiffany) and we chat now and again. She expressed interest in my stories, which naturally made me inclined to read hers - especially since she is essentially writing an urban fantasy. I'm really glad I got this book for my Kindle. I read it in one sitting, staying up until about four in the morning to get it done. The story itself is extremely compelling, the characters are well written and developed and I constantly wanted to know what happened next. The mystery of what Krista and her new friends were was well developed and well presented, revealing enough to keep the reader satisfied as the story progressed, but not so much that you figured out what was coming.

Tiffany's writing style is engaging and fast paced. There were a few editorial issues but honestly, the last NYT #1 bestseller ebook I read had some typos too - it wasn't a major detriment.

I'm looking forward to more in this series.

posted by Firewolf on April 9, 2011

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3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

I want to start off by saying I love Tiffany King, but this book

I want to start off by saying I love Tiffany King, but this book didn't do it for me. It started off strong with a great concept. Krista sees the same boy in her dreams every night. She’s in love with the boy in her dreams even though she’s never seen his face.

After s...
I want to start off by saying I love Tiffany King, but this book didn't do it for me. It started off strong with a great concept. Krista sees the same boy in her dreams every night. She’s in love with the boy in her dreams even though she’s never seen his face.

After she and her mom move to Santa Cruz (one of my favorite cities in California, by the way), those dreams change and become darker and leave her feeling empty.

It went off the rails, for me about midway through. It got to a point where I felt there was far more telling than showing and the scenes felt choppy and didn’t transition well. And even though it’s the first book in a series, I felt like there were too many loose ends. I'm okay with some, I get that, but I felt like it ended too abruptly.

I also didn't feel the connection between Krista and Mark the same way I did with her main characters in other books, particularly Unlikely Allies. Krista and Mark's relationship felt forced.

Plot:
The concept is really good and unique, but I don't know that it was executed as well as some of her other books. The book actually started off strong, but the middle sagged and the climax wandered.

Characters: 
I felt the characters were the weakest aspect of the book. I don't like Krista at all and I'm having a hard time understanding who Mark is. And Krista has just discovered Shawn is likely her brother, but she doesn't develop any kind of a real relationship with him, even though she's an only child. That didn't ring true to me. I liked Sam and Shawn though. They were far more interesting and maybe this would have been better told through their points of view.

Bottom Line: 
I'm not sure I'd recommend this one. I'm usually quick to recommend Tiffany King’s books, but I don't think this is one of them. That said, I will probably read the rest of the series. If this was one of Ms. King’s early works, then it’s likely the next books will be better. And it certainly won't stop me from reading her newest books.

posted by THHernandez on March 9, 2014

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  • Posted May 28, 2011

    Refreshing UF Romance

    It was really refreshing reading a UF romance novel with that doesn't include the complicated love triangle. While I was in La La land, I was completely blindsided by something I did not at all see coming and then it goes from being only a romance novel to high intensity!

    As soon as I picked up Meant to Be I was immediately intrigued by Krista, the life she lived and what has become of herself. Krista's whole life has been complicated. She was found abandoned at the age of 2, she is sensitive to others emotions enough to make her terribly ill AND every night she goes to bed and dreams about a boy. Her and the boy with out a face grow up together in her dream and the dream boy is Krista's main comfort. After Krista's dad dies, her and her mother decide to move to the same place she has always been drawn to. Santa Cruz. Krista's dreams have taken a turn for the worst. Every night, her dream is cut short and her dream guy is pulled away from her. What is cause?

    I can't say that Krista is my favorite character because there are several characters that I really grew attached to. I LOVE Sam, who doesn't love Mark and I hope that I get to read more about Shawn in the next book. Even though there is only a couple pages with Robert and Lynn, I already like Lynn and I am looking forward to reading more about them as well.

    I am really looking forward to see what will happen now that they know who they are and what is they need to do!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    So I was a little concerned when I first started this book becau

    So I was a little concerned when I first started this book because I’d always heard nothing but good things about it, but it started off pretty slow for me. Once it picked up though, I couldn’t put it down. The budding relationship between Mark and Krista, the instant friendship between Krista and Sam, and all the family dynamics were just so emotional! There are times when the little things are just so sweet you could swoon, and other times that you just want to cry for or with the characters.

    The anticipation as things heated up both with the characters and the plot is just perfect. There were times I wanted to scream “just kiss her already!” and others when I just gasped because I felt something was about to happen, but never guessed just what it would be. The plot line is great, occasionally a little slow, but the characters make up for it, but the climax is stunning. There are a few things that are a tad confusing, but you get the gist of it, and we’re left with unanswered questions, but that’s what sequels are for, of which there are two by the way.

    My only real complaint was that the writing style threw me off on occasion. Every so often we’d fall into a brief (and sometimes not so brief) flash back, but then drop right back into the present conversation so it’s almost hard to stay oriented with the here and now. Big picture though, it’s really very minor, because the overall feel of the story is just so compelling.

    Well crafted, adorable, and exciting, Meant to Be is an awesome young adult read. I love the concept of soul mates, and when I saw this I knew I had to read it, and I promise to any others with the same thought that you will not be disappointed!

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  • Posted September 4, 2012

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    Loved it!

    Krista has always know she was different. She was adopted at a young age, is smart and she is in love with a guy she has never met. Krista has been dreaming about the same guy for years but she never sees his face. She has no interest in any other guys, she is in love with her dream guy.

    When her adopted dad dies, Krista and her mom decide to move from Montana to Santa Cruz, California. She has always had a feeling this is where she needs to be. She starts school where she meets her new best friend who seems to share a connection with her. Then the unthinkable happens, Krista meets the guy from her dreams. She instanly knows it's him and he feels the same way. Krista, her dream guy, Mark, her best friend Sam and Sam's boyfriend Shawn discover that they all share a connection. When they start searching things start happening. Someone out there doesn't want them to discover the truth of what they are and how they are connected.

    I loved how Krista started out as a sensative girl only to become such a strong character by the end. The relationship between her and Mark was so well written. I love how their connection was instant and how they seem to balance each other out so well. I truely enjoyed all the characters and how each had their own specific personality and connection to one of the others. There were a lot of twists and turns that I didn't see coming. It's not until towards the end that you find out a little of what they are. This one kept me reading late into the night, I just couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, Forgotten Souls.

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