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  • Posted January 5, 2013

    3.5 stars! **Note: this review may contain some minor spoilers*

    3.5 stars!

    **Note: this review may contain some minor spoilers**

    This book is not what I was expecting and that is definitely a good thing. This is my first novel by Fisher Amelie, and it won't be my last. I went into this expecting more of a romance type novel, and instead read a story of how a vain, manipulative, b*tch of a girl became a kind-hearted, happy woman.

    To say that Sophie was a b*tch and self-absorbed at the start of this novel is putting it mildly:

    "I wanted from nothing.
    Expect attention.
    And I got that, I'll admit, not in the healthiest of ways. I won't lie to you, it felt gratifying...in a sense. I was rather unrestrained with my time and body. I wasn't different from most girls I knew. Well, except the fact I was exponentially better looking, but why beat a dead horse? The only difference between them and myself was I kept them wanting more. I used many, many, many boys and tossed them aside, discarding them, ironically, like many of them did to so many other girls before me.
    This is what kept them baited. I gave them but a glimpse of my taste and they tasted absinthe. They were hooked by la fee verte as I was so often called. I was "the green fairy." I flitted into your life, showed you ecstasy and left you dependent. I did this for fun, for the hell of it, for attention. I wanted to be wanted, and my word, did they want me. Did they ever."

    However, you come to find out there are reasons why Sophie is this way. You get an idea of where she's coming from and empathize with her situation. And dare I say it, you actually start to feel bad for her. This surprised me because there is nothing I hate more than self-absorbed, overly confident, mean people. I loved watching Sophie transform. By the end of the book, I would have been happy to have her as a friend.

    Then there's Ian (aka Dingane) - you can't help but like him right off the bat. He ties Sophie up in knots, completely flusters her (which never happens), and isn't afraid to put her in her place. Now, there is nothing I love more than when someone puts a self-absorbed, overly confident mean person in their place. And Ian does not disappoint.

    "'Girl, you are the epitome of spoiled. I can smell it in your expensive perfume, in the quality of your ridiculous clothing, in the bracelet wrapped `round that delicate wrist.' He closed the gap between us and all the air sucked from the room. 'You won't last out here. You'll stay blind to the environment that surrounds you. You'll live in your clean, perfect bubble and return to your posh life come six months. You are...you. I know your kind. I've seen it all before. You will never wake up. Not really,' he explained away before backing up and leaving me to my room once again."

    The way these two interacted with each other was entertaining and I loved watching their story unfold. I would have loved to get inside Ian's head and see what he really thought of Sophie when he first met her. But reading it from Sophie's POV was almost as good.

    There are a variety of other things I liked about this book that I won't go into detail about as I don't want to ruin it for anyone. But know that this is truly a heartwarming story - so much more than just a typical romance novel.

    If you're wondering why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5, it's because the story was a bit slow at points - it dragged a bit. This is the only thing that kept me from rating it higher. Even given this, it is unquestionably worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2013

    Amazing

    This bookk had me reading furiously! Its an amazing story

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  • Posted June 28, 2013

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    A fabulous read.

    A fabulous read.

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    Great story

    Not your typical teenage story. Much more in depth of life and world problems. Very good read recommended

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Great Book

    This book was not what I expect but I loved it. Please read it because it is a wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Touching

    I really enjoyed this book. Very different and had you not wanting to put the book down. Wish the ending wasn't so rushed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Ok

    It was ok - i expected more at the end - almost like it was rushed and needed to end asap - otherwise it was a really good story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    Originality at its finest!

    What an original, heart whelming story about love, redeeming yourself, and second chances. The slow simmering love between Ian and Sophie are remarkable. It was SOOO refreshing to read something so original and different. Its a nice eye opener regarding vanity and self awareness and how our perceptions miscontrue what really matters... Truly a beautiful story.

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