Tuesday, January 19, 2016

#282 : Moon Over Alcatraz by Patricia Yager Delagrange : Review

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GENRE: Fiction - Romance

NUMBER OF PAGES:  308

FORMAT: Digital

SERIES / STANDALONE: Standalone

HOW I GOT THIS BOOK: Review copy as a part of Pump Up Your Book!

REVIEW:

The summary almost promised a roller coaster of emotions. This primarily allured me to pick up this book. Of course, I wasn’t disappointed with emotions; rather, the story as such didn’t really live up to my expectations.

Our protagonist, Brady is in labor awaiting her first child, who dies unexpectedly before even she gets to hold her. Her life blows up on her face thanks to this trauma. Adding to misery is her husband who leaves her to finish off an ambitious project in his career. The distance leads to things typical of a long distance relationship – wrong emotions, infidelity. Of course, distance isn’t an excuse to be unfaithful. Somehow things begin to limp back to normal, and then suddenly she becomes pregnant. Her pregnancy rocks the boat of her marriage. Will the boat capsize or will it withstand infidelity and other old wounds.

About three fourth of the book was quite well written in terms of character and plot, while the last quarter was simply exasperating. No offense but I wanted to fling the book out of the nearest window, but I truly wanted to know what exactly happened, so I kept reading (er….it was a digital book that I read in my e-reader, flinging it won’t be a good idea literally may be! :-P). This naturally implies that the book had a lot of twists that were in place to keep the reader on the hook, but at one point, there were simply too many “high intensity” twists which changed the course of the story by a good 180 degree. This felt as if the writer was in a dilemma as to how to finish of the book.  Nevertheless, the first half of the book compensates what is lacking in the second half. The writing seemed quite apt for the story line, though I felt at times the characters were a bit abrupt at what they wanted to convey. The highlight of the book would be its romance. Not cheesy and not too erotic, just the perfect romance that I like! Another peeve point would be the very little significance of the title. I felt the title could have been better. Overall, this was one emotional read from the start which turned sour towards the end.

MY SAY: Okayish read!

RATING:

PLOT: 3/5

CHARACTERISATION: 3.5/5

NARRATION: 3/5

BOREDOM QUOTIENT: 1/5 (lower the better)

OVERALL RATING: 3/5

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BOOK LINKS: AmazonBarnes & Noble , Goodreads.


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