Monday, May 27, 2013

Review: The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton

Title: The Deepest Cut (McKinnon Curse #1)
Author: J.A. Templeton
Published: October 1st 2011
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Sixteen-year-old Riley Williams has been able to see ghosts since the car crash that took her mother’s life and shattered her family. Guilt-ridden over the belief that she’s somehow responsible for her mom’s death, Riley is desperate to see her mother’s elusive spirit to gain her forgiveness.

When her father moves the family to Scotland so they can all start over, Riley believes her life couldn’t get worse––that is until the ghost of nineteen-year-old Ian MacKinnon catches her purposely cutting herself. An uneasy truce quickly turns into friendship, and soon Riley’s falling hard for Ian.

Riley believes her gift could help Ian end the curse that has kept him tied to the land for centuries, but that would mean letting him go forever and she’s not sure she is strong enough to do that. As if her life wasn’t complicated enough, the spirit of the woman who killed Ian returns and she’ll stop at nothing to keep Riley from helping Ian find eternal peace.

This book has been on my TBR pile f-o-r-e-v-e-r. FOREVER! When it was chosen as a group read in one of the groups I’ve joined on Goodreads, I jumped on that train immediately. Also, it didn’t hurt that the book was free on Amazon. It has a really pretty cover and the synopsis sounds pretty great so it was bound to be an awesome read, right? Unfortunately, no.


"If he only knew how little I cared about living."

The story. The Deepest Cut follows the life of Riley who has recently lost her Mother in a car accident she feels like was her fault. She is a cutter. Oh, and among other things, she sees ghost. Yup, you heard me! Riley moves to Scotland with her Dad and her brother Shane. There she meets Ian – a ghost who has been trapped on Earth for centuries by a curse. While falling in love with a ghost, Riley has to deal with his killer and a new environment, a pot-head brother and new friends.

My thoughts. The story itself was good, but the writing was so all over the place for me and really, really jumpy from scene to scene. I like my writing smooth and flowing and even though sometimes I can overlook it, it didn’t quite work for me in this case. Moreover, I wasn’t emotionally invested unless it was about Shane and Riley. Their brother-sister relationship was what kept me reading the story rather than the ghost storylines.

The ending was good which makes me want to read the next one, but I won’t be doing that. Not for any time soon, that's for sure. I know a numerous part of the readers felt the creepiness factor, but it didn’t feel creepy for me at all. I’m not hard to scare so I think it speaks volume for that matter. In a way I’m glad I wasn’t frightened though – I’m a huge coward when it comes to horror stuff lol. If it’s still free on Amazon, give it a try – you may enjoy it. If it’s not, I say don’t waste your time.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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12 comments:

  1. Huh. I just finished two books with the exact same premise Siiri! Falling in love with a ghost:) One was even set in Scotland, same as this one (Forevermore). I think I'm ready for something a little different and the jumpiness of the writing has me worried, so I'm going to pass on this one. Glad it ended strongly though!

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    1. Yeah well, it can work for some people, I've seen beautiful reviews for this one, unfortunately it wasn't for me though. Btw, I looked up Forevermore and ha, indeed, they're pretty similar plotwise.

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  2. I really enjoyed this book. I'm sorry you didn't feel the same way, Siiri. Great review!

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    1. Thanks hon! I'm glad you enjoyed it:)

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  3. This book has actually been on my TBR for such a long time as well! But I guess I won't be reading it anytime soon. :O Everything seems okay up until the point you talked about the authors writing. I hate it when an author's writing is choppy and all over the place as well, so I don't think I'd be able to deal with that for the entire novel. Thanks for the honest review though, Siiri! :)

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    1. It could very well work for you, but since it didn't for me, I'd not recommend outting your time and effort into reading it. However, I see that many people love this book and you may be one of them. Anyhow, good luck once you do pick it up:)

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  4. I got this one recently too because I loved the premises, but I don't like choppy writing style. I one-starred a book recently because of that and I don't even want to go through that again. Plus, I'm like you (easily scared, so it's sad that this being a ghost story wasn't able to scare you that much. I think I'll skip this one. Thanks for the lovely review, Siiri!

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    1. I know - choppy isn't good. However, sometimes, very, very rarely, I've not given it much attention if the emotion and plot parts overweight it for me, but this wasn't the case here. Thanks!

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  5. I love ghosts! This one sounds like a bummer though. My sis bought it because it reminded her of American Horror Story, but after she read it, she had pretty much the same reaction as you. I probably won't read this one now. Too many other ghost novels out there to get my hands on :)

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    1. Love your attitude! I'm not a massive fan of ghosts, but they're intirguing. Like zombies lol.

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  6. I've had this on my kindle for ages, and had a few friends who enjoyed this. I probably won't be picking it up anytime soon, though. Just not enough time in the day to read everything I want to make room for something mediocre. Great review, Siiri. :)

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  7. I couldn't get into this one. I had to stop around pg 60 or something. I even bought a paperback! That's how excited I was to read it. But like you, I was pretty let down. I agree with everything you mentioned, lol :) Great review!

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