Monday, April 16, 2012

Review: Providence by Jamie McGuire

Title: Providence
Series: Providence, #1
Author: Jamie McGuire
Category: Paranormal/ Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth.

Struggling with her father’s recent death, Nina meets Jared Ryel by chance…or so she believes. Although his stunning good looks and mysterious talents are a welcome distraction, it soon becomes clear that Jared knows more about Nina than even her friends at Brown University. When questions outnumber answers, Jared risks everything to keep the woman he was born to save—by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.

When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father is not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. Searching for the truth behind her father’s death, Nina stumbles upon something she never expected—something Hell wants—and only she holds the key.

My Review

First off, I enjoyed Jamie McGuire's first book, Beautiful Disaster, with mixed emotions.
So, I went into Providence with certain expectations.
Those expectations, well, weren't really fulfilled. 
However, that doesn't mean this wasn't a great read, on the contrary it was a nice quick, bundled-up-in-your-favorite-blanket-on-a-Saturday, read.
I was expecting a story line along the lines of - bad boy with a heart of gold, can't find love, but alas here comes a girl who will save him- kind of story line.
Yeah, definitely not along those lines at all.
Instant you get a more, stalker-y kind of story including demons, angels and a prophecy from hell!!
(what's a good story without some evil prophecies)

The stalker-y bits of the story left me, well,  uncomfortable.
Hey, don't get me wrong, it had its aw' and oh' how sweet moments.
But, uh, it just got a little too much.
You'll have to read it to understand it, probably.

But the romance was sweet, not really up my alley.
It has a nice plot, and a very interesting story line.
However, the excerpt led me to believe it would be  very different type of story. 
Which was a let down, honestly.

And, major AND here, this is definitely toned down from her last book.
Now, Beautiful Disaster was with out a doubt, a major hard-core (in my opinion) book for mature audience only. 
16 and up.

Providence is a more, definitely more, toned down.
Which was okay but, hey, I am a romance fanatic. :)

Now, for the heroine.
Where do I start....
Nina is just, god, how do I put it....
Can be a complete um....jerk. To put it nicely.
I didn't understand her actions and it brought some concerns it brought to the forefront.
Things I would think twice about, she didn't
I mean, how can she be comfortable having every action monitored. 
And then she pushes around a very nice guy, who she considers her friend?
Hhhm, she needs to bring other people's feelings into focus.
She believed everything without doubt or concern.
Which made the story have a bit of a non-believable feel to it.

Then the hero of the story.
(and every time I read his name I thought of subway....I got hungry a lot when reading this book....)
The man who was born to protect Nina, every girls dream.
Well, he was.... too prefect!
I mean, come on, I felt like he did everything right and never screwed-up.
Another factor that made this book, more on the, yeah-this-books-is-fantasy.
No guy is like that.
But he had his good qualities, too.
He truly loved Nina.
And Nina does some screwed-up crap to him, too......
*shakes head*
Also, the proclamations of love, well, didn't feel credible.

Then, the whole angel business/guardian angel deal.
It left me a bit confused, maybe I'm just not as smart as I thought I was or it just wasn't explained well within the story.
And it didn't feel like their was a 'real' threat.
Oh, and the prophecy.
I was so confused about the prophecy...
Dear Jesus and little Moses' everywhere. 

Now, this is a nice read.
I did enjoy the book, even with all my earlier criticism.
(it is all my opinion)
I felt like McGuire just needed to develop the plot more, make it more substantial. 
I liked the basic idea for the story and enjoyed being in the world McGuire created.
I felt the flow was ample.
The words fluid, dulcet.

However, I am at a cross road. 
Even though I enjoyed the story, will I continue to read the next books in the series?
Or, will I just stop with this one...?
I do want to find out what happens, and maybe I will understand the whole prophecy, angel-demon-hell dilemma better in the next book.

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