Saturday, September 22, 2012

Book Review: Temptation by Karen Ann Hopkins ( Temptation #1 )

Title: Temptation
Author: Karen Ann Hopkins
Series: Temptation #1
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: June 26th 2012
Format: Paperback
Pages: 383
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Summary from Goodreads: 
Your heart misleads you.
That's what my friends and family say. 
But I love Noah.
And he loves me.
We met and fell in love in the sleepy farming community of Meadowview, while we rode our horses together through the grassy fields and in those moments in each other's arms. 
It should be 
forever, easy.
But it won't be.
Because he's Amish.
And I'm not..

I have to start off this review by saying how much I love the cover! Not just the picture I've inserted on this review but the actual, physical cover. It's just so shiny and gorgeous and just plain awesome! Now that that's done, onto the actual review. Temptation is a very interesting book not to just read but review. I think this novel has different aspects of the Amish community that will intrigue some people but I think there are some that will make people really hesitant to read this book. Personally, I really enjoyed learning more about Amish communities and how they are and the people within them and all but there were some things that shocked me. Overall though, I'll have to say I'll be reading the sequel because of this one's ending and the questions I was left with!
I didn't fall in love with Rose's character. I think she was a really strong female character but she didn't portray her actions to me as strong and there were times when I was flabbergasted and completely in shock by her actions. Noah was like an angel, seriously. Well, at least, his physical appearance. Physically, he seemed perfect, flawless but as you read on you get the feel that his family's way of doing things and thinking is way different than Rose's and it's really interesting seeing them collide and deal with the things their beliefs throw their way. While I agreed with Rose's brother in some things, there were times when I was annoyed and shocked at his somewhat rude comments towards a certain character. I can't wait to see more in his point of view in the next book though.
The romance was really sweet, really. It was a bit too fast for my taste though. I just wish they had more time to get to know each other although they did spend time riding horses together and talking.
The ending. Oh gosh, was I totally not expecting that! I can't see how the actions play out in the next book! I also really can't wait to read in Rose's brother's point of view! That should be interesting
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a sweet romance and or anyone interesting in learning more about Amish communities and people while reading from two very intriguing characters.
First sentence:

"Pressing my head to his heart, I listened hard, straining to hear any gurgle or murmur of life."
"The battle was lost as the trailer flipped sideways, covering the road with its enormous body, still surging forward with unrelenting speed and force, unable to be stopped by man or nature." -Page 329

"Then leaning away from me, he lifted my chin, meeting my eyes." -Page 339

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