Sunday, 3 September 2017

Carole's Sunday Review: The smoke jumper - Nicholas Evans

Author: Nicholas Evans
Title: The Smoke Jumper
Genre: Romance
Pages: 576
Published: 2001
Where I Got It: My shelf (Salvation Army)

His name is Connor Ford and he falls like an angel of mercy from the sky, braving the flames to save the woman he loves but knows he cannot have. For Julia Bishop is the partner of his best friend and fellow “smoke jumper,” Ed Tully. Julia loves them both–until a fiery tragedy on Montana’s Snake Mountain forces her to choose between them, and burns a brand on all their hearts.


In the wake of the fire, Connor embarks on a harrowing journey to the edge of human experience, traveling the world’s worst wars and disasters to take photographs that find him fame but never happiness. Reckless of a life he no longer wants, again and again he dares death to take him, until another fateful day on another continent, he must walk through fire once more…





*Wakes up* What? I'm at the last page? How...when? What? I feel like I just started this....I can't remember a single thing.......




All I remember is opening this book up. I read the first couple of chapters and thinking how good this was. I was absolutely hooked. I liked Skye. And then...blackness. I was mindlessly flipping through pages, skimming and just yawning my way through this. 



Was this boring? No...it wasn't. I just did NOT care a lick about anything or anyone. My liking of Skye even faded when she became just a side character because Julia and Connor took center stage with their forbidden love and yadda yadda. 



I can honestly tell you I have very few memories from this book until the last couple of chapters. Things happen and everyone lives happily ever after. Except for Eddy. Sad. 



I wanted to read this book for SO long and I am highly disappointed. 



I do not recommend this book. It is covered in cliches and stupid characters who are complete jerks. The ending was too happy for my liking....there needed to be some sadness. I technically finished the book, but between chapter three until the last two chapters, I was a mindless robot and just skimmed and probably slept during it and just kept turning the pages. This really should be marked as a DNF honestly. I'll give this 1 star. 












22 comments:

  1. ugh that sucks when that happens, especially since you had high hopes. Hope the next book is better!

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    1. I hate being let down. :( If something is going to be bad I just want it to be bad from page one.

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  2. I'm not a fan of romance so I'll skip this one for sure.

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  3. Bummer, Carole! Sounds like it started out promising. Hope you love your next book.

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  4. I'm sorry to see that you weren't able to enjoy this book, I do really get annoyed when characters aren't able to leave lasting impressions with you. But thank you for your honest review!

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    1. It always stinks having to give a negative review.

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  5. This book had been on my TBR for a long time. I guess I won't be in a rush to read it any time soon. I'm sorry you didn't like it.

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    1. It was on mine for a while too. But you never know...you may like it more!

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  6. Sorry to hear it ended up being so bad.

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  7. Honestly, I stay away from romance written by men. I'm even wary of authors who only use their initials just in case it's a man hiding his identity. I find (and this could be a generalization) men don't do romance and emotion well.

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    1. I agree with you. It is a rare day when there is a good romance created by a man.

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  8. I haven't read anything by this author but I think I will stay away from this one. I hope your next read is better!

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  9. Despite Nicholas Evans writing some good stories, and having many turned into movies, it's hard to be perfect every time, and this sounds like one of those. I have a really hard time finishing a novel or even a movie where I can't connect with the characters. Loved your review! Hugs...

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