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text 2015-04-07 17:45
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
At the Water's Edge: A Novel - Sara Gruen

I liked this one. I'm giving it 3.5 stars I'll possibly round it to 4.


I was a fan of Water for Elephants (the book, not the movie). And this one didn't disappoint me.


I'm glad it ended how it did,[spoiler]although it would've been nice to know exactly what happened to Ellis in the end to have a sense of complete closure[/spoiler]. Other than that this was definitely a good story to read.


If you're into Historical Fiction during WWII and the Loch Ness monster check this one out.

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review 2015-02-17 00:24
At the Water's Edge
At the Water's Edge: A Novel - Sara Gruen

And so, because of my husband's war with his father and their insane obsession with a mythical monster, we'd crossed the Atlantic at the very same time a real madman, a real monster, was attempting to take over the world for his own reasons of ego and pride.

This was a book that I stayed up late to finish (definitely later than I should have). Once I started reading this and was transported to Scotland, I just couldn't put it down. While I was reading this book I was in love with it and its characters (well except for Ellis and Hank) but once I finished and really started to think about it, certain things began to lose their shine.


I admit that in the beginning I really loved Ellis and Hank. I really loved their sense of humor. The more I read the more I began to hate them. They were absolute jerks and some readers may not be able to get past that. I really grew to love Maddie so I was extremely angry at the way they treated her. I was dying for Maddie to stand up to them and was glad when she did.


The other secondary characters really add a lot to the story. I fell hook, line, and sinker for the relationship between Maddie and Angus while reading the book. When I really thought about it afterwards it seemed a bit too much like instalove at times. I liked seeing Maddie grow as a person as she became friends with Anna and Meg.


Overall this was an enjoyable read that will transport you to Scotland during WWII to follow complex and compelling characters. 


[I received this book from a Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. The content of my review is not affected by that.]

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