Overall Opinion of Ruby's Choice

Discuss the November 2015 book of the month, Ruby's Choice by D.F. Jones
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Re: Overall Opinion of Ruby's Choice

Post by bookowlie » 20 Nov 2015, 00:46

I have mixed feelings about this book. I pretty much didn't like the entire first half. I thought the Tap It game was immature and the whole way Ruby got so close with both boys so quickly didn't feel real to me. I thought the characters acted very young for their age regarding their love lives. It felt like a mismatch of a young adult book for 14-15 year olds, but with some sexy scenes that would not be appropriate for that age group. In the first half, Ruby's friends are not well developed and the plot just seemed to be an immature love triangle where Ruby had no regard for either boy's feelings. Brent really cared for her and she seemed to be missing a sensitiviy chip in how she treated him. It seemed like Brent's character was written in such a way that the reader would feel, by default, Reed was the obvious choice. I personally liked Brent and felt he was treated poorly by Ruby. OK, I know they are not real people. :)

Now let's cut to the second half which saved the book for me. Anna and Sandy get fleshed out more and the dash of supernatural elements is excellently woven through the storyline. I was impressed with this and I don't even usually care for that kind of stuff. The car accident and its aftermath was written well and I loved the epilogue where everything is revealed. I would have liked the book more if the early chapters and graphic scenes were toned down and there was more about Anna and Sandy's lives. Overall I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
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Post by gali » 20 Nov 2015, 01:13

bookowlie wrote:I have mixed feelings about this book. I pretty much didn't like the entire first half. I thought the Tap It game was immature and the whole way Ruby got so close with both boys so quickly didn't feel real to me. I thought the characters acted very young for their age regarding their love lives. It felt like a mismatch of a young adult book for 14-15 year olds, but with some sexy scenes that would not be appropriate for that age group. In the first half, Ruby's friends are not well developed and the plot just seemed to be an immature love triangle where Ruby had no regard for either boy's feelings. Brent really cared for her and she seemed to be missing a sensitiviy chip in how she treated him. It seemed like Brent's character was written in such a way that the reader would feel, by default, Reed was the obvious choice. I personally liked Brent and felt he was treated poorly by Ruby. OK, I know they are not real people. :)

Now let's cut to the second half which saved the book for me. Anna and Sandy get fleshed out more and the dash of supernatural elements is excellently woven through the storyline. I was impressed with this and I don't even usually care for that kind of stuff. The car accident and its aftermath was written well and I loved the epilogue where everything is revealed. I would have liked the book more if the early chapters and graphic scenes were toned down and there was more about Anna and Sandy's lives. Overall I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
I agree the Tap It game was immature, but it was amusing to read how Ruby turned it around. I likes the two parts of the book, but agree that the second part was much more developed. I didn't like Brent at all due to his bouts of jealousy. Anyway, I am glad that you liked the book despite it all. :)
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Post by V_bansal2912 » 21 Nov 2015, 04:15

Wow..that is all I have...!! I dont really prefer romantic genre....but this was a good book...loved its characters...n actually looking forward for the next book...!!

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Post by hsimone » 05 Dec 2015, 12:21

bookowlie wrote:I have mixed feelings about this book. I pretty much didn't like the entire first half. I thought the Tap It game was immature and the whole way Ruby got so close with both boys so quickly didn't feel real to me. I thought the characters acted very young for their age regarding their love lives. It felt like a mismatch of a young adult book for 14-15 year olds, but with some sexy scenes that would not be appropriate for that age group. In the first half, Ruby's friends are not well developed and the plot just seemed to be an immature love triangle where Ruby had no regard for either boy's feelings. Brent really cared for her and she seemed to be missing a sensitiviy chip in how she treated him. It seemed like Brent's character was written in such a way that the reader would feel, by default, Reed was the obvious choice. I personally liked Brent and felt he was treated poorly by Ruby. OK, I know they are not real people. :)

Now let's cut to the second half which saved the book for me. Anna and Sandy get fleshed out more and the dash of supernatural elements is excellently woven through the storyline. I was impressed with this and I don't even usually care for that kind of stuff. The car accident and its aftermath was written well and I loved the epilogue where everything is revealed. I would have liked the book more if the early chapters and graphic scenes were toned down and there was more about Anna and Sandy's lives. Overall I would rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.
I just finished this book and find that I have very similar feelings as yours, bookowlie. I wasn't a fan of the first part because of the immaturity level. But, I did like the second part because of the character development and focusing on Ruby's friends and powers more.

Although...I will say that I was more happy towards the end to find out that it was a dream and none of that really happened to Ruby. It helped her make her decision to be with Reed easier, which I think is great! Overall, a 3 out of 4 for me.
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Post by Scott » 05 Dec 2015, 20:14

Overall, I like the book. I read it in just two days, so that must say something.
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bookowlie wrote: I thought the Tap It game was immature and the whole way Ruby got so close with both boys so quickly didn't feel real to me.
I agree the Tap It game was immature, but it was amusing to read how Ruby turned it around. I likes the two parts of the book, but agree that the second part was much more developed. I didn't like Brent at all due to his bouts of jealousy. Anyway, I am glad that you liked the book despite it all. :)
I agree the Tap It game was immature, but I didn't hold that against the story. College-age kids are immature. Also, the game was more at the beginning, so I thought it fit with the coming of age aspect of the story. With that said, at times I did have difficulty putting a finger on the maturity level and thus over personality of some of the characters, especially in the first half, so I think I understand bookowlie's sentiment.
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Post by CallMeMissEllis » 12 Dec 2015, 14:16

Late to the party but really excited to read this, after reading everyone's feedback

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Post by literarycat » 28 Dec 2015, 12:15

Momlovesbooks wrote:I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book at the beginning. I thought it would be a cave exploration/supernatural drama with young characters. I was hooked at the first and finished the book in a couple of days. It was entirely better than I expected. The characters were believable, with the brief supernatural elements woven throughout in a way that made sense. The ending threw me for a loop. I actually read the last chapter twice to make sure I understood what was happening! I can't wait to read the other books in this series. I rate this 4 out of 4 stars.

I completely agree I went into it not knowing how I would like it,and like everyone else I couldn't put it down. I want to read it again.
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Post by kio » 17 Jan 2016, 22:05

Overall. I'd rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. I really like the story and got into some of the supernatural elements. I would've liked a few more of these elements. I got sick of all the sex/making out scenes, however. They didn't always add to the plot and felt, oftentimes, just thrown in there. I did, though, like how Ruby was tough stuff and didn't put up with a lot of crap from other people.
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Post by CatGitane » 20 Jan 2016, 13:06

I love pretty much anything that has got to do with supernatural and I am guilty for loving love triangles, so this book appeals to me in a twisted way. However, it seems it's a romance novel as well and I don't sit well with romance... I'm thinking of maybe giving it a try due to the good reviews and rating this book has.
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