Review: Providence by Jamie McGuire

Author: Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Self-Published
Age Group: New Adult
Source: Amazon for Kindle
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Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads:

 Stuggling with her father’s death, Nina meets Jared Ryel, presumably by chance. However it soon becomes clear that he knows more about her than even close friends. When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father was not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. In searching for the truth behind her father’s death, she stumbles upon something she never expected, and something Hell wants, that only she holds the key for. Jarel risks everything to keep the women he was born to save, by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.

My Thoughts

Obviously, given the 2.5 star rating,  I wasn’t a big fan of this book.  I was in the mood for a certain type of book, and I thought this one would fit the bill perfectly.  I’d read Beautiful Disaster, and although I had certain issues with the book, I did enjoy reading it.  I thought McGuire was great at character development, and I wanted a teen paranormal romance after reading Touched by Corrine Jackson.

I guess my main problem with this book is that the main characters were kind of boring.  I mean, even Jared, who definitely have some interesting abilities, was lacking in a lot of personality.  He was absolutely in love with Nina, right from the start, but he was a little freaky with his adoration.  I mean, whoa.  After reading about Travis from Beautiful Disaster, I was expecting Jared to have a strong, flawed, personality.  Jared was just kind of dull.

And Nina.  She got on my nerves.  There is this love triangle thing going on (gosh I hate those) between Nina, Jared and Ryan. Obviously, Nina really liked Jared.  But Ryan really likes Nina, too.  And Nina knows this.  And what bugged me was that Nina should have distanced herself from Ryan because it would have made things easier for him.  Sometimes it’s better to be blunt from the start, and I felt like she was kind of stringing him along.  Not terribly so, but still.  It really annoyed me.

And the plot was kind of odd, and not very tight.  There is a lot of we’re together, now we’re not, now we are.  I hate that stuff.  I mean, I get that a romance should have some tension, and that usually the two MCs don’t get together immediately, but ugh.  And the reasons why they were broken up sometimes didn’t seem legit.

Overall, this book left me wanting a lot more.  I think it could have been so much better, and I know that  McGuire can create fantastic characters, but I didn’t find them in Providence.  I really can’t recommend this one.

About Quinn

I'm a twenty-something children's librarian at a public library in Central New York. I've long left my teen years behind me, but I love to read YA and children's books. I have two adorable dogs. Ginger is a mix between a poodle and havanese, and Daphne is Bichon Frise. Other things I love: Favorite Movie: Singing in the Rain Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Favorite TV Show: Monk
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4 Responses to Review: Providence by Jamie McGuire

  1. I didn’t like this one either. I have the 2nd book on my kindle but don’t plan on finishing the series. But I loved Beautiful Disater. Just proves I don’t have to like everything one writer writes. Great review.

  2. Lucy says:

    This series has been tempting me lately with the sale price, and I liked Beautiful Disaster. Bummer that it was disappointing. It’s hard to connect when the characters are boring and unlikable. I’ll have to pass on this one, but I’ll eagerly read Walking Disaster 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this one.

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