Friday, 13 July 2012

Book Review - Last Kiss In Venice

Title: Last Kiss In Venice
Author: Martin Chu Shui
Pages: 189
Published: July 11th 2012

Beside a bridge over a canal in Venice, Charlie is spellbound not only be Caitlin's absolute beauty but also by what seems like a mythical boon between them. The more he knows about her, the more mysterious she becomes. As they finally admit their love to each other in Paris, they move to settle down in Australia together, it looks like the start of Happily Ever After. But neither of them realizes that this is just the start of a heart-wrenching journey.

After a lifetime of searching, Caitlin finally finds her true love, settles down in the beautiful rolling countryside of outback Australia, and start to raise a family, but her enemy is never far away. She loves Charlie deeply and is certain he is her soul mate, but she knows she can never reveal her secret; he must never know who she really is, and that is her downfall. Information in the hands of her enemy brings her life crashing down around her. To save all she has worked for, she must fight for her love and the right to survive.

''Last Kiss in Venice'' is a reinterpretation of one of China's most famous love stories, 'Legend of the Withe Snake'. It is a supernatural love epic that encompasses both eastern and western culture to tell a story of love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, revenge and justice. This cocktail of oriental magic, vampires, and sword fights is a legend not easily forgotten.

When I first read the summary, knowing I soon got to the book, I got  really excited. I was looking forward to read the book.

The beginning was good, we follows Charlie and his journey to Europe. The author switches to Caitlin, later when the two main characters meets. Martin Chu Shui knows how to switch between the two main characters without getting us confused, he also uses a formal language, with a hint of humor in.

The plot is great, using an old legend and telling us a wonderful love story. But I got the feeling that Martin Chu Shui was in hurry, since Charlie and Caitlin marry each other right away. Even though it was true love, then I still think he should have let them wait a year before they got married. That kinda reminds me of the princesses in Disney movies, because they all are married in a age of 16, with a guy they barley knows, the end.

My favorite character is James Lie, he is super cool and I really liked how he handle the various situations. He is also one of only two characters that I'm completely sure that was not insane, the other one was Alice. I liked Alice too, she was strict and strong. Showing Charlie that even if she was a girl, the she could still handle things herself. I'm that type of person that never likes the main characters, so I can honestly say that Charlie is at the top of my 'Dislikes' list, Caitlin is right behind him. This because I think Charlie is a little too honest, I don't think he needs a brain to think for himself, because he just say everything out loud. And he is so naive, his conclusions is based on others and that really pisses me off.
I dislikes Caitlin too, because she is just happy, all the time. I disliked her even more at the end, she is just so naive.

I liked the ending, he can write a sequel or he can just leave it like that. With other words; the ending was open, but not so open that I was unpleased with it. That is something I think was really smart of him to do.

He get's four stars; since the book was good, but I got the feeling that he was just rushing through the story and wanted it to be finished as soon as possible.