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Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

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Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#1 by AA1495
» 14 Nov 2016, 23:01

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Out of the Box Awakening" by Jennifer Theriot.]

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When Olivia relocates to Chicago because her husband Alan got transferred, she expects a calm reunion. Olivia and Alan plan to stay with Ash (Alan’s friend) till they finalize and purchase a house. However, Alan decides to stay away for longer. Olivia, being the dutiful wife, doesn’t object. Soon, Alan makes a major revelation which changes her life and puts their marriage on the line.

Ash takes care of and protects Olivia in Alan’s absence. With Ash’s help, Olivia is able to rediscover herself. She gets a job, friends who care about her and much more self-confidence. The attraction between Olivia and Ash is obvious. Will Olivia be able to move on and give love a second chance? If she does, will the relationship work, with Olivia’s children and Ash’s children in the picture?

Out of the Box Awakening by Jennifer Theriot has elements of romance and humor. There are three romantic relationships described in the book, with Olivia and Ash’s relationship forming the main storyline. The other two, however, are equally interesting sub-plots. All the three relationships seemed realistic and I was rooting for all the couples. There is an element of humor in the book through jokes and funny conversations. This made the book easier to read for me.

The protagonists of the book, Olivia and Ash are clever, loyal and kind. I liked the fact that they were very realistic. They had their own flaws but were likeable. The book shows Olivia’s development, from being insecure to confident. I found this aspect of the book inspiring. I could connect with her and was rooting for her. I was glad that she found her ‘awakening’, as the title of the book suggests. Ash, on the other hand, is described as the opposite of Alan. It was interesting to read about their differences. There are many secondary characters in the book and most characters have their own subplots. I liked the way the author handled the secondary characters and their stories.

In terms of language, the book was easy to follow. It is told from Olivia’s perspective, which makes it easier to understand her actions. I thought the book was slightly slow paced with excessive descriptions. Further, I found a few minor grammatical errors. However, the pace and grammatical mistakes did not interrupt my flow of reading. The plot held my attention and I wanted to read the book in one sitting.

What I liked best about the book was Olivia’s character. She liked to see the best in everyone and made an effort to please people. I liked how she became independent and confident about herself. I could connect with her, which is very important for me to be able to enjoy a book.

What I liked least about the book was the excessive descriptions of places or events. I thought these descriptions made the pace of the book slow. However, while I would have liked shorter descriptions, the plot was engaging enough to make the book enjoyable for me.

I rate the book 4 out of 4 stars. I liked the fact that the plot and characters were realistic. I thought the book was engaging and I wanted to finish reading it in one sitting. The book has mature content. I would recommend the book to adults who love reading romance books.

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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#2 by Sarah_Khan
» 15 Nov 2016, 11:56

Great job on the detailed review! This book seems like a good read but unfortunately I feel like I have already read books like this so I think I'll pass. But I'm sure others will enjoy it :)
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#3 by AA1495
» 15 Nov 2016, 11:57

Sarah_Khan wrote:Great job on the detailed review! This book seems like a good read but unfortunately I feel like I have already read books like this so I think I'll pass. But I'm sure others will enjoy it :)


I liked the book. I understand your perspective. Thank you for your comment.
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#4 by Vermont Reviews
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:03

I thought you did a wonderful job of writing your review. I picked up a copy of this one as today's book of the day. Looking forward to finishing the rest of the book.
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#5 by mindyg123
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:08

Great review Love the cover and downloaded it right away. I really love a love story when the main characters are over 30 as am I lol. Congrats to the author on being BOTD!!
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#6 by AA1495
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:09

mindyg123 wrote:Great review Love the cover and downloaded it right away. I really love a love story when the main characters are over 30 as am I lol. Congrats to the author on being BOTD!!


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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#7 by chocomeiske
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:23

Well written detailed review. It makes me more interested in reading the book. I like that the plot and characters are realistic which should make it easy to relate to.
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#8 by AA1495
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:24

chocomeiske wrote:Well written detailed review. It makes me more interested in reading the book. I like that the plot and characters are realistic which should make it easy to relate to.


I hope you give the book a chance. You'll like it if you like romance books. Thank you for your comment.
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#9 by L_Therese
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:27

It sounds like characterization is really a strength in this book. Even if the plot is not designed to be especially exciting, witnessing the interactions of compelling characters can still make for a meaningful and interesting read. Thanks for writing such a thoughtful review!
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#10 by AA1495
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:28

L_Therese wrote:It sounds like characterization is really a strength in this book. Even if the plot is not designed to be especially exciting, witnessing the interactions of compelling characters can still make for a meaningful and interesting read. Thanks for writing such a thoughtful review!


I agree with you. Hope you give this book a chance. Thank you for your comment.
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#11 by uk8971
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:40

A great one from the best selling author of USA and one of my favorites.
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#12 by gaporter
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:42

I'm not sure if this sounds like a book for me, but I'm glad you were able to connect with the character Olivia. Very nice review!
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#13 by AA1495
» 15 Nov 2016, 12:44

gaporter wrote:I'm not sure if this sounds like a book for me, but I'm glad you were able to connect with the character Olivia. Very nice review!



It is important to be able to connect with the characters. Thank you so much.
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Re: Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#14 by Strangerthanfiction
» 15 Nov 2016, 13:02

Wow great review, I love how very detailed you are. This book definitely sounds like something I would like to read. I'm a sucker for a good romance, especially if it's a nice easy read and humor is always the perfect seasoning. Thank you for sharing.
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Re:Official Review: Out of the Box Awakening

Post Number:#15 by greenstripedgiraffe
» 15 Nov 2016, 13:03

Romance novels aren't my top pick, but I might give this a try. Good to hear that the characters are realistic. One of my biggest about the romance books that I have read is a general lack of reality.
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