If you follow my Instagram, you may have noticed that I took part in a readathon. The Enchanted Island by Ellie O’Neill was the first book I read for the readathon and was the book that took me the most time to read. There will be more about the readathon in a future post, but for now I am focusing on this book.
This is the second book by Ellie O’Neill I have read and I am so sorry to say I did not like this book anywhere near as much! Granted Reluctantly Charmed is one of my favourite books, so it may have been my love for the first book that gave me high expectations and left me disappointed with this one.
Title: The Enchanted Island
Author: Ellie O’Neill
Genre: Chick Lit – Romance – Contemporary
Age Classification: Adult
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Australia
Release: November 1, 2015
Let’s start with what I did like about the book. I can pretty much sum it up by saying the last 50 pages were the best part of the book. Everything before chapter 37 was kind of boring and very few things were keeping the story afloat. The letters from John and Cathy allowed for a slight mysterious element, the secondary characters provided some ‘entertainment’ in one of the many filler chapters, and Killian, the love interest, doesn’t seem all that bad. I really enjoyed the explanation of why the island is enchanted that came in chapter 39 and I liked the little nod to her first book at the end of chapter 38. That is where my positivity ends with this book.
I disliked the main character, Maeve O’Brien, for at least 70% of the book, and even at the end, she was still not my favourite character. She is stuck up, superficial, selfish and worst of all a liar and a thief. She stole her roommate/friends credit card so she could pay for botox. I could not imagine stealing money from anyone for anything, even food or bills. Sure, if I really needed the money I would ask for help, but I would not steal. I think starting the book with this event was the worst thing O’Neill could have done if she wanted people to like Maeve. Yes, there is character development, and yes, she is different after her time on the island, but I can never forgive those actions.
Let’s move on to the reason she is even on the island. He boss Harry Holmes and his friend Dan want to buy land from Sean Fitzpatrick so they can build a bridge from the mainland. Why? If they succeed, there would be a lot of money in it for them. Maeve is just the person they want to throw under the bus and she is happy to be their sacrificial lamb if it means she gets to keep working for them. Why? I honestly don’t know. Job security would be nice, but this seems like a terrible company to work for if that is what you are after.
Now for the storyline. BORING! I think I would have gotten more enjoyment out of watching paint dry or grass grow. Yep, that is how boring I found the majority of the book. I honestly felt the first 350 pages were either the longest setup or the most amount of filler I have ever seen in a book. Those learning to read books we give 5-year-olds are more interesting than this. It was just painstakingly slow with nothing of much interest happening until the end. Basically, I feel like this could have been a great book because the idea is there, it just was not written in a way that I enjoyed.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆
I gave this book 3 stars on Goodreads though it would have only been a 2.5 if halves were allowed. I decided to round up because there were 50 pages of the book I enjoyed and I feel terrible giving a low score when I loved the other book she wrote.
If you have read The Enchanted Island let me know what you think of it.
Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts above?
Have you ever been disappointed by a book you had high hopes for?
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Until next time bibliophiles!