Well I did cringe!
90% of the book is devoted to detailed description of things that most of us know, or don't find at all useful. A good editor would have thrown out good half of the rambling nonsense:
Ex 1: When the girl sees a tiger the author floods the reader with information about the physical characteristic of tigers, their habits, their different species, the countries they come from, the fables about the tiger in those countries, and their gods. How the Gods affect the popular belief in the past - to present. Good 20 pages to skip...
Ex 2: The flight to India is 59pg. It describes in painful detail the customs, and other paperwork done, the workings of flying private jet, the bypassing officials by the super rich, the history of flight, the workings of private airline from micro company to super airline, and in general how to make $1000 000 000 000s with little to no effort.
There is also this: The girl is immature, spoiled and not respectful of other cultures. Though a teen she has the habits and IQ of a toddler. I like my heroins strong, with whit and grace, that helps them grow and overcome their faults. This heroine has stayed rough through out the book. And when the climax did came, I think I was happy my ordeal was over.
I respect that not all of us have the same taste and that a lot of you readers liked it, but I also admit that the idea of a sequel (book 2) scares the hell out of me!
Terrible. First, the sentence structure is overly simplistic. It reads like one of those "I can read" books for children.
Second, as someone already mentioned, this book did not have a good editor. Superfluous and unnecessary information abounds. No one needs to know the workings of a jet in a novel that has nothing to do with flying aircraft. And that's just one example.
Third, the way in which the characters speak with one another is not realistic. I don't say the name of the person to whom I am speaking EVERY time I open my mouth to speak with them.
Fourth, the girl is supposed to be 17/18, but acts 12. Moreover, she has no clue on what it means to be respectful of other cultures, people, customs, places, traditions, etc. Honestly, the book made me cringe in certain spots due to how she acted. I also hate how the author just co-opted another culture in order for the white, American character to have an adventure.
Finally, the story - overall - was fairly boring. You know a book is bad when you could really care less if the main character dies, or if the other one stays a tiger forever. I actually read halfway through, then began skimming to the end. I won't be reading more of this series.