Providence

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 13 Aug 2018

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4 Wild Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wow! This book was nothing and I mean nothing like Caroline Kepnes’s previous books.... this book was a mixture of young adult, crime fiction, the supernatural, and much more! It was a genre potpourri... and it worked... because the thing this had in common with Caroline’s previous books is it was very well written with some interesting characters.... I just don’t want you to enter this book thinking it is a dark demented twisted psychological thriller, it is far from that... although there are some disturbing and demented parts....

The book is told from multiple points of view including John and Chloe.... we met these two when they were still pretty young and I...

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A highly captivating supernatural love story is at the heart of this tale. When they were kids, Jon was ready to tell his best friend Chloe that he loved her but right before he could, he was kidnapped. Four years later Jon comes back but he is different. He is bigger and stronger and much more powerful. This story takes places over many years and at the very core shows you just how enduring true love is.
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Jon and Chloe are best friends. They love Fluffernutter sandwiches, The Middle, and hanging out in a shed in the woods. Things are okay when they’re by themselves, but they’re a little awkward at school where Chloe has friends and fits in, but Jon is a bullied misfit.

When Jon is kidnapped, Chloe mourns the loss of her best friend. She doesn’t give up hope, long after everyone else has stopped searching, and long after her friends think she should have moved on. Her feelings for Jon fuel her artwork, and she doesn’t want to forget about him. But things change during those long years, and inevitably Chloe’s life does move on.

When Jon returns, Chloe is overjoyed to see him again. And he’s...

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Thank you for the opportunity for the early read, unfortunately I will not be able to complete a full review as I was unable to finish the book.  I absolutely loved Kepnes's book, YOU, however, I just could not get into this novel.
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Providence by Caroline Kepnes is a character driven novel, each chapter is in the eyes of either of three characters. We have Jon a boy that was kidnapped and then his best friend and the life they lead and how they felt with Jon's disappearance. We also have Eggs a police officer or detective I can't recall which since I read this a month ago (to let the feelings sink in before talking about it).
The story takes place in many different places and times. We see the different characters grow and we either love them or hate them. I hated the two main characters and their relationship, it felt so fake and unreal. The relationships in Eggs life is much more interesting even if most...

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2.5/5 stars

Initial thoughts: I was very excited to read this book. It is being marketed as "a novel that is part love story, part detective story, and part supernatural thriller." That is all that I knew about this book before starting it.

I really struggled with this book. The romance part was probably the only part of the story that I sort of liked. I do read some YA fantasy. I do read some paranormal. But I really didn't enjoy the supernatural thing that happened in this book.

Review: Providence is a mystery thriller with a supernatural element. The narrators are Jon, Chloe and Eggs.

As soon as I saw that there was a supernatural element I was really curious. Would it...

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Sadly I could not successfully get into this book. I am not quite sure what I was expecting but this was not it. I hope to try again at some point in the future but as of right now it is not grabbing my attention.
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If you're a fan of Caroline Kepnes, it's probably because you read You and love just how different it was. This novel is no different, in the fact that it is another non-traditional read. She writes about love and just how dysfunctional it is. No matter how hard you chase it, you can never determine the outcome.

Deep down, in the heart of Providence, is the story of true love. Jon and Chloe have a connection that no one really understands. That connection is what tethers them through each hurdle that is set in front of them. Chloe can be slightly naive and immature at times, but then she reaches a point in her life when she realizes that she must chase what makes her happy. Jon...

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2.5-3*

I'm calling it. Time of death: 8:41am Sunday, June 17th. 33% in and I just can't do it any longer. I've tried, every day I've tried. This could really be a case of "it's me, not You". And I seriously hate when I read that phrase in a review, but I'm using it this time around. If you're an HP Lovecraft fan, have at it.

Before starting Providence, I knew the name Lovecraft, but if you had asked me who he was and what he was all about, I wouldn't have been able to tell you. Honestly, all I could really tell you now is he wrote some weird books that I have no desire to read. And that's my issue with this story. I don't want...

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An interesting read that blends genres to tell the story of Chloe and Jon, who can definitely be described as star crossed lovers.  I haven't read Lovecraft in years and years (and wasn't a big fan at the time) which I think hampered my appreciation of what Kepnes has done.  That said, it's well written and, at its heart, indeed a thriller.  There's a strong paranormal (or is it sci-fi ?) plot element which made this more intriguing.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  I'd not read Kepnes before but I'll look for her again.
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I found this book fascinating. It was really hard to put down. I hadn’t read the synopsis so I went in totally blind which was such a good decision. It did drag in a few spots but other than that I really enjoyed the distinctive characters and their points of view.
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Please see my notes to publisher for my thoughts on this title. Thank you so much for approving me for a copy of this book!
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I start this review with an apology to the author. It’s not fair of me to keep reading your books and bringing your ratings down when I haven’t liked any of them so far. I just keep hoping that I’ll change my mind since so many people, including some of my friends love your books. So readers of mine, keep this in mind while reading this review.

Providence starts out with Chloe and Jon, two BFFs who by all accounts shouldn’t be. She is popular, he’s a geeky loner who gets picked on but they make their friendship work. They’re in middle school/junior high so here we have point one that I had an issue with. Do kids in middle school talk about keg parties and hooking up? Things sure have...

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After being completely pulled in by You and Hidden Bodies, I couldn't wait to read the new book by Caroline Kepnes. This is nothing like her first two books and there was a moment when the story jumped narrators and I completely lost track of what was going on...but once I figured it out again I was completely and totally hooked. Jon is kidnapped and comes back four years later, with no memory of the time that he was gone. The only thing he knows is that he's completely changed and can't step back into his own life, no matter how badly he wants to fix things.
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Let me start by saying that the author clearly has talent. Providence is well-written and the character development is good. My feelings are based solely on my enjoyment, or lack thereof, of the story itself. Actually, it's two stories, loosely connected until they finally merge together in the latter part of the book. The parallel storylines do make sense once it all comes together and both are easy enough to keep up with.

Caroline Kepnes was new to me, so I went into this one without any expectations or comparisons. The book is listed in the mystery/thriller genre and the blurb sounded intriguing, so I dove in. And then I dove back out - several times. Either I completely missed it...

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Thanks to NetGalley and Random House for a digital ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There’s only one person on this Earth who understands Jon, and that’s Chloe. Jon is constantly made fun of and picked on by other kids for being “different,” but Chloe gets him. She doesn’t laugh at Jon, she’s the only person who sits by him at lunch, and the two text each other pretty much constantly about the most random and obscure things. It’s obvious ... Chloe is Jon’s person and he is hers.

When Jon goes missing one day on his way to school, Chloe is expectedly devastated. She falls into a depression, pining after Jon and mourning the loss of her best friend, until he...

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A little thriller, a little sci-fi, a little romance, a little YA. This is the story of best friends, Chloe and Jon. Jon is a small, not at all popular kid. Chloe is his best friend, she is on the fringe of the popular crowd. Jon, in an effort of avoid his bully, takes the shortcut to school, through the woods and is kidnapped.

4 years later, Jon returns and is now full of an unexplained power and inner strength that injures those that he loves. In order to protect Chloe, Jon runs away.

We follow Jon, Chloe and Eggs, as police detective, as they navigate life through the years --all three with a passion, obsession with each other.

This book is exciting and scary at times. Jon's...

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3.5 mishmash stars to Providence! ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️.5

I listened to Caroline Kepnes’ YOU on audio this exact same time two years ago. THAT was an experience, and if you enjoy audios and don’t mind disturbing content, it’s the best audio I know. When I saw Kepnes had a new thriller releasing under the new imprint Lenny (by Lena Dunham), I jumped at the chance to read Providence.

Providence is a mishmash of genres- thriller, paranormal, urban fantasy, young adult - and also a bit of a mishmash on how I felt about it. More on that later.

Jon and Chloe grow up as best friends in New Hampshire. Their feelings for each other start to grow, but they never talk about it. Just as Jon is about to confess...

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Even though I was aware this was nothing like Caroline Kepnes's previous books YOU and Hidden Bodies, I still decided to give it a try because of that mere reason, I loved the books, especially YOU and I was intrigued to see how different Providence was from her previous work. Although the story is not a bad one but unfortunately it was not for me. A messy plot and a character-driven story where I don't connect with the characters and what they go through at the end makes it hard for me to feel a part or invested in the story and that is what happened to me with this book. Lost of things happening in this book, but at the end the message the author wanted to deliver was not clear for me.
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****4.25 stars.
Starting this review, I would like to say that I have not read Caroline Kepnes' work before this book. I have not read "You" though I have been meaning to pick it up. That being said, I think, based on other reviews, that I have made the right decision to read this one first. A lot of people that were big fans of "You" seem to not like this book. My advice to anyone reading this after reading "You" would be to separate this from the other book and try not to compare.

Providence is the story of Jon and Chloe and how their lives were drastically changed after Jon was kidnapped. I don't want to go too much more into the story. I went...

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