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Return to Book Page. Preview — The Ring by Jorge Molist. Later that day, a messenger from Barcelona delivers a beautiful antique jewel, a ruby set in bone, from a mysterious sender. Cristina wears them both, unaware that they are incompatible. The ruby soon works its mysterious effects, giving her strange and unsettling dreams.
Cristina is swept away to Spain to attend the reading of her godfather's will, where she reunites with her first love, Oriol, and soon the powerful attraction that once overwhelmed them in their adolescent years is rekindled. Together Cristina and Oriol embark on an odyssey in search of a Templar treasure that has remained hidden for centuries in a place that only they can uncover.
From New York lawyer to intrepid adventurer, Cristina experiences a profound journey of love, life, and death as she learns an unforgettable lesson that could redirect the course of her destiny. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published May 6th by Atria Books first published November 1st More Details Original Title.
Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Ring , please sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 2. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jan 11, Stephanie added it. Oh, where to start. I read the entire book because I was on vacation and had read my others. I thought this was perhaps magic realism or modern gothic.
Instead it was a poorly written chick lit book. Do men write chick lit? Apparently they do. The premise is interesting -- a mysterious ring linked to an ancient sect is anonymously sent to a young woman who embarks on a quest to find out why it was given to her.
All sounds ok. That's where the good end -- at the idea. The author wants this to Oh, where to start. The author wants this to be mystery.
This was barely more than an excuse to write about beautiful rich people who do or don't follow through on their attraction to one another. Honestly, this woman is so lovely that none of the men can resist her. She's also smart -- working at the most important law firm in the world in NYC even though she's only And she must have money because takes a leave from her job and traipses off to Barcelona without a thought about money.
She flirts with handsome men and insults or dismisses ugly ones. We're meant to believe that she's a strong independent woman who maybe takes risks but at the same time turns down advances by saying "I couldn't possibly have dinner alone with a man who is not my fiance.
Oh, and that she is nursing a love for a boy she kissed once when she was thirteen and hasn't heard from since. Good grief. I don't usually give away story details in these reviews but I did here in hopes of offering public service.
Save yourself. Aug 31, Heather rated it it was ok. While I could see that the intention of the author was maybe to integrate adventure with history with romance, and to convey a deeper meaning regarding life being about the journey not the destination, this story was uneven and shallow. It was translated into English so perhaps something was lost in the translation, as it reads like something a teenage girl would write.
Had I not been so stubborn about not quitting a book halfway through, I probably would not have finished this novel. Feb 16, Alicia rated it did not like it. What a terrible book.
I barely know where to start with this book. The main character was completely devoid of morals, convictions, or many constructive thoughts or actions. A complete waste of space. Don't read this book. Feb 28, Carina rated it did not like it Shelves: general-fiction. I'd like to title this review 'Dry History and Male Fantasy', because the actual plot can be condensed into about thirty pages, if even that. I think they find the treasure, but there's so much exposition that I might have missed that part in between her agonizing over a kiss when she was thirteen and her current fiance.
I ended up skipping about pages because I was so sick of the really shoddy sexual tension and 'the Templars are important! In a book that's centered entirely I'd like to title this review 'Dry History and Male Fantasy', because the actual plot can be condensed into about thirty pages, if even that.
In a book that's centered entirely around a relic from the Templars? Who'da thunk! The clues were transparent, the protagonist's friend seemed to know all the answers already, and 'National Treasure' both of them had more realistic and interesting treasure hunt plots.
And more realistic characters. Concerning the Dry History: History is one of my favourite subjects, but Molist's recounting of the Knights Templar ended up being more of a hybrid nightmare from a one night stand between a textbook and Hollywood glamour than historical fiction. He didn't ride in on a white horse and save the day with the sun streaming behind him. A pity, because that might have improved the story.
As for the Male Fantasy: Um, sorry, but a year-old female lawyer in Manhattan who has the liberties of taking unexpected vacation, knows she'll be able to get a job easily if she has to leave her current job, and manipulates the police by wearing short skirts and low-cut tops? Oh, and the crush's mom makes a move on our protagonist, and the constant agonizing over people's sexuality--that would explain why there was no room left for the plot.
Jul 09, Ashley rated it did not like it Shelves: abandoned. I think a fourteen year old might have written this book better than the author. The only reason I know there were mysterious event was because the author kept telling me there were.
Awful character development, ridiculous dialogue. Skipped around without well planned connections. This is a definite "don't waste your time" book. Could barely get though the first 40 pages I should have paid attention to all those reviews but the premise sounded so engaging!
Jan 11, Lizzie Wann rated it did not like it. My god, what a slog to get through this book took me 4 months , a Spanish take on a pseudo Da Vinci Code-esque "thriller. The only reason this book got any stars was because of its setting in Barcelona, a city I can never be mad at. I even considered giving it 2 stars - one for Barcelona and one because an author wrote a book which is usually credit-worthy, but then there's this: "But when I saw him return a few minutes later My god, what a slog to get through this book took me 4 months , a Spanish take on a pseudo Da Vinci Code-esque "thriller.
I even considered giving it 2 stars - one for Barcelona and one because an author wrote a book which is usually credit-worthy, but then there's this: "But when I saw him return a few minutes later, too soon for any hanky-panky to have taken place, and carrying a guitar, my heart fluttered with relief. I was so glad that the girl hadn't gotten her way. I was sure the slut would find some horny beast in that dark forest to satisfy her nymphomania" pp and "I thought to myself, Cristina, you're flirting.
Be careful, it's early. Don't go too far. But I was already in gear and I didn't feel like putting on the brakes" p and "I must confess that by the time dessert arrived I was feeling attracted to him
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