Part of being a book reviewer is reading books that you didn't like. This is the part of the job that I hate. I hate saying I didn't like a book---because nine times out of ten, I love the author. And as a writer, rejection is hard. So, I tend to put these off.
Even the books that were fine but not amazing are hard to talk about. The books you love--those are the easiest. Those are the ones I like to talk about. Unfortunately, most of the 2011 books I've read so far have been...well...ehhh. And, in effort to avoid said post/finish my WIP, I thought I'd post them all together for ease. I tried to explain the reasons I didn't like it and provide the link of someone who did.
I realize that this may be your favorite book ever! but it wasn't mine. I'd love to hear thoughts and constructive comments, but please don't be mean. If you are, I will delete your comments. Opinions are like noses--everyone has one and they are always different! (cliche, yes...but I couldn't resist.)
See What I See by Gloria Whelan
This had the potential to be a really incredible. I thought the premise of the book was unique--and the cover very appealing. It was a short read, which is a winner for me. It started out strong and the writing was really nice, but the story fell flat. The girl gives up everything for the man that abandoned her. In some aspects, I get it. I even think it's a beautiful sacrifice. In other aspects, it upset me. The feminist in me doesn't like the message of putting your chance on hold for someone else.
I do think that the relationship between her and her father is tragic and beautiful. I like the growth she went through and the stages of their relationship. The author uses really vivid descriptions, and in a book about art that is to her advantage. I didn't hate the book; I didn't love it either. It was so-so.
Someone who loved this book: Princess Bookie.
Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
I really, really tried to love this book, too. I did. I swear. I went into it open-mindedly, considering I don't really love angel books. The first 80 pages were torture. Nothing happened--and kept not happening. The characters--at 100 pages in--were still undeveloped and mysterious to me as a reader, but not in a good way. I didn't know them; didn't feel anything at stake for them and really, didn't care.
Sure, the love story was great. But everything else for me was lackluster. I think Hand did a great job at developing a new angel mythology--and keeping it consistent throughout the book--but it wasn't strong enough to keep my attention. I know this was another one everyone liked, but I didn't. Maybe I missed it--but it was almost like every other angel book I've read.
Someone who loved this book: Reading Teen
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
Re-makes are hard to do. My favorite part of this book: Darcy. I think he translates well in any context. I was smiling through a lot of it because of Mr. Darcy.
So much of the rest didn't work for me. It was almost too strict on Pride & Prejudice. It was hard for me take it seriously in the beginning. The dialogue was weird. For a modern-day story, they should've spoken like they would in modern-day. Even upper class New Englander wouldn't use the speech they used in conversations. There was so much build-up about the prom, and the ending was disappointing in that respect.
On a whole it was fine. Another reviewer on goodreads said "it's nothing special" and I would echo that. I didn't hate it and I didn't love it. But I do love Darcy.
Someone who loved this book: Overflowing Shelf
Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
This book didn't work. Nothing about it worked. Calla is hormone crazy. The triangle is more like a line, which points only to herself. Ren is the stronger love interest of the two boys--but even he isn't believable. Shay is completely ridiculous. I didn't buy the relationship between any of them--and I wanted to. I kept waiting for it to turn around, but it didn't. I was disappointed. The only thing that worked in my eyes is that somewhere people loved this book. I think opinions are what sells a book--and Nightshade has sold. My CP loves this book. My fellow reviewers (mostly) love this book. I wanted to, but it fell short for me. I was having trouble writing this review but, I found one that echoed my feelings to the letter. So, go to this site. She said it all so much more elegantly than I did!
The cover IS gorgeous, though. I mean, it's beautiful. And Andrea Cremer is a super sweet lady. I hate that I didn't like the book. I really do. Maybe that post up there will explain it waay better than this blurb did.
Someone who loved this book: Mundie Moms
That's all. Don't stone me...but do share your well-mannered thoughts!
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