Books that we Did Not Finish.
Everyone has it and we here in Talk Supe
definitely have quite a few.
definitely have quite a few.
I can't complain much coz I got it free but I was at least expecting to be set into fits of laughter, unfortunately this failed to do that for me. At first I found the characters funny but midway they were starting to irritate me like nail scratching chalkboard.
Moonstone by Marilee Brothers
I am a fan of YA and I really, really wanted to like the series but I had a hard time latching on to the story and Allie. There was too much drama from the start which made me so miserable from page one I no longer bothered going back to the story. I felt the odds were stacked up too soon against Allie I already felt defeated even before I got to know her better.
I love PNR/UF and though I didn't read the first 5 books, I feel like I can get away reading this because it sounded like it can be a stand-alone too. Maybe it was my mood or I probably thought wrong but I tried reading this book 3 times and I still can't get the groove of the story. I felt to bad double checking if I got the same book they did because after 3 tries I still can't
I have no problems with erotica and graphic sex but I like my smut smart. As much as I love a good sexual encounter between the characters I also want depth in their emotions, intrigue, a good plot line that will get me invested in the story. I felt this novella was plain porn and not erotica, the characters especially the heroine's motivation is to get laid and stuffed by her two clients from the start. Don't get me wrong, Alice Gaines can write magma hot sex but I prefer my porn live action than on paper.
The Peculiars by Maureen McQuerry
I must admit, it was the cover of this book that really got me. I mean just look at it. It's pretty awesome right? Then I read the synopsis and the steampunk elements and alternate history sounded really promising. On top of that, the author, Maureen Doyle McQuerry, actually lives in the same city as I do so I figured I'd give this book a shot and support a local author.
On paper this book sounded like it would be a good read. Unfortunately, I was wrong. I read about 28% percent before I bowed out. I actually would have jumped off the train sooner but I kept telling myself to keep reading. The pacing moved awfully slow and I found the characters to be flat and I just couldn't get myself to care about the main character. I even skipped ahead a few chapters to see if the plot had gotten any better and it seemed to be moving at the same slow place as if did in the beginning.
I was actually pretty optimistic about this one. I was hoping for something that would be gut or heart wrenching especially with the serious topic of the main character suffering from anorexia. Instead, I found myself not connecting with the main character, Sethie. I sort of felt a little cold hearted because I didn't really care for her or her situation and I felt like I should have because she was suffering from anorexia. The writing was a little choppy and I just couldn't get a hang of the writer's style. Made it to about 40 pages before I gave up.
It's main characters like Nikki that has totally turned me off from YA reads. I found her to be too stubborn, annoying and whiney. It felt like the author was trying to hard to make her a likable heroine in the beginning by having her be a blackbelt and driving a motorcycle. Sorry, that just didn't get her cool points in my book. Also, there were times when I had expected Nikki to be the kickass heroine that she was suppose to be and she just ended up being a damsel in distress. What happened to your black belt, girl?! Then there's the love triangle between Nikki and two of the halfling angels that are sent to defend her. That whole plot device felt a little too Twilight-ish and I found myself wanting to check out as soon as possible.