Now I don’t expect to like every book i buy or receive for review, its a rare person that does in my opinion but there have been 3 books recently which I felt certain I would love, not like, love.
Sadly that didnt happen.
What books were they?
After buying and adoring her first book, In a dark dark wood last year I was so excited to hear she had a second book coming out soon. I was even more excited to receive an early copy of it the other week.
Imagine then my disappointment when i discovered that its such a let down. *sighs and puts head into hands*
It begins fine, really good in fact. Gripping, fast pacing and with heart stopping moments of genius but then it just all went downhill. The main character, ‘call me Lo’ (Lauren) seemed to lack any kind of common sense or good judgement and was never a fully rounded person. The story descended into a third rate Agatha Christie novel but with less polish and plot. I could almost guess what was coming next which was a shame. Im hoping her next book will get things back on track.
I hadn’t read any Anne Tyler before so combine this with it being one of the Hogarth Shakespeare re-tellings to celebrate Shakespeare 400 and I badly wanted to read it. I was kindly sent a copy by them and it made my day.
Now this is the book i’m least disappointed with really out of the 3 but it just feels so empty and flat. Its like the mad craze for fluffy egg white omelettes, no substance. I keep waiting for something to happen but it just idles along. Its very funny in places i’ll grant you that and a nice gentle read but its just not what i was expecting thats all.
This book promised so much and when i was asked if i’d like to review it i jumped at the chance. I mean just look at that cover, front and back is gorgeous (seen here being modelled by my cat, Meg).
I just didnt gel with this, it was just another YA, love story, triangle, boy/girl heartbreak story. Nothing special happens that i can see and the ending was waving at me from about page 10.
Have you read any of these?
Am I being too hard on them?
Let me know what you think.