Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Reviews - The two novels that let me down.

Well past the first quarter of the year, and already 1 star reviews. 

 

It is not often that I fail at choosing the right books. I can assure you that the last thing I do is purposely read books that I think I would dislike. So 1 star reviews are not the usual thing for me, but it occasionally happens.

I recently started two books that I was given access to from Netgalley, and though I couldn't quite believe it, I had to make the decision to drop them because I was not enjoying them. So here are my thoughts on these two books that I had to DNF.

Title: Puppet
Author: Pauline C. Harris
Release Date: October 24, 2014
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon  
My Rating: 1 star 
 
Review:
 
Those that have followed me for some time know that I love reading fairytale retellings. So no surprise here that I would be happy to pick up a book that labelled itself a retelling of Pinocchio. Not my most favorite of fairy tales, but I was excited about it nonetheless.
Well, folks, this was a bit of a let down. It was bit like Pinocchio I guess, in the loosest of terms, and backwards! Jed wasn't interested in turning a marionette into a human girl, but turning a human girl into a marionette. And for the first part of this book, that is all that it was focused on. Characters were dull and had no substance. They were underdeveloped as was everything else in the story. Not sure where they were, whether it was set in a futuristic society or not... the synopsis claims this story is set in a world of advanced technology, yet there was very little of the actual world in what I read.
This story felt like it could have had much potential but the foundation was cracked and crumbling. The world buildup can be as important to holding a reader, as the set up of characters and plot, and that too was not as strong as I had hoped it would be.
Unfortunately, this was not the right retelling for me.

Title: The Clockmaker's Daughter
Author: Kate Morton
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Canada
Source: Netgalley

Purchase: Amazon  
My Rating: 1 star 
 
Review:
 
Never, ever, ever did I think that I would ever 1 star one of Kate Morton's novels, nevermind DNF one. This took me aback, and I had put this book down, thinking that maybe I just wasn't in the mood for it and later picked it up again... but to no avail. It was torturous to continue for another 5% and felt like I was forcing myself to read even that much.
Glad that I am in the minority here, because I really enjoy Morton's novels so far, and maybe it was me and not her writing. In this case, I was equal parts bored and confused. I had no clue whose POV I was reading some of the time. And when I was reading Elodie's POV, the amount of detail over minute things would overshadow the mystery of the bag and sketch book that had her so enthralled.
I no longer push myself to be the kind of reader that forces herself to finish a book she is not enjoying, for a review or not. In every author that I have loved, there has always been the one book that leaves me dissatisfied and scratching my head, and I hope that this one is the only one of Kate Morton's that doesn't appeal to me. I hope the next one I read from her affirms why I love reading her novels so much.
Have you had any 1 star reads this year so far? What was missing for you? Are you the kind of reader that keeps on reading even if you are not enjoying the story? Let me know in the comments. I am always curious about other fellow readers thoughts and habits.

Happy Reading!
 

Many thanks to Netgalley, Authors and Publishers for making copies available for review. No compensation was accepted and my opinions are 100% my own.
 
 

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