Thursday, September 8, 2011

Trash to Treasure - August

Each month there are several books that I start to read but for one reason or another I just can’t get into. I have a fairly low tolerance for the books I read, usually only giving them between 50-100 pages before I quit. There are just too many books to read and not enough time to “trudge” through something I’m not enjoying. However, I recently realized that I never mention them on here. So I’ve decided to do a monthly feature looking at some of the books I just couldn’t get into and why.

I haven’t done one of these in forever; I’ve been on such a reading roll.


Tris and Izzie by Mette Ivie Harrison (25 pages) –I want to start by saying that I really liked the premise and I commend Harrison for trying to take on a classic and make it more relevant. But I couldn’t get past the writing. It didn’t have great flow and it lacked authenticity. It felt so dis-jointed that I couldn’t connect with the characters or what was going on. I’ve seen some reviewers suggesting it might be better suited for tweens, but I think even they might be frustrated with the writing. The cover is stunning though.

*I should note that I read an e-galley so there is a chance some of the writing might be cleaned up before print.

Imaginary Reads and Between the Pages both have positive reviews on their website you should check out.


Anonymous said...

I read the whole book, but only because I thought it would get better if I kept reading. Also, I hate it when I don't finish a book!I just couldn't get into the story and the writing, and the character wasn't likable. I always wanted to shake her lol

Amelia said...

I have a pretty low tolerance for books too! They've got about 50 pages to get it in shape, haha, before I say "next!"
And this poor book...oy. I've heard so many similar things said. I have an ARC of it and I just don't know what to do with it. I love that guy on the cover though!

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