Saturday, February 8, 2014

Reshelved (1)

I recently put down two books I started, and I wanted to cover some stuff on why I haven't had many reviews up lately (hint, it's because I don't like to do full feature reviews for something I didn't finish. It's not fair to the book.) So here I am, making good on at least one of my resolutions to put down books I am not enjoying (I simply have way too many to be stalling trying to finish ones I'm not into).

These books simply weren't for me. They may be up your alley, though.

Sea Change by S.M. Wheeler
Publication Date: June 18, 2013
Publisher: Tor Books
Pages: 304
Keywords: fantasy, fairytale, ocean
Format Read: Hardcover from publisher (thank you!)

The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius’s many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.
Her journey to win Octavius’s freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

Why I Put It Down :
The beginning started off from what seemed like 3/4 of the way through a story, like I should already know a lot of background information on the characters and what was happening. I felt extremely lost as I kept reading, and was never really hooked on the story. Nothing was explained either, like how or if the kraken could actually talk and if only Lilly heard him. Or anything about their relationship or her journey. It was overall very hard to follow and I'm still not entirely sure what was going on in the story in general.

Where You'll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
Publication Date: January 7, 2014
Publisher: Entangled
Pages: 211
Keywords: parties, romance, forbidden love
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley

When Hanley Helton discovers a boy living in her garage, she knows she should kick him out. But Nate is too charming to be dangerous. He just needs a place to get away, which Hanley understands. Her own escape methods (vodka, black hair dye, and pretending the past didn't happen) are more traditional, but who is she to judge?
Nate doesn't tell her why he's in her garage, and she doesn't tell him what she's running from. Soon, Hanley's trading her late-night escapades for all-night conversations and stolen kisses. But when Nate's recognized as the missing teen from the news, Hanley isn't sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.

Why I Put It Down : 
I did not like the main character from the start, and if you've read any previous reviews from me, you know that's not why I don't like books. I did not warm to the style the MC's voice was in. It was choppy, confusing, and I never quite followed why she made some of the decisions she did. In addition, the plot line was very confusing, and I had to ignore so many things like how on earth did no one notice a person living in the garage or how no one had noticed him missing for a while. The characters didn't seem particularly connected or engaged or interested in anything or any other person in the story, and I found myself wondering why they were even in the story in the first place. 

If you've read either of these, please leave comments letting me know what you thought. Should I give them another chance or leave them on my shelf? (Or possibly do a giveaway for someone that wants to see for themselves how they feel about them?)

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