Friday, March 20, 2015

Reshelved (7)

Welcome to back to Reshelved! This is an installment of books I didn't finish. I don't like to do full posts because it's not fair to the book for me to not like it and review it if I didn't finish it. So these just weren't for me, but I still want to give them publicity because maybe you all read them and thought differently or they sound spectacular to you. Let's discuss in the comments what you thought about these if you've read them, or why they sound good to you!

I also recently discovered (I don't know how I didn't know this before) that Jamie has a Reshelved feature where she talks about stuff she didn't get around to and stuff she put down! I always hate when people don't credit my features & posts, so you can go look at her reshelved posts!

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O'Brien
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Roaring Book Press
Pages: 432
Keywords: photography, boarding school, television
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
DNF at: 56%
Goodreads | IndieBound
The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.
Part of this is a case of "I feel like I've read this before and I'm just not that into it" and part of it is an issue I've had with the book. Yes, it's no secret I'm a bit burnt out on the whole alternate-world dystopian future sort of thing. I've been trying to avoid books like that all together because I'm not in the right frame of mind to read them, but this one seemed different enough that I'd give it a shot. And the premise is great. Arts school that's also a reality show? Sign me up! But I made it almost 2/3 of the way through the book and I still feel like nothing has happened. So little has happened, in fact, that I ultimately decided I didn't care one way or the other what happened so I would just stop reading it. I wish I cared. But the plot was moving so slowly that I ultimately just lost interest.

Killer Cruise by Jennifer Shaw
Release Date: September 23, 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 368
Keywords: summer, vacation, murder
Format Read: paperback
DNF at: page 50
Goodreads | IndieBound
Onboard facilities:
Pool 1, Caribbean Deck
Met hot crew member while soaking up the sun!
The Santorini Restaurant, Olympia Deck
Heard about last year's mysterious disappearance on board. What could have happened?
Movie Theater, Fiesta Deck
Still can't stand horror flicks. Too scary.
Paris Boutique, Panama Deck
Then again, so was my near-death fall overboard last night . . .
Glamorama Spa, Bermuda Deck
Must relax. No one's trying to kill me—I'm just being paranoid.
Club Paradise, Diablo Deck
But what if someone does want me dead?
I bought this book for a dollar from Book Outlet because it looked like a super fun, super fluffy summer mystery. I couldn't get past the stereotypical and superficial narrator. She was a sixteen-year-old on a cruise with her friends by herself, broke up with her boyfriend on a whim, and then got angry when he was partying with other people, even though she did that even before they broke up. She was whiny, irritating, and made no sense. I also was irritated by the amount of things I was asked to believe to make this plot believable. The ship didn't port after an actual murder took place, no one seemed worried, everything continued as normal, and no one seemed to check in on or care about the care of the kids trapped on a boat with a murderer. ?? I just couldn't do this one anymore, unfortunately.

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