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. Some of these just weren’t for me, some of them maybe I got bored with, 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!
Aza Ray is drowning in thin air.
Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live.
So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn’t think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name.
Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who’s always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world, and found by another. Magonia.
Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—and as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war is coming. Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
I was just immensely uninterested in this whole, entire book. I was in the mood for a good fantasy, and I was ready to be totally into this one. I was mid way through the book and felt like the story hadn’t even started yet. I was bored by the expository-ness of it all, the explanation, the background, everything. It felt like way too much explaining for not enough story and action. In addition, I wasn’t compelled by any of the characters. When Aza is taken to the ships in the sky (I mean, what? I had huge problems with this because if you’re going to combine our world with a fantasy one, it’s got to be explained since most people don’t know about it. After about 3 pages, I was expected to know totally what was happening.), I didn’t feel for her since she was out of her world. I didn’t care about Jason who was apparently sad. I didn’t care about her parents. I felt like I didn’t know any of the characters, nor did I want to know them.
Luisa “Lulu” Mendez has just finished her final year of high school in a small Virginia town, determined to move on and leave her job at the local junkyard behind. So when her father loses her college tuition money, Lulu needs a new ticket out.
Desperate for funds, she cooks up the (definitely illegal) plan to make and sell moonshine with her friends, Roni and Bucky. Quickly realizing they’re out of their depth, Lulu turns to Mason: a local boy who’s always seemed like a dead end. As Mason guides Lulu through the secret world of moonshine, it looks like her plan might actually work. But can she leave town before she loses everything—including her heart?
The summer walks the line between toxic and intoxicating. My Best Everything is Lulu’s letter to Mason – though is it an apology, a good-bye, or a love letter?
I really, really tried with this one. I’m not sure if it was my lack of connection to the characters or the letter-style writing (I really am not a fan of second-person “you” usage), but I could not get fully immersed into this book. I may finish it eventually if there’s nothing else that appeals to me and my train gets stuck since it’s still downloaded on my Kindle. I felt an immediate connection because of the backwoods, moonshining business characters. I was ready to fall in love and add this to my cute little collection of Kentucky (okay, so it’s Virginia, but it’s pretty close in terms of experiences) books. But I just didn’t like it. I didn’t really find anything appealing with Mason, and though I applaud Lulu’s initiative and determination to get into college, I desperately wanted to shake her and shout, “STUDENT LOANS ARE A THING.” Like, seriously. Problem solved. I took them out, and yes, they SUCK. But I needed to pay for my own schooling and I found a way to do that. Not a big deal. I just never felt like the stakes got high enough and couldn’t take the story seriously.