Monday, May 26, 2014
Books We Didn't Finish May Edition
I gave up on All the Birds, Singing after the first CD. I had no idea what was going on. The story was all over the place. The shifts in time were abrupt and not clearly marked. I just couldn't get into the groove of that. The past excerpts seemed to go in reverse order further confusing me. I shouldn't have to work that hard for a good story.
First I tried reading These Dark Things. But the Italian names and words kept tripping me up. Then, I tried to listen to the audio-book. Often having someone read them to me helps the flow of the book more. Unfortunately, it didn't help the story. I was just bored and only made it through the first disc.
With The Here and Now, like Autumn (see below), I gave up on this one about 20 minutes into the book. It wasn't what I thought it was going to be. One thing I didn't buy into is if you are trying to keep a low profile, why would you allow your children to go to school and interact with other people. You can't control everyone. I also saw the potential for YA insta-love angst. Just, please no more!
The Here and Now: Every now and then I get totally burnt out on YA sci fi and I just can't take anymore. The Here and Now was just a casualty of my being fed up. The second the characters started getting a little bit angsty and whiny, that was it. Unfortunately for this book, that was about 20 minutes into it.
Until You're Mine: I had the audiobook and the reader's voice was awful. I can't imagine that was her real voice as it was really high pitched and nasally. I hope it was just an affectation she was using for the production and the English accent was terribly off-putting. I gave it about 30 minutes and that was just enough of that.
The Sleep Room: Again, another audiobook with another English accent. This time it wasn't so awful. Male reader and his wasn't bad, but it was a snoozefest. Ha ha see what I did there? It's a book called The Sleep Room and I called it a snoozefest. I'm being a bit harsh. It wasn't too bad, it was just a bit dark and dreary and slow and I think at the time, it wasn't something I was in the mood for. It's probably more of a winter time book, dark, rainy, weekend book. Not a middle of a bright spring day book.