The 'Meh' Chronicles [3]

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Also known as "mini reviews for books I hated, DNF'd, or was indifferent toward."


My Bookish Thoughts:
As a person who likes psychological thrillers, I thought this would be the perfect read for me. It seemed a mixture of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin and House by Ted Dekker and Frank Peretti, and I’ve always enjoyed Amityville Horror, so it seemed like a perfect synthesis! I was all for seeing this awesome concept on paper, but I was severely disappointed.

I wasn’t surprised that this book dealt with some darker themes and actions, but what I was surprised with was the reception of those actions. The MC’s father beats his mother, but he seems to think she deserves it. That’s not okay in my book. Also, there were too many similarities between Amity and Amityville Horror without it being the actual Amityville Horror house. 

I honestly wish this book would have been better. I DNF’d it about  40% in, so take that for what you will.



My Bookish Thoughts:  
So first off, I am all about Edgar Allan Poe and his poem Annabelle Lee, so I figured that this would be nothing short of spectacular and spooky. The perfect Halloween read as I caught up on my ARCs.
There were a lot of things I really liked about this book, but also a lot of things that I really didn’t like. I love all of the implementation and planting of Poe’s works. As a person, who has done an extensive amount of research over him in my undergrad years, my little English major heart fluttered with joy, but what I found I didn’t like about this book, though it was spooky and decently good, I felt that the prose was too stiff. I’ve read stiff prose in pieces that try to reflect the time period, but I normally get into the rhythm of the prose style before too long. This one, I felt like at every turn, I was constantly reminded about its stiffness and less than flowery descriptions that could have added oh so much to the book as a whole.

Overall, I thought the book was okay. A decent piece of fiction, especially for anyone with a love for Edgar Allan Poe.




My Bookish Thoughts:
When I first saw this book on Goodreads, I was so excited! It seemed like a beautiful and interesting concept—one that is not constantly being recycled, so I immediately asked for it on Edelweiss. 

For the most part, it lived up to my expectations. I wasn’t expecting anything particularly grand and exciting, but I was expecting it to be a nice read and a change of pace from the constant world of contemporary books I had been reading at the time. 

For the most part I liked this book, but there were a few things that kept me from really taking off an enjoying it. Gena’s character, though overall decent, was a bit frustrating for me at times. I like my MCs strong in mind, and Gena didn’t always show this. She had trouble taking action and thinking for herself, which always bothers me no matter which book I read. I get that her character is a flawed one, which I honestly appreciate, but I think you can create a flawed character who still knows her mind and acts upon what she thinks.

The plot was good, not great, not exceptional, but by no means was it bad. There’s a lot of action in this book, which I loved, but the ending was a bit too-fast paced. There were a couple times where I had to reread passages because I got lost in what exactly was happening. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book, but in some places it just screamed 'meh'. It was a nice change of pace for me though, and I give it 3 stars.

Did you read any of these books? What did you think of them?

7 comments:

  1. Hmm, sorry to hear Amity and Of Monsters and Madness didn't go over too well for you, Amanda! They're two I've had my eye on. However, I haven't heard anything positive about them, so I think I might not waste my time with them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on these three. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, I heard mixed reviews about them too, but it was after I had requested them so I had to read them. However, Genesis Lee wasn't all that bad, so at least there was a little goodness in with the badness lol. :)

      Delete
  2. Ha ha ha, Amity and Of Monsters and Madness were mehs for me also. A lot of people who read Amity actually did think they were reading about the Amityville horror house, until I poi ted out thatthis house was in a different state. Of Monsters and Madness irked me from the beginning because it was obvious she researched nothing. She thought Philadelphia was a seaport (it is on river, not the ocean) and she really took serious liberties with Poe's actual timeline. It botbered me even more when she, in an interview, talked about all of the seriously time consuming research she had done. Really? Lol.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Also, is this a floating feature because if it is I would like to follow it on my blog. :)

      Delete
    2. Okay, I thought some things weren't adding up in the Poe timeline, but I didn't research it much at the time. I wrote my research papers on him a few years ago, so I've forgotten a lot. Anyways, that completely doesn't surprise me. Hmmm.

      I don't know what you mean by a 'floating feature' but it's just kind of a feature I made up just to catalogue the books I didn't really like or don't think are worth a full review, and I just post it whenever I have need of it (sometimes that's one every month or sometimes every other month). You are more than welcome to use it on your blog, just link back to my blog like you would a Top Ten Tuesday at the beginning of the post. I'm also going to be making a better banner for it in the coming weeks, so if you wanted to borrow the banner too, it will be till after finals are done. :)

      Delete
    3. Yep, that is exactly what a "floating feature" is. I definitely will be using it in the future and I will link it back to your blog. :)

      Delete

Copyright © 2014 Of Spectacles and Books
Template and Design by New Chapter Designs