Books Left Unread #68

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler

What We Saw

 

I have an ARC of this book sitting on my shelf. I received it from someone because the premise really captured my attention. Apparently it wasn’t enough to make me grab this off of the shelf. It seems to be getting good reviews on GR so maybe I should give it a chance. Have you read it?

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Books Left Unread #67

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

 

I bought this the week it came out because of the hype. And the cover. That cover is pretty good. I just haven’t pulled this off my shelf yet. 😦 Have you read this? What did you think? Do I need to move it up on my TBR?

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Books Left Unread #66

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

The Girl with All the Gifts

 

This is being made into a movie and I usually try to read the books before seeing the movie. Have you read this? Have you heard about the movie? Let me know!

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Books Left Unread #65

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Ink and  Bone by Rachel Caine

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)

 

I cannot come up with a decent reason for not reading this yet. It seems as if it would be an amazing story and right up my alley, yet I am afraid of it letting me down. I have been so let down by books lately that I’m skittish to read a lot. 😦 Have you read this one?

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Books Left Unread #64

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)

 

 

I have come so close to borrowing the audio from the library but just haven’t done it yet. Why? Hype. There is a high rating on Goodreads which worries me that I won’t like it as much. Also, fantasy books sometimes lose me. 😦 Have you read this one?

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Books Left Unread #63

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Books Left Unread

Welcome to my blog post where I talk about the books I have been meaning to read, but just have not yet. You know what I am talking about – the books that have remained unread for various reasons yet when you see them you think, “You know, I really need to read that.” Instead you get distracted by another book, series, or something in your TBR pile. It happens to the best of us. I want to spotlight those books in the hope that I can persuade myself to move them up on my TBR list.

This week’s post is dedicated to:

Wringer by Andrew W. Smith

Winger (Winger, #1)

 

I believe I haven’t read this one due to the hype around it. I remember when it came out everyone raved about it. I have a history of being the black sheep of popular books so that keeps me from starting it. Have you read it?

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Review: The Amateurs (The Amateurs #1)

The Amateurs (The Amateurs, #1)

 

What a disappointment of a book. If I had been smart, I would have DNFd this story. Painfully underdeveloped characters, immature dialogue, uncomplicated plot, and no substance whatsoever. I almost kick myself for taking the time to read this.

Young people are interested in solving cold cases. That’s the premise of this story/series. Seneca Frazier sees a cry for help on an unsolved cold case on a message board/website and jumps at the chance to help. She meets up with several people she friended online. They all put their heads together to try to solve the mysterious murder of an innocent girl so many years ago.

That all sounds well and good, but the delivery of this story was horrid. Not only was the overall story bad but it was not well developed at all. The characters were underdeveloped; the plot was laughable; the dialogue was very immature; the plot felt weak; and there was open pot smoking & underage drinking. Those together do not a good story make.

The protagonist, Seneca, was not a likeable character. She felt shallow, self centered, and immature for someone that is supposed to be out of high school. She was the character that was openly drinking when she was not yet of legal age. Her character was supposed to be the lead in helping solve an unsolvable crime but instead she was focused on how attractive her online friend Maddy happens to be. (like, oh my gosh! he’s so hot!) She focuses far too much time on pointing out how she felt Maddy was a girl but is a boy instead. Who cares. Is that the point of this story or is it working to solve a murder? I’m confused. The rest of the characters were just as bad. They all spoke in what felt to be Valley Girl talk. I had to wonder if I was reading a lower level YA book or a MG book. They talked down to everyone and really were rude. Also, don’t expect to have any adults in this book because apparently they do not exist in this town.

The opening of the story was a little confusing but the reader could quickly figure out what was going on. What really started to muck the plot up was that each character that was introduced just so happened to have had a loved one murdered and their murder was unsolved. Let me just tell you that happens to be a lot of murders. So many that the actual point of the story gets lost. Chapters and chapters are spent diving into each character’s backstories and it soon becomes an info dump. I was getting frustrated that so many things were being introduced and they were all trying to take center stage. It was too much for the plot and therefore the plot became scattered. I gave up caring who had what happen to them in their past. Either people were focused on their own histories or the characters were drooling over the hottie in the room. Regardless, this was bad writing that was poorly executed. I’m not sure anything could have been done to save this story.

I do wish I had DNFd this book like my gut was telling me to do but I had to be stubborn and finish. I know better than that. I had not read anything by this author before and I have a strong gut feeling the rest of her books are written like this. If that is the case, I will not be reading anymore by her. This book frustrated and annoyed me more than anything because it really did have promise. With all of that, I cannot recommend this to anyone unless you enjoy the other books by Shepard.

 

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