I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Elyse Springer
Released: October 23rd 2017
Series: Seasons of Love #4
Published by Riptide Publishing
” I did finish reading this story because I kept looking for something. But it never quite gave it to me.”
~ Under the Covers
I’ve been seeing this series around quite a bit in the “online book world” and thought I should give it a try to see what the hype was about. I probably did go in with high expectations because of that. But I quickly realized a few things.
1 – The author’s writing style is not for me. I’m usually the one that hates when authors get very descriptive and prefer something quick and to the point. However, this was an extreme. I was left feeling a bit of backlash after every scene ended by just sort of glossing over what was happening. Have you ever had that feeling? It’s like we are somewhere in the middle of a scene (which is already not extremely detailed) and all of a sudden this happened and that happened and on to the next scene. Wait, what? Did I miss what they talked about? Did I miss what they did? At first, I thought this was a way to just speed through the beginning part of the story. Maybe just how they meet because somehow their first encounter wouldn’t be crucial and the author wanted to fast forward. But I realized that this is just the style of the book. This may be great for some readers, but for me it just didn’t work. I was constantly left like I was missing part of the story because it was glossed over.
At this point, I had thoughts of DNFing the book. But honestly, I wanted to give it a full shot and see if it changed. So here comes my second problem.
2 – I couldn’t connect with the characters. There was no depth of emotion for me when it came to either one and ultimately they didn’t come alive. Tony felt a bit weak in my opinion and then Gee I found very interesting but I don’t think we delved into his mind and emotions enough. Again, this could be because of how I felt about the writing style but I really didn’t get a sense that I could say I knew either character even after reading the whole story.
So, sadly that brings me to my conclusion. I did finish reading this story because I kept looking for something. But it never quite gave it to me. And maybe this is a classic case of it’s not you, it’s me. I think the fact that I had a problem connecting with the author’s writing and kept feeling like I was missing parts untold of the story was probably a determining factor in how I felt about the characters. That being said, I don’t think I’ll be reading this author again.
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