My rating: 3 stars (out of 5)
I bought this at a promotional price for 99 cents because I’d read a few articles about how great it was and was very excited to get such a bargain. I started it almost immediately but I couldn’t get past the first paragraph on the first two tries. It was only when I decided to clear my bookshelf of all my “crud” and forced myself to plough on through that I discovered that I actually quite liked it. That said, I can’t give anything more than 3 stars if it took me nearly 3 months and a twist of the arm to read it.
Not much happens in the story and I never mind that much in literary novels, except this isn’t a literary novel. So you get the slow pace without the absolutely exceptional writing (don’t get me wrong, the writing is very good just not good enough to really affect me, nothing to set me alight…) I was invested in the characters and I wanted to know what happened but I didn’t really mind when bad things happened to anyone. I’m a bit non-committal about the whole thing. Maybe it’s because it feels like it’s set in the past when I think it’s actually set in the future?
So, my conclusion? I’m in for her next novel, absolutely. And I promise not to take 3 months to read it. I just hope to like it a little bit more…
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