Book Review: Books I Didn’t Finish

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One of my favorite ways to find interesting books is to check out new release book lists.  Many of the books I come across are just as addicting as they sound; however, every now and then, I can’t quite get into certain ones.  Here’s a review of some of the books I didn’t end up finishing:

  1. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – I saw this book on so many reviews and heard a lot of good hype about it.  It’s an inspirational read that focuses on how to enhance your creativity.  Although I loved the idea of this book, it just didn’t draw me in.  The pace was a little too slow and the author repeated a lot of her thoughts.  Even though it wasn’t a good pick for me personally, it might appeal to others who are looking for career inspiration.  (2 out of 5 stars)
  2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – This was another book I heard a lot of hype about.  The plot follows a New York girl who jets off to Singapore to spend the summer with her boyfriend.  When she arrives, she is surprised to be thrown into a world that thrives on money and betrayal.  Although the overall premise was a good one, it didn’t deliver the suspense I was hoping for.  (2 out of 5 stars)
  3. Ink and Bone by Lisa Unger – I heard a lot about this author before beginning this book (the first I read from her).  The plot follows a girl who has supernatural abilities and can communicate with ghosts.  She begins to learn more about her powers as she teams up with a detective to find a missing girl.   The beginning of the story was very suspenseful and it was easy to root for the main character.  However, the story started to trail off about midway through.  The book felt longer than it needed to be and I may have liked it more if the conclusion was delivered sooner.  Although it wasn’t my cup of tea, I have read positive reviews from other readers.  (3 out of 5 stars)
  4. The Trap by Melanie Raabe – The plot of this book follows a reclusive author who resolves to seek revenge against her sister’s murderer.  The main reason I didn’t finish this book was because of the heartbreaking portrayal of the main character.  The author vividly describes the anxiety and sadness she feels following the murder of her sister and it was just too difficult to read.  (2 out of 5 stars)
  5.  The End of Everything by Megan Abbott – I am a big Megan Abbott fan and loved her most recent book, You Will Know Me (reviewed here).  I love her style of writing and ability to connect you to the characters.  The plot of this book involves two thirteen year old best friends who are separated when one of them goes missing.  The story was so addicting that I read almost all of the book to find out what happened to the missing girl.  I wasn’t able to keep reading it after I found out the disturbing details about how and why she was taken though.  Although I’ve read a lot of books that discuss kidnappings, this one was just too hard to continue.  It is definitely the kind of book that stays on your mind, long after you’ve stopped reading it.  (3 out of 5 stars)

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!  If you have any book suggestions, be sure to leave a comment.

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