Tuesday, April 12

When a good author goes "blah"...

When a book doesn't work for me, I'm never sure whether it's actually a problem with the book or me. I mean, can't I just not be in the mood for a particular book, it might be great, but I'm not getting it.

How many times have I said to myself "I should be loving this, what's wrong with me??" But, sometimes I don't connect with a story, characters, plot, etc.

Sunday morning I finished Jane Feather's Almost a Bride. Considering I started it Saturday night one might think it was "great", but maybe all it means is I read fast--lol.

It wasn't that it was bad, it was rather, well, "blah". It had interesting elements, but somehow it didn't work, at least for me. The hero trys to be controlling, the heroine has a "political agenda", but you're never really sure what it is she wants to accomplish. And, somehow when it was finished I couldn't tell you what the hero or heroine looked like, but everything they put on their backs was described in painful detail, and yes, sometimes it is painful to get through these passages.

What happened? Jane Feather used to be an auto buy for me and I don't get it. Has my taste changed or has her writing style changed? Oh well, I wont give up reading JF, but I think she's been moved to my "used" list.


Bookwormom said...

BIG SIGH. I really, really enjoyed JF's older books, but haven't been able to "get into" her newer ones in quite a while. I only buy them secondhand & then only if a trusted fellow reader (such as yourself) :) recommends it. Oh well. I keep hoping that somehow things will change & JF's books will suddenly return to their former glory.

Tara Marie said...

Hey Amanda, I'd hate for you to not read it. Maybe the problem was me (though my sister had the same reaction).

Tara Marie said...

I just saw the review for this in RT--they gave it 4 1/2 stars. Maybe the problem really is me--lol.