Day number 8 of the “30 Days of Books” challenge… You know the drill, now it’s time to spill! Okay, that was lame. I won’t say things like that anymore!!
30 Days of Books: Day #8
Least favorite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise…
Okay, I guess it’s not really a “plot device” so to speak, but I hate it when I read books where it seems like the author is (what I believe is) trying too hard. There are many ways that I’ve seen this happen in books and it’s just such a shame because it ruins a perfectly good story for me.
The one that comes to mind the most is Shatter Me by Taherh Mafi – I know there are a TON of people out there who really loved this book and thought Mafi’s prose was beautiful, expressive, and creative. I, however, felt like I was reading one long poem with metaphors and similes that didn’t quite make sense and the excessive use of strikethrough was really distracting for me. I actually chose not to keep reading the book because it was so distracting and took away from a plot I was actually really interested in reading.
Another book that comes to mind is Murder is Binding by Lorna Barrett – I felt like the ending was overly dramatic and it kind of came out of nowhere. Along with a weird twin story, an overly eccentric sister, and complete personality change in a male lead, it was all just too much for me. It didn’t completely ruin the story for me, but it was enough to leave me with a bad taste in my mouth.
Sometimes cozy mysteries get really carried away with some of the characters or situations because they’re supposed to be a little silly – But taking it to the extreme really ruins a good book for me! I’m expecting it to get a little goofy, but I still like stories to be believable.
I really don’t want to slander books, especially when I know other people are out there enjoying them, but those are just two examples that come to mind immediately. Oh well. Happy Friday, all!
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color. The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now. Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
I think this book gave me a headache. I simply could not finish. I was so excited to read it given some of the rave reviews it got and I love dystopian novels, but the writing was unbearable. It’s one thing to express yourself with a nice vocabulary, paint a picture with metaphors, etc — But that was the whole narrative. Every other sentence was a metaphor or a simile, half of which didn’t even make sense. It wasn’t beautiful and thoughtful — It was distracting and annoying. And what may have even been more annoying was the constant use of strikethrough. Okay. I get it. She’s only had herself to talk to for the past 200-and-however-many-days and she’s tormented and she’s torn about how to interact with people. But enough! Pick a thought and if you need to counteract it, do so like a normal person.
Overall, I just had to stop reading. I could not continue reading a book that was narrated like that. It was confusing, I was annoyed, and really disappointed because I think without the author trying to hard to make an impression and be something different, it could have been a really nice book.