L-chan (mellowcandle) wrote,

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not so very long ago

Four books for September. I started another but haven't finished yet.

Shelf Life by Suzanne Strempek Shea
The Naked Earl by Sally MacKenzie
Save as Draft by Cavanaugh Lee
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

I'm done with the Naked series. I said I was going to be done anyway, but I wanted to read Robbie and Lizzie's story. Well, they got the worst story ever. Like, imagine there are two side characters that you really like and decide to ship, and then someone writes them the most awful contrived fanfic ever? That's how this felt. And Robbie got the Stephen Westmoreland treatment: the witty, charming, easygoing friend/brother from one book is turned into angsty broody cynical guy when he gets his own book.

And I don't think I'm going to read any more books done in email format. I usually pick them up because they're quick, light reads, but the main characters are always so shallow and obnoxious. At least both of these books I got through swap and can swap them right back out.

Hedgehog I liked at times, when the characters weren't getting too bogged down in their own navel-gazing pretentiousness, but it took forever to really get going. And then it suffered the same problem that One Day did and annoyed me for the same reason. It's like, the author ran out of ideas, and instead of ending the book at a reasonable point, they added a couple more chapters that just ruined the whole thing. I guess now from the ending I can see it sort of coming from the beginning, but that doesn't make it any more satisfying or enjoyable. I read books for fun, not for downer endings.
Tags: books 2011
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