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review 2020-05-19 20:49
Ninth House
Ninth House - Leigh Bardugo

Sorry, not sorry, DNFed this thing at 12 percent. I cannot with this book right now. I felt like my brain was trying to slide away. The author dumps us in the book as if we should know things that she just blithely gets into. I don't know if she world-builds later or what, but I can't keep reading this book as if I know who everyone is and what they are doing. 

 

"Ninth House" is the first book in the Alex Stern series. Yeah, I say first book though the author makes it seems like this is just a continuation of another book. Alex through machinations (that I managed to gather) is a student at Yale. She is there because she can see ghosts (called Grays) in this book and seems to be some record keeper of a secret society at Yale. I can't say much more than that cause this book is all over the place.

 

My problems are the following:

 

Alex Stern. Can't really say much about her besides there is not much there to keep me reading about her. We start at the end of something big happening to her and then jump back to her observing some messed up ritual. I don't even know anything besides she eats a lot of ginger candy which I do not enjoy. Also I think she has another name? I don't know. I think between that and her having a secret society name I was just done. 


Yale. I got nothing here folks. Bardugo acts like everyone who reads this book knows exactly how Yale is set up. Bardugo go into the architecture and the meaning behind said architecture a couple of places and I wondered if she has a background in history cause that's the kind of meaningless stuff historians like to just randomly tell you when you ask them a question about anything. 

 

World-building. It's often hard to thread the needle with world-building in the first book in a series. This is a fantasy series and they are often harder in my opinion cause readers will be the first ones to bring up how the rules the author set up in book #1, and #2 are incorrect due to whatever happens in book #3. I say readers like I don't do this too.

 

Bardugo went a different direction and just threw us into this world and acted like it's no big deal. I still don't get what is happening. Secret rituals to keep people rich? Alex sees Grays? Alex is called upon when a dead body shows? Sorry, this made zero sense and I just did not want to continue. The whole mystery surrounding Lethe House could have potential, I just don't want to waste my time pushing myself to the finish on this one. Too many books out there. 

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review 2020-05-05 18:24
Walden - Henry David Thoreau

I am pretty on board with the philosophy that the author is trying to put forward, but I just really can't stand the overdone writing with all its flourishes and tangents. Another era I suppose. I'll try to find a summary of the main philosophical ideas somewhere else. DNF.

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text 2020-04-28 14:06
DNF
Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change - Stacey Abrams

I can't. I wish I could, but I can't. I made it through the introduction and skimmed the first chapter. Maybe in a couple of years, but not now.

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review 2020-04-06 20:09
Captivated
Captivated (The Donovan Legacy) - Nora Roberts

I was not captivated, DNF at 10 percent. 

 

I was hoping for a long satisfying romance read and this was not it. The book moved so slow and I could not take the main heroine, Morgana Donovan, seriously. She's a witch, living in Ireland, as one does apparently. When she started talking about meditation and looking into her scrying ball (I probably spelled it wrong, who cares) I was over it. I can take magical realism and science fiction, but this book just read as not very realistic fantasy. I also thought the hero's name was laughable bad (it's Nash Kirkland).

 

So there you go. Moving on. 

 

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review 2020-03-22 16:41
Five Feet Apart
Five Feet Apart - Rachael Lippincott

Did Not Finish at 17 percent.

 

Sorry, not sorry, this was not engaging and I found myself bored and just annoyed by this one. The characters feel so underdeveloped. Back to the library book stacks you go.

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