Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Ambrose Beacon by Alena Gouveia

I don't know how I feel
*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*

I think a lot of things were done right with this book, but still, a lot of things were done wrong. I don't know though. I seem to be the only one giving this book a somewhat negative review. I think this is one of those books that you're going to need to make up your own mind about. Don't just take my word for it. Read it yourself.

Let's start with the right. Gouveia manages to create a fairly interesting and original story. The plot was interesting. In general it was something that i was interested in and wanted to read. His writing is very good and easy enough to read. Gouveia was always clear in his narrative. There was never a part that made me go "huh?". There's a decent balance between detail and dialogue, which is something I find is hard to do so I admire this skill. Yet, I still find myself feeling distant from the book and the characters.

Maybe it's because it's in third person. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I just don't like books in third person. It's not that they're bad. It's just not how I like to read. Maybe it's because it had a prologue. Not a fan. Never have been. Never will be. It's just one of those things that I don't get. Maybe it was the characters. In the first chapter we're introduced to Jerry and Larry. This is probably what turned me off from the book, that and it taking place in Colorado (there's nothing wrong with Colorado. It's a lovely state. But I just have some demons there that I was trying to forget. Thinking about it makes me angry, and in turn, so did this book), but I won't even get into that here. The names were just so cheesy. I couldn't take it.  Maybe it was the slow beginning. It does pick up towards the end, but if the beginning is slow that sets a mood for the whole book.

Then again. Something keeps taking me back. I think I might have to reread this one. Maybe not right away, but soon. I have some super mixed feelings about this book. I think you should check it out. I'm interested in what everyone else is thinking. Maybe I'm just like broken or something. I'm totally rereading this sometime within the next few months. If my opinions change I'll let you know. For now, I'm stuck with mixed emotions.

I give this book two and half stars

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