DISCLAIMER: I’m usually a lot nicer!
Hey guys! Danielle here!
I’m so excited for my first post on LilybloomBooks and any of you who already know me won’t be surprised that of course, it’s a ranty one! Yes, I am *that* girl! 😉
One of the things I love about my blogger friends is that we can disagree on books and not secretly be thinking “You’re such a stupid head!” (Well not always…lol) There have been some doozies though over the years, as you’ll see below and even now I’m still baffled that I was the odd one out because most of these SCREAM “It’s totally a Danielle book!” Without further ado, let’s rip!
I was so excited to read this, I heard so much about how amazing the writing was, the characters and oh yeah, the Infamous Twist! I’ll give her the writing, it was impressive, and the prose was beautiful as was her use of metaphor. However at times, it felt a little pretentious. Because of the mystery aspect to the plot, for me there was zero character development. We never get to know any of the characters. I actually can’t tell you the names of any of the Liars without referring to the text, that’s how forgettable they were for me. When there is zero emotional connection to a character this is a major problem.
The other low point was that twist. For me, it was soooo ridiculously obvious. There are major clues on every page, every interaction and conversation from 25%. If you’ve ever seen a David Lynch or M. Night Shyamalan movie than your nose will probably break from being smacked so hard in the face with the plot.
This book should be lauded by many for its beautiful writing and for the majority the plot will be executed with perfection so this is majorly an “It’s not you, it’s me” situation but I was utterly disappointed.
What is it with me and twists?? Seriously, don’t mention a twist in the blurb people, I read that and my inner bloodhound comes out to play and she is merciless! If you were one of the lucky people who didn’t guess the “twist” within the first two chapters then Beautiful Oblivion was probably a great romance with scorching chemistry and an OMG ending. If you were like me however then you’re probably feeling a bit like “…eh yeah it was alright but what was the point again?”
Despite the ups and downs of its predecessor, I enjoyed Beautiful Disaster so I was actually looking forward to Beautiful Oblivion. Unfortunately I read about this ending that was supposedly mind-blowing and when I settled down to get lost in the romance, I couldn’t help but examine the book with forensic efficiency and within an embarrassingly few amount of pages I had ruined the plot for myself. Yeah I know, I’m my own worst enemy!
(Takes deep breath)…Ya know what; if I start…I won’t stop. Yeah let’s just not go there….stop typing, stop. STOP!
Oh Jiminy Christmas! This book induces such a physical reaction in me when I think about it, that just looking at that cover causes me to feel a sharp pain in my frontal lobe that I legit think is a blood vessel exploding. Dysfunction isn’t sexy and while I could reconcile Lexie and Trent and actually enjoyed their relationship, despite the massive info dump at the beginning to get us on board with the relationship. Seriously we’re reading the book, we’ve bought the premise, we don’t need to know how amazing and sweet and kind Trent is, we’re on board now give us the sexy times, the relationship with Alessandro was just A Little Too Far (Ba dum bum) for me. I loved him as a character but the way Lexie treated him was despicable and that moment in her apartment sickened me. She wasn’t a character I could find anything likeable about and the two men were definitely the (few) high points of the book. Hype, you’re an evil mistress.
Hey Hype, seriously beat it! I had such high hopes for this one. I mean, look at that cover and honestly for the first third, I really enjoyed – the descriptions of the ship, the tension, and the drama. The remaining 2/3’s however just dragged for me. All I can remember is a lot of walking across a planet with a few survival tests thrown in. It was tiresome and here it comes – yeah that “twist”? It would have been more shocking if (a) the characters were likeable and (b) if the book had the spine (get it?) to follow through with said “twist”. This had the potential to be great sci-fi but it came across as diluted and the type of sci-fi that I’d recommend to people who like the new Star Trek movies but make fun of the TV series i.e. just sci-fi enough to make them feel like they are outside their comfort zone. Needless to say it was wholly disappointing in *MY* opinion.
What about you guys? Any books you expected to love and found yourself the lone wolf? Let me know in the comments!
I’m Danielle, a 30-something Irish girl with a weakness for Hot (Hot!) tea, swoony romance, spicy food and my adorable poms – Ella and Gracie!