*I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.*
Well, I have been incredibly conflicted lately. I received a book for review – Emerge by Melissa A. Craven – and I was excited to read it because the story sounded pretty cool. The problem is that I found myself really not enjoying the storytelling, so I decided not to finish the book for the time being. The guilt over not finishing this book is killing me.
Emerge tells the story of a teenage girl named Allie, who has lived a lonely life because there is something about her that makes people uncomfortable. This book is the story of her discovering what makes her so special, and finally finding a place where she fits in. I can’t give you much more of a synopsis, because, even though I read about 200 pages of the book, I still don’t know much about what was happening with the plot.
I have been conflicted because I made a commitment to review this book, but I found myself really bored and annoyed with it. I decided I wanted to put this book down around page 80, but I wanted to fulfill my commitment to review, so I pushed forward. I finally consulted a bunch of my blogger friends, and they made me feel ok with stepping away from the book. Ultimately, I was really bored with the book, and I had a pile of books I was really excited about sitting there waiting to be read.
Since I didn’t actually finish this book, I don’t feel comfortable with giving a full-fledged review. Who knows how I would feel if I had actually read the second half of the book? All I can do is tell you how I felt about the part that I did read and explain why I decided not to finish this book.
So here are the problems that I had with Emerge as I was reading it:
- There was barely any exposition in the entire 200 pages that I read. The story was told almost completely through conversations, so I felt as though I was just being told about the world rather than being shown how it worked.
- It took over 100 pages of this conversational plot before the reader got any explanation of why Allie was so special. That is a very long time to wait to get information. I found myself getting really annoyed that I was still reading and still had no idea what was going on.
- Allie seemed to be totally fine with cuddling with other boys when her boyfriend wasn’t around, and that attitude started to drive me crazy after a while.
So these are the reasons why I stopped reading Emerge at about the halfway point. I keep thinking that I might go back to it sometime in the future to see what happens in the rest of the book. I feel so guilty for not finishing it. But, when it comes down to it, I wasn’t liking this book and I have a ton of other books waiting to be read that I’m really interested in. I barely ever walk away from books, but as I have been getting more and more review requests, I have been thinking a lot about how to handle all of them. I think I will need to start being picky with the books I am reading now – if I don’t like something, I need to put it down. I have too many awesome books to read and I don’t need to spend my time reading books that don’t interest me.
I’m really curious to know your opinions about reviewing books that you dislike. Do you think that a review can be credible if the reviewer couldn’t bring themselves to finish the book? Have you ever had to put down a book you were reviewing because you really didn’t like it? How did you handle the review process?
Also, if you have read Emerge, do you think I should give it a second chance?
When you can’t bring yourself to finish a book…..
…..blame it on the books.