I'm not sure if it's fair to give this a star or not, since I didn't finish it (I read a little over half of the book.) Please also know that I very,I'm not sure if it's fair to give this a star or not, since I didn't finish it (I read a little over half of the book.) Please also know that I very, very rarely give up on a book. If something isn't working for me, I usually come back to it later and try again until I've finished (ex: The Hobbit, Catcher In The Rye.) This book sounded like a lot of fun, but I think it's one where the description is the best part, and the writing is...incomprehensible.
I'm sorry I returned it to the library before reviewing this, so I can't pull out any quotes. It read like the transcript of a cheesy 60s propaganda movie, but without the visual cues to indicate that a new person was being referred to or quoted. There were often sentences with quotation marks around them that weren't attributed to anyone. It also kind of read like a book report.
I don't know how this book got so many good reviews when it came out. I don't know anything about the author or how well connected she may be, but I know if I'd written this book, it would never have been published. I think she was going for a cheeky tone of voice? It fell flat for me and I finally decided it was a complete waste of my time. (This from someone who read the sequels to the original Vampire Diaries books, as well as quite a few House of Night books just to see how progressively awful they could be.)
This book had so much potential. Paranormal YA set in Japan? That sounds great! Alas, the main character is boring and the love interest is...not thatThis book had so much potential. Paranormal YA set in Japan? That sounds great! Alas, the main character is boring and the love interest is...not that interesting. The writing leaves something to be desired, and it was a struggle to finish.
Pro: A lovely cover, which matched my bookmark. Some illustrations. Con: This is kind of Twilight, set in Japan (but not vampires.)
Here's some imagery I couldn't figure out how to process: "He reached across the table and pressed his lips to mine. He smelled of tofu and seaweed and miso paste, his hair gel like sweet vanilla." I like miso soup a lot, but this just sounds kind of weird. Imagine an American equivalent: "He smelled of two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce and cheese, and his hair smelled of Axe shampoo."
One star for the cover, one star for the WTF factor. I can't believe this book was co-written by Meg Howrey. One of her other books, The Cranes Dance,One star for the cover, one star for the WTF factor. I can't believe this book was co-written by Meg Howrey. One of her other books, The Cranes Dance, was one of my favorites in 2012.
This book is a mess. I had to re-read sentences over and over and sometimes out loud before I could make any sense of them. Was there an editor involved, ever? There is a lot of sex in this book, and it is all awful. I think this wanted to be a Dan Brown novel, but it failed. So there's that.
I'm not even sure what the plot was, in the end. A Beethoven scholar goes to Prague to catalog some Beethoven stuff in a private collection and then...has sex with a stranger in a bathroom and is snide about everything in the city for no apparent reason? And...then someone tries to kill them because...the person is a bad person? I don't know. And neither will you, so save yourself the trouble and just say no. ...more