In a Flutter: Not bad, but not for me Review Yeaah…as you guys know, I’m always looking toOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Oct 2 , 2015:
In a Flutter: Not bad, but not for me Review Yeaah…as you guys know, I’m always looking to try new things, or give things a second (and n-th) chance. So I wanted to give high fantasy another chance. I was really optimistic about The Sleeping King, but unfortunately it didn’t work out.
I stopped reading about the 25% point, and this is a good length novel, so it was more than my first-30-pages rule. The story felt slow to start, and when it did it still felt slow to me, though I’m not generally a rabid action fan. But the story felt just too slow to me, for some reason. Maybe it was the writing style. The third person, past tense, multiple POV had that epic fantasy style flair, which is obviously adequate and fitting. But it didn’t do it for me, despite not having anything wrong with it. To be fair, third person multiple POV tends to have that effect on me, detachment from all characters rather than connecting with more than one MC.
The characters were kind of interesting, but not exciting for me personally; and with great appeal to young adults (or even middle graders) imo – another note I tend not to resonate with. Maybe further along the novel (or series!) the tone becomes more adult-oriented, though I honestly doubt it. I feel confident it’s gonna be a YA-ish sort of read, all in all. But if any of you read it and feel it’s better described as addressed to an adult audience, do let me know, so I can re-categorize it properly.
The fantasy world was diverse, with lots of elements – prophecies, wizards and mages, fantastic creatures, but without a connection with the characters or a particular crush on the writing style, it didn’t have the chance to shine for me.
All in all, The Sleeping King will most likely provide a very different reading experience for epic/high fantasy bildungsroman kind of fans. It was a bad fit for me, though....more
Review I was part of a tour for this title a while back. To be honest, I never was a rabid fOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Jul 22 2015:
Review I was part of a tour for this title a while back. To be honest, I never was a rabid fan of contemporary romance that’s all about the couple thing. I’m more of a romantic suspense kind of contemporary reader, to be honest – and not a rabid fan at that, either.
This is one of those reads that focuses on the couple and what they’re doing, that’s the meat of the plot, if you will. It’s generally not enough to keep me that interested, unless I develop a crush on one or both of the characters involved, or their chemistry. I didn’t develop said crush on either Monique, Alessandro, or their chemistry. Don’t get me wrong, they were fun characters, they had hot sex with some I guess one would call it kink (light stuff, up until where I read – further than middle of the read; keep in mind I’ve read lots of hardcore, and I mean hardcore kink and BDSM, so kink in itself doesn’t shock or impress me much anymore, tbh).
I think this could have gone on to be a 2-3 butterflies read, probably, had it not been for the Italian in the book. Now, I’m not sure if the review copy was the final-final format or not, but the Italian in my review copy was wonky. It kept annoying me, particularly when the wonky Italian was used not by say non-Italian tourists (which would be understandable), but by supposedly Italian natives. I’m quite sure Italians with a respectable job would know how to use their own language, lol. Maybe these issues were solved by the time the title went out on the market, I’m not sure. But I just couldn’t go on with the wonky Italian, that did stubbornly appear quite often up until the point I stopped reading. It’s a pet peeve of mine to use words in other languages and use them wrong, especially if it’s a repeat performance. Used once or twice could be funny, if that’s the effect you’re going for, but other than that, it’s a total pet peeve of mine. But if you don’t speak Italian, it won’t bother you, lol. I would have made more of an effort (a huge one, actually, because pet peeve, sigh) to ignore it, but all things considered, I just didn’t feel motivated enough to.
So if you’re into erotic contemporary romance, especially the undercover billionaire kind of trope flavor, with a bit of kink thrown in, some international settings and hot chemistry, do give this a try. It’s probably going to be a really fun read, if you’re into that. The romance had a sweet flavor to it too, which again isn’t my kind of thing. I just didn’t feel it....more
In a Flutter: Good kinkery, but not for me I was part of a book tour for this title last monOriginally posted on Feb 13 2015 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books
In a Flutter: Good kinkery, but not for me I was part of a book tour for this title last month. As you know, my policy with titles for review as part of book tour, when it’s a less than 3 butterflies, I post my thoughts on the title sometime later and not during the actual tour. To be honest, when I got the title, that little nifty warning you see there in the blurb wasn’t there. I mean the MFM one. Though I found out it was a MFM, I did after I’d agreed to give it a try, and thought “Let’s just give this a try, who knows?” I mean, I am all for kinkery, though lately I’ve been in a kinkery funk, to be honest. And Contemporary Romance funk, big time. It was certainly different from what I tend to read on a couple of basis. This was a story about rekindling a romance in an established couple. It’s a trope I almost never read, because my thing is the getting together part of romance reads, not the being together part. Yes, I know, very telling, shut up ...more
I was a part of this novel’s tour a while back, but since it was a DNF for me, I chose tOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Oct 24th 2014:
I was a part of this novel’s tour a while back, but since it was a DNF for me, I chose to post my thoughts at a later date. I’ll begin by saying this is one of those cases when I’m sure many of you will love this read, but it just didn’t do anything for me. Nothing wrong with the novel, the writing, the characters, the presentation (amazeballs cover, I’m sure you all agree, right? :D ), or anything of the sort. But the combo just didn’t tickle me pink any, that’s all. Truth be told, I’m starting to think I’m burned out on Contemporary by large, I’ve always been more of a Paranormal/Fantasy fan at heart anyway.
But let’s talk Inevitable Detour, shall we? The novel is a first person, present tense narrative, from Essa’s POV. I found her to be a likable character, consistent with her age, crush, and story development (to the point where I read it, so somewhere about 50%). Farren was okay too, mysterious, sort of alpha-vibe, but not overly so imo (again, up to the point where I read). I didn’t have a negative reaction to either of them, or to Haven, Essa’s best friend and Farren’s sister. I just didn’t have any positive reaction either. Something didn’t click for me, for some reason, primarily with the characters. I didn’t get emotionally involved in either of their sides of the story, so to speak.
Now, more so in Contemporary romance than in Paranormal or Fantasy, I feel reader reaction to the characters themselves is crucial, because while the worldbuilding can be fun, it’s not going to be quite as intricate as PNR of Fantasy might allow. Of course, all Romance reads hinge on reader reaction to one or both characters by large, you want their happy ending because you’re totally hearting one or the other, or both, right? I just didn’t feel the couple, or either of them, so their romance didn’t hook me either.
The suspense part of the read, the chase, the search, didn’t give me an adrenaline rush or anything, but again, it’s not like I felt it was lacking anything. I think this was influenced by my lack of emotional response to the characters, might I have loved say Haven, or either of the two in the main couple, I would have been emotionally invested in this part of the story as well.
Maybe I’ve been reading too much Contemporary lately, and I wasn’t a particular rabid fan of it anyway to begin with. Maybe I’ve been reading too much intense, sparks-flying, angsty romance, and as you well know, I’m a fan of tortured characters, convoluted feelings, dramatic situations, sweet is generally not my thing at all. This felt like sweet romance to me, not overly fluffy or anything, but somehow drama-free. I’m sure those of you sick of dramatic romance, lol, will enjoy this story. If you like well-balanced characters, reasonable reactions, sweet and slow-building romance, then you’ll for sure love this baby. It just didn’t work for me, there was no chemistry between us....more
I’ve been trying to read this novel for months. Seriously, I kept trying, and I got to Chapter 2…and gave up, in the end. What frustrated me about givI’ve been trying to read this novel for months. Seriously, I kept trying, and I got to Chapter 2…and gave up, in the end. What frustrated me about giving up, what still frustrates me about it, is that the story had such an original air and so much potential. It truly did, this felt like a great story.
Why, then, did I not read it? Sadly, because of the writing style. Now, if you’re of the school of thought that thinks historically flavored stories should read as close to the language of that time as possible, I believe you’ll be ecstatic about this novel. Not only do I strongly encourage you to try it, but I’ll go as far as to say I think chances are really really good you’ll love it. Because the writing style has a lot of merit, I do believe it was a very hard thing to accomplish. The way characters express themselves, the whole narrative has this consistent quality of writing. Sadly for me though, it’s not something I enjoy. It’s the kind of writing that makes you really focus on the phrasing and sometimes even re-read a bit, just to make sure you got that right the first time. If I’m spending that much time giving the writing all my attention, it means I’m spending all that time not giving the story that attention. It’s just how it works for me. Keep in mind, I’m a reader of classics. I’ve seen classic phrase structure, peculiar even at times, but this was still too distracting for me to invest myself in the actual story. It’s a style I did not respond to at all and that made the whole reading experience more of an exercise in attention than a fun ride. I read because I want fun rides, and the story, how much of it I could focus on, seemed to promise a lot of that.
I think you can tell, I’m not of that school of thought mentioned before. I like a more classic air to the writing, I even enjoy the so-called purple prose, but always when it has that feeling of smooth flowing as I read it. You know what I mean? This, to me, felt a bit staccato. I’m sorry to say it was a no go. :( I hope it’ll go different for you guys, let me know if you do give it a try, yes?...more
I'm sorry, but I couldn't do it. I just couldn't. I read something like the first third ofOriginally posted on Nov 27 2011 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
I'm sorry, but I couldn't do it. I just couldn't. I read something like the first third of the book, giving our chemistry chance after chance to kick in, to bedazzle, to sweep me off my feet. Perhaps if I would have gone further it would have happened, you might tell me. Sadly, I'm sure it wouldn't have.
The plot was interesting, not necessarily something I'd love to read about but something that could be gripping, you know? I was curious about it. It's the style of writing that alienated me from the book. It has this chronicle of war feel to me, I don't know how to express it properly...it feels like a very accurate description, in this efficient and clear way, of things going on. Somehow it distances me from the plot, characters and everything going on, instead of helping me invest myself in the read. It's an odd phenomenon that I haven't experienced yet.
I didn't finish it. And I'm not going to come back to it and try again, so I'm capitulating before you all on this front....more
This is a very smart idea, this edu-novel concept where you're reading a fiction that takeOriginally posted on Dec 22 2011 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
This is a very smart idea, this edu-novel concept where you're reading a fiction that takes you on a cruise through a subject, in our case physics.
Physics for me is...how do I put this...there's a reason why after studying it and chemistry well enough in high-school I went for sociology in college and didn't become an engineer like both my parents. One of the reasons is I like physics when Michio Kaku is talking to me about it, for instance, on TV of course, or Stephen Hawking, or Morgan Freeman in the Through the Wormhole series. I'm gonna love to watch the episode, give it my full attention, keep the info I find interesting. Learning it, per se, as science? Never been a fan of the drier part of it - theory. I was always a fan of the experiments, but they were few and in between.
After the first chapter of this novel, when the Collective makes an appearance, I wasn't much into it but I stuck it out for a few more chapters. It didn't work out; I mean, this Collective to begin with freaks me out. So we have these people, that have this very solid and set in stone view of things (and it doesn't matter to me what they're basing it on), that are striving for this communitary ecological way of life, but have a very closed off attitude toward this apparently evil Outside that is more techy-oriented and less naturey-oriented. My honest thoughts on this concept? Great, another group of extremist/close-minded people that are on a mission, marvelous. It's a sort of attitude that makes me think not much of someone, that sort of "I know the Truth, I know the Way - and mine is the only way!", yada yada yada. Not a fan of that, at all. And then comes the science, in a quite scientific tone, for me that not being much of a good thing, since I'm not a fan of that.
So I capitulated, I tried it, it didn't work out, I didn't connect with the characters, the world, nothing, no chemistry there so to speak. If you guys wanna experiment with it, I say give it a try, the concept is interesting and smart....more
This must be the hardest I have tried to read a book I wasn't feeling much. I tried on 3 oOriginally posted on Jul 14 2012 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
This must be the hardest I have tried to read a book I wasn't feeling much. I tried on 3 or 4 separate occasions to advance in the read, it just didn't work out at all. The first time I did something like 25 pages, then re-read those and did some 40, and then on a third try I re-read those first pages and got to 50. And finally gave up.
I really didn't connect with the MC, though I was sympathetic to her situation. Plus the story in itself didn't really get me all that curious about what's going to happen, I suspect this might have to do with the fairies, faeries, whatever you want to call them. I'll admit that vampires, demons, witches, dragons, etc get me more into any story then fairies by default, I'm not sure why. If they would have been trolls, or orcs, or ogres, my response might have been the same. Though trolls would have had a lot of entertainment potential, right? lol. It's just how my reading tastes have evolved. These high fantasy sort of worlds need to really get me hooked on plot or charm me with the MC to get me interested, I'm not curious by default, you know what I mean? And here neither the MC nor the story as it evolved to the point I stopped reading it got me hooked.
So I'm not saying that there's a particular thing that turned me off the read exactly, there just wasn't something to keep me in it. I have learned to embrace my gut feeling and if by page 50 or say 15% of the read I'm not feeling it, I'm most likely going to just move on to other titles. So much to read out there, I don't really see why make a big effort to read something I'm not enjoying when thousands of other books are waiting for me. ...more
I hate dropping books. I got through something like 40% of this one before dropping it. This is a rare case of this reads really cool but I'm just not feeling it. Strange.
As this is a book #3 in a series revolving around Darby Farr I can assume (dangerous as it may be) I would have been more of a fan of a character or something have I read the previous ones, or at least that's what I'm telling myself at this point. The truth is while reading this book I realized I've become something of a Pavlovian puppy. *sigh*
For one thing, the jumping perspective among characters is something I don't do well with. I like a steady perspective focused on one main character. This book has the exact opposite perspective pretty much, you get to glimpse into what many characters are doing. This is just a style of writing I'm not feeling the connection with much since I'm a very character-focused reader. I'll get curious about the plot 9 times out of 10 because I'm drawn to the main character, or the antagonist, or someone. I also respond a lot better to characters with a lot of sense of humor, and though the plot wasn't in any way funny the sober and jumpy focus made me feel absolutely nothing about any of the characters. There was the beginning of caring for a couple of them, they were easy to relate to, likable, but it never solidified into real care.
The writing in itself was cool, I felt I could have connected with it perhaps if our connection would have begun with something else then this particular story maybe. I don't know. This is one of those good books that I just didn't have any reaction to, I'm sorry it didn't work out. Sometimes it just isn't meant to be......more
As more time goes by, my interest in middle grade-ish sort of reads dwindles and dies. ThisOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Aug 4 2012:
As more time goes by, my interest in middle grade-ish sort of reads dwindles and dies. This phenomenon has began a while back and it’s a trend that isn’t going away yet, I just can’t keep the interest regardless of how well the book is written or how cool the world building is.
I read something like half of this book before losing interest, and I tried to keep going but I just had no curiosity left. I’m sure a lot of readers have loved or will love this to bits, because I really liked this on many accounts, but it just has no appeal to me on a personal level.
Zeke is the young man, stubborn and brave, who takes on this adventure. His mom goes on this adventure after him, basically, and we have the standard adventure scenario here. In my culture, in Romania, this is a scenario always present in fairy tales, the random characters the hero meets on his journey who always help him go through trials or tough situations, then melt away and another one shows up where it is needed. I appreciate the adventure middle grade scenario, but I just have no interest in it any longer, I’m sorry.
Here a lot of that scenario was at play, the random characters showing up to help out the protagonists, the quest, the search for truth, the identity search of the young character, the journey. This is pretty basic middle grade to me. This book comes with a really awesome steampunk premise, zombies, inventive world building and fun concepts, it’s really well written and I highly recommend it if you like middle grade or can roll with it....more
I'm not a memoir passionate, that's the first thing I'll tell you. There was one memoir-liOriginally posted on Nov 26 2012 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
I'm not a memoir passionate, that's the first thing I'll tell you. There was one memoir-like book I was ever tempted to read, and that was Steven Job's, but I never got around to actually reading one either. I've read some memoirs that I connected with, but not many. Like maybe two.
The make or break for me is character, I'm either going to connect with the main in the first five lines of the book or not at all. I've always been a 'first thirty pages' kinna girl, meaning I give any book those first thirty pages to draw me in and if it's no go by then, then it's a no go. I didn't connect with the character of this story and I gave up at around 15%.
The writing was light and fun, easy to read. If I would have connected with the story or character this might have gone a completely different way, but as it is it just didn't work out. You know how you go on a first date with someone, they're very nice, do and say all the right things, but the spark just isn't there? That's what happens for me with books, too. If there's no spark then we just have to move on, both of us.
If you're into band-life stories you might want to give it a try, it will surely work better for you. ...more
Here I am again talking about fantasy / adventure, only this time the scenario didn't realOriginally posted on Dec 22 2012 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
Here I am again talking about fantasy / adventure, only this time the scenario didn't really affect my reading experience as much.
Honestly, and you know I don't like to point these things out, I felt this needed some editing, content and all. I got to about 10% into the read thinking editing is in order, not necessarily big issues but one here, an awkward phrasing there, some over-explanation-like description at times or not a clear sense of leaving one scene and entering another. I didn't get a real sense of direction and by large young adult works give you that clear sense of direction from page three if not page one.
The packaging wasn't appealing at all, if I didn't have this on my TBR list I wouldn't have read it. The story might have been a good idea, but I didn't get to see it really or guess at what it would be about, it just didn't work out at all....more
This is a first for me (when I'm writing this; it's November, lol); finding a book that's pOriginally posted on Jan 2 2012 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
This is a first for me (when I'm writing this; it's November, lol); finding a book that's part of a series that just makes me feel like I'm too out of context from not reading the rest of the book. Many books I've read made more sense if read in the series order but did hold their own well enough by themselves, too.
In this case, I went for about half the book before finally giving up. Just too much "Huh?" going on in my head to keep going. I liked the writing, it was fun, and the characters were likable not overly charming for me and I attribute that greatly to the fact a lot of them was directly referenced to something I didn't know about. It piqued my curiosity, this book, and the cover looked totally lovely, but I wouldn't go through the first two books to make sense of it, it didn't really grip me that much.
I'm not much into horror, by large. I know, shocking since I do like dark fiction, dark fantasyOriginally posted on Aug 21 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
I'm not much into horror, by large. I know, shocking since I do like dark fiction, dark fantasy let's say. But outright horror, not so much. I don't really find the appeal in getting scared, I have enough of a thrilling life as it is living where I live. I really don't need something extra to jingle my nerves, you know?
I read something like half of this before I gave up. The read felt somewhat technical, descriptive of all sorts of aspects that I don't personally find interesting. Military-flavored reads aren't really that appealing to me, not to mention zombies are just...uhm, well, sort of grouse if you ask me. Post-apocalyptic is yet again a scenario that jingles my nerves, and I'm not a fan of it. While I can roll with some dystopia if done in such a way that accent doesn't fall on the destruction but rather on coping with it and perhaps adapting to a new world order, apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic doesn't generally do it for me, and action in general is cool but not as a focus, you know what I mean?
Anyways, this was a really bad fit I think, the writing didn't call to me, the plot didn't entertain or hook me, I didn't connect with characters at all. Really bad fit, sorry....more
I got to about 25% of this before giving up. The writing is light and pleasant, accessible. It’s that sort of first person narrative that’s really focuI got to about 25% of this before giving up. The writing is light and pleasant, accessible. It’s that sort of first person narrative that’s really focused on what’s going on with our MC and his close ones. The characters seem promising, flawed, imperfect, human. I kept reading for a while expecting for something major to happen, but it didn’t quite feel like it did. I waited until I got to this 21% point of the read, and from there on I still hoped until I got to the 25% mark and gave up.
The story line didn’t hook me at all, I didn’t feel stirred, moved, or interested, really. I think Joe had a lot to do with that, he just gave me this off feeling that I couldn’t shake. Bleh factor, you know? And Jim didn’t charm me into being curious about himself, if he’d had then Joe would have been a good source of conflict I guess. But it didn’t happen that way, sadly.
Maybe you guys get into it, let me know if you do, hm?...more
This is a very smart idea, this edu-novel concept where you’re reading a fiction that takeOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Dec 22 2011:
This is a very smart idea, this edu-novel concept where you’re reading a fiction that takes you on a cruise through a subject, in our case physics.
Physics for me is…how do I put this…there’s a reason why after studying it and chemistry well enough in high-school I went for sociology in college and didn’t become an engineer like both my parents. One of the reasons is I like physics when Michio Kaku is talking to me about it, for instance, on TV of course, or Stephen Hawking, or Morgan Freeman in the Through the Wormhole series. I’m gonna love to watch the episode, give it my full attention, keep the info I find interesting. Learning it, per se, as science? Never been a fan of the drier part of it – theory. I was always a fan of the experiments, but they were few and in between.
After the first chapter of this novel, when the Collective makes an appearance, I wasn’t much into it but I stuck it out for a few more chapters. It didn’t work out; I mean, this Collective to begin with freaks me out. So we have these people, that have this very solid and set in stone view of things (and it doesn’t matter to me what they’re basing it on), that are striving for this communitary ecological way of life, but have a very closed off attitude toward this apparently evil Outside that is more techy-oriented and less naturey-oriented. My honest thoughts on this concept? Great, another group of extremist/close-minded people that are on a mission, marvelous. It’s a sort of attitude that makes me think not much of someone, that sort of “I know the Truth, I know the Way – and mine is the only way!”, yada yada yada. Not a fan of that, at all. And then comes the science, in a quite scientific tone, for me that not being much of a good thing, since I’m not a fan of that.
So I capitulated, I tried it, it didn’t work out, I didn’t connect with the characters, the world, nothing, no chemistry there so to speak. If you guys wanna experiment with it, I say give it a try, the concept is interesting and smart....more
I’m sorry, but I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t. I read something like the first third ofOriginally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Nov 27 2011:
I’m sorry, but I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t. I read something like the first third of the book, giving our chemistry chance after chance to kick in, to bedazzle, to sweep me off my feet. Perhaps if I would have gone further it would have happened, you might tell me. Sadly, I’m sure it wouldn’t have.
The plot was interesting, not necessarily something I’d love to read about but something that could be gripping, you know? I was curious about it. It’s the style of writing that alienated me from the book. It has this chronicle of war feel to me, I don’t know how to express it properly…it feels like a very accurate description, in this efficient and clear way, of things going on. Somehow it distances me from the plot, characters and everything going on, instead of helping me invest myself in the read. It’s an odd phenomenon that I haven’t experienced yet.
I didn’t finish it. And I’m not going to come back to it and try again, so I’m capitulating before you all on this front....more
“Fans of Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-addled gonzo psychedelia [...]” – and therein lies theOriginally posted on Sep 12 2011 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books:
“Fans of Hunter S. Thompson’s drug-addled gonzo psychedelia [...]” – and therein lies the problem. The only reference of Hunter S. Thompson’s work I’ve ever allowed to rest inside my head was the movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. A really smart, and really strange friend of mine pestered me about watching the thing with him for 20 hours before I finally gave in. When I did, I regretted my weakness. Deeply. Never argue with men that have green eyes, it’s the Devil’s work, you will always lose. Well I seem to Anyways, the movie left a clear impression upon me: an awkwardly beautiful jumble that made me feel like jumping out of a window, repeatedly. I will not deny it has its charm, something of an intoxicating nature that seduces you and keeps you prisoner, like watching a train wreck happening. You know it will be bad, and there’ll be sorrow and much regret involved, but you won’t be able to stop in time to avoid it. You may feel the movie didn’t do the spirit of Hunter S. Thompson‘s writing justice, but you will not catch me reading anything of his to make amends. No devilish enchanted green eyes in the world would be able to convince me, to talk or charm me into it. There isn’t enough charm and green eyes in the world to convince me.
But let’s get back to this book. I won’t sugarcoat or dance around it, and here it is: it gave me the exact same feeling as watching Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. therefore, for Thompson fans, I’m sure this would be a treat. I’m of too much a different time to even begin to enjoy exploring this odd and frightening realm. I’m of the age when communication needs to be clear, and polished, and effective; it’s a missile you launch, after much strategic planning, and it has a clearly determined target; my European culture encourages dallying in exercises of the polished, metaphoric wording, but under the unwavering benevolence of order, even without much sense, and methodical layering of symbolism. Give ma Kafka, give me Boris Vian, and I will enjoy them, though considerably less then I did some years ago. I live in a much too Kafka-like place of the world to enjoy the encore of the senseless never-ending conundrum of events. I like gutsy, I like original, I even like peculiar. But I need clarity and order to enjoy anything, I need rational or emotional balance, I need sense.
This style, this is not my cup of tea, no matter how hard I try. And I tried, really really hard. This is my first DNF book submitted for review, and I feel guilty about it.