March 31, 2011

Chime by Franny Billingsley


OK! It is finally time that I became completely honest with myself! I am REALLY struggling with this book. It has taken me 3 weeks to get to page 99 when I should have read the whole book in 3 to 5 days TOPS!

Don’t get me wrong, the storyline is good! It is the writing style that is putting me to sleep every 10 pages. When reading the last few pages I thought, “Am I reading poetry?” To make it even tougher to read, the main character, Briony, is constantly engaged in an internal self-loathing and self-hatred mind battle with herself!

This was my first ARC, so I felt a little devoted to finishing this book. But it has now caused all my other (I’m sure amazing) books to be pushed to the back burner. Now that I have slowly started to part ways with this book and set it aside, I realized that I am no longer pissed off at my new puppy for chewing on my first ARC!

And, I can now attend to the other books sitting on my nightstand. But I’ll need superpowers to SPEED read them so I can avoid an enormous late charge at the library.

At the moment...I am not going to give this book a rating because I would like to still give it a chance. I still have high hopes for this book.

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Ottilie Weber said...

Hey Urban Fantasy! I just wanted to tell you I am giving you an award! This is a new award, I laughed when I recieved it. Your blog beautiful, I love all the fairies! I just added this book by the way on my to-read list. I can't wait to see more from you!

Jess (Gone with the Words) said...

Aw, that sucks. I'm really looking forward to reading this one. I hope it gets better for you!

Lisa (Read.Breathe.Relax.) said...

I recently read The Book Smugglers review of Chime, and they said the same thing! That it was really hard to get past the writing, which was kind of poetic?

It does sound good, but it's always hard to push on through a book that's tough to get through :/

Sandy N. said...

Life is too short to read books that aren't grabbing you. At least you gave it a shot!
BTW, I love the fairies on your page. Who's the artist?

Steph from said...

Following you from the hop now. I also have Chime so am not reading your review yet. Hope you will stop over to visit and follow.Fangs, Wands and Fairy Dust
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Anonymous said...

I want to read this book so bad, and I like that your review so far is so Honest, I'll wait until you finish the book to decide.

Kindlemom said...

I will admit this book was different, the language, the setting, the characters but, I stuck with it and you know what? It was actually a pretty good read. I ended up liking that it was different from any others out there. But I agree that it just won't be for everyone.

Sherry Soule said...

Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts and opinions about the book.

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