Today, I’m coming to you with mini reviews of 2 books I’ve read over the last couple of months but just never reviewed. Sometimes, I don’t really feel like making a full review so this post takes care of that problem! Maybe I’ll do these more often! Let’s get into it.
Title: Never Let Me Go
Author: Kazuo Ishiguro
Published: April 5th, 2005
Genre: Adult Fiction
Rating: 3/5 stars
I’d been hearing great things about this book -and the author- for such a long time! And then I finally decided to read it after lending it from the library. I don’t know guys, don’t kill me, but I didn’t really enjoy reading this one. I was interested enough to finish reading but it was far from a five star read for me.
I’ll just quickly go through the things that prevented me from loving/liking this book. Firstly, I didn’t feel connected to any of the characters at all. I think that’s because of the way the story was told. Even though we are reading through Kathy’s perspective, I felt emotionless while I read. I didn’t care about any of the characters -and I felt like Kathy didn’t care about anything either right up until the end. Another part I didn’t like were the time perspectives. One moment you’re reading about Kathy as an adult, then she is 9, then 16, then 5 and it was just SO CONFUSING. It just drew me out of the story every time -if you understand what I mean. Lastly, I saw the end coming. I just felt like there was no point to this…
I’m sorry to all the people that love this book. I really wish I would have loved it too. Maybe I missed something while reading it? I don’t know. Maybe someday I’ll reread it and fall in love.
Series: Outlander #1
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Published: 1991 by Bantam Dell
Genre: Romance, Historical Fiction
Rating: 4/5 stars
I read this book in March along with Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense for a read-a-long we did. It as so much fun! I really enjoyed being able to talk about this book as I was reading it.
I really did enjoy this book -hence the 4 stars I gave it. However, I do think that this book is sometimes promoted wrongly. Let’s be honest and say that this is just an adult romance book -the time travel is kind of pushed to the side. It focuses a lot more on the romance. Not that there is anything wrong with that at all! You just have to know what to expect.
What did I enjoy about this book? A lot. First off, the setting. I mean, all I want to do now is travel through the Highlands with a backpack -and I don’t think of myself as a backpacking kind of person. I liked the characters as well -hello Jamie Fraser! And of course, the storyline. This book is quite long so the story encompasses quite an amount of time and happenings, but I didn’t really feel bored. There was always something catching my interest, whether it was a place, a new character or an exciting twist.
What didn’t I like as much? The first 50 pages were a bit hard for me to get through. I felt like nothing was happening and I was just sitting there waiting for the time travel to happen. Once that did though, it really took off for me. The other aspect of the book I had a bit of trouble with it the obvious culture differences between the 1700s and our modern age. Women are viewed as incapable of doing anything -unless they are a witch and therefore killed- and are treated despicably sometimes. There were certain scenes where I was SO ANGRY at Jamie and I couldn’t understand why Claire would forgive him. But then again, that is what happened in that time so I guess that just makes the book more authentic?
Overall, I really did enjoy this book. I would say though if you are younger and uncomfortable with sex scenes and graphic descriptions -of anything- then this is definitely not a book for you.