Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Review: Exile by Kevin Emerson
I really wanted to like Exile. But I knew from the moment that I started reading it that I would not like it. I didn't like the writing. At all. And there were way too much information about things I didn't care about at all. A bunch of boring things that I feel like no one thinking about. Ever. Sigh. At least not me. There was just so, so much I did not like about this book.
I had so many issues with this book. And even thinking about them is making me angry. I wish it wasn't so, but it was. Exile was not for me. I could say that maybe it had been for me, if I had cared more for bands or whatever. But the truth is that I don't think I would have ever liked this book. Because I do like music. But I couldn't connect at all to those parts in this book. It was just a bit boring for me. And way too much drama. The book is all about drama. There is this music school they go to, I suppose. But we never read more about it. It obviously didn't matter in this book. The book is told from the point of view of Summer. Or Catherine. Or whatever. She was two people. One with her parents, one with others. Seriously? Not cool. I didn't like her much. How she lied and never talked to her parents. You don't do that. And she just.. she was not a good person. Well, in some ways. Mostly I didn't connect with her.
I'm not going to mention all the things I didn't like in this book. Would take forever. But I'm going to mention some. As I said, I did not like the main character. Probably because we never got to know anything about her. AT ALL. We get to know that she used to be manager for a band that left her, and she dated the guy for years. And that's it. She compares him a little to the new guy, but then we barely hear about them at all. No mentions about what she did back then. No mention about who she was.
The whole book was like that. We don't get to know anything about anything. Okay, a few things. But it wasn't enough. Mostly focus on inside her head about things I have no clue what was supposed to mean. Didn't make any sense. Sigh. Oh, then there is the boy, Caleb. Who is dreamy and hot and blah blah blah. They meet. Then an hour later they are kissing. SERIOUSLY. Very bad case of insta-love. She knew NOTHING about him. Just that he was hot. And could sing. I hated the way the romance was written.
Sigh. There was just so much I hated in this book. The band parts. I didn't care. Not even a little bit. There's supposed to be this mystery, but I couldn't find it in me to be excited at all. It was just boring and truly not that exciting at all. We meet more characters. Whom we yet again know nothing about. Then in comes Val. And Summer is oh so jealous. And Caleb is saying it's nothing. And it is awful. I hated it. No love triangle. Summer learns about her past, and she is full of guilt. Seriously? Not real.
Then there is that ending. It just ended. With the plot half-way there. We didn't get to know anything about what happened with.. you know, THE WHOLE PLOT. The reason for the book. We never got to see what happened. Not that I care, because I don't, but seriously. Not a good ending. Sigh. I'm sorry. There was just a lot of things that I did not like in this book. And I've only mentioned some of it. But I'm not going to say more now. I don't want to. I just want to forget about this book as soon as possible.
But huge thank you to HarperCollins International for the review copy of Exile. <3 I'm so sorry that I didn't like it. At all. But I'm still thankful that I got to read it. <3 And I must admit that my review copy looks all kinds of gorgeous, as I do still love the cover. It's pretty. I'm not sure I can recommend this book to others, though. As I'm not sure anyone would like it. Sigh. But I also know that some will love it. But it wasn't for me. But if you do read it, I do hope you like it more than me. Kind of. Probably :)
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It was a shame you didn`t like the book. I have not heard of this book before, but don`t think I'm going to read it. I don`t know if it's a book for me.ReplyDelete
The MC sounds strange and I don't care for books filled with drama. I think it's a good thing I wasn't interested in the first place. I'm sorry to hear you disliked it so much :(ReplyDelete
I doesn't sound like the romance here would be for me either. I'm also not a fan of abrupt endings, as they always make me feel like I've been cheated a little bit. So sorry this was such a tough read for you, Carina! Thanks for being honest though. It sounds like this book will probably only work for a specific audience, and I don't think that includes me.ReplyDelete
I hope you enjoy your next read much more. :)
Thank you Sam. <3 Yeah, I had huge issues with this book :\ Wish I could have loved it more. Sigh. Yeah.. I'm not sure you would like it either. Probably wouldn't :DDelete
Aw....that's a shame you didn't like this one as much as you hoped you would! :( I can definitely see where you're coming from...sometimes writing can almost be too detailed, and it ends up becoming annoying. And the main character sounds a bit strange too... I think I'm going to skip this one because everything you've mentioned will probably bother me as well, but thanks for sharing your thoughts, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3 Hopefully your next read is better!ReplyDelete
~ Zoe @ The Infinite To-Read Shelf
Yess. I'm sorry that I didn't like it either. But sometimes that is for the best :) Yeah.. I'm not sure you would like this book either. I just can't recommend it for anyone, lol (A) Thank you so so much Zoe. <3 You are amazing :)Delete
So sorry you didn't like Exile better, Carina :( I wasn't sure either and so I decided I better not read it too soon. Thanks for your honest review. They are always important so people can really decide if they want to read a book or not and not be disappointed in the end!ReplyDelete
Aw man. I just picked up this book too, but it doesn't sound like something enjoyable at all. :(ReplyDelete
Aww, I'm sorry you didn't like this Carina! I was vaguely interested and I liked the cover but now I think I'll just pass on it. :( Great review, though!!ReplyDelete
Sorry you didn't like this one Carina =( I still want to read it because I've heard some really great things too, but this way I've heard both sides =) Thanks for sharing your honest opinions!ReplyDelete
Awww, I'm sorry you didn't enjoy this book at all. I'm guessing it really was not your kind of book at all!ReplyDelete
Thank you as always for your very honest review about your feelings for this book!