Thursday, September 13, 2012

It's Not You, It's Me (3)

"It's not you, it's me. I just want to be friends."  I'm sure some of us have heard those dreaded words uttered before and the same saying can be applied to books.  Some books just don't work for me, whereas other readers may have really enjoyed them.  This new feature will be showcasing books that I never finished or reviewed.

Silence by Michelle Sagara West

Goodreads says, "Ever since her boyfriend Nathan had died in a tragic accident, Emma had been coming to the graveyard at night.  During the day she went through the motions at her prep school, in class, with her friends, but that’s all it was.  For Emma, life had stopped with Nathan’s death.  But tonight was different.  Tonight Emma and her dog were not alone in the cemetery.  There were two others there—Eric, who had just started at her school, and an ancient woman who looked as though she were made of rags.  And when they saw Emma there, the old woman reached out to her with a grip as chilling as death…. Emma was not quite like others teenagers. It was true that other girls had experienced grief.  Other girls had also lost their fathers, or had their boyfriends die in a senseless accident. But though she hadn’t known it till that night in the graveyard, unlike those other girls, she could see, touch, and speak with the dead.  In fact, Emma could draw upon the essence of the dead to work magic.  That was what Necromancers did. But Emma had no desire to be a Necromancer. She just wanted to help the ghosts who walked the streets of Toronto, unable to escape from the land of the living.  And that was just as well, because had she chosen the path of the Necromancer, Eric would have had to kill her."

My Thoughts:

I really wanted to like Silence as I received it for review, but I couldn't finish it.  Obviously, I had a few issues. 

First, the disjointed writing style was tough.  For me, it was choppy and I found myself often distracted.  

Another factor: it lacked that special something and lately since I'm a new mom, if a book doesn't hold my attention in the first 50 pages, then it's not happening.

Lastly, I needed more background and an explanation of Emma's powers. I felt a bit confused by the whole thing.  

There's no doubt the premise of Silence is fantastic and very original. From the parts I did read, they were haunting and extremely atmospheric.  I wanted to like it, but ultimately, I felt indifferent.  I'll be putting Silence in my classroom library though; I'm sure it will find a happy reader!

If you have read Silence, let me know what you think!


  1. Oh I really love this feature! We've all been there; when a book is loved by many but you sit there and try to figure out why (Throne of Glass, for one).

    Great feature!

  2. The synopsis of this one sounds promising - such a pity it didn't turn out to be a good read for you!

  3. I'm interesting in the book you are listening now too: Hemingway's girl. Can't wait for your review.

    Sorry to hear that about this book, but fingers crossed one of your students is going to enjoy it! :)

    1. I really LOVED Hemingway's Girl. Thanks for visiting, Nina!

  4. I struggled a bit with this one too Christina! I was confused by her powers as well, and I just kept getting more confused as the story went on because she didn't seem all that interested in asking questions, so we as readers never got any answers. Oh well. Hope Death and the Girl Next Door grabs your attention, I loved that one:)

  5. O sounds like a pass for me too. Thanks for your honesty doll! :)

  6. I can tell what you mean about the writing style just from reading the synopsis. Pity, the cover is so beautiful!


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