Friday, June 28, 2013

It's Not You, It's Me (5) and Giveaway

"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.

The Rose Throne by Mette Ivie Harrison

Goodreads says, "Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marissa adores the world of her island home and feels she has much to offer when she finally inherits the throne from her wise, good-tempered father. The trouble is that neither princess has the power--or the magic--to rule alone, and if the kingdoms can be united, which princess will end up ruling the joint land? For both, the only goal would seem to be a strategic marriage to a man who can bring his own brand of power to the throne. But will either girl be able to marry for love? And can either of these two princesses, rivals though they have never met, afford to let the other live?"

My Thoughts:
Ok, so I love the concept of The Rose Throne and the cover is awesome, but ultimately, I just.couldn'  It was painful for me, because I felt it held such promise; however, something just didn't work. 

Harrison's other book, Tris and Izzie, didn't work for me either, so I am thinking that my problem may lie within the writing style.  The Rose Throne, from what I read, strived to be a high fantasy, but it never really got its legs. I spent most of the first fifty pages confused about the world-building and various magical references, such as neweyr and unweyr.  Once I finally caught on to the lingo, I was then not connecting with the characters.  At that point, I realized that The Rose Throne wasn't for me.

Still interested in reading and/or reviewing The Rose Throne? I am hosting a giveaway open to US readers, so I can pass along my ARC.  The giveaway ends July 12th and please refer to my giveaway rules.  Good luck! 

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  1. I have tried a few of the author's books but they mostly weren't to my taste. I did like the Princess and the Hound but the rest of the books in the series didn't work for me. The description sounds really good and I'm sorry this book let you down in the end.

    1. Thanks, Christina! I think her writing style really doesn't vibe with me at all.

  2. I had no idea this was the same author as Tris & Izzie. That one was almost universally panned by all the bloggers I trust most, so I avoided it like the plague. I'm thinking I won't like this one either, I don't like being confused (unless I'm supposed to be) and not connecting to the character is a huge problem. Think I'll pass Christina!

    I see you're reading Impostor next, I can't wait to see what you think! I loved that one.

    1. I remember a lot of people didn't like Tris and Izzie. I don't blame you for skipping it. I just started Imposter, but so far I am really liking it! Thanks for visiting, Jenny!

  3. That happens to me sometimes. Some authors just don't jive with me.


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