adult · fiction

Come Again by Robert Webb

Come Again by Robert Webb

Rating: 1 out of 5.

UNPOPULAR OPINION COMING THROUGH.

Come Again is supposedly about a woman who loses her husband who she is madly in love with. She accidentally goes back in time, and has to make her husband fall in love with her again, while also trying to save his life from a tumour growing in his brain. The key word is “supposedly,” because truthfully, the synopsis only describes about 10% of the book and the events within this section are much different than what we expect to conspire. I would like to say that I at least enjoyed this 10% of the book, but then I’d be lying.

There’s random chunks of information EVERYWHERE, and there’s so many character’s and all of them have a super complex background that takes up like three pages. I love getting to know characters, BUT THEY ARE LITERALLY IN THE BOOK FOR 2 1/2 PAGES, WHY DO I NEED TO KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT THEM? And holy, how, HOW, can these characters still manage to be SO one dimensional when all of this information is given?

In the book, there’s a part where Kate insults her husbands book (he’s an author) and says the reason it sucks is because it has no meaning or plot, and in that moment, I just thought, “wow, maybe this book is aware that the exact same thing is happening here.” BECAUSE IT IS. THERE IS NO PLOT OR MEANING, ONE SECOND THERE’S THE RUSSIAN MAFIA, THEN THERE’S SOME DUDE WHO’S SUPPOSEDLY IN LOVE WITH THE MAIN CHARACTER (I did not sign up for a love triangle) AND THEN THERE’S A BUNCH OF RANDOM CHARACTERS THAT DO NOT EFFECT THE PLOT NOR CHARACTERS IN ANY WAY.

In the beginning, I felt this was a spy novel, in the middle, I thought it might be a badly written romance, but in the end, I realized this was just a mess.

I can’t even start to talk about part 3 of this book because I don’t think I’ve ever read anything messier, and let me remind you that I began writing when I was 12, so I’ve read a lot of terrible plotless stuff, but this definitely took the cake.

I hate writing negative reviews because I know authors pour their souls into their work, but I really feel this needs to be revised WAY more and some irrelevant parts really need to be cut down (70% of this book is info dumps that the reader doesn’t need). Aspects need to be more subtle, I knew what the end result would be 20% into the novel which is never a good sign, and foreshadowing should definitely be used. The writing is not like that of a novel. I LOVE descriptions, they really help me dive deeper into the book, and I feel like a movie is playing in my mind as I read, but the descriptions were so plain and boring, I felt as if I were reading a text book, and the movie in my head was non-existent.

I also don’t think this should be branded to be a romance, but rather, a general fiction because nothing about this book is romance. Seriously, I do not know what was happening. I will not mention anything here because I don’t want to spoil anything, but MANY aspects of the non-existent “romance” (and I mean this quite literally, it was non-existent) was rushed and it was so painfully obvious.

I did like the concept, though I didn’t like how it was executed, but it was still a cool idea and that’s why I requested this book from netgalley in the first place. It’s just that I was not given what was promised in the synopsis, and this book felt like it was struggling to find a genre it could conform to.

After this book, I am officially taking a break from romance books (though as I said previously, I wouldn’t classify this as a romance). Well, technically, after I finish reading Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer (I can’t resist). Any recommendations for other genres (I’ll read anything as long as it’s interesting) are welcomed!

Trigger warning: (view spoiler)[cheating (technically?) (hide spoiler)], suicidal thoughts, depression…etc.

Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All opinions are my own.

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contemporary · fiction · suspense

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

The Harpy by Megan Hunter

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

❝ Sometimes I question whether anyone can know what it’s like before it happens. Marriage and motherhood are like death in this way, and others too: no one comes back unchanged. ❞

I don’t know how I feel about this book. It’s dark and gritty, fused with themes of infidelity and abuse strewn in. The writing style was very poetic, and I thought the author’s writing was beautiful, but some of the descriptions felt a bit unnecessary. The Harpy follows the life of Lucy as she learns of her husband’s infidelity. She’s tossed into a never-ending cycle of pain and obsession, and begins to deteriorate. This book definitely drove me into a bad mood, left me with a sour taste in my mouth and I couldn’t help sympathizing with Lucy for everything she went through.

It was a short read, and the last few pages really left me wishing for more. I thought that the ending would leave me surprised or lead into something much more grand, maybe even feeding off into the glint of horror that had started to appear throughout the book, but it was none of that. It left me conflicted and confused more than anything, and for me, it was unsatisfying. I wish that some questions would be answered and we’d know more about Lucy’s unique situation towards the end, but I think this book is meant to serve more as a portrait of identification and finding oneself than resolving one’s problem, though I can’t hide my discontent nor curiosity towards the matter.

I’m kind of stuck on how to rate this, on one hand, this book was very poetic and beautiful in a twisted kind of way, but also left me bitter and wanting more. I definitely reccomend checking this out for yourself, but be warned that it deals with dark topics & situations and will definitely leave you in a sour sort of mood.

Review copy provided by the publisher and netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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