Hey ya’ll! I am coming at ya with a “weekly” meme thanks to my friend Joe over @ Storeys of Stories! I really liked this idea because it is less commitment on my part (I don’t have to do it EVERY week, only when I start a new book) and gets me talking about books I have just started (or want to start very soon).
Straight from the horse’s mouth (if you will):
First Impression Friday will be a meme where you talk about a book that you JUST STARTED! Maybe you’re only a chapter or two in, maybe a little farther. Based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end. Did you think you’d love it and ended up hating it? Or did you think you’d hate it and wound up loving it? Or were you exactly right? I think what will really make this meme a lot of fun, is linking back to it from your review to say, “Look at how wrong I was!” OR “See? I knew it all along!”
With the month ending tomorrow, and finishing my latest book on Wednesday of this week, I wasn’t sure it was worth starting a new one now, but I decided to keep with my little streak of one physical, one digital, so I picked up a digital copy of:
Under Currents by Nora Roberts
I had never read a Nora Roberts book before but I know how popular she is. My own mother reads her murder mystery series that she publishes under the name JD Rob. This description sounded like your typical suspenseful “returns to their hometown after an unspeakable event that happened years ago” and “meets up with someone who has their own set of secrets to keep.” Typically with these types of stories, the “big event” is kept hush hush until further into the book, revealing little things as you go along. THIS book however starts off in the thick of it, and actually takes you through the big event. I’m 71 pages in and STILL in the “past” parts. So that at least is a bit different about this somewhat tired setup.
I will say though, are all Nora Roberts/JD Rob’s books written this way? Because woof, the writing is not good. It’s extremely simple and chaotic. The adults speak and act more like children, and the way the characters say things feels stiff and unbelievable. I don’t know if it is because the pacing is too fast, or that the book is more focused on the plot rather than the dialogue but man these characters suffer from a lot more than just the events of the story.
I’m in it for the story though, that being said. As of right now? I would probably predict that my rating would be somewhere between 2 and 3 stars. Fingers crossed for the best possible outcome here.