Thursday, July 17, 2014

Review of 'Season To Taste' by Natalie Young

I wanted to like this....Actually I REALLY wanted to like this.

I was provided this copy through a Goodread's giveaway (Many thanks to the publisher for the copy in turn for an honest review).

Ahhh, Honesty.

I truly hate having to give a book one star, simply because of all that goes into a book, and the creativity behind it. Yet when it comes to 'Season to Taste', I regret that I have to give it one star.

After reading about 60 pages, I had to put the book down. Actually, I did skim through the book in hopes that *maybe* it would've gotten better...but did it? NO.

(Did anyone else somehow end up with a 'crunchy' book? No seriously, any time I opened the book it felt like nails on a chalk board. I think it had something to do with the binding. I can't complain though, as I didn't have to pay for it...)

Unfortunately I felt this book choppy....and EXTREMELY dragged out. I feel as though you find out the majority of the story in the first 20 pages, and even those are fairly repetitive. Lizzie kills her husband. Instructions to cook husband. This is how Lizzie killed her husband. Instructions on how not to feel bad about killing husband while eating him.

I do realize that as the book goes on it introduces the character of 'Tom', and maybe for some it gave a total plot twist....but I felt simply confused on it all. I guess because I didn't feel like wasting my time reading it.

The syntax seemed off. Things felt choppy. Words were used that I felt strange. Strawbs? WTF IS A STRAWB? Label me an ignorant American, maybe I'm just not up to date on English language, or British slang.

One more problem that I have is this: the main character's name is Lizzie. At first I couldn't pin why this felt so awkward....until the old rhyme started ringing through my head... "Lizzie Borden had an axe, gave her daddy forty whacks"...I do realize that she didn't kill her husband, but simply the fact that Lizzie Borden was the first major female axe murderer in the media, I found it hard to picture her as her own character.

Sorry, I really do hate to have to give a book such a negative review...but I had high hopes. From the viewpoint of someone who quite enjoys macabre, I really couldn't get into this one. Such a shame, could've been an interesting read.

Alas, A 1/5 star book in my honest opinion

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