Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Cornerstone by Misty Provencher

Holy crap, I just figured out how to post my Goodreads book reviews here on my blog with one fail swoop! I can't believe I've never done this before. You seasoned book reviewers are probably laughing at my ignorance. Anyway, now that I know how to do this, I'm slowly going to transfer all my book reviews here. I'd eventually like to delete them from Goodreads. I just don't think it's in an author's best interest to leave reviews on Goodreads...especially the occasional poor review. Or am I wrong about this? I could use an outside opinion.

Anyway, onto my review:

  Cornerstone (The Cornerstone Series Book 1)Cornerstone by Misty Paquette / Misty Provencher

*0 stars* DNF at 50-some %.

This book started off so awesome. I was goose-bumpy while reading the first chapter because the plot is super unique and the exposition executed so well. Nalena's obsessive-compulsive mother with her non-stop writing--not to mention her insistence on hoarding every sheet of paper--is totally mystifying. You just know as a reader there's more to all this than a mere psychosis, and you can't wait to find out what's really going on. I enjoyed Nalena's personality in the beginning, because though her mother embarrasses the bajeezus out of her and has created a lifestyle that most would consider intolerable, Nalena loves her mother and rolls with the punches. She's a normal teenager dealing with some heavy bullying issues at school, but she's also a good daughter.

Then Garrett enters the novel, and the entire thing plummets. I can not even begin to describe how much I hate insta-love in YA lit (or in any lit, for that matter). But I could have coped with that if it wasn't followed by chapters and chapters of Nalena obsessing over Garrett, thinking about his gorgeous skin or his amazing smell or deep blue eyes or how badly she wants to kiss goes on and on and ON. If this isn't enough, Nalena loses her entire personality. The protagonist who started out as a relatively strong teen becomes this overly emotional, angsty, weepy thing. Garrett can never say the right thing without Nalena's entire world crashing down because "He doesn't really like me after all." It's nauseating. Like, girl, have some self-respect. Why do authors have to ruin a perfectly good strong heroine by having her entire existence suddenly wrapped around a boy?

Long story short, Cornerstone went from something special to yet another contrived, boring teen romance. I just can't suffer one more minute of Nalena's whining and salivating after Garrett like a dog in heat. Sorry.

As usual, I find it unfair to hit an author with a one-star review when I never finished the book. Who knows...maybe if I had kept reading, the whole thing would have redeemed itself. So, as to not effect this author's average rating, I'm awarding this one 'no stars.'

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  1. I don't rate books I don't finish either for a similar reason. Endings can make a big difference.

    I see authors worrying over leaving reviews or ratings and such from time to time, for any number of reasons, and I get it, but I don't see why I should give up my reviewing privileges because I'm an author. I'm a reader, too. A reader first, actually. I just don't think it's unreasonable for me to talk about books online, but I'm not going to judge anyone who's uncomfortable with it. Back when I was querying, I deleted two ranty blog posts about agents, edited a few other posts, and I changed my name on Amazon to make my book reviews harder to find. If you're going to worry about it, it's not worth it.

    1. Thanks for weighing in on this! The idea of leaving book reviews on my blog doesn't bother me at all, because I figure that's a needle in a haystack. But Goodreads feels differently because of 'drive by' ratings. If I leave a poor review on an indie book on Goodreads, the author could feel slighted and hit me with a one-star rating without ever having read my book. I hope there aren't people out there that would actually do that, but as an author you do feel more exposed on Goodreads. Your argument rang true to me though, especially this: --> "I don't see why I should give up my reviewing privileges because I'm an author." Right?! I think I'll continue reviewing books to my heart's content (on Goodreads or otherwise) and assume that other authors are like me and have the maturity to handle respectful criticism without getting vindictive.


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