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I really wanted to like this book
on February 18, 2013
It was by sheer force of will that I actually finished Island Life and it has sadly become one of my worst kindle buys.
To be fair, I realise that sometimes a book needs a specific reader... that reader was not me.
Island Life started off okay, but the story was, in my opinion, quickly weighed down when the writing "style" the author adopted quickly became convoluted and the plot just became confusing to me.
I really wanted to like this book, I mean with an island setting, gothic atmosphere and "unholy things", I didn't think it could go wrong.
But it went oh-so-wrong.
With many repetitive perspectives, for one thing; too much going back and forth, requiring too much concentration which really got in the way of the whole trying to enjoy the actual story.
The reader must wade through excessive writing that's badly stylised only to be taken further out of the story by having to remember what the hell just happened a chapter ago, and yet, in all of this "detail", excitement and attention to the plot was sadly lost.
Somewhere around the middle it lost me and I became very bored with it.
I kept losing interest so many times that I actually went through two other books while i was reading this one, and finished them first.
All I could do when I had some free time was groan that I still wasn't done with this mess, knowing I still had to finish it.
It was all just too much of "the years grew long, Calent waited"...blahblahblah..."insert pointless memory during waiting period here"...blahblahblah... "days turned into weeks"...blahblahblah....repeat endlessly.
It wasn't even scary or creepy, not even with remnants of an Atlantian/pre human race as the "unholy things".
I do not know how on earth this could get 5 star reviews.
My summary -
PROS: I'm being generous here by grasping for something, but one thing positive was I got a real sense of fog on the lonely, misty island.
I guess that gave it a good gothic athosphere and description of the Scottish isle.
CONS: Too much backstory flashbacks of the "monster" and nothing actually exciting happening and it eventually loses the reader.
All the talk about the ancient race things in the past intermingled between present day kept me too distracted from the on-going story by all the useless nonsense. Also awkward relationship moments that didn't work very well making the flow even more inconsistent. In my opinion, the story could have been good if there was a better writing style/structure.
WHAT I LIKED BEST: The one thing I can say I liked was giving the dog in the story a narration. Having some of the story unfold as from the dog's perspective offered some sense of investment for me because I was almost genuinely worried for the dog's safety, while I didn't even care about the other characters.
When it comes to books, I honestly never thought I would feel I didn't get my moneys worth, my whole $2.99 that it cost to read this story,
but that's exactly how i feel about this novel.
I found it was just not an enjoyable horror story at all and would have given it a half star if i could have.
If you insist because you like Scottish island setting, pre-human creatures and ancient burial mounds so much that you still want to try this book out, I suggest reading on a dark stormy night outside on a beach, maybe that will make it scary.
The scariest part for me was trying to finish it.