13 Reasons Why – and My Own Reasons

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Review: Obscured by C.M. Boers

**Also posted on Goodreads**

Dear Reader

I received this from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I had to start and stop and start this book about half a dozen times. I kept trying to tell myself “It’s nust a slow starter” or “I’m just not ready to start something new” but now I know the truth.

This book is terrible. I wish it were otherwise, but it’s just not.

I’ll start with the plot. Convoluted. Start with contemporary YA rom, then add a little thriller, then BAM switch to paranormal. Which, okay, fine, sometimes people can pull it off. Sometimes. When the writing is awesome and the plot is inspired and the characters are amazing. None of which was true here.

The plot jumps around, filling in gaps.with a bunch of random crap, and meaningless, boring “and they had waffles for breakfast! Again.” And what’s with the pizza obsession? Don’t this kids know what grease does to acne? Everything that happens seems so… boring. And uninterested. Like, girl’s night? Cool, except it’s all “and we tots look awesome!” I don’t want to read about that. And WHY did she want to go out with the murderer? And doesn’t she know stalkers aren’t sexy? By the time we get to the paranormal stuff you’re so bored and frustrated that you just don’t care. Kill Abby! Put her out of my misery! And Eli? WTF mate?

And we dive into this story with a list of characters that make you cringe. We start with a super boring girl who meets a stereotypical jock who apparently murdered someone. But that’s okay cause she STILL wants to date him. And then we’ve got the love triangle, sort of, and the Plain Jane who is Virtuous and Boring but everyone Loves Her. For no apparent reason. Then we’ve got obsessive stalker boy and BFF who is only there because every Main Girl needs a BFF. And don’t even get me started on the completely droll anx ultimately worthless Super Chipper parents. Um, no.

And then the writing itself. It was all… Boring. In the sense that there was very little style or variety. It was basic and there was a lof of summary and even more info dump. Like half the book is info dump. Most of which you can skip over and still follow the limited plot without much difficulty. I kept wondering why the last hundred pages even existed other than to torment me…

Honestly, I wish I had liked.this because I’m tired of knocking novels. I want to give a good review. But you gotta earn it and this one didn’t. So I’m sorry to say that at 1.2 stars, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone.

Sincerely

E.C. Orr

P.S. It makes me sad that so many reviews that I’ve written lately seem to be, well, really bad. I don’t like putting down other people’s work, but I really need something substantial in a novel to give it a good review. I can overlook typos. I can forgive some of the minor characters who have been cookie cuttered for brevity’s sake. I can even forgive a few plot holes that just slipped through the cracks. But this is getting out of hand. Where is the cohesion? Where’s the time and effort? Where’s the damn editor! I’m not saying that I think people should stop trying, but rather that I think they need to try harder and put in real time. Writing is a small business, not a ticket to stardom, and if you’re just in it for the quick money without all the legwork, then you need to pick a different profession. I’m not saying that’s what’s going on with everyone, but with the explosion of (YA especially) book popularity, I think people are a little confused about what it means when they say “writer.” You want to be prolific? Go for it, but don’t think you can get away from putting in the time and effort that every successful writer before you has.

End. Rant. Sorry about that.

Book Information:

ObscuredTitle: Obscured (The Obscured Series #1)
Author: C.M. Boers
ASIN: B00NA818IW
Language: English
Approximate Length: 209 pages
Stars: ★☆☆☆☆
I received a free ebook copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.