Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord

I was finally able to read this book, and unfortunately, I ended up not liking it as much as I had hoped.

Okay, so, this is a tricky one to review, but I am going to do the best that I can.

Overall, it was an OK book.
I didn't love it, but I also didn't hate it
The writing itself was if-y in places, and it got inconsistent and left me confused a lot of the time, and I felt as though I had to try and figure out what was happening, with little success in some areas.
But near the end of the book, the author seemed to have found her rhythm and the confusing moments were less frequent.

The characters were difficult to get close to, and I don't think I was every really invested in them the way I probably should have been.
And the MC, Grace Delarua, seemed sometimes out of place, as a spot of color in a world of gray, seeing as how everyone else kept their emotions in check most of the time, but she always let her emotions come through, either consciously or not.
I did laugh at some moments, mainly things said by the MC, Lian, or at moments involving her and Dllenahkh (How does one pronounce that name, anyway?)

It was obvious from the first chapter, if not the first page that the two MC's, Delarua and Dllenahkh would end up together.
And it came across with more of a "get on with it" feel than the 'will they? won't they?' thing.
Not sure if that was the intention or not.

I did not like the overall plot. The idea that their whole adventure revolved around them finding wives for the surviving men bothered me.

All in all, I felt in the beginning it was a big disjointed and inconsistent in places, while in others there was the glimmer of talent.

I didn't like the plot, but the characters were OK, if a bit bland in places, but no less enjoyable in others.

An index would have been nice, seeing as how the characters would reference something from their world and give no translation as to what it could be the equivalent of in ours.
As well as a pronunciation guide for the trickier names, such as Dllenahkh or Ntshune, just to name a few.

And I will finish this review by stating that I don't think this was my cup of tea, and I wish the author good luck in all future endeavors. :)

I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway.