Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Review: Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer

Book: Lingering Echoes by Erica Kiefer
Released: October 30, 2013
Publisher: Clear Teen Publishing
Pages: 278 (Kindle)
Rating: Uhhh 1? DNF

*Note: I received this free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

Lingering Echoes 
From Goodreads:
She's broken with guilt.
He harbors a chilling past.
It's safer if they keep their distance...
But, the echoes that linger connect them.

Returning to Hidden Pines is the last thing Allie Collins wants to do during her final summer before college. For her, the family cabin she spent her youthful summers in, now holds a dark memory that has haunted her every day for the last year.

While struggling to forget her past, Allie runs into Damien, a local rebel with secrets of his own. He's dark, dangerous and he keeps showing up when Allie least expects him to. She has every reason not to trust him. So why does she find herself opening up to him in a way she hasn't been able to with anyone?

As pieces of Damien’s identity emerge, answers to a rumored mystery begin to unfold. By the time Allie unearths the secrets of Damien’s past, she realizes just how intricately they are connected. Now she is caught in a dangerous battle that threatens her life and those she loves.

I don't even know where to start with this. For the first time ever (seriously), I DNFd a book. I don't know if it's because I had a review copy or if I'm just really not the target audience for this. I don't know. I do know that I did not enjoy this at all. Since I don't want this to be all negative, I'll start off with 3 things I enjoyed about the book.

1. It has a pretty cover.

2. The setting sounds nice.

3. I like the name Allie.

Okay. Now that that's over with, I'll go in to a little bit about why I DNF this one. First of all, there were some spelling and grammar errors (yes, I know it is a review copy) which totally took me out of the story. I know it's not a major thing to most people, but as a person who refuses to abbreviate, misspell or ignore spelling of words in texts and on facebook, etc, it seriously bugged me.

The story jumped around a lot to me. One page they would be doing one thing, then in the following paragraph they would be doing something completely different on a totally different day. It was jarring and I just couldn't get a grasp on the story, the world, or the characters.

Speaking of the characters, I know I was supposed to feel something for Allie, but I just couldn't muster the energy to care. Yes her situation sucked, but I didn't get the emotion behind it.While she had some issues, she also came across as slightly spoiled, although nothing like her friend Brooke who read rather vapid to me. Brooke appeared to only care about her looks and guys. Not my favorite. At all.
Even though I didn't make it extremely far into the story, I could see the makings of a love triangle that was already reminding me of Twilight and Edward-Bella-Jacob. I don't really need to read another story about a "nice girl" who falls in love with the dark and secretive "bad boy." It's just not really my cup of tea.

Maybe I should've given this more of a chance, but I couldn't bring myself to continue reading it. Not with so many other books on my TBR beckoning me.

No comments:

Post a Comment