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2017 books: Timebound, "The Ear, The Eye and the Arm", Shade of the Moon

I did the thing I do now and then: Since I have 200+ books on my Kindle waiting to be read, I went to the last page and picked books to read from there. If I don't force myself to pick from the oldest books, I'll never get to them since they keep getting buried. The below were the three oldest books I had waiting to be read.

Timebound by Rysa Walker
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Good YA books are enjoyable by readers of any age, but I guess you can't blame a YA book for not hooking an adult reader. There was nothing wrong with this book, it just didn't interest me at all.

Main character was a teenager with a challenging relationship with her mother. Her grandmother had a magical necklace. I just wasn't interested in the characters at all, and the magic didn't hook me.

Point read to: 3%

The Ear, The Eye and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

I had heard such good things about this book, but the writing didn't work for me at all and I wasn't interested in the characters. The magic system was unique, but didn't work for me. (Magic users could Praise people, listing all the positive things about them, and it drugged them? Put them into a stupor? Something like that).

Point read to: 5%

Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Rating: Disliked (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Book #4 in the series, but I read the others so long ago, I didn't remember them at all. The series started when something knocked the moon closer to Earth, and so there was lots of destruction and almost everyone died.

I'm not sure if the writing in this later book changed or I did, but it totally and completely didn't work for me. The characters were unpleasant and I didn't believe the situation at all.

Edit: Goodreads says it was the book, not me. The reviews there are amusingly bad -- the worst reviews I've ever seen in my time on Goodreads! A much better read than the book itself.

Point read to: 5%

Running tally of unfinished books (the math of keeping track of this is going to doom me):
Point reached in these books: 3% + 5% + 5% = 13%
Previous abandoned book total: 54%
New total: 13% + 54% = 67% (running total of two book + 67% towards the next)

Currently reading: Mammoth Dawn by Kevin J Anderson and Gregory Benford
Tags: 2017 books, book review, book: shade of the moon, book: the ear the eye and the arm, book: timebound
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