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2018 books: In Shades of Grey, Homeland: Ingame 2, Salt in the Water

In Shades of Grey (The Elder Blood Chronicles Book 1) by Melissa Myers
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

Self-published. From Smashwords. This book should have been doomed from the start; I've never had a single good experience with a book that started on Smashwords.

And yet, this book was actually okay. Good in sections! The writing was fine, the editing was good enough, the story and world were interesting.

Fantasy, set on some different world that was actually a trap/prison, immortals had children, ran things, and plotted endlessly against each other.

While it wasn't bad, it didn't hold my interest, so stopped reading at 32%. It was a very long book though, so that would be more like two-thirds of a regular book.

Homeland: Ingame 2 by Kieron Uchee
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Hated (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

LitRPG. Need I say more? The main character was half-incubus, so women literally could not resist sleeping with him whenever he wanted. He was rich. Powerful. Lived in a missile silo. So much better than the world around him. Why are all litRPG books like this? Why are they all so bad? They're just not enjoyable to me. Stopped reading at 2%.

Salt in the Water (A Lesser Dark Book 1) by S. Cushaway and J. Ray
Traditional or self-published: Self-published
Rating: Okay (Hated-Disliked-Okay-Liked-Loved)

"It's not you, it's me." So often, when I can't get into a book, I always think it's me. Then the next book I try I get lost in, and looking back realize it had indeed been the book and not me.

I couldn't get into this book. Set on a fantasy world, some lawmen were looking for a lost member of their group. I could probably give the book more of a chance and learned more about the plot than that, but the writing wasn't very good (overuse of commas), and I was editing it more than reading it, so gave up at 3%.

Partial book credits:
Point reached in these book: 32% + 2% + 3% = 37%
Previous abandoned book total: 358%
New total: 395%
Tags: 2018 books, book review, book: homeland: ingame 2, book: in shades of grey, book: salt in the water
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