Update on Me

I know, I know.

I keep saying that I’m gonna come back to regularly posting, and then I fail at it. But my life has been so busy, and I’m going through a lot. Plus, I’m in a major-book slump. It’s not just a regular reading-slump like I get every summer. This one doesn’t just have me not wanting to read, but I also can’t pull myself to keep up with my Instagram and blog and review requests. I keep accumulating books, and I’ve even got some really impressive ARC’s. My insta and blog were just starting to take off, I was starting to get noticed, and I was loving it. Then this massive slump came and I’m still trying to pull myself out of it.

The more I’ve been thinking about these accounts and their futures, the sadder I’ve gotten. I really don’t want to give up on these accounts. I’ve put so much work and love into them, and I love this community. But I also don’t want to keep pressuring myself into posting and reading when I’m not in the mood. So I’ve been very confused on what I should do.

I think I’ve made a decision of what I want to do.

I’m gonna do a little of both options, actually. I’m going to try to work my way back into reading and blogging, especially because I have made commitments to review certain things already. But I’m still going to be giving my Instagram a break, and I’m not going to force myself to blog too much. I want to keep my mind open to the possibility that I might not be meant to blog much longer. But I also want to be open to the possibility of returning to blogging full-time again. So over these next few weeks, my posts will be kinda random and spontaneous. So please bear with me as I figure out what I’ll be doing. Thank you all for your patience and kindness with me! I’ll (hopefully)  have a new post up soon about my review of Yureka Book Box Service!!

-Lilian-

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The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner

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Araina’s isolated teenage life is forever altered when she witnesses a man emerge through a rippling wall into the dark labyrinth she calls home. As a result of the stranger’s arrival, Araina’s Creators have unleashed a series of magical attacks using the labyrinth against its inhabitants. Now Araina must decide if she will trust potentially deceitful allies in order to reach safety on the other side of the labyrinth wall.

You don’t understand how hard it is for me to write this review. I had the pleasure of meeting and doing an interview with the author (Emilyann Girdner) and she is just so SWEET (check out part 1 of the interview here and part 2 here)! I loved meeting her and I was so excited to read her book… until I wasn’t.

Please don’t take all I said as your own thoughts. I am 100% in the minority of people who didn’t like this. I’m actually the only person who’s given this a 1 star review on goodreads. So PLEASE don’t let me review keep you from reading the book. These are just my personal opinions and I understand not everyone will feel this way. Also, no matter how I feel about the book, I still loved meeting her and she’s still awesome!

Now that we’re through that and I feel free to be completely honest, let’s get to the review.

This was probably one of my least favorite books ever. I’m sorry if that’s harsh, but at least I’m being honest. I really WANTED to like this. I really did. But I just couldn’t. I hated almost every minute of reading this and it was a struggle to finish. If it wasn’t for a readathon I did as I read this book, I probably would’ve given up. But I persevered and I finished it.

From the beginning, I just couldn’t get into the setting. It confused me so much and, even after finishing the book, I still don’t understand what happened or why. I feel like the setting is kinda a rip-off of The Maze Runner. I don’t understand why the people were in the Labyrinth or how they got into that weird pool thing or where this castle thing is or… *sighs* this just confuses my brain.

The Characters were… interesting. And by interesting, I mean I pretty much hated them all. I couldn’t find a character that I even SLIGHTLY liked. And, if you’ve been reading my reviews for awhile now, you’ve probably caught on that characters make or break a story for me. So, this story really broke cause of these characters. If I had liked the characters, it probably would have made the book bearable.

The storyline was sloppy and so, so confusing. I don’t really know what was supposed to be happening or why. I can’t even explain my confusion. Like there was this weird dog guy who only spoke in riddles and I can’t even find the purpose of them introducing him, except to make the book longer and to include more unneeded conflict.

As for cleanliness, there are a few minor curse words that I remember. It has been awhile since I read the book, so I can’t give you an exact number, but I do remember at least a few. But there is no suggestive content.

In the end, I will not be reading this book again. I’ll be keeping it because I have a nice personalized copy, but I won’t be picking it or the sequel up. I might try another Emilyann Girdner book if I got the opportunity, but I just can’t do this series.

-Lilian-