That Sad Moment When I Dislike A Book I Have To Review {Keturah – Book Review}

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Quite simply I got authors confused. #BookWormProblem

When I requested this book I thought it was by Lisa Wingate who’s audiobooks I’ve greatly enjoyed the last couple of years. I’d also listened to a couple of Lisa T. Bergen’s audiobooks, and while I didn’t dislike them, they weren’t my style enough to request one of her books for review. So, #ooops

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I’m sorry, folks, but sadly this book was not my cup of tea. I always try and put a good spin on book reviews of books – no matter if I liked them or not, so I’ll start out with a list of the things I did find interesting in the book:

  • I’ve never read Historical fiction with this setting before, so props to the author for that
  • Despite the wide cast of characters, I was able to keep them straight most of the time, which is something I sometimes have trouble with
  • There was a redemptive plotline to the book – and while I didn’t benefit from it because I’ve never gone through what the main character did, I can imagine that a lot of people would find it relatable
  • The premise was a fairly strong one
  • Descriptions were strong and I could feel the heat wafting over me as I read

With that being said, I’ll skim over what I didn’t like, because unfortunately, I disliked every character from the first page. Later on, there were some slaves that I didn’t find face-palming worthy, but they were few and far between.

There was also quite a bit more romance than I appreciate in books – as well as romance that felt out of place, and downright annoying. Violence was another unexpected aspect of the book that left me wrinkling my nose.

The main complaint I have with the book though was the main character. I couldn’t find anything relatable in her, and she was thoroughly unlikeable from my point of view. The way she ended up treating a certain slave when she arrived on the island was something I could hardly fathom. (Especially with her own backstory!) Although, I will say she did have a soft spot and did try and rescue some slaves, so I guess she did have a redeeming quality.

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I don’t recommend this book, and I don’t foresee myself reading another book by the same author. BUT! This book does have a 4.4 out of 5 Star Rating on Amazon, so if the book looks interesting to you, you should totally try it.

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I’m giving Keturah 2 out of 5 stars. This book was given to me in exchange for writing this review. All thoughts and opinions are honest. (I mean, obviously, folks.)

12 thoughts on “That Sad Moment When I Dislike A Book I Have To Review {Keturah – Book Review}

  1. talesfromthemindofkristian says:

    I like your review. You try so hard to be positive, which is nice. You also explain why you dislike something, so that it’s clear where your opinion comes from, eg, you say there was too much romance and violence, so people who like that sort of thing will know that they might like the book. If ever I am lucky enough to have a book published, I would like you to review it, because I know you’d be fair and honest and as positive as you could be.

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Aww, thank you! Your comment made me really happy. I’m glad that you were able to see the positive and understand my heart behind my reviews. 🙂 And that would be great! I hope your writing goes well!

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  2. Bekah says:

    Having to write a less than positive review can be so hard, but I applaud you for the honest, yet respectful, way you went about writing the review. I liked how you wrote about the things that were positive about the book before delving into the issues you had with it. Awesome job!
    -Bekah

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      Thank you! I am still trying to find the correct balance with writing reviews about books that I really don’t like. Seeing it from both the author and the reader points of view makes a big difference!

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    • Lydia Howe says:

      That’s great! I’ve heard of other authors who have said the same thing, and I think it’s nice that they can do that.
      I work with publishing companies and publicity sites and get books specifically to review them – therefore I have to review them no matter if I like them or not. But, that’s why I always try and include positive things about the book – even if I really didn’t like it.
      For books that I didn’t get for review and didn’t enjoy, I generally only post them on Goodreads (because I review all the books I read), and not on my blog or Amazon.

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